Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Obama Continues to Make Race an Issue in the Presidential Campaign

Barack Obama is back at it again, making race an issue in the Presidential campaign and falsely accusing Senator McCain of using scare tactics against him:

From Reuters:
Democrat Barack Obama accused White House rival John McCain of trying on Wednesday to scare voters with attacks on his character, as McCain launched a new ad labeling Obama more of a celebrity than a leader.

"What they're going to do is make you scared -- of me," Obama told voters in Springfield, Missouri...

Obama, launching a four-day tour of swing states to promote his economic policies, mocked the arguments he said McCain, a Republican Arizona senator, and his supporters make.

"'He's not patriotic enough. He's got a funny name. He doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills,'" said Obama, who would be the first black U.S. president.
Okay, so you'd probably like to know what kind of scare tactics and racist attacks Obama is referring to.

Well, according to Reuters, this is what he's referring to:
McCain launched a new ad linking the Illinois senator to celebrities like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, calling him "the biggest celebrity in the world" but questioning whether he could deliver on his talk.

The ad included images of Obama's speech last week in Berlin on his tour of the Middle East and Europe and asked if Obama was ready to lead.

"Senator Obama doesn't have the strength to speak openly and directly about how he will address the serious challenges that confront America," McCain said. "How will he be strong enough to really change Washington?"

McCain campaign manager Rick Davis told reporters Obama's overseas swing was "much more something you would expect from someone releasing a new movie than running for president."

He said the Obama strategy was to develop a fan base "that allows him to get a lot of media attention and avoids him having to address the important issues of our time."
Did McCain say Obama's "not patriotic enough"? Did he say "he has a funny name" or that "he doesn't look like all the presidents on the dollar bills"?

Okay, I admit Britney Spears and Paris Hilton do not resemble any of the presidents on the dollar bills" and perhaps to some xenophobes, "Paris" is a funny name, but I certainly wouldn't call these Hollywood celebrities unpatriotic and I don't see how comparing Obama to them is akin to racism. Besides, didn't Obama say we should all learn to speak French? He should be honored that Senator McCain would compare him to someone with a name like "Paris"!

As far as questioning Obama's character is concerned, that's simply par for the course for a Presidential candidate who deems it perfectly normal to stage a Presidential campaign rally in Europe.

But apparently, Obama is still resorting to his old tactic of portraying the Mcain camp as a bunch of scare mongering racists. However, in truth, it is Obama and his minions who are making race an issue during this Presidential campaign.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Obama would say that McCain and his supporters are telling people not to vote for Obama because of his race.

This is shameful, even for Obama! has a good post calling Obama on this.