Obama: Elie Weisel is a piker

posted at 10:20 am on April 10, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Someone at the Barack Obama campaign had better start watching the hyperbole meter when Obama gets off script. When a questioner at a Levittown event asked Obama about his church’s fascination with Louis Farrakhan, Obama offered a very strange defense. He claimed that no one has campaigned against anti-Semitism like himself. Jake Tapper is underwhelmed:

“This was done by a magazine that was connected to the church,” Obama explained. “I would have never done it. It was primary focused on the rehabilitation work that they do for ex-offenders in Chicago. That doesn’t excuse it, that just explains it.”

Obama reminded the crowd that he’d denounced his church’s praise of Farrakhan, saying, “I’ve been very clear about saying that was wrong. And nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have.”

Really? No one?

Elie Wiesel? Simon Wiesenthal? Alan Dershowitz?

First off, when has Obama spoken out at all against anti-Semitism outside of generic “hope and change” rhetoric about the tone and tenor of politics? He hasn’t been an activist for anti-Semitism even in his own church. He claims he didn’t agree with Jeremiah Wright’s honoring Farrakhan, but he didn’t speak out against it until people pressed him for a reaction to it. How about when his church reprinted Hamas propaganda in its bulletins? Did his fierce opposition erupt in protest? Uh, no.

And now “nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism” than Obama? That’s not just absurd, it insults the intelligence of everyone who heard it. Many people have spoken out eloquently on anti-Semitism on many more occasions than Barack Obama, which isn’t a difficult threshold to meet.

This is the Obama style of “hope and change”. When something controversial happens, hope that no one notices. If they do, change direction and get ahead of the event. In this case, Obama got so caught up in the moment that he transformed himself into the leading voice against anti-Semitism. Maybe no one heard him until now because of laryngitis.

Update (AP): I took him simply to mean that nobody left in the race has spoken out more fiercely against it, which is highly debatable but not preposterous on its face. In any case, let me add to Ed’s post this intriguing context about prominent Palestinian activists, some of them friends with Obama, who claim that his strident support for Israel of late is essentially an electoral posture. Some of that’s surely informed by a crude identity-politics notion that a minority candidate must secretly sympathize with the Middle East’s own self-styled minority, but there’s more to it:

At Khalidi’s 2003 farewell party, for example, a young Palestinian American recited a poem accusing the Israeli government of terrorism in its treatment of Palestinians and sharply criticizing U.S. support of Israel. If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.”

One speaker likened “Zionist settlers on the West Bank” to Osama bin Laden, saying both had been “blinded by ideology.”

Obama adopted a different tone in his comments and called for finding common ground. But his presence at such events, as he worked to build a political base in Chicago, has led some Palestinian leaders to believe that he might deal differently with the Middle East than either of his opponents for the White House…

At Khalidi’s going-away party in 2003, the scholar lavished praise on Obama, telling the mostly Palestinian American crowd that the state senator deserved their help in winning a U.S. Senate seat. “You will not have a better senator under any circumstances,” Khalidi said…

In interviews with The Times, Khalidi declined to discuss specifics of private talks over the years with Obama. He did not begrudge his friend for being out of touch, or for focusing more these days on his support for Israel — a stance that Khalidi calls a requirement to win a national election in the U.S., just as wooing Chicago’s large Arab American community was important for winning local elections.


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Does running for president require drug screening?

This guy’s on something.

Corky on April 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

“it insults the intelligence of everyone who heard it”

Every speech he or any other Democrat makes does that, so what really is the difference here?

NoDonkey on April 10, 2008 at 10:24 AM

That doesn’t excuse it, that just explains it.”

Hers the key quote. I’m not going to try to appologise for it… and you “typical white persons” just don’t get it…

Romeo13 on April 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM

Now he and Bill Clinton can go jump in that trench over in Israel together, perhaps between Sderot and the Gaza border?

Maquis on April 10, 2008 at 10:25 AM

So Obama stands strong against anti-semitism?

REALLY?

MadisonConservative on April 10, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Maybe he meant “no other presidential candidate…”. But, still.

mikeyboss on April 10, 2008 at 10:28 AM

In all fairness, it sounds as if he was referring to the other presidential candidates, not Elie Wiesel etc.

