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9/25/2011

Barack to Blacks: Shut Up and Get in Line

Filed under: 2012 Election — Karl @ 8:25 am



[Posted by Karl]

At Saturday night’s annual Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, Pres. Obama delivered some of the soaring oratory which is his trademark:

“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

***

“The future rewards those who press on,” He said. “I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on.”

Let me be clear: The One has time to complain.  Beneath the applause, Obama’s self-pitying appeals to racial solidarity are intended to stifle  criticism inside the CBC (e.g., Reps, Maxine Waters and Emanuel Cleaver) and outside the caucus in the black community (e.g., Tavis Smiley and Cornel West).

Suppressing internal dissent is just one part of “Operation Vote,” the Obama’s campaign’s aggressive new program to expand support from minorities and other parts of the progressive base to eke out a narrow reelection in 2012.  Of course, Team Obama says they have not given up on wooing independents; they cannot afford to lose them by a large margin.  But William Galston (Third Way/New Dem) explains how poorly Obama and Democrats have done on with the political center:

In mid-2005, as disaffection with the Bush administration and the Republican Party was gathering momentum, the Pew Research Center asked American to place themselves and the political parties on a standard left-right ideological continuum. At that time, average voters saw themselves as just right of center and equidistant from the two political parties. Independents considered themselves twice as far away from the Republican Party as from the Democrats, presaging their sharp shift toward the Democrats in the 2006 mid-term election.

In August of this year, Pew posed a very similar question (note to survey wonks: Pew used a five-point scale, versus six in 2005), but the results were very different. Although average voters continue to see themselves as just right of center, they now place themselves twice as far away from the Democratic Party as from the Republicans. In addition, Independents now see themselves as significantly closer to the Republican Party, reversing their perceptions of six years ago.

There’s another difference as well. In 2005, Republicans’ and Democrats’ views of their own parties dovetailed with the perceptions of the electorate as a whole. Today, while voters as a whole agree with Republicans’ evaluation of their party as conservative, they disagree with Democrats, who on average see their party as moderate rather than liberal. So when Independents, who see themselves as modestly right of center, say that Democrats are too liberal, average Democrats can’t imagine what they’re talking about.

More epistemic closure and magical thinking of liberals for the establishment media to ignore. 

Operation Vote may be most interesting for raising the question of what Team Obama knows (or thinks it knows) that we don’t.  Recent dKos/SEIU polling showed a 77% re-elect number for Obama among African-Americans (lower than Dems overall), with 16% definitely voting against him.  But modern history strongly suggests even a lame Democrat will win 85-90% of the African-American vote. And the dKos/SEIU poll also shows 68% of African-Americans are very excited about voting in 2012— edging out conservatives and Tea Partiers as the most enthusiastic 2012 demographic (although the TP takes the title including “somewhat excited” voters).  Team Obama is acting like they can take nothing for granted.

–Karl

134 Responses to “Barack to Blacks: Shut Up and Get in Line”

  1. …and here’s me commenting to notify everyone of the new thread.

    Karl (37b303)

  2. Racists.

    He doesn’t have time to complain?! That is all he does. This whole get on your marching shoes nonsense is something that he has used before.

    JD (318f81)

  3. people ask me they say, “happy – you’re a strong black woman – why aren’t you on board the obama train helping him destroy our little country with his innovatively destructive dirty socialist policies?”

    And I just look them right in the eye and I say, “cause of I love my country. Simple as that.”

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  4. Team Obama is acting like they can take nothing for granted.

    I’m not sure whether that’s good or not. Using resources to shore up the base instead of using them to flim-flam independents = good thing. Then again, I’d love to see such a large voting block blindside Team Obama by turning against him in the general election. I should appreciate the bird in the hand I guess.

    Another great post Karl, as usual.

    Stashiu3 (601b7d)

  5. stop complainin’ y’all
    shake short change from fruit jar and
    put on dancin’ shoes

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  6. and this is a great post, Karl.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  7. Whoa, whoa, whoa! Back the truck up!

    happyfeet is a strong black woman???

    I need to completely re-score the comment threads of every post now!

    Pious Agnostic (6048a8)

  8. bottom has dropped out
    no styrofoam greek temple
    can save “the one” now

    elissa (9fb50a)

  9. Stash, the block you seek may well be the Jewish vote. Obama is attempting to win them back with his opposition to the PLO’s current UN gambit. But, he’s trapped between his need for domestic political support from Jewish voters and his political, religious, and cultural convictions.

    Obama can’t have it both ways, and eventually he’ll have to turn his back on Israel. However, we can count on the establishment media and the Democrat Party’s Jewish lap dogs to do their best to pretend George Bush and the TEA Party are at fault.

    ropelight (eb06ea)

  10. There’s a whole bunch of grumblin’ goin’ on about the land, and the more The Lightworker shines his light upon it, the more intense it gets.

