Friday, April 20, 2007

Barack Obama likens Cho Seung-Hui to Don Imus

HT: Radley Balko writing for Hit and Run.

Obama equates "verbal violence" with the senseless slaughter of innocent people:

"There's also another kind of violence that we're going to have to think about. It's not necessarily the physical violence, but the violence that we perpetrate on each other in other ways," he said, and goes on to catalogue other forms of "violence."

There's the "verbal violence" of Imus.

There's "the violence of men and women who have worked all their lives and suddenly have the rug pulled out from under them because their job is moved to another country."

There's "the violence of children whose voices are not heard in communities that are ignored,"

And so, Obama says, "there's a lot of different forms of violence in our society, and so much of it is rooted in our incapacity to recognize ourselves in each other."


jm4847 said...

Sadly he's not the only one using this tragedy to forward his political agenda...

eng said...

who is not using this to forward their political agenda?

jm4847 said...

Touché, but even homorous sites are being respectful and waiting at least a few days to make fun of this, but the politicians just can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Wait, why isn't the Imus comment in quotes? What did he actually say in his own words about Imus?

Lisa said...

You can go here to listen to the Obama's talk.