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Friday, June 6, 2008

Barack Non-Denies Rumors Of Michelle's "Whitey" Video

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Barack Obama was finally asked, point-blank about the existence of the rumored video of the gracious Michelle ranting about "Whitey" at the Trinity United Church of Christ while sitting cozily amidst Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Given the opportunity to dismiss the rumor definitively, Obama...didn't. Instead he offered up this squishy response:

We have seen this before. There is dirt and lies that are circulated in e-mails and they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about it,” Obama said to the McClatchy reporter during a press conference aboard his campaign plane. “That gives legs to the story. If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it.”

Asked whether he knew it not to be true, Obama said he had answered the question.

“Frankly, my hope is people don’t play this game,” Obama said. “It is a destructive aspect of our politics. Simply because something appears in an e-mail, that should lend it no more credence than if you heard it on the corner. Presumably the job of the press is to not to go around and spread scurrilous rumors like this until there is actually anything, an iota, of substance or evidence that would substantiate it.”

Now I have no inside knowledge as to whether the video exists or not but I do have inside knowledge of what a reasonably intelligent person would say to deflate such a rumor: I'd say, "No, it doesn't exist. My wife never said it, doesn't speak that way, has never spoken that way and would never say such a thing. Obviously this is being spread by certain people for some sort of political advantage." And because it is Barack Obama talking, the denial would end with these words, "Change, change, change, change, change. Hope."

But this non-denial of his can do nothing more than give the rumor new buoyancy. As Johnnienie Cochran might say, "If its just a big lie, why not deny?"

Yeah. Why not?

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