Mind-bendingly ironic quote of the day

posted at 10:30 pm on July 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

Obama spokesman Bill Burton said McCain’s campaign was “misinterpreting” both the “tenor and the meaning” of Obama’s words.

“I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say and a little more focused on actually addressing the challenges that Americans expect the president of the United States to take on,” he said.


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Could we “cc” copies of this to Josh Marshall and Joe Klein?

FWIW, Olbermann tonight flat out called the McCain campaign racist for their ad.

I know, I know….

SteveMG on July 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Paraphrased:

Please stop pointing out to the nation what Obama says. It’s all we have. Seriously. Knock it off.

MadisonConservative on July 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Bring on the debates!

BobH on July 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

Gee, that sounds familiar. Who else always talks about things being taken out of context when the truth is close to being spilled?

BL@KBIRD on July 31, 2008 at 10:36 PM

“I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say and a little more focused on actually addressing the challenges that Americans expect the president of the United States to take on,” he said.

Right, parsing some dopey ad for racist overtones is being properly focused.

ThePrez on July 31, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Here’s “less paranoid” : HuffPo blogger in lead article says stating Obama is popular in Europe is right-wing code for “GAY!” (capitalization and exclamation point his).

Marcus on July 31, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Could we “cc” copies of this to Josh Marshall and Joe Klein?

The parsing part that is.

I think there are Jewish neoliberals who are putting the interests of Obama above the interests of the country.

/sarcasm

SteveMG on July 31, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Just words!? Don’t tell me words don’t matter!

malan89 on July 31, 2008 at 10:39 PM

MadisonConservative on July 31, 2008 at 10:34 PM

They don’t need to worry. Most of the nation is still high on all that hopenchange. Hopefully they’ll sober up so we can tell them the truth about Obama before November.

malan89 on July 31, 2008 at 10:40 PM

Don’t bother the man behind the curtain.

gmoonster on July 31, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. I am the great and all powerful Obama! Don’t listen to what I say because you are just trying to distract from the issues

flytier on July 31, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Both candidates are nitpicking over every single word the other says. Get over yourselves.

4 more months of this idiocy. Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM

DEFCON 4 CAMPAIGN ALERT

“RACE ISSUE MOVES TO CENTRE OF CAMPAIGN”

I’ve said,back in the primaries that Republican Party stay
out of the Liberal Democratic Civil war,with the Liberal
party fighting for the soul of their party!

Its the Liberals who have started the Race War within their
party,with Bill Clintons comments on the Fairy Tale remark!

And now,the MSM———–through Obama are trying to paint
a false picture,a perception that McCain is dragging race in
to this!

The Lefty MSM are trying to corral the cows so to speak,and
re-direct this camapign and their the ONES THAT ARE PLAYING
THE RACE CARD!

This needs to be addressed by Republican’s ASAP on the talk
shows immediately,before this gets traction and the sitting
fence post voters get brainwashed over this false tactic that the Liberals will be banking on!

THIS NEEDS ACTION NOW!!!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Obama’s aim, in the view of the McCain camp: “to delegitimize any line of attack against him,” said McCain aide Steve Schmidt.

That’s what they’ve been doing this whole time, they make it politically incorrect to say ANYTHING about Obambi, then turn around and say “They’re trying to scare you about my race.”

Obama predicted in Missouri Wednesday that the GOP nominee would attack the Democrat because he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

No, but he does look a lot like some of those other people on the race cards.

“I don’t [care] whether it helps or hurts us,” Schmidt said. “A lie unresponded to becomes the truth.”

Yes, perception sometimes is far worse than the truth. Don’t let ‘em get away with it. (Goebbles would be proud of the Obama campaign).

Tony737 on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 PM

I think what Barry was referring to was the fact that he does not wear a powdered wig or have a beard, so he doesn’t look like the presidents on our currency. What else could he have been referring to?

Mallard T. Drake on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 PM

Don’t bother the man behind the curtain.

gmoonster on July 31, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

flytier on July 31, 2008 at 10:43 PM

Wonder Twin powers ACTIVATE!

Tony737 on July 31, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Seriously, I don’t think Obama even knows where the wheels of his bus are anymore. They departed the bus a long time ago.

