The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Booman at the Boom Tribune reports on the so-called smear tape of Michelle Obama, being peddled by Larry Johnson, one of Hillary Clinton's strongest supporters:

From what I understand, it is a tape of Michelle Obama criticizing the Bush administration.

How you'd write it:

Why did Bush cut folks off medicaid?
Why did Bush let New Orleans drown?
Why did Bush do nothing about Jena?
Why did Bush put us in Iraq for no reason?

How you'd say it:

Why'd he cut folks off medicaid?
Why'd he let New Orleans drown?
Why'd he do nothing about Jena?
Why'd he put us in Iraq for no reason?

How Larry Johnson wants you to hear it:

Whitie cut folks off medicaid?
Whitie let New Orleans drown?
Whitie do nothing about Jena?
Whitie put us in Iraq for no reason?

I'm going to be honest with you. Both SusanHu and Larry Johnson have been friends of mine. They have both done a lot for me and I am grateful and indebted to them. Any issues I've had with their activities in this election I have kept private. I haven't visited their site in four months because I found it too personally painful to read what they were writing and I did not want to be tempted to respond. I thought I owed them that. But loyalty can only go so far. If they publish this allegation tomorrow, I will no longer speak with them. And I say that with great sorrow.

link: http://www.boomantribune.com/

Clinton supporters, I ask you to help me and other decent Democrats knock this tape down, because what it is nothing more than a fake smear of Michelle Obama. I remember when Hillary Clinton was smeared like this, and I hide-rate anyone that brings up the stupid Vince Foster shit. I hope Clinton supporters will do the same to anyone tomorrow.

Tags: 2008, Larry Johnson, Michelle Obama (all tags)

Comments

251 Comments

tip jar for Democrats

by slinkerwink 2008-06-01 09:55PM | 0 recs
Re: tip jar for Democrats

I'm not worried.

Let him release whatever tape he has.

It's not like he's the only one holding it (if it exists).

Johnson is a tool and I have no intention of being held

hostage by that bigot.

RELEASE THE TAPE!

I don't give a feck.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

Larry?

by lockewasright 2008-06-02 06:39AM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

Joe?

by BishopRook 2008-06-02 06:51AM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

Welcome to Paranoia town, population: you!

BEWARE OBAMA SUPPORTERS CAN READ YOUR DENTAL RECORDS JUST BY LOOKING AT YOUR MOUTH!

by X Stryker 2008-06-02 07:07AM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

Ha!  We can do it through your computer monitor if you sit close enough.

by rb608 2008-06-02 09:03AM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

It's up for me.  Maybe you should just get a computer and connection that doesn't suck?

by kasjogren 2008-06-02 07:45AM | 0 recs
Blog is not down

Try a different browser,  I didn't get it on my usual browser decided to try IE and slowly got it even faster on AOL (believe it or not)

Anyway also this blog has most of Larry's info on it. http://www.mikefrancesa.com/wordpress/

by del 2008-06-02 08:58AM | 0 recs
Re: THE BLOG IS DOWN

Does that mean new MacBooks are coming?

Oh, the blog, not the store.  Sorry.

by nightsweat 2008-06-02 09:20AM | 0 recs
Re: tip jar for Democrats

Yeah well. It is not Clinton supporters / voters I care about appealing to. It's the GE voters who do not sit on blogs.

You start a rumor about him being Muslim and have what was it 13% of the country thinking he is?

You give one indication, if what you are saying is true of her "seeming to say/rant" and it won't matter that it is not true. If it gets debated on TV ... it gets out there.

If the media does not debate it. It's just another video then with little impact.

by aliveandkickin 2008-06-01 10:06PM | 0 recs
Re: tip jar for Democrats

30% of the country believes the 9/11 truthers...

by nwodtuhs 2008-06-02 06:29AM | 0 recs
Re: tip jar for Democrats

Oh come on, don't tell me you believe that fairy tale the Bush admin. told us.

by shellius 2008-06-02 07:36AM | 0 recs
... some of them pressed the wrong button!

by RisingTide 2008-06-02 08:24AM | 0 recs
Re: tip jar for Democrats

BooMan has been slamming Hillary for a long time now in his diaries, and not in an altogether intellectually honest way either.

If this were coming from someone whose commentary I respected more in general, it would mean alot more. As it is, I decline to form an opinion based on his argument alone.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-06-02 06:20AM | 0 recs
Please smell reality.

If there was a damaging tape, it would have been out by now.  Why?  Because if it was so damaging, Clinton would be the nominee and not Obama.  The GOP wanted to run against Clinton, not Obama for many reasons.

That tape would have benefited both McCain and Clinton, but for some reason it is not OUT THERE.

And BooMan is as realistic as can be.  Again, time to come to grips if you are going to stand Democratic or join a GOP site to bolster McCain, the choice is yours.

by shirley temple 2008-06-02 06:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Please smell reality.

shirley, I didn't indicate I believe this tape business. All I said was what BooMan has to say about it is wasted space IMHO.

by phoenixdreamz 2008-06-02 06:42AM | 0 recs
Obama should release "the" tape

of the event and put it to rest.

No Quarter has given him a gift - release the Obama tape - from Obama - now and the Repugs will have nothing to play games with in November.

by CoyoteCreek 2008-06-02 08:56AM | 0 recs
It's Fingergate Redux

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 09:57PM | 0 recs
exactly, and the irony is that

if this tape is true, and Michelle's criticizing BUSH--people will be attacking her on her saying "Why'd he?" as a racist statement against Bush.

by slinkerwink 2008-06-01 10:00PM | 0 recs
Hi Slinky!

nice seeing ya here!

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:02PM | 0 recs
Re: exactly, and the irony is that

A network has the tape (or so says Fox) .

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/06/01/ breaking-news-on-whitey-tape-from-fox-ne ws-a-tv-network-has-the-tape/

Looks like the repugs want to get dirty early in the game.

The General Election is on!

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 11:10PM | 0 recs
Not even Fox says that:

Rather, Roger Stone said it to Geraldo on Fox. I'm guessing there's no tape or that if there is it doesn't show anything like what Larry Johnson has been saying.

by kellogg 2008-06-02 02:20AM | 0 recs
Re: Not even Fox says that:

Roger Stone is working with Larry Johnson?

Once again, water finds its own level.

by BlueinColorado 2008-06-02 06:18AM | 0 recs
Re: Not even Fox says that:

It's weird...  I have seen posts on other blogs who seem almost thrilled by Roger Stone...

Ummm... yeah, this is the founder of the group Citizens United No Timid, formed to "tell the truth about Hillary Clinton"....  

I realize we have been playing the game of "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"... but NO DEMOCRAT should EVER praise Roger Stone.

by JenKinFLA 2008-06-02 11:36AM | 0 recs
If there was any credence to this tape,

it would have BEEN out there.

Don't forget the altered Mickey Cantor tape.  That diary was number one on Daily Kos, but until the actual director released the real clip, that shit was pulled from all major media outlets and labeled altered/false.

Lastly, I hope Larry Johnson has a very good attorney.  Don't think the Obamas will let this slide.  Barack Obama has turned out to be a deft, but shrewd politician.  For anyone to believe that the Obama Campaign has not viewed all the tapes at TUCC, think again.

Anyone running this tape can possibly be dragged into courts, especially any news outlets.  Yes, Faux News and those harpies over there.

by shirley temple 2008-06-01 10:06PM | 0 recs
Shirley I love the good ship lollipop!

♫It's a sweet trip, To a candy shop, Where bonbons play♫

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah, obama is shrewd alright

Do you use the regular stuff or the Reynolds heavy duty stuff when fashioning your hat?

by lockewasright 2008-06-02 06:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Yeah, obama is shrewd alright

This claim has already been disproven.

This makes you either:

A.  A lying troll

or

B.  Somebody who's posting willfully ignorant bullshit.

Choose your own adventure!

by The Great Gatsby 2008-06-02 09:09AM | 0 recs
YAY! FINGERGATE!!!!!

It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back! It's back!

I love a Comedy Troll

by mikeinsf 2008-06-02 03:47PM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

The Mickey Kantor tape wasn't only at the top of the rec list at DKos. The liberal blogosphere went nuts over it.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:42PM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

It was debunked in a few hours and even over at DKOS they tore into people promoting it after it was debunked.

by shalca 2008-06-01 10:52PM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

Oh, but the had so much fun pre-de!  

by Tolstoy 2008-06-02 06:27AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

Yes, but unlike a handful here; once it was debunked they stopped pushing what they knew to be bullshit.  

by lockewasright 2008-06-02 06:45AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

Unfortunately truth is an absolute defense to defamation.  If Michelle Obama did say "Whitey," then Obama has no case.  

by BPK80 2008-06-02 02:02AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

Really?  You just said "Whitey" -- does that derail your case (or your spouse's)?  