    To paraphrase Jim Sasser:
    There’s too little consumin’ goin’ on!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  11. willow weep for me
    bend your mighty branches down
    like I’ve said before

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  12. Pious, don’t get carried away. Notice the specific information you referenced is contained within a fraudulent quote.

    ropelight (eb06ea)

  13. Mr. Feets stretches the truth for dramatic effect sometimes, I think.

    elissa (9fb50a)

  14. free your mind! and the rest will follow!

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  15. Obama really sounds irritated in that speech. Perhaps he wonders why his supporters aren’t more loyal and grateful. Don’t they realize how much smarter he is than they are?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  16. I don’t know how many of you saw a short clip from his CBC speech (it’s on Breitbart) but after using his southern preacher cadence, he finished by loudly banging the side of the podium with his hand and walked away glaring at the audience. Dude was angry. And I think the anger came from fear.

    elissa (9fb50a)

  17. re: Sasser’s quote, the top 2% do 33% of the consumer spending, Drew.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  18. And I think the anger came from fear.
    Comment by elissa — 9/25/2011 @ 9:03 am

    Heh. Well-played. 😉

    Stashiu3 (601b7d)

  19. elissa… nothing more frightening than a skinny, jug-eared, glaring, narcissist with an over-inflated ego.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  20. Elissa,

    Well-played, indeed.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  21. Thanks. I, too, read all the comments, Stashiu. 🙂

    elissa (9fb50a)

  22. Col,
    Sasser was – at heart – a Progressive who distrusted “the rich”.
    And Yes!, when the Rich stop spending, it cascades down driving working men and women into unemployment and poverty –
    an uncomfortable truth George Mitchell found out about when his “Luxury Tax” on cars/planes/yachts decimated his State’s boat-building industry.
    The Rich still bought their yachts, they just bought them “overseas”, and kept them home-ported in foreign-lands avoiding the tax implications;
    depriving U.S. citizens of the work in designing, building, outfitting, and crewing, those vessels.

    I can’t remember what provoked Sasser’s outburst, but the quote is:
    There’s too much consuming going on out there (of course, being the “corn pone” populist that he was, he dropped his g’s) –
    I think it might have had something to do with WalMart.
    It’s gotten to be a stand-by joke on Rush’s show.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  23. This anger and hatred can be directly traced back to the tundra tart’s jungle fever.

    JD (318f81)

  24. obama knockin’
    bottom outta da bottom
    how low can it go?

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  25. What will Maxine wear
    for “Girls of the CBC”
    calendar photo?

    elissa (9fb50a)

  26. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

    He assumes several negatives about the specific group he is attempting to win over – and clearly needs on his side: they are not already working hard enough to support him; they are not doing anything positive to effect a change but rather only taking negative and ineffective action; and they are not doing the work it takes to get our country up and running.

    If it were me, and particularly as a minority, I would have gotten up and walked out. Who does he think he, who has such a low expectation and view of me even though I can quite literally and figuratively *see* the cause and effect of his actions, yet he can’t mine, think I would think as lowly of myself as he does me? Why would I want to support someone like that?

    This is what is consistently perplexing about Obama’s followers – they are willing to be the scapegoat and dumping ground for his frustrations. It is sad they think so poorly of themselves.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  27. Barack Obama-Climate Change is causing the polar bear population to raise.

    When the lefts whining about climate change proofs to be false they will blame the polar bear extinction on global cooling.

    And we gotta love the lefturds trying to justify bears invading people property by saying we’re stealing their food and invading their territory.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  28. he got loose booty
    skin it back funky jump and
    twist just da nonsense

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  29. Comment by elissa — 9/25/2011 @ 9:27 am

    A Burkah, please!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  30. jesse watters did
    the impossible he got
    maxine to shut mouth

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  31. Back in an hour or so, time for bike ride and stop to pick up morning papers.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  32. It’s obvious that Colonel carefully peruses comments for inspiration too!

    elissa (9fb50a)

  33. some funk for Sunday
    eenie meenie miney mo
    catch junkie by toe

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJPMxTS4C2E

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  34. Who does he think he, who has such a low expectation and view of me even though I can quite literally and figuratively *see* the cause and effect of his actions, yet he can’t mine, think I would think as lowly of myself as he does me? Why would I want to support someone like that?

    Who does he think he is? Does he not realize I can see and experience the cause-and-effect of his actions, yet he can’t mine but still thinks lowly of me? Why would I want to support someone who thinks that lowly of his constituency (in spite of every other reason I don’t want to support him)?

