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Who’s Under Obama’s Bus?

Filed under: 2008 Election — DRJ @ 9:33 pm

[Guest post by DRJ]

Barack Obama has been associated with people of questionable backgrounds and beliefs like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Williams Ayers, and Tony Rezko but he’s been willing to distance himself from inconvenient allies or supporters when it’s expedient to do so.

Obama’s actions have been described as “throwing [someone] under the bus.” I think NRO’s Rich Lowry was the first to use “under the bus” in connection with Obama, and the first recognized victim was Obama’s white grandmother as Scott Johnson explained in this Powerline post.

I want to assemble in one post the names, relationships and circumstances for people Obama or his campaign have “thrown under the bus.” Your help will be appreciated. Explanations and links are especially welcome.


UPDATE BY PATTERICO: I have restored Scott Johnson’s true last name. Thanks to Linda Seebach.

Thank you and my apologies to Mr. Johnson. — DRJ

48 Responses to “Who’s Under Obama’s Bus?”

  1. One I just was made aware of: Obama threw Bernie Mac under bus for “inappropriate” jokes at Obama fundraiser in July.

    nobama 2008!

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  2. There is a for the site “The Political Inquirer” which discusses this at length…

    reff (b68a4f)

  3. Well..I don’t know how to make a link, but that is the site… does provide several interesting explanation

    reff (b68a4f)

  4. Well, that was quick.

    Take a look at reff’s link and add any they’ve missed. Thanks for the Bernie Mac addition, max. It’s a shame about his death.

    DRJ (9d1be2)

  5. Obama did say he was “kidding” to Bernie Mac…

    Problem is, as you read it, you can almost sense the lack of sincerity for Obama’s statement, either way you decide to take it…

    Or, JD, is that just the racist in me???

    reff (b68a4f)

  6. “Obama did say he was “kidding” to Bernie Mac…”

    First he chastised, then he said he was kidding… doesn’t that count as a flip-flop?

    Dana (254946)

  7. To paraphrase JD…and a certain redneck comedian…

    “You must be a racist if….

    ….you accuse Obama of flip-flopping in a punch line”

    reff (b68a4f)

  8. Yes, R.I.P. Bernie Mac

    I reckon his granny was one of the first evicted after the Wright church outbreak.

    Obama has a new poster. The Obama Sieg Heil might bring in the Stormfront crew to go with Farrakhan’s boys.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  9. “America, I heard your prayers, and you wanted me here. The Mac Man cometh, and I’m bringing hell with me.”

    “I’m not a star … Stars fall.”

    — Bernie Mac

    Icy Truth (a7ead4)

  10. Everytime that Obama says he was kidding counts as a flip-flop.

    Icy Truth (a7ead4)

  11. Confederate Yankee has a bus list as well:

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  12. Under the Bus Clinging to the Bumper
    NEW!Mazen Asbahi
    the “fist bump”
    Wesley Clark(sorta)
    Grandma Dunham
    Rev. Jeremiah Wright
    Fr. Michael Pleger
    Jim Johnson – Countrywide
    Michael Klonsky
    Muslim supporters
    babies that survive abortion attempts
    8,000 Members of Trinity Church of Christ
    Samatha Power
    Obama advisor/Hamas friend Rob Malley
    Austin Goolsbee
    Tony Rezko
    a less than week-old pseudo-presidential seal
    bitter, gun toting, religious white people of rural Pennsylvania
    Scarlet Johansson
    Marilyn Katz (former SDS radical, Obama campaign PR professional)
    Carl Davidson (former SDS radical, Fidel Castro Fan, webmaster of Progressives for Obama)
    Michelle Obama
    half-brother Abongo Obama, a militant Muslim
    “Uncle Frank” Frank Marshall Davis, role model/mentor and member of the Communist Party USA, poet who authored “Smash-on, victory-eating Red Army”
    Bill Ayers, domestic terrorist and long-time friend
    Bernadine Dorhn, Ayer’s wife, fellow domestic terrorist, and Manson Family admirer.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  13. That list was from Confederate Yankee. It didn’t come out to well. Near the bottom, from Katz on down, he classifies as clinging to the bumper.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  14. Is it possible that the Republic of Georgia could be “directly in the headlights” as we speak???

