Obama-Innocent or Guilty??
March 22, 2007 6:33am CST
Do you think Obama was innocent in any of this??? Mystery Creator of Anti-Clinton Ad ID'd WASHINGTON (AP) - The Internet video sensation that targeted Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton now has rival Sen. Barack Obama on the spot. Heralded by many as the embodiment of Web-driven citizen activism, the mysterious YouTube ad now stands revealed as the work of a Democratic operative employed by a consulting firm with Obama links. "It's true ... yeah, it's me," said Philip de Vellis, a 33-year-old strategist with Blue State Digital, a Washington company that advises Democratic candidates and liberal groups. Blue State designed Obama's Web site, and one of the firm's founding members, Joe Rospars, took a leave from the company to work as Obama's director of new media. Obama, Blue State and de Vellis all say de Vellis acted on his own. De Vellis left the company on Wednesday. He said he resigned; Thomas Gensemer, the firm's managing director, said he was fired. The entire episode hangs a cloud over the Obama camp. However tenuous, any link to the ad, with its Orwellian image of Clinton as Big Brother, raises questions the Obama camp would rather not face. De Vellis, in a blog he wrote after he had been identified by Huffingtonpost.com, appeared to acknowledge the trouble he had brewed. "I support Senator Obama," he wrote. "I hope he wins the primary. (I recognize that this ad is not his style of politics)." It's not as if Obama's campaign is not willing to mix it up. But the fact remains that de Vellis was a political professional. He had worked for Democratic Rep. Sherrod Brown in his successful campaign for U.S. Senate in Ohio. And he was working for a firm with political clients, including Obama. The ad portrayed Clinton on a huge television screen addressing an audience that sat in a trancelike state. A female athlete, running ahead of storm troopers, sprints into the auditorium and tosses a hammer at the screen, destroying Clinton's image. "On January 14th the Democratic primary will begin," the text states. "And you will see why 2008 isn't going to be like '1984.'" It signs off with "BarackObama.com" http://story.news.ask.com//article/20070322/D8O12MP00.html Clinton: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v6h3G-lMZxjo Obama: http://www.youtube.com/watch?vdycbAsB9-ps HuffingtonPost: http://www.huffingtonpost.com
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22 Mar 07
Honestly, I think Obama was probably innocent in all this. However, in the world of public perception I don't think it'll play out that way. I'm sure there be some incredible spin put on it to make it appear it was all him. I guess it's guilt by association. It kinda stinks if you think about it, if you're a parent and your kids go out and do something wrong and that kid is an adult or close to being one, usually the parents aren't blamed for the childs action. I think it's the total opposite for our political candidates. One of their staffers step out of line and do something of their own accord and the candidate potentially is the one getting punished. I guess in a way Obama will be taking the heat for this gentleman exercising his freedom of speech. Crazy world...
23 Mar 07
Are you asking if Obama knew of what De Vellis was doing or is De Vellis being used as a scapegoat?I think the only way we will find out is if,in the future,De Vellis starts receiving better jobs (or appointments) from "unknown sources".We know most polititians would cover themselves as much as possible from any questionable wrong doing within their party,but more times than not they know about it.I do not know if he knew,but would not be surprised in any way.