    Dana (4eca6e)

  35. Colonel age like fine
    whine cuz he turn fifty nine
    all down hill from here!

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  36. I’m with Dana. The bedroom slippers line, especially, is beyond weird. Where did that come from? What meaning does that line have to him? What is he suggesting about his base and especially about the CBC members he is addressing? Is “bedroom slippers” symbolic in some code or Black history context that I am unaware of?

    elissa (9fb50a)

  37. good news! Colonel can
    open lock box of Social
    Security soon

    elissa (9fb50a)

  38. elissa,

    I’ve been trying to be articulate this morning, but clearly stayed up way too late last night… however, I’ll give it another go:

    In working in the public sector in a semi-urban area and dealing with the public, I know that the wearing of bedroom slippers by both genders within the black community is common practice with those, at least in my experience, who are not employed. The style of slipper is typically the same for both, as well as often donning a do-rag.

    So when I read the quote re slippers, I couldn’t help but wonder if the President was once again displaying his tone-deafness – even within the black community – or, was he making a solid dig at them?

    Dana (4eca6e)

  39. The bedroom slippers sounded strange. Perhaps he was just playing that image against “marching shoes”?

    The Daily Kos folks aren’t amused at Obama’s message, either.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  40. Colonel play Bootsy’s bass riff from that song on his tuba and his dog “Freckle” run around house hwoling like wolf.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  41. Obama has used this precise construct before.

    JD (318f81)

  42. Comment by Dana — 9/25/2011 @ 9:27 am

    He assumes several negatives about the specific group he is attempting to win over

    He’s not trying to win them over. He’s talking like a football coach berating his players, when he doesn’t really mean it.

    This is another example of Barack Obama trying to make concrete some abstraction he’s been told and looking foolish or pathetic in the process.

    Undoubtably, he’s been told that it looks like blacks won’t vote with the kind of turnout there was in 2008, or, if they’re talking about to people active in politics, this means that they won’t try to persuade others to make sure they are registered, go to the polls and vote, or they won’t contribute money (he’s really falling behind in small donors compared to 2007/2008)

    So for him, this translates into lazy. He assumes they are already for him – but maybe…taking it too easy. It’s simpler for him if that’s true, and how many people are going to come up to him and say: “Well, actually, Mr. President, the problem is…”

    You can say, well, things are simpler for him if that’s true.

    He’ll go on with this strategy for a couple of months or more until he realizes this isn’t asking any difference and until anyway the time comes when he has pivot to something else.

    He knows he needs something else too, but he sort of first wants to reassure himself of his base: the people who voted for him in 80% or higher proportions. So that then he’ll need a lower percentage of the rest to win over.

    Jimmy Hoffa was also doing this with delegates to his labor union convention.

    Sammy Finkelman (9ab1e5)

  43. So, you’re saying he’s a racist and a h8er, JD?

    elissa (9fb50a)

  44. Perhaps he was just playing that image against “marching shoes”?

    If it was anyone else, I would generously give the metaphor-simile benefit of the doubt. Not with the President, however. His manipulations have been evidenced far too frequently.

    He’s not trying to win them over. He’s talking like a football coach berating his players, when he doesn’t really mean it.

    I think he still is. Again, he is manipulative and plays on guilt, and I think that is still where he’s at with this particular group. It’s always an effective strategy and the sense of obligation and duty to the community supersedes reasoning and logic based on the evidence to make one’s decision to support or not support.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  45. ________________________________________________

    In honor of the topic of this thread, and as a salute to people (and politicians) like Barack Obama, I post the following.

    Dailycaller.com, March 2011:

    Social scientists usually measure traditional racism against African Americans by looking at the survey responses of white Americans only. Among whites in the latest General Social Survey (2008), only 4.5% of small-government advocates express the view that “most Blacks/African-Americans have less in-born ability to learn,” compared to 12.3% of those who favor bigger government or take a middle position expressing this racist view.

    We social scientists sometimes like to express things in relative odds, especially for small percentages. Here the odds of small government whites not expressing racist views (21-to-1 odds) is three times higher than the odds of big-government whites not being racist (7-to-1 odds).

    Republican advocates of smaller government are even less racist (1.3% believing that blacks have less in-born ability) than the rest of the general public (11.3% expressing racist views). Thus, in 2008 Republicans who believe that the government in Washington does too much have 10 times higher odds of not expressing racist views on the in-born ability question than the rest of the population (79-to-1 odds v. 7.9-to-1 odds).

    What about conservative Republicans more generally, not just the ones who want a smaller government? Surely they must be more racist. Actually not. In 2008, only 5.4% of white conservative Republicans expressed racist views on the in-born ability question, compared to 10.3% of the rest of the white population.

    [T]his same pattern holds for white Democrats compared to white Republicans: in 2008 12.3% of white Democrats in the U.S. believed that African Americans were born with less ability, compared to only 6.6% of white Republicans.

