A TOUGH WEEK FOR OBAMA ? -it’s all relative ~ Wilfong

[Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., left,  shakes hands with Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. after Casey introduced Obama at a rally outside the Lancaster, Pa., train station Saturday, April 19, 2008. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)]

“So far, the stumbles don’t appear to have dramatically altered the dynamic of the race. Polls conducted this week in Pennsylvania showed little movement, and he drew his biggest crowd ever with 35,000 people in downtown Philadelphia on Friday night.”

Now, that basically sums it up, as to how “one of his roughest weeks to date on the campaign trail” (as described by The Washington Post), ended for Barack Obama. Oh, that, and the following developments during the week:

  • Barack Obama was endorsed by Dan Rooney, legendary owner of The Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Barack Obama was endorsed by The Boss, Bruce Springsteen.
  • Barack Obama was endorsed by former United States Senator, Sam Nunn of Georgia. Sen. Nunn was long-time chair of The Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • Barack Obama was endorsed by former United States Senator David Boren of Oklahoma. Sen. Boren was long-time chair of The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. He is currently President of The University of Oklahoma.
  • Barack Obama was endorsed by Robert Reich, Bill Clinton’s first Secretary of Labor.

Though all these endorsements are extremely significant, the Robert Reich one may be the most telling of all. His endorsement indicates a “noble campaign” gone badly. Mr. Reich had held off from an endorsement “out of respect for Hillary; “She’s an old friend,”.”So what’s changed?” a reporter asked Reich.

“I saw the ads – the negative man-on-street commercials that the Clinton campaign put up in Pennsylvania in the wake of Obama’s bitter/cling comments a week ago – and I was appalled, frankly. I thought it represented the nadir of mean-spirited, negative politics. And also of the politics of distraction, of gotcha politics. It’s the worst of all worlds. We have three terrible traditions that we’ve developed in American campaigns. One is outright meanness and negativity. The second is taking out of context something your opponent said, maybe inartfully, and blowing it up into something your opponent doesn’t possibly believe and doesn’t possibly represent. And third is a kind of tradition of distraction, of getting off the big subject with sideshows that have nothing to do with what matters. And these three aspects of the old politics I’ve seen growing in Hillary’s campaign. And I’ve come to the point, after seeing those ads, where I can’t in good conscience not say out loud what I believe about who should be president. Those ads are nothing but Republicanism. They’re lending legitimacy to a Republican message that’s wrong to begin with, and they harken back to the past 20 years of demagoguery on guns and religion. It’s old politics at its worst – and old Republican politics, not even old Democratic politics. It’s just so deeply cynical.”

It can’t be stated any clearer than that.

Tough week for Obama you think–NAAAHH…

Henry T. Wilfong Jr., MBA, CPA

President, National Association of Small Disadvantaged Businesses

  • Former Appointee of Governor and President Ronald Reagan
  • Member, Bush-Cheney Transition Team-Small Business Advisory Group
  • Co-Chair, Obama Unity Committee/Black Republicans for Obama
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