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3/3/2011

Obama: My Opponents Are Racists

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:48 am

He didn’t put it quite like that, of course. But the smart leftists never do. They just insinuate that, you know, you have a problem with race:

But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.

A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.

Of course, it’s difficult to know what he said and how he said it from this report, as it is admittedly full of paraphrases, and lacks the clarifying aids of a recording or even direct quotes longer than two words. Depending on what he said, he may have been accurate — there clearly is a racial component to some of the opposition to Obama. The issue is how widespread he portrayed this aspect of his opposition to be. Because most of us really don’t care about the color of his skin. The color we’re worried about is red — all the red ink required to document the effects of his disastrous policies on our national balance sheet. (Look at it as a stimulus program: Obama will save or create thousands of jobs at the manufacturers of the red ink hues!)

Given how uncertain it is what he said, how’s about a journalist asks him at his next press conference? Let’s get some clarification on just how racist he thinks Tea Partiers really are.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

34 Responses to “Obama: My Opponents Are Racists”

  1. race is something we all struggle with except for when we don’t

    happyfeet (ab5779)

  2. That’s why Clarence Thomas’ wife, a white woman married to a black man belongs to the TEA party, she’s racist. /sarcoff

    Give me a break.

    Tanny O'Haley (12193c)

  3. Oh, what a tendentious twit, yes I believe that’s what he thinks, which is what the media tried to
    set as the narrative, for nearly three years now;

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/megyn-kelly-and-rep-weiner-deliver-another-epic-on-air-battle/

    narciso (bf58f6)

  4. RACISTS. That is all.

    JD (85b089)

  5. Years ago, when I was young and the cry of “racist” was new and still almost meant something, I developed an answer”

    “Look, it’s nothing impersonal. I just hate YOU!”

    C. S. P. Schofield (71781e)

  6. After sitting in Rev. Hatey’s church for 20 years, calling him his moral compass and spiritual mentor, and reviewing all the blatant racism in Obama’s books, why would anybody doubt that Obama genuinely thinks this way?

    daleyrocks (ae76ce)

  7. Don’t care what he said or how he said it. We’re past the point where his mouth might make a difference. Done deal, I’m looking forward to tossing him onto the dust-heap of history ASAP.

    Bigfoot (8096f2)

  8. I’m not racist: I don’t like the white half of him, either!

    The multicultural Dana (3e4784)

  9. The biggest concern I’ve seen about Obama’s race in the TEA Party is that he is making all blacks look bad. Heck, even some of the liberal blacks I know are beginning to say that while it is good to have a black president, it would have been better to elect a more substantial one.

    max (2f2a28)

  10. Something I don’t get:

    …race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives…

    Unless President Obama considers himself a conservative, why is any explanation whatsoever needed for opposition from conservatives?

    roy (f572a6)

  11. The true racists – the progressives and liberals – will NEVER give up their assault on the truth. As long as they control the media message we are stuck with these claims going unchallenged in public.

    in_awe (44fed5)

  12. I have a problem with narcissistic poorly educated and ill informed jerks–of whatever color. That remains true even if said narcissistic poorly educated ill informed jerk is highly “credentialled” and in the White House. It’s even more true when said jerk surrounds himself with other jerks to compound the error.

    Who do you want to answer the 3 a.m. phone call?
    None of the above.

    Mike Myers (0e06a9)

  13. I think Obama’s white half hates his black half.

    Wayne (945417)

  14. RACIST: Suggesting that growing up the son of a Kenyan man and being exposed to various left-wing ideas by nefarious black radicals (Frank Marshall Davis, Jeremiah Wright) might make Obama ambivalent about the history of his nation and inclined to be sympathetic towards an Afrocentric socialism.

    NOT RACIST: Suggesting that fellow Americans concerned about the explosion of public spending and the corresponding levels of debt, a sluggish economy hampered by a myriad of regulations, and a foreign policy predicated upon apologies and retrenchment in the face of enemies is a sign of discomfort about the racial makeup of the guy in the Oval Office.

    JVW (1a2602)

  15. “In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives…”

    Might be true for some people, but in my case I despise all “liberal” Democrats regardless of their race, color or creed (then again, I’m not all that conservative…just real right wing).

    Ironically, one of the reasons I despise Dems so much is exactly because of their party’s long history of brutalizing, oppressing and even murdering people because of their skin color.

    Obambi is a bad president, but he’s nowhere near as bad as FDR (and FDR was white, just in case no one noticed).

    This isn’t about race, it’s about politics.

    Dave Surls (6a2c64)

  16. Obambi wrote:

    Obambi is a bad president, but he’s nowhere near as bad as FDR (and FDR was white, just in case no one noticed).

    But President Roosevelt was handicapped! Abilityist! I denounce you.

    The indignant Dana (3e4784)

  17. “But President Roosevelt was handicapped!”

    Yes, he was.

    He was also the worst president in U.S. history (by a country mile), IMO.

    Obambi sucks…but, he doesn’t suck nearly as much as Roosevelt (so far, anyway). The fact that one of those guys has pale skin, and one guy has a permanent sun tan has nothing to do with it, either way.

    Not everyone in this world is a racist, despite what members of the Slaveowner/Jim Crow Party often assert.

    Dave Surls (6a2c64)

  18. The Tea Party movement predates Obama’s ascension on the political stage and wasn’t even originally targeted at Democrats–it was a movement against big government Republicans. It’s typical that the HNIC (Head Narcissist In Charge) thinks it’s all about him.

    the wolf (7cffb6)

  19. You folks are mostly a bunch of typical white people, I think.

    daleyrocks (ae76ce)

  20. That’s why Clarence Thomas’ wife, a white woman married to a black man belongs to the TEA party, she’s racist. /sarcoff

    Give me a break.

