Anyone who has been married or lived with a significant other or had a domestic partnership has at one time or another heard the words "Honey will you take out the garbage"? And more times than not you begrudgingly answered "okay", dragged yourself off the sofa or away from what you were doing and took out the garbage. And with the July 4th celebration just yesterday and a lot of outdoor barbecues producing left over food and paper plates and cups, there was a lot of garbage to get rid of so there was a lot of "Honey, will you take out the garbage?" going on today across the country.
The other day Bill Clinton issued a one line statement from his office regarding Obama in which he said he would do what he was asked to help Senator Obama's campaign. It was Bill Clinton agreeing to take out the garbage.
Dishonest news outlets like The Disassociated Press, Bloomberg News, The LA Times and others who have had a history of making fools out of themselves by distorting the news in favor of Obama tried to portray this tepid statement as though Obama now had Bill Clinton's unbridled, enthusiastic backing and support and this was proof that the party was uniting behind Obama.
The headline from the article in Bloomberg News was "Bill Clinton Commits to Obama". I'm not kidding. They used the word "commit".
I sent an email to the reporter who wrote the story, Kristin Jensen, and pointed out ("pointed out" is putting it nicely), the dishonesty, bias and absurdity of her article and how obviously it was slanted and agenda driven and didn't even remotely reflect Clinton's statement which sounded like anything but a commitment when it was in fact nothing more than a man agreeing to take out the garbage.
It's hard to know if my email had anything to do with it but the next day the article was changed and the "commit" headline gone and the entire tone of the article was more honest and reflective and surprisingly, (or not surprisingly) attributed many of the original statements in the article to an Obama spokesman whereas the other day they were printed without attribution as if they were fact.
What was actually lost in the Bloomberg article and ignored either out of ineptitude or willful neglect was that Bill Clinton's statement said a lot about his lack of support for Obama, especially if you look at it in its entirety.
First, its obvious Clinton didn't want to make the statement himself in front of cameras and so he didn't. Had he wanted to, he could have held a news conference and commanded first position on the evening news with an enthusiastic backing of Obama. He also didn't want the statement to sound like it was coming out of his own mouth so it was issued from his office which brings us to the second point. He didn't even want an actual human being, any human being, not just himself, to be seen in front of a news camera with this statement emanating from someones actual mouth. So instead his office ( for all we know we can attribute it to the Xerox machine) issued a statement that consisted of one line that said he would do what he was asked to do to help Obama. It was Bill Clinton lying on the sofa saying he'd take out the garbage.
And the press screamed "unity".
After watching Obama the last few weeks and how he has been double crossing all his gullible snake oil drinking enthusiasts, even backing off his promises of withdrawing troops from Iraq and making fools out of Arianna Huffington, Keith Olbermann Jonathan Alter, Newsweek, Ben Smith, Politico, Michael Moore, Andrew Sullivan, The Nation, Daily Kos, the New York Times, John Kerry, Jesse Jackson Jr, Joe Klein, Eleanor Clift, ( I love naming names) and just about everyone else who cast a vote for Obama for what they thought was a rational reason, there are a lot of people who seem to be getting ready to replace Obama's bus with a garbage truck and take Obama to the nearest dump.
He'll have a lot of company ( and have a lot of reading material) with the LA Times, Bloomberg News, the Disassociated Press and any number of other news organizations who will be right there with him for their biased,dishonest irrational, dangerous, and inept reporting. Journalists who refused to see Obama for who and what he was from the very beginning when so many millions of others did.
But with the way things are going, it's starting to look like Bill Clinton might get to stay on the couch after all. It looks like others are starting to pick up after themselves and will soon take out the garbage for him.