We heard that Al Qaida terrorist Obama bin Laden has joined numerous American celebrities and politicians in endosing Barack Obama. Mr. bin Laden, who is best known for his impromptu urban renewal of part of New York City, explained his endorsement as follows.
“John McCain will blow my head off if he is elected, so there is no way I can get behind him,” the Saudi terrorist said. “Barack Obama will sit down with me, have a dialogue, and sing ‘Kumbaya’ with me, so the choice is obvious. Barack Obama now has the full and unqualified support of Osama bin Laden.”
To paraphrase the recent Democratic debate,
MODERATOR: … “Osama Backs Obama for President at Al Qaida Convention.” Do you accept the support of Osama bin Laden?
SEN. OBAMA: You know, I have been very clear in my denunciation of Mr. bin Laden’s anti-Semitic comments. I think that they are unacceptable and reprehensible. I did not solicit this support. He expressed pride in an African-American who seems to be bringing the country together. I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought. And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with Osama bin Laden.
MODERATOR: Do you reject his support?
SEN. OBAMA: Well, Tim, you know, I can’t say to somebody that he can’t say that he thinks I’m a good guy. (Laughter.) You know, I — you know, I — I have been very clear in my denunciations of him and his past statements, and I think that indicates to the American people what my stance is on those comments.
MODERATOR: The problem some voters may have is, as you know, Osama bin Laden killed 3000 Americans.
OBAMA: Tim, I think — I am very familiar with his record, as are the American people. That’s why I have consistently denounced it.
This is not something new. This is something that — I live in Chicago. He lives in Chicago. I’ve been very clear, in terms of me believing that what he has said is reprehensible and inappropriate. And I have consistently distanced myself from him.
…HILLARY CLINTON: I just want to add something here, because I faced a similar situation when I ran for the Senate in 2000 in New York. And in New York, there are more than the two parties, Democratic and Republican. And one of the parties at that time, the Independence Patty, was under the control of people who were anti-Semitic, anti- Israel. And I made it very clear that I did not want their support. I rejected it. I said that it would not be anything I would be comfortable with. And it looked as though I might pay a price for that. But I would not be associated with people who said such inflammatory and untrue charges against either Israel or Jewish people in our country. And, you know, I was willing to take that stand, and, you know, fortunately the people of New York supported me and I won. But at the time, I thought it was more important to stand on principle and to reject the kind of conditions that went with support like that.
MODERATOR: Are you suggesting Senator Obama is not standing on principle?
CLINTON: No. I’m just saying that you asked specifically if he would reject it. And there’s a difference between denouncing and rejecting. And I think when it comes to this sort of, you know, inflammatory — I have no doubt that everything that Barack just said is absolutely sincere. But I just think, we’ve got to be even stronger. We cannot let anyone in any way say these things because of the implications that they have, which can be so far reaching.
OBAMA: Tim, I have to say I don’t see a difference between denouncing and rejecting. There’s no formal offer of help from Osama bin Laden that would involve me rejecting it. But if the word “reject” Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word “denounce,” then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.
(Click if the animation doesn’t play)