Cicero43 on July 31, 2008 at 10:52 PM

They cannot be allowed to pull this,its right out of
the Clintons WAR ROOM,Hello,RNC,it won’t go away by
itself!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Race issue moves to center of campaign

Hm, I wonder who has been forcing the campaign to be focused on race?
Where is TheBigOldDog? We need a new list of Obama’s actions and words that have veered the race into the issue of RACE.
I will start:
1. The “fist pump” that was seen around the world.
2. Sinking a three pointer.
3. Belonging to a church for 18 years that doubles as a black activism front.
4. Stating that he does not look like other presidents on currency.
5. Speaking ebonics when it suits him; see “Alls wes can say is merci beaucoup.

Help me out here.

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 10:59 PM

One final bit of weirdness: Team Obama launched an attack site against McCain today. Entitled the “Low Road Express”, it reads, I kid you not:

John McCain used to stand for “straight talk.” Not anymore.
These days John McCain doesn’t seem to stand for anything but negative attacks and false charges against Barack Obama. This isn’t the John McCain we used to know.

amerpundit on July 31, 2008 at 10:59 PM

HillBill was available for comment but that turned out to be a fairy tale.

Speakup on July 31, 2008 at 11:01 PM

This isn’t the John McCain we used to know.

Oh.

My.

Gawd.

You can’t be serious!

I kid you not:

How … inartful! haha

Tony737 on July 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM

“a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say”

The “Don’t parse my words” list:

MSM
McCain Campaign
Republicans in general

Did I leave someone out?

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Next, Michelle Obama will declare: “I’ll get you! And your little paychecks, too!”

SouthernGent on July 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM

[Dave Rywall on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM]

Dave, you’re sweating.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 11:06 PM

Tony737 on July 31, 2008 at 10:51 PM

HA!

Weight of Glory on July 31, 2008 at 11:08 PM

[SouthernGent on July 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM]

Too funny.

Dusty on July 31, 2008 at 11:10 PM

That is mind-bendingly the bentest I’ve seen so far. Leave it to those libs to come up with the crazyest cr@p ever! Whew, I’ve got to get some sleep and hope my brain’s not in a pretzel in the morning.

4shoes on July 31, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Both candidates are nitpicking over every single word the other says. Get over yourselves.

4 more months of this idiocy. Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Actually it is closer to three more months but hey, I am ‘nitpicking’.

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 11:12 PM

obama said McCain should be more concerned with the issues than…. in regards to the celebrity ad McCain ran, but THEN BHO said MCCAIN should DEBATE THE ISSUES.
DEBATE?
SNOBAMA has ran away from ALL debates, even after saying “anytime anywhere.
Listen to Husseins comments on this, its astoundingly arrogant and stupid.

shooter on July 31, 2008 at 11:13 PM

In case we forget, Obama used the race card in Jacksonville Florida on June 20th. He said,”They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

Now the most recent version somewhat mirrors today’s speech where he says,”…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.”

The difference between the two is that today he left out the phrase, “…did I mention that he black.”

Who played the race card? Obama did.

Nelsa on July 31, 2008 at 11:16 PM

Both candidates are nitpicking over every single word the other says. Get over yourselves.

Welcome to the first internet dominated Presidential campaign.

Faster news cycle, more “stuff” being disseminated means the campaigns want to stay on top by always being on the offensive.

So, pick, pick, pick.

SteveMG on July 31, 2008 at 11:18 PM

Both candidates are nitpicking over every single word the other says. Get over yourselves.

4 more months of this idiocy. Can’t wait.

Dave Rywall on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM

I am hereby christening the campaign of 2008 as the “Brittney and Paris” “Trivialist Maxumus” campaign. So let it be written.

I can only hope that it is not a sign of the imminent arrival of the “End of Days”.

MB4 on July 31, 2008 at 11:20 PM

I think there are Jewish neoliberals who are putting the interests of Obama above the interests of the country.

/sarcasm

SteveMG on July 31, 2008 at 10:39 PM

Heh. Like those stupid Kansans.

misterpeasea on July 31, 2008 at 11:21 PM

“I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say and a little more focused on actually addressing the challenges that Americans expect the president of the United States to take on,”

Describes the Obama campaign to absolute perfection.

