Thursday, July 31, 2008

Can’t we just make him arrogant?

According to Dana Milbank, of The Washington Post, Sen. Obama said this, “This is the moment . . . that the world is waiting for," adding: "I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions."

But if you don’t extract just that little bit from what Senator Obama said, the meaning changes.

“BUT A DEMOCRATIC SOURCE SAYS: “His entire point of that riff was that the campaign IS NOT about him. [The Post] left out the important first half of the sentence, which was along the lines of: ‘It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol … .” (thanks, Politico)

Makes a big difference, doesn’t it? Keep an eye on these op-ed writers. I don’t know why Mr. Milbank chose to quote Sen. Obama out of context, but I do know it kept Fox News happy as they asked their audience, Is Obama drunk from drinking his own wine?

Mr. Milbank followed up his quote with this comment: “As he marches toward Inauguration Day (Election Day is but a milestone on that path), Obama's biggest challenger may not be Republican John McCain but rather his own hubris.”

Gosh, the media wants so much for Senator Obama to be “arrogant” but he just isn’t willing to cooperate with them. From my point of view and from what I learned about Sen. Obama from reading his book, he’s about as far from showing any signs of arrogance as anyone I have ever seen in the political world. Confidence? Yes. Arrogance? No way!

23 Comments:

Blogger Dr. Know said...

Out of context is the leading political tool these days.

Well, that and the media which employs it.

Oy Vey!

July 31, 2008 4:00 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

McBush going Rovian so early is a real sign of desperation. The media wants so much for this to be a horse race but the stumbling McSame campaign is trying to make it a landslide for Obama. Going to get very ugly before November judging from the state of things today.

July 31, 2008 4:10 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

Why can't the candidates focus on their stand on the issues? Instead, it comes to down to who can cleverly disrepute the other candidate.

Don't tell me why I shouldn't vote for the other guy, tell me why i should vote for you and do it without any negativity about you opponent. These campaign attacks on their opponents just make them look like asses.

....and the MSM doesn't help by inciting this negativity.

July 31, 2008 4:15 AM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

the MSM is completely to blame. they actually HATE obama -- because of his confidence and because people actually like him

they like nasty SOBs -- so they are trying to make him one, and affiliate him with as many as possible

this of course is all possible because of the giant BJ they constantly give McSame.

Rachel Maddow and Pat Buchanan actually had a fight last night on David Gregory show about Obama's arrogance.

someone really needs to retire Pat to the grazing fields

July 31, 2008 4:45 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

the brittney spears paris hilton commercial is a sign of how low they will go. mccain has no ideas(or a clue) and so the only tactic left to them is to tear down obama hoping that something they throw might stick.

July 31, 2008 5:37 AM  
Anonymous Joe the Troll said...

When they say "arrogant" they really mean "uppity."

July 31, 2008 6:45 AM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I wish they'd stop making stuff up and just report the facts.

July 31, 2008 7:29 AM  
Blogger Targa said...

JTT hits the nail on the head.

Obama isn't doing the steppin fetchit routine and giving them the stereotyped dense humble black man or the angry rebellious black man.
The MSM isn't looking at Obama as a man running for president, but a black man running for president. Obama is a smart man and will use his intelligence to snuff out the negativity.
Many people in this country aren't ready for anything until it's thrown in their faces.... then they thank god for it afterwards.
Fortunately, Obama as president won't be as tragic as... well, as Bush as president.

Probably.

July 31, 2008 7:31 AM  
Blogger Dean Wormer said...

I think they just take it as arrogance the fact he's going around the media directly to the people.

It's hard to spin 200,000 foreigners turning up and waving American flags.

Not that people like Milbank won't give it a try.

July 31, 2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

when they showed the britney/paris frames my very first thought was "how did they miss cindy mcCain? blonde, fairly empty upstairs, rich for no good reason. . ."

July 31, 2008 8:47 AM  
Blogger Randal Graves said...

C'mon dean, those were merely 200,000 extras funded by Soros.

July 31, 2008 8:59 AM  
Blogger Swinebread said...

Amazing... but if there is no there, there you have to invent it I guess

July 31, 2008 9:52 AM  
Blogger DCup said...

I am so annoyed with Mrs. Milbank for this one.

Honestly, is it necessary to make shit up for the right to bang on about? They do pretty well on their own.

July 31, 2008 10:45 AM  
Blogger annie said...

Why can't his doubters admit that they're scared of non-white people. Especially as potential presidents.

Maybe they've never even had a black friend. Or a brown friend, or gay friend. Lots of cloistered, clueless folks in this
country.

The way they dance around their long-held racist beliefs is painfully transparent.

July 31, 2008 10:57 AM  
Anonymous catscratch said...

News coverage: feeding the people bullshit and keeping them in the dark.

July 31, 2008 11:56 AM  
Blogger dguzman said...

I'm surprised Fox "News" didn't ask their audience, "Is Obama drunk from drinking his own 40 of malt liquor?" That would've been the icing on their racist white cake. Oh wait, I forgot: they were trying to be "fair + balanced."

The ridiculous irony here is that when it's Chimpy, he's got "swagger." When it's Obama, it's "arrogance." Nice double-standard, whitey corporate media!

July 31, 2008 12:23 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

Dana Milbank is an idiot...and it is pretty spectacular that he took such a statement that was made and appreciated to Million...out of context- the people that heard it understood it Loud and Clear...

( and Dana for saying it comes off as Ignorant and yeah, arrogant...)

July 31, 2008 3:51 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

ooops I meant to tell you , you are in my Thursday Round up....

July 31, 2008 3:52 PM  
Blogger two crows said...

'I don’t know why Mr. Milbank chose to quote Sen. Obama out of context,'

because he didn't expect people to do their homework but to simply accept what he said unquestioningly.

surprise! those days are over, Dana.
so sad -- you're gonna have to uh, you know, start working for a living.
:.-(

July 31, 2008 4:54 PM  
Blogger ZILLA said...

The problem with balls, for the people who have them, is that the people who don't have them feel the constant urge to overcompensate for their own lack of balls by swiping and sniping at the balls of others.

Barack's got balls.

He's never failed to respond appropriately to an attack. He's ignored the trivial, and firmly and graciously rebutted the ridiculous.

Our local Obama campaign is opening new headquarters tomorrow, and I am STOKED!

August 01, 2008 4:33 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

I think it is scarier than this. I am afraid there are a lot of people (of the caucasion persuasion) who are looking (perhaps subconsciously) for an excuse not to vote for Obama. This condition is not lost on the McCain campaign nor the RNC.

Taking it negative (falsely) early is deliberate and not a product of the "main stream media."

August 01, 2008 11:24 AM  
Blogger Batocchio said...

This has been their meme for some time. It's bullshit, but they're running with it as usual. Still, if this is all they've got, that Obama's arrogant and popular, damn.

August 01, 2008 12:57 PM  
Blogger TaraDharma said...

not only arrogant, but fit and skinny to boot! How dare he?

August 03, 2008 3:40 PM  

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