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An Obama E-Mail – Is It True?

In E-Mail Tidbits, Politics on September 23, 2008 at 5:46 PM

It is no secret to anyone reading this blog how I stand firmly against Senator Obama’s bid for presidency. It is my opinion he is a dangerous man and would, if elected, do more harm than good because of his distorted views on a variety of subjects. Much of what has been said about this man is true, and much of it is false; it is difficult to distinguish between the two.

While I do not support the Obama/Biden ticket, and wish others would have the sense not to either, it is not my wish to spread untruths about any of the candidates. Wouldn’t it be wonderful for each candidate to speak to the issues while not destroying opponents in the process? That is quite a lot to hope for, especially in this election cycle. Mudslinging has risen to new heights, or lows, depending on how you view the situation.

Since the announcement of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as Senator John McCain’s running mate, we have endured the most vile, vicious, insidious and disgusting attacks of any presidential campaign. The left has not run a decent campaign; they continue pushing the envelope on what most rational people would consider over the line. Honestly, Governor Palin’s family should be off limits to verbal attacks and jabs; they are not running for office. The Palin family is a typical one with faults and failures, to be sure. Leave them alone.

The reason for this post is a desire to voice my opinions about an e-mail received this morning. It’s one that’s been circulating around for a while now, and casts the Illinois senator in a bad light. Trust me, he doesn’t need an e-mail full of false and misleading statements to highlight his inadequacies and dangerous agendas. This e-mail is probably old news to many of you, but it is new to me, so please bear with me.

After reading through the comments in the e-mail, something didn’t seem right. Although the content sounded right, I just didn’t feel comfortable with the wording. I decided to do some investigating and did a Google search. Two sites confirmed my suspicions regarding the content of the noted e-mail and have plenty of documentation to refute what was said. The first site I visited was FactCheck.org. A reader asked a question about the same correspondence I received, and here it is:

Q: Did Obama write that he would “stand with the Muslims” and that he nurses a “pervasive sense of grievance and animosity” toward whites?
Can you guys provide some context to this e-mail. Not sure if you have already but thought I would pass it along. Thanks.

Basically, the answer can be summed up as follows:

A: No. A widely circulated e-mail fabricates some quotes from Obama’s books and twists others.
Anyone looking for Barack Obama’s real sentiments about whites, blacks and Muslims won’t find them in this scurrilous collection of falsified, doctored and context-free “quotations.” The e-mail claims to feature words taken from Obama’s books, “The Audacity of Hope” (2006) and “Dreams from My Father” (1995, republished in 2004). But we found that two of the quotes are false, and others have been manipulated or taken out of context.

The second site I looked at was Snopes.com – In His Own Words. It basically says the same thing as the first site – the e-mail is full of distortions and devoid of context. Please take a moment to look at the sites and draw your own conclusions. Do we really know for sure about the Illinois senator, Barack Obama? When it’s all said and done, I believe there is much we don’t know, and can’t count on our biased left-wing media to dig into the matter.

For once, I would like to see our media give the same amount of scrutiny to the Obama/Biden ticket as we have seen with McCain/Palin. What can be said regarding Senator Obama’s ties to questionable characters and his overly fast rise in political circles? Why is Hollywood so madly in love with him? There are more questions, but they will have to wait.

  1. If I see the words “Obama” and “E-mail” in the same sentence I tend to ignore it. More political information should come from ‘The Christian Science Monitor’ and less from uncle Fred.

  2. The fact is that every quote from Obama in the email you received was 100% accurate; Obama said all those things in his books.

    The truth is the those quotes, while perfectly represented were taken out of context.

  3. @ cloaknbadger: Thanks for dropping by. I didn’t want to take the e-mail at face value, so some checking was in order. What does the Christian Science Monitor have to say about this subject?

    @ jonolan: Glad you came by. Did you happen to read the articles referred to at both sites? According to both Snopes and FactCheck.org, the quotes are not altogether accurate.

    To be clear, I am not supporting the Illinois senator, but I didn’t want to pass along that e-mail unless I knew the content was accurate.

  4. Having read the relevant passages in the books, I’d have to say that the quotes are accurate – except that their grammar was in some cases to make them complete sentences. Now, if inaccurate is supposed to mean incomplete then you and those sites are correct.

    In all cases though they were “cherry picked” out of context – even out of immediate context in the case of “standing with the Muslims.”

  5. My simple assertion is, according to the sites mentioned in the post, what the e-mail contained and the actual quotes from the books don’t match. In some cases quotes were incomplete while in other cases the intent wasn’t even in the book.

    Admittedly, I have not read the books, nor will I. Many who want to find the truth about a variety of subjects must rely on organizations whose job is to dig for the truth. That is why I searched in the first place.

  6. Thanks for your post, PracherP! I heartily agree with you. I also think it’s undignified and dishonest for “sides” to try and prop up their side of any given argument by fabrications, misquotes or misrepresentations. I think there are plenty of actual and factual reasons not to vote for O’Bama, and I think it’s beneath Christians to perpetuate these kind of lies and fear-mongering when we receive one of these emails. If anyone should take the high road, Christians should! Thank you for shining the light on this, because many good intentioned people don’t realize the nonsense that goes on with things like this!

  7. Thanks eb. You hit the nail on the head about perpetuation of “fabrications, misquotes or misrepresentations.” We don’t need to do that; the Illinois senator can do that on his own without our help. I keep saying this, and will continue: Wake up, America, and call on the mercy of God!

  8. preacherpen – good to take a peek at your blog! And yes, I whole-heartedly agree with you on this one. The fabrications seem to be even worse this election than the Bush election. What happen to running a “positive” campaign and talking about the “issues.” Geesh!

  9. Dominique, thanks for dropping by and voicing your views. I was wondering where you were. The name calling and hideous attacks on Governor Palin are beyond description. You are far more politically astute than me, and have probably read more negative junk than you ever wanted to. How sad.

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