Video: Obama won’t call for Kwame Kilpatrick’s resignation

posted at 12:10 pm on August 14, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

I’m not sure which is more compelling in this news clip — the political tension between Barack Obama’s national and Michigan operations over what to do with Kwame Kilpatrick, or Jennifer Granholm’s resigned hypocrisy over tying a presidential candidate to their political allies.  Hey, Governor, maybe you should read the news from time to time and learn more about the McSame Project at Team Obama:

Allahpundit noted that the Tennessee GOP already started linking Obama to Kilpatrick, with the predictably hysterical reaction.

Normally, presidential candidates don’t need to weigh in on every municipal scandal in the nation. However, Obama did go out of his way to talk about what a “great job” Kilpatrick was doing in Detroit — at least until he got tossed in the klink. Twice. The clip here of Obama embracing Kilpatrick looks very similar to one Obama uses in his campaign commercials of John McCain embracing George Bush, and, well, turnabout is fair play.

I doubt this will hurt Obama, though, and for two reasons. One, most people in America have no idea who Kilpatrick is and what he’s done to find himself in jail. Two, Obama will almost certainly reverse himself and toss Kilpatrick under the bus. If he can do it to Jeremiah Wright, anyone can fit underneath the wheels.


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Grope and Pander….. Yes We/He Can

Kini on August 14, 2008 at 12:15 PM

Jeebus. Kwame “allegedly” assaulted 2 police officers, in addition to everything else he’s done — perjury, costing Detroit millions to settle another case.

Barack, this is one time you should throw the guy under the bus.

rbj on August 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

You Can Tell A Lot About A Person By the Company They Keep!!!

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 14, 2008 at 12:17 PM

Well it really doesn’t matter if most of the people in America have no idea who Kilpatrick is.

Just Michigan will do.

Typhoon on August 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Heckuva job Kwame.

carbon_footprint on August 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

If he gets thrown under the bus he will make one heck of a bump.

sheriff246 on August 14, 2008 at 12:23 PM

Kwame plans on going to the convention. A judge today lifted his travel restrictions. Will they let him in?

NotCoach on August 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Really, really hilarious… This man has been known as “PIMP DADDY MAYOR” for years… How long before KWAME and some BUS WHEELS meet each other??? This is not the KWAME I knew!!!

pueblo1032 on August 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Picture one of those monster trucks that people go to see in large auditoriums.

Maybe O is waiting for a bigger venue to bring out the monster bus, and maybe we can expect a free-for-all in a couple of weeks. Imagine who might go under those wheels, male or female, ex-president or not.

Good times!

jeff_from_mpls on August 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

Not only did he assault an officer, he hurled racial epithets at them, a black woman and white male.

What could go wrong with giving the keys to the city to a young strutter with a big giant diamond earring?

Queen Jenny just wants to be left alone so that she can get more photo ops with happy little kids runnnig around.

SHe is a horrorshow.

benrand on August 14, 2008 at 12:27 PM

The wheels of the bus go ’round and ’round,
’round and ’round,
’round and ’round.
The wheels of the bus go ’round and ’round
All through Motown.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 14, 2008 at 12:28 PM

Heckuva job, Kwame!

Yeah, as NotCoach mentioned, Kwame just got the legal go-ahead to travel to the convention. Ha ha haha ha.

MayBee on August 14, 2008 at 12:30 PM

Kwame is kind of a big guy. Is B.O. sure he’s going to be able to fit him under that bus of his?

pilamaye on August 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Obama really said that Kilpatrick was doing a great job? Even Time said he’s a horrible mayor! Why the people of Detroit have put up with him, even reelecting him, is well beyond me.

smithinmich on August 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

I doubt this will hurt Obama, though, and for two reasons. One, most people in America have no idea who Kilpatrick is and what he’s done to find himself in jail.

