Obama’s Tuzla Dash? Er, maybe

posted at 9:50 am on May 16, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

When Hillary Clinton needed to show that she had the courage to become Commander-in-Chief, she concocted the Tuzla Dash, telling a false story on at least four occasions how she had landed in Bosnia under fire when evidence clearly showed she lied. When Barack Obama needed to show that he had political courage, he concocted a story about his reception in Detroit after demanding higher gas-mileage standards. Are these two the same?

Is this another Bosnian sniper incident, where a Democratic candidate for president describes a scene involving some personal courage, but later videotape shows that maybe perhaps it wasn’t really quite all like that exactly?

Sen. Barack Obama, the leading Democratic candidate for his party’s nomination, is very fond of telling receptive audiences the story about how last May he walked right into the automotive lion’s den of Detroit and told those industrialists they were going to have to shape up, change the way they do things and start making more fuel-efficient vehicles to protect our environment. …

You’ll never guess what. The room wasn’t quiet at all. Obama, in fact, got a loud round of applause. And at the end of his address the camera’s view of him at the podium is partially blocked because the audience of local businesspeople and automotive executives was rising to give him a standing ovation.

Certainly, this doesn’t make Obama look very much like the lightbearer of New Politics. He just got caught doing something that Old Politics purveyors often do: exaggerate to the point of lying. Nor is it the first time he’s done so this campaign, or even this month. He just got exposed as shifting his position on “preconditions” involving direct presidential contact with Iran, and no one has bought his explanation of Jeremiah Wright, which can be boiled down to “I sat in the church, but I didn’t inhale.”

This seems rather modest in comparison to the Tuzla Dash, however. In that instance, Hillary tried to fake physical courage of the kind shown by our troops in battle, a theft of honor that is particularly despicable. Afterwards, she compounded the error by dragging out witnesses to testify to her version of events and call everyone else liars. When clear evidence showed that she did not run to shelter but strolled across the tarmac to a welcoming ceremony — with her teenage daughter! — Hillary never apologized for her double-down, attributing the lie to “sleep deprivation” even though she had told the story for months.

Obama’s ovation hardly rises to that level of egregiousness. He could argue that it took a little courage to talk about mileage mandates in Detroit, but he was talking to an audience of supporters, not car-manufacturer executives. Obama also was couching the mandates as an exchange for some hefty corporate welfare, actually closer to a de facto tradeoff for government-run health care. That’s not exactly a Profile in Courage, and it’s not surprising that he got a standing ovation rather than chirping crickets.

The Obama Ovation is campaign-trail exaggeration — certainly fair game for criticism, but it ain’t a Tuzla Dash by a long shot.


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Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Talon on May 16, 2008 at 9:55 AM

I thought Messiahs never told fibs though. Can Obama really get away with this sort of “old politics” stuff? I hope not. People expect Hillary Clinto to lie and even lie flamboyantly. They don’t expect the New Jesus to.

rockmom on May 16, 2008 at 9:56 AM

So he is a liar, That’s what the D behind his name means.

TheSitRep on May 16, 2008 at 9:57 AM

his explanation of Jeremiah Wright, which can be boiled down to “I sat in the church, but I didn’t inhale.”

Hilarious!
Actually, he was wearing earmuffs the whole time. Maybe the dictionary needs a new word like ‘obamavation’ for manufactured or ex post facto exaggerated applause from an ‘applaudience.’

whitetop on May 16, 2008 at 9:59 AM

He could argue that it took a little courage to talk about mileage mandates in Detroit, but he was talking to an audience of supporters, not car-manufacturer executives. Obama also was couching the mandates as an exchange for some hefty corporate welfare, actually closer to a de facto tradeoff for government-run health care. That’s not exactly a Profile in Courage, and it’s not surprising that he got a standing ovation rather than chirping crickets.

LMAO..

Chakra Hammer on May 16, 2008 at 9:59 AM

So he is a liar, That’s what the D behind his name means.

TheSitRep on May 16, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Dysfunction.

Chakra Hammer on May 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM

I’ll translate. They didn’t “clap,” which in Obama campaign language means they didn’t jump up out of their seats, throw their arms in the air, and then crumble to the floor in an orgasmic fit of peace, love, and joy.

