Obama's Campaign: Michelle Never Used Word "Whitey" In Speech

Democrat Barack Obama's campaign said Thursday that Michelle Obama never used the word "whitey" in a speech.

The campaign has created a new Web site to debunk rumors about the Obamas, www.fightthesmears.com. (see link below)

The rumor that Michelle Obama used the word "whitey," and that a videotape exists, has circulated on conservative Republican blogs for weeks and was repeated by radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh.

Other false rumors confronted on the site are that Obama is a Muslim, that his books contain racially incendiary remarks and that he won't say the Pledge of Allegiance or place his hand over his heart.

The site repeats the innuendo, in some cases explaining where it comes from, debunks it and encourages people to give the campaign their e-mail addresses to "spread the truth."

We examine the "rumor" issue and its impact on both campaigns in Thursday's "Notes From The Newsroom" blog. We hope you will weigh in with your opinion.


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  • by Fair is fair Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2008 at 12:30 PM
    Why do you refuse to accept posts that contain comments stated by obama and his wife? All rules were followed. Are you being hypocritical as he is? This is the second time I have asked the editor this question with no response.
  • by Fair is fair Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:46 AM
    Once again editor you have failed to post facts stated, by obama and his wife I might add. If this is an honest mistake I understand. If not, you are a bigger hypocrite and racist than obama himself. How much more factual can it be when it is quoted directly from the speakers mouth. You need to follow your own rules as we are expected to do.

    Editor's Note: We're not looking to get into an argument with you. We have a number of people posting comments and some are more cautious than others. Some are planning to vote for Obama, some will vote for McCain, others may consider independents and others don't care. This posted has been edited per Hey Read The Rules.

  • by Bert Location: Duplin on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:46 AM
    Open your eyes, America. A woman the color of Michele Obama, nursed your ancestors. America, there are no true colors here. We are all apart of the rainbow; and that is a wonderful thing. Imagine the strong blood running in our bodies. America, gas is $4.00 a gal. We are in a war that was entered because our president lied to Congress. Mr. Bush's daughter got married a few weeks ago; so many parents won't get to see their child's wedding, because they were killed in this "Lied About" War. Food is up, up and rising. People are losing their homes and most of all America, don't forget the fact, WE ARE STILL POOR. Dont let all the crap take you off FOCUS. WE ARE POOR AND GETTING POORER. McCain/ Bush all the same, will be the same. America, don't believe everything people throw at you. Consider the source, Rush, the Pill Popper. I wonder if he drives or is chauffered to work? I wonder if Rush even knows where the gas tank is on his vehicle. Consider the source and stay FOCUSED; POOR, POOR!!!
  • by Al Location: Duplin on Jun 13, 2008 at 08:33 AM
    When will everyone realize why there are so much troubles and problems in the World? People continue to hate People just because of the color of their skin. I wonder if a person hates a person of a different color and this person is the only one that can assist a child that is dying; let's say donate an organ. Because of this skin color prejudice, would you let the child die? Think American, anybody that states they are not hyprocrites, just lied not only to themselves, but everyone else. People of color builded this nation free of charge, what if they lost a leg, or an arm, or their life? We are all mixed, so just realize it. If you are a fellower or Christ, you know we are all brothers and sisters. Then again, some of us don't even like our known brothers and sisters. Think America, People of color exceed in everything they do, due to the fact, they are used to "hard" work. We all need to come togather and realize, we can't do anything by ourselves. AMERICA NEEDS HELP. Change, Change!
  • by Tim Location: La Grange on Jun 13, 2008 at 07:26 AM
    I just keep remembering that old song from the 70s called "Smiling Faces Sometimes". Every time I see the fake smile and his corporate wife, I get chills. I'll stay as a Libertarian.
  • by Fair is fair Location: Greenville on Jun 13, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    I've read many posts on 2 pro-obama websites and noticed mostly 2 types of individuals posting(on THOSE 2 sites): 1)Individuals who think he is the next messiah, & 2)individuals who think he will deliver them from the oppression of the white race. This is very disturbing. And by their own words: 1)his past is not relevant, 2)you can't attack his wife's credibility(although they can attack others), 3)if your piece of the pie is bigger than mine then I should receive some of yours, 4)there should be a ban on handguns, 5)I should help pay for others education(eventhough I am struggling to pay for my own son's education), 6)I am only now proud to be an American because a black is on the ticket, & the list could go on. obama for president? H-ll no!! This is America. Land of the free & democracy, not socialism.

    Edited Per Hey Read The Rules

  • by Anonymous Location: north carolina on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:36 AM
    this country is in one heck of a mess. he is not proud of americans why should we elect him and his wife
  • by barbara Location: beulaville on Jun 13, 2008 at 04:05 AM
    I guess the truth will come out IF he becomes our president. How will he be sworn in? Why don't he prove all these allegations?
  • by Whitey Location: NC on Jun 13, 2008 at 03:57 AM
    My feelings are hurt
  • by Anonymous on Jun 13, 2008 at 03:28 AM
    Look who came out with these claims - The Republican's. Need I say more!!! Obama 08!
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