But where it could hurt him is in Michigan. The Kilpatrick mess has been talked about a lot here, even on the west side of the state. Obama has his work cut out for him in Michigan, and the last thing he needs is for voters to connect him with this sleazebag.

smithinmich on August 14, 2008 at 12:36 PM

Kwame plans on going to the convention. A judge today lifted his travel restrictions. Will they let him in?
NotCoach on August 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

My question isn’t whether he’ll attend but whether he’ll speak. Isn’t there some civil rights group out there who can demand that Kilpatrick be let off the hook? The CBC pitched a monumental hissy fit over the Dems’ effort to strip Rep. Jefferson of his committee assignments, etc. over the $90k in his freezer.

Outlander on August 14, 2008 at 12:40 PM

Obama really said that Kilpatrick was doing a great job? Even Time said he’s a horrible mayor! Why the people of Detroit have put up with him, even reelecting him, is well beyond me.

smithinmich on August 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

Probably for the same reason the voters in D.C. kept re-electing that sleazy, crack-smoking, incompetent crook Marion Barry as mayor there.

AZCoyote on August 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Well it really doesn’t matter if most of the people in America have no idea who Kilpatrick is.

Just Michigan will do.

Typhoon on August 14, 2008 at 12:19 PM

Yep. This could be a problem for Obama in Michigan.

BTW: What’s up with Barry’s new “Matt Damon” look. Is he trying to look less like a snob by going around in a ball cap and t-shirt?

forest on August 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Obama really said that Kilpatrick was doing a great job? Even Time said he’s a horrible mayor! Why the people of Detroit have put up with him, even reelecting him, is well beyond me.

smithinmich on August 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM

More of that fabulous Obama judgment showing itself.

ihasurnominashun on August 14, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Picture one of those monster trucks that people go to see in large auditoriums.

Maybe O is waiting for a bigger venue to bring out the monster bus, and maybe we can expect a free-for-all in a couple of weeks. Imagine who might go under those wheels, male or female, ex-president or not.

Good times!

jeff_from_mpls on August 14, 2008 at 12:26 PM

You getting this Slu? Hopey/changey shortbus + monster truck wheels = comedy gold.

Dead Hand Control on August 14, 2008 at 12:46 PM

I wanna first of all acknowledge your great mayor…

Heh. May. 2008.

Jaibones on August 14, 2008 at 12:55 PM

I’m not sure which is more compelling in this news clip — the political tension between Barack Obama’s national and Michigan operations over what to do with Kwame Kilpatrick, or Jennifer Granholm’s resigned hypocrisy over tying a presidential candidate to their political allies.

That’s OK, Gov. Jennie G. The Republicans have plenty of ammo to level at you for the awful job you have done to Michigan. Simple enough. Ads will link you and His Holiness since you both are of the same mind and policies.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 14, 2008 at 12:56 PM

Regardless of what Granholm is saying publicly, at least one Detroit area radio station has reported that the Obama campaign has been pressuring her to use her powers as governor to remove Kwame from office because he’s a liability to Obama – the hearings start on Sept. 3.

rokemronnie on August 14, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Oops – this is going to be about race…again.

How does this not hurt Obambi? The only people who ever supported Kwame the gangster are black Detroit voters. I suggest that he has zero – 0 – support even among the nitwit white liberal class, and never has. He is a liar, a gangster, and corrupt to his fat core.

So, if these Kwame-haters are looking at Obambi hugging Fat Boy, and calling him a “great mayor”, when everyone outside of Detroit knows what a gangster he is? Yeah, that will hurt.

Jaibones on August 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM

West Michigan, the more conservative side, is famously in tension with Detroit. When the Governor throws too much of her (or his) attention and state funding over there, W MI doesn’t like it. It’s a very Calvinist area- work for what you get- and the people don’t like seeing their hard earned money thrown away into the sinkhole that Detroit has made itself by electing ridiculous mayor after ridiculous mayor.

MayBee on August 14, 2008 at 1:02 PM

MayBee on August 14, 2008 at 1:02 PM

Tru dat, playa. Former resident of Otsego and former researcher at VARI, representin’.