Whoops!  I just said "Whitey" too!  And again!  What's the matter with me?  

by kellogg 2008-06-02 02:22AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

I don't know what is the matter with you but I won't speculate.  

by BPK80 2008-06-02 02:44AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

Uhh, but the point is supposed to be she was questioning President Bush, and said "Why'd he..." which is supposed to be heard as "Whitie" by everyone, so we can smear Senator Obama.

And you're defending it? Christ, man, have a little decency.

by ragekage 2008-06-02 03:11AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

No one here has heard the tape, ragekage.  I neither defended nor attacked it.  I said that I didn't know what she said in the tape and that is the most honest answer anyone aside from the few Goopers locking it down can say at this point.  

by BPK80 2008-06-02 04:28PM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

There's that little word "if" to reckon with.

When people treat rumors and accusations as truth, before bothering to find out whether "if" they're really true, that's a smear.  

Guilt by accusation.

by TL 2008-06-02 11:31AM | 0 recs
Re: If there was any credence to this tape,

I cannot imagine how one would drag a news outlet into court just for running this possibly non-existent tape.

Frankly, Larry Johnson risks more legal jeopardy by making the statements he has been making so far than he would by simply releasing the tape.  And of course news outlets can run whatever tape they feel like.  If it exists, it says what it says, that's not actionable.

by Steve M 2008-06-02 09:52AM | 0 recs
not really

the republicans want to save it for later to defeat Obama.  Clinton would never use it even if she had it.  I am guessing Obama has it and the republicans have it and that if it were innocent Obama would release it. He has every reason to get it out now, if the transcript as is the diarist says, and the republicans have every reason to hold it for later.

You know, until yesterday I did not believe there was any tape.I thought someone was yanking Larry's chain.  Now I believe there is a tape and that it is problematic because otherwise people would not be spinning "what Michelle really said".

by Teacher1956 2008-06-03 05:21AM | 0 recs
Kudos for keeping this issue up

I am sure we will see people try to push this tommorow, but we are ready and they will fail.

BTW anyone want to start a pool on who the first is to post it, I say SoCalDarlin, the person on the McCain supporters blog and who linked to Larry Sine-Claire.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 09:59PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

I'll take that.  My guess is Linfar.

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:00PM | 0 recs
good one

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
TexasDarlin', and sadly, Alegre

by slinkerwink 2008-06-01 10:00PM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarlin', and sadly, Alegre

you beat me to it...

by prajna 2008-06-01 10:07PM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarlin', and sadly, Alegre

I still give Alegre more credit than that.

My money is on architek.

by Jay R 2008-06-01 10:45PM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarlin', and sadly, Alegre

I'm with you on Alegre.  She promotes Clinton's spin strongly, but she's shown no signs of going into the gutter.

by thezzyzx 2008-06-02 04:18AM | 0 recs
Re: TexasDarlin', and sadly, Alegre

until tonight.

Jesus, that was fast...

by Jay R 2008-06-02 09:51PM | 0 recs
I placing my money on

texasdarlin

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:00PM | 0 recs
She's quick with the copy/paste

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:02PM | 0 recs
Re: I placing my money on

linfar and teresainPA

by interestedbystander 2008-06-01 10:57PM | 0 recs
Re: I placing my money on

Seconded. When it comes to spewing racist filth from NoQuarter, linfar and TeresainPA take the cake.

by dantes 2008-06-02 06:35AM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Yeah, I'll have to go with SoCal too. Alegre is hit and miss, and even linfar posted something worth reading recently.

by Massadonious 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

She posted one thing on wolves, then went back to her usual well.  

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Obvious distractor. Felt a little heat and went cute and cuddly with the wolves.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:04PM | 0 recs
outside shot, Michael Begala

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: outside shot, Michael Begala

Oooh, interesting.

How about engles?

by Massadonious 2008-06-01 10:05PM | 0 recs
engels!

engels is so damn funny.

The sig line is hilarious.

I would hate if he/she got banned.

High comedy (in a sad kind of way).

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:06PM | 0 recs
by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:10PM | 0 recs
Re: outside shot, Michael Begala

I don't think that's his style.  He seems to go with smears that are outdated by at least two months.

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:09PM | 0 recs
Re: outside shot, Michael Begala

snort - that was funny and true.

by colebiancardi 2008-06-01 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

I'm kind of looking forward to seeing what HillsMyGirl has to say about it, actually... ;-)

by ipsos 2008-06-01 10:03PM | 0 recs
Is this snarK?

Seriously,

i'm waiting for Is this Snark?

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:15PM | 0 recs
Re: Is this snarK?

Or maybe isthissnark will surprise us all with a substantive diary!

by ipsos 2008-06-01 10:26PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

I'm going for the longshot steve468.

by upstate girl 2008-06-01 10:03PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

You would certainly hit the jackpot on that one.  He has to be 100-1 odds.

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:04PM | 0 recs
Ah the guy who cites the

Obamaologist, he cracks me up so much.

BTW I am going to do a diary that exposes SoCal for what she is, It will be up in 20 minutes.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:05PM | 0 recs
Re: Ah the guy who cites the

Good luck with that one.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:13PM | 0 recs
I wrote it then took it down

a better angel of my nature intervened, I would like to thank that person, they know who they are.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:38PM | 0 recs
Re: I wrote it then took it down

I read it and the comments too. Can't lose you here dude. Don't let the trolls win. Just a couple of more days and this is over.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
BTW how many comment were there?

I read two by myself and 1 by someone else.  I am curious if the other person had the prevailing tone of the non me comments.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:52PM | 0 recs
Re: I wrote it then took it down

Mojo'd for abusive 1-rating.

by BishopRook 2008-06-02 06:54AM | 0 recs
Well

That didn't last long.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:38PM | 0 recs
I took it down

due to the advice of a better angel of my nature, but I heartily stand by the convictions contained within.  My proof is solid.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:39PM | 0 recs
im v.v.v.v. glad you did.

by canadian gal 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

I'd just pass it along to the mods if you haven't already and leave it at that, I guess.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

Well... you probably did the right thing, but I don't think you were short on evidence.

by jturn17 2008-06-01 10:41PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

I second this.

Solid proof.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:42PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

It was sort of high-risk, low reward, but I can't argue with what you dug up.

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:43PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

Nothing you wrote was wrong...but some flames are better left unfanned. You did the right thing. Thanks.

by ipsos 2008-06-01 10:48PM | 0 recs
No thank you

for appealing to the better angels of my nature, I'll write Todd a note on this and see what he says.

He comes off as fair.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:51PM | 0 recs
Re: I took it down

Sorry I missed the chance to read it. Your pieces are always good. Any chance you'll post it elsewhere?

by catilinus 2008-06-01 11:47PM | 0 recs
email me

at ltn at lycos dot com (that is my email for doing covert work like this) and I'll get the equivalent to you sometime tomorrow.

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 12:44AM | 0 recs
Ignore my first email addy

it got overrun with spam,

try ftwltn @ lycos dot com

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 01:04AM | 0 recs
Re: Ignore my first email addy
I'm trying, I'm trying....
Thanks.
by catilinus 2008-06-02 01:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Ah the guy who cites the

lol that diary was deleted faster than I could read the comment section.

by jturn17 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
Could always

Rec this diary to the top so it's the first word on it.  Too bad none of us can rec, I guess.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:06PM | 0 recs
Re: Could always

I still can...will rec after this post.

by Massadonious 2008-06-01 10:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Chitown Denny?

by hootie4170 2008-06-01 10:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Excellent.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:13PM | 0 recs
there's always outside shot...

...the jerome would try to dress it up.  remember the "Oprah elected Bush" stuff in December.

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:20PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

This entire discussion of attacking individual members of this community isn't very becoming.

Come on, guys.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:25PM | 0 recs
we're only walking down memory lane

Auld Lang Syne and Ho Ho Ho and making withe merriment

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:32PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Meh, most of these people are certifed McCain trolls, or DINO's who have yet to admit it.

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm not attacking them personally, I'm just questioning their democratic principles and wether they truly belong on this site.

by Massadonious 2008-06-01 10:34PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Whether that's a distinction with a difference or not can be argued.

But really, what's the point? How is this helping? Some Clinton supporters enjoy some of the stuff they write--calling them out like this isn't really necessary and needlessly keeps things too tense.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:39PM | 0 recs
You are right

the thought that stuff like this will be posted here greatly annoys me but I apologize for my stepping over the bounds.

