Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton Accepts)

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/02/23/o bama.sobu/index.html

Excerpts:

"The annual State of the Black Union forum boasts a number of famous names as it gets under way in New Orleans, but this year's event is getting much more attention for who won't be there.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, was the only major presidential candidate to accept an invitation to attend.

Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, declined, as did Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona."

"'I think it's a missed opportunity on Mr. Obama's part,' [organizer] Smiley told CNN. 'Now, I am not interested in demonizing him for his choice, but I do disagree with it.'

But Smiley's criticism has also prompted many people to come to Obama's defense. The talk show host told The Washington Post he has been inundated with angry e-mails and even death threats."

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35 Comments

Re: Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum

Death threats to Smiley?

For not being happy with Obama's choice not to attend a black forum....gee, and people wonder why we call it a cult.

by Sensible 2008-02-23 05:54AM | 0 recs
Michelle Malkin,

Bill O'Reilly, Laura Ingraham and the other rightwing nutjobs who encourage acts of intimidation and violence against their "enemies" HAVE NOTHING ON Obama and his crazy, violent village of OBAMABOTS.

I have also read first-hand accounts of bullying and intimidation by Obamabots of caucus-goers in several states. Intimidation of superdelegates who don't support Obama is another example. Websites and bloggers who call Hillary Clinton every dirty name in the book including ugly euphemisms for the female anatomy - and the nutjobs who applaud such vile, uncalled-for ugliness. I'm sure others have plenty of stories - if you do, this is a good place to tell them - right here on this thread.

Barack - "the uniter," "a new kind of politics" - Obama has spawned a new kind of politics, all right. Worse than freeper mania. Worse than Bushbots. DEATH THREATS, fercripessake. I hope you know, nutcases, that one single act of violence carried out and it's THE END OF YOUR MESSIAH'S CANDIDACY. You people are out of line and out of control. The Obamabots doing the threatening and bullying and intimidating and name-calling ARE YOU. Aren't you proud?

So, go ahead, obamanutjobs - defend this behavior by your fellow cultists. I dare ya!

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 06:38AM | 0 recs
No one cares

You guys need some serious mental health help. My god, do you realize how paranoid you sound. Forget the immature name calling for a second, you sound like a bunch of tinfoil hat wearing paranoids.

Barack Obama will rule a cult that will eat your children, be afraid, be very afraid!!!

by commoncents 2008-02-23 07:22AM | 0 recs
Everyone should be afraid

You morons are defending DEATH THREATS.

Do you even listen to yourselves? You're violent and crazy and just plain vile human beings - actually, you're even NOT human beings - you're BOTS.

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:34AM | 0 recs
Who Is?

Who?  Where?  Link?  Quote?  

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-23 07:43AM | 0 recs
READ THE DIARY!

What the hell are you doing commenting on a diary you haven't even read? Typical Obamabot. No more sense or intelligence than your freeper twins.

It's IN THE DIARY - AND THE DIARY PROVIDES A LINK TO THE STORY AT CNN.

What a maroon!

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:48AM | 0 recs
Re: READ THE DIARY!

I did read the diary.  Even commented further down.  There is no one issuing death threats or defending them.  

Also- the name calling is really mature.

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-23 07:53AM | 0 recs
You didn't read the diary

or you wouldn't have STUPIDLY demanded links, etc.

Lying seems to be the M.O. of Obamabots. Who do you think you're fooling, anyway? The other Obamabots? Gotta be - 'cause it couldn't be anyone with any semblance of a brain - or anyone with a moral compass.

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 08:06AM | 0 recs
Re: You didn't read the diary

So what's up with the early timestamp on my comment below?  I just picked a random comment and replied to it and just happened to know what it said?  

I read the diary.  No threats, no defense of threats.  

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-23 08:15AM | 0 recs
Even you don't know

what you're talking about. Gibberish from an Obamabot - what a surprise!

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 08:25AM | 0 recs
A different point of view ...

