“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, ‘he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name,’ you know, ‘he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”‘ -- Barack ObamaNot that anybody has actually done that, no. And since McCain hasn't made race an issue, Obama's decided to just pretend he has. Or will have done. Maybe. Someday in the future that Obama imagines. Yeah, that's it, the imaginary future that would exist if people were actually as shitty as Obama thinks they are.
According to the FoxNews article, Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said Thursday that Obama was not referring to race.
“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said. “There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”When translated from politicalese, this can be expressed as follows, "It sure as hell was about race, but I'm spinning like a UFO to put out the fire this arrogant moron candidate of ours started."
Robert Gibb's slick spin to the contrary, Obama certainly wasn't talking about the political history presidents on the dollar bills. Here's the history:
- George Washington ($1 bill) had no political history whatsoever. But he was the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army.
- Abraham Lincoln ($5 bill) was an Illinois state legislator, but served only one term as a US Representative in 1847-49 prior to his Presidential run in 1860.
- Alexander Hamilton ($10 bill) was the first Treasurer of the US, not a president.
- Ulysses S. Grant ($50 bill) was an Army general who had no political experience prior to his Presidential run.
- Benjamin Franklin ($100 bill) was a founding father, not a president.
Surely... surely... if Obama's statement were as cleverly nuanced as Gibbs would have you believe he would have taken these bald facts into account. A man as smart as Obama thinks he is wouldn't mis-state history to that extent, now would he?
No, Gibbs, your apology is transparent and silly. Obama meant race. And he clearly thinks it's OK for him to paint McCain and Bush as racists, without cause.
One thing is clear. Barack Obama can never, ever in his lifetime make any credible complaint about "going negative". He's descended as low as it goes.