The Attacks on Obama Get Sillier and Sillier: Obama Confuses Time and Life

Conservatives must really be sared of Barack Obama’s potential. We’ve seen them falsely claim he went to a madrassa. They’ve obsessed over how his name sounds like Osama and over his grad school parking tickets. It gets worse. We have positive proof that Barack Obama has confused Life Magazine with Time!

Articles attacking Obama yesterday questioned his account of an article Obama recalled from his childhood. Richard Cohen wrote in The Washington Post:

I tell you this story to suggest something about Barack Obama. In his memoir, “Dreams From My Father,” he recounts a watershed moment of his own — a “revelation,” a “violent” awakening, an incident that “permanently altered” his “vision.” Twice he tells how as a 9-year-old he went to the U.S. Embassy in Indonesia (a country where his mother had taken him to live) and came across a Life magazine article about a black man who had tried to whiten his skin through some sort of chemical process. The result was a disaster.

“I felt my face and neck get hot,” Obama wrote. “My stomach knotted; the type began to blur on the page.”

The child had, for the first time, confronted racism and its hideous consequences.

Only there is no such issue of Life magazine. So says the Chicago Tribune, which has gone through the Obama memoir with commendable thoroughness…

When the Tribune told Obama that Life magazine historians could find no such story, Obama suggested it might have been Ebony — “or it might have been . . . who knows what it was?” (The Tribune says Ebony’s archivists also could not come up with such an article.) Indeed, the memory of the event/non-event is so firmly planted in Obama’s mind that it seems to have become an emotional truth for him, far more powerful than an intellectual truth.

Yes, it turns out Obama was wrong. This article was not in Life, or even Ebony. It was a long article in Time on race issues which included this passage (emphasis mine):

There is a trend among Negro coeds and career girls to wear their hair “natural” instead of attempting to unkink it by “conking”—rinsing it with lye and binding it with handkerchiefs. Yet for every Negro who flaunts his identity, a hundred try to camouflage it. Advertisements in the Negro magazines still hymn Nadinola skin bleach: “Lightens and brightens skin.”

Obama might have also been thinking of an article in Look which is described in this diary at Daily Kos.

I’m sure the right wing noise machine will continue to try to spread the claim that Obama has lied about his past, just as they invent their stories that Al Gore lied by saying he invented the internet or that John Kerry lied about his Vietnam record. As their smears get increaslingly lame, it is also clear that the real liars in American politics are those in the right wing noise machine which spread all these lies about Democrats.


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    TheProudestMonkey says:

    It gives me hope that it seems people are actually starting to see the forest for the trees with respect to the dirty tactics being used in American politics. The sheer amount of bad PR this administration has gotten has really put a spotlight and magnifying glass on how ugly politics are. I hope it spurs people to elect the right people, not simply the incumbents…heck, I hope it at least spurs people to VOTE.

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    Eric Dondero says:

    Hussein Obama most certainly DID attend a Madrassa in Indonesia for 4 years. The evidence is overwhelming. The real crime is how the Liberal Media tried to cover it up at first, than shifted to pooh-poohing the story as “unimportant,” to finally ending up saying that it was all “untrue” and that Insight Magazine was “not a trusted news source.”

    Stop your whinning Liberal pukes. Here’s a guy with HUSSEIN in the middle of his name. What more proof do you need?

    Now we learn he’s got ties to the Radical Islamo-Fascist loving group CAIR.

    HUSSEIN Obama has a perfect 100 voting record with the Marxist ADA.

    Obama is not only a Socialist, his ties to Radical Islam prove he’s an outright Fascist.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    To you “overwhelming” means that one of your right wing buddies claims something. Fox News claimed that Obama went to a madrassa. Reporters then went to the school and found that it was not one.

    Obama has no ties to any “Islamo-Fascist” groups. He is not a socialist. He certainly is not a fascist. At least he opposes the big increases in government power and authoritarianism you support while pretending to be a libertarian.

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    Eric Dondero says:

    Okay Chisud, then how do you explain his perfect 100 score from the ADA? And how about his perfect 100 scores from the Federal Goverment Workers Union and the National Education Association.

    We’re not talking 90 here, or even a 95.

    Saddam Hussein Obama received a perfect 100 score from all three of those Fascist organizations.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    First of all, it isn’t even true that Obama has a score of 100 from all these organizations. As most of these votes went along party lines, there are actually quite a few Democratic Senators who beat Obama in the last ADA rankings. Many unions have Obama ranked far lower, well below many other Senators.

    Secondly, these organizations are only considered fascist to right wing kooks like yourself. Anyone who is at all in touch with political reality would see the difference between them and fascists.

    You might disagree with some of the votes for which points were awarded, but exactly which Senate votes actually represent support for fascism? The closest vote we have had on that was for the Patriot Act, which you support.

    You are hardly in a position to call anyone a fascist considering the number of fascist like ideas you have promoted in the comments to other posts here, such as your bigotry, denial of civil libertiers of those who have not served in the military, and repeating all the talking points of those who promote the warfare state as a means to increase government power during a state of perpetual warfare.

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    Eric Dondero says:

    I’m a Fascist ‘eh? I must be the first Pro-Choice Activist “Fascist” in the world. I must be the first “Fascist” ever to advocate legalizing drugs, prostitution and gambling.

    Oh, and there’s that little problem of economics. Teensy weensy problem actually. You see, I’m a free marketeer. I believe in cutting taxes, drastic cuts in government spending, and privatization of just about everything.

    Fascists are Socialists on economics.

    Strange definition you have there of Fascism.

    Let’s recap:

    According to you “Fascism” has now morphed into Pro-Choice, Drug Legalization, Gambling, Prostutiton, Repeal of Sex Laws,
    Pro-Free Enterprise, Limited Government, and Tax Cuts.

    Funny, I always thought all that was the definition of the oppoite of Fascism, something called Libertarianism. You might have heard of it?

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Strange that someone who is pro-choice would be backing Giuliani and Brownback. Giuliani has promised to appoint judges who would overturn Rowe v. Wade, and Brownback would outlaw abortion if given the chance.

    Your claims are not what I compared to fascism. The aspects of fascism which you have demonstrated are:

    Opposition to freedom of speech and dissent

    Support for what would amount to a military dictatorship

    Support for a party which passes off corporate welfare as free enterprise, when this is far closer to fascism/socialism than

    Attacking people based upon race and religion

    Saying that those who disagree with you are not “true Americans”

    Libertarianism is about supporting freedom, not about simply supporting more liberal laws on drugs and sex while opposing freedom in other areas.

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    Jan says:

    Obama’s book is a memoir. It’s Ok to use artistic license when writing a memoir. An autobiography should be accurate.

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    Ron Chusid says:


    Thanks for the clarification. When I suggested that Obama might have used a bit of artistic license my thought process was that some autobiographies are more accurate than others. Differentiating between a memoir and an autobiography might be a better way to put this.

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    baboonhead says:

    The so called “attacks” on Obama are coming from Hillary Clinton, not conservatives. The Republicans have no reason to go after Obama. They are going after each other for the party’s nomination, not after someone who is running for the nomination on the other side! Republicans are salivating over the prospect of running after Obama, whom they see as un-electable. I was laughing my ass off when one of the posters essentially claimed that the Washington Post was part of the right wing smear campaign! HAHAHA!

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    Ron Chusid says:

    Wow, it sure is amazing how Hillary Clinton has managed to get Fox News and many conservative writers to spread untrue claims about Obama. I guess we should have known that Hillary was behind it from the start. đŸ™‚

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