"He was the fattest man when he got off the plane....He didn't want to talk about how he turned in all those names"
"Respectfully, I am going to disagree about Senator McCain's service...."
That was an exchange between the "O" man and a supporter in one of his town hall meetings today.
I watched that exchange and I was trying to figure out what about it bothered me so much. It wasn't the fact that the old guy called out McCain. Hell he looked like a veteran of the damn war himself, and he had the look of a guy who had been through some shit his damn self. He was just the type of guy you expected to be living in Reno, Nevada. I was struck by his statement, and the bold and confident way which he said it [Besides, look at that picture? The guy just might have a point]. No, the guy questioning Obama didn't bother me; Obama's answer did.
"Respectfully I am going to disagree about Senator McCain's service, I think his policies are terrible, I think his service was honorable." Duh! We all know that "O" man, please stop stating the obvious on behalf of your opponent. Contrast that statement with the frat boy, when one of his supporters said this about Kerry back in 2004:
"'We got a candidate for president out here with two self-inflicted scratches, and I take that as an insult.'" To which the frat boy replied: "Well, I appreciate that, thank you..." This from a guy who never set foot in Vietnam his damn self.
Now that's how you answer a question like that. Don't apologize and come to the other guy's defense. Say what you want about the frat boy, but he is a typical down and dirty republican who knows how to get elected. The frat boy and his ilk show their opponents no respect, and that's how they win elections.
That might be the "O" man's problem: he is too damn respectful. And that is what bothered me about the exchange. Why did he have to jump to Mr. Morton's defense like that? Hell, do you think if someone in one of Mr. Morton's town hall meetings said some shit like that about the "O" man he would have come to the "O" man's defense? I doubt it. You would have gotten a smirk maybe, or an answer similar to the frat boy's, but not the stand by your man shit his "O" ness was pulling.
But Obama continues to be a gentleman. He continues to try and convince A-merry-ca that he is harmless, and that he is a non threatening safe Negro. He continues to play the smiling shoe shine man, or the old Negro who steps aside on the sidewalk without daring to make eye contact when the white man is coming.
Of course he didn't have to co-sign with what the man said, but he didn't have to go out of his way to come to Mr. Morton's defense either. He could have said something like: Now now, I understand your passion, but let's stick to the issues. Or, let's not resort to the types of tactics that the republicans are using on me. But he didn't. Instead, once again, he went out of his way to show A-merry-ca what an honorable gentleman he is.
Fine "O" man, and I am sure you will give a very honorable concession speech come November.