October 21, 2008
Haven't I seen you somewhere before?
"He did not write a blurb for his book," Burton said. "He did not."So said Obama spokesman Bill Burton, specifically denying what Zombieboy had to go out and specifically track down.
Here's the picture.
Of what Barack Obama absolutely Did Not Write.
While I'm at it, I figured I might as well scan page 82 of the book I so cherish owning:
("Hey, Barack! Since our paths have crossed, how about if I mention you in my book, and and you can write a glowing blurb!")
this wouldn't be an issue if the Obama campaign would stop lying about the nature of his relationship with Ayers. They've continually fibbed about it when the public record is pretty clear that they formed a political alliance meant to boost Obama's electoral career. Their inability to be honest about this relationship is what makes these lesser revelations more significant than they should be. A modest blurb on an obscure book would have no meaning at all absent the fact that Team Obama lied about it on two separate occasions.Via Dave Price, who asks a good question:
Does anyone think they'd be ignoring this if McCain had given a glowing blurb to a book by Eric Rudolph or Timothy McVeigh?Hell, they be going ape if McCain had written even a tepidly warm blurb to a book by G. Gordon Liddy!
I'm wondering about another overlooked detail also noted by Dave Price. It appears that Obama and Ayers worked in the same building for years. Not just any building, but a small architectural charmer. The kind of place where there'd have been no way for the two of them not to bump into each other on a daily basis.
Geez. People might not be taking this seriously, but at least Ayers is evolving. From "a guy in the neighborhood" to "a guy in the neighborhood in whose book I was mentioned and whose book I blurbed and with whom I shared a work address for a few years...."
Um, maybe just a little....
UPDATE: Incredibly, an anonymous commenter is quibbling over the definition of "blurb" -- arguing that in order for a blurb to be a blurb, it must appear somewhere on the book being blurbed. Nonsense. Blurbs are merely words of praise accompanying the release of a book, which can be placed anywhere -- the idea being to encourage readership and sales.
The word "blurb," while colloquial in nature, is rather old and the definition is well established:
Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1)Websters New International Dictionary (Second Edition -- which is considered sufficiently authoritative to be used in court) defines it pretty much the same way:
I'm wondering why there is such resistance to a very simple concept
What is quoted underneath Obama's picture is a brief, extravagant, commendatory notice.
If I were defending Obama, I too, might try to argue that he didn't write the blurb. One way to do this would be to point out that the news copy only states that Obama was reading the book, and that the blurb might well have been a standard blurb already written for the book's release by persons unknown. This might be seen by Obama supporters as rhetorically shifting the burden of proof to those claiming Obama actually wrote the blurb. (Then again, it might be seen as legalistic quibbling.)
But to say it is not a blurb is, I think, unreasonable.
posted by Eric on 10.21.08 at 01:22 PM
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