Apparently today was supposed to be the big day for the release of some video tape that has Michelle Obama saying something. Some that said they had seen the video say that it’s inflamatory, what she says. Others say that it’s a matter of misunderstanding, what it is she is saying. People are blaming, flaming and shaming.
Larry Johnson has a mouthful about Obama at the NoQuarterUSA blog where he said he has seen the tape and what it contains and had a big announcement about it today. But he has much more to say than just about the tape:
Barack may have quit his church but his religious problems are not over. Barack Obama has a Nation of Islam problem that will receive more attention in the coming days. Before Barack came on the scene, THE MAN in his political district was Louis Farrakhan. No one could take Alice Palmer’s seat without Farrakhan’s blessing. No one. I do not fault Barack Obama for seeking out the blessing of Farrakhan, but the story of what was done behind the scenes to get rid of Barack’s predecessor—Alice Palmer—has not been told. A knowledgeable source tells me that Tony Rezko played a direct role in this feat. And Rezko has been tight with Farrakhan.
It also should come as no surprise that Barack hired two members of the Nation of Islam to work on his staff—Jennifer Mason and Cynthia K. Miller. (And no, I am not merely recycling info initially reported by Debbie Schlussel. I have two independent Chicago sources for this info.) If Jeremiah Wright and Michael Pfleger had kept their yaps buttoned none of this would mean much. But the fact that both men have been—until scrubbed from the website in recent weeks—listed as spiritual advisors to Barack Obama and also are very close to Louis Farrakhan, forces the question about Barack’s faith and beliefs.
In probing those matters we begin to understand that the Nation of Islam has been a critical component of Barack Obama’s base of support. And, I am told, Louis Farrakhan has been careful to use Tony Rezko as the intermediary in his relationship with Barack. This is not guilt by association, this is guilt because of actual relationship. Farrakhan, Wright, and Pfleger are each on tape in various settings spewing the most vile racists garbage in the guise of preaching. Barack Obama, up to this point, has tried to pretend he had no idea that these men had these thoughts or said these things.
NONSENSE!! He knew and he knows. And the gig will be up when the Michelle tape hits the airwaves. One source described how this tape was acquired. Let’s just say that one of the republican candidates who is no longer in the race, but had a dandy oppo research capability, uncovered this gem. If Republican poohbahs have their way the tape will remain on ice until October. But when it comes out, Barack will be permanently branded with the Nation of Islam. That’s not a winning platform in November. And Barack’s bundlers understand this threat. I also have learned some major financial backers are asking the Barack team about the tape and are being stonewalled. It is a wild card in the political campaign that has not yet played out.
Mr. Johnson failed to deliver on the tape today.
Lotus, over at FOLO, points out that someone at Booman Tribune, understands that Mr. Johnson has it all wrong and Ms. Obama is not saying “Whitey” but is saying “Why’d he” in reference to President Bush.
What’s uniquely interesting here is that it doesn’t really appear that anyone can confirm that the tape exists but there are 2 differing versions of what is being said of something that might not have ever been said. Interesting that the position of the tape doesn’t exist at all, but what if it does, here’s what she is really saying.
Of course, the Republicans are being blamed for this since, one would guess they receive the ultimate benefit. But this is the unique view of the rumoring that the blogosphere generates.