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Gibbs calls Steele comments on race 'silly'

By Michael D. Shear
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs had some choice words today for Michael Steele after the RNC chairman said that being black gives him and President Obama less margin for error as public figures.

"That's a fairly silly comment to make," Gibbs told reporters. "I think Michael Steele's problem isn't the race card, it's the credit card."

The comment came after the embattled Republican chief suggested on a morning talk show that race is a factor in public perceptions about the chairman.

"The honest answer is, 'yes,'" Steele said in response to a question on race on ABC's "Good Morning America." "It just is. Barack Obama has a slimmer margin. A lot of folks do. It's a different role for me to play and others to play, and that's just the reality of it. But you take that as a part of the nature of it."

By Michael D. Shear  |  April 5, 2010; 10:40 AM ET
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"I think Michael Steele's problem isn't the race card, it's the credit card."

Too funny! Oust Steele and revamp the GOP.

Posted by: inoc | April 7, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

He was asked a question and he answered it honestly. Why is that silly?

Posted by: celestun100 | April 6, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Of course Steele is correct and most EVERY successful Black person in America knows this to be true as well. My Grandmother who was born in 1908, called it the "ol' Black tax", meaning that as a Black person, you have work twice as hard to be considered half as good by the majority.

Posted by: FlyNMy40s | April 6, 2010 10:27 AM | Report abuse

Whereas, I am no Steele defender or fan, the reporter asked a leading question and Steele answered honestly. I am not going to pretend to have insight on Steele intent but the reality is it isn't the "race card", it is the "first" card. Yes, this president receives greater scrutiny than he would if he were an old, protestant, fat, white man. He is held to a higher standard as will be the first female president or first Hispanic, Asian American, or whatever president. JFK was the first Catholic president and because he was, he, also, received greater scrutiny. Ask any woman who has entered a predominantly male field and they will tell you that they couldn't be just as good as their male peers, they had to be better.

In response to the unrelated comment about Obama doubling the deficit if he is re-elected. Reagan tripled the deficit and the debt and expanded the size of government by 65,000. Bush I doubled the debt. Bush II doubled the debt and accrued $1.2 trillion with a T deficit between Oct 1 2008 and Jan 20, 2009. Fiscal conservatism is what republicans talk about when they are out of power. It has never been something that they practiced. Orin Hatch's recent gaffe was telling when he stated that the Senate didn't worry about how anything would be paid for under the previous administration. After all, Cheney repeatedly stated that deficits didn't matter.

Posted by: xclntcat | April 6, 2010 5:26 AM | Report abuse

Hey, Fat-faced self humper, who asked and who cares what you think?

Posted by: easttxisfreaky | April 5, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

True history of reality really hurts, while still playing favorite of the “One-Drop Rule”, despite this holding. The one-drop theory retains influence in U.S. society and behind close doors of the “White House” including among our so called “Congressional” lawmakers. What Steele's problem he lacks history of race in America, while President Obama continually being threaten in the white house behind closed door is amazing.

The one-drop rule is nearly unique to the United States. People in most other countries tend to treat race less rigidly, and often self-identify racially in ways different than many people in the United States. Just as a person with physically recognizable sub-Saharan ancestry can claim to be black in the United States

Breaching their own laws, since the “Racial Integrity Act” required that a racial description of every person be recorded at birth, and made marriage between white persons and non-white persons a felony: Laws SB 219, entitled "The Racial Integrity Act " and SB 281, "An ACT to provide for the sexual sterilization of inmates of State institutions in certain cases", henceforth referred to as "The Sterilization Act".

African American: It is very ironic that Africans and Americans, who as two distinct groups of people, were once quite literally worlds apart plus is full of stereotyping hyphen to the lack of cultural backgrounds.

1. The process of assimilation was however by no means easy and relations between the African culture of origination and forced to endure the horrors of their voyage to America

2. Black American adoptive societies that is suffering maltreatment under the abhorrent conditions of slavery who whites practice inhuman imperialism.

One of the more distressing results of the alienation and lack of familial unity faced by the Africans in America was that much of the original native culture was lost. Whites spend enormous amounts of money concealing the truth that when all of Europe were barbarians, plus in Africa history they had civilizations, libraries, universities. Historians so called European, liars and thieves that took over lands in American and Asian cultures are all counterfeit copies of Black cultures.