My interest remains and I can see that others have it too.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:41PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

Well, we'll certainly see what comes to pass tomorrow.  In any event, there is nothing wrong with pointing out that certain members have a less than stellar reputation in regards to tearing down fellow Dems.

by rfahey22 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Kudos for keeping this issue up

You're just jealous that they didn't mention your name.

by Steve M 2008-06-02 09:53AM | 0 recs
I'll take

soyousay alex for the win.

by Is This Snark 2008-06-01 10:41PM | 0 recs
I have no comment

as that poster accused me in my diary bashing Flowbee that I thought everyone was a troll.

I seriously have no comment.

by Student Guy 2008-06-01 10:42PM | 0 recs
She doesn't have any diaries up...

but my money is on ... LindaSFNM

by CanuckinMA 2008-06-02 07:06AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

It is stupid shit.  Remember all the crap Hillary got slung at her in 1992 - and from democrats?  Bill Clinton dressed down his opponent in the primaries for trying slam her.

Michelle Obama is very much like Hillary - outspoken, strong, smart and states what is on her mind.  She will get this type of crap slung at her and I will defend her.

by colebiancardi 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
thank you.

I gave you a tip for saying that.

by slinkerwink 2008-06-01 10:04PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

phantom mojo

by upstate girl 2008-06-01 10:06PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I owe you a tip for this post.

by gcensr 2008-06-01 10:13PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Oh take my virtual mojo, it is much more valuable than the point and click stuff...

by hootie4170 2008-06-01 10:13PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

If this is true then it's a new low... how sad... The Repugs can't even find real dirt on Obama so they have to manufacture shit.

by jturn17 2008-06-01 10:01PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

The only network this is really going to gain any traction on is Fox because....well....it's Fox.

If any other station picks it up, I would hope it would be just to mock the sheer stupidity of it.

by Massadonious 2008-06-01 10:04PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Once the media goes into GE mode, it's going to a lot more pro-GOP than it was during the primary.  

by BPK80 2008-06-02 02:05AM | 0 recs
i reject and denounce this tape!

by canadian gal 2008-06-01 10:10PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Michelle Obama does not hate white people.

As far as I know.

by gcensr 2008-06-01 10:12PM | 0 recs
ok,

doin' a hillary...eom

by shirley temple 2008-06-01 10:13PM | 0 recs
Re: ok,

Glad I wasn't too subtle.

by gcensr 2008-06-01 10:15PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Lay off Hillary please. Not cool.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:16PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Are you defending her interview on 60 minutes, or are you telling me to lay off because Obama has already won?

by gcensr 2008-06-01 10:18PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I'm defending her 60 Minutes interview. There have been a lot of false slanders against Clinton, and that was one of the worst. For God's sake.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:26PM | 0 recs
Ok

Since you are not a pedophile as far as I know I'll take your word on it that the attacks were BS.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:30PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

Sigh. We're really elevating the discourse here, aren't we?

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:40PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

I don't understand what possible problem you could have with my entirely innocent comment.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:42PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

Any impartial viewing of the Clinton interview will make it clear that she's firmly rejecting the Muslim smear. The "as far as I know" comment, which she said only after being asked repeatedly the same asinine question, came with her eyes bugged out in this "why the hell are you still asking me this?" exasperation.

If you seriously think that her instant response of "of course not" followed by the statement that lots of smears have been made about her so she sympathizes when it happens to someone else was some incredibly nuanced and clever way of keeping the issue alive, and that she purposely waited until the interviewer asked the question three times to say it--well, I don't know how we're going to achieve this magical Unity that everyone is talking about.

Talking about pedophilia, even in jest, isn't helping anything. Be serious.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:47PM | 0 recs
No

It by default implies the possibility that there may be evidence out there that proves he is a muslim, it doesn't matter if she said it the first time or the tenth.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 10:49PM | 0 recs
Re: No

Jesus Fucking Christ - have you for one second thought about how those questions sound to honest-to-god Muslims? She's trying not to insult a part of the world that we are at war with, and the millions of Americans who are Muslim as well.

It's a horrible question. Saying that someone is Muslim to insult them is insulting to Muslims. Pressing Hillary on the subject insults them further.

by glitterannebegay 2008-06-01 10:54PM | 0 recs
Re: No

It is insulting to call a Christian a Muslim.  It denies their faith and their identity, if that isn't an insult, nothing is.

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 11:07PM | 0 recs
Re: No

We aren't talking about the Christian - we're talking about Hillary's hesitant response, and how using the Muslim faith to insult someone is insulting to Muslims.

by glitterannebegay 2008-06-01 11:53PM | 0 recs
Re: No

Yup.  It is so clear that Clinton's "as far as I know" comment was completely innocent; and I am still amazed how swiftly Obama people managed to turn that single phrase into a Clinton-led conspiracy to deceive voters on Obama's religion.  It can actually be read as a sensitive comment to Muslim Americans; after all, definitive "No, of COURSE he's not a Muslim!" could definetely go down as an insult to that demographic.  

by MMR2 2008-06-01 11:59PM | 0 recs
Re: No

It is an insult to call someone something they are not.  If I called Hillary a man it would be an insult.  If i called Obama a woman it would be an insult.  When you call a muslim a christian or a christian a muslim, it is an insult.  

That is not debatable.  I can accept that Hillary's insulting implication was an accident, but you can't deny it's an insult.

by libertyleft 2008-06-02 12:37AM | 0 recs
And there you have it

'We get our baseless out of context bullshit smears, but you're a racist.'

Yup.  We knew that.

by dhonig 2008-06-02 02:53AM | 0 recs
Re: And there you have it

I have no idea how you got that out of my comment.

by libertyleft 2008-06-02 10:23AM | 0 recs
Re: No

I find the middle name you applied to Jesus to be offensive. It completely lends zero credibility to you or your argument.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-02 10:30AM | 0 recs
Re: No

Oh please. If anything, it was a "Why do you keep asking me this stupid question? Are you trying to tell me something?"

This is serious advanced CDS stuff.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:57PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

Sadly, after reading the threads and diaries here over the past four months, I'd have to say that yes, that would count as elevating it.

Hey, send a kid with a 155 LSAT to Regent University Law School, you're still elevating their averages...

by Jay R 2008-06-01 10:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Ok

I disagree with OrangeFur about a great many things this primary season, but he's right. Can we just let this die? I didn't like that 60 minutes interview either, but I don't see how this is helping anything now.

OrangeFur seems like he is genuinely interested in moving on. I can respect that.

by tessellated 2008-06-02 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Obama hasn't won yet....

as far as I know.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-01 10:44PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Touché!

Props for that.

But I am honestly curious about your view of the interview. Clearly I disagree with OrangeFur here (though I have no beef with him - I respect his interpretation of the interview, mine is just different), but it makes a difference to me if you're suggesting to me that I'm a) way off base in my interpretation of the clip or b) should just fall in line and not say anything critical of Sen. Clinton because that will make her supporters more likely to support Sen. Obama.

by gcensr 2008-06-01 10:52PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I believe you when you say that's your sincere interpretation of it.

It's odd though--I feel like we're arguing whether the sky is blue or not. To me it's simply clear cut.

Honestly, if I believed even one of the more explosive charges against Clinton--the 60 Minutes interview, the Drudge photo flap, the RFK comment, any of the race-baiting charges-- I'd drop my support of her immediately. These are really serious charges. I feel like you'd have to think she's a pretty vile person to believe any of those things.

I hope this wasn't offensive. I appreciate your comment about respecting my viewpoint.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 11:03PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

If politicians intentions were as clear as frequencies of light, I would be a much happier person - I am a physicist; I revel in all things objective.

Alas, I'm forced to rely on the nuances of tone, delivery, and context to figure out what a politician is really saying.

"I feel like you'd have to think she's a pretty vile person to believe any of those things." Well, my view is of her being more opportunistic than vile. I have great respect for Sen. Clinton, and I don't doubt her convictions that she believes she would be the best President. I just think she's willing to make false political attacks to put herself in a more favorable position. That is, I believe she thinks the ends justifies the means.

Also, responding to another of your posts, I don't think she had any planned attack on Obama's religion, but I felt that she could have debunked that ridiculous rumor much more strongly, like how Obama publically debunked Sen. Biden's "racist" remarks.

Finally, let me say that I would support Sen. Obama if he were a Muslim (as I celebrated Congressman Ellison's electon in 2006). I realize, however, that many people have a problem with electing a Muslim President, and I feel Sen. Clinton was, to an extent, playing off of some people's fears and concerns in her interview.

by gcensr 2008-06-01 11:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

It seems to me that you have to already have a very negative view of Clinton's character to believe she had ill intent. In fact, I'd argue that a huge amount of the divisiveness that of this campaign originated in a presumption of bad faith about the two candidates from opposing supporters.

