Every day I’m shocked at the revelations of smear campaigns against Barack Obama that have been circulating for the last year and a half. I’ve been a proud supporter Obama’s bid for President since November 2007, and I have been paying careful attention to the lies and distortions that have been happening for a long time now.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the whole smear campaign for me is the fact that PEOPLE ACTUALLY BELIEVE THOSE E-MAILS that they read about Obama; that he’s a Muslim, or he was sworn into office with his hand on the Quaran, or that he will not recite the Pledge of Allegiance or show any reverence for the flag, or that he “pals around with terrorists”.
I know this first-hand because I receive these forwarded e-mails on a regular basis from people who believe e-mails without actually doing a simple Google search to confirm whether an e-mail is actually fact or not.
The latest of such campaigns originates on an actual Republican Party website. They posted an advertisement stating that the only difference between Obama and Osama bin Laden is “BS”, with text below saying: “WATERBOARD BARACK OBAMA” (Waterboarding is a torture technique used by the Bush Administration on terror suspects). I won’t give these ignoramus imbeciles the satisfaction of posting the actual picture here. After all, they can’t be the most intelligent people; they spelled Sarah Palin as “Sara Palin” and directly below they spelled the word “Vice President” as “Vice Presdent” on this page.
Thankfully there are good people in the media who are quick to debunk all the myths surrounding Obama; check out Campbell Brown’s commentary entitled “So what if Obama were a Muslim or an Arab?“. I’d also like to praise John McCain for showing Obama respect while his supporters were yelling out that Obama is a “terrorist” and “kill him”, and he’s even had to tone down his own partner Sarah Palin’s utter disrespect and contempt for Obama ever since her opening stump speech at the Republican National Convention.
It’s sad that I’m even having to write this article. It’s sad that after 17 months of campaigning, mainstream news agencies still need to remind readers that Barack Obama is not in fact a Muslim. It’s sad that being a Muslim in the US would even have a negative connotation to people. Grow up people.