Obama’s angry moment in the last debate was remarkable precisely because he so rarely gets angry. The Clintons though, want you to think he’s about to buss a cap in that ass:

At a press conference this morning in Washington, Hillary Clinton was asked about last night’s contentious debate, and she returned to a theme of her campaign in recent days — that Obama is “frustrated.”

“I think what we saw last night is that he’s very frustrated,” Hillary said. “The events of the last ten or so days, particularly the outcomes in New Hampshire and Nevada, have apparently convinced him to adopt a different strategy.” She then added that Obama came to the debate “looking for a fight.”

The campaign has been using this theme quite a lot in the last few days, calling Obama “frustrated.” Having the candidate herself use the terms clearly shows that they think it’s a good line to follow.

What I wish Obama would say but won’t:

“Yeah I’m frustrated. But at least I’m not going to cry.”

I need to start a whole new blog for those.

In any case, the Clintons have refined their approach to using racial subtext in attacking Obama. The first volley of racialized attacks were meant to tag Obama as the “black candidate”. “Frustrated” is a more ambiguous term than “angry” but that’s what they mean. And that’s how they want you to think about Obama, as “frustrated” and “black”. Just like Al Sharpton!

In any case, ABC News heard the dog whistle, and responded accordingly.

ABC News’ Sunlen Miller Reports: It should have been an easy question for Sen. Barack Obama: “Are you allowing President Clinton to get in your head?”

Yet, it took Obama three tries to answer the question, in what turned into a testy exchange with the New York Times’ Jeff Zeleny following a campaign event in Greenwood, South Carolina.

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“I am trying to make sure that his statements by him are answered. Don’t you think that’s important?” Obama shot back, while walking away.

When Zeleny yelled a follow up question suggesting the Illinois senator had not answered the question, Obama fired back angrily, “Don’t try cheap stunts like that.”

He didn’t just sound angry, he “fired” or “shot” back. BAKKA! BAKKA!

Of course, the description of this encounter was pure hype, as Obama doesn’t sound angry at all, and doesn’t even stop what he’s doing to reply. He’s even smiling! TPM posted the video:

Watch out for Obama. He might smile and give a sternly worded reply!

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