Foremost, the white man’s used much weaponry to flood the ghettoes and homelands of all blacks around the world. Causing much animosity between races that were more civilized, causing factions as he is still doing in Africa and inciting wars in the Middle East and other places strategic for their purpose. Whites have been killing Africans for hundreds of years, after the “Atlantic Trade” of human beings and now when it is turned on you American Blacks mostly mixed with American Indians, they cry foul play.

Posted by: chambersmary50 | April 5, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

If Obama is elected twice, he will double the deficit. That is the definition of doing a really bad job as president. He deserves all the criticism he has gotten. What Michael Steele has done in comparison is meaningless. Does Steele deserve some critiscm? Probably, but this is like a full week of this stupid story. In the meantime, Obama has added several billion dollars to the budget deficit.

Posted by: peterg73 | April 5, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

I think it's interesting how politicians (and their aides) all play the race card when they have to (and how they feel will benefit them most). Pres. Obama used it to sway blacks to back him in his presidential run, but tried to be post-racial around whites to benefit from that. Republicans also straddle the fence. Justice Thomas said his confirmation was a "high tech lynching," yet on the bench acts as if he's colorblind. I've heard Michael Steele also try to minimize the role race plays in society, only now to confirm it exists (when it suits him).

The truth is, as a bi-racial American, born outside the country and well-traveled, this country is probably the best and most willing to deal with it's race problem, however, it won't fully be solved until those that are Pres. Obama's age and older die off (unfortunately). With all that's gone on in our history previously to now, the races don't trust each other. However, anyone with kids knows that the old mentality is changing. TV is different, culture is different, and it's actually better to create the post-racial society everyone says they want. I doubt it happens in my lifetime (I'm 36), but definitely in my kids' lifetime. Until then, good people from all races need to keep pushing America to be the great country it strives to be.

Posted by: sachancp | April 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Steele is the RNC's TOKEN.

That's all there is to him.

Steele was a total failure before this and he's a total failure now. So nothing has changed.

Posted by: Heerman532 | April 5, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Steele is being way too modest. It's easy to be a black Democrat; Washington's crawling with them. What he's done, survive for over a year as the black chairman of the Republican party is a phenomenal achievement. He's almost the only black in the party, and he must take a lot of heat from his 'brothers'. He's allowed the Republicans to pretend that their something other than a party of angry white men. Sadly, I don't think they'll thank him for it.

Posted by: DaveHarris | April 5, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs making light of
women and minorities???
what about Karzai and the Taliban?
what about 52,000 manufactoring jobs,
gone???

I don't think blacks or women are allowed at the Gibbs dining room table,
just in the Kitchen,
where they belong.

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 5, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

17% unemployment, Two Wars!
bombings! and the white house
is talking about the GOP and
Sarah Palin.

What about the jobs, Robert?
Dude....

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 5, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

"if anything, I think steele gets a wider margin of error because he is black. I bet the staffer they fired over the lesbian strip club visit was white."

yyou mean the staffer who submitted the bill again after being told not to ?
what difference does his skin color make?
he DESERVES to be fired.

Posted by: newagent99 | April 5, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs is a Racist!
Plain and Simple.
He must work for obama's
white half.

Posted by: simonsays1 | April 5, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama never had a credit card problem because he could always send his bills to Tony Rezko and Alexi Giannoulias.

Posted by: ttj1 | April 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Steele could be right.
If you are black in this country your patriotism, truthfulness and work ethic are constantly questioned. I hate to say it but its true, not because of what's going on with Steele or Obama. This comes from life experience.
The race issue is like a back problem. When you've never had back problems, you look at the the person with the backache like they're whinning. You think that it couldn't hurt that much and that the person is faking it.
But when you hurt your own back, you realize that it is painfull and not something that should be easily dismissed.

Posted by: priceisright | April 5, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs said it best!

Steele's problem ain't the race card but the credit card!
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Seems Mr. Gibbs didn't feel that way in SC in the 2008 Primary. How about Lewis and Clyburn lying about the Clintons and then lying about the Tea Party.

Obama and his minions are no slouches on playing the race card game of political dirty tricks.
.

Posted by: bnw173 | April 5, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs said it best!

Steele's problem ain't the race card but the credit card!

