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Did he really say that?

I just got finished watching Hillary with George Stephanopolis and it was no cakewalk. George is as tough as O’Reilly but a whole lot smarter. Still, she did pretty well, I thought. She was relentlessly positive and even said it’s time to move on past Reverend Wright. I agree. The problem is not with the black church. The problem is with this one preacher who said some stupid and imprudent things. Barack should have said something to him but I digress.

I haven’t seen Obama;s appearance on Meet the Press but some commenters at MyDD have started to document the atrocities. Before I interrupt my cleaning to go watch it on the DVR, can someone confirm whether he actually said the following things? No one is this cocky, arrogant and narcissistic.

“My father is from Africa. It’s in my DNA to bring people together.”

“It’s one of my faults, being concerned with others’ feelings.” *

“I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out”

*This is the a variation on the standard answer to the “flaws” question from job interviews and is often cancelled out by the reference letter that says, “You will be lucky to get Obama to work for you”.

48 Responses

  1. Barack and Michelle Obama have been saying such outrageous things from the beginning, they have been getting away with it.

    Lemme give you one of my favorite for the last week. This is from the Obama’s earth shattering interview with Meredith Vieira, an interview so important and so historic it was replayed throughout the day on MessNBC and had 2 segment on Countdown with Keith Obamaman:

    “Do you personally feel that the reverend betrayed your husband?” asked Meredith Vieira on “The Today Show.”
    “You know what I think, Meredith?” replied Michelle Obama. “We’ve got to move forward. You know, this conversation doesn’t help my kids.

  2. Boy, he is a pompous ass. I am worried about Indiana. That switcher, Joe Andrew, predicted he will win. You usually don’t make such predictions unless you are pretty sure.

  3. The race is not over until Clinton gets out?! Jesus Christ, this man is the definition of delusions of grandeur!

    @Melanie: No, actually the Obama camp has a history of boldly making false predictions. Basically, they’re trying to mindfu** the voters.

  4. @MABlue: I saw that! I remember telling a friend, “This is going to rub people the wrong way.” She’s only thinking about herself.

  5. Melanie: It is Joe Andrew who is the pompous ass. No wonder he was a DNC in name only. He doesn’t know how to play the expectations game. He was supposed downplay expectations in NC and IN. That way they would have fallen within expectations or exceeded expectations. it makes a better narrative than to say you’re going to blow out the competition and then place second in one state and a tepid first in the other.
    Hillary’s team will no doubt do it correctly: They know it will be close and there is no guarantee that they will pull it out as the polls continue to tighten. Then when she wins IN and comes within 10 of Obama in NC, she can claim a significant victory in one state and a symbolic one in the other.
    Joe Andrews is just stupid.

  6. Davidson, I just heard her in one of the recent interviews (might have been with viera) where she says that she tried to talk Barry out of politics because he could have had a more comfortable living doing something else. Yeah, there’s Michelle’s priorities. Not public service. Money.

  7. Just for the Hell of it:

    From Chicago Suntimes:

    “Let’s not elect somebody who has been there and hasn’t done it,” Michelle Obama said in a fairly clear reference to Clinton. She said education was the issue that most concerns parents and her husband is the only one who can make changes there.

    “It’s going to take us being, as a nation, deeply passionate and angry about the failing education for all kids,” she said. “When was the last time we heard some really solid questions for these candidates on education in a debate? You know all about the issues in our personal lives, but … education is the thing we should be angry about.”

  8. Been there and hasn’t done that? Ugh, I really don’t like this woman.

  9. “I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out”

    How can anyone like this guy? He’s a pompous ass.

  10. @RD: Oh, yeah! She started mentioning all these other careers, including “singing.” Anything, but politics! I started howling when I heard that. I watched that interview with some women and they seemed a bit put off by Michelle.

    This woman is the daughter of a man who worked for the Daley campaigns in Chicago. I doubt she didn’t have a clue as to what Barack wanted to do with his life. And if politics is so awful then why embrace such an overtly political family as the Kennedys and such scumbags as Axelrod and Gibbs?

