A post by Joshua Skaroff

America As A Symbol

The right wing and the cable talking heads are in a tizzy this morning over Dana Milbank’s second hand reporting of a quote from Barack Obama said to a meeting of House Democrats. While the campaign isn’t denying that Obama did say the words, “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions,” as almost always happens in these cases the context is missing. And no, not that kind of context. Politico reports:

BUT A DEMOCRATIC SOURCE SAYS: “His entire point of that riff was that the campaign IS NOT about him. [The Post] left out the important first half of the sentence, which was along the lines of: ‘It has become increasingly clear in my travel, the campaign, that the crowds, the enthusiasm, 200,000 people in Berlin, is not about me at all. It’s about America. I have just become a symbol … .”

It sometimes seem as if this election is a test of whether or not America can still understand nuance.

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