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Barack Punts on Denial of Michelle Tape

If someone was accusing my wife of saying something racist that was not true, and you asked me in public, I would say emphatically and clearly, “it is not true.” So what is Barack’s problem. He was asked about this today and here is his reply:

We have seen this before. There is dirt and lies that are circulated in emails and they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about it,” Obama said to the McClatchy reporter during a press conference aboard his campaign plane. “That gives legs to the story. If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it.”

Asked whether he knew it not to be true, Obama said he had answered the question.

Huh? Are you kidding me? If it ain’t true say so.

But when a politician tap dances on nuance–Baby it is true. My sources have not backed off. They maintain they have a tape and will drop it on the Dems in the fall. Now if Barack said, “No, and hell no” I would be wondering about my sources. But he punted. He went for the weasel word. The non-denial denial.

It also is curious that the Obama folks put out the word that Michelle didn’t say “WHITEY”. Nope, according to them she said, “WHY DID HE.” Hmmmm. Why would you put that out if the recording of the event did not exist? Then you have the frantic scrubbing of Trinity websites. How about efforts to check the video files of Chicago TV stations? Stymied. The local ABC station says they will only give up a video if there is a subpoena.

So, sure looks to me that there a recording of Michelle’s racist rant exists in the hands of folks working to help elect McCain. Obama is hoping they won’t use it. But if you call what he said a denial then you yourself are in a state of (denial that is).

  • lisab

    Is that all they have on Michelle. She said “whitey” of no, cast her in the lake of fire….ha ha ha…get over your fear of blacks and grow up jerks!

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  • jjran

    I can see it now…..” that is the Michelle I know..”
    Heads up folks. Barack Hussien Obama is about to diss his own wife and throw her under the bus. Will there be anyone left in the Obama Thugish circles of Unamerican family and friends….? Who is this guy and who is the wife..?

  • the dude

    is the term whitey really racist? is this what white people go around worrying about?

    even if a non-white person, or institution, goes around saying such things, do they have the power (individually or collectively) to really hurt white folks? to take their house away, to not give them insurance, to psychically scar them into feeling like they’re inferior, to deny healthcare, etc?
    WAIT! that’s what a white-supremacist society does to PEOPLE OF COLOR!

    • elinor m walker

      So if it was “Why’d he…” or “Whitey”, or whatever, GET OUT IN FRONT OF THE THING before the October Surprise is detonated.
      I hope that no such recording in fact exists because no such remarks were ever made, and I’m no particular fan of the Obamas. If, however, it proves true, and if it is denied until the damn controversy detonates just before the General, then heaven help Obama. He won’t be able to be elected dogcatcher, nor should he. And Michelle will reap the whirlwind, poor thing.

  • Ed Jones

    McCain was born in Panama…..how bout those apples. Talk about foreigners taking American jobs.

  • spopp

    This has to be the stupidest smear tactic ever. Just like most hoaxes and myths they prey on the weak minded by exploiting current events, causes, cultural shifts,etc. So in the most racially fueled campaign in history how convenient that the wife of the candidate is reported as saying some ridiculous incendiary remark . How more convenient that its Michelle Obama after all the Rev Wright remarks (funny how this rumor first was told as the words being said at Trinity Baptist which is now publicly associated with everything anti-white and racially incendiary.) It is also remarkable that after such a nasty and dragged out fight for the Dem nomination this only surfaces now, Clinton went straight to the bank with this one. Also the GOP is holding this ace for the fall? Seriously? Obama has flat out denied the existence of such a tape or remarks, any fool with half a working brain would know now is the politically smartest time to release such evidence. If you wait this gets dismissed as smear and rumor and the public forgets as soon as lohan winds backup in rehab or the jolie-pitt twins come. You play this now and Obama will be playing clean up and catch up clear into January the only thing that would save him would be a tape of mccain saying the n-word. Also if this was true there would be numerous sources quickly able to back it up. Not only the news agencies, but any of the supposed audience members, the Coalition itself which has copies of all the events, but even the in house AV company for the Sheraton (you know since the original stated location was revealed to have not been possible) as an AV tech for a major hotel in Denver I know the policy is to tape every major conference and to provide a the masters to the event host and also keep backup copies on file. Comeone people use your heads.