Dr.Cwac.Cwac on August 14, 2008 at 1:13 PM

Lets see… Hugo, Farrakhan, Rev. Wright, Ludacris, Father Plfleger, Bill Aires and now Kwame Kilpatrick.

You just keep racking them up, Barry.

Claypigeon on August 14, 2008 at 1:15 PM

Calling for a resignation is one of the most pointless, useless and dumb political acts out there… actually, that’s not true. It’s #2. Calling for someone to call on someone to resign is #1.

Both sides do it. The default should be a person is innocent until proven guilty. If it’s a case where the allegations are so strong or disruptive that the person can no longer do their job effectively, then I can see people calling for them to resign.

But this recent trend of people expecting someone to call for someone to resign as a political move is maybe my biggest pet peeve in politics today.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:17 PM

Is the mayor a Super Delagate? LOL! How many RAT supers are convicted felons these days?

sabbott on August 14, 2008 at 1:22 PM

*blinks* Did I just see one of our resident liberals Tom Shipley trying to claim Kwame is innocent? What a laugh! He has no problems blaming Bush for Katrina, yet Kwame, who has cost Detroit MILLIONS because they have to pay off the people Kwame attacks, gets a free ride.

Simple facts: Kwame isn’t qualified to be dogcatcher. He SHOULD resign. If you want to defend the guy, it only hurts your credibility more. Today’s new Obama-supportin’ left: For infanticide, Russia crushing free states, letting child rapists go free (Medellin) while DailyKos types call for Michelle Malkin to be executed. Supporting Kwame is just par for the course!

Vanceone on August 14, 2008 at 1:24 PM

No, I’m not saying I believe Kilpatrick is innocent. But trying to tie Obama to Kilpatrick because of a couple lines in a speech he gave “long before” his legal problems arose, is a big stretch.

Obama is a Illinois senator and presidential candidate. He should not be weighing in on Michigan politics. If the people of Detroit want the mayor to step down, they have the power to call for his resignation. Obama should not be calling for or asked to call for a resignation.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Hey…

I’m in Michigan and this will play here. Granholm approval rating is in the tank. Any connection to Kwame is toxic. People here have had enough of the Granholm economy and it’s 8.5% unemployment. She’s sat on her hands and hid from this situation since the beginning and now it’s all coming to a head.

I know west and northern MI favor repubs, but it’s the I-75 corridor that runs from Detroit north thru pontaic, Flint and ending in Saginaw that has elected dems over the last many cycles with the exception of Engler in 92.

Michigan has had enough of this nonsense, it’s electoral votes are up for grabs this election.

swami on August 14, 2008 at 1:35 PM

We’re gonna need a bigger bus.

wildweasel on August 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

Kwame and Barack…now those are two names which inspire confidence with middle America and put dread into the hearts of Putin and Chavez.

2 more corrupt black politicians.

what a pathetic joke.

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 1:39 PM

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Remember posts like this when any one claims race is not an issue in this election.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Yeah I suggest you point that out to the 95% of Blacks that will be voting for obambi.

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

This is a better argument than the original, although I did enjoy the video, just for the heck of it.

The GOP ought to be as adroit as the TGOP.

drjohn on August 14, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Remember posts like this when any one claims race is not an issue in this election.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:41 PM

Are you arguing that Kilpatrick is another innocent set up by the man?

drjohn on August 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM

She’s sat on her hands and hid from this situation since the beginning and now it’s all coming to a head.

swami on August 14, 2008 at 1:35 PM

It can’t be easy for Granholm to sit on her hands with her head up her….

LOL

drjohn on August 14, 2008 at 1:58 PM

drjohn on August 14, 2008 at 1:50 PM

No.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

No.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

Then it’s not race.

It’s corruption.

And if accurate, tying Obama to corruption is fair, no matter what race of the person involved.

drjohn on August 14, 2008 at 2:42 PM

Obama, “the kind of renaissance All of us Anticipate”

Renaissance

–noun

4. (lowercase) a renewal of life, vigor, interest, etc.; rebirth; revival: a moral renaissance.