    Another traditional racism question — on segregated neighborhoods — was asked on fifteen General Social Surveys from 1972 through 1996. Though the percentage of white Democrats and white Republicans who slightly or strongly agreed that “White people have a right to keep Blacks out of their neighborhoods” did not differ significantly in any one survey, overall white Democrats were significantly more likely to support segregated neighborhoods than white Republicans (30.4% to 26.3%).

    The above makes the following even less surprising or more plausible…

    aman.members.sonic.net:

    Larry Patterson [Arkansas state trooper and Clinton bodyguard from 1986 to 1993] confirmed that he frequently heard Bill Clinton use “nigger” to refer to both Jesse Jackson and local Little Rock black leader Robert “Say” McIntosh.

    Longtime Clinton paramour Dolly Kyle Browning corroborated Patterson on Clinton’s use of “nigger.” “Not only did he use the ‘N’ word, he called him a ‘GDN’ [goddamn nigger], if you catch my drift,” Browning told Fox News in 1999. [NewsMax, 17 July 2000] Brown also told NewsMax that the president would regularly make derogatory comments about African-Americans in private. “He has used the ‘N’ word before. Bill would make snide remarks about blacks behind their backs.” [Carl Limbacher and NewsMax Staff, 17 July 2000]

    Patterson said Hillary was no stranger to the “N” word either. He heard her say “nigger” “probably six, eight, ten times. She would be upset with someone in the black community and she would use the ‘N’ word, like, you heard they’ve got the president’s brother on tape using the ‘N’ word.” [NewsMax, 17 July 2000]

    ^ Of course, it’s hard to hold such things against Hillary Clinton when she’s quick on her feet in dodging sniper fire on airport tarmacs.

    Ah, those liberals. Yep. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

    Mark (411533)

  46. Comment by elissa — 9/25/2011 @ 9:44 am

    Didn’t Fred Sanford “shuffle” around in bedroom slippers?

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  47. And, if Rick Perry had made that comment, he’d be defending himself against charges of Racism from every redoubt of Leftism.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  48. Elissa – yes.

    JD (318f81)

  49. At the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, which is all Democrat, nobody’s going to say he’s for any Republican.

    He didn’t specifically speak about viting for President by the way, but pressing for his legislation.

    I guess people are telling him it has no chance of passage. I guess he wants members of the Congressional black caucus to try anyway, because you see, he is second coming of Harry S Truman, and Harry Truman proposed a package of legislation and ran against the do-nothing Eightieth Congress and got re-elected.

    What’s the alternative? Another Jimmy Carter?

    Sammy Finkelman (9ab1e5)

  50. While Obama is not like Truman, Mitt Romney is like Dewey. The last time any person got elected President using a more or less Thomas E Dewey strategy was Richard Nixon in 1968.

    Sammy Finkelman (9ab1e5)

  51. Tom Dewey didn’t have the luxury of the Dems self-destructing on the streets of Chicago before a world-wide TV audience; though he did have two Dem splinters running against Truman, and still couldn’t close the deal.
    He was OK as “Mr. District Atty”; but otherwise, not so much.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  52. The One loses train
    of thought when Barbara Lee and
    Maxine in same room

    elissa (9fb50a)

  53. “Take off your bedroom slippers”

    Give the man some credit for not adding “and put down your MD 20 20 and Double Malts.”

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  54. Would have been funny if he said take off your robe so I can see your penis.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  55. Obama really sounds irritated in that speech. Perhaps he wonders why his supporters aren’t more loyal and grateful. Don’t they realize how much smarter he is than they are?

    Comment by DRJ — 9/25/2011 @ 9:00 am

    Heh heh heh. They should be thanking him actually.

    no one you know (325a59)

  56. I don’t know how many of you saw a short clip from his CBC speech (it’s on Breitbart) but after using his southern preacher cadence, he finished by loudly banging the side of the podium with his hand and walked away glaring at the audience. Dude was angry. And I think the anger came from fear.

    Comment by elissa — 9/25/2011 @ 9:03 am

    Thanks, elissa, for referencing that otherwise I wouldn’t have watched it. Can’t explain why but it gives so much satisfaction to finally see the narcissistic meltdown starting. Hope he lets loose a lot more often.

    And, nice Stashiu ref too. +1 Have been lurking so much around here that I could populate the entire Sockpuppet Friday thread every week. (Hope they keep that thread around — it’s so much fun.)

    no one you know (325a59)

  57. Noyk should comment more. And that speech/hectoring lecture should be broadcast far and wide.

    JD (318f81)

  58. _______________________________________________

    but after using his southern preacher cadence, he finished by loudly banging the side of the podium with his hand and walked away glaring at the audience. Dude was angry. And I think the anger came from fear.