    Tigerhawk as quoted on the “Wake Up America” blog may be witnessing the “accident” as we speak.“accident”

    reff (b68a4f)

  15. I wish I could figure out how to put the link in the really cute place in my sentences….

    But, I’ll get there….

    reff (b68a4f)

  16. That’s two t’s in “Scarlett”. It’s pretty easy to remember: “Scarlett” — tee-tee.

    Icy Truth (a7ead4)

  17. God, you people are pathetic.

    This is pathetic.

    Levi (74ca1f)

  18. When you do a hyperlink, it drops it at the end, so you have to do it as you go.

    You can’t highlight something after you’re done and turn it into a link.

    Scott Jacobs (d3a6ec)

  19. Thanks Scott…I think I’ve got it down….but, of course, I’m a racist so I’ll screw it up again….

    reff (b68a4f)

  20. That would be Scott Johnson and John Hinderaker at PowerLine — though I don’t suppose they’ll mind becoming Woodsteined in the popular press.

    Linda Seebach (61f469)

  21. Paul Hindeson.

    Scott Mirenraker.

    John Paul Johnson.

    Patterico (c0469d)

  22. I don’t see the rapper Ludracis’s name on any of these lists, and the Messiah threw him under the bus two weeks ago, after his recent rant/song/sreech/caterwaling about Obama. Something in his lyrics about McCain needing to be paralyzed if he’s going to sit in the WH, or god knows what else.

    Dmac (874677)

  23. That was supposed to be “screech.”

    Dmac (874677)

  24. How lame. If anyone gets the “throw them under the bus” award, it would have to be McCain. He threw one of the right’s biggest, most powerful constituent groups – not just individuals – groups now, under the bus. Namely, he pissed off the religious right.

    Of course now, the religious rightists are being good little boys and girls. Yes, they’re flip-flopping and playing patty-cake with McCain since, well, he’s all they’ve got. Or so they think.

    “Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right. “ ~ McCain [bold mine]

    Now McCain has flip-flopped on the religious right and actively pandering to them.

    Psyberian (9f6817)

  25. Proof of said pandering, please – or else you’re just farting into the wind with that statement.

    Dmac (874677)

  26. Maybe the religious right prefers being slammed as agents of intolerance than living under a regime of enforced tolerance.

    Dana R Pico (556f76)

  27. #24…And the mirror on the wall says….Of course now, the equally ‘religious’ leftists are being good little boys and girls. Yes, they’re flip-flopping and playing patty-cake with Obama since, well, he’s all they’ve got. Or so they think.

    What flips around, flops around. Both the tails on this normal distribution are smiling on the outside and seething on the inside. Just like it always was.

    allan (bab234)

  28. Not my list Leviticus.

    daleyrocks (d9ec17)

  29. Watch and read the news on your own dmac. I’m not your slave.

    Psyberian (9f6817)

  30. Strike as non – responsive. Keep those emanations from that blowhole of yours to a minumum if you’re not going to put up or shut up about it in the future. Either prove it or put a sock in it.

    Dmac (874677)

  31. Yes, must be uncomfortable questions that irk liberal “feelings” since SOME of the Obama enablers here seem to have no facts to back their positions, other than that conservatives suck. Let’s send them a supply of Depends?

    Who’s the black private dick that’s a sex machine to all the chicks? ….Shaft! You’re damn right.
    RIP Isaac Hayes at 65 dead next to his still running treadmill.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  32. Damn! First the Mac and now Hot Buttered Soul?

    These things always come in threes. Hmmm. . . .

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  33. Of course Morgan Freeman did almost bite it the other day.

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  34. Re: #17 – This is pathetic.

    — Apparently Levi thinks that nobody has been thrown under the Obama bus. I wonder if some of those that have feel the same way. Did they all react the same as Rev. Wright (“He’s just being a politician”)? Yeah, that’s why he’s in Hawaii making up with grandma right now.

