Washington Post reporters Dana Milbank and Jonathan Weisman twisted a statement by Obama today to paint him as an uppity you-know-what. You know the word I’m dodging here… And just as they didn’t use the “n” word, they didn’t use “uppity,” either. They used the new favorite of the anti-Obama campaign: “presumptuous.” (Last month’s favorite word was “elitist” – remember?)
(By the way, how come so many media mouths utter the same catch phrases in chorus? Does somebody send out a list of words for them to use? The word “presumptuous” has been used about Obama so many times in the past few days that I’ve lost count.)
Here’s what the Post reporters quoted Obama as saying:
“This is the moment that the world is waiting for. I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”
And this is how they interpreted the remark:
Neither Milbank nor Weisman was at the event where Obama spoke. And according to numerous people who were at the event, this is what Obama actually said:
“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.”
No “hubris” there. Actually, Obama was being self-deprecatory.
So what the hell is going on? The New York Times attacked Obama two days running, and now the Post is baying at his heels. The Times attacks were at least masked as opinion pieces, but the Post attack is a bold-faced lie.
I hope I am wrong about this, but I suspect there’s a massive crusade to keep Obama out of the White House – possibly because McCain would be more willing to serve the interests of Israel (please see the preceding blog).