Obama spokesman: His dollar bill comment wasn’t about race; Update: Full quote added; Update: Obama camp backpedals

posted at 12:48 pm on July 31, 2008 by Allahpundit

You can’t be serious.

Yesterday in Missouri, Obama predicted McCain and the GOP would use racially-tinged attacks against him.

“What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

An Obama spokesman denied that the line about “dollar bills” was related to the Democrat’s race.

That comes from Jonathan Martin at Politico, who’s properly skeptical that the Lamb didn’t mean to insinuate what he clearly meant to insinuate. I e-mailed Martin with the link to Ed’s post from last month noting that Obama’s language then was almost identical to his language last night, with the notable exception that the race charge was made much more explicitly. We’ll see if Martin updates. Flashback to June 21:

“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?

Here’s a clip from yesterday. Judge for yourself from the audience’s encouragement whether they took his meaning.

Update: The quote from Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs. Unadulterated crap:

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the senator 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 Thursday. “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.”

Update: More crap, slightly adulterated this time, as Team Barry tries desperately to undo a very stupid mistake.

“This is a race about big challenges—a slumping economy, a broken foreign policy, and an energy crisis for everyone but the oil companies. Barack Obama in no way believes that the McCain campaign is using race as an issue, but he does believe they’re using the same old low-road politics to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”


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Seriously folks, how many voters will hear him say these words via the MSM? Right – none. As long his media enablers cover for him he will remain the “front-runner” rgardless of the lies and innuendos from him and his camp.

in_awe on July 31, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Seriously folks, how many voters will hear him say these words via the MSM? Right – none. As long his media enablers cover for him he will remain the “front-runner” rgardless of the lies and innuendos from him and his camp.

in_awe on July 31, 2008 at 6:24 PM

They’re actually talking about it on Blitzer right now, but it’s interesting. The way they’re being forced to discuss it is back to back with the charges of McCain’s ad being “Low”. Obama’s timing on these comments was pretty crafty. Could backfire though, we’ll see in the polling on Saturday.

Typhonsentra on July 31, 2008 at 6:38 PM

Jaibones on July 31, 2008 at 2:49 PM

Dealt with that brain-dead nutter over at CQ for way too long. To make matters even worse, that nutter isn’t even American. Only when it is ignored, will it go away.

Obama played the “race card” against the beast, and he is playing the race card against the Maverick. It’s his only wild card, the rest of the package is an empty deck. A new book came out today “The Obama Nation (Hardcover) by Jerome R Corsi (Author); which will be very controversial. This book has the information on Obama that the MSM has been hiding from the American people. Most scary information revealed; Obama and his “long” history of white people hating mentors, as well as his obsession with the likes of Malcom X, the black panthers, Islam, and Terrorists. This is exactly why Obama has ads running around the country, telling Americans that the mean old Republicans are going to try to make you afraid of me; he was preparing the sheep for this book.

Keemo on July 31, 2008 at 6:39 PM

Jesse Jackson must have been forgiven by the Obama campaign and welcomed into its inner circle. Because it sure seems as if he’s giving the campaign advice.

Responding to a McCain ad knocking him as a world celebrity, Barack Obama essentially accused the McCain campaign of race-baiting. It was a hair-trigger resort to the charge of racism of the sort that Jackson built a career on, making himself radioactive and anathema to the political center.

In 24 hours, Obama had lurched his carefully crafted brand in Jackson’s direction. And for what?

The McCain ad intersperses footage of Obama’s massive political rally in Germany with images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton before asking “is he ready to lead?” It’s rare that a political candidate is criticized for being too popular, but that’s the import of the ad, and its inclusion of Spears and Hilton has been called even by McCain sympathizers “stupid,” “childish” and “juvenile.”

But the McCain ad had a serious point, one the Obama campaign obviously felt it couldn’t ignore. Obama can be as arrogant, gassy and remote as other members of the country’s aristocracy of fame. If this celebrity framework is successfully imposed on Obama, the entire repertoire of Obamania — the mass rallies, the soaring eloquence, the picturesque cool of the candidate himself — risks becoming a liability.

