If Joe Biden announced that you got tested for AIDS the moment after he announced his own AIDS test, how quickly would you clarify that you didn’t get tested with him?
Let’s go to last night’s debate transcript:
SEN. BIDEN: … I got tested for AIDS. I know Barack got tested for AIDS. (Laughter.) There’s no shame in being tested for AIDS. It’s an important thing.
MR. SMILEY: Thank you.
SEN. OBAMA: Tavis, Tavis, Tavis, I just got to make clear — I got tested with Michelle. (Laughter, applause.)
MR. SMILEY: Ah.
SEN. OBAMA: In — when we were in Kenya in Africa. So I want to –
MR. SMILEY: All right.
SEN. OBAMA: I don’t want any confusion here about what’s going on. (Applause continues.)
MR. SMILEY: All right.
SEN. BIDEN: And I got tested to save my life, because I had 13 pints of blood transfusion.
SEN. OBAMA: I was tested with my wife.
MR. SMILEY: And I’m sure Michelle appreciates you clarifying it.
SEN. OBAMA: In public. (Laughter.)
I don’t think Barack Obama is indulging in frat boy humor, but Lane Hudson does:
With one comment, he erased the possibility that he would start a meaningful conversation in the Black community about this serious issue. This seems to reveal not only some level of homophobia, but also a level of immaturity which causes me to question Obama’s ability to go all the way in this campaign.
I also don’t think Senator Obama was worried the audience would think he’s got some secret thing with the gentleman from Delaware, as Alexander M Belenky at TNR does:
So while he’s all for combating homophobia within the African American community, it seems he also doesn’t want anyone to get the impression that he’s on the down-low.
Gentlemen, please! There are a number of possibilities, and only Barack Obama knows his intent. Which door do you think Senator Obama is behind?
Door Number One: “I got tested with my wife, to whom I am faithful.”
Door Number Two: “I got tested with my wife, to whom I am faithful, while we visited an AIDS clinic in Kenya, in order to set an example.”
Door Number Three: “I got tested with my wife, not with this guy who’s talking about his own test — because I am faithful to my wife and not (secretly) gay for him, which would be horrible and disgusting.”
Door Number Three? Not so much, for me.
As Digby says:
Haha. It seems that one of the other likely interpretations I missed is that he wanted to make sure nobody thought he was having an affair with Joe Biden, which is perfectly understandable from members of either sex.
Joementum Bidenphobia: The irrational fear of sexual attraction to the senior Senator from Delaware. Don’t we all have a wee bit of it?