David Kirkpatrick

July 10, 2008

Obama and Jackson

Filed under: Media, Politics — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 10:58 am

Ambinder sums up my thoughts on the “hot mic” episode from Jesse Jackson yesterday. Jackson plus O’Reilly gave Obama a wonderful political gift in terms of political spectrum positioning.

From the link:

First reaction is fairly conventional: Obama should send him a fruit basket for drawing attention to precisely the worldview that Obama wants centrist voters to know that he holds. That’s reflected in the Obama campaign’s statement, which, just in case you hadn’t heard it, makes the point explicitly:

“As someone who grew up without a father in the home, Senator Obama has spoken and written for many years about the issue of parental responsibility, including the importance of fathers participating in their children’s lives. He also discusses our responsibility as a society to provide jobs, justice, and opportunity for all. He will continue to speak out about our responsibilities to ourselves and each other, and he of course accepts Reverend Jackson’s apology,” said Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton.

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