Earlier this week I received a rather troubling email entitled “This is not made up, he did say it loud & clear”. Within, the email contains a portion of then Senator Obama’s comments from the September 7, 2008 episode of Meet the Press. It reads as the following:
“‘As I’ve said about the flag pin, I don’t want to be perceived as taking sides”. “There are a lot of people in the world to whom the American flag is a symbol of oppression.” “The anthem itself conveys a war-like message. You know, the bombs bursting in air and all that sort of thing.’
(ARE YOU READY FOR THIS???)
Obama continued: ‘The National Anthem should be ‘swapped’ for something less parochial and less bellicose. I like the song ‘I’d Like To Teach the World To Sing’. If that were our anthem, then, I might salute it. In my opinion, we should consider reinventing our National Anthem as well as ‘redesign’ our Flag to better offer our enemies hope and love. It’s my intention, if elected, to disarm America to the level of acceptance to our Middle East Brethren. If we, as a Nation of waring people, conduct ourselves like the nations of Islam, where peace prevails – - – perhaps a state or period of mutual accord could exist between our governments.’
‘When I become President, I will seek a pact of agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity, and a freedom from disquieting oppressive thoughts. We as a Nation, have placed upon the nations of Islam, an unfair injustice which is WHY my wife disrespects the Flag and she and I have attended several flag burning ceremonies in the past.’
‘Of course now, I have found myself about to become the President of the United States and I have put my hatred aside. I will use my power to bring CHANGE to this Nation, and offer the people a new path.. My wife and I look forward to becoming our Country’s First black Family. Indeed, CHANGE is about to overwhelm the United States of America.’”
Pretty disturbing stuff, don’t you think? How could anyone support a president who holds such views? There is only one problem to these quotes. They aren’t true. I searched the transcript from Meet the Press on Sept. 7 2008 and I couldn’t find these words anywhere. In fact, Barack Obama wasn’t even on the program that day, Joe Biden was. Although I haven’t been able to discover the origins of the entire speech, John Semmens wrote at least a portion of it as a satire on the blog www.azconservative.org back on October 27, 2007.
Unfortunately, in the partisan conflict to demonize either President Obama or the Republicans, truth is often the first causality. I could write something utterly ridiculous like “Obama eats babies!” and a segment of the population would just nod their heads in approval without a single shred of evidence. If misrepresentation or outright lies are necessary to drag our opponents down, so be it. The ends justify the means! Bring on the slander and libel. After all, isn’t that the new America way? Recklessness now masquerades as responsibility. I’d like to think that both conservatives and liberals would share my outrage, but I’m really expecting only more of the same.
By the way, I contacted the fellow who sent me this email asking for either proof of his claims or a retraction. So far I have gotten no response. No big surprise there.