Barack Obama used the “p” word too, according to an old video that has re-surfaced of the president. The video which is a short clip of Barack Obama performing a reading has been re-circulated by Trump supporters on social media in an effort to downplay the backlash Donald has received for a taped interview in which Trump makes several lewd comments about women.
Actor Scott Baio, an avid and outspoken Trump supporter, shared the video of Barack Obama with his followers.
In case you can’t get Twitter video to work, here’s that Barack Obama video again.
The video of Obama is clearly many years old and shows Barack reading from a book. While several people have commented that the comparison between Trump’s comments and Obama’s are vastly different because Donald’s are off the cuff and Barack is merely reading a book passage, after further investigation, it was discovered that the words Obama is speaking are actually from a book he authored.
Barack Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father, was published in 1995. In the passage Obama chose to read, he references a conversation among himself and some friends while finishing up a pick-up basketball. As Obama and his acquaintances discuss Malcolm X and the Nation of Islam, it is another person in the conversation rather than Barack that makes the statement that he can’t follow Malcolm X because he doesn’t want to give up “ribs” and “p****y.” In the excerpt on page 87 of the book, Barack notes that when his friend laughs at the comment, Obama gives him a stern look and asks him why he is laughing.
The use of the Barack Obama video appears to be a deflection tactic, with Trump supporters engaged in an effort to shift focus from Donald back to the democrats and issues within their own party. Besides the Obama video, Trump supporters also used social media to call into question the ethics of the Clintons and their treatment of women given Bill Clinton’s past history of infidelity and sexual harassment and rape allegations.
According to CNN, an apology video released by Donald Trump yesterday had the presidential candidate discussing that he was sorry for his behavior over a decade ago and how much he has changed, before Trump shifted focus to the Clintons and their questionable behavior.
“I’ve said some foolish things, but there’s a big difference between the words and actions of other people. Bill Clinton has actually abused women and Hillary has bullied, attacked, shamed and intimidated his victims.”
Unsurprisingly, with the leak of the Trump tapes, several key GOP political figures who had once admonished Barack Obama and the Clintons in the past have withdrawn their support from Donald Trump in the wake of the scandal.
Paul Ryan immediately disinvited Trump from his weekend rally upon hearing Donald’s sexual comments, according to Huffington Post. However, Ryan spent Saturday on his Twitter account admonishing President Obama over his dealings with Iran.
John McCain also withdrew support from the GOP nominee after more lewd comments from past Trump interviews surfaced on Saturday. McCain’s daughter Meghan, a political commentator, who is one of the more vocal opponents of Barack Obama, spent much of Saturday morning tweeting out her repulsion over the Republican party in general.
This is rock bottom for my party. Rock. Bottom.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) October 8, 2016
Even Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence, stated there was no way to defend the comments, calling them “offensive.”
Of course conspiracy theorists believe the release of Trump’s comments were perfectly timed to counteract a Wikileaks release of more than 2,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. According to Politico, the emails divulged information on many of Clinton’s financial ideals and strategies in responding to issues that would be in her favor including her reaction to President Obama’s decision to reject the Keystone Pipeline.
While both campaigns seem to be deflecting attention to the other, however, the undecided voter is more than likely still undecided. And perhaps it is this fear and uncertainty of who the next president will be that is actually helping President Obama.
Despite Barack Obama continually being dragged back into the presidential race, first with the birther argument and now with the re-surfacing of this video, ABC News reports that President Obama’s approval rating has reached its highest point since he took his second term.
Is Barack Obama’s book reading as offensive as Donald Trump’s remarks to Billy Bush, or are these just distractions from something bigger?
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