We knew it was coming.
Obama drops his father
Dinan (View Blog)
POSTED July 23 2008 12:47 PM BY Stephen Dinan
As the battle between John McCain and Barack Obama for Hispanic votes heats up, it raises the question of what relates better, an immigrant father or an absentee father? For Obama, the answer is an absentee father.
This morning Obama's campaign e-mailed reporters the script for his first Spanish-language radio ad of the general election, designed to portray him as sharing the same experiences as many Latino voters, and it included these lines:
"His father was an immigrant. His mother from a humble, middle class family. Through student loans and hard work, he graduated from college.
Obama never pulled people down as he made his way up…"
But about an hour later the campaign sent out what it said was the final script, which changed those lines to read:
"He grew up without a father — raised by his mother with the support of his grandparents.
Through student loans and hard work, he graduated from college.
Obama never forgot his roots…"
On a conference call with reporters, the Obama campaign said the first version was a draft.
Rep. Xavier Becerra, a campaign surrogate, told reporters the ad was designed to show Obama was "one of us" because "his experience is our experience."
This man will lie about anything.