    Comment by Tanny O’Haley

    To Obama, Clarence Thomas is not really a black man. Obama is, despite not growing up in America, simply because of the color of Obama’s skin. Clarence Thomas isn’t despite an amazing personal story that should be broadcast to the black community all the time as inspiration… because he’s not on the government handout plantation.

    I don’t care about Clarence Thomas’s race any more than Virginia Thomas does, but I note that he’s not an authentic black man to democrats.

    Dustin (75f8e1)

  21. I for one have had it up to here with this racist administration and the chickenhearted buzzards who refuse to call them out on this despicable stance! From holder to his association over the years with radical hating racists, the President always manages in the end to show his true colors. Slam his Leftist policies, you’re a racist! Disagree with his complete incompetency in foreign policy, you’re a racist. Point out the open faced lies about cutting the deficit in his budget, you’re a racist! In other words, try to have a civil discourse with any radical leftist in this country today using facts and figures, you are a racist!

    Debate and civil discourse. It’s where ideas come from! It’s a forum to, if not fix a problem, at least address it and come up with some consensus to at least try! As such, debate or discussion can hurt one’s feelings and/or illicit some rather harsh reactions. My point is until we as a people can discuss stuff without hate, until we can cast aside our own ideologies, our biases, etc. and approach a subject with open minds, there cannot be fixes. As a society we must work together. Listening is a fine art. Learning and changing one’s mind due to constructive criticism, and I want to emphasize that, constructive criticism is a sign of maturity and leadership. Can you even remotely understand this view Mr. President, or is your head stuck so far up your elitist ass that you as most politicians are too far above us mortals to bother worrying about it? From my little part of the world, it sure appears that way! One thing for sure in my view. You and your administration have done more to set back racial relations in this country than any other administration in my lifetime!

    Debate is imperative for this country to survive. Criticism is good, provided it is true! As I said, debate must be accompanied by open minds. This must be conducted by using the Truth and Facts! This must be done by educating yourselves! Keep an open mind, but dig up everything you can from both sides. Then make an informed decision. As we go forward, we will be called fear mongers and worse! WEAR IT AS A BADGE OF HONOR. Radicals of any persuasion FEAR the truth and facts, so shout it out as loudly as possible. This is our country. Love for country and the ideals it was founded on IS NOT HATE as the hard left keeps saying. Opposing bad policy IS NOT RACISM as we are charged with! Fight the BIG LIE with the TRUTH! Our country depends on this!

    joetote (77a6a6)

  22. anytime obama wants to see a racist all he has to do is look in the mirror.

    tommy mc donnell (397858)

  23. This is a person who was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis,avowed communist and race baiter,chose marxist friends and professors in college,sought the endorsement of the Marist party in 1996 for his run at Illinois Senate,sat in a church for 20 years that preached black liberation theology conjoined with racial hatred , appointed czars who are Marxist and radicals,who was the attorney for acorn in Chicago, sets in motion cap and trade ,health care,car companies ,student loans, under socalististic government power-his racism fueled by his transformation of America into a Socialist State is putting the very existence of this nation at risk.

    MIKE191 (3036b3)

  24. Why are you misleading to your readers? The title seems to give a quote but the article is less definite. I expect this type of bs from the mainstream media but not from this blog.

    Do you really think readers appreciate it when your headlines are misleading?

    title: Obama: My Opponents Are Racists

    article:
    “Of course, it’s difficult to know what he said and how he said it from this report, as it is admittedly full of paraphrases, and lacks the clarifying aids of a recording or even direct quotes longer than two words.”

    “Given how uncertain it is what he said,”

    lsent34bwg89 (c67464)

  25. Buck Ofama!

    papertiger (b417ca)

  26. Racist!

    daleyrocks (ae76ce)

  27. Not you papertiger.

    daleyrocks (ae76ce)

  28. This is always so tiresome a canard, since many of those same “racists” voted for the first black POTUS in our history. But no, we still have a race problem according to our AG, even though his boss is still a black man, last I checked. Their infantilizing of their own constituency continues unabated.

    Dmac (b9fd74)

  29. Leftists have gotten away from calling anyone and everything they oppose RACIST they now do it reflexively, like a kid with Turrets. But when you constantly play the race card, it has no real meaning any more. If calling insane spending of socialist hackery is what racist now means, call us all racists. Big deal.

    The Obami have nothing left in their quiver and they know it if this is their big idea for 2012.Now if we can get a real candidate…

    Bugg (9e308e)

  30. Colonel have problem
    with arrogant ne’er-do-wells
    whatever the race

    ColonelHaiku (b9ab95)

  31. Comment by The indignant Dana — 3/3/2011 @ 9:18 am
    Side note: the usual term is “ableism” and “ableist”..

    Yes, there really is a term in use for that.

    kishnevi (68db61)

  32. “The title seems to give a quote…”

    No, it doesn’t. There are no quotaion marks in the title.

    Dave Surls (3036b0)

  33. He was also the worst president in U.S. history (by a country mile), IMO.

    Obambi sucks…but, he doesn’t suck nearly as much as Roosevelt (so far, anyway). The fact that one of those guys has pale skin, and one guy has a permanent sun tan has nothing to do with it, either way.

    for all of roosevelt’s flaws short comings – he did get three things right – though one was for the wrong reason
    1) helped get the country moving militarily prior to wwII, lend lease, etc. 2) helped in the fight against polio – march of dimes – that is how he got is picture on the back of the dime. 3) promoted the union movement which had the effect of stiffling the communist movement that was taking hold in the 30’s. The workers movement was teetering between communist movement vs the union movement. the union became the stronger of the two, partly due to the support of roosevelt.

    joe (93323e)

  34. I guess it’s because I am, to use the president’s own words, ‘a typical white person’.

    BDJ (72b0ed)


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