To take an example from the other side--was Obama trying to deliberately demean Clinton and women in general when he made remarks about "claws" and "periodically"? Personally, I don't think so. You were probably surprised that anyone would think so. But a similar thing is happening here.

What we're discussing is a 30-second snippet of spontaneous conversation, which we're poring over as if it were as well thought out as a passage from Shakespeare. The plain meaning of the words is obvious to me, and frankly, I'm not sure anyone who wasn't already predisposed to disliking Clinton saw it differently.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-02 07:01AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Also: Don't worry--I assumed you had no prejudice against Muslims.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-02 07:03AM | 0 recs
Recommended.

And as a Clinton supporter, I'll be glad to help you rip Johnson's false assertions to shreds. Down with the sick, racist mentality which would drive someone to lie about something like this. I'm tired of this sh*t.

by sricki 2008-06-01 10:25PM | 0 recs
Ya know Sricki

"I got a feeling this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR0lTHzWm rc

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:29PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Where is this "transcript" coming from? Why do people think this is the wording (why'd he vs. whitey) that is in the tape.

by Addison 2008-06-01 10:41PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Curious myself where a transcript would come from.

I was of the opinion that no such tape exists.

by OrangeFur 2008-06-01 10:48PM | 0 recs
she's linking from Booman

http://www.boomantribune.com/

hey, buddy!

by Al Rodgers 2008-06-01 10:49PM | 0 recs
Re: she's linking from Booman

Yes, but where is Booman linking from (he merely says, "from what I understand." I've seen this transcript floating around a lot.

Unless I can get some provenance on its origin I am assuming it started as a joke somewhere about how Larry Johnson could release something very stupid, or perhaps merely an illustration of how things could be misheard.

I have absolutely NO reason to believe that this is the actual transcript.

by Addison 2008-06-01 10:52PM | 0 recs
Re: she's linking from Booman

I think Kid Oakland's comment downthread has the answer you are looking for.

by Steve M 2008-06-02 10:05AM | 0 recs
Re: she's linking from Booman

His entry below the Michelle tapes is an even better read.  Thanks for pointing me in his direction.

by shalca 2008-06-01 11:01PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

He's not releasing the tape tomorrow - he's just releasing a story of some kind. And how do you know it's fake? Where is the information coming from that she's criticizing the Bush administration? Now, I don't read NoQuarter Daily but I haven't seen any reference to what you're referring to.

by glitterannebegay 2008-06-01 10:51PM | 0 recs
Digg Link

Help get the truth out there before this gets out of hand:

http://digg.com/2008_us_elections/Larry_ Johnson_s_alleged_Michelle_Obama_whitey_ video

by libertyleft 2008-06-01 11:23PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I really have a very difficult time believing that there is any kind of tape with Michelle Obama saying those things.  She is not a racist.  She loves this country, and I believe that she is a good person.

If this tape turns out to be something along the lines of what's been written here, I will absolutely reject and renounce it and anybody who is pushing it.

by psychodrew 2008-06-02 12:33AM | 0 recs
Drew you are an asset to your candidate

and she would be well served to have her supporters be like you.

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 12:47AM | 0 recs
Re: Drew you are an asset to your candidate

Thanks!

Did you know that John McCain hates social security and that John McCain thinks that poor children don't deserve health care?

by psychodrew 2008-06-02 02:31AM | 0 recs
No, I won't help you, just like Obama didn't help

Clinton about the RFK comments, on the contrary he's the one who stoked the flames. What goes around, comes around.

by suzieg 2008-06-02 12:40AM | 0 recs
I think...

we found our winner on who is going to be pushing this if it ever comes out.

by Massadonious 2008-06-02 12:52AM | 0 recs
Oh yes

I my diary had a link that had this one come up with in it.  I took the diary down but if you are going to post stuff on an inflammatory website it is wise to use a different ID, this one fails that test...

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 12:56AM | 0 recs
I don't think the two are the same.

Clinton's words were interpreted to mean something they weren't.  If what they are saying about this tape is true, they are putting words in Michelle's mouth.

Let me be clear about something, here.  This is the same kind of shit that the GOP did to the Clintons in the 90's.  The same thing.  Primary or no primary, Michelle Obama is a Democrat.  She is a member of our party and when they pull this shit to her, they don't do it to just her.  They do it to all of us.  This is an assault on the entire Democratic Party.

Michelle Obama's husband is the likely nominee, which means that she will probably be the First Lady of the United States.  Difficult primary or not, this Clintonista will passionately defend Michelle Obama against this smear and I will reject and renounce anybody who pushes it, even if I once called these people my allies.

by psychodrew 2008-06-02 02:19AM | 0 recs
Re: No, I won't help you, just like Obama didn't h

Here's a knife, and a mirror. I believe the nose is what you're going for.

by Sumo Vita 2008-06-02 07:00AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

The diary was okay. The comments all calling out commenters is a reason to get banned from MyDD.

I'd join you in the troll paranoia but I lost my tin foil hat. Not everyone that supported Clinton or supports Clinton is a troll and many of the ones you called out are supporting who they believe to be the best qualified democrat among the ones they had to pick from.

Not a very respectful diary summary.

by Justwords 2008-06-02 12:47AM | 0 recs
I have evidence for what I said

in my original comment upstream, if you want it then email me at ltn at lycos dot com

I don't post scurrilous rumors except to bat them down.  When I stand by something I say then I have the proof to make it stick...

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 12:49AM | 0 recs
Sorry that was my old email

here is the new if you want the proof I have of what I said:

ftwltn at lycos dot com

by Student Guy 2008-06-02 01:05AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Thank you.  I considered going on a hide rating spree of all the clarion rules violations above.  Basically the cardinal MyDD guideline is don't attack someone personally or call out other diarists by name.  Upwards in the thread: flagrant violations.  

by BPK80 2008-06-02 02:07AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I seem to remember a prominent Clinton supporter around here who went on a naming spree and wrote a diary on who on MyDD also highlighted at the evil orange satan, going into great detail on naming names... and nothing happened. Hell, a lot of people rec'd his diary. So I figure we've got some leeway to work with, right?

by ragekage 2008-06-02 03:19AM | 0 recs
Slinkerwink...thanks for getting info on this

I asked you about this on Kos the other day and got Tboned for it, partially my own fault due to my newbieness in blogging.  Regardless, thanks for addressing this and shedding light on this issue and I am happy and relieved to understand it is nothing but a smear.  Thanks again

by netgui68 2008-06-02 02:37AM | 0 recs
This is the 21st century...

...it's impossible to keep something like this secret if it did exist.  The fact that no one is willing to go on the record as actually seeing the tape is pretty strong proof that it doesn't exist.

by thezzyzx 2008-06-02 04:24AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

That's an impressively detailed conclusion, for having never seen or heard the footage, or without even being sure it exists...

by bobbank 2008-06-02 04:29AM | 0 recs
Could the diarist be more disingenuous?

This diary, coming from someone who organized people to sift through the Clinton's tax reutrns, is just too fucking rich!!!

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 04:44AM | 0 recs
Re: Could the diarist be more disingenuous?

Yeah, it's like slinkerwink thought that the blogosphere was created in part to do the job the media wasn't doing.  What an asshole!

Larry Johnson, on the other hand, is doing the job that the National Enquirer and/or NewsMax hasn't been doing. What a patriot!

by Rumproast 2008-06-02 05:47AM | 0 recs
Because the mainstream media didn't do its job and

call for people to protest Hillary?

Because the mainstream media wasn't going to go through the tax returns, but Slinkerwink shamed them into it?

WTF?

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 06:13AM | 0 recs
Re: Because the mainstream media didn't do its job

"call for people to protest Hillary?"

Yeah, that "Count Every Vote" rally yesterday was all about voters' rights.  I guess that's why they were treating Larry Sinclair like he was Frank Sinatra vising the Sands.

"Because the mainstream media wasn't going to go through the tax returns, but Slinkerwink shamed them into it?"

Why were the tax returns released?  I assume the premise was that people were supposed to "go through them." Or were they just supposed to make a lovely coffee table book?

by Rumproast 2008-06-02 07:05AM | 0 recs
Your sarcasm neither changes nor adds anything to

my point.  

If this tape exists, is negative towards Obama's campaign, and will score cheap points for Hillary, then shouldn't I follow Slinkerwink's lead, create an ACTION ALERT announcing the existence of the tape to hundreds of thousands of people, and asking them to get the tape out there to the media, etc.?  

