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Barack Obama takes Gretchen Carlson's breath away

Reported by Chrish - September 29, 2008 -

Hey, if she can distort things every morning, so can I. In a segment this morning 9/29/08 about an item in the Friday night debate between Barack Obama and John McCain, the Friends seized on a relatively inconsequential exchange between the candidates to score points against Obama and the media.
With video

When John McCain invoked his bracelet honoring a soldier killed in the Iraq war, Obama responded that he too had a bracelet, given to him by a mother o a soldier who asked that he try to see that no other mother should have to suffer the same loss.

Carlson pretended that Obama did not readily know the name of the soldier on his bracelet because he started to say the name of Sergeant Ryan David Jopek but corrected himself to clarify it was from "the mother of" Jopek. It "took [Carlson's] breath away," probably because she immediately envisioned this whole "gotcha" segment and a pat on the back from boss Roger Ailes. Squeezing every last drop of good propaganda from the supposed flub, she also criticized "the mainstream media" for not picking up on it, but for noting that McCain stumbled - badly - over pronouncing Ahmadinejad - which beauty queen Carlson was able to pronounce perfectly.

FOX and Friends chose to highlight Obama's immediately self-corrected nothing of a bobble, and to put forth an admittedly unverifiable "he said she said" background story that Ms. Jopek had allegedly asked him, in an email some months ago, to not mention it, portraying him as disrespectful of a dead soldier's mother's wishes. She is OK with it, reportedly, because McCain brought it up, but the dad (never mentioned by Obama, and since divorced from the mom) is displeased.

The Huffington Post reports that Ms. Jopek is "ecstatic" that Obama mentioned her son:


"Jopek acknowledged e-mailing the Obama campaign in February asking that the presidential candidate not mention her son in speeches or debates. But she said Obama's mention on Friday was appropriate because he was responding after Sen. John McCain, the Republican nominee, said a soldier's mother gave him a bracelet." [snip]

"Jopek says Obama's comment rightfully suggested there's more than one viewpoint on the war.

She wouldn't directly say whether she wanted Obama to refrain from mentioning the bracelet again, but said she hopes the issue will just go away.

"I think these bracelets should be looked upon as an honor that both candidates wear them to respect the troops," Jopek said. "My request to both of them is that they honor the troops by lifting the conversation to the issues, and that they continue to live up to the standards our military deserves."

The main talking point, to Carlson, was that Obama supposedly "didn't know the name of that soldier" and "he "didn't come off as smoothly as John McCain talking about his fallen soldier."

Steve Doocy managed to bring up McCain's POWness, saying he (Doocy) had "one of those bracelets" (a POW-MIA bracelet - so did I; Doocy is older than I thought.), and his was John McCain! What are the odds! So, he concluded, McCain knows all about the bracelet thing - score one for John. Brian Kilmeade added his two cents, that if one of the parents is uncomfortable with the mention it shouldn't be done - score one negative for Obama.

Perhaps the most important thing to note from this episode is that this is what constitutes "discussing the debate" on FOX and Friends. What drivel.