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  35. Now you’ve reminded me of Eastwood flick “Dead Pool”. If it has to be a third black man, I’ll go with Robert Mugabe, Jamal Abu Mumia or OJ. Imagine the big turn out at funeral by Hollywood thug-worshippers.

    I don’t think Obama threw Hayes under the bus, it was funny how Park Place hissed Chef off going after Scientology. Has Park Place done anything on Obama?

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  36. I’d second the vote for Georgia…. and every other ally in the GWOT in Iraq should realize that Obama and his base hate them for what they’ve done.

    SteveG (71dc6f)

  37. I dunno; I haven’t watched since Chef left.

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  38. How’s Sherman Hemsley doing? (Just sayin’. I mean, the man is 70.)

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  39. Racists!

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  40. #17
    God, you people are pathetic.

    This is pathetic
    Desperate would be a better word. Desperate because they are frightened.

    love2008 (0c8c2c)

  41. Comment by madmax333 — 8/10/2008 @ 3:39 pm

    i think you mean South Park. Park Place is a property on the Monopoly game board.

    chas (e36377)

  42. #39 not to mention his TV spouse Weezie (forgot her name). I know Esther Rolle died; don’t know about John Amos. I see some of these old actors and realize I’m fast approaching geezerhood too, even if I do manage ten workouts a week. Just saw Ali McGraw is 70 and in Santa Fe now after fire destroyed LA home.

    IMO Moragn Freeman would be far superior as real POTUS to Obambi. Been called a racist here, but I’d take Thomas Sowell or Clarence Thomas as POTUS over any of the current batch of libs and rinos.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  43. I thought he meant it as some kind of play-on-words joke.

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  44. 42 thanks, it has been quite some time. Think last I saw was when ROP show was censored. Ok to have Jesus covered with feces though. Sad about my namesake Kenny.

    madmax333 (0c6cfc)

  45. John Amos is still going strong.

    The ‘Say Hey Kid’ is 77.

    Icy Truth (d05099)

  46. Are all these black actors also under the Obama bus or are you losing your bearings again?

    love2008 (1b037c)

  47. Massive Voter Fraud by Obama Campaign Already Underway
    Posted by hillbuzz under Uncategorized
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    Today, we saw firsthand exactly why many people already believe the Obama campaign
    is engaged in a massive voter fraud operation. Here in Chicago, today was part of
    Market Days — just one of the many street festivals and fairs held in the city,
    every weekend during the summer. There were about 25 Obama campaign workers moving
    through the crowd, registering people to vote. We distinctly heard them asking people
    to not only fill out paperwork for themselves, but for anyone else they knew as
    well. If someone didn’t know particular information, they were encouraged to just
    make it up.

    There must be some checks on those voter names somewhere — because making up fake
    names and addresses doesn’t seem like it would add more votes to Obama’s column
    in the end, but we don’t really understand why his campaign staff would want people
    to register “anyone you know”. It seems like that would create duplicate registrations,
    but we’d imagine someone could only vote once, because there has to be a system
    of checks on that.

    We hope.

    We also found it curious that 4 of the people in the Obama group had special registrations
    books that said “REGISTER TO VOTE IN ANY STATE”. We assume the other Obama volunteers
    were only registering people for Illinois, but who knows, maybe they were registering
    for all the states too. At Market Days, it was a good bet that everyone there lived
    in Chicagoland, and most likely either Indiana or Illinois.

    We’ve never heard of people being able to register others to vote in other states.
    We don’t even know if that is legal, but the Obama campaign staff were doing it

    They also passed out OUT for Obama stickers, but blanched when we asked them where
    Obama was during the Gay Pride Parade and why he was not at Market Days, but instead
    was at the Bud Billiken parade on the Southside of Chicago. They didn’t know what
    to say when pressed as to why Obama spent time getting a haircut and playing basketball
    instead of coming to Gay Pride back on June 29th.

    And we don’t know what to say about the voter registration operation the Obama camp
    is engaged in. Our friend Astrid, the worrier, insists this is the reason Obama
    will win in the fall: through voter fraud. We believe McCain will triumph, and the
    Obama voter fraud efforts are no different than the registration drives Kerry’s
    team engaged in back in 2004.

    Wright (9a2699)

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