  11. My other biggest fault is thinking I can walk on water. There have been a couple of “incidents”, and Michelle doesn’t let me take the kids to the beach anymore.

  12. As a former hospital recruiter I would have disqualified him on answering that second question alone. Just what do you mean by “fault”? This answer would have raised an issue, and would have warranted a follow-up, to explain how this is a fault. My experience would have easily identified someone who is all about “me”. Doesn’t sound much like a team player and definitely not ready for prime time.

    ronk: Your last comment is downright funny!!

  13. Or how about: My ancestors came over from Ireland. It is in my DNA to bring people together. We learned that from our days in the pubs.

  14. Out of the “At Least Some People Get It” files.

    The Statesman Journal from Oregon endorsed Hillary Clinton today.

    Clinton, McCain best choices for Oregon
    Obama has not yet shown ability to get things done

    ( … )

    But the Editorial Board keeps stumbling on two key questions: What has Obama done, either as an Illinois legislator or a U.S. senator? And will his missteps in speaking lead to destructive missteps in action?

    Clinton seems willing to say anything to get elected. She also has the baggage of husband Bill Clinton, whose weak character dragged down a promising administration and caused this newspaper’s Editorial Board to call for his resignation (not that he listened).

    But Hillary Clinton does get things done.

    After leaving the White House, she handily won election in New York, where she proved that she’s not simply an urban lawmaker. Rural New Yorkers speak highly of Clinton, praising her for paying attention to their parts of the state.

    In the Senate, she has achieved influence much greater than one would expect for her seven years on Capitol Hill.

    Clinton “gets” the concerns of the middle class that dominates the Mid-Willamette Valley.

    She was the first candidate to offer Oregon a “compact” of campaign promises on state-specific issues such as restoring county timber payments and giving the state say about siting of liquefied-natural-gas terminals.

    Probably because I am biased, but the Clinton endorsements always seem so coherent and based on facts, unlike the Obama endorsements who more often than not in some cloud of nothingness.

    But as I said, that’s just me, one of this really low class, uninformed, unsophisticated, illiterate, black male, Hillary supporters.

  15. “Another faul of mine, I’m always trying to heal people with my hands. It’s worked on a few occassions, but it’s not yet my strong suit. “

  16. About what would happen if Hillary were nominated:

    I–let, let me say at the outset, I want a Democrat to win in November, so even if Senator Clinton were the nominee instead of me, I would still be campaigning for Democrats because we haven’t talked much about John McCain today, and the one thing I’m clear about is he wanted–wants to continue George Bush’s foreign policy, he wants to continue George Bush’s economic policies.

    Would still be campaigning for “Democrats” but not for her, then? What is going on with this dancing around, Hillary always willing to clearly state she will indeed campaign for Obama if it comes to that, Obama refusing to say that he would (Michelle suggesting he would not)?

  17. Foot In Mouth.

  18. More like Leg in Mouth.

  19. Why didn’t somebody ask: As a community organizer in Chicago, and then as a state senator in IL legislature, did you at any time inquire of Antonin Rezko why the people in your district were suffering without heat in the winter, why there was still a problem with rat infestation, why plumbing and electrical circuits were still not fixed, where did all that money go that were awarded to you in state and federal bids for rehab? Can you provide us with a record of your achievements other than voter registration that you accomplished while serving in those capacities?

    Did you ever stand up an demand an accounting? And if so, why were you still friends with this man who assisted you in buying a home, who gave money to your campaign, who hosted you and your family on several vacations, who acted as your treasurer when you were seeking higher office? Is this something we can take into account when you speak of your superior judgment?

  20. Oh, Pat, no one in the media would ask such questions. Goes against narative.

  21. Riverdaughter, I can’t believe he said the race isn’t over until Hillary gets out. What an ass!

    Melanie, Joe Andrew doesn’t even live in Indiana. He lives in Maryland. Hillary will win Indiana. She is leading by 7-10 points in the polls, including SUSA.

    DariaG, I take that to mean that Obama wouldn’t campaign for Hillary but for some other downticket Dems. I’m not surprised. But he’s so compromised at this point, Dems might prefer he just stay out of it, along with his pal John Kerry.

