June 04, 2008

RE: The Michelle Obama "Whitey" Video

I've not posted on the existence of the alleged Michelle Obama "Whitey" rant being pushed by pro-Hillary bloggers who will not be named. They, of course, claim Republicans are behind acquiring such a video, a bit hard to swallow considering the dirty tricks team the Clinton's have put together between Little Rock, Pennsylvania Avenue, and New York. Frankly I think it is a bogus claim, as it lacks specifics or credible sourcing, even this latest version, pulled from (shocking, I know) another pro-Hillary blog.

The Michelle Obama Rant Tape was filmed between June 26th - July 1st 2004 in Chicago, IL at the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Conference at Trinity United Church: specifically the Women's Event.

Michelle Obama appeared as a panelist alongside Mrs. Khadijah Farrakhan and Mrs. James Meeks.

Bill Clinton spoke during the Conference, as did Bill Cosby and other speakers, but not at the panel Michelle attended.

Michelle Obama spoke at the Women's Event, but referenced Bill Clinton in her rant --- his presence at the conference was the impetus for her raving, it seems.

For about 30 minutes, Michelle Obama launched into a rant about the evils of America, and how America is to blame for the problems of Africa. Michelle personally blamed President Clinton for the deaths of millions of Africans and said America is responsible for the genocide of the Tutsis and other ethnic groups. She then launched into an attack on "whitey", and talked about solutions to black on black crime in the realm of diverting those actions onto white America. Her rant was fueled by the crowd: they reacted strongly to what she said, so she got more passionate and enraged, and that's when she completely loses it and says things that have made the mouths drop of everyone who's seen this.

The "tape" is a DVD that Trinity United sold on its website, and possibly offered free for download up until March 2008 when Trinity's site was scrubbed and the DVDs were no longer offered for sale.

Despite all the damning specifics offered, it is the last sentence that makes this claim so unlikely.

Early on in the heat of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright fiasco, major news organizations purchased dozens, if not hundreds of DVDs from Trinity United Chruch of Christ. Some were looking merely for Wright's rants, and some were not doubt hoping to observe the family in the congregation during one of Wright's more obscene rants to trap Barack in a "gotcha" moment. If they would have likely uncovered a rant like the one proposed above they wold have run it that very night. Do you think that the media could sit on such a bombshell? They may like Barack, but they love an exclusive, and the rush would be on to see which network or cable news show could scoop the others.

If Michelle Obama was caught in such a rant on video, and the video was sold on DVD or was available for download from the church, it would have been exposed months ago. Pro-Hillary bloggers can continue to KKKarry on pushing this story, but I see no reason to find their claim credible.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 4, 2008 10:39 AM

Do you think that the media could sit on such a bombshell?

Yes. They buried Hillary's kerfluffle with that guy Peter Paul fairly well.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at June 4, 2008 12:51 PM

"Do you think that the media could sit on such a bombshell?"

They sat on all kinds of stories that might have affected Governor Clinton's candidacy- including allegations of rape and serious corruption- because, if those allegations were investigated, they might have tilted votes towards a second term for then-President Bush.

They're still awful selective on what they publish about Barack: check out how few hard questions get asked him about Trinity Baptist, the Rezko connection, "Without Preconditions", or the Ayres connection, and how seldom even obtusely uninformative answers from Barack or his flaks bring about follow-up questions; one may assume for the same reason.

So I have to ask, CY: Is this a trick question?

And are you sure you want to repeat a Obama trope and accuse anyone who follows up this story of racism ("KKKarry") ? Because that's low-class; the kind of thing I'd expect to see on Kos or Firedoglake.

Posted by: DaveP. at June 4, 2008 03:33 PM

The days of the media wanting a controversy or scoop more than anything are long gone. Now the media is nothing more than a wing for the democrat party. Not only would the media cover it up they would buy up all the copies available and destroy them.

Posted by: Capitalist Infidel at June 4, 2008 03:46 PM

How did Rev. Wright's stuff stay buried for so long?

The media made Obama a "rock star" last year. The amount of positive press coverage on him was huge.

You have to assume it is more than highly likely media outlets sent people out looking for more info on Obama - not to find dirt but just to cover the man, because he wasn't a known figure as they were making him a super star.

But, we didn't get Wright's stuff for months and months.

I am, however, skeptical if the stuff was available on the net, because I would have figured bloggers would have been all over the site once the Rev. Wright story did break big, and most bloggers wouldn't have thought twice about getting the stuff up on You Tube and elsewhere.

If the tape doesn't exist, however, some important people are going to look like gigantic asses - Sean Hannity being one by the way he teased the idea he might have the tape on his show a couple of days ago...

Posted by: usinkorea at June 4, 2008 03:58 PM
Tony Rezko — the high-flying developer and fast-food magnate who was once a major campaign fund-raiser for Gov. Blagojevich and Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama and one of the governor’s closest advisers — is now a convicted felon.

