February 26, 2008

John McCain Rebukes Cincinnati's Bill Cunningham


Bill Cunningham is a wacko radio personality here in Cincinnati, OH who fancies himself as the Cincinnati version of Rush Limbaugh or Gordon Liddy. He was the warm-up act for John McCain's appearance here in Cincinnati this morning. Cunningham repeatedly referred to Obama as Barack Hussein Obama. Hussein is Obama's middle name. Cunningham's tone was sarcastic and derogatory to Obama.

Part of Cunningham's rant included calling Barack Obama a "hack, Chicago-style Daly politician," and told the crowd "all is going to be right with the world when the great prophet from Chicago takes the stand, and the world leaders who want to kill us will simply be singing Kumbaya around the table of Barack Obama."

McCain showed himself to be an honorable man by coming out to the cameras immediately after the event to apologize on behalf of his campaign. He indicated that his campaign had no advance knowledge of Cunningham's comments. Radio hosts often 'warm up the crowd' at some events. McCain indicated that Bill Cunningham won't be used in the campaign at any point in the future.

Obama campaign spokesman said that McCain's remarks were appreciated: "It is a sign that if there is a McCain-Obama general election, it can be intensely competitive but the candidates will attempt to keep it respectful and focused on issues."

For many who live in Cincinnati ... it is nice to see Cunningham get slapped down by the candidate!

4 comments:

Symphony said...

Guess he thought he was Hillary Clinton. McCain has already been criticized for something similar when a woman asked him, "How are we going to beat the bitch?" When referring to Clinton.

And, McCain knows there is a stupid double standard. What a Democrat is allowed to do and what a Republican is allowed to do are two different things.

Villager said...

Symphony - Good points! I do give props to McCain for learning that he needs to squash the issue quickly and not let it fester as Team Clinton has been doing over the past week with that photo of Obama in Somali garb...

Regina said...

Interesting... a republican candidate with a spot of integrity! or with a good handle on the face of politics.

Villager said...

Regina - I agree ... you have to give McCain credit for good manner...