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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pulling the okey-dokey

Pulling the Okey-Dokey, and Why Wright-Obama doesn't equal Hagee/Parsley-McCain

In this Seinfeld campaign season, Sister Toldjah explains why Wright-Obama doesn't equal Hagee/Parsley-McCain, in an excellent post: The left's silly attempts at morally equating Wright/Farrakhan/Hagee/Parsley
Any assertions that the associations between each of them respectively are the same are absurd, though, for reasons noted above. Both candidates are getting endorsements from other people in addition to Hagee and Farrakhan that they'd probably just rather see wither away quietly into the night, but Obama's relationship with Wright is more than just an "endorsement" - Obama has long been associated with Wright, admired him, and as I've talked about before, has sought counsel from him and has cited him as a source of inspiration for his second book and his 2004 keynote. He even consulted Wright on whether or not he should run for president. Farrakhan's endorsement of BO probably would have elicted barely more than a chuckle and an eyeroll from people if Wright himself had not previously praised him.
She also has the video of the Fox News interview:

Let's review here:
Obama has been
  • a member in good standing of that church since 1991
  • acquainted with the church since his community organizing days
  • contributing to Wright's Church
  • donating frequently
  • was married there by Wright
  • had his two daughters baptized there by Wright
Additionally, the title of his book, The Audacity of Hope, comes from one of Wright's own sermons
BUT in the interview he says that none of Wright's statements were statements "he had heard himself personally in the pews".

Which means what?

It means he's pulling a con, an okey-dokey
You all know the okey-dokey, when someone's trying to bamboozle you, when they're trying to hoodwink you?
Obama knew what his pastor was saying.

In an answer worthy of Clintonian dissembling, Obama claims that
The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation
Major Garret asked him, "If you had known what he was saying, you would have quit the church", to which Obama replied, "If I had heard them repeated I would have quit".

It is impossible to believe that someone didn't know what the pastor of his church, a man with whom Obama has been in such close association that he refers to him in the above video as "almost an uncle", has been saying, preaching and writing for the past two decades. But Obama wants you to believe he never heard Wright say any such things.

As Ace said, he should have read the church bulletin.

The con is that, as Mona Charen points out,
I am coming to believe that Barack Obama is one of the greatest con artists we've seen. His entire campaign has been about "coming together," a post-racial consensus, etc. Any mention of his middle name was immediately condemned as ignorant fear-mongering. He has played the role of racial unifier with great skill and finesse.
If you are to trust at face value what Obama says, then Barack Obama is well on his way to becoming the political Candide
a youth whom Nature had endowed with a most sweet disposition. His face was the true index of his mind. He had a solid judgment joined to the most unaffected simplicity; and hence, I presume, he had his name of Candide.
Not only has Obama been ignorant of Wright's odious position, he's also saying he had no idea of how much money Rezko had raised for his campaign because "he had never asked for a political favor":
Trying to put his past with Antoin "Tony" Rezko behind him, presidential candidate Barack Obama on Friday said he never thought the nowindicted Chicago businessman would try to take advantage of him because his old friend had never asked for a political favor.

But in a 90-minute interview with Tribune reporters and editors, Obama disclosed that Rezko had raised more for Obama's earlier political campaigns than previously known, gathering as much as $250,000 for the first three offices he sought.

Obama also elaborated on previous statements about his private real estate transactions with Rezko, saying they were not simply mistakes of judgment because Rezko was under grand jury investigation at the time of their 2005 and 2006 dealings. "The mistake, by the way, was not just engaging in a transaction with Tony because he was having legal problems. The mistake was because he was a contributor and somebody who was involved in politics."
Barack's doing well in his dissembling, but I digress:
Obama rejected the suggestion that, by paying the full price for the lot, Rezko was enabling Obama to buy the house for $300,000 less than the initial asking price.

"Frankly I don't think he was doing me a favor," Obama said. "There was simply no connection between our purchase of the house, the price of the house and the purchase of the lot."
I am blinded by the brilliance. You can even say I'm baffled by the bullsh*t, too.
Faced with intensifying scrutiny as the Democratic primary season grinds on, Obama said voters should view his Rezko dealings as "a mistake in not seeing the potential conflicts of interest." But he added that voters should also "see somebody who is not engaged in any wrongdoing . . . and who they can trust."
It all comes down to the audacity of hoping they'll believe you (h/t Instapundit).

Must-reads regarding Obama and Jeremiah Wright

Doug Ross illustrates The audacity of opacity.
Deconstructing Obama's lawyerly evasions on Wright

(Special thanks to Larwyn)

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At 12:14 PM, Blogger Mr. Bingley said...

"Pastor Wright is retiring so it's not a big deal."

Heh, Lenin is "retired" too, so no biggie.

At 3:19 PM, Blogger Obi's Sister said...

Yeah, Mr. Bingley, Castro is "retiring," too.

In the Obama house of smoke and mirrors, the end justifies the means. And as much as everyone decries his middle name but then whispers about his suspected Muslim-ness, I can't help but be reminded of the Islamic practices of katman and taqiyya.

He may NOT be Muslim; for all we know, he may NOT even be Christian. But it is becoming more and more evident that he is VERY slippery. Dems get to choose between Mr. ParcilTongue or She Who Wields the Flame Thrower, providing that the Great and Mighty Goracle doesn't appear out of nowhere, surrounded by Buzby Burkley dancing girls. With feathers. Oh wait, environmentally-friendly molted feathers, not harvested.

BTW, I had read that great My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy post this morning and had been mulling it all day. Then the Dawgs vs. Kentucky (delayed due to last night's storm) SEC Tourney game came on, and I was distracted by yelling at the TV.

At 3:37 PM, Blogger Mr. Bingley said...

You know, the whole muslim thing is a red herring with him and we're best to drop it, because it detracts from the real story: he and his wife simply hate America. I'm hard pressed to come up with any other theory that fits their behavior.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is clear that Obama's alleged lack of knowledge of these comments shows that he is not as devoted to his church as he says--which means he is a liar, OR, he actually agrees with the pastor, which means he is a liar. Either way...

At 4:32 PM, Blogger Pat Patterson said...

I think that the connection is easily more explained as simply Sen. Obama's means to an end. There are quite a few doctrinal positions of the UCC that the Senator has given more than a nodding acknowledgement too. The church and congregation call for legalized gay marriage, Obama calls for civil unions, they call for a two part approach to Israel(divestment and the "Tear Down the Wall" resolution) which Obama is currently tiptoeing through mindful of both the hostility on the Left towards Israel and the realization that appearing anti-Israel will not get him the votes he will need whether transcending race or religion.

Politicians, neophyte or crusted, are drawn to power as flies to...well, you know. But unlike flies when the odor becomes too noticeable then the politicians suddenly develop either a conscience or amnesia. Obama used Wright, then Rezco and then the Illinois speaker to gain momentum which when gained is not easily surrendered.

At 7:42 PM, Blogger Carl said...

Frankly I would not be at all surprised if Obama actually agreed with his pastor's comments and actually shares the same viewpoints but is politicually astute enough to mask his true feelings. Keep in mind his wife came out publically with somewhat similar hateful rhetoric before being hidden from public view. I don't trust Obama any more than I trust any of the Clintons. If any of them told me it was raining outside I have a hard time believing them until I checked it myself.

At 12:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama is a dangerous man.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Tom said...

Send this video to others: Shame On Joe Scarborough, MSM & Obama the way they reacted to Rev. Jeremiah Wright's sermon about 9/11Part 1
The American people don't deserve to be manipulated and lied to


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