Me neither, Dave Rywall. I’m completely puke ripe. Nauseating is the understatement of the 2008 election. The Clintons and the Obamas have lowered the decency standard to near zero. There are no expectations of decency left, not even a semblance of it. It’s a legacy we will never overcome. Rubes r us.

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 11:22 PM

It is racist to point out any of Obama’s flaws.

He’s just a po’ black feller.

Lay off, honkey!

profitsbeard on July 31, 2008 at 11:24 PM

Race issue moves to center of campaign

Actually, it hasn’t. And won’t.

Connie on July 31, 2008 at 11:25 PM

4 more months of this your idiocy. Can’t wait. Good Gawd.

Dave Rywall on July 31, 2008 at 10:44 PM

Did you have trouble deciphering Obama’s statement, Dave?

As these things so often break down – either you are an idiot or a liar.

Jaibones on July 31, 2008 at 11:26 PM

The Clinton/Gore machine used to accuse the Republicans of every awful thing they themselves did.

jgapinoy on July 31, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Actually it is closer to three more months but hey, I am ‘nitpicking’.

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 11:12 PM

That is “assuming”, of course, that there are no dimpled pimpled pregnant hanging chads.

MB4 on July 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM

They cannot be allowed to pull this,its right out of
the Clintons WAR ROOM,Hello,RNC,it won’t go away by
itself!!!!!!

canopfor on July 31, 2008 at 10:55 PM

The one saving grace is that, unlike democrat primary voters, average American voters aren’t stupid enough to feel guilty if someone throws out the race card. In fact, it doesn’t help David Axelrod’s boy at all.

SouthernGent on July 31, 2008 at 11:32 PM

Rubes r us Scroomed b we.

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 11:22 PM

MB4 on July 31, 2008 at 11:33 PM

It’s almost as if the Obama camp has reverse-psychologists working for them, pre-empting all the other side might say/do and reversing everything they theselves with to reverse by labelling it “inartful speech”.

They think the electorate is really, really stupid.

The electorate is generally pretty naive but it is not suicidal and completely fooled.

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Alas, s/b “wish to reverse”.

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 11:34 PM

That is “assuming”, of course, that there are no dimpled pimpled pregnant hanging chads.

MB4 on July 31, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Lol good point.

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Better Headline: Obama spokesman Bill Burton hits McCain with his parse.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on July 31, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 11:34 PM

Don’t sweat it, we all do it. :*

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 11:37 PM

The takeaway for me on this is that Schmidt and his people know now that if they go right after Obama hammer and tong the very minute he says or does something that exposes him as an empty-suited rookie, and do it forcefully but professionally, the Obamans will back off or resort to weird-ass statements like the one linked to in AP’s post here tonight.

Team Mav didnt start this fight, but they have taken big steps in the last few days to see that it ends on their terms. Schmidt is a fighter in the classic sense, and that is an unalloyed good thing. Once Obama becomes unable to delegitimate every attack on him as inherently racist, he has nowhere to go. And his campaign’s weaselelly mewling about Ludacris didnt do him any good, either.

Mike D. on July 31, 2008 at 11:54 PM

I’ve often wondered if the Democrats learned this trick from the Palestinians, and if so, where did the Palestinians learn it from.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2008 at 11:56 PM

The one word that comes to mind whenever I see/hear Obama anymore is “coward.”

Knuckledragger on July 31, 2008 at 11:58 PM

“tenor and the meaning” of Obama’s words

Kinda sounds like Al Gore…….


“No controlling legal authority”

Seven Percent Solution on August 1, 2008 at 12:00 AM

Mind-bendingly ironic quote of the day

The only person[s], that I’ve heard ranting race to Barack Hussein Obama, is a guy by the name of Barack Hussein Obama.

The race-baiter raised it yesterday, today and I’m sure Obama the Great Hope-a-Dope, will shoot himself in the foot again tomorrow.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?” — Barack Obama

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Here’s “less paranoid” : HuffPo blogger in lead article says stating Obama is popular in Europe is right-wing code for “GAY!” (capitalization and exclamation point his).

Marcus on July 31, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Uh…. isn’t it?

/sarc… kind of… or not…. crap…

Romeo13 on August 1, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Here’s “less paranoid” : HuffPo blogger in lead article says stating Obama is popular in Europe is right-wing code for “GAY!” (capitalization and exclamation point his).

