There’s some controversy over whether this is true or not, that an after victory party for Obama was blaring Jay-Z’s 99 Problems, but apparently as both Taylor Marsh and Politico point out, the Obama camp has not called for a retraction and they were given days to confirm or deny. The story from The New York Post is that as “Obama and his wife, Michelle, strolled triumphantly into his victory party in Des Moines, Iowa, on Jan. 3, Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” was blaring. In it, Jay raps, “I got 99 problems, but a bitch ain’t one.”” The party in question was reportedly a private party after the Iowa victory rally. The Post notes:
Some listeners took it as a not-so-sly reference to Hillary.
No-so-sly references can be construed on from both campaign’s apparently. If this is true, it’s a damn offensive sexist shot at Hillary Clinton. I’m not a fan of Rap, apparently Barack Obama is. So much Rap is laced with misogynistic lyrics that it makes my head spin. Here’s a video of 99 Problems (h/t to Taylor):
For days now the Obama camp has been putting out the meme that the Clinton’s are playing the race card. They’ve gone so far as to circulate a memo on this. This whole thing as gotten way out of hand.
I’ve seen the Clinton step up time after time, when accusations are flung at them for things their supporters have said, and do the right thing. Take responsibilty. But where’s Obama doing the same thing? He’s not. Jesse Jackson, Jr got away with his deplorable sexist remarks about Hillary. Obama said nothing.
Today Earl Ofari Hutchinson stepped up on The HuffPo and said, “Obama Needs a History Lesson about Hillary and King.” Hutchinson says Clinton’s comments about MLK and Johnson were “anything but a put down of King.” Read the whole piece.
Joseph Cannon makes this observation on Cannonfire today:
Obama’s tactics have been pure Rove:
1. Obama had surrogates do the dirty work, while he stayed aloof. (Think Bush-v-McCain in 2000.)
2. He attacked his opponent’s strength. The Clintons have always been popular in the black community. A large percentage of the voters in South Carolina are black; Obama needs black Clinton voters to switch over to him.
3. He put his opponent on defense by forcing her to be ultra-self-conscious about every syllable. It’s getting so that a candidate cannot say “Hi!” without fear that someone will find some reason to be insulted by that word.
Some may disagree with Cannon’s obersation and turn it around saying it’s Clinton using the Rovian technique. But if Clinton takes responsibility for her surrogates words and Obama doesn’t then who exactly is doing the twisting and the meme throwing here?
I said here early this morning, this whole mess is “so sad“… “Let’s keep our eyes on the prize please.”
Jeff Dinelli notes on The Left Coaster in his post on the Jay-Z moment at the Obama party, “Obama still hasn’t apologized to the GBLT community for having crazed homophobe Rev. Donnie McClurkin on the payroll, his campaign has insinuated that Sen. Hillary Clinton’s campaign has a racist undercurrent.” He goes on to say this:
Hillary has personally taken swift action against anyone on her campaign making untoward comments, and indeed, accusing the Clintons of racism is a rather ridiculous idea, given everything the couple has done for minorities during President Clinton’s administration and before or since.
“99 Problems (But A Bitch Ain’t One)?” This is terrible. The level of discourse in this primary must rise, beginning with the two really quality candidates gaining more control of who works for their campaigns and what they say. Hillary seems to have a grasp of things. Sen. Obama needs to catch up.
Again, I will say “Let’s keep our eyes on the prize please.” We have a general election to win in November and dividing the party on racism and sexism just isn’t helping.