21 May 2008

The Obama Gaffe Machine

Columnist Michelle Malkin makes a great point re: Obama this week:

All it takes is one gaffe to taint a Republican for life. The political establishment never let Dan Quayle live down his fateful misspelling of “potatoe.” The New York Times distorted and misreported the first President Bush’s questions about new scanner technology at a grocers’ convention to brand him permanently as out of touch.
I couldn't agree more. I'm honestly pretty disgusted with how easily the public has accepted the portrayal of Bush as the village idiot based on the fact that he's not as eloquent as President Clinton is/was.

Malkin goes on to show that Obama has said some stupid things during this campaign, yet we haven't branded him a complete moron.

* Last May, he claimed that Kansas tornadoes killed a whopping 10,000 people: “In case you missed it, this week, there was a tragedy in Kansas. Ten thousand people died — an entire town destroyed.” The actual death toll: 12.

*Earlier this month in Oregon, he redrew the map of the United States: “Over the last 15 months, we’ve traveled to every corner of the United States. I’ve now been in 57 states? I think one left to go.”
Then we have outright lies:

*Obama has as much trouble with numbers as he has with maps. Last March, on the anniversary of the Bloody Sunday march in Selma, Alabama, he claimed his parents united as a direct result of the civil rights movement:

“There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born.”

Obama was born in 1961. The Selma march took place in 1965. His spokesman, Bill Burton, later explained that Obama was “speaking metaphorically about the civil rights movement as a whole.”

*Last March, the Chicago Tribune reported this little-noticed nugget about a fake autobiographical detail in Obama’s “Dreams from My Father:”

“Then, there’s the copy of Life magazine that Obama presents as his racial awakening at age 9. In it, he wrote, was an article and two accompanying photographs of an African-American man physically and mentally scarred by his efforts to lighten his skin. In fact, the Life article and the photographs don’t exist, say the magazine’s own historians.”

And finally, a pretty major flipflop:

And in perhaps the most seriously troubling set of gaffes of them all, Obama told a Portland crowd over the weekend that Iran doesn’t “pose a serious threat to us”–cluelessly arguing that “tiny countries” with small defense budgets can’t do us harm– and then promptly flip-flopped the next day, claiming, “I’ve made it clear for years that the threat from Iran is grave.”

The double standard has never been more apparent.

Senator Obama is heralded as the Messiah of all mankind, while President Bush is disregarded as a dunce (or a criminal mastermind, it depends on what the topic of conversation is). Both men have said some dumb things and misspoken on more than one occasion.

Difference? Bush is a white Republican, Obama is a black Democrat.

I wish there were another explanation. Let me know if I'm way off base here.


Anna said...

all politicians make mistakes. But you ignore the fact that Obama is a much better public speaker than Bush. Add to that the fact that Obama has never made up a word like "strategery." And I'm sure Obama gets mocked plenty on Fox News, it just depends on which networks you listen to.

Brandon said...

Come now, Anna. You aren't seriously telling me the criticism of Obama's missteps are on par with the criticism of Romney or Bush's missteps, are you?

Graham & Heather said...

I agree with you, Brandon.

RomanticGeek said...

Spot on, Brandon. The media doesn't think they are biased, but their actions speak louder. Obama's rise to power is eerily like Bill Clinton's (relatively young, and less experience than Bill.)

McCain is not my favorite, but I will vote for him in November.


Brandon said...

I don't know that I can vote for McCain, Karen.

Ugh, how did we end up in this situation?