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It’s All a Matter of Interpretation At Team Obama


Boy, for a campaign that features a candidate who’s supposed to be a gifted communicator, a smart, accomplished, professional wife, a team of advisers that includes the best and brightest, and a mentor who the candidate describes as “a brilliant man”… there’s an awful lot of “misinterpretation” going on.

St. Petersburg Times:

His wife had to explain that she had been misinterpreted when she said she only recently became proud of America…

The Washington Times:

At the forum, Mr. Obama, of Illinois, said his remarks in San Francisco had been misinterpreted but added a biblical twist to the argument that he has been making since the comments were posted Friday on the Huffington Post Web site.

The Hill:

Sen. Barack Obama’s (Ill.) campaign on Monday sought to clarify remarks the Democratic front-runner made on teen pregnancies that had drawn criticism from conservatives.

Speaking about sex education at an event in Pennsylvania Saturday, Obama said, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network, that he will educate his young daughters but “if they make a mistake, I don’t want them punished with a baby. I don’t want them punished with an STD at the age of 16.”

The AP:

Clinton spokesman Jay Carson argued that the Obama campaign took no action against one of its senior economic advisers, Austan Goolsbee, when he met with Canadian government officials to discuss NAFTA. According to a Canadian memo of the meeting, Goolsbee said the debate over free trade in the Democratic presidential primary campaign was “political positioning” and that Obama was not really protectionist. Goolsbee said his comments were misinterpreted by the memo’s author.

The Detroit News:

It’s time for the nation to hear from Dr. Wright,” said Doris Powers Toney, spokeswoman for Michiganders for Obama. “He has an opportunity to explain his remarks that were misinterpreted by many, and to repair the hurt and talk about racial healing.”

You see, it’s not that Obama looks down his nose at small-town America, or that he thinks of a baby as “punishment,” or that his wife hasn’t been proud of her country for the past 25 years, or that Goolsbee told the Canadians to ignore his NAFTA rhetoric, or that Wright was a hateful demagogue. It’s all a matter of you misinterpreting their remarks. Over and over again, every time you hear them.

Doesn’t that feel reassuring?

Tags: Barack Obama , Bill Richardson , Chris Dodd , Fred Thompson , Hillary Clinton , Horserace , Joe Biden , John Edwards , John McCain , Mike Huckabee , Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich , Rudy Giuliani , Sarah Palin , Something Lighter , Tommy Thompson


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