  22. Actually, it’s not the first time he used the “It’s in my DNA” line. I heard it earlier- can’t remember exactly where, but I think in the throw the pastor (finally) under the bus press conference.
    I did hear it though- cause I jumped out of my chair and started screaming at the TV. Where are he and his pastor coming up with this crap??? It’s in his DNA, white children and black children are left brained and right brained- on and on-
    Sorry for ranting- but if he said that today- it is his new theme- “I should be President, it’s in my DNA.” Scary- reminds me of Hitler- superior race crap.

  23. OOPS- he apparently has BEEN saying this for a while- here’s a quote for you

    SEN. OBAMA: You know, the – I would say that it has been a distraction from the core message of our campaign. I think part of what has always been the essence of my politics, not just this campaign, but my life is the idea that we’ve got to bring people together. Now, part of that is biographical as somebody who comes from a diverse background with a white mother and an African-American father growing up in Hawaii and Asia. You know, it’s in my DNA to believe that all of us have something fundamental in common.

    I googled Barack Obama It’s in my DNA and got this from a 3/17/08 interview with Jim Lehrer posted at Real Clear Politics.

    ANd here is the quote from the NY Times reprint of the comments on Wright published 4/29/08

    SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: Before I start taking questions I want to open it up with a couple of comments about what we saw and heard yesterday. I have spent my entire adult life trying to bridge the gap between different kinds of people. That’s in my DNA, trying to promote mutual understanding to insist that we all share common hopes and common dreams as Americans and as human beings. That’s who I am. That’s what I believe. That’s what this campaign has been about.

    Yup- very scary- there is something WRONG with his thinking- does he really believe his DNA sets him apart from the rest of us mortals???

  24. “It’s in my DNA”

    Now I see. Obama got his experience prenatally from the moment of his conception. He spent nine months studying women’s health issues before he was born. He was an expert on foreign diplomacy by age three. Quite a prodigy.

  25. Is he being figurative or does he really believe his presence brings people together?

  26. bostonboomer– Speaking on behalf of myself and all of my fellow Marylanders, we wish Joe Andrew would go back to Indiana. Do not hold it against Maryland that JA is living here, if my memory serves the US Constitution does not give us the right to throw him out.

  27. I think George Lucas called it “midichlorians.” Obama’s a Jedi!

  28. Lookie at this gem:

    April 25, 2008 (EIRNS)—Following the defeat for Barack Obama in the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, National Public Radio interviewed Obama’s chief campaign strategist, David Axelrod, about Hillary Clinton’s advantage with working class voters. Axelrod responded, “The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.”

    Perhaps Axelrod has forgotten that the ignoring of that white working class, those whom Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) has called the Reagan Democrats, is a major reason why we’ve had the string of Republican presidents we’ve had.

    ABC News reported Bill Clinton’s reaction, as he campaigned for Hillary among voters in North Carolina: “Today her opponent’s campaign strategist said, well, we don’t really need these working class people to win, half the time they vote for Republicans anyways. And I will tell you something, America needs you to win and therefore Hillary wants your support.”

    (my emphasis)

    Actually part of my comment at this must-read new piece:
    “The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants” at
    http://cannonfire.blogspot.com/2008/05/brotherhood.html

  29. Daria @ 2:31p.m.,
    Would still be campaigning for “Democrats” but not for her, then? What is going on …?

    Gore-Bloomberg? On the “To heal the divisiveness that ails us” new road to “change.”

  30. […] Did he really say that? (by riverdaughter at The Confluence) I haven’t seen Obama;s appearance on Meet the Press but some commenters at MyDD have started to document the atrocities. Before I interrupt my cleaning to go watch it on the DVR, can someone confirm whether he actually said the following things? No one is this cocky, arrogant and narcissistic. “My father is from Africa. It’s in my DNA to bring people together.” “It’s one of my faults, being concerned with others’ feelings.” “”I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out” […]

  31. http://preview.tinyurl.com/6fozqn

    Obama on Meet the Press added 1-4 hours ago. I’m going to go watch.