However, he should have clarified if that was the case. It would have been a weak argument as well.

darclon on April 10, 2008 at 10:29 AM

If this lying piece of worthless crap ever becomes President, it’s over…

TexasJew on April 10, 2008 at 10:32 AM

How odd. Obama and crew continually insult members of their own base, while McCain does the same. Actually, so is Hillary (AA’s). Maybe all Americans ought to boycott the election.

JiangxiDad on April 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Obama needs to put his nicotine patch over his mouth.

profitsbeard on April 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Anti-semitism: The topic of Obama’s next big speech? /s

Connie on April 10, 2008 at 10:33 AM

“In all fairness”

Obama’s campaign takes the opportunity to mischaracterize and to twist McCain’s words all of the time.

So “fairness” went out the window some time ago.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

It sounds like Obama is really starting to believe all this Messiah stuff is true. He really thinks that he knows all and is better than all. He is the authority on every subject under the sun and is the only one to fix not only the U.S.’s but the World’s ills.

ctmom on April 10, 2008 at 10:41 AM

and don’t even get me started on that wife of his.

ctmom on April 10, 2008 at 10:41 AM

That wife! Oy vey!

pseudonominus on April 10, 2008 at 10:43 AM

ctmom on April 10, 2008 at 10:41 AM

Like I said before, John Kerry with a better tan.

Connie on April 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

“In all fairness”

Obama’s campaign takes the opportunity to mischaracterize and to twist McCain’s words all of the time.

So “fairness” went out the window some time ago.

NoDonkey on April 10, 2008 at 10:36 AM

His argument is silly at best even if it was directed towards the other candidates.

Let the Left mis-characterize statements, I prefer the truth. I just think that Ed went a little bit hyperbolic with his post.

darclon on April 10, 2008 at 10:44 AM

As we move toward the general election it will become increasingly clear to everyone paying attention that Barack Obama is a hack neophyte who is way out of his league. To think he can sweep the anti-semitism of his cabal under the rug by annointing himself a champion against it is just not very bright politically.

For a detailed dissection of Obama the Hack check out Jamie Glazov’s forum on the subject:

miles on April 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

So, when can we expect Obama to renounce his church’s printing of Hamas’ newsletters in their bulletin?

waiting with bated breath….

psrch on April 10, 2008 at 10:46 AM

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miles on April 10, 2008 at 10:47 AM

I guess if Bubba was the first black President then Obama can be the first Jewish President. It’s unbelievable the BS that comes out of this guys mouth.

Hummer53 on April 10, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Reason number 372 that Obama is simply another power craven pol willing to say anything, at any time, to anybody, if he thinks it will get him more votes…

Only a few more months for the American Public to realize what a con artist he really is, with the alternative being a 4 year object lesson of his incompetence and buffoonery.

Wind Rider on April 10, 2008 at 10:50 AM

The Obamassiah is not ready for prime time.

rbj on April 10, 2008 at 10:54 AM

Typical politician rhetoric. Change you can believe in… OY!

Dash on April 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Michelle was never proud of her country until Hussein spoke out more fiercely than anyone on anti-Semitism.

Akzed on April 10, 2008 at 10:57 AM

Given the various events that have surfaced regarding Obama’s background and associates, I’m absolutely amazed that there’s a Jew in the country that would vote for this guy, yet, he seems to have a significant Jewish following. Would someone explain how this is possible? I am miffed.

Syd B. on April 10, 2008 at 10:58 AM

I guess we can add “anti-semitism” to his list of distractions.

moonsbreath on April 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Actions speak louder than words:
Has he:
1. Ever been to Israel?
2. Ever been to a Holocaust Museum?
3. Ever denounced the increasing anti-Semitism in Europe?
4. Ever denounced his church or his pastors for their Anti-Semitism?
5. Ever denounced the people who support him who are rabid Anti-Semites?

The fact is, he’s all talk, no action. As my Dad once said (about someone else), he’s all icing, no cake.

mjk on April 10, 2008 at 11:02 AM

No one does exaggeration and melodrama like Barry O.

