posted on Jun, 11 2008 @ 11:52 AM
I understand how this is marginally different from some of the other threads about Senator Obama, however I don't see how it matters.
If we are going to perform a linguistic autopsy on virtually everyone's words and THEN decide what they mean..... is this (a) worthy of our time and
(b) worthy at all? I don't care if Senator Obama, his supporters or anyone else refers to caucasians as "white folk". I think the term
"folk" is kind of homey, kind of quaint.
I don't support Senator Obama for his bid to POTUS, and there have been more than a few things surrounding his campaign that have raised the hairs on
the back of my neck, but this surely isn't one of them.
I understand what you mean about the painting ALL of "white folk" with the same brush, but seeing the phrase in context, I don't think that was his
See, a lot of this stuff is political spin control. All sides do it. Somebody comes up with a chink in the armor, drives a wedge in to hold their
position, all the while looking for metaphorical hammers to really drive the wedge in, and if a political person is smart, they'll just try to spin
it in another direction. It's when they choose to try to cover up some stupid thing that they get into trouble, because the coverup is almost
always more foreboding than the original event. I think Senator Obama has been smart in this sense, in that he spins things away from him that are
uncomfortable, and leaves other things unaddressed.
Senator McCain has made verbal slips. Senator Clinton, ditto. Senator Obama, yep. It happens. It's not an "AH-HAAA!" moment, it's just
human. I wish we could focus on the real and important issues, but it doesn't seem like the politicians themselves wish to do this. We, as
humans, just can't seem to keep from rising to the bait, can we?
[edit to correct "sense". Dang, I KNEW that didn't look right]
[edit on 11-6-2008 by argentus]