In a statement Obama repeated three times, he said what George Bush and John McCain are “going to try to do is make you scared of me. 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 those dollar bills.” Translation: Bush and McCain are going to go all Bull Connor on me.

http://www.townhall.com/columnists/RichLowry/2008/07/31/obama_and_the_racism_card

Keemo on July 31, 2008 at 7:04 PM

It’s an old technique. Speculate about what the opposition will do then use that speculation as “proof” that the opposition has in fact practiced it. It’s easier when you’ve got all the MSM backing up speculation as fact.

MaiDee on July 31, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Lets See. Leaving out the Founding Fathers:
Lincoln: Wasn’t he in the House for a whole two years in the late 1840s before returning to law? Then back in in the mid-50s to form the Republican party and later run for President? Not much of a Washington insider. He had to create his own party.

Jackson: OK lots of Time in Washington. Of course,The Feds were nowhere near the size they are today.

Grant: Complete outsider

McKinley: A real politician but had left Washington to be Ohio Gov before coming back

Cleveland: NY Pol from outside Washington. Though I doubt many have seen his face on the $1000 bill.

OBQuiet on July 31, 2008 at 7:24 PM

Playing the ‘Race Victim’ is the so-called minority mans forte.

Why would Obama expected to be an exception?

He’s a 20+ years alumni of a racist church, and was mentored by the despicably racist pastor of that church for the whole 20 years.

He’s just playing the only cards he’s ever held.

SilverStar830 on July 31, 2008 at 8:06 PM

On the Blitzer show, John, can’t recall his name, tried to argue with McCain that Obama’s camp says they didn’t use the race card. McCain looked at stupid CNN reporter, shook his hand and turned his back on him saying the American people will decide what he said. Later on Lou Dobbs, Dana Bash, blond reporterette, gave the story but tried to leave it hanging that McCain really didn’t have a legit charge. Dobbs jumped on her with both feet, saying isn’t it about time for some objective reporting? Asking her, didn’t Obama make the charge 3 times tody in his speeches? The little twerp Dana Bash looked like a deer caught in the head lights, blinked her eyes and said weakly, well I guess so, yes. Later Dobbs got on Bill (the unabashed liberal) Schneider and got Bill sort of smiling nervously when Dobbs accused the MSM of being afraid that the election was so close! Love it. Don’t always like Dobbs but he is putting it to them on this one.

wepeople on July 31, 2008 at 8:09 PM

The Obama camp backpeddles?

Look what David Plouffe, Campaign Manager, Obama for America, sent out today, to peddle for money:

As we face the fundraising deadline at midnight tonight, I want you to know what we are up against.

Less than 24 hours ago, the McCain campaign launched the latest and lowest in a series of misleading attack ads.

This Karl Rove-style ploy misleads people about Barack’s energy plan and even mocks his ability to inspire voters and bring Americans back into the political process.

Watchdogs in the media are calling McCain’s accusations “bogus,” “desperate,” “wrong,” “misleading,” “ugly,” “offensive,” “reckless,” and “a nasty turn into the gutter.

Some in McCain’s own party are critical of the ad. One senior Republican strategist quoted by the Washington Post called the latest ad a “wild swing at Obama” that reflects his campaign’s “increasing bitterness” and the lack of “any coherent strategy to elect McCain.”

Even John Weaver, a strategist who worked for McCain’s presidential campaign in 2000 and on his current campaign last year, called the ad “childish,” adding that this negative strategy “diminishes John McCain” and “needs to stop.”

But we will not let any attack stand. Barack himself responded quickly and forcefully, and within hours our campaign created a response ad to take the Republican smear tactics head-on.

…followed by the money-peddling, in order to catch up with the RNC/McCain pot…

Entelechy on July 31, 2008 at 8:18 PM

I’ve read about people who think they’re Napolean and more than a few others who believe in “reincarnation” who always identify past lives as Queen This or Ruler That (but, interestingly, they were never a housewife of a hak-rancher in Mongolia or some street sweeper from Somalia or a slothe in Bornea)…

S on July 31, 2008 at 3:14 PM

S, I was a sloth in a previous life. Still am, before I’ve had my morning coffee. :-)

Mary in LA on July 31, 2008 at 8:28 PM

A Black Panther in a nice suit.

rivlax on July 31, 2008 at 8:34 PM

As long as Obama is going to campaign against “Bush and McCain” I think it’s fair for McCain to campaign against “Obama and Farrakhan” or “Obama and Rezko” or “Obama and Wright.”

drjohn on July 31, 2008 at 8:50 PM

Karl Rove?