HERE.

by Freedom 2008-02-23 06:03AM | 0 recs
And this is

your defense of DEATH THREATS against ANYONE? What the HELL is wrong with you? You really have been taken over by pods, haven't you!

Stupid - dangerously stupid. Just like rightwing nutjobs only stupider and more dangerous.

And don't you dare call yourselves democrats. A REAL DEMOCRAT WOULD NEVER JUSTIFY DEATH THREATS.

Cultists is too nice a word for you FREAKS!

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:23AM | 0 recs
Are we in the Twilight Zone here?

UGH!

by Freedom 2008-02-23 08:04AM | 0 recs
Doesn't look bad to this black man

by illlaw1 2008-02-23 06:13AM | 0 recs
BTW Tavis Smiley is a corporate shill. He'd

be in the DLC if he was an elected official.

Us Democrats don't like the DLC do we?

by illlaw1 2008-02-23 06:17AM | 0 recs
So, you'd better threaten them with death, eh?

Yeah, that's a good thing to do. You morons have learned a lot from the freepers - in fact, you Obamabots ARE the new freepers - only more deranged - never thought anyone could be more horrible - but you are.

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:28AM | 0 recs
DLC supports OBAMA!

That's right, Obamabots, read it and weep. You've been accusing Hillary of  being the DLC candidate - and guess what? DLC SUPPORTS OBAMA! Barack Obama is the DLC Candidate! LOL!

Too funny!

http://www.talkleft.com/story/2008/2/23/ 12655/5195

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:58AM | 0 recs
Re: Solicitation for bribery?

Yeah. It's a conspiracy. And we're the only ones smart enough to see it! They're all behind Obama! "They" being the people who fly planes over my house at night!

by pastor john 2008-02-23 06:26AM | 0 recs
Re: Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton

Just call us niggers. You know you want to.

by illlaw1 2008-02-23 06:34AM | 0 recs
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by mgee 2008-02-23 07:29AM | 0 recs
Worth a read

here & here.

The comments are quite interesting as well.

by Freedom 2008-02-23 06:57AM | 0 recs
All I can say is that I can't wait for

this primary season to be over and we stop attacking either Obama or Hillary and just focus on attacking the McCain.

by puma 2008-02-23 07:08AM | 0 recs
Tavis (Walmart sponsor) a self-promoting jackass

He rightfully deserves the heat that he is receiving and I doubt seriously that he is receiving death threats.  This forum is just an avenue for Tavis to sell books.  Tavis takes his cue from Wal-mart who in turn supports Hillary's candidacy.  He is so transparant.

This blog from the Washington Post's the root describes it best.
http://blogs.theroot.com/blogs/thehardli ne/archive/2008/02/15/the-hardline-tavis -smiley.aspx

by mishiem 2008-02-23 07:17AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama promised not to demonize BushCorp

I uprated several of secretsquirrels comments, not because I agree with them, but because I do not believe that secret squirrel deserved a trollrating for making them.

For the record: I DISAGREE with secretsquirrel.  I DO NOT believe that Obama has made a "deal" with BushCo of any sort.  I don't think Obama supporters are cultists or anything else.

I don't know enough about Tavis Smiley to have an opinion about him, but I do think that the death threats are disturbing and ugly.  I've received death threats in the past because of my political beliefs, and it can be very frightening, even when they are not intended as true promises of violence.  

by mgee 2008-02-23 07:17AM | 0 recs
Tavis (Walmart sponsor)

Tavis is a Walmart-sponsored jackass! He rightfully deserves the heat that he is receiving and I doubt seriously that he is receiving death threats.  This forum is just an avenue for Tavis to sell books.  Tavis takes his cue from Wal-mart who in turn supports Hillary's candidacy.  He is so transparant.

This blog from the Washington Post's the root describes it best.
http://blogs.theroot.com/blogs/thehardli ne/archive/2008/02/15/the-hardline-tavis -smiley.aspx

by mishiem 2008-02-23 07:18AM | 0 recs
He "rightly deserves the heat?"

