The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

21 March 2008

State Department Scandal Overshadows Obama's Extreme Comments


State Department Clods Hand Bush-Haters Major Ammo

*** UPDATE: McCain, Clinton Files Also Breached ***

If not for a late- breaking scandal involving State Department staffers violating his privacy rights, tonight's focus on Barack Obama likely would have been for a different reason: an extreme comment made during a Philadelphia radio interview.

Instead, a few snooping clods in Washington have succeeded in handing major ammunition to every Bush- hating conspiracy theorist on the left. Nice job, guys! Three staties have been punished so far, with no clear indication that the breach stops there.

Already, the snooping incident has been used to attack the president, with even Obama himself taking the opportunity:

“This is an outrageous breach of security and privacy, even from an Administration that has shown little regard for either over the last eight years. Our government’s duty is to protect the private information of the American people, not use it for political purposes. This is a serious matter that merits a complete investigation, and we demand to know who looked at Senator Obama’s passport file, for what purpose, and why it took so long for them to reveal this security breach,” Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.

The Associated Press is reporting that two contract employees for the Statte Department have been fired and a third disciplined for inappropriately looking at the passport file. Spokesman Sean McCormack said the department itself detected the instances of "imprudent curiosity," which occurred separately on Jan. 9, Feb. 21, and March 14.

This bone- headed security blunder not only brings unwanted attention to the Bush Administration, but the instant public Barack-lash also hurts McCain and Clinton, by creating otherwise undeserved sympathy for the Illinois senator.

If not for this mainstream media- friendly development, it's possible that public attention would have instead been focused on one of Obama's most inflammatory statements to date. NewsBusters has more:

Obama: Grandma 'Typical White Person' Fearing Everyone She Doesn't Know

By Noel Sheppard

It seems the more Barack Obama tries to explain the peculiar statement he made Tuesday concerning his white grandmother's "fear of black men who passed by her on the street," the more he's assuring attention regarding the matter.

Though it remains to be seen how much focus a media clearly looking to move beyond this subject will give, Obama called into a Philadelphia sports radio station on Thursday making comments that, if publicized, might get him in even more trouble with white voters.

As transcribed by Breitbart moments ago (audio available here):

The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. But she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know. . .there's a reaction in her that doesn't go away and it comes out in the wrong way.

Wow. Is this really how a "typical white person" behaves?

Since then, Obama has tried to explain his remarks, but now, the mainstream media's Obama cheerleaders have a great excuse to ignore the entire matter and focus instead on enjoying days of Bush- bashing to come.

Absolutely brilliant, guys, a few more moves like this and Barack can count on becoming president.

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  • The wing nuts can talk about Obama's statements, the news people will reportthe news. THe security breach, is interesting, and will be in the news for 2 days, just like Rev. wright, which is playing its course and is almost done. Wing nut radio will talk about Rev. wright for 10 months, boring their listeners and losing whatever impact it had.

    What was wrong with the statement anyway, he used her as an example to make a point, white people are sometimes scard of black people. Big deal. Nobody is discussing the message of his speech in perspective at all.

    Hannity left out the part of the speech where Obama said "whites RIGHTFULLY so, are upset over affirmative action".... notice Hannity edits that part right out of Obama's speech.

    America understands that this is a wing nut attempt to destroy the man's run for president. America overall understood the speech, wing nuts will not vote for Obama, and still won't vote for Obama, nobody is gonig to change their minds based on Wright, there was a 1 day uptick for Clinton, the polls still show Obama doing well against McCain....

    This is nothing but an RNC orchestrated talking point, they could have unleashed this last year, they waited a long time, and made a mistake, they should have unleashed the Wright tapes in October 2008....... If the RNC set this up, they blew it, it will be forgotten by November, who knows maybe Clinton ws behind unleashing the Obama tapes. Somebody held the media's hands and instructed them to release this.

    By Blogger Minister of Propaganda, at 21 March, 2008 10:39  

  • The New York Times has joined the "save Obama" campaign.

    Take a look at their lengthy article on Jeremiah Wright's visit to the White House back in 1988.

    Their very first paragraph revisited the Monica scandal.

    "During one of the most difficult periods in the presidency of Bill Clinton, he addressed a group of clerics at an annual prayer breakfast in September 1998 just as the Starr report outlining his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky was about to be published."

    Kind of ironic, since the NY Times tried to minimize the scandal when it happened.

    It will be interesting to see how the Democratic convention shakes out.

    Do they go with Obama who will definitively crash and burn in a head-to-head against McCain


    do they go with Hillary and end up with riots in the street.

    Either way, Obama is toast.

    By Blogger The Benson Report, at 21 March, 2008 10:52  

  • It just occured to me that Minister Of Propaganda must be a typical black person.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21 March, 2008 13:08  

  • By Blogger, at 22 March, 2008 12:01  

  • MoPee, you're an idiot.

    In his book, your Obmamessiah did NOT portay" her as an example to make a point, white people are sometimes scard of black people. Big deal. Nobody is discussing the message of his speech in perspective at all."

    He recounted his granny's encounter with a specific individual, who was black, threatening her at a bus stop and demanding money. THAT incident what was she was freaked out about. He lied when he said her overriding opinion of "darkies" was one of fear.

    It wasn't so much "black people" that worried the woman; as it was "lunatics who happen to be black."

    By Blogger TC, at 22 March, 2008 21:42  

  • Besides, is it not true he said this (Typical White Person) to a bunch of [sometimes mindless] sports guys in Philly on WIP radio?

    If you ask me in the upcoming PA primary, Philadelphia, with black support, including from those who idolize cop killer Wesley Cook AKA Mumia Abu-Jamal, is in the Obama column. The rest of the state is another matter!

    By Blogger The Real Bob Anthony, at 23 March, 2008 11:18  

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