    Actually, he was doing an impersonation of his good friend and spiritual adviser (former or otherwise), the Reverend Jeremiah Wright. Or perhaps he was imitating Al Gore doing his own impersonation of a preacher man.

    Ah, liberals. Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.

    Mark (411533)

  59. Comment by ian cormac — 9/25/2011 @ 11:28 am

    It is just too horrible a concept to contemplate a world without lawyers.
    We would be doomed!

    98% giving the other 2% a bad name.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  60. In this case (Solyndra), the suits of both firms involved should be dragged before Congress and asked about their knowledge of the business model at Solyndra, and whether they are willing and able to prove their non-involvement in the fraud that was perpetrated against the American Taxpayers – they could consider it a preliminary hearing for their own disbarment, and criminal prosecution.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  61. #56: hello, NOYK. Absolutely—both to your comments and JD’s observation.

    I would remind people that this POTUS has been part of an academic progressive culture that never, ever told him he did anything poorly until he was President. And even then, he has lots and lots of people who tell him that he poots Skittles and rainbows.

    I’ve been afraid of this. Arrogance and inexperience do not go well together.

    Example: what about those grades of his? There is a reason that the press hasn’t leaked them. Where’s Larry Flynt when you need him, huh?

    But yes, I want to see more unscripted moments from this fellow. And if that speech was scripted, well, we are in less capable hands than my low expectations led me to believe.

    Simon Jester (012e47)

  62. Sarbanes Oxley?

    JD (318f81)

  63. AD – The lawyers were just following instructions. Heh.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  64. BREAKING: Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga) claims that President Obama yelled racial epithets at him as he left the room.

    Pious Agnostic (6048a8)

  65. I can’t wait for a battle between the first two Black Presidents about this…heads will explode.

    Simon Jester (012e47)

  66. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

    Obambi, the greatest orator of our time.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  67. Amazon having
    sale on bedroom slippers and
    OFA do rags

    elissa (9fb50a)

  68. checks he sign returned
    marked with insufficient funds
    can you get to that?

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  69. now we want da funk
    give up da funk we need da
    funk give up da funk

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  70. Oh, we get that blacks, union officials and environmental terrorists are exited about voting Zero.

    That gets him to 15%.

    The good news for Romney is that leaves him NH, UT, ID and maybe NV and AZ.

    gary gulrud (790d43)

  71. shake it off! gonna
    turn this muthah out gonna
    tear roof off suckah

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  72. BREAKING-Charles Johnson offcially said while he doesn’t condone Obama spewing racial epithets at Hot Air he believes it exposed Hot Air as Racist.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  73. gahwee need the funk
    he gotta have da funk now
    gulrud want da funk

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  74. why must I feel like
    that? why must I chase the cat?
    nut’n but dog in me

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  75. “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

    Why do Americans keep telling pollsters that they like Obama on a personal basis. His tone here seems rather nasty to his own supporters.

    I think deep down that Obama is a self-absorbed, selfish and narcissistic adolescent. I get the feeling his basic mood is not too pleasant.

    AZ Bob (f67ff0)

  76. AZ Bob,

    My feeling is Americans initially wanted to like Obama because he was the first black President and because he seemed like a family man, making him an attractive role model for single-parent (especially black) families. Some may also have been a little star-struck, like the way many felt about JFK and his family. Once a person has those feelings, it’s hard to let them go — especially if letting those feelings go also raises questions about one’s initial judgment.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  77. Good point, AZ Bob.

    Personally, I’ve never understood this “personal like” factor. What’s to like about the guy? He has always come across as a self-absorbed, preening narcissist with an undeserved reputation as “the smartest man in the room”. He’s too clever by half and now he gets to reap just what he’s sown. He can’t vacate that office fast enough for me.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  78. Personally, I’ve never understood this “personal like” factor. What’s to like about the guy? He has always come across as a self-absorbed, preening narcissist with an undeserved reputation as “the smartest man in the room”. He’s too clever by half and now he gets to reap just what he’s sown. He can’t vacate that office fast enough for me.

    Get out of my head, Colonel.

    Pious Agnostic (6048a8)

  79. Racists.

    JD (318f81)

  80. Headline of post “Barack to Blacks:” — is that a subconscious Amy Winehouse reference?

    I honestly don’t get how Obama and the CBC can still, with a straight face, keep up this ancient and irrelevant rhetoric about “marching” and “the mountain top” and “the promised land”. Honestly, it’s like singing a rousing chorus of George M.’s “Over There” in reference to the Afghan war. Even Reagan’s stuff is already moldy with age and irrelevance, and these soundbites are a full generation older than _that_.