Hello Bill Ayers.

drjohn on July 31, 2008 at 8:51 PM

hussein is full of crap. He lloks like all the creeps in DC, like a used car salesman.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2008 at 9:00 PM

I think that anyone who’s made it to the top ticket, and whines about anything, is a eunich, or a wussified sissy, one who’s got one ball made of feathers, and the other is an actual ping pong ball.

That’s kind of funny.

Knuckledragger on August 1, 2008 at 12:01 AM

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.

From June 20.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 12:51 AM

Seriously folks, how many voters will hear him say these words via the MSM? Right – none. As long his media enablers cover for him he will remain the “front-runner” rgardless of the lies and innuendos from him and his camp.

in_awe on July 31, 2008 at 6:24 PM

Via the MSM? Couldn’t tell you. But if Barack keeps treating them like stupid chlidren, he is eventually going to strike a nerve, and they will tell him in no uncertain terms that they run the show, and he had better start shaping up or else his coverage will go from towing the line to criticizing his every gaffe.

barack Obama is nothing without a docile, subservient media. He would do well to stop making enemies there. As to his words getting out, it used to be people would try to seek him out, but now I think he is overexposed. HopeyChangeyChangeyHopey gets old agter the first 12 months, and only OZombies hang onto his every word now.

BKennedy on August 1, 2008 at 1:27 AM

Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the senator was not referring to race.

Of course not.

“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said Thursday.

Yeah, he got here after only two years in the Senate, junior Senator from Illinois and all that. Who’s backing this nobody from nowhere?

abcurtis on August 1, 2008 at 8:19 AM

He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others.

That’s for certain, barry’s history includes bill ayers, bernadete dohrn, father phlegger, rev wright and old styl chicago blood politics.

peacenprosperity on August 1, 2008 at 8:46 AM

the real issues in this campaign, and those are the issues he’ll continue to talk about.”

yeah, talk about the issues by scaring the American people and offerring no solutions.

peacenprosperity on August 1, 2008 at 8:47 AM

Of course he wasn’t talking about race: He was obviously referring to the fact that he is the only “president” on a dollar bill..decked out in full islamic gear + turban.

SaintOlaf on August 1, 2008 at 9:05 AM

At least this back-pedaling barack-pedaling is getting some slight attention. I still can’t believe how he’s been allowed to skate on so many previous statements, namely:

–when he withdrew from his church, he claimed that things had gotten to the point where he was being held accountable for even the comments of a “guest pastor.” Except, of course, the “guest pastor” was Pfleger, with whom he’d had a long relationship, and for whom Obama had managed to provide a $100,000 earmark. But Obama simply dismissed him as a “guest pastor” and was allowed to skate on the issue.

–Ditto when Obama was asked about his relationship with Ayers. “This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood….” Well, that’s not quite the whole story, but who outside of the blogosphere ever called him on it? Hugh Hewitt pointed out that their relationship goes back to at least 1995.

–And most recently, the surge. Here’s what he says now that he said back then: “What I said was even at the time of the debate of the surge, was if you put 30,000 troops in, of course it’s going to have an impact. There’s no doubt about that.”

He didn’t say that back then. It’s a lie, and he’s been allowed to skate on it.

glendower on August 1, 2008 at 11:29 AM

Of course he wasn’t talking about race: He was obviously referring to the fact that he is the only “president” on a dollar bill..decked out in full islamic gear + turban.

SaintOlaf on August 1, 2008 at 9:05 AM

Now THERE is a great idea for a Photoshop project. Any volunteers?

glendower on August 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM

Obama spokesman: His dollar bill comment wasn’t about race; Update: Full quote added; Update: Obama camp backpedals

NO DIFFERENCE:

JESSE JACKSON = RACE BAITER

AL SHARPTON = RACE BAITER

OBLAHBLAH OBAMA = RACE BAITER

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 1:14 PM

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