A federal jury in Chicago convicted Rezko this afternoon on 16 of 24 charges he faced in a political corruption trial that cast a harsh light on the Blagojevich administration.

I wonder if he's thinking "Pardon Me" ?

Posted by: Neo at June 4, 2008 05:12 PM

The question is, if Hillary (or Rush, or Hannity, or Mark Levin) had such a tape, why wouldn't they have brought it forward by now?

There's no tape because, simply put, there is no tape. You can't show what doesn't exist.

This whole rumor was (IMHO) a feeble attempt by Clintonoids to raise more questions about Obama. And it's highly unnecessary... there's more than enough legitimate questions about the junior Senator from the Chicago Democratic Machine.

Posted by: C-C-G at June 4, 2008 06:44 PM

From what I'm hearing it's now open for debate, subject to interpretation, invariably to be spun as the MSM wishes.....

Opponents to Obama are claiming she says "Whitey....this and Whitey .... that."

And Obama supporters are claiming Michelle is saying:

"Why'd he...this or that."

Referring to Bush.

Damn. Isn't it alway's Bush's fault!

Posted by: Maggie Mama at June 4, 2008 07:28 PM

If I were somehow invested in who wins the presidency, and I had the tape, and I were not in the MSM, I would have held the tape.

It doesn't make sense to me that Hillary would hold it back. I'm sure someone could make an argument why she might, but if I were in her camp, and I had this tape, I would have let it out soon after the Rev. Wright controversy started to die out.

If I were on the Republican side, I would have withheld the tape because of the amount of conflict and divide the Hillary-Obama race to the finish is creating. That race is doing damage to either candidate's chance of winning.

I probably wouldn't use the tape until well into the Dem convention or later. I would try to wait until it is just Obama and McCain were running against each other and battle lines had been clearly defined and we had a good idea which way the wind was blowing.

I'd worry using it now would give the media and the Dems too much time to apply counter-measures over the long run.

However, other factors would influence my decision - like how much the rumors are setting a negative stage for interpretations of the video once it does come out. If I were in the Obama camp, I'd be putting out different kinds of messages about what such a tape would mean ---- and especially calling the use of such a tape "dirty politics" and so on ----- doing my best to try to frame how the tape plays to American voters.

The tape might have to surface (if there is one) before the holders of it would like...

I personally think showing the tape now, if you are on the Republican side, is fine. I don't think Americans are as short-sighted as most believe. Even with the Rev. Wright controversy having mostly passed, I think it has done lasting damage to Obama in the minds of many of the swing voters who might otherwise have voted for him.

One thing all this talk has reminded me of is the Clarence Thomas debacle:

when one of the Dem operatives waited until the weekend before the early-week confirmation vote was to take place before leaking the sexual harassment charges.

Posted by: usinkorea at June 4, 2008 11:02 PM

It doesn't matter if the tape exist or not, why would anyone want to vote for a person that has stayed with a church or pastor that preached such hatred?

Obama had to hear that type of sermon many of times within the 20 year span. He is only breaking away for the church and pastor because of the campaign. He said that in a round about way duing his statement about leaving the church.

Posted by: Just Curious at June 6, 2008 12:19 AM

The tape is just racist fantasy. There are racist white people out there who love to dream about black people being racist against them. It's like feminists who imagine all men are chauvinists, it validates their hatred. Good on you, Yankee, for not pimping this story like some of the chumps on the blogosphere.

Posted by: BT at June 7, 2008 06:18 PM

some of the other items I have read seem to be plausible....that is was for sale on the web site of the church...that early purchases were made by Republicans like Giuliani and then viewed by top insiders like Rove et al.....The since it was purchased and the web site was scrubbed of all archives... the Obama camp knows the cat is out of the bag and waiting to be used ..... timing is critical.....3 more months until the Dem. convention and then 9 weeks after that for the election, which could rsult in the threatened Al Sharpton riots....this will be much more than the "Swift boats" campaign. It will be more like the "Terrible Swift Sword" of Providence so the truth can go marching on.

Glory, glory Hallelujah!

Posted by: William R. Smith at June 8, 2008 08:07 AM

Racists pray this video exists . . . the overwhelming bulk of America simply does not care. We will look at the issues and vote based upon that. I no more tie Obama to Wright than I do McCain to Hagee. Obama going to a muslim school as a kid is about as important to me as McCain collaborating with the VC.

You see, the ability to reason is utterly beyond racists.

Posted by: Scy at June 8, 2008 10:50 AM

want to see the real video?

Go here

Posted by: Slugbug at June 8, 2008 01:08 PM


Posted by: Juan at June 9, 2008 02:29 PM

I found the real video!!!!!!!!!!


Posted by: Morris at June 12, 2008 12:11 PM