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 08:45AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Well, You remember when LC Nutbag said he had "major development" to announce today ?
WEll all he had to announce that his five sources say the tape is stunning because Michelle O. is sitting at a panel with Louis Farrakhan in Wright's Church while making her comments.
Anyone care to pick this apart ? Louis F. and Michelle O. doing a conference together and NO journalist has noticed it ? Includsing people like Lynn Sweet who has covered the Obamas for years ? Doing panels ? In a church ?

This is such a bunch of BS i cant believe I let this upset me for a minute on Saturday. Urgh

by Benjaminomeara 2008-06-02 04:56AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

And he still hasn't seen it and no one will go on the record having said they've seen it, but it MUST exist!!!

by thezzyzx 2008-06-02 05:43AM | 0 recs
I agree with Slinkerwink. Now that Obama's suppor-

ers have thrown Hillary under the bus with very devious and underhanded tactics, we should brush ourselves off, and do whatever we can to make sure nobody does to Obama what his supporters have done to Clinton.

We should be more like Slinkerwink, who urged hundreds of thousands of Kosacks to pour through Hillary and Bill Clinton's tax returns for mud to slink (get it) at them.

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/4 /3/10303/42850

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2008/4 /4/8341/93919

Or asking Obama supporters to protest Hillary Clinton:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/22/ 054/87223/540/520182

Or pushing smears of Hillary Clinton to hundreds of thousands of people:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/8/8 5233/24622/945/511617

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/5/7/1 13231/5347/632/510929

Or reveling in the possibility that the Obama camp will use old mud to sling at the Clintons:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/4/23/ 75832/6040/971/501437

Or, well... you get the point.  Feel free, when thinking about whether to support Slinkerwink in debunking smears of Obama, to pick you favorite attack on Hillary out of Slinkerwink's collection:

http://www.dailykos.com/user/slinkerwink /diary/1

Hey, Slinkerwink:  I am really motivated to help you in your efforts to insulate your candidate from the horrible things you have done to my candidate.  So, where do I sign up?

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 05:46AM | 0 recs
Re: I agree with Slinkerwink. Now that Obama's sup

Shouldn't you be signing up at JohnMcCain.com with all the rest of the dead-enders?

by Rumproast 2008-06-02 05:49AM | 0 recs
That's right. Way to bring me back into the fold!

I can't wait to support your candidate, now that you called me a dead-ender.  Thanks for the support.  

I had grown a bit disillusioned with the Democratic Party, and the manner in which it has been hijacked by the Obama camp, with the willing support of the corporate media.  But your comment was like salve on my wounds.  

I am ready to forget that Obama built himself up by tearing down our last two term President, and I'm ready to do whatever it takes to make sure McCain's people don't do to Obama what Obama's people mercilessly did to Clinton.

Where do I sign up?  Is there some tent with literature on how to portray McCain as a racist?  

Is there a symposium on how to go through McCain's wife's tax returns?  

Where do I learn how to dig up information on whether John is cheating on Cindy?  

Is there a lecture on how to demand that McCain quit the race instead of letting the voters decide?  

Will there be a workshop dedicated to twisting everything McCain says into something he didn't say, with an afternoon session on how to get the mainstream media to feign outrage at what wasn't even said, and regurgitate it over and over again, and an evening session on how to email transcripts from said mainstream media propaganda against McCain to voters all over the country?

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 06:10AM | 0 recs
Re: That's right. Way to bring me back into the f

There's nothing anyone can do for you as long as you continue to wallow in your swamp of toxic partisan rhetoric.

If you truly believe your candidate's campaign to be spotless when it comes to all the dirt-digging, mud-slinging, feigned outrage, regurgitation of debunked claims that they've indulged in; all the slander, lies, and distortion documented extensively on this site and elsewhere - the outlook for you is quite hopeless, really.

All we can do is sadly watch you continue to follow her around holding a halo over her head. I hope you have strong arms.

by Sumo Vita 2008-06-02 07:24AM | 0 recs
Re: That's right. Way to bring me back into the f

Not to be snarky but if you choose your President based on what people in the blogosphere say, then you might want to unplug your modem for a while...

by JenKinFLA 2008-06-02 08:04AM | 0 recs
I don't choose a candidate based on the internet.

But I do rule out candidates based on the media's willingness to engage in propaganda on their behalf, because I believe the media has a pro-corporate/anti-citizen agenda.

I've all but ruled out Obama at least at this point, because the way the media has handled his fight against Clinton truly scares me about his intentions.  I have never feigned outrage at Obama for having ties to Rezko, or for Rev. Wright's words, or for having an arabic sounding middle name.  But the bottom line is that the media is either in the bag for Obama because he will take from citizens and give to corporations more than Clinton will, or because McCain would, and he would have an easier time beating Obama than Clinton.  General Electric is only out for General Electric's best interests.  So, those are the only two possible reasons that General Electric is so in the bag for Obama.  

Either way, I'm convinced the media (and the DNC) has unfairly and underhandedly chosen my candidate for me, and I don't like it.  Take my ball and go home?  Well, its either that or continue playing a fixed game with bought-off referees, isn't it?  And being upset at losing a rigged game makes me a sore loser, I can live with that.

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 09:00AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't choose a candidate based on the intern

I don't know what to say as you have effectively ruled out voting for Obama...

I would hope you would reconsider, but the choice is yours.

As to the results being fixed with bought referees, I would only say that the referees who have decided this thing would be the voters.  If they were swayed by one thing or another, only they can answer... For myself, I studied both candidates positions, both candidates records, and decided for myself.

by JenKinFLA 2008-06-02 10:22AM | 0 recs
But you and I both know that most voters are not

well informed, and that they take what their television, radio and newspaper tells them as the gospel truth, especially when all of the media outlets are pushing the same meme.  Themes such as the Clintons are being racist and Obama running a clean and masterful campaign become "conventional wisdom".

We can only continue denying the massive impact of the media in making Obama the presumptive nominee on the one hand, while blaming the media for chasing John Edwards out of the race on the other hand, for so long.  Sooner or later, those who know deep down that it was the media's coverage (or lack thereof) that killed Edwards, will have to admit that it was the same media that chose Obama over Clinton for us.  

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: But you and I both know that most voters are n

I'm not keen on listening to demographic breakdowns, but a refrain of one would fly in the face of your argument...

Obama has been winning amongst higher info voters.

by JenKinFLA 2008-06-02 11:24AM | 0 recs
I've actually been waiting to use this response:

I would suggest that high info voters are also high income voters, and the fact that they support Obama over Clinton goes hand in hand with the fact that corporate American supports Obama over Clinton.  These groups apparently feel that Obama will do more for rich people than Hillary will.  

Meanwhile, low info voters - blue collar workers - typical Democrats - appear to believe that they would do better under a Clinton administration.  

So, in my book, the fact that high info voters support Obama is nothing to brag about in Democratic circles.  

by PJ Jefferson 2008-06-02 11:32AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't choose a candidate based on the intern

Don't vote for him. Nobody is going to miss you.

The deadenders such as yourself make excuses up to not support Obama. It doesn't matter what anybody else says.

I prefer to not waste my time with people who choose their candidates depending on how the media treats them.

by spacemanspiff 2008-06-02 10:27AM | 0 recs
Yeah, uh

Did you notice none of that stuff actually happened? Obama could have used all kinds of tactics against Clinton that were on a level with the crap that her campaign has pulled and he didn't.

Think about that before you petulantly storm off to vote for Bush III.

by nightsweat 2008-06-02 09:18AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I remember when Hillary Clinton was smeared like this, and I hide-rate anyone that brings up the stupid Vince Foster shit.

Exactly the type of thing that can be found in abundance on dailykos, and there wasn't anyone hide rating it, and that is one of the reasons I left.

by SoCalVet 2008-06-02 05:49AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Larry Johnson is worse than Lee Atwater

What a pig, and he looks like one too

He is obviously an oppo researcher for the GOP and part of Operation Chaos and the fact that some die hard Clinton  "supporters" take him even slightly seriously is serious evidence that they are deranged or also working for the GOP

Larry Johnson should be shunned by all ethical progressives and democrats, not one page hit, not one reference in any legitimate blog

The fact that his BS routinely makes the rec list at MyDD is one of the single biggest reasons MyDD has come to seem like a pathetic shell of its former self

All of you crazies, please go away now?  We have a nominee

by fightbull 2008-06-02 06:03AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

This stupid tit for tat crap has got to stop.

by wasder 2008-06-02 06:37AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

So is the claim that indeed the Obama knows perfectly well of the existence of the tape, and indeed knows the exact content of the tape -- to the point that they can claim that every single time Michelle supposedly says "whitey" it can be perfectly well understood to mean "why'd he" -- or is it the case that no such tape actually exists?

