Sunday, March 30, 2008

Sinbad Gate Vs. Selma Gate

All of the hype this week centered on Sinbad Gate. It seems Hillary resorted to telling fish stories about her harrowing experience while on an official visit to Bosnia. The comedian Sinbad busted Hillary on her obvious untruths and said the most harrowing experience was wondering where they would eat next. Hillary passed her statements of as being misspoken words. In the end her story was debunked. Hillary embellished the details to make her trip sound more eventful and interesting than it really was. While I believe it is shameful for Hillary to embellish her story at the expense of the military and civilians charged with her protection there is at least some truth to what she said and the basic premise of the story (which is that she was in Bosnia and has some international experience) is at least true.

However, what Obama said in Selma Alabama said on 4 MAR 2007 is simply an untruthful statement. There is no embellishing. The basic premise in his whopper of a lie is not true. Obama spoke at a Selma Voting Rights Commemoration and said in a speech that if it were not for the Kennedy's he would not have been here. It seems that Barack claims his father was provided a Kennedy scholarship to come to America. As Barack puts it in his speech:

""If right here in our own country, John, we're not observing the ideals set fort in our Constitution, we might be accused of being hypocrites." So the Kennedy's decided we're going to do an air lift. We're going to go to Africa and start bringing young Africans over to this country and give them scholarships to study so they can learn what a wonderful country America is.

This young man named Barack Obama got one of those tickets and came over to this country. He met this woman whose great great-great-great-grandfather had owned slaves; but she had a good idea there was some craziness going on because they looked at each other and they decided that we know that the world as it has been it might not be possible for us to get together and have a child. There was something stirring across the country because of what happened in Selma, Alabama, because some folks are willing to march across a bridge. So they got together and Barack Obama Jr. was born. So don't tell me I don't have a claim on Selma, Alabama. Don't tell me I'm not coming home to Selma, Alabama.

I'm here because somebody marched. I'm here because you all sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of giants."

Wow that is powerful and moving rhetoric. Too bad none of it is true. The only part that is true is that in 1960 the Kennedy's did donate $100,000 in order to help fund for a second airlift for the Kenyan student program. Unfortunately, Barack's father came here in 1959. It was on a scholarship but it had nothing to do with the marches in Selma that started in 1965 after the young Barack was over three years old. It also had nothing to do with the Kennedy's.

Over the course of this long and seemingly endless campaign backers of Obama say words do matter. We should trust Obama because he says the right things. Obama has very little experience so we must listen to his words. The problem is that Obama is an eloquent speaker and can compose an exciting speech but the very meat of the speech is false. Why Should America trust Obama when his words are all he has and they are untrue.

Hillary embellished a story. Obama lied to make a story. Which is worse? I'll let you be the judge.

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