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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Andy Martin slaps Barack Obama on the "Philadelphia Speech + 2 Weeks"

Andy Martin says Obama's Philadelphia speech will prove to be a disaster for the candidate. In a two-part commentary Martin analyses Barack Obama's disastrous speech in Philadelphia. The Mainstream Media and their racialists/poverticians may think Obama hit a home run. Andy Martin says the speech was a disaster that will eventually doom Obama's candidacy. That's why we are called

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(CHICAGO)(April 7, 2008) Two weeks ago (March 18th) Senator Barack Obama gave his celebrated speech on "race." The Mainstream Media's (MSM) profuse praise for Obama's remarks was way off the mark. Moments after Obama stopped speaking I offered a critical and contrarian interpretation. Those initial views proved to be accurate:

The MSM have tried to convince the public that Obama hit a "home run" in Philadelphia. On the contrary, I believe Obama misspoke. His flawed strategy and calculated but clumsy and callous confessions did fatal damage to his campaign. Sometimes it takes more than a day for the true impact of words to sink in. People need to reflect, review, reconsider. That is why I believe the long-term impact of Obama's declarations will prove toxic to his candidacy.

We originally planned to do a "Speech + One Week" column, but Obama material keeps cascading into the offices of We are now going to publish two columns (this one and part Two) that present a significantly different point of view to the MSM catechism on "Obama in Philadelphia." We divide our "Speech + Two Weeks" into two parts: first below, the ongoing calendar/timetable disaster Obama created for his campaign. Tomorrow, how Obama blundered into Black Rage; and the White Backlash to come.

First, the timing aspects of Obama's disastrous speech.

As we will argue in the "Black Rage" columns to come, Obama is a sophisticated and obsessive control freak. He has manipulated every aspect of his adult life, very successfully to date. And so when he faced national outrage over the venomous sermons of Reverend "Jeremiad" Wright, and questions over his silence in the pews for twenty years, the senator reached for his obvious and traditional weapon: a controlled speech.

Although MSM'ers will tell you Obama has "improved" in extemporaneous or unprepared speeches, listening to him is very taxing. He hems and haws and hesitates with every sentence. His performance in debates has improved from abysmal to mediocre or passable. By contrast, Obama's prepared and choreographed speeches, from the 2004 Democratic Convention to date, are masterpieces. Fundamentally, Obama is an accomplished entertainer, not a political leader. That's why his scripted moments are so moving, and why he is so quotidian in everyday conversation.

Obama went into his Philadelphia speech expecting to finish off the Reverend Wright controversy. He failed. Abysmally. He was done in by the clock. There was a gap in news coverage before the Pennsylvania primary, and he fell into the hole.

Obama's conceit ignored the "open" month ahead and apparently miscalculated that the period between his speech and the Pennsylvania primary would be filled with new issues and events. He was wrong. The Wright controversy continues to grow. Hillary Clinton's Tuzla through the tulips is already fading. But the poisons Wright unleashed in the pulpit have been compounded by the toxins released by Obama's own words (Part Two).

Why are my views so different from those of the MSM? Fundamentally, "reporters" are "journalists," not opinion columnists or investigators. Most reporters go to journ school, and work with a pad and pen or laptop during their media lives. Many advance up the ladder to Washington or New York perches. They are competent at what they do, well-intentioned, and generally decent persons. But almost all of them are liberals through and through.

My own commentary credentials flow from a lifetime "in the arena," which began with a background in English, not journalism. I am sometimes ridiculed for having run for office against corrupt or incompetent officials. There is no other crucible but an election to searingly experience how people react. You pick up the phone, answer a voter, and experience firsthand how raw public opinion can be. That is why in January, 2007, when the MSM'ers said the issue of Obama's religion was "done," I said "Not at all." My own lifetime of experience in the real political world exemplifies why my instincts both in Iraq and on the campaign trail have been so radically different from those of "reporters" or the newly coined "commentators."

Obama has not been helped by his "supporters." Lord, save us from our friends. Trinity Church UCC has now sought to impose restrictions on the media, hardly a sign of people who think they are succeeding in getting their message out to the general public. Worst of all, Obama's racialists want to hijack May's "Trinity Sunday," one of the great holidays of the Christian Church, as a day for discussions on "race.",0,2238591.story

Trinity Sunday is the first Sunday after Pentecost and celebrates the Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is not a day for blabbering on about "race" in America. By trying to make race the preeminent issue, Obama's racialist endorsers, whom he kept locked in the closet for over a year, have finally escaped and are now running wild and endangering his campaign's stability. In one sense Obama is just getting just deserts. He says he sat quietly in the pews for years while malignant accusations were preached against whites and against America. Now his theological crazies and their fellow travelers are hijacking his campaign and turning off Americans by trying to make race the major issue. Race is not even remotely a central issue in the 2008 election.

Politicizing Trinity Sunday by trying to make it a racial discussion day can only turn off Christians across America. A real Christian, a strong leader, would say "Don't do that." But true to form, Obama has remained silent. The tub-thumping of Obama's sympathizers is going to continue at least through the Pennsylvania primary, when "reporters" will finally have something new to write about.

Rather than taking race out of the campaign, Obama's Philadelphia speech made race his bedrock issue, the one topic that will survive into November. He lost control. The conductor no longer directs the orchestra, all because his understanding of the post-Philadelphia calendar was flawed. The one time Obama should have used a Watergate-style "modified limited hangout" to deal with the Wright crescendo, he didn’t. He put faith in the power of his speechifying to calm the Wright-infested waters. And he left a whole month for the waters to be roiled over and over again by friend and foe alike.

Bottom line: Obama blundered, and gave what will prove in retrospect to have been one of the most disastrous speeches in American political history, the turning point in his campaign. Obama, who worked so hard to evade race as an issue, now finds himself captured by the controversy. And hostage to the concept. Sorry, Mainstream media. You won't sell Obama's spin to the American people this time. The backlash is building. Would someone please save Barack Obama from his "supporters?" And from himself?


The Speech, Two Weeks On, Part Two: MLK Destroyed

How "Black Rage" paralyzed Barack Obama

Obama's Dirty Tricks Squad?

Were Barack Obama's Parents Legally Married?


Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of © Copyright by Andy Martin 2008. Martin covers regional, national and world events with over forty years of experience. He has been a candidate for U. S. Senator from Illinois. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at; Comments? E-mail: Media contact: (866) 706-2639.


Blogger HeyJude said...

Don't think my original post went through. I repeat, I agree with you toally, but don't know what to think about Obama's gaining or overtaking Hillary in the national and state polls. Any thoughts?

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