For those on the Obama side who say that it's really nothing more than substituting "why'd he" for "whitey", I have to ask, how can they possibly know that for sure, and how can they presume to expect that others should believe them without evidence? I would ask them to pressure the Obama campaign to release the tape so that we can all evaluate it. Short of that, their own claims that every single time Michelle says "whitey" it can be understood as "why'd he" should be treated with all the suspicion that the existence of the tape should be treated with, until that tape is produced.

by frankly0 2008-06-02 06:38AM | 0 recs
Occam's Razor

Ask yourself this:

"What are the odds that an American public figure would use "Whitey" or "ni**er" or "ch*nk" or "insert racial epithet here"?

If you think those odds are high, then you may be as well.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 06:51AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Honestly, I have no idea what Michelle Obama is capable of saying in the context of the Trinity United Church.

What I find bizarre about the quotes offered up by the Booman thingy is that they suggest that he had very direct access to the tape in question, or that someone he knows did.

Well, if so, pressure the Obama campaign to release the innocuous tape and let it demonstrate its innocuousness.

Otherwise, you are no more to be believed than Larry Johnson until that tape is released.

by frankly0 2008-06-02 07:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Oh good grief.

You think it is just as likely that a potential First Lady would use the word "Whitey".

And you take the word of a slavering partisan idiot with a track record of slime and hyperbole as equal to anything anyone else has to say.

Sure thing.  Great deductive reasoning.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 07:19AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Look, saying that she's "A potential first Lady" hardly means that back in the day when she was at TUCC -- a church which she obviously was comfortable with and which was filled with racist rants -- and when Obama was perhaps only representing the very, very far left wing district of Hyde Park -- she could not have engaged in racist rants herself. If she wasn't comfortable with racist rants, why go to a church filled to the rafters with them?

As I said, I simply don't know what she might have said.

And I would just turn your question on its head: what is "a potential First Lady" doing in such a church for 20 years, if she simply finds appalling the type of racist rants one hears in that church, and which are so roundly applauded in that church? How could she be comfortable with such preachers? How could she be comfortable with such parishioners? How could she be comfortable bringing up her own daughters in such an environment?

Again, this is a potential First Lady?

by frankly0 2008-06-02 07:29AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

You're asking the wrong person about churches.

In my opinion, filling your kids with devisive Creation Myths that specify who is worthy of Paradise and who is destined for eternity in a lake of fire is ridiculous, but you have to be the Right Kind of Christian to be seen as equal in this country so every candidate has to be in that boat.

I've been to lots of churches.  In retrospect, they are all bizarre.  The good works done by the vast majority of churches is separate from the bad they almsost all do.  TUCC is a perfect example - it is not disputed that they have done a huge amount of good, but still there remains all the rest.

My step-father (Karl Lutze - google him up) is a Lutheran pastor and in part because of that a legendary Civil Rights leaders since 1945.  There is an enormous divide between Karl's laudable actions and the damage done by religion here and now, and throughout time everywhere.

So, you want me to comment on the churches every politician attends?  They virtually all assert that I and my family will suffer forever.  You tell me which one is offensive, I think they all are in their own way.

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 07:50AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Please stop.  TUCC was not/is not "filled with racist rants."  The MSM culled through YEARS of sermons and was only able to come up with maybe 2 to 3 minutes of inflamatory material which had to be cut from context and played over and over again to have the desired effect.  

As for the recent flap, let me point out that Father Phlegler is a Catholic priest who was invited to speak as part of a national UCC "sacred conversation on racism," the idea of which was to have speakers who represented many different viewpoints. TUCC also invited a white woman pastor whose views are quite mainstream to speak.  Why can't TUCC be given credit for her comments as well, if that is the way we are playing the game?

by oldbattleaxe 2008-06-02 07:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

I'm sure some more mainstream stuff comes out at TUCC.

What that doesn't excuse or erase are the racist and hateful rants that also take place there, to wild applause by the parishioners. Given the manner in which it is received by the parishioners, how can anyone pretend that this is just some act and attitude that deviates from what is taught and believed in that church? Yes, it doesn't happen all the time, but I defy you to find even a single occurrence of something equally racist and hateful and vile taking place in other churches. And Wright is an adherent of Black Liberation Theology; pretending that his racist rants are just an accident, and not inherent to what he believes is on its face absurd.

The truth is, God only knows what is said privately by these preachers and parishioners, given the vile stuff that is applauded when it is said publicly. What's simply amazing is that this church would allow ANY of these racist rants to be sold publicly. What has been said in that church that even the powers that be in the church realize are beyond the pale, and should not be exposed to the public?

by frankly0 2008-06-02 08:39AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Are you serious?  I can give you plenty of examples of things coming out of churches, so-called Christian churches, that are vile beyond belief.  How about the little Southern Baptist church that my sister got kicked out of because she objected to a sunday school teacher saying that blacks and whites don't go to the same heaven.  Is that a good example?  How about any church that Rev Hagee preaches in?  You know the sermon where he says that Hitler was God's tool for getting the Jewish people to re-populate Israel?

Are you completely daft?  What Pastor Wright had to say wasn't a tenth as vile as that.  

by oldbattleaxe 2008-06-02 09:59AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

Telling someone to release a tape that very well may not exist is like Bush telling Saddam Hussein that he had to turn over the wmds that did not exist.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-02 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: Occam's Razor

If the tape doesn't exist, then what does this Booman thingy claim is being distorted? What is he quoting from?

Either there's no reason to believe the tape exists, in which case Mr. Booman should certainly shut his mouth because he's just making something up, or it does, in which case he and other Obama supporters should ask that it be released.

by frankly0 2008-06-02 08:42AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

As a black person, no one I know uses the word 'whitey' anymore.  I've heard angry black folks use other words, like cracker or maybe even honkey if they're feeling retro-prejudiced.  Whitey?  That's that's old, old...OLD school.

by lollydee 2008-06-02 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

 If it turns out that there is a tape, and it turns out to be as simple a misunderstanding as hearing "Whitey" instead of "Why'd he?" I don't see how it could do any real damage to Obama.
  If anything it could galvanize people to vote for him by way of voting against the use of a smear which presumes some real ignorance and gullibility.
  People may have been disgusted by the Lewinsky affair but they were even more disgusted that it was used as an excuse for impeachment.  Bill Clinton's popularity actually went up.
  His popularity went up among ALL Americans, not just Democrats.  It'd be good to remember that before making assumptions about this "possible" tape and its effect on "gullible voters."
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(AllPolitics, December 20) -- In the wake of the House of Representatives' approval of two articles of impeachment, Bill Clinton's approval rating has jumped 10 points to 73 percent, the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows.

That's not only an all-time high for Clinton, it also beats the highest approval rating President Ronald Reagan ever had.

At the same time, the number of Americans with an unfavorable view of the Republican Party has jumped 10 points; less than a third of the country now has a favorable view of the GOP.
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    People just don't LIKE this B.S. If it's clear that she was talking about Bush - well the American people pretty much agree with her. In the wake of the McClellan revelations they are tuned into deliberate distortions in the service of political power.
  Give the American people some credit here.

by ClareA 2008-06-02 06:55AM | 0 recs
The truth about this diary

is that you are blind quoting Booman blind quoting Student Guy's speculation from yesterday here at MyDD, nothing less, nothing more.

You should update the diary and post the link to Student Guy's diary so people can read the important line you don't include:

In fact, I through my awesome investigative researching of aforementioned tape can predict what they will claim Michelle said:

Ie. StudentGuy was just posting speculation, and you and Booman are, too. In fact, by NOT posting that link, you are effectively spreading Larry Johnson's story for him.

If you don't have a link, you are either speculating or spreading rumors or voicing your own personal opinion.

Use some common sense.

And update the diary, please.

by kid oakland 2008-06-02 07:14AM | 0 recs
Re: The truth about this diary

That's pretty friggin' hilarious.

Here is my own speculation, which I hope will get repeated around the blogosphere and eventually turned into a diary proclaiming "the truth about the Michelle Obama tape" --

There simply is no such tape.

I can't prove my theory, but it has the advantage of being far more plausible than anyone else's theory.

by Steve M 2008-06-02 10:00AM | 0 recs
Why'd he's on the moon? n/t

by JJE 2008-06-02 07:27AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

How can anyone knock the tape down or defend Michelle until anyone has heard it? From my understanding, no one has heard it yet.