Posted by: Citi__Street | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Sigh . . . as an 82 year-old who was born a WASP in Alabama and during military service was able to gradually grow out of the racial bigotry and religious fundamentalism that continued to support that bigotry, I can tell you that MANY in the GOP (especially my former high school chums) STILL (without showing it except in private among friends) hate having a black President and black RNC chairman.
What so many do not realize is that the Southern GOP was once the Dixiecrat Party.

Posted by: lufrank1 | April 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Robert Gibbs comments said it best! Steele's problem ain't the race card but the credit card!

Posted by: Citi__Street | April 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Steele are both terrible stewards of the colorless US Constitution.
Posted by: dottydo | April 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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So, the constitution is transparent?

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | April 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Cryos, rather than engage you in your unique brand of nonsensical gibberish, let me just say that I find you to be a joke.

Example: "Anita Hill who lied"

Really, scumbag? Where did you get that from -- Mrs. Clarence Thomas?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Obama and Steele are both terrible stewards of the colorless US Constitution.

Posted by: dottydo | April 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

if anything, I think steele gets a wider margin of error because he is black. I bet the staffer they fired over the lesbian strip club visit was white.
"its the credit card, not the race card!" lol

Posted by: MarilynManson | April 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

rduring - "Obama Love" is the one of the worst poems ever! "man" and "dam" don't rhyme. (by the way, spelled "damn")

Don't worry, probably would make a good Tea Party chant. I can see the protest signs "un-ethical sausage dew!"

Posted by: eeepc | April 5, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

If anyone here had knowledge of Maryland politics, they would know that Steele was picked precisely because he is African-American--there is no question about it. It's the reason Bob Ehrlich picked him as his Lt. Gov. candidate in 2002. Steele had no elective experience, no working knowledge of the legislative process, but was picked precisely so the Republican Party in Maryland could try to make inroads with African-American voters.

When Ehrlich won, he gave Steele precisely one assignment over four years: Conduct a study on racial disparities in the death penalty in Maryland. After those four years, Steele reported that the matter...needed more study.

Yet being Lt. Governor (and, admittedly, being telegenic) was all Steele needed to secure the job at the RNC, immediately after the first non-white president was elected. Coincidence? I think not.

The party chairman should be anonymously raising money and building the base. Not going out giving speeches at $20 K a pop, writing a book that purports to give a platform for Republican success and, most of all, driving donors away from the RNC by spending profligately and creating controversy.

Posted by: jhpurdy | April 5, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Well it looks like Gibbs and the White House have played this one right again. Steele might be right that in his position he may be watched with a very scrutinizing eye. Yes, because he is black, but, that is not all. The RNC and the Republican candidates have set such high expectations for themselves that they no room for error.

But, Gibbs and the Obama administration have played this just right. They did not fall into the Steele trap. Rather, Gibbs comments are meant to sway those independent voters who may have had concerns that President Obama is too black or lefty for them. They hit this ball down the middle with their Steele bat and now the Republican voters who typically are not racially sympathetic are at a lost, as they now being led by a racially charged leader. Disgruntled voters either don't vote or vote for the other guy.

The republicans have nowhere to move with this one. They are painted into a corner. If they defend what Steele said, they look to liberal. And, if they reject what he Steele said they will seem disloyal to party leader or worse yet, racist.

Good show Mr. President! Good Show!

Posted by: want2bepundit | April 5, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

The people yelling about liberals, let me remind you--conservative Michael Steele said this--not a liberal. I know facts are hard to deal with, so go ahead and keep changing ther subject. Plus, you probably haven't heard what Limbaugh's take is, so you don't know anything to do but lash out.

Posted by: ljk76 | April 5, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Why is there such a fuss about Michael Steele and the fetish club attendance by members of his staff?
Someone in the free press should ask Rahm Emanuel, the chap who is the Chief of Staff of the White House how many times he frequented the Saturday night fetish parties at the Passive Arts Studio “dungeon” near LAX Airport in Los Angeles when he was a member of Congress and visited LA. Was Rahm a classic “top” in the Saturday night fetish party scene and as now is the same as Chief of Staff, albeit it without the cute little subs that frequent Passive Arts? Ask Rahm that question. Why do Dems and Republicans alike act with such hypocrisy in attacking others sexuality and sexual recreation?

Posted by: gorasaab | April 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, there is nothing “race” about mismanaging organization’s money, Mr. Steel! Own up your mistakes and stop playing the race card. It’s called accountability.

