Saturday, May 03, 2008
Obama And Nigerian Emails
While campaigning in Indiana, a farmer asked Obama if it was true that he refused to say the Pledge of Allegiance. Chicago Sun Times:
Obama told the man not to believe that internet rumor: "That is bogus. These e-mails been sent around, each state, depending on what state I'm about to go into, suddenly you start seeing this smear campaign. I lead the pledge of allegiance when I'm presiding in the Senate, so you can see it on videotape. I've been saying the pledge since I was 3 years old. If you get these letters from Nigeria saying, 'We've got a lot of money for ya,' don't give 'em your bank account number."
Would Obama have reacted the same if the person asking the question was a student at a college campus? A donor at a San Francisco fundraiser? A fellow churchgoer at his Trinity United Church of Christ?
What we really have here is Obama linking the farmer's question to the Nigerian e-mail scam and receiving laughs from the audience at whose expense? Come on...think hard.
Because a farmer - who in his mind, this is a legitimate issue (and it is) - sincerely asks Obama about something he read on the internet and if it's true, and Obama reacts by denying the accusation and proceeds to lecture the farmer in a patronizing way not to fall for scam Nigerian e-mails asking for his bank account information?
We've read things on the internet that the United States invented the HIV-virus in a laboratory. We've read on the internet that Bush and Cheney planned the attacks of September 11. Questions about these issues are fair game, but Obama is somehow off limits?
Obama's answer to the farmer is why a large part of the population has correctly decided that he is out of touch. It is why people think he's an arugula and goat-cheese-eating elitist. This is because he is an Elitist.
You're one of those objective and tolerant Democrats, aren't ya Jake?
Thanks for inquiring, I appreciate it.
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