    The CBC has already got the ear of the President himself, and he’s telling them to “march” for jobs? Who are they going to “march” to? Maybe Jeffrey Immelt, and demand more Diversity Outreach Co-ordinators? Maybe they could march to end illegal immigration, so that jobs would… wait… no… racial politics getting all tangled and confused… Frankenstein’s head starting to hurt… Must Keep Marching Against Whitey and The Man, if only can… figure out… who The Man is any more….

    This idea that jobs are somehow tied to politics and not to economics is ancient history, and it’s got to stop. And this sort of rhetoric, whose shelf-life ended in like 1987, has got to stop, too. All it does is cloud people’s minds, and make them unable to assess the landscape accurately and think clearly.

    OBAMA: As Dr. King said, We must march to the mountain-top of the Promised Land…

    HOMER SIMPSON: Who promised you what now?

    d. in c. (f42fa7)

  81. If anything good can be said to have come from this presidency, it will be the “one more nail in the coffin” of Keynesian economics and big-spend panacea aspect of it.

    ColonelHaiku (a4b693)

  82. Heh. You should trademark that, JD.

    Totally off-topic but did you see the reason Deion Sanders gave for getting a divorce? All I wanted was a housewife.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  83. Are you sure Baracktard doesn’t want to force them into aborting their kids………..he and his comrades in congress believe in zero population growth.

    Chinas one child policy isn’t about combating overpopulation because if it were they wouldn’t just abort females.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  84. Its official Deion Sanders wants a househusband.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  85. from comments here it
    looks as if the bloom is off
    the Obama rose

    elissa (9fb50a)

  86. Obama might be the househusband Deion Sanders is looking for.

    Obama is a bore.

    Michelle has not gotten a score.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  87. Well, ya know . . . Jesse Jackson DID wonder if Teh One was ‘black enough’.

    Barack to the CBC: “Where my n***az at?”
    The response: ….. [crickets chirp]

    Icy Texan (0ae240)

  88. Barry’s personal like…

    It’s the Bradley Effect.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  89. Jessie Crackson wonders if white people are black enough.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  90. With, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for black Americans hovering around 16.7%, at what point are black Americans permitted to complain?

    Is there a WH approved threshold that must be reached before complaining is appropriate? Does permission then have to sought to voice dissent? Is this what the modern progressive has been reduced to?

    POTUS apparently has a double-standard for different groups of people. I don’t recall reading any sort of dismissive scorn in his speeches in Pacific Heights or Brentwood or the Sony Pictures Studio fundraisers. Again, it’s amazing the CBC allows itself to be treated so poorly.

    I like black commentator Crytal Wright’s indignant reaction to the president’s speech. She’s not giving up her dignity and intelligence:

    “This is the most insulting, racist rhetoric I’ve heard in a long time and it comes from the President of the United States. Speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus last night, Obama told blacks to ‘Take off your bedroom slippers, put on your arching shoes. Shake it off + stop [c]omplaining.’ The implications here that ALL Blacks are waiting for a gov handout ; all Blacks wear bedroom slippers or are sitting on the couch not working is despicable + shows how out of touch the nation’s first BLACK president really is. Blacks will stop complaining when black jobless rate of 16.7%, the highest in 25 years declines and when Obama is voted out of office. Liberal or Conservative, blacks should be horrified by Obama’s speech. Blacks have ‘equality’ Mr. President what they need + the country is a [bunch more] jobs.”

    Dana (4eca6e)

  91. Ms. Wright votes NO!

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (109f56)

  92. Yes, she does AD! And good for her. Of course, her voice is not what the players want heard so she’ll be shut out of the MSM… and ironically this sort of bigotry is perfectly acceptable in their own eyes.

    I also enjoyed Damon Thornton’s snark,

    “This is why blacks should stop voting blindly for liberals of ANY color. Instead of delivering results, BHO hurls insults — with a Harry Reid-approved ‘Negro dialect’, no less.”

    The old school CBC is getting left in the dust. The younger ones know what’s what and it is no longer what they’ve been spoonfed for so long.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  93. “put on your arching shoes.”

    Well, good arches are important.

    Nobody likes a guy with flat feet.

    Dave Surls (28f866)

  94. Heh. Didn’t even notice that, Dave. Arching shoes or marching shoes, he’s riding Air Force One and the minions must march…class warfare indeed!

    Dana (4eca6e)

  95. Todd Palin wants to divorce his wife?

    That’s news to him.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  96. “The old school CBC is getting left in the dust. The younger ones know what’s what…”

    Strictly speaking, if that were really true, then they’d feel obliged to disband the CBC.

