Did he really say it? Yes, Oklahoma’s former Governor, Frank Keating, dared to quote from Obama’s book Thursday while taping an interview with Dennis Miller. These are the words that have gotten Democratic operatives fired. Keating says Obama should also be more forthcoming about misdeeds of his past.
“Junkie. Pothead. That’s where I’d been headed: the final, fatal role of the young would-be black man,” Obama wrote in Dreams From My Father.
Keating says Obama ought to be more truthful about his past. “He’s been there, been a man of the street.” You’d think he’d play it up.
Keating is co-chairman of McCain’s campaign, but had not discussed talking about Obama’s past drug use with his candidate. But it does match internal discussions about whether voters know enough about Obama, a theme that has crept into several speeches this week.
During the primary, Clinton advisor Bill Shaheen had to resign for suggesting Obama’s past drug use could be used against him in the general election. And Bob Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, had to apologize in January for bringing up the topic. But then, Frank Keating is known for talking straight.
Now that the issue has been raised publicly – especially since Democratic operatives thought the private life of Palin’s daughter was fair game – others are beinning to ask the same question.
Linda Chavez, at RealClearPolitics, asked “Did Obama ever sell drugs to anyone? When was the last time he used cocaine? What other illegal drugs has he used? As an adult, has he been present when others were using illicit drugs?”
In his memoir, Obama described how he got away with drug use when confronted by his mother in High School:
“I had given her a reassuring smile and patted her hand and told her not to worry, I wouldn’t do anything stupid. It was usually an effective tactic, another of those tricks I had learned: People were satisfied so long as you were courteous and smiled and made no sudden moves.”
Have we seen that move before? Now that’s an inconvenient truth.