Center for Ethics and Leadership

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Gotcha! at its Worst

Will Barack Obama be held accountable for every offensive remark made by an African-American supporter during this campaign? First, it was Rev. Jeremiah Wright and the right-wing media's feeding frenzy over Wright's "God damn America." (See my Tuesday, May 6, post "Jeremiah and his Jeremiads.") Now it's rapper Ludacris' current recording that insults Hillary Clinton with the b-word and assigns John McCain to a wheelchair. Ludacris is an Obama supporter and the senator has said he likes the rapper's music. So the Obama campaign was quick to denounce the lyrics, which do cross the line. But why does he have to?

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