Did Obama Know about the Democratic Platform or Not?

by Charles C. W. Cooke

Talking Points Memo is touting David Axelrod’s claim that President Obama was unaware that

the Democratic Party platform had originally omitted a sentence calling Jerusalem the capital of Israel until Wednesday. On Wednesday, Obama asked the 2012 platform committee to include a mention of God and support for Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“He had some other duties and responsibilities and so when he learned that what had been in the platform had been taken out, he said, ‘put it back in,’” Axelrod said.

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, who also appeared on the show, said she didn’t believe Obama was aware the Jerusalem section of the 2008 platform had been taken out until Wednesday.

Politico, meanwhile, rejects the notion that Obama was ignorant:

Obama had seen the language prior to the convention, a campaign source said, but did not seek to change it until after Republicans jumped on the omissions of God and Jerusalem late Wednesday. And even then, it had to be forced through a convention hall full of delegates who nearly shouted down the change.


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