2008 Are You a Muslim?!?
posted by January 16 at 9:31 AMon
Postman brings up a moment in last night’s Democratic debate that I had forgotten about.
It’s when Obama was asked to address the notion that he’s a Muslim and that he was sworn into office on a Koran. (Postman’s point—in an atypical moment of editorializing for the journalistic journalist—is that the question was inappropriate because it de facto spread Internet lies.)
What I didn’t like about the question, or more important, what I didn’t like about Obama’s answer, was that the whole narrative of both the question and the answer was this: Muslims are bad guys.
Rather than slapping down the question by saying something like, “I’m not sure why it matters if I’m a Muslim or not Brian. My religion is important to me, but it doesn’t have anything to do with why you should vote for me…” Obama sheepishly said he was Christian, was sworn in on a bible, and pledges to the American flag. Oh, well thank Jesus.
Lame question. Lame answer.
I don’t mean to pick on Obama. Clinton certainly blew the BET question and the fear mongering campaigning question, but Postman’s post reminded of this moment during last night’s debate which captures one of my big reservations about Obama, he’s such an appeaser. Hello Donnie McClurkin.