Marcus on July 31, 2008 at 10:38 PM

We’ll know when he shows up for the debate in suit with shorts.

Nosferightu on August 1, 2008 at 12:22 AM

[Mike D. on July 31, 2008 at 11:54 PM]

It appears the Obama campaign doesn’t like the temperature of the presidential kitchen. When you think about it, this is going to be the first time he’ll actually have a real election contest. He’s not fairing well and he isn’t even nominated yet.

Dusty on August 1, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Don’t sweat it, we all do it. :*

carbon_footprint on July 31, 2008 at 11:37 PM

It’s the passion to get into the game right away :) No excuse for the sloppiness :( Limerick and I joke about our goofiness in this regard. We’re plenty goofy otherwise too.

Entelechy on August 1, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Limerick and I joke about our goofiness in this regard. We’re plenty goofy otherwise too.

Entelechy on August 1, 2008 at 12:25 AM

Agreed………….

…………. that is why you both are so Loved.

Seven Percent Solution on August 1, 2008 at 12:31 AM

In case we forget, Obama used the race card in Jacksonville Florida on June 20th. He said,”They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

Now the most recent version somewhat mirrors today’s speech where he says,”…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.”

The difference between the two is that today he left out the phrase, “…did I mention that he black.”

Who played the race card? Obama did.

Nelsa on July 31, 2008 at 11:16 PM

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?” — Barack Obama

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 12:08 AM

Worth repeating any and every time they try this crap.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:40 AM

Somebody should get a screen cap of the Reuters article that Nelsa linked before it disappears:

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2040982720080620

Headline: Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear

Date: Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:19pm EDT

By Caren Bohan

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Barack Obama said on Friday he expects Republicans to highlight the fact that he is black as part of an effort to make voters afraid of him.

“It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy,” Obama told a fundraiser in Jacksonville, Florida. “We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid.

“They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?”

He said he was also set for Republicans to say “he’s got a feisty wife,” in trying to attack his wife Michelle.

I think it would make a, er, lovely ad, if there was audio or video shot at this event, don’t you?

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM

I woke up in Bizarro World. I flew to the Big Island and back and was away from my computer (and the tv) for 9 hours and I now see I will be going to bed in Bizarro World. What is the most BIZARRE is the Repubs fighting back for a change. I got so tired of the Clinton folks saying one outrageous lie after another which went unchecked (except for Rush) and somehow became “truth”. About time we hit them back.

HawaiiLwyr on August 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM

Here’s “less paranoid” : HuffPo blogger in lead article says stating Obama is popular in Europe is right-wing code for “GAY!” (capitalization and exclamation point his).

Marcus on July 31, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Code for “GAY”? I thought that “popular in Europe” was code for him having bad teeth or eating snails.

MB4 on August 1, 2008 at 12:49 AM

Maybe Obama meant that unlike the founding fathers, he doesn’t use snuff.
Or it could have been a delicate reference to Washington’s weird undies.

snaggletoothie on August 1, 2008 at 1:04 AM

Entelechy at 11:33 PM-

Possible reverse-reverse psychology Bumper sticker:

Obama’s NOT Gay!

profitsbeard on August 1, 2008 at 1:31 AM

Jim Jordan, a Democratic consultant, add[ed] that McCain’s charge that Obama was playing the race card was a straightforward attempt to highlight Obama’s race. “I assume this is what passes for cleverness in the hapless McCain campaign — that they think somehow it seems less racist to call Obama a racist.”

It’s just impossible for the liberals to keep it down, keep it under control, isn’t it?

jaime on August 1, 2008 at 2:11 AM

HawaiiLwyr on August 1, 2008 at 12:45 AM

Not to mention how the democrats are locking out republicans out of the local senate and council races. But I digress….

I find it interesting how others speak for Obama. The messiah seems to be shrouded by minions while he props up his sainthood.

If the republicans are growing a pair, then it’s about time.

Kini on August 1, 2008 at 2:12 AM

I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say

Like, you know, ascribing racist motives to an ad depicting both Obama and two white celebrity females…!