  32. “I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out”

    Of course! Like many other Obama supporters, CA Pol Junkie wrote a post about the math … you know the drill. I wrote the following:

    I wonder, since you guys cite rules so much, have you noticed the simple fact the superdelegates can change their mind until the convention? So, unless one candidate concedes, we have to wait till convention to make sure who is the winner, regardless of anyone’s opinion. In fact, I know that you KNOW that fact. That’s the REAL reason behind shouting for something like two months that Hillary should quit. (or Psychologically taking her out. We understand. It’s all part of the game.)

    Because, as you know very well, the only way to stop the process and short-circuit it, is to force Clinton to withdraw. It’s been a tough a horse race, your candidate is tired out, and is eager to call the race NOW.

    Needless to say, I got a typical response on how negative Hillary Clinton is, and she is practicing the “worst of politics’.

  33. […] Did he really say that? (by riverdaughter at The Confluence) I haven’t seen Obama;s appearance on Meet the Press but some commenters at MyDD have started to document the atrocities. Before I interrupt my cleaning to go watch it on the DVR, can someone confirm whether he actually said the following things? No one is this cocky, arrogant and narcissistic. “My father is from Africa. It’s in my DNA to bring people together.” “It’s one of my faults, being concerned with others’ feelings.” “”I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out” […]

  34. Let me add something that has gone unnoticed till now.

    It was the custom that candidates battle it out, and then the convention officially crowns one candidate as the nominee. Usullay everyone would sing Kumbaya then, there would be confetti and balloons, and the nominee will get a few percentage boost in the polls (the convention boost).

    Now, democrats in their ultimate wisdom (/snark) decided that (I am NOT making this up):

    1- oh, it will be a good idea to have a nominee soon, like in February.

    2- However, rules will prevent any state from holding a primary prior to February 5th.

    3- Democrats (and I am NOT making this up) gave BONUS delegates to the states holding primaries in March, and later. For example, a state could get AS MUCH AS 30% of BONUS delegates by holding its primary in JUNE. (you are following so far?)

    4- Democrats also insisted on a system of proportional allocation of delegates.

    5- Democrats also decided on a LATE convention date, to get the convention bounce. Apparently a version of memory loss had hit every democrat and they COULDN’T remember past the last 3 primary elections, to the times (Clinton, Mondale, Carter, and others) when the convention decided the nominee. [Bill Clinton clinched the nomination in June] .

    6- DESPITE Florida 2000, democrats still had plenty of caucuses to go around, even though it’s messy as heck, and impossible to confirm a fair election has taken place. Well, never mind Iowa, and who wants to offend party officials who wanted to build the party in this fashion?

    7- So if your head is NOT spinning, you have followed that the democrats WISHED a nomiee to be chosen early, but instead SET UP everything to get it to go as long as possible.

    8- Never mind Florida and Michigan.

    9- Faced with the complete MESS that they have created, the democratic elites (DNC, Pelosi, pundits, big heads….) are understandably and predictably MAD at …. THE VOTERS. Yes, how dare those pesky voters want to keep voting and at least have a LITTLE feeling that their votes matter?

    10- Faced with pesky voters who can’t follow the drumbeat and get the HINT who they are supposed to vote for, the elites are now MAD at the WOMAN (that is Hillary, and yes, I intentionally wrote that. Can you IMAGINE anyone telling Reagan in 76, Kennedy in 80, or many other WHITE MALES to stop competing? Or as the pompous ass, Keith O put it, take Hillary to a room, and lay down the law?)

    I feel like shouting, SHE IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT, YOU MORONOS, AND IT AINT A PICNIC.

  35. ghost2: It would be easier for me to figure out the genesis of DNA than it is to figure our the DNC motivation for the 2008 primaries. What were these people thinking?

  36. I’m from New York, and it’s in my DNA to laugh like a hyena when people say stupid stuff about what’s in their DNA. To be honest, none of the highlighted statements were genuinely offensive to me, though this one is somewhat troubling because you can’t say things like this without being either an idiot or a huckster, and say what you like about Obama, he’s no idiot.

