August 14th, 2008
06:37 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama camp dubs anti-Obama author 'fringe bigot'

Jerome Corsi’s picture graces the cover of the Obama campaign memo trashing his new book.
Jerome Corsi’s picture graces the cover of the Obama campaign memo trashing his new book.

(CNN) - One day after reports that a new book slamming presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama would debut in the top spot on the New York Times non-fiction best-seller list, his campaign called the author “a discredited, fringe bigot” and sent reporters a 41-page memo laying out alleged inaccuracies in his latest release, “Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality.”

"Jerome Corsi is a discredited liar who is peddling another piece of garbage in order to continue the Bush-Cheney politics he helped perpetuate four years ago," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor.

"His is one of what will likely be many lie-filled books rushed to print this election cycle that are cobbled together from debunked internet sources to make money and advance a partisan agenda. We will forcefully respond to these smears with all means at our disposal."

Corsi co-wrote a 2004 work attacking then-nominee John Kerry’s military record titled “Unfit for Command”; the Obama team called its response “Unfit for Publication.” It plans to post the contents of the document in full on its “Fight the Smears” Web site.


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soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. jo

    I think Mccain bought few thousend copy of this book to make it best seller..

    August 14, 2008 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  2. jrzshor

    when will the obama machine stop being so negative. calling someone “fringe bigot” is not positive.

    August 14, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  3. Arizonan for Obama

    I hate to use a Republicans slogan(cause they usually are just filled with noise.) But Corsi is truly un-American.

    August 14, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. Charlotte

    As I've said in the past, some truth in can be found in rumors. ex: John Edwards. Obama will feel the heat as November nears. If it gets to bad he can always take another vacation..

    August 14, 2008 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  5. ERIC, MN

    Jan From Boca Raton, Fl August 14th, 2008 8:23 pm ET

    Why is it that Obama and his camp always pulls the race card when someone is telling the truth. I believe everyhting in this book is true and I'm sure there is a lot more to come. iF OBAMA BECOMES THE NEXT PRESIDENT WE ARE IN DEEP TROUBLE
    -------------------------------–

    YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PEOPLE HE WROTE THE BOOK FOR IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE BOOK ISNT MEANT FOR INDEPENDENT THINKERS, IT WAS MEANT FOR SHEEP. OH, AND THE BOOK MAY BE ON THE BEST SELLER LIST, BUT IT WAS SOLD IN BULK. SO, JUST A FEW PEOPLE BOUGHT IT LARGE BUNDLES. ITS NOT LIKE 2 MILLION PEOPLE WENT OUT AND BOUGHT THIS CRAP.

    August 14, 2008 08:52 pm at 8:52 pm |
  6. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT

    NOW YOU SHOULD WRITE A BOOK ABOUT MCSHAME

    ON HOW HE CHEATED ON HIS WIFE AND HOW THAT DOES NOT
    QUALIFY HIM TO BE PRESIDENT.

    August 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  7. McWhine

    If I can't win by real & urgent issues for common, middle, and low income American, I'll lie my butt out to the White House that includes having my henchman doing the dirty job for me. Shame on this guy!!.

    By the way, does everyone know his book will be New York Times best seller with an astricks?? Yes, that's true because his book was purchased by right wing nuts organizations in bulk.

    I seriously question this person's intelligence & integrity. Ops. He has none of both.

    August 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  8. BK

    Read the book before you decide its a lie. Stop letting people tell you what to believe. You might be surprised.

    August 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  9. Andrew

    I am personally a Republican, but this man makes me sick.

    The fact that the Republican Party even NEEDS this man to write books filled with hateful and spiteful lies in order to strike fear into the hearts of the public is plain embarressing.

    The fact of the matter is, he won't succeed with his pathetic scare tactics this time. The prospect of a longer war, and the already present situation of the foreign leaders of this world absolutely hating the ground Americans walk on will push too many voters Blue.