Seixon on August 1, 2008 at 4:21 AM

Race issue moves to center of campaign

Actually, it was the media that created this elephant in the room way back when. They introduced and promoted Obama with the question of whether America is ready for a black candidate (just as they asked whether America is ready for a Mormon in the office regarding Romney). The message about Hillary was framed in the gender arena.

The media created the narrative; the Dems picked it up and are running with it.

onlineanalyst on August 1, 2008 at 5:01 AM

…“Trivialist Maxumus” campaign. So let it be written.
MB4 on July 31, 2008 at 11:20 PM

I prefer it to be known as the “Empty Suit Vs. Empty Brain” campaign.

LegendHasIt on August 1, 2008 at 6:14 AM

“I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say and a little more focused on actually addressing the challenges that Americans expect the president of the United States to take on,” he said.

It’s working.

drjohn on August 1, 2008 at 6:57 AM

Someone should ask this gumby for his definition of “parsing”.

I’ll bet his answer would be most fascinating.

pilamaye on August 1, 2008 at 7:12 AM

I think what Barry was referring to was the fact that he does not wear a powdered wig or have a beard, so he doesn’t look like the presidents on our currency. What else could he have been referring to?

Mallard T. Drake on July 31, 2008 at 10:48 PM

I think it’s because he’s not green (like on the currency, not his experience!)

dominigan on August 1, 2008 at 8:18 AM

Pointing out Obama’s cloaked racist statements is NOT GOOD FOR MICHELLE’S KIDS!!!!!!!

marklmail on August 1, 2008 at 9:08 AM

“I think they should probably be a little less paranoid about parsing every word we say and a little more focused on actually addressing the challenges that Americans expect the president of the United States to take on,” he said.

In addition to being an Orwellian attempt to equate the truth with paranoia, this is a very poorly written statement (kinda like using a double negative).

It’s the Obama camp who are “paranoid” that his own words are being parsed.

And should I mention that the word “paranoid” is 1960′s pot-smoking lingo, and/or a word commonly employed by valley girls and other clueless teenagers?

Buy Danish on August 1, 2008 at 9:09 AM

Oh, and if Barry wants Mac to focus on addressing the challenges the President is expected to take on, that’s fine too. It’s a great time for an ad quoting wannabe President Barry’s tire inflation solution to the “challenge” of the energy crisis. The only thing that’s missing from that solution is how inflating one’s tires will heat cold houses this winter, so someone needs to ask him about that and roll the tape.

Buy Danish on August 1, 2008 at 9:30 AM

Yeah, well, the longer Obama’s people drag this out, the more people are aware of and motivated to check out the Obama Celebrity ad.

obladioblada on August 1, 2008 at 9:59 AM

obama said McCain should be more concerned with the issues than…. in regards to the celebrity ad McCain ran, but THEN BHO said MCCAIN should DEBATE THE ISSUES.
DEBATE?
SNOBAMA has ran away from ALL debates, even after saying “anytime anywhere.
Listen to Husseins comments on this, its astoundingly arrogant and stupid.
shooter on July 31, 2008 at 11:13 PM

I heard that on the radio while in my car.

Wow.

wise_man on August 1, 2008 at 10:03 AM

Strange for the Obama camp to say ‘don’t pay attention to the words itself’, I thought that’s all Obama offered?

Sir Napsalot on August 1, 2008 at 11:09 AM

Messiah’s don’t DEbate, they DICtate.

Mojave Mark on August 1, 2008 at 12:10 PM

A unique political sell job:

“Pay no attention to what I say: you know that I meant exactly what you wanted me to say.”

landlines on August 1, 2008 at 12:20 PM

Mind-bendingly ironic quote of the day

This race baiting BS strategy worked for St. Barack to tar Hillary Clinton. But, we have his holiness’s number, and he’s not going to get away with it again.

“I personally would want to see our tragic history acknowledged… we’ve got some very sad and difficult things to account for, I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.” –Barack Obama

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Possible reverse-reverse psychology Bumper sticker:

Obama’s NOT Gay!

profitsbeard on August 1, 2008 at 1:31 AM

Clever one, how do you come up with so many interesting thoughts?

Entelechy on August 1, 2008 at 1:26 PM

Is parsing related to “parseltongue”? Because he sure sounds like a snake to me.

TimothyJ on August 1, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Page 2 read closely,

Bmore on April 20, 2012 at 1:35 AM

test

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