  37. Of Root Canal, “Delegate Drift” and Tuesday, May 6

    http://insightanalytical.wordpress.com/

    Tuesday may be the day Obama gets a root canal, I fervently hope! I know that’s when I’M getting one…hopefully, the drugs will kill the pain of election night, if the pundits dish it out as usual…

  38. George S is a whole lot smarter than Bill O? I’m sure you’re the only one in the world that thinks that. Seriously.

  39. “Scary- reminds me of Hitler- superior race crap.”

    Goodwin’s law.

  40. Meiman: Umm, no, I;m pretty sure George S is smarter. Of course, if your candidate was on the receiving end of his questions and didn’t perform well, you may have a different perspective than we Clintonistas. But I assure you that George S is smarter than BillO. It is a point that hardly needs to be argued. The proof is self-evident.

  41. I think the worst thing he said was that Clinton and McCain never passed CAFE standards – as if they are similar!!!!

    NObody could pass ANYTHING when the Republicans were in charge.

    Only after we Democrats took over were we able to get CAFE on the floor and we finally passed it in Dec 2007, (over McCains dead body.)

    What a creepy thing to say. She never takes the low road like that: simply lieing about your opponents record to make you look better.

    She never points out that he and McCain share this lobbyistdriven love of nuke power…
    or that Richardson’s and Bingaman’s state NM depends on Federal nuke power money, or that Daschle and Dole are ethanol lobbyists.

    Or that Obamas plan to extend the PTC is feebler even than what we passed in the Senate: 10 years: Obama only timidly asks for 5 years…

    yet ONLY Clinton makes the Production Tax Credit permanent.

    That would cut the cost of putting solar on my roof in CA 30% to $10,000. A permanent PTC makes Wind farms able to plan projects and get the financing to actually do it, without suddenly going out of business every 5 years when Republicans pull the PTC like they do.

  42. I mean the worst thing Obama said…not George S

  43. FYI: George S. is a Rhodes Scholar.

  44. RD, you asked for confirmation of the following quotes. I’ve interleaved them with **actual quotes** taken from today’s MTP transcript.

    “My father is from Africa. It’s in my DNA to bring people together.” / **I’m somebody who is born to a white mother and a, and an African father. It’s in my DNA to believe that we can bring this country together and that the people are the same under the skin.**

    “It’s one of my faults, being concerned with others’ feelings.” / **That may be a fault of mine that I own up to, which is, is that I’m concerned about how other people feel, particularly somebody who I’ve known for quite some time.**

    “I don’t think the race is over until Sen. Clinton decides she is getting out.” / **I don’t think the race is over until Senator Clinton decides that she’s getting out or until all the primaries and caucuses have taken place.**

  45. He has a great spin team that’s for sure. I’m not buying it though. Not buying Hillary or McCain either though. I still don’t know who I’m going to vote for either, I don’t care for any of the three.

    Can someone answer this?
    http://www.waterpup.com/2008/04/14/barack-obama/

  46. Georgie is a Clinton stooge and a softball chucker. The little Grecian formula henchman is no objective journalist.

  47. Dickard –

    //He meant the Democratic Race isn’t over until Hillary gets out you butt reaming morons. Is there no statement you people won’t stretch out of proportion?//

    Yes, that is exactly what he meant and that is exactly why we took offense. Because, as you and your messiah have seemingly forgotten, he could also get out of the race and end it. You and he are acting as though he is already the nominee, as though the first vote on the floor of the Convention has already occurred and he has secured the magic number.

    To say that it won’t end until she gets out is the height of arrogance.

  48. He said, and I quote again, “I don’t think the race is over until Senator Clinton decides that she’s getting out or until all the primaries and caucuses have taken place.”

    That’s accurate as far as it goes.

    But he could have said, “I don’t think the race is over until Senator Clinton decides that she’s getting out OR I DO or until all the primaries and caucuses have taken place.”

    He didn’t put it that way, though, and that’s why it’s so arrogant.

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