Friday, July 20, 2012

The First Time Comedy, The Second Time Farce

From the Weekly Standard:

Obama Ad Accuses Romney of 'Launching a False Attack' for Quoting Obama

So, Mitt Romney has taken to derisively quoting Obama's now infamous line, "If you’ve got a business -- you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen."

Now Team Obama is crying foul. It's apparently a false attack to accurately quote Obama.

Where have I heard this before?

Ah, yes, in 2008: Obama campaign: Obama's remarks are offensive

Remember Obama's "typical white person" remark referring to his grandmother in his Major Speech on Race in America?

Well. Fox and Friends had a field day with it afterward. They had so much fun poking Obama with it that Chris Wallace called in to chide them during the show:

"I've been watching this show since six o'clock since I got up..and...and...it seems to me that two hours of Obama-bashing...on this 'typical white person' remark is somewhat excessive"

Team Obama was happy that Chris Wallace was not happy. They issued a statement that included this:

We appreciate Chris Wallace for doing his job as a tough but fair journalist on a network that has been deeply irresponsible over the last week in its unrelenting and sensationalistic coverage of Sen. Obama. ...

If Fox News wants to play clips of the same offensive sound bites every day from now until November, that's their right, but that type of coverage does a disservice to their viewers and to a nation that is facing serious challenges that merit thoughtful and honest reporting.

Team Obama called replaying Obama's own words over and over again sensational. Well, sensationalistic, but that's just quibbling. But notice they also called Obama's remarks themselves as "offensive sound bites". Let's all agree to agree on that point.

Where else have I heard this before?

Ah, yes, a month later in 2008: Obama campaign: Quoting Obama is divisive and distracting

Obama and McCain were at separate points asked about the role Reverend Wright should play in the campaign. Their answers...

Obama:

I think that people were legitimately offended by some of the comments that [Reverend Wright] had made in the past. The fact that he is my former pastor I think makes it a legitimate political issue. So I understand that.

McCain:

"Senator Obama himself says it's a legitimate political issue, so I would imagine that many other people will share that view"

Well, that's a no-no, quoting Obama like that. Team Obama couldn't possibly let that stand:

“John McCain has broken his word to the American people and rendered hollow his promise of a respectful campaign. With each passing day, John McCain acts more and more like someone who’s spent twenty-six years learning the divisive, distracting tactics of Washington."

Up in arms because McCain was quoting Obama. Let's again all agree to agree that a lot of what Obama says is divisive.

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