Corsi challenges Obama response
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Corsi challenges Obama response
Best-selling author’s rebuttal to Democrat’s campaign to be released here on WND
Posted: August 25, 2008
10:21 pm Eastern
Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, claims Jerome Corsi, the author of the New York Times No. 1 best-seller “The Obama Nation,” was “just makin’ stuff up.”
But he thought the issues revealed in the book important enough to write a 40-page response and publicize it, trying to defuse concerns that may have been raised by Corsi’s book. The author has now, however, confirmed he’s taken Obama’s new explanations to task in a 70-page document that he’ll be releasing exclusively on WND later this week.
The personal attack from Obama came, according to a McClatchy Newspapers report, during a campaign stop shortly after the book was released and rocketed to the top of the best-sellers list.
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“As if acknowledging that his lead over [GOP candidate Sen. John] McCain has shrunk heading into the parties’ nominating conventions and accusing Republicans of smearing him out of desperation,” Obama told the crowd: “I don’t find myself particularly scary or particularly risky, but I mean, they’re good at it. So they’ve got these ads with Paris [Hilton] and Britney [Spears] and they’ve got some guy who just wrote a book. He just makin’ stuff up, just makes stuff up. But it gets a lot of play on Fox News. After a while people starting thinking, ‘God, he does have a funny name,’ or believing false rumors about me they get in e-mails about Obama’s religion or patriotism.”
The reference to “some guy” is Corsi, the senior staff writer for WND who wrote “The Obama Nation,” an in-depth report explaining why the U.S. senator from Illinois should not be president.
In his initial response, Corsi appeared on the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes” show and said Obama is coming unglued.
“If he can’t handle a book and the First Amendment, if he’s in the Oval Office, all the enemies of the United States need to do to rattle him is to publish a cartoon about him or write a book,” he said.
“Every minute the Obama campaign obsesses on me, they’re off-message and they’re not answering the fundamental charges I made in the book.”
Critics dismissed the book as inaccurate and misleading. But in defense of the issues he raises, Corsi told WND his 70-page response will be available on WND as soon as a review of the document is completed. (Note: If you wish to be the first to know Corsi’s response to Obama, sign up for WND’S free news alerts.)
Fox co-host Alan Colmes pointed out that Corsi has previously written negative reports about Republicans. That came in Corsi’s book “The Late Great USA,” which became a New York Times best-seller, too.
The book charges the federal government’s unwillingness to enforce immigration laws and border security is, at least in part, a result of plans to promote political, social and economic integration of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Corsi also co-authored the No. 1 New York Times best-seller “Unfit for Command” which many credit with having cost John Kerry the presidency in the 2004 election.