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Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Pat Boone Takes Obama Out of Context -- Again
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Pat Boone, it seems, is incapable of telling the truth about President Obama.

Just a few days after our comprehensive item detailing the depth of Boone's hatred of the president -- in which we noted that Boone regularly takes Obama's words out of context to distort their meaning -- Boone does it again.

In his Oct. 16 column, published at WorldNetDaily, Boone writes that we should "take a few deep breaths, a few quiet and reflective moments and consider some quotes from men who have steered our Ship of State in various ways and times, and decide – for ourselves, individually – which concept should influence our votes." But Boone stacks the deck by using many of the same old out-of-context quotes he has peddled before.

Boone uses the Obama quote "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation" out of context; the full Obama quote is: "Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation – at least, not just. We are also a Jewish nation, a Muslim nation, a Buddhist nation, and a Hindu nation, and a nation of nonbelievers."

Boone tries to reiterate his bogus point by repeating a similar Obama quote, "We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation." The full Obama quote is: "we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."

Boone also quotes Obama saying, "The Constitution is a flawed document." We could find a direct quotation of that, but Obama has expressed similar sentiment that, of course, Boone has ripped from its full context. In a 2001 radio interview, Obama said the Constitution "reflected the fundamental flaw of this country that continues to this day," that flaw being that "[t]he Africans at the time were not considered as part of the polity that was of concern to the framers." But Obama also asserted that the Constitution is "a remarkable political document that paved the way for where we are now."

Obama is not the only person whom  Boone falsely portrays. He also quotes former White House communications director Anita Dunn as saying, "… [T]wo of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa … two people that I turn to most to [make the point] … you're going to figure out how to do things that have never been done before."

The ellipses give away Boone's misleading game. In fact, Dunn cited "two of my favorite political philosophers, Mao Zedong and Mother Teresa -- not often coupled with each together, but the two people that I turn to most to basically deliver a simple point, which is, you're going to make choices." She went on to cite Mao's response to skeptics who pointed out that their party was facing steep disadvantages while fighting the Nationalist Chinese: "You fight your war, and I'll fight mine." After asking the audience to "think about that for a second," she said, "You know, you don't have to accept the definition of how to do things, and you don't have to follow other people's choices and paths, OK? It is about your choices and your path." Likewise, Dunn cited Mother Teresa's response to a young person who wanted to work at her orphanage in Calcutta: "Go find your own Calcutta." Dunn then reiterated: "Go find your own Calcutta. Fight your own path. Go find the thing that is unique to you, the challenge that is actually yours, not somebody else's challenge."

It's sad that Boone has chosen to be such a dishonest writer.

Posted by Terry K. at 10:22 AM EDT

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