Two items right up front. I didn't edit this clip - it's the only clip of last night's interview available right now on YouTube - and the inclusion of the news story clip depicting an African-American suspect preceding the Obama interview is clearly inflammatory, and typical of the right wing/ Fox News efforts to interject race as a wedge issue between Democrats. Not my choice, I have no other choice of clips available to me at the time of publication.
Second, it's no coincidence, I'm sure, that the pattern and tenor of the questioning in this interview, as conducted by Major Garrett of Fox News, is similar to the examination of a witness on the witness stand. The fact that Obama acquiesces and allows the interview to be conducted in this way is wholly un-presidential, and indicative of someone who feels powerless in this situation.
In this interview, Barack Obama is dripping with guilt, and is subjecting himself to this treatment because he's carrying a great degree of remorse, and is hoping for an absolution as an outcome of this catharsis. It's obvious from the very start of the interview.
We cannot have a President who subjugates himself in this manner. Having Barack Obama as President negotiate with the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be absolute suicide for this country. The man is an orator, not a negotiator, and when faced with 'opposition' he yields power quickly.
This interview shows that the groundwork is being laid by the GOP to skewer Obama on this issue (and other issues as yet to be uncovered), and the fact that Obama has known about this powder keg for months, and Obama did nothing prior to yesterday to defuse it, is absolute incomprehensible for a man in his position. Here we have him figuratively 'on the witness stand' trying to defend himself, and palced there by his own inaction and fear.
Third, Obama is lying about the fact that he wasn't aware of these statements prior to yesterday -- but note how careful Obama is in his lie.
At 3:02: "When I saw these statements, many of which I had heard for the first time, then I thought it was important to make a very clear and unequivocal statement. None of these statements were ones that I had heard personally in the pews."
Barack was careful in that passage to avoid stating that he wasn't aware that these statements had been made, or that he wasn't aware that these positions and views of Reverend Wright - stating instead that "he hadn't heard them personally." The fact is that this information has been known and out there for some time, and the extremist positions of Obama's church has been a powder keg waiting to explode. Yesterday, it below up in the Democrats face, thanks to Barack.
It's no coincidence that Reverend Wright retired last month -- the issues surrounding Wright's views have been known by the Obama camp for quite some time now, and the fact that Barack Obama went on national television and told a very carefully constructed lie in an attempt to convince the American public that he had no idea prior to yesterday that his nutty Uncle had said things like this is further evidence that he is unfit for the White House.
At 3:27: "The other statements were ones that I just heard about [gulp] while we were... when they started to be run on Fox and some of the other statements."
This man was lying when he made that statement. Watch for yourself from 3:27 - 3:37 in the interview. It's clear he's lying.
But Barack Obama is such a shape-shifting phony that even after the issue has exploded onto the front page, he still cannot face the music -- he has to continue his charade even further. This is another example of how Obama appears to me to be pathological in his approach to this race, and it renders him wholly unfit for the office of President.
Garrett at 4:10: "Sir, would you have quit the church had you heard them personally?"
Obama: "You know I...I...I... guess keep in mind, just to provide more context..."
Obama goes on at that point, at length - for a full minute and 15 seconds-- changing the subject in an attempt to avoid answering the question. In that 1:15 passage he does not answer the question.
This is the same behavior he used throughout the Democratic debates to avoid the issues. If you go back and watch the video replays of debate questions in the past months you'll see this same dishonest behavior repeatedly. This is not an honest person.
I'll have more to say in future posts.
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