It Looks Like Obama Deals Race Card Again

From the AP, the Obama campaign tries to claim Obama wasn’t talking about what he looks like when he talked about what he looks like:

John McCain accused Barack Obama of playing politics with race on Thursday, raising the explosive issue after the first black candidate with a serious chance of winning the White House claimed Republicans will try to scare voters by saying he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”


“I’m disappointed that Senator Obama would say the things he’s saying,” McCain told reporters in Racine, Wis. The Arizona senator said he agreed with campaign manager Rick Davis’ statement earlier that “Barack Obama has played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck. It’s divisive, negative, shameful and wrong.”


In turn, Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said, “We weren’t suggesting in any way he’s using race as an issue” but that McCain “is using the same, old low-road politics that voters are very unhappy about to distract voters from the real issues in this campaign.”

So the position of the Obama campaign is that when he said “look like” he was not referring in any way to his physical appearance contrasted with all the old white guys in his wallet? That’s the line they’re going to peddle? Wow, they must really think the average American is as gullible or stupid as they are bitter. No doubt it had nothing at all to do with race last month either, when Obama used similar, but more explicitly racial, language.

Another campaign spokesman doubled down with the spin:

When asked by The Associated Press what Obama meant by the comparison, Obama strategist Robert Gibbs said Thursday morning that the senator was not referring to race.

“What Barack Obama was talking about was that he didn’t get here after spending decades in Washington,” Gibbs said. “There is nothing more to this than the fact that he was describing that he was new to the political scene. He was referring to the fact that he didn’t come into the race with the history of others. It is not about race.”

Right. Obama was saying he “looks like” he’s new to the political scene. And we are Abe Lincoln.

UPDATE: The campaign flips to acknowledge the obvious: “…Obama’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, acknowledged on ‘Good Morning America’ Friday that the candidate was referring, at least in part, to his ethnic background.”


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