I'm prepared to give Michelle the benefit of the doubt since no one has heard it and I have seen no proof it actually exists.  And if it doesn't come out until November, supposedly, then how can anyone "use" it now?  It seems to be a big fat rumor so far, and nothing else. I don't see how rumors are useful. I don't prefer to support Obama for President, but until this video surfaces, in my opinion it doesn't exist.  It's just rumor.  You can't use rumors as fact.

by shellius 2008-06-02 07:34AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Looks like some folks at hillaryis44 are fine with baseless rumors.  One slimeball there said:

The rumor could do him more damage than the real thing if this picks up a life of its own. People love suspense, mystery and intrigue. It sells at the newsstands. His camp knows this and is waiting to see if it picks up steam. It seems to be doing so.

If it did not exist, they would have already denied it. So it must. They were hoping it would just fade away or come too late to save Hillary. If it came from the GOP, they could claim switfboating. But now it is just "out there".

Our job is to spread this thing loud and clear. We are not doing any wrong. If it is false, Ok Obama, just come out and inform us as such. We will cease and desist. That is unless it does come out after you have denied its authenticity.

If it is reality, we are doing our country a great service. This pair should not be in the White House.

We are in a win-win situation it seems.

Chess anyone?
http://www.hillaryis44.org/?p=642#commen t-169270

by politicsmatters 2008-06-02 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Hillaryis44 is a scary, scary place....

I used to read some of the comments there, but the Donna Brazille is "brillohead" and Michelle Obama is a "welfare queen" stuff almost literally made me retch....

by JenKinFLA 2008-06-02 08:08AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

"Our job is to spread this thing loud and clear."

That's also what they said, and did, with the Sinclair smear-even after he failed polygraph tests. And now they're promoting McCain.

It's painful when their members top the rec list here. Mind-boggling.

by catilinus 2008-06-02 08:35AM | 0 recs
what goes around comes around

Remember the Kantor video which was evidently doctored and spread around by Obama supporters? Remember how Obama supporters boosted that fake story? No well here are 2 diaries on MYDD:

So Kantor, Stephanapoulos and Carville are standing in a room... Add to Hotlist

by pinche tejano, Fri May 02, 2008 at 10:54:53 AM EST (http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/5/2/10545 3/1273)

dismissive liberals to white workers: drop dead Add to Hotlist

by blackflag, Sat May 03, 2008 at 07:12:30 AM EST (http://www.mydd.com/story/2008/5/3/71230 /43298)

not to mention a whole slew of "technical" analysis at the cheetos site:

http://www.dailykos.com/search?offset=0& amp;old_count=30&string=kantor&t ype=diary&sortby=relevance&count =30&wayback=131040&wayfront=0&am p;next=Next+Page+%3E%3E

Why do you complain now? This debasement of the political discourse with fake videos making racial charges was started by the Obama followers. You own it, you deal with it. It is wrong. I will not promote a fake video but I will not jump in to defend you either. Maybe like the Kantor video it should be debunked by the MSM instead of being repudiated by Democrats.

by tarheel74 2008-06-02 08:34AM | 0 recs
by tarheel74 2008-06-02 08:44AM | 0 recs
What do you do Wed, tarheel?

Just wondering.

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 12:43PM | 0 recs
From Susan Hu:

FYI, for those expecting to SEE the tape, GET REAL. Read Larry Johnson's description of what is ON the tape. That is the story.

GET REAL?!

Well, if that doesn't just say it all.

by asherrem 2008-06-02 08:35AM | 0 recs
Man, she has fallen very low

I had so much respect for her at one time....still respect her as a human being, but my respect for her talent and judgment is entirely gone.

by ksh 2008-06-02 09:11AM | 0 recs
Alas, FleaFlicker! I knew her, Horatio...

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 10:05AM | 0 recs
Perhaps untrue...

Whether this is valid or not, I really don't know. The below site/link claims that this is off of Larry Johnson's site...as of today.

I learned over the weekend why the Republicans who have seen the tape of Michelle Obama ranting about "whitey" describe it as "STUNNING." I have not seen it but I have heard from five separate sources who have spoken directly with people who have seen the tape. It features Michelle Obama and Louis Farrakhan. They are sitting on a panel at Jeremiah Wright's Church when Michelle makes her intemperate remarks.
http://www.mytowntalks.com/news/no-quart er-reports-michelle-obama-whitey-video-t alking-to-louis-farrakhan.php

by soyousay 2008-06-02 08:48AM | 0 recs
Re: Perhaps untrue...

I managed to see the site and the verbage is identical.

http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2008/06/02/ michelle-obama-and-louis-farrakhan-take- on-whitey/#more-2847

by soyousay 2008-06-02 09:01AM | 0 recs
The key sentence is...

If the quotation is as you have stated, it would be fairly easy to determine her intent. As a Harvard educated person herself I am going to assume if she wanted to say:

"Whitie do nothing about Jena?"

She would say it like this:

"Whitie did nothing about Jena"
or
"Whitie does nothing about Jena"

Because "Why'd he" is past tense and would fit with "do nothing" but not with "did nothing".

Thus, in this sentence (if she ever spoke this sentence) we can discern her intent. The "do" vs. "did" is the key word that will separate "Why'd he" vs. "Whitie"

We of course need to wait for the tape or other proof.

by bluestatedude 2008-06-02 08:57AM | 0 recs
Re: The key sentence is...

That's not exactly how I saw it quoted, but whatever, it's just a rumor.

by soyousay 2008-06-02 09:24AM | 0 recs
LOL Flowbee

by Rumproast 2008-06-02 09:01AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Booman, your post is laughable and hipocytical.

by trixta 2008-06-02 09:15AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Booman, your post is laughable and hypocritical.

by trixta 2008-06-02 09:17AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

What is really sad is that you and this site are a turncoat and unAmerican.

This site like many is being paid to promote Obama.

Obama is a danger to this country. It is amazing that media like this put $$ against the security of your own country's well being.

Shame on you.

We are Hillary supporters. and FYI, we are VERY decent people.

We did our research, We know the truth. Maybe you should search your soul before you and others like you put this country in further great danger.

Wake up.  Pay attention.

All the details out there on Obama, it is stunning so many choose to ignore it because they are entranced with the words "change" and "hope".

It is stunning that no candidate male or female, repub or dem, would ever have gotten this far into a candidacy if they had the same background that Obama has.

Wake up or spit on your flag- it's your choice.

But then again, if you all are lovers of Louis Farrakhan, then I'm wasting my breath.

by liberalicious 2008-06-02 09:17AM | 0 recs
bwaaaaaa - you fail, troll

by Slim Tyranny 2008-06-02 09:21AM | 0 recs
For your listening pleasure, the Von Trolls!

To the tune of "Doe, a Deer"

<ahem>

Troll, a fear, a foundless fear,

Spray, a clop of slimey phlegm,

Creep, a name, I call yourself,

Far - how much you have to run,

Blow, a wheedle pulling threats,

Laugh, at what you have to say,

Lie, you'd jam one in my head,

That because you're such a:

Troll troll troll troll troll!

:~P

-chris

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 09:32AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

You're going to have to do better at hiding your Repug predilections if you don't want to  . . .

FAIL

again.

by Same As It Ever Was 2008-06-02 11:16AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

welcome all you no25cents folks...

Everyone here has their own favorite troll recipe..

I prefer troll sushi...raw

by nogo postal 2008-06-02 09:26AM | 0 recs
For your listening pleasure, the Von Trolls!

To the tune of "Doe, a Deer"

<ahem>

Troll, a fear, a foundless fear,

Spray, a clop of slimey phlegm,

Creep, a name, I call yourself,

Far - how much you have to run,

Blow, a wheedle pulling threats,

Laugh, at what you have to say,

Lie, you'd jam one in my head,

That because you're such a:

Troll troll troll troll troll!

:~P

-chris

This is a comment on "Liberacious'" mucous, but since it's likely to be deleted forthwith, I post this here simply because I had so much fun writing it.

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 09:35AM | 0 recs
&quot;It&quot; being Liberacious....

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 09:35AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

My goodness.

I guess I had assumed, like most people, that this tape simply didn't exist.

If the tape does exist, and the reality is as Booman describes it, then there would indeed be no words for the outrageousness of that smear.

I am going to reserve judgment until the day the tape emerges... which may never come.  To be clear, while I'm not sure any of the possible scenarios are particularly plausible, I find Larry Johnson's scenario to be the least plausible of all.  He's free to prove me wrong if he can.

by Steve M 2008-06-02 09:47AM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Whether people here believe the tape to be fiction, the fact is that as soon as a number of voters hear the words "Michelle Obama" connected with "Louis Farrakhan", the damage will be done. Considering some of the statements Michelle has made in the past, no video is necessary, as many will consider the association alone damaging enough without the insertion of the derogatory terms alledgedly used. The more people hear of this, the more people will believe in it. I can't tell you how many people still believe the crap about Bill Clinton that has been debunked over the years, so you're only kidding yourselves if you think this thing doesn't have legs. This is, after all, a claim much easier for most white Americans to believe than the one peddled calling the Clintons racist.