Here’s Obama over at Wuzzadem, just sticking to the facts at the local Starbucks.

inviolet on April 10, 2008 at 11:06 AM

I believe The Obamassiah got his fervent anti-anti-semitism during his 3 week tour of Pakistan. That’s where he visited the “stamp out anti-semitism” museum, right?

rbj on April 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM

The Obamassiah is not ready for prime time.

rbj on April 10, 2008 at 10:54 AM

He never will be!

OldEnglish on April 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM

I think Obama is going to get so schooled my McCain in the general, he’s just going to snap.

Geronimo on April 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM

Obama has never specifically addressed the issue of Reverend Wright’s statement: “Israel, that dirty word”. That is an antiSemitic slur and Obama knows it. Wright was slick enough to substitute the word “Israel” for “Jews” but his whole audience knew what he meant. And Obama won’t mention that comment. Obama also had nothing to say about Reverend Wright’s statement that Black are intimidated by Jews. That would be news to Jesse Jackson and Louis Farrakhan who made criticisms of Israel and Jews the centerpiece of their careers.
Obama has never given a speech about Israel or Black-Jewish relations to a Black audience in Chicago. He made one mention of it in a speech in a church in Atlanta. That church was far away from Obama’s political base and involved no bravery on his part.

Larraby on April 10, 2008 at 11:16 AM

It’s a black thing, typical White people. You wouldn’t understand.

Bring out the wife, I need a good laugh today.

UnEasyRider on April 10, 2008 at 11:19 AM

When B. Hussein goes off script, it is a wonder to behold. The UMMMs, UHHHs, and AHHHs are plentiful. Not to mention the stutters that abound. This empty suit should remember “it is better to remain silent and thought a fool, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt. The more he is forced to answer candid questions, the more he self-destructs.

pueblo1032 on April 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

I’m tired of giving this guy the benefit of the doubt. I really am. He reveals his thoughts/opinions more than he missteps.

Dubn8tr on April 10, 2008 at 11:24 AM

I’ve been very clear about saying that was wrong. And nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have.

When? I keep reading about how he makes reference to when he spoke against this crap, but can anyone quote him ACTUALLY saying it? There were some accounts of how he said something at some meeting once, but every time it’s brought up, he just says he already says it. Why can’t everyone see that??

It would be a pet peeve of mine, except that it’s much more important than that.

MamaAJ on April 10, 2008 at 11:29 AM

We need MORE unscripted clips of Obama. He is great when he has a teleprompter or is preaching rehearsed rhetoric. Get him away from that and his image crumbles.

cannonball on April 10, 2008 at 11:36 AM

It’s becoming more and more obvious that Obama will SAY anything to get a vote, although nobody really knows what he would DO if he was elected President.

I hope “Geronimo” is right about Obama getting “schooled by McCain in the general” election. But will McCain actually take him up on such things? We can probably count on the media NOT to! Obama’s poll numbers have been inching back up after his speech in Philadelphia. Are the voters paying attention?

Jewish Senator Joe Lieberman might have something interesting to say about this. Where is he when McCain needs him?

Steve Z on April 10, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Obama got so caught up in the moment that he transformed himself into the leading voice against anti-Semitism. Maybe no one heard him until now because of laryngitis.

.
So Rip Van Obama not only slept for 20 years thru all the afrocentric Wright Hate, he lost his voice along the way?
B. HUSSEIN IS A LIAR

shooter on April 10, 2008 at 11:39 AM

And nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have.

.
Damn that makes me mad.
.
This is WORSE than Hillary’s snipers.
.
How dare you B. Hussein Obama? How dare you?

shooter on April 10, 2008 at 11:42 AM

I think Obama is going to get so schooled my McCain in the general, he’s just going to snap.

Geronimo on April 10, 2008 at 11:12 AM

I hope you are right but I’m worried about the debates.

a capella on April 10, 2008 at 11:50 AM

Eh, so Weisel is a piker…wise guy huh?

“his strident support for Israel of late is essentially an electoral posture”…This is rather strange, Obama is the candidate for Change and Unity, these pro-Palestinian friends of Obama must be mistaken, or they understand how the ‘new’ politics work.
“If Palestinians cannot secure their own land, she said, “then you will never see a day of peace.” Translation: ‘as long as one Jew remains in ‘Palestinian land’, the racists will make sure there will be no peace’.

