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Friday, March 28, 2008

The New Game For the Democrats: Who Can Tell a Bigger Lie?

One would swear that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were deliberately trying to see who could tell the bigger lies and who could tell more of them.

We have already covered Hillary Clinton's lies about Bosnia, her exaggerations about her so-called experience and her determination to consider such outrageous lies, just a "minor blip".

Barack Obama is now catching up in the fairy tale category with Hillary.

First there was the Rezko lies, with Obama saying his association with Antoin "Tony" Rezko, who is currently facing federal charges of attempted extortion, money laundering, and fraud, wasn't a close association.

That was proven to be a lie very publicly. Obama also lied about the amount of money he received from Tony Rezko... again, proven to be a lie because it was far more than what Obama admitted to.

Then Obama admitted to having poor judgment regarding Rezko.


Obama's next set of lies were in relation to some harsh comments he made regarding NAFTA, and it was revealed later that Obama's campaign had secretly told Canada officials not to take the political positioning too seriously.

Once again, Barack Obama denied that his campaign spoke to the Canadian officials, but oooops, a memo was later circulated showing that Obama's senior economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, did indeed meet with them and did assure them not to pay attention to Obama's rhetoric about NAFTA.


Jeremiah Wright has been Barack Obama's pastor for the better part of 20 years and recently videos of some of Wright's sermons made headlines and were shown from one end of the globe to another. His more infamous sermon where he says "God Damn America" as well as many other racial, Anti-American comments, can be found at YouTube or on WUA's previous piece here.

Immediately after those videos hit the airwaves, blogs, media and video sites, Barack Obama wrote a long piece for Huffington Post, denying that he had ever heard Wright's rhetoric.


The statements that Rev. Wright made that are the cause of this controversy were not statements I personally heard him preach while I sat in the pews of Trinity or heard him utter in private conversation.When these statements first came to my attention, it was at the beginning of my presidential campaign. I made it clear at the time that I strongly condemned his comments...

Now lets look at the words Barack Obama said in his speech to try to counter the questions his long association with Wright brought up.

I have already condemned, in unequivocal terms, the statements of Reverend Wright that have caused such controversy. For some, nagging questions remain. Did I know him to be an occasionally fierce critic of American domestic and foreign policy? Of course. Did I ever hear him make remarks that could be considered controversial while I sat in church? Yes. Did I strongly disagree with many of his political views? Absolutely – just as I’m sure many of you have heard remarks from your pastors, priests, or rabbis with which you strongly disagreed.

I think those two statements, made within 4 days of each other, make a valid point of a direct lie told, yet again, by Barack Obama.

Then Hillary Clinton, in an obvious attempt to distract from her recently public lies about her Bosnia experience (see above)says about Jeremiah Wright, "He would not have been my pastor. You don't choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend."

Which brings us to Barack Obama today in the news. He spoke about Jeremiah Wright on ABC's The View and he said, "Had the reverend not retired, and had he not acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate and mischaracterized what I believe is the greatness of this country, for all its flaws, then I wouldn't have felt comfortable staying at the church."

After almost 20 years of listening to what Jeremiah Wright was preaching, Obama would have left the church?

Was Wright on the edge of retirement for 20 years? Or would Obama have left only because those controversial words from the pastor came to light publicly?

That isn't the lie though, at least not the big one for today... the lie is that Jeremiah Wright never "acknowledged that what he had said had deeply offended people and were inappropriate."

When did Wright apologize? When did Wright admit his words were inappropriate? Where is the news coverage?

It all comes down to something Wright himself admitted to, reported by the New York Times:

Mr. Wright, who has long prided himself on criticizing the establishment, said he knew that he may not play well in Mr. Obama’s audition for the ultimate establishment job.

“If Barack gets past the primary, he might have to publicly distance himself from me,” Mr. Wright said with a shrug. “I said it to Barack personally, and he said yeah, that might have to happen.”

Had Obama not been running for the presidency, he would have probably still been sitting in that church, listening to Jeremiah Wright, and the only reason he s distancing himself now, or trying to, is because of his desire to become president.

The kicker here for me though, after laying out lie after lie from Barack Obama, is the audacity ohe shows when he says, "You know, I’m a pretty tough – I’m skinny but I’m tough. (Laughter.) I think that the way to handle attacks, wherever they’re coming from – and, you know, there’ve been some tough punches thrown in this Democratic primary; it’s not like, you know, I’ve been just kinda takin’ a cakewalk through this primary – the way I like to handle attacks is to answer honestly, swiftly, forcefully and truthfully. I think the truth is a powerful weapon.”

That about made me spew my drink all over the keyboard.

Back to the original question.... which Democratic presidential candidate lies more and who does it better, Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama?