Obligatory “Obama Flipped Hillary The Bird” Post

April 18, 2008

I should feel ashamed of myself for even entertaining this lunacy here in the Chamber, but since the story appears to have gone viral and somewhat mainstream, and I’ve spent a few moments commenting on it on other blogs, I might as well drag it in here for the WPPBA and the rest of my visitors.

Usually an analysis is followed by a verdict, but for this I’m going to do it backwards.  Bottom line:  NO, Obama did not subtly flip Hillary Clinton the bird in his speech yesterday

Good grief.  As if the premise alone doesn’t work sufficiently against the accusation, check out the evidence (h/t Balloon Juice):

Nothing, however, was going to stop both those in the Hillary camp and those on the right from seeing what they wanted to see, and declaring Obama’s actions to be childish and indecent.  One pro-Hillary blogger was so obsessed with it that he/she sat down in front of their computer and painstakingly composed a replay video of the event, complete with slo-mo and closeups:

One of my favorite hangouts, Hot Air, actually went from initially labelling the scrutiny “moronic” to, a few hours later, posting a thread about how Obama might have “let his guard down” and how the crowd “clearly recognized it”:

Obama has a pretty satisfied look on his face afterwards, which makes it look a little more purposeful than not. It’s subtle enough to have deniability for anyone who might get offended, but clear enough for his followers to enjoy the moment of disrespect towards Hillary. And who hasn’t wanted to flip off a Clinton at some time in their lives?

And Larry Johnson completely lost me as a fan as he spent the better part of a day and posted not one, not two or three, but four times making the accusation.  And this is a guy who used to work for the CIA.* 

How embarrassing.

*Update:  My apologies, as those posts weren’t posted by Johnson himself, but rather contributors to his blog.  But still…

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  1. Sigh …

    Bowling scores, lapel pins, bird-flipping …

    Instead of this sideshow/election, maybe we should just determine the Presidency by reality show, voting off one candidate per week until we’re done. It might be more dignified than this travesty.

  2. It appears you are wrong. There are two video’s of the same speech, delivered to two separate audiences, where Obama pauses at the same spot, and gives the same finger gesture. Coincidence, or planned? It certainly looked planned to me. I’ve posted links to the two video’s at Yikes.

    Is Obama running for president of the United States or president of Animal House?


  3. BAC-

    When you shoot the same speech from different angles, you’re going to see different audience members in the background.

  4. Liberal Blogosphere’s Loss of Any Legitimacy
    Regarding election analysis, I have consistently found myself agreeing with the likes of Michelle Malkin, Karl Rove, Ann Coulter and Lou Dobbs. That really bothers me, but this is mainly because of the Dr. Strangelove obsession that white and black, elitist Leftist activists have with Senator Barack Hussein Obama. This group via the leftist and liberal blogospheres have established Senator Barack Hussein Obama as The Boy in the Bubble. Nothing bad can ever be said about him. No tough questions are allowed. All his negatives are not negatives but a product of his being black in America.

    The Clintonista Post

  5. Wick is right, as usual!
    BAC, did you not understand what Chen was saying in this post?
    You know, I’m tired of seeing this Clintonista Post comment pasted onto every blog’s comment section today. Tactics like these are sure as hell not going to sway anyone to your side.

  6. Kip-

    Yea, it looks like a blog pimp, but I want more proof. Where else have you seen the Clintonista Post thing?

  7. And who hasn’t wanted to flip off a Clinton at some time in their lives?

    If so, it would be the first thing Obama has done that might tempt me to cast a vote for him. I’d be more impressed if he slapped Hillary’s lard ass on stage before the next debate. Then Tex might have to give serious consideration to reviewing his options.

  8. Wow, I hadn’t even heard about this latest Obamarama ‘scandal’…LOL. Chen, this is what you get for hanging out at HotAir! That would drive me nuts! It is a bit dangerous to expose yourself to to much Malkin. Just beware. Next they will analyze Obama’s walk to find something anti-American about it. I just can’t wait.

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