Michelle Obama ‘Whitey’ Video

Larry Johnson has apparently used his CIA connections to unearth a video of Michelle Obama saying something objectionable about “Whitey.”

New and dramatic developments. This is a heads up. I’ll post the news Monday morning by 0900 hours. Now I know why people who have seen the videotape say it is stunning. Barack’s headaches are only starting.

Johnson is one of the most objective reporters on the Internets, having no obvious dog in this fight,** so I’m sure it’ll rock like a pony.* Especially since Johnson has been touting this video for weeks.

UPDATE: For further reporting on this story see, “Michelle Obama ‘Whitey’ Video Revealed.”


*Full disclosure: I have no idea what “rock like a pony” means but I saw it on a TotalFark thread earlier this morning and like it, so plan to use it frequently from now on.

**UPDATE: This is totally sarcastic. Like a pony.

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  1. Jim Henley says:

    The sarcasm. It might not come through to people who don’t actually read Larry Johnson.

  2. Observer says:

    Now my first impression is ‘rock like a pony’ could be a reference to a child’s pony rocking chair toy and be in a negative context of that you get a lot of motion but it doesn’t really get you any where.

    Sort of like ‘spinning your wheels in the mud’.

  3. Bithead says:

    Ummm.. is there any dispute that she said these things?

  4. Patrick T McGuire says:

    Now who would have thought that Michelle Obama was a baseball fan! Why hell, Whitey Ford hasn’t played in over 40 years.

  5. Richard Gardner says:

    I’m just waiting to see if Sen Obama drops his wife like he just did his church. And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off (Mark 9:43)

  6. DaveW says:

    Johnson has been promising this for weeks now, and every part of the “story” stinks.

    For starters, “whitey” sounds like a phrase that’s been invented to push this. When’s the last time you heard any black person say “whitey”? A Starsky and Hutch rerun? Also, it beggars belief that in the YouTube era, shadowy figures still hold on to tapes… much less hold onto them for months, as Obama wins primary after primary, and as he marshals his troops for a Rules and Bylaws decision that basically ends Clinton’s chance at a delegate win.

    Prediction: At 9 a.m. tomorrow, Johnson won’t have a damn thing. Extra prediction: anti-Obama smear merchants will keep on trafficking with this monster.

  7. Zelsdorf Ragshaft III says:

    When was the last time you Dave, spent a lot of time with black people. Would you prefer peckerwood or cracker? If you think it is unlikely, pay attention to the Iraq war that was lost, according to H. Reid, in 2006. Boy, when you democraps are wrong, you really do it wright.

  8. mq says:

    Rock like a pony….it does have a certain kick to it. I might have to use it once or twice myself.

    As far as the video goes, I’ll believe it when I see it. And I’m not holding my breath.

  9. Bithead says:

    It strikes me as a timing thing. This thing, if genuine, would be ramping up about the time the Democrat convention is.

    But even absent that vid, it’s starting to look to me like the determining factor in this election will end up being not how many people are on McCain’s bus, the supposed “Straight Talk Express”, but how many people are UNDER Barack Obama’s.

  10. G.A.Phillips says:

    Extra prediction: anti-Obama smear merchants will keep on trafficking with this monster


    Ha, between Slickwilly Jr’s own big mouth and those of his mentors I’m surprised when they film him with a camera that the picture isn’t blurry.

  11. anjin-san says:

    Sounds like bs from the tinfoil hat club. No wonder Bit is eating it up.

    I used to spend some time with a blond that could Rock like a pony, let me tell you, I really miss that girl sometimes…

  12. Bithead says:

    Ya know, Anjin, you’re really going to have to stop leaping off these bridges. you’re going to damage your posture, that way.

    Had you bothered to read what I actually wrote, both here and what I wrote at my site, instead of making assumptions about what I mean, you’d look less of a fool. Well, a little less, anyway.

    Eating it up? I provided an analysis of the timing, and drew few conclusions.

    I find the timing of interest.
    This stuff will be ramping up just as the Democrat convention is.
    One could easily think the tape to have been supplied by Clinton’s camp, since that’s the person it would most directly benefit. I make no accusation, here, but the timing does mesh rather well to the point.

    Now; In fairness; Would such comments from her shock and surprise me? Heck no, not in the least; It’s fully expected, and I don’t question it’s possible such a tape exists. OTOH, do I think Johnson able to produce such a tape on his own? No, not really.

    I expect we’ll find out by tonight, what he’s got.

    But you know what? I have an idea why you might be so sensitive and defensive on the matter. Johnson actually pulling such a tape out of his hat aside, we’re still left with a demonstrably fragmented and broken Democrat party. The clamor that Johnson’s messages are causing just now… the accusations… the leftie blogs look like circular target practice… the cross accusations, and the Rules committee neeting the other day…and the tapes that ahve leaked out of that event) demonstrate that rather clearly.

    In short, your liferaft is sinking, and this Johnson thing, assuming he produces nothing, leaves you winning the arguemnt about what color it was before it went under. If on the other hand he does produce something…. Well, we’ll see.

  13. Tom in Texas says:

    Rumor has it the “whitey tape” is a pretty lame stunt:

    From what I understand, it is a tape of Michelle Obama criticizing the Bush administration.

    How you’d write it:

    Why did Bush cut folks off medicaid?
    Why did Bush let New Orleans drown?
    Why did Bush do nothing about Jena?
    Why did Bush put us in Iraq for no reason?

    How you’d say it:

    Why’d he cut folks off medicaid?
    Why’d he let New Orleans drown?
    Why’d he do nothing about Jena?
    Why’d he put us in Iraq for no reason?

    How Larry Johnson wants you to hear it:

    Whitie cut folks off medicaid?
    Whitie let New Orleans drown?
    Whitie do nothing about Jena?
    Whitie put us in Iraq for no reason?

  14. DL says:

    I can’t wait until it comes out just to watch Obama’s likability numbers shoot sky high.

  15. Bithead says:

    Rumor has it the “whitey tape” is a pretty lame stunt:

    Yeah, well, news flash; I don’t consider Booman Trib credible, either. If Johnson has an dog in the hunt, Booman has three.

  16. Pug says:

    Johnson is about to prove once and for all that Barack is really Undercover Brother.

    I bet Michelle ends her rant saying:

    Dog is barking in the night
    Do he bite?

    Kill my landlord!
    Kill my landlord!

    *Credit (or blame) to Eddie Murphy and SNL.

  17. anjin-san says:

    Democrat convention

    You know bit when you parrot an idiot, it makes you sound, well, like an even bigger idiot.

  18. Bithead says:

    Which is why I repeat what you say as little as possible.

  19. anjin-san says:

    Y’know Bit, if you’d ever had your pony rocked, you might not be such a mope.

    There is no such thing as the “Democrat” party. If you want to follow the example of Bush, and talk like a simpleton, well guess thats your business..

  20. Pug says:

    Would you prefer peckerwood or cracker?

    Personally, I prefer peckerwood. It has a lot more zing than cracker.

  21. Bithead says:

    No, Anjin, I’m not ‘talking like a simpleton’. I’m labeling them.

  22. anjin-san says:

    No, Anjin, I’m not ‘talking like a simpleton’. I’m labeling them

    Sure bit sure. And my cat is working on unified field theory…