Friday, January 19, 2007

Let the ugliness begin

In his book, The Audacity of Hope, Obama indicates that he's been lucky in his political life- he's generally received kind press coverage and has rarely been the victim of negative political attacks.

Well... say farewell to your good luck, Senator. You've entered a new league now.

Here's just a sampling of what is to come, from the mainstream (Insight Magazine, associated with the Washington (DC) Times) and- relatively speaking- responsible media.

Are the American people ready for an elected president who was educated in a Madrassa as a young boy and has not been forthcoming about his Muslim heritage?

Think Progress responds as follow:

Obama Smeared As Former 'Madrassa' Student, Possible Covert Muslim Extremist

For the record, I fail to see how anyone could claim that Obama has 'hidden' his background. He's written two best sellers about his background, and his most recent book does indeed mention his Muslim heritage. Pretty poor secret keeping.

Another attempt to derail Obama: compare his first autobiographical book to James Frey's A Million Little Pieces (I haven't read it, but it must be bad to have been discredited by Oprah!) for having composite and renamed characters.

The difference- Obama says he does this in his introduction to the book.

I haven't decided on Obama yet as a presidential candidate, but he clearly has one characteristic that would be good- and unique- in a President: He's lousy at a cover-up.


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