UPDATE (Aug 2, 2008- 2:45PM):

Obama has finally admitted that he was speaking of race in his “currency” remark.  Of course, only a handful of people who are blind to reality denied this is what he meant, so this isn’t a shock or anything…Barack had used the race card TWICE in the past 2 months.  Is this really the kind of person we want leading us? 

From Jake Tapper’s report:

[Barack:] ]”I don’t think it’s accurate to say that my comments have nothing to do with race,” Obama said. “Here’s what I was saying and I think this should be undisputed: That I don’t come out of central casting, when it comes to presidential races. For a whole range of reasons. I’m young, I’m new to the national scene, my name is Barack Obama, I am African American, I was born in Hawaii, I spent time in Indonesia. I do not have the typical biography of a presidential candidate. What that means is that I’m sort of unfamiliar and people are still trying to get a fix on who I am, where I come from, what my values are and so forth in a way that might not be true if I seemed more familiar.”

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You might recall a while back that Obama claimed the GOP would use racist attacks against him. Tho, as far as anyone can tell, the only remarks that are even remotely racist have come, so far, from Democrats attacking Obama.

Well, Obama the race-baiting “post-partisan” candidate is at it again.

Here is part of what Obama said recently about McCain and the Republicans (per Jake Tapper’s post):

“John McCain right now, he’s spending an awful lot of time talking about me,” Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., said today in Rolla, Mo. “You notice that? I haven’t seen an ad yet where he talks about what he’s gonna do. And the reason is because those folks know they don’t have any good answers, they know they’ve had their turn over the last eight years and made a mess of things. They know that you’re not real happy with them.”

Obama continued: “And so the only way they figure they’re going to win this election is if they make you scared of me. So what they’re saying is, ‘Well, we know we’re not very good but you can’t risk electing Obama. You know, he’s new, he’s… doesn’t look like the other presidents on the currency, you know, he’s got a, he’s got a funny name.’

I have not seen a single GOP rep, let alone John McCain or anyone from his staff, say that Barack doesn’t look like any former presidents or that he has a funny name. Barack, as you can see with this example and the last time he made this claim, cannot mention an example of the McCain camp doing this, because they haven’t. Obama’s dishonest claims of the GOP trying to scare voters because of his name or his skin tone has got to end. He’s starting to become Jesse Jackson but without the mustache. Voters tend to really dislike a candidate who brings up race too much, claiming racism when clearly none exists.

While I’m linking to Tapper, let me point out the following:

There’s a lot of racist xenophobic crap out there. But not only has McCain not peddled any of it, he’s condemned it….
In April, he condemned the North Carolina Republican Party’s ad featuring images of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

This has bugged me for months. I’ve posted about it before, I believe. How on earth was it anywhere near racist to point out that Barack Obama sat in the pew of a racist anti-American pastor for two full decades? The NC GOP ad was in no way racist. It wasn’t even remotely in the ballpark of racist or anything even close to it. The ad merely pointed out that Barack had close ties to the pastor Wright. How on earth is that racist in any way, shape, or form? Is it because he’s black? Do we have to still tiptoe around black public figures, or risk being labeled bigots? Nonsense!

There has been, as far as I have seen, NO racism from the GOP against Obama or any other candidate in recent memory. Trying to imply some of these things were maybe, possible, sort of racist is maddening.

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