Christine on April 10, 2008 at 12:16 PM

You people forget BO is a GOD, so he can lie all day long. He can make up stuff because he is a God. All people have to do is look up at his billboard and they get bow down to him by reminding them of his change and hope for his sheep. All the details should not get in the way of his reign as God on earth.

BroncosRock on April 10, 2008 at 12:17 PM

You know I am beginning to see a pattern. Whenever he is challenged it is always “no one has ‘said’ as much as I’ve said”. Leaving the assumption that he’s said something.

The press never seems to include the comments that he is referring to. When my girlfriend asks if I love her, she won’t settle for “I have said that”.

Agrippa2k on April 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

First off, when has Obama spoken out at all against anti-Semitism outside of generic “hope and change” rhetoric about the tone and tenor of politics?

Exactly.

Agrippa2k on April 10, 2008 at 1:08 PM

Update (AP): I took him simply to mean…

Bit of a shocker, here, Peter!

Jaibones on April 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Jew hatred is probably the most likely Reverend Wright Rant to have rubbed off on the Obama’s

All things being equal, it is more likely than not that the Obama’s repeat anti-semitic rhetoric at home (if not out right haters).

Agrippa2k on April 10, 2008 at 1:17 PM

The shark jump is complete. I find this guy less and less likable.

ronsfi on April 10, 2008 at 1:21 PM

Gee, I don’t know too many people who simultaneously are the world’s greatest counter-anti-semites AND employ Nation of Islam officials in their U.S. Senate offices and campaigns. And BTW, the article to which Allah links above, used some info from my column on Obama (linked here), and which the L.A. Times reporter contacted me about (and then, contrary to his promise, didn’t give me credit for).

Debbie Schlussel on April 10, 2008 at 1:28 PM

To the guy who asked if he’s ever spoken against anti-semites who supported him: Remember the MSNBC debate? When asked about Farrakhan he said he both denounced his remarks about Jews and would reject any support from him.

Typhonsentra on April 10, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Obama proves once again that outside the pulpit, he does not have much of a head. His true nature shows once you can get him outside of scripts.

jencab on April 10, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Has Obama been studying at the feet of Bill Clinton? Clinton was fond of the “nobody has done as much as me” or “… said as much as me” formula.

As I recall, he said at various times that no one had ever been treated as harshly by the media as him, that no one had ever been as supportive of civil rights as him, that no one had done more to balance budgets than him, etc.

Theory A: A common liberal “tic” due to the classic narcissism of modern liberalism
Theory B: It’s just the sort of thing people say when they know good and well they can get away with it, because the media will never question them about it.

I think I much prefer theory B.

tom on April 10, 2008 at 2:15 PM

A little OT but has anyone seen anything else about his 3 weeks in Pakistan after college? Has it been verified, were there witnesses, why wasn’t it mentioned in either of his two best selling books, who did he hang out with and what did he do to gain international experience and where will he remember he visited next week?

ctmom on April 10, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Anyone seen an Obama birth certificate? Anyone?

gabriel sutherland on April 10, 2008 at 2:57 PM

Now, what control would Obama have over his own birth certificate? Or is this some sort of weird snark?

Jaibones on April 10, 2008 at 4:05 PM

This is the Obama style of “hope and change”. When something controversial happens, hope that no one notices. If they do, change direction and get ahead of the event. … Maybe no one heard him until now because of laryngitis.

Brilliant, Ed!

It sounds like Obama is really starting to believe all this Messiah stuff is true. He really thinks that he knows all and is better than all. He is the authority on every subject under the sun and is the only one to fix not only the U.S.’s but the World’s ills.

ctmom on April 10, 2008 at 10:41 AM

I think you’ve nailed it, ctmom.

What a tool.

OBAMA LIED, ANNE FRANK CRIED (tears in heaven)

Rosmerta on April 10, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Two Words:

Zbigniew Brzezinski

MSimon on April 10, 2008 at 9:25 PM

Someone should give everyone at one of Obama’s meetings his autobiography and tell them to hold it up in the air everytime he speaks.

davod on April 11, 2008 at 7:10 AM