Barack Obama's people have put up a website dedicated to answering some of the sillier internet rumors about Obama, such as the one about Obama being a Muslim. You can link to the site here. There is some pretty stupid stuff floating around the web about Obama.
One particular rumor that has made it's way beyond the internet to other media outlets is the Michelle Obama "whitey" rumor, the one that has Mrs. Obama using that term to describe white people. I've heard a couple variations of it. I mention this rumor here not because I believe it, but because of the way Barack Obama is responding to it. Obama gives the impression on his website that this rumor was started by Republicans as a smear tactic against him. That is NOT TRUE. In responding to a smear, Obama is himself falsely smearing others. Here's what Obama's website says about the "whitey" rumor:
Michelle Obama Says “Whitey” On a Tape
LIE: Rush Limbaugh says a tape exists of Michelle Obama using the word “whitey” from the pulpit of Trinity United
LIE: Blogger Larry Johnson writes “New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I'll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours.”
LIE: Proven GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone says he has “credible evidence that some indelible record exists” of a tape of Michelle Obama using the term “whitey.”
LIE: Blogger: “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.”
Obama lists Rush Limbaugh first, as if Rush was the perpetrator and was lying, when he wasn't. Rush only repeated that he heard the rumor, and Rush said he didn't know if there was any truth to it. Rush didn't say the tape existed, only that there was a rumor that it existed. Rush didn't tell a lie. Obama's website is the one lying here.
The first person I heard mention this rumor was DEMOCRATIC STRATEGIST Bob Beckel on the Hannity and Colmes show on FoxNews. Beckel said he had four solid sources for the existence of the "whitey" tape. Both conservative Sean Hannity and liberal Alan Colmes acted shocked when Beckel mentioned it.
The primary internet source for this rumor was LEFT-WING blogger and Hillary supporter Larry Johnson of No Quarter. Obama mentions Johnson on his site, but no mention of his political orientation. Obama does make sure to mention the political affiliation of "GOP sleazemeister Roger Stone" however (whoever the heck he is. I never heard of him before). Also, the fourth "Liar" identified only as "Blogger" on Obama's website is a pro-Hillary blogger, whose site is known as Hillbuzz.
So, what we have here is a rumor about Michelle Obama that was started by the Left, which was later picked up and repeated by some on the Right, and is now being framed by Obama and others as a right wing smear job. Yup, sounds typical to me. Typically dishonest.
Btw, Barack Obama is not a Muslim, but he did attend an Islamic school for a little while as a child.
And to my knowledge, there is no truth to the rumor that Obama plans to surround West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Ohio with a huge 30ft fence to keep all us bitter people away from the other good people.
Your faithful rumormonger, over and out.
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