Defending Bob Johnson

Defending Bob Johnson

Defending Bob Johnson

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March 7 2008 5:45 PM

Defending Bob Johnson

Didn’t want to let this one slip by before the end of the day.  

Today on a conference call (if I had a nickel for every time I used that phrase), a reporter compared Samantha Power’s "monster" remark to the unsubtle allusion by BET founder Bob Johnson about Obama’s cocaine use.  

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Keep in mind that Johnson’s denial—in which he claimed he had been referring to Obama’s time spent as a community organizer —was one of the election’s most indefensible statements to date.

But today, two months later, Wolfson half-heartedly went to bat for him:  

"In this instance, there was some initial … My recollection on this is not as good as it might be, it feels like it was a million years ago … There was some initial sense that Bob Johnson was referring to one thing, perhaps a sense he was referring to something else. … I don’t honestly remember if he ended up apologizing or not. … That is a decision he made. … I don’t mean to minimize his importance, but he is not part of daily campaign life that I imagine Samantha Power is or has been."

There you have it. In one fell swoop, Wolfson recapitulates the whole sad flap: Johnson’s absurd denial, inadequate apology , and the campaign’s attempt to distance itself from his remarks, before finally settling back on the message at hand: Samantha Power.