RBMN on May 16, 2008 at 10:02 AM

This just means Obama does not listen to the little people.

He can’t hear them clap, he can hear them cry, he can’t here them beg for help.

Barack Obama does not care about working people.

EJDolbow on May 16, 2008 at 10:03 AM

He should stick to true tales. Like the time he was in Africa caught by reserve Jihadist supporters and he had to escape dressed as a black Muslim slave trader.

[email protected] on May 16, 2008 at 10:08 AM

More of the Obama Secret Code™

faraway on May 16, 2008 at 10:14 AM

The Obamassiah does not lie. If he’s saying something that isn’t “true” in the sense of being “factually” true, it is True in a higher sense. You see, the left can speak either truth or Truth. They are never wrong.

rbj on May 16, 2008 at 10:15 AM

It’s a stretch but yeah. Typical politician. Only human.

Dash on May 16, 2008 at 10:16 AM

The camera did not pan the crowd. Not one person swooned, not one person fainted…. SO, he was right!!! And WHO are we to question THE MESSIAH???

pueblo1032 on May 16, 2008 at 10:18 AM

The Obama Ovation is campaign-trail exaggeration — certainly fair game for criticism, but it ain’t a Tuzla Dash by a long shot.

Yeah, the exaggeration makes him look bad but it’s nothing compared to his associations to Wright, Ayers, etc. This is so small it barely reflects on the radar IMO.

Yakko77 on May 16, 2008 at 10:29 AM

When Obama becomes president of the world, my car will run on pop-rocks and magical fairy farts. And electricity will be replaced by enchanted moonbeams and happy thoughts. Sigh…he’s dreamy…

robblefarian on May 16, 2008 at 10:44 AM

So he is a liar, That’s what the D behind his name means.

TheSitRep on May 16, 2008 at 9:57 AM

Dysfunction.

Chakra Hammer on May 16, 2008 at 10:01 AM

Corrected. . . Damn liar

Texyank on May 16, 2008 at 10:47 AM

It was a touching scene. When he was done speaking there wasn’t a dry seat in the house.

Akzed on May 16, 2008 at 10:50 AM

The BIG LIE here is that Detroit is somehow in cahoots with Big Oil to deny you a “fuel efficient” car, and only by government badgering do they leak out small increments of improved fuel economy. What a crock.

There are two ways Detroit is going to fulfil fuel economy mandates: smaller, weaker engines and lighter cars. Nobody likes weak engines, so they don’t buy them. Lighter cars tend to kill people when they crash.

I would love to hear someone with an (R) behind their name get up tell the folks that their government is going to accept more highway deaths so we can save some oil. That’s exactly what CAFE standards bring.

Rhinoboy on May 16, 2008 at 10:52 AM

All this shows is that Comrade Obama will say anything, do anything or morph into whatever form he needs to obtain his goal. This is simply normal, everyday pandering to the lumpen proletariat.

Unless Republicans wake up (doubtful) and get somebody with solid, conservative credentials to off set John McCain (equally doubtful), we’re looking at the next President of the People’s Republic of America.

SeniorD on May 16, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Depends on what your definition of “clap” is. Don’t worry; Obama will just throw on another pair of jeans and all will be forgotten.

Mrs. Happy Housewife on May 16, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Sorry, Ed,..not even close to the Tuzla dash because the MSM doesn’t want it to be. Barry’s got much bigger skeletons lurking than this one, but I’m not even sure voters care any more. Breaking up is hard to do.

a capella on May 16, 2008 at 10:58 AM

The MSM will ignore this, although they did play up Hillary’s buffoonish attempt to show bravery in the Bosnia incident. Let’s see if they play this Obama lie.

jencab on May 16, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Really. These people… Reps too, act like they live in and era without videotape.

LtE126 on May 16, 2008 at 11:02 AM

Time for Obama to make his debut on SNL,lets see what skit
could Obama act in,umm this is a toughy,oh I know,Obama
could be paired with Jon Lovitz in the Liar skit,ya thats
the ticket! Haha.

canopfor on May 16, 2008 at 11:03 AM

What strikes me is that he is promising a “Health Care deal” if they produce more efficient cars. Making deals with Health Care now are we? Health Care as a bribe?