YOU MEAN THE DEATH THREATS, don't you? You "people" are crazy as loons.

And, if you carry out any of your threats, Obama's candidacy is over.

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:31AM | 0 recs
Re: He "rightly deserves the heat?"

No, it sounds as if you have as much sense as Tavis.  I didn't say death threats I said heat.  Don't put words in my mouth.

by mishiem 2008-02-23 07:42AM | 0 recs
The "heat" IS

harassing of Smiley's family AND DEATH THREATS, you moron!

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 07:45AM | 0 recs
Re: The "heat" IS

No, the heat is the phone calls and mail that Tavis is receiving which he rightfully deserves. I'm very familiar with this controversy and have been following it on the radio.  You sound as if you know nothing about this issue but want to use it as another way to bash Obama supporters.

by mishiem 2008-02-23 08:00AM | 0 recs
Don't think for one minute

that your (and by that I mean all Obamabots) very convenient ignoring of the harassment of Smiley's family and death threats against him - by Obamabots - will go unnoticed. This is all so transparent.

You can all twist yourselves into ugly little pretzels about this, but the fact remains YOU ALL, at least tacitly, CONDONE THE HARASSMENT AND THE DEATH THREATS. And you condone it because that's what you are. You are cowards and liars and you like the behavior.

Otherwise, you would condemn it. NONE OF YOU OBAMABOTS HAVE CONDEMNED IT. That says EVERYTHING everyone needs to know about you and your candidate. And it's very ugly.

by Firefly4625 2008-02-23 08:22AM | 0 recs
Are any of you African-Americans?

Have you all just decided that you will now speak for a group of people to which you do not belong?

Get a grip.

by commoncents 2008-02-23 07:23AM | 0 recs
I am.

And like a hell of a lot of folks in the Black community, I'd rather see Obama out campaigning and winning than speaking at some get together thrown by Mr. Smiley.  

Now Obama's letter was very nice, very respectful, and offered to send Michelle as a surrogate while Obama was out campaigning.  Smiley passed on the offer.  

So what's the big deal here?  Apart from the chance to try and stir up trouble within the Black community and gin up some support for Hillary through the faux outrage of some of her supporters that is...

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-23 07:41AM | 0 recs
Re: Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton

http://bmia.wordpress.com/2008/02/18/smi ley-says-hes-getting-death-threats-over- obama-issue/

This gives a little background on this issue from an African-American perspective..a part
"If the blogosphere is any reflection, however, black America believes Smiley should check his ego. Commenters would much rather see Obama campaigning against Clinton in Texas and Ohio than at Smiley's confab in Louisiana, a state he's already won. Critics burned up Internet chat rooms, taking turns at denouncing Smiley. Pundit Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an Obama supporter, authored a biting anti-Smiley opinion on TheRoot.com (which is owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive), entitled, "Who Died and Made Him King?"
A fan of Smiley commented on one blog, saying, "Tavis, Ya Killin' Me, Man." An angrier writer headlined his comment, "This is just dumb." "This man is involved in the fight of his life for the Presidency "

by nogo war 2008-02-23 07:56AM | 0 recs
Re: Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton

"thug mentality of the Cult Obama leads."
say what? I see this along side Bill'O "Lynching" attitude.

ain't no time to hate,
barley time to wait

and of course
"Cultists is too nice a word for you FREAKS!"

you mean a freak like this?
http://blackmeninamerica.vodpod.com/vide o/903478-tavis-smiley-vs-barack-obama-dr -boyce-watkins

and Your PhD is in what?

by nogo war 2008-02-23 08:12AM | 0 recs
Re: Controversy: Obama Skips Black Forum (Clinton

and Your PhD is in what?
Faux outrage?

by Brillobreaks 2008-02-23 08:18AM | 0 recs

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