Toward the end of Michael Moore’s rambling endorsement of–shock!–Barack Obama, he writes:
Finally, I want to say a word about the basic decency I have seen in Mr. Obama. Mrs. Clinton continues to throw the Rev. Wright up in his face as part of her mission to keep stoking the fears of White America. Every time she does this I shout at the TV, “Say it, Obama! Say that when she and her husband were having marital difficulties regarding Monica Lewinsky, who did she and Bill bring to the White House for ‘spiritual counseling?’ THE REVEREND JEREMIAH WRIGHT!” But no, Obama won’t throw that at her. It wouldn’t be right. It wouldn’t be decent. She’s been through enough hurt. And so he remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.
Lord, that is magnanimous, no? I clicked through and, sure enough, there’s a picture of Wright shaking hands with Bill Clinton, although a large cleric-breakfast is hardly a one-on-one “spiritual counseling” session. Still, it is impressive Obama “remains silent and takes the mud she throws in his face.”
Except if Moore had bothered to read the story he himself linked to…
In providing the photograph to The New York Times, the Obama campaign appeared to be trying to divert some attention to the Clintons after a week in which Mr. Obama’s relationship with Mr. Wright has left him facing one of the biggest challenges of his campaign. There is nothing in the picture or the note that addresses whether Mr. Clinton had met Mr. Wright prior to the White House meeting or whether he or Mrs. Clinton knew anything about Mr. Wright’s views.
Who knows? Maybe it was silent? Maybe Obama ran crying to the New York Times via email or something?