It is patently ridiculous to believe that companies with unionized workers and TENS of MILLIONS of workers can’t do better on their own. What he is really saying is we will authorize you to offer sub-standard Health Care.

Worse, this “universal” Health Care will be unequal Health Care. Will automakers pay less for the Government plan? Will we have to pay more to make up the difference?

These jokers are just making it up as they go along.

Agrippa2k on May 16, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Yes, and he’s aghast that Pres Bush would suggest that talking to state-sponsors of terror is a bad idea. Obama never said that, and even though video of a debate shows he did, it isn’t a bad idea, but he’s still adamant that he wouldn’t have said such a bad idea…

blahblahblahblah

This guy’s greatest trait isn’t his charisma or speaking ability (anything presented en masse in the wake of GWB is refreshing and amazing). No, his greatest asset is his ability to pander.

scottm on May 16, 2008 at 11:10 AM

He made the speech to the Detroit Economic Club, not some nest of automakers.

highhopes on May 16, 2008 at 11:46 AM

Liar, liar, pants on fire!

Talon on May 16, 2008 at 9:55 AM

Little known fact: Obama and Bill Clinton purchase their asbestos boxers from the same store.

29Victor on May 16, 2008 at 12:02 PM

Tell me lies, tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies.
I only hear what I wanna hear.

Kini on May 16, 2008 at 12:03 PM

… he was talking to an audience of supporters, not car-manufacturer executives. Obama also was couching the mandates as an exchange for some hefty corporate welfare, actually closer to a de facto tradeoff for government-run health care. That’s not exactly a Profile in Courage, and it’s not surprising that he got a standing ovation rather than chirping crickets.
The Obama Ovation is campaign-trail exaggeration — certainly fair game for criticism, but it ain’t a Tuzla Dash by a long shot.

Ed

Ah…the Allah effect! Ed makes a clear and sound argument that this story by Obambi is completely manufactured, and misrepresents not only the response to his comments – which he does, egregiously – but in fact the entire scenario. They are his knob-polishing worshippers, not some hard-bitten auto exec crowd.

And the, in conclusion, Ed asserts that it’s really no big deal. Good grief. No wonder the MSM thinks they can completely white-wash everything he says.

Guy’s a lying, pandering politician, with multi-culti skin and a Harvard degree.

Jaibones on May 16, 2008 at 12:49 PM

So what improvement on fuel efficiency resulted from his courage? And can we expect the same return on campaign promises if he becomes president?

snaggletoothie on May 16, 2008 at 1:08 PM

The room wasn’t quiet at all. Obama, in fact, got a loud round of applause.

That was a ‘loud round of applause‘?

Stretch.

Reaps on May 16, 2008 at 2:02 PM

L HI I HI A HI R!

Black Adam on May 16, 2008 at 2:19 PM

Another Profiles In Courage moment sans the Japanese cruiser Amagiri.

moxie_neanderthal on May 16, 2008 at 9:40 PM

There seems to be a belief that you can still tell one group one thing and another group something else.

No more. The ‘net and Youtube put paid to that. Not to mention Hot Air.

You had better measure your words carefully and maintain consistent policies or you’re going to get burnt.

schmuck281 on May 16, 2008 at 11:43 PM

I give him a pass on this one. Nobody fainted in Detroit, nobody wet their pants or required oxygen or medical attention, so he must have felt like his speech missed the mark. I can see how he would remember it the way he did.

Wingo on May 17, 2008 at 3:40 AM

Clinton can help us here. It all depends on your definition of the word “clap.”

Mojave Mark on May 17, 2008 at 10:56 AM

Maybe the volume of the clapping scared him because it reminded him of the imaginary gunfire that Michelle, on 60 Minutes, once said could erupt if he just went to tank up his car at a gas station, since he was a black man.

(Or maybe several people in the audience were wearing a flag pins and he transmuted his survival of that collective trauma into a display of courage.)

Lightfoot Barry lies again.

profitsbeard on May 17, 2008 at 10:39 PM