Was it a denial that a tape exists or just more typical political skating around the truth? What ever happened to just saying … it never happened?
Barack Obama states that the much discussed internet rumors of there being a Michelle Obama :whitey” tape are false. For Barack Obama’s sake he best hope that there is no such “whitey” tape or that no one got their hands on such a thing before they were destroyed. There are some Democratic pundits, namely Bob Beckel, that were very worried of the tape rumor and its existence.
Sen. Barack Obama on Thursday batted down rumors circulating on the Internet and mentioned on some cable news shows of the existence of a video of his wife using a derogatory term for white people, and criticized a reporter for asking him about the rumor, which has not a shred of evidence to support it.
“We have seen this before. There is dirt and lies that are circulated in e-mails and they pump them out long enough until finally you, a mainstream reporter, asks me about it,” Obama said to the McClatchy reporter during a press conference aboard his campaign plane. “That gives legs to the story. If somebody has evidence that myself or Michelle or anybody has said something inappropriate, let them do it.”
Asked whether he knew it not to be true, Obama said he had answered the question.
However, as Stop the ACLU reminds us there plenty of things regarding Obama that are not rumors that should raise a red flag regarding the presumptive nominee. Read that outrageous list HERE.
However, as Barack Obama provides a political answer to the “whitey” tape question No Quarter asks why a political candidate did not come out with an absolute denial that no such tape exists.
But when a politician tap dances on nuance–Baby it is true. My sources have not backed off. They maintain they have a tape and will drop it on the Dems in the fall. Now if Barack said, “No, and hell no” I would be wondering about my sources. But he punted. He went for the weasel word. The non-denial denial.
Obama best hope that this so-called “whitey” tape is an internet rumor only. Obama’s answers to the question are hardly going to make the story go away. What might be most telling is that Democratic operatives when first told of the story did not just quickly come out and deny it as a complete and totally false rumor. The fact that they entertained the idea that it could possibly be true is rather telling. And why not, after what Michelle Obama has said in the past.