published Friday, September 25th, 2009

Smith says Obama called her racist, terrorist, extremist

NASHVILLE — Republican congressional hopeful Robin Smith says that, when she was state GOP chairman last year, then-Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama labeled her as “everything from racist to terrorist to extremist” after the state party posted a video criticizing Michelle Obama.

Mrs. Smith, who is running in the 3rd Congressional District primary, made the assertion in a recently videotaped interview with Helen Smith, a commentator for the conservative Internet Web site Pajamas TV. Dr. Smith, no relation to the candidate, asked why more women do not run for office.

“From personal experience I can tell you ... I was called everything from racist to terrorist to extremist by Barack Obama himself when we put the Michelle Obama video out about how, for the first time in her adult life, she was proud to be an American,” Mrs. Smith said.

In May 2008, the state GOP posted on YouTube a video zeroing in on comments Mrs. Obama made months earlier when she said “for the first time in my adult life, I am really proud of my country.”

The video replayed her comments a half dozen times, interspersed with comments from various state Republicans saying why they were proud of America.

After news about the video went national, Mr. Obama, during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” said “whoever is in charge of the Tennessee GOP needs to think long and hard about the kind of campaign they want to run, and I think that’s true for everybody, Democrat or Republican ... I also think these folks should lay off my wife.”

On Thursday, members of Mrs. Smith’s campaign steered away from pinpointing exactly when Mr. Obama referred to Mrs. Smith as an extremist, racist or terrorist.

“Robin made it clear in July that the campaign now is about 2010, not 2008,” her campaign spokesman, Mark Winslow, said in an e-mail. “As far as we’re concerned the book is closed on debating and redebating a year-old issue. Barack Obama is president and Robin Smith does not agree with his liberal policies.”

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester, who earlier this year did call Mrs. Smith a racist, said Thursday that her latest comments are “just one more example of her unwillingness to answer for the deeds she did as chairman of the party last year when she participated in racist attacks on House candidates and Barack Obama.”

He cited a 2008 state GOP news release that talked about “anti-Semites for Obama,” referred to Mr. Obama by his full name — Barack Hussein Obama — and featured a picture of Mr. Obama in “Muslim” garb. It turned out the robes were traditional Kenyan robes.

In response, Mr. Winslow said, “It’s easy to recollect Chip saying something about racism. He does it every day. ... His continuing obsession with Robin seems to be getting old, even among Democrats.”

Efforts to contact a White House spokesman were unsuccessful.

Republicans running in the 3rd Congressional District primary also include attorney Chuck Fleischmann, Bradley County Sheriff Tim Gobble, businessmen Tommy Crangle and Art Rhodes and engineer Greg Goodwin. Democrats Paula Flowers, a former state commerce and insurance commissioner, and systems analyst Brent Benedict are running, as well.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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xyzyra said...

Is this a remax of the lying white woman screaming eyeball rape and the village idiots grab up their pitchforks, shovels, rope, gasoline and matches to form lynch mobs and a posse to protect some non-existing virtues? How much lower will these GOPers go? If this is an example of the southern usptanding christian, then no wonder the rest of the nation still considers southerners backwards.

September 25, 2009 at 2:11 p.m.
livinhistory said...

I am a Disabled Vietnam Veteran and ocer the years I have gone cynical and more aware of the meaning of General Semdely Buters words of warning. Proud of My Country ? CIA papers show the Gulf of Tonkin attack was a Lie ! So much for the Rule of Law we were just cannon fodder.

I also know when a Woman attacks another Woman it is Personal and it is done for Effect it will have on the way other women think. Men know this.
We can blow smoke but here in the South we all know what it truley is. Blowing off Yankees is one thing lieing to ourselves is just plain stupid !

Just read the History of this wannabe action that is recorded for History of the State of Tennessee for OUR CHILDREN TO READ !

September 26, 2009 at 1:50 a.m.

Another example of Commenters who don't even bother to vet their own Party or the slanted Media comments. Some of us don't write down every incident and the date it happened in our "little black books". I remember the above incident and Obama went ballistic, threatening the GOP not to 'touch' his wife. Shortly after that he kicked the only conservative reporter off his campaign plane so he could control the rest of the lapdogs.

Lying? The only lying and 360 degree turns we see are coming from the O and his thugs in the WH. Terrorists? O unleashed his lapdog media on Sarah Palin and any others who dared to speak the truth about his policies.

Now "Racist" is their favorite word used to intimidate. I suppose O's racist friends like Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, Van Jones et al, are just a coincidence. The only racism I see and hear is coming from the Left and in Liberal states where they have ruined their own economies and systems.

How about asking O why he sealed his and Michelle's Univ. theses shortly after some of us read them and found both tout the Marxist beliefs of Saul Alinsky and other Left mentors? What a shock. You guys keep bringing up Bush and other Repubs and blaming them, your days are numbered.

September 28, 2009 at 10:04 a.m.
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