    What they’re doing long term, of course, is provoking and encouraging the creation of a CWC…

    d. in c. (f12f37)

  97. d. in c.,

    I can only speak for the young blacks that I have spoken with and whose commentary I have read, and it would seem a common take seems to be that the CBC is a moribund entity, along with the NAACP. They had their place and need at one time, but that time has passed.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  98. Dana–

    A lot of the CBC legends are getting quite old. I’m afraid the organization may only reach its well deserved demise as the members die off/retire (since most of them seem to have seats for life). But I also sense, as you mentioned, that a number of younger, more successful and influential blacks are highly embarrassed by the lack of intellectual prowess and ethical standards which many of these dinosaurs exhibit. Also, there seems to be a schism brewing between the remaining civil rights era AA leaders and black gen Xers and younger boomers who would like a stronger voice– and are appalled that the likes of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton still push their way in front of the camera and mic at every opportunity.

    elissa (9fb50a)

  99. Comment by Simon Jester — 9/25/2011 @ 11:41 am

    Hey Simon, good to see you too.

    Comment by ColonelHaiku — 9/25/2011 @ 1:10 pm

    Like they say at Hillbuzz, his grades were Ds and Fs till he proves otherwise.

    self-absorbed, preening
    narcissists crunch figs, howl, dance
    in caves or something

    no one you know (d55d5e)

  100. I wonder how many of that crowd’s ancestors were owned by Obama’s mother’s ancestors. I wonder how many of them were sold to them by his father’s ancestors. How can black people take this clown seriously? In terms of heritage, he’s no more one of them than I am. If there’s an afterlife, there are countless former slaves looking down and shaking their heads in shame and despair.

    ThePaganTemple (82bd58)

  101. 74. If Palin doesn’t run by the end of Oct. its because she’s going third party out of the gate.

    gary gulrud (790d43)

  102. I remember when government officials who got caught made cracks about blacks liking comfortable shoes had to resign.

    sarahW (fd5a41)

  103. making, not made

    sarahW (fd5a41)

  104. Actually, I think this is good politics on Obama’s part, and would be even if he weren’t facing so many impediments to reelection. Now is indeed the time for an incumbent president — any incumbent president who’s seeking re-election — to be doing the deep eye gazing/soulful inspired rallying speeches to his base. Tacking toward the center in any meaningful way can wait several more months, until the general election season.

    Beldar (5a73df)

  105. Yeah, I didn’t really get the whole “Barack must be piping-hot angry cuz he even slapped the podium” thing. The guy spends his life wearing a series of Halloween costumes. In tonite’s performance, he wears his home-made Soulful Angry Black Man costume. Complete with Unconvincing Preacher Accent (batteries not included). Whatever.

    So it sounds like Bammy and his CBC minions are going to “put on their marching shoes” and march someplace. Where will they march to? To another country, one hopes. I’ll pack them a nice box lunch — with extra okra for Bammy, for extra street cred.

    d. in c. (ac417f)

  106. The guy spends his life wearing a series of Halloween costumes.

    True. Maybe this time the mask slipped a bit, but it seems like politicians, especially of the left variety, think black audiences want to hear shouts and marching orders and something really angry.

    Which is pretty insulting.

    Dustin (b2fb78)

  107. think black audiences want to hear shouts and marching orders and something really angry.

    However, ironically the black community does not seem to be insulted by it. Instead they seem to see it as normal. Which speaks volumes.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  108. His supporters are in bedroom slippers because they wear their pajamas all day long as unemployed 99’ers times two.

    AZ Bob (f67ff0)

  109. #109 The black political community is too much influenced by the black church; this may have historical reasons that one can understand and sympathize with, but nevertheless long-term it isn’t healthy.

    Understandable or not, the church tradition supplies far too much of argument-by-loud-assertion rather than argument from analysis and discursive reason. It results in emotional and oratorical richness, and conceptual and intellectual poverty. Much black-centered political argument nowadays simply isn’t very persuasive, it’s a type of weak special pleading which white folks to date have patiently indulged (or been coerced/trained to indulge) because it’s just too annoying and uncomfortable to call out blacks and point out all their shortcomings, (sigh), yet again.

    But that moral bank account is now overdrawn. Politically, white folks are really tired and have other things to worry about now, and American black folks need to grow the hell up. All this crap about the mountain-top is wearing down everybody’s patience. Forty-some-odd years searching for the damn mountain-top and you mean to tell me you idjits haven’t found it yet?

    Check. Your damn. Telescope.

    d. in c. (17012e)

  110. If obama said they must die they would agree and off themselves.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  111. ______________________________________________

    In tonite’s performance, he wears his home-made Soulful Angry Black Man costume.

    I just watched a clip of that and, strangely enough, he didn’t seem as off-the-wall as I thought he would be. Or not as over the top and ridiculous as Al Gore has been when doing his angry-preacher-man routine.