While white voters will vote for a black candidate, they will never consider any black candidate associated with the likes of Louis Farrakhan, and it's that aspect alone that will derail Obama's GE chances - should he be the nominee - and result in a most humiliating defeat.

by SoCalHillMan 2008-06-02 10:14AM | 0 recs
Not sure what this tape says, however..

attempting to associate every prominent AA with Farrakhan has really gotten old.

Never mind that the likes of Gov. Rendell of PA partnered with Farrakhan to address racial issues in Philly. (gasp) Huh? A jew and Farrakhan?  Yeah, go friggin' figure that Gov. Rendell would praise Farrakhan for his work!

I know there is a concerted effort by the R's to move BHO out of the mainstream, but for the life of me I will never understand why the Dems bite - no matter how much disagreement we have about how electable one is over the other.

We should be shouting from the rooftops about how sick and ridiculous it is to, once again, engage in the politics of attack and division with so many REAL and IMPORTANT issues at stake!

by ILean Left 2008-06-02 01:15PM | 0 recs
Bigoted Garbage

First, I don't know a single black person that uses the term "whitey". This story in concocted by bigots whose last contact with a black person has been through watching seventies blaxploitation films.

Second, a Harvard educated speaker is not going to use the sentence construction, "whitie do nothing about Jena"

Third, the Obama campaign has studiously avoided anything that stokes white/black tensions. Michelle would simply not say anything like this on the trail, as it's simply stupid politics.

Anybody who circulates this is beneath contempt and a bigoted pig.  For those who say "he did it too" by dragging out perceived sexist sleights by Obama are working against making this country a better place.  A thinking Democrat would work against all the nasty isms and would never perpetuate one as revenge for another.  If any of this crap starts appearing here, the poster should be troll-rated, hid, and banned.  This is some disgusting garbage.

by mikeinsf 2008-06-02 10:22AM | 0 recs
You must live in a cave

Heck my black friends even use that term.

by catfish2 2008-06-02 12:12PM | 0 recs
Trolls live in caves; catfish in mud

I live in a major multi-ethnic urban center and no friends of mine of any race have ever said it. But, then I'm not a troll, and I've never met Jackie Brown.

by mikeinsf 2008-06-02 01:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Yet many times Obama supporters have stood silent or derided Hillary and her supporters whenever sexism reared its ugly head.

I happen to agree with your assessment of the likelihood of Michelle using certain terminology, but consider it highly plausible that Michelle did use certain words or phrases while reflecting her upbringing in a setting with certain individuals that could prove very damaging with Obama's standing within the white community.

Six degrees of separation from Louis Farrakhan will most certainly not be enough in this case.

by SoCalHillMan 2008-06-02 10:47AM | 0 recs
Exactly. Slinkerwink has nerve.

Sorry but where was slinkerwink with the faux outrage scandals of "as far as I know" he's not a muslim and RFK means Hillary secretly wants Obama offed?

Excuse me if I don't jump into action.

Besides, what tape are we talking about?

by catfish2 2008-06-02 12:34PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Am I the only one who doesn't think the tape even exists?

by JustJennifer 2008-06-02 11:39AM | 0 recs
Nope

by chrisblask 2008-06-02 11:44AM | 0 recs
Um - you want our help? Now?

First of all, I'll believe the tape exists when I see it. But what exactly are you asking from us?

And did you defend Senator Clinton from the "as far as I know" muslim-baiting smear? Or the RFK remark means she wants to assasinate Obama smear?

I don't understand what you're asking from us now.

by catfish2 2008-06-02 12:11PM | 0 recs
Re: Um - you want our help? Now?

And i agree with this.  The double standard gets to be a bit much.  The Micky Kantor tapes comes to mind.  dkos had 1000's of posts damanding HRC quit and more on shit like this.

Funny that "i take him at his word" means i am really saying BO is a muslin.  Just one man's opinion,

daivd

by giusd 2008-06-02 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

"Clinton supporters, I ask you to help me and other decent Democrats knock this tape down, because what it is nothing more than a fake smear of Michelle Obama."

You mean, like Mr. Obama and his supporters helped defend Hillary against horrible misogynist attacks throughout the primary campaign?  

by miker2008 2008-06-02 01:33PM | 0 recs
Think micro!

Yeah, why would any Democrat stand up and denounce racist smears when there's clearly an ax to grind in defense of their preferred celebrity.

by mikeinsf 2008-06-02 03:28PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I'm a woman and a feminist and I have to say, I don't get what miker2008 is talking about when referring to defending Hillary against "horrible misogynist attacks."

For one, the idea that a male candidate should come to the defense of a female candidate seems to me to me patronizing at best and sexist at worst.  

For another, what attacks does the poster mean? The shock jocks yelling something stupid in NH? The nutrackers, which it is said is sold in airport gift shops, but I've never seen although I travel a lot? Some obnoxious comments by some pundits?  These guys are crappy to everyone and I can't imagine anyone asking HRC to defend Obama when they said something inappropriate.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-02 02:12PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Even if you think millions of women are wrong, you have to accept that it's not just what all of us think, and it's a grass roots think, it's organic, it's ubiquitous, you have to wonder why your candidate didn't see this one coming and do something to protect his possibilities.  you may see no reason, but you're not the one he has to address.  

by anna shane 2008-06-02 02:30PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

I'm asking for you to explain this to me.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-02 02:32PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

Don't you know?  Obama personally manufactured and distributed those nutcrackers; controls Randi Rhodes and Chris Matthews with the Imperius curse; and is purposely mocking menstruation when he's says "periodically". Sure, he received ratings of 100 from numerous pro-choice organizations throughout his political life, has policies that are as pro-woman as any senator in Congress, and is married to an accomplished and  strong woman with her own impressive career, but dammit, he ran against a woman and won, so therefore he's a sexist.

and don't forget Fingergate.

by mikeinsf 2008-06-02 03:40PM | 0 recs
Michelle and Barack Obama

both made sexist statements of their own.  Does some one really need to list them for you AGAIN?

by Teacher1956 2008-06-03 05:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Michelle and Barack Obama

we try to warn them, but we're simply wrong and in the meantime there are millions of women who are pissed and won't donate to the DNC or vote for the presumptive nominee.  Blacks used to not vote back in the fifties when both parties used racism, and women are not going to vote for a party that tolerates misogyny.  Those who can't hear it are deaf.  

by anna shane 2008-06-03 12:08PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

they should show it themselves, and not let pugs release it late in October.  

by anna shane 2008-06-02 02:28PM | 0 recs
Re: The Truth About the Michelle Obama Tape

As a way of raising discourse here, could you refrain from calling Republicans "pugs?" I've never been a Republican but I think it's best to avoid all name-calling. If we want to attract people from different points of view to the Democratic party, it isn't helpful to call folks names not of their choosing.

by politicsmatters 2008-06-02 02:35PM | 0 recs
I thought there was no tape?
You want me to defend Mrs Obama after the thing she has said about Hillary?  After the Obama's called the Clinton's racists and said Hillary "will do anything to win", and many other statements right from the republican playbook of the 90s/
I don't think so.  If there is a tape and it is as you say, then the Obama's should release it and prove it to us.  Until then I am assuming that she did say whitey at least once and if she did, come on, they will never occupy the White House.
Her anger at white America is understandable, but it is not appropriate for the first Lady to hold such grudges and attitudes.  If we are to move on from race then African American leaders must also move on.  Racists of any color can not be leaders, no matter how understandable their prejudice.  
by Teacher1956 2008-06-03 05:10AM | 0 recs
Re: I thought there was no tape?

After the Obama's called the Clinton's racists

Please support this accusation with a transcript or an audio/video link.

If there is a tape and it is as you say, then the Obama's should release it and prove it to us.

If the tape exists, it's up to the accusers to release it, not the Obama camp (who may not even have access to any recordings of the supposed event).  

Until then I am assuming that she did say whitey at least once and if she did, come on, they will never occupy the White House.

Guilty until proven innocent?  It was already questionable whether you are an actual Democrat.. now I'm concerned that you don't even understand the concept.  

When you get a chance, please ask McCain 'Why'd he suck up to the religious right after what happened in 2000?' for me, please.

by Wayward Son 2008-06-03 10:04AM | 0 recs

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