    August 14, 2008 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  10. Independent Thinker

    @ Independent Voter-Have you never heard of taking things out of context. You can take one sentence from a book and come up with one meaning, but when you have read the entire paragraph, it becomes clear that the meaning was not what you previously thought it to be. Just a thought.

    August 14, 2008 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  11. TJ ca

    I think it is strange Obama has a fight smear web... wonder why he has so many smears????? This whole Obama thing has been weird fromt he beginning.

    August 14, 2008 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  12. McWhine

    To the blogger "Independent Voter":

    Anyone can take a sentence from Obama's books, edited, and twisted whatever he/she wants. Does that mean those missintepretation and twisted words true? If you use your head, the answer would be NO.

    Here, I challenge you really read Obama's books and then we could have a honest discussion here. Don't pretend you're an "Independent Voter." My parents tought me the most important personal trait is integrity. Have your parent teach you that??

    August 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  13. Will, NJ

    People who claim to know nothing about a candidate after nearly two years of campaigning, countless websites, books, articles, and ads will be completely illiterate to all of the above except for this book. I can't wait to see more Xeroxed lies in the comments section soon.

    August 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  14. RJ, CA

    What if he's actually RIGHT about Obama?

    August 14, 2008 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. A. Brown

    Now we see who the "real" person "Unfit to Lead" really was in 2004. .. George Bush. Who got us into a war with Iraq, Who lied to everybody about the reasons to go to war with Iraq, Who has done Illigal wiretapping on Innocent U.S. citizens. Who took a surplus of the treasury and truned it into a big deficit, I could go on and on but, I think you get the picture. Mr. Corsi would'nt know a good leader if he saw one.

    August 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  16. lovable liberal

    A known liar and bigot – why would anyone trust him? He acknowledges that he's setting out to defeat Obama. Why wouldn't he make stuff up?

    August 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Frank Lee

    This sleazebag won't get away with his crap this time.

    And why does he look so constipated?

    Oh, never mind.......

    August 14, 2008 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  18. Erika, KS

    Everything you will read in this book has already been printed somewhere else. A lot of it is based on the poor decisions Obama has made in his life. This is a clear illustration of how inept Obama is. How inexperienced he is. It's not racist. It's the truth.

    August 14, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  19. Tim

    Fringe bigots calling other people fringe bigots.

    August 14, 2008 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. Kaci

    Unfortunately, Mr. Corsi's audience are those unlearned, bigoted Anti-Americans who will suck down anything as long it feed their existing hate. It's evedent on these comment sites. The vile rumor-mongering that's the basis of the Republican campaign – the founding fathers are turning over in their graves at what we have reduced this country to. Just because someone writes it in a book doesn't make it true. No wonder China is lapping us in education – we are a country of idiots!!

    August 14, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. keith Franklin, Tn

    This guy must be Karl Rove's lover!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. Charlotte

    One other thing, isn't everyone who says anything against Obama a bigot/racist?

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. SameoldLies

    When this book is sold in bulk to reach a best seller for 1 or 2 weeks is quite funny, even the list of Best Seller Books are marked with a questionable notation. We are smarter to believe the trash of today and recognize the dog's old tricks!!!!

    NOT THIS TIME! A Change we can believe in!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. Ted:Canada

    Read portions the other day. This is crap!
    This is an insult to educated people.
    This book basically puts down American intelligence.

    I am puzzled why Americans do this to themselves?

    CNN this guy doesn't deserve the toilet paper in your men's washroom let alone an interview...and for those of you who bought the book – toilet paper is much cheaper and softer…

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  25. donna4hillary

    i DO believe the parts of the book that are directly taken from obama himself. obama cant argue that. obama wouldnt have to go on the defensive if he had spent the past 18 months or so DEFINING himself to the american people. this is what happens when he doesnt tell america who he is, what he belives in and what his SPECIFIC plans are to fix our problems. if he doesnt like what people are saying about him then he needs to come out and tell us who he is.

    August 14, 2008 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
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