    However, the words Obama spoke did drip with hubris and pity-poor-me ego, and a very patronizing tone towards the black electorate. But I originally imagined he had oozed more of what his wife has displayed on occasion since 2008, such as what’s shown in the video below. It does contain a bit of the street-sassy, “you-go-gurl!” speech patterns someone alluded to earlier, combined with some get-down-with-your-bad-self syntax:

    “Who Me and Barack Are”

    I’ll long believe that America jumped the shark back in November 2008. Whether the country will ever live that moment down, I don’t know. But I find that I can’t help but view the White House differently in today’s era, post-Bill-Clinton (ie, Monica, etc) and now post-Obama (ie, Jeremiah Wright, etc). It has been thoroughly cheapened or Banana Republic-ized over the past 20 years.

    Mark (411533)

  112. Islam is a nazi like ideology.

    they want to exterminate the jews.

    Honestly just because some germans hate muslims because they think they are not aryan enough,does not mean that Islams odious tie to nazis should be considered a lie which it is not.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  113. ______________________________________________

    The black political community is too much influenced by the black church;

    Not the church (or Christianity) per se, but a flaky leftist strain of it.

    Speaking of which, notice how many institutions and facets of this society in general have been liberalized over the past 40-plus years. Notice how many of them have been corrupted by left-leaning biases. They range from public schools, universities, the media, Wall Street (ie, all the limousine liberals of Manhattan), show business, YMCA/YWCA, and churches to — as mentioned previously — even the US military (ie, with its Nidal Hasan-ized and anti-DADT-ized political correctness).

    Mark (411533)

  114. We must tell the jew-hating paleocon far-right to take a hike if we want to win.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  115. 117. I remember those people, “John Birchers”, I think they were called.

    They’re all dead by now. Gotta be voting Democrat.

    gary gulrud (790d43)

  116. Maxine Waters has voice her concern for the inappropriateness of the President’s choice of words and is concerned why he thinks the black community is grumbling and complaining when they are out daily working for him and his fix for jobs. She elaborates on the video.

    The California Democrat, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, says she found the president’s language “a bit curious.” She says Obama didn’t address Hispanics in such a blunt manner and would never use that language in a speech to a gathering of gays or Jews.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  117. Just put your marching shoes on Maxine and eat your peas!

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  118. Animal House II – The Obama Campaign
    Already at a theatre near you.

    elissa (3a8545)

  119. Why, it’s almost as if Maxine is questioning why President Obama is treating blacks differently than other groups of people… why is he singling them out with such negative language…goodness, is she even allowed?

    It’s nice to see Maxine refusing the marching shoes and standing on her own high heels, pushing back.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  120. You can’t say you didn’t give him reason to do so

    http://www.newsmax.com/InsideCover/maxine-water-obama-blacks/2011/08/18/id/407861

    ian cormac (ed5f69)

  121. Maxine Waters was simply pointing out the inherent racism of Barcky’s white half.

    JD (ac417f)

  122. It would seem, JD, that he is then a man at war with himself.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  123. Inner demons, Dana, inner demons.

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  124. Because my children are are Indian, German and Polish Jews, the middle child who is by nature non-compliant and impatient, humorously blames his perpetual crankiness on the fact that the German and Jew in him were always at war with one another, while the Indian was stoically sitting in the corner of the teepee quietly smoking a peace pipe just wishing for some damn silence.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  125. Hey, anybody know–what’s slo Joe been up to lately? He’s been sort of quiet since the 9/11 commemorations, no?

    elissa (3a8545)

  126. Oh, he’s just been his usual self, elissa,

    WASHINGTON—Claiming it was “pretty fucking cool up there” and not to be missed, Vice President Joe Biden reportedly asked Estonian ambassador Väino Reinart on several occasions Sunday if he wanted to check out the White House roof.

    The vice president assures Ambassador Reinart that “there’s plenty of good skin mags up there.”

    “So, you ready to see this sweet-ass roof or what?” the vice president was overheard telling Reinart, one of several foreign dignitaries who visited the White House this weekend. “Come on, it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s a killer spot to just chill out. Everyone thinks this place is all about the Oval Office, but I guarantee the best seat in the house is right up top.”

    [note: released from moderation. –Stashiu]

    Dana (4eca6e)

  127. That’s an Onion joke, right?

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  128. right.

    elissa (3a8545)

  129. Dana #125: I think I saw that episode of the original Star Trek, with Frank Gorshin:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_That_Be_Your_Last_Battlefield

    Simon Jester (d15a6a)

  130. Team Obama is acting like they can take nothing for granted.

    Isn’t it a foregone conclusion that they ARE taking for granted that the Taxpayer has a bottomless pocketbook? Seems this is the problem, there.

    Jus’ sayin’…

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)

  131. President Downgrade was just channeling Bulworth.

    IgotBupkis, President, United Anarchist Society (c9dcd8)


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