Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Washington Post Lies About Obama Quote

Right now, the Washington Post report about Barack Obama is now being slammed by House Democrats as being taken wholly out of context. The Washington Post story reads like this:

Obama’s Symbolic Importance

By Jonathan Weisman

Perhaps he’s beginning to believe the hype.

In his closed door meeting with House Democrats this evening, presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama delivered a real zinger. According to a witness, he was waxing lyrical about last week’s trip to Europe, when he concluded, “this is the moment, as Nancy [Pelosi] noted, that the world is waiting for.”

The 200,000 souls who thronged to his speech in Berlin came not just for him, he told the enthralled audience of congressional representatives.

“I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,”
he said.

The Republicans are happily jumping upon this quote to push the “uppity black man” line that they’ve been trying to get circulated in the press as a meme.

And now the pushback from House Democrats who were actually at the conference has begun according to Mark Halperin at Time’s The Page:

But, a Democrat who was in the room tells The Page: “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 something 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..’

This is nothing new with Jonathan Weisman, the Washington Post reporter, who wrote this story with the quote completely taken out of context. Even Think Progress has called Weisman out on his obvious bias for John McCain.

Weisman has a very long history of writing inaccurate, slanted articles with an obvious right-wing bias. It’s time to push back against reporters like Weisman.

Oh, and here’s Weisman’s e-mail below. Please politely ask him to correct his story with the full Barack Obama quote.


July 30, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Slink, I wrote this over at DKos, but it bear’s repeating:

    This “hubris” meme going around (did you see Morning Joe?) is the real symbol. It’s a symbol of a press corps that’s completely intellectually bankrupt.

    This is an issue that LITERALLY can have no impact on anyone’s lives at all. It’s as simple as that.

    It’s an inside-the-baseball notion that “presumptuousness” or “hubris” is something that can change the direction of a campaign.

    How about covering real policies for a change guys? Sigh.

    Comment by dansac | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  2. THANK YOU!!! I have a new level of distaste for Joe Scarborough. He keeps mining this narrative. He even got all crazy about an emailer who said that this was a senstive thing for African Americans and the notion that they should know their place. He was screaming, “since Obama’s black, I can’t talk bad about him.” For the first time in a long time, Mika defended Obama, but she’s so inarticulate (she seems almost fearful of what she says sometimes).

    I am especially dissapointed at Chuck Todd who’s been creating and perpetuating this too. I really get the sense that they’re desparate for news.

    Comment by Suzie Q | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  3. Suzie- The emailer was right. It’s absolutely a race based attack. It’s all about trying to convince low information whites that Obama thinks that he’s better than him. They wouldn’t be pushing this line of attack if he wasn’t black.

    Comment by smashartist | July 30, 2008 | Reply

  4. […] THIS ONE involves a distortion of  something Barack Obama said. […]

    Pingback by Applesauce » A day of dishonesty | July 31, 2008 | Reply

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