Holy flipping cow. This guy has chutzpah, and that is putting it mildly. Such cocky arrogance has not been seen on the presidential campaign trail since George W. Bush and Rudolph Giuliani thought they were actually qualified to be president. Sheesh.
The above statement is naive, ignorant and very very arrogant. Worse, it happened days ago, and of course has gone largly unreported and unchallenged. Imagine for a moment if Hillary Clinton had even dared to say such a thing? Imagine how they would have instantly jumped on her for "embelishments" and "tall tales."
ABC's Jake Tapper writes:
Somebody Call Abe Foxman April 09, 2008 8:22 PMOn what planet is the above statement even remotely accurate? Even the biggest most loyal Obama fans cannot deny this is a most psychotic delusion. Even if it is going to be explained that he didn't mean people like Wiesel and that he was referring to his opponents, well then he is still very very far from the most outspoken (Obama doesn't come close to Hillary on this issue).
In Levittown, Penn., today, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, was asked about his church's magazine giving an award to Rev. Louis Farrakhan.
ABC News' Sunlen Miller has more about the town hall questioning HERE.
"This was done by a magazine that was connected to the church," Obama explained. "I would have never done it. It was primary focused on the rehabilitation work that they do for ex-offenders in Chicago. That doesn’t excuse it, that just explains it."
Obama reminded the crowd that he'd denounced his church’s praise of Farrakhan, saying, "I’ve been very clear about saying that was wrong. And nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti- Semitism than I have."
Really? No one?
Elie Wiesel? Simon Wiesenthal? Alan Dershowitz?
Obama is becoming unglued. He has been shooting from his cocky hip lately and is acting quite pompous, and yet - it goes unchallenged, unquestioned, and without explanation. Besides mentioning anti-semitism in his Martin Luther King Day speech, what pray tell has he done? What accomplishment on this green earth makes him the best?
Update, from HotAir:
First off, when has Obama spoken out at all against anti-Semitism outside of generic “hope and change” rhetoric about the tone and tenor of politics? He hasn’t been an activist for anti-Semitism even in his own church. He claims he didn’t agree with Jeremiah Wright’s honoring Farrakhan, but he didn’t speak out against it until people pressed him for a reaction to it. How about when his church reprinted Hamas propaganda in its bulletins? Did his fierce opposition erupt in protest? Uh, no.
And now “nobody has spoken out more fiercely on the issue of anti-Semitism” than Obama? That’s not just absurd, it insults the intelligence of everyone who heard it. Many people have spoken out eloquently on anti-Semitism on many more occasions than Barack Obama, which isn’t a difficult threshold to meet.
This is the Obama style of “hope and change”. When something controversial happens, hope that no one notices. If they do, change direction and get ahead of the event. In this case, Obama got so caught up in the moment that he transformed himself into the leading voice against anti-Semitism. Maybe no one heard him until now because of laryngitis.