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  • TiVo

    And why does everytime someone mentions other sites that talk about the tape theose site always points back to this one?

    hmmmmmmmm

  • TiVo

    JESUS H. CHRIST PEOPLE ARE SO DUMB!!!

    Let me get this straight. OK so Larry does not have the tape we get it. He has a friend who knows a friend who heard someone saw it and it is EXPLOSIVE!!!

    But now you want me to believe ONLY the Repubs got the ONLY copy?

    None of the thousands of people in the congregation has a copy?

    None of the public figures requested a copy of an appearance they were at has a copy?

    No one in Hillary’s camp was able to get a copy?

    Rev Wright’s past sermons were found to damage Obama but this on wasn’t?

    Obama’s camp or the Repub camp was able to find everyone that bought one and pay them hush money to secure the tape(s).

    Are you people really that dumb?

    Let me guess the typical answer:

    Avoid answering the obvious logical question and sidestep by calling me a troll.

  • WestCoastMessenger

    It seems like one of you Chicago bloggers could make a trip over to the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers and speak to their conference planner to find out what video crew was in taping the 2004 Rainbow Push conference. Rainbow Push farms this stuff out to third parties. I guarantee you the video company will have copies of all tapes in their archives, they don’t throw stuff like this away. Also, the probability is extremely high that Sheraton still has the data in their conference planning file on the event and contact numbers as to what personnel/companies will be coming in.

  • DisenfranchisedVoter

    Larry, I really really hope that a video tape exists but in case there isn’t, I think we should just move on from this particular controversy until McCain does in fact release this tape. Believe me, I’ll be the first to celebrate if such a tape exists that will bring down Obama in the general election. But we need to be careful not to spread a rumor in case we are 99.99% sure that it is in fact true. I really pray that you know much more than we do and that you are confident enough about its existence to keep us informed.

  • ron murray

    If the GOP had something of this nature they surely would have used it by now. Especially Hillary.

    Put up or shut up.

    • ulahane

      Why would the GOP have used it. Now would not be a strategic time for them to use their best ammunition. The most likely times in descending likelihood would be:

      1. October. The traditional time to release damaging information about an opponent. You want the information fresh in voters minds on election day.

      2. Just after the Democratic convention. The theory here would be to discredit your opponent so much that he can’t effectively respond to any later attacks. Only works if there are many lesser attacks to follow.

      3. My favorite, bit least likely, on the first day of the convention. This would cause utter chaos as delegates inside get into a huge floor fight while the far left protesters outside go completely nuts.

      Any other time would be a tactical blunder.

      I have no personal knowledge of the existence of the tape, but that’s what I’d do if I was a Republican who had it.

      P.S. The book is meaningless spin. I’ve read many things in fiction that later played out in real life. Most authors try to wright stories that could plausibly happen.

      • ulahane

        “write” not “wright” You can guess who I just saw on another site.

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  • Andy Olsen

    Also, how can you prove something doesn’t exist? In the Obama quote above he is calling this kind of slimy tactic for what it is.

    • Nadabama

      Concerning NObama’s comment re Michelle:

      He did not say, nor have I ever heard any defenders say “Michelle would never make such remarks, or Michelle would never say anything like that”, etc.

      They know damn good and well that such behavior, thoughts, and expressions are typical of her, that she did say it, and are praying for it to go away!

      I could very easily say to anyone that such a tape of my wife did not exist because she would not, and could not ever bring herself to use racially inflammatory words. Such behavior and verbage are not a part of her character.

  • Andy Olsen

    It’s real disappointing to see the Clinton camp continue to attack Obama, and especially using typical Right wing Republican tactics.

    This is the ‘08 version of a really weird conservative urban legend that pops up every four years, The names change, but the basics remain the same: 1) It always involves the wife of the Democratic presidential candidate; 2) It always portrays the wife—not the candidate—committing some anti-American, unpatriotic act.