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=Renaissance&x=32&y=15

Obama, Poor Judgment and no Experience.

Chakra Hammer on August 14, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Kilpatrick even looks like a thug in a suit. Not because he is black, but because he just has that thuggish look to him.

Put Larry the Cable Guy in a suit and I would be just as worried…okay, almost as worried.

Grafted on August 14, 2008 at 3:04 PM

As a MI taxpayer I really, really do hope that when Kilpatrick goes under the bus he has a firm hold on Granholm’s skirt and pulls her under with him. The double thump would be music to the ears.

Yoop on August 14, 2008 at 4:11 PM

… But trying to tie Obama to Kilpatrick because of a couple lines in a speech he gave “long before” his legal problems arose, is a big stretch.

Tom_Shipley on August 14, 2008 at 1:34 PM

Me thinks you should check the timeline re the beginning of Kwame’s problems in Detroit and Obama’s speech in Detroit BEFORE you make that claim again. If Obama did not know of Kilpatrick’s problems prior to his visit than he is a bigger dolt than previously thought.

Yoop on August 14, 2008 at 4:19 PM

…breaking news…This is Chris Matthews from NBC where live from the shores of the Western White House, Barack Obama is approaching the podium in his smart holiday attire.

BO: Ahem… This is not the Kwame Kilpatrick I knew from 2 and one score years ago. I do truly regret that inartful embrace that has been depicted on our television screens 24/7. I will now go back to my family – no questions please.

CM: There you heard it and I felt another tingle. You heard him, nothing to see, move along…

Sergei on August 14, 2008 at 4:27 PM

How about that big wart on her face?

pabarge on August 14, 2008 at 4:47 PM

Two warriors fo the DNC. How enlightening.

madmonkphotog on August 14, 2008 at 4:49 PM

Yeah I suggest you point that out to the 95% 98% of Blacks that will be voting for obambi.

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM

Jaibones on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Doing a heckuva job Kwame!

ThePrez on August 14, 2008 at 5:51 PM

wildweasel on August 14, 2008 at 1:38 PM

If I were in charge here, that’d be quote of the day.

Typhoon on August 14, 2008 at 6:36 PM

Wow, I assumed the clip of the Obama address was from years back. Never did I realize it was from this year! Everyone in Michigan knew what a scumbag Kwame was long before even the text message scandal (or any of the other sixty scandals since) broke.

I’ll be passing it around.

OneGyT on August 14, 2008 at 7:51 PM

Yeah I suggest you point that out to the 95% 98% of Blacks that will be voting for obambi.

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 1:42 PM
Jaibones on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

How the blacks in this country can cry racist is unbelieveable to me when people like Condi Rice and Colin Powell back Obambi. It IS ABOUT RACE if you are black! No matter who is running, if he/she is black, you vote for him or her! This mentality is beyond my understanding. I’ve talked to blacks and they don’t even like Obambi, but are going to vote for him because he is black!!!!! I tell them I am going to vote for McCain because, even though I hate every thing about him, he’s WHITE! The look on their faces is priceless! BTW, that is not how I vote, I just want to make an impression on my friends. I would vote for a black man/woman in in instant if they believed in what I believed. Mr. Steele comes to mind.

Neocon Peg on August 14, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Jeebus. Kwame “allegedly” assaulted 2 police officers, in addition to everything else he’s done — perjury, costing Detroit millions to settle another case.

rbj on August 14, 2008 at 12:16 PM

…sounds a lot like Atlanta; specifically DeKalb & Fulton Counties – corrupt but seemingly untouchable.

MsUnderestimated on August 14, 2008 at 10:58 PM

The GrandMole has a has an abysmal record as Governor but still got re-elected. As someone who lives in a Northern Suburb of Detroit, I’m pessimistic of McCains chances here unless he selects Romney as his VP

Goodale on August 15, 2008 at 3:45 AM