    I was first exposed to this during the 1988 campaign when the line was, “There’s a picture out there of Kitty Dukakis burning the American flag…just wait til that comes out…” (that one got out of hand when a GOP senator actually believed it and called a press conference to say he would soon produce the evidence—which never materialized). Four years later, “There’s a picture out there of Hillary Clinton burning the American flag…just wait ‘til that comes out…” In 1996, the Hillary thing repeated itself. In ‘04, there was a similar one about Teresa Heinz Kerry.

    Differences this year: Because of the racial angle and Jeremiah Wright, Michelle Obama—and Louis Farrakhan, for good measure—are blaming “whitey.” Because of YouTube, it’s a clip, not a photo. Oh, and it’s also real early: This urban legend isn’t supposed to start making the rounds until September or so. Perhaps it’s because this one has “crossed over”—Larry Johnson is a lefty blogger partial to Hillary, so he’s caught up in the feverish wish that this might be true. Sorry, Larry, don’t hold your breath.

    Link

  • ned bulous

    More on the “tape”:

    http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/

    http://reason.com/blog/show/126883.html

    If you disagree with Obama on policy positions and honestly like McCain’s stances on Iraq, health care, wiretapping, Supreme Court justices, etc, etc- then by all means VOTE FOR MCCAIN!

    But don’t spread lies and rumors straight out of the National Enquirer with NO PROOF that any such tape EVER EXISTED and use that as a justification to vote against Obama! You folks (as ostensible Hillary supporters) should KNOW better, considering the baseless lies spread about the Clintons in the 1990s!

  • Mike

    I actually hope the Hillary supporters here get what they want. Hillary somehow gets the nomination by default. Let’s see how she gets elected when BO supporters start acting like the sore loosers that you all are. Wake up democrats and realize that divided we fall. Look at the mess this country is in right now and tell me you want another 4 years of republican rule! It shouldn’t matter what color someone is as long as they are competent and performing for the American people. With a 28% approval rating has George Bush improved our lives? Only an uneducated, ignorant person votes against his own self interest.

  • MichelleK

    Still waiting on this imaginary tape. Note to the stupid it does not exist and never did and Larry Johnson ran his BS again. He claimed Rove was indicted that week according to multiple resources. He lied then and lied now and anyone who believes him is an idiot.

  • Big Al

    There never was a video – Larry Johnson has done nothing but show himself for the talentless hack he really is. How sad is it that he has to make up this sort of garbage just to get attention – he has nothing to support this yet I still see sheep following along blindly hanging on his every word. Mr. Johnson is a gutless coward.

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  • BCC

    Where’s the tape?

    Any chance she was actually saying “Why’d he”?

  • Yossi Gurvitz

    If you have the tape – on 31/5 you wrote it will be exposed on June 2nd, now it’s June 6th – then show it. If you don’t, then the decent thing to do would be to shut up and not spread any rumors.

  • Bitter

    Peter,
    Thank you for your eloquent and thoughtful post. I don’t have time to respond here but wanted to thank you for elevating the discussion. Or at least trying to, as the subsequent posts were all about the “tape” and when it might surface. I am a white woman with blue-collar roots, Hillary’s supposed target demographic. She lost my vote many years ago when she vauthorized WW III. Her refusal to step up to the plate and speak out against the fact that large numbers of her voters brazenly said they would never vote for a black man in exit polls only evaporated any lingering respect I might’ve had. That is a quantifiable fact, not a mythical tape rumor being pimped out by one of her zealous internet supporters. It broke my heart that she and Bill did not speak out against that empirically supported racism on the part of her voters after pandering for the black vote the last 20 years. Blacks have been voting whites in since they got the vote, so the notion of “blind support” to a black man is absurd.

  • http://dianej.wordpress.com DianeJ

    It keeps getting more interesting.

  • miles archer

    Turn politics into a circus and there will be clowns.

    http://www.reason.com/blog/show/126883.html

    Heh.