Posted by: JHigginss | April 5, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

UN-fortunately, there have been bad examples- Marion Barry, Charles Rangel, Roland Burris, Governor Patterson-along with other prominent Black leaders-Jesse Jackson, his son came under scrutiny after the Blagogate selling of the Senate seat in Illinois. Maybe the White politicians are better able to hide their issues and malfeasance- but it seems like there's plenty there too. There are many competent, able hard working Black elected officials. But there is still an Anacostia, a Harlem, A South Central-these are areas where Black- and other minority candidates get elected. The problems of these areas never seem to go away. Maybe it's too much to ask of one elected representative- but these communities never seem to come together to get themselves rid of crime and drugs and violence- not easy perhaps, but if you want your children to live to adulthood in those areas- then changes need to be made. The politicians give all this hope about programs, and jobs- but then they don't provide them. Obama represents a success as a Black politician- but one who figured out that everone has to play by and be scored by the same set of rules- like him or not.

Posted by: poppysue85 | April 5, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I do not like Micheal Steel. I think that he is not as smart as he likes to think he is. I think that his bringing his race in to the fact that he has mishandled RNC funds is a cop out.

His being black was not a mystery to anyone. Had he done a good job and handled other peoples money in the manner with which his party aligns themselves no one would be wondering if he did that because he is black.

Micheal Steel has nothing in common with the president other than the fact they have the same hue in skin tone.

What's funny is that now he himself is now claiming that the president started out at a deficit because of his color, something that when first elected as RNC chair Mr. Steel did not and would not have acknowledged.

Posted by: justonevoice | April 5, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Tom Steele has always been a token card in the Republican party. I don't think any right-wing Repo takes him seriously. It is not the race card against him, but the BRAINS CARD. He ain't got it. President Obama, on the other hand, has more brains and education than the entire GOP and its conglomerate of uneducated, illiterate, dumb, redneck tea-baggers.

Posted by: analyst72 | April 5, 2010 12:46 PM
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So many hateful, racist, bigoted posts to back up my statements.

It is sad among blogs that this type of dirty, low descriptions and tactics are used and accepted by the left. They call the right out of control and extreme? LOL

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

I've been black all my life and have yet to recieve access to this "Race Card". Is it covered under the Fair Credit Reporting Act? What are the terms of agreement and intial APR?

Posted by: bigceedee | April 5, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Uncle Tom Steele has always been a token card in the Republican party. I don't think any right-wing Repo takes him seriously. It is not the race card against him, but the BRAINS CARD. He ain't got it. President Obama, on the other hand, has more brains and education than the entire GOP and its conglomerate of uneducated, illiterate, dumb, redneck tea-baggers.

Posted by: analyst72 | April 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

What about Clarence "Coke Can" Thomas?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 12:41 PM
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Another perfect example of liberal bigotry pumping up Anita Hill who lied and was obsessed with Thomas.

Liberals don't like Thomas's politics so they called him a token, sellout and promoted lies about him.

That type of behavior saying someone of a certain race HAS to vote/act/speak a certain way is about as racist as you can get. Congratulations liberals.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

cryos: "Liberal posts like yours are insulting. Steele is a token huh? So I guess you decide what black people think, do, say, and how they vote?

Nice condescending attitude bigot.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse:

It has nothing to do with what black people, think, do, or say, cryos. It has EVERYTHING to do with what the people that chose Steele for this position think, do, and say. How many other black faces do you see in Republican leadership (or any other) positions? Not many, huh? That's why Steele is a token.

In short, you're way off base with your false outrage. Cryos post = FAIL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 12:39 PM
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Nice try bigot.

Sorry I'm done listening to liberals' racist, bigoted double standards to try to bully people into believing their little fairy tales.

Liberals bashing the Tea Parties as racist is plain racism designed to keep blacks and other minorities from wanting to go and voice their rights. Look at interviews with people that have gone to dozens and race is not an issue.

Grow up, provide for yourselves and GIVE YOURSELF if you want to "help others." I won't listen to your excuses to bully the US into some failed western european socialist democracy sinkhole.

In short you bigoted people disgust me.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

What about Clarence "Coke Can" Thomas?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

cryos: "Liberal posts like yours are insulting. Steele is a token huh? So I guess you decide what black people think, do, say, and how they vote?

Nice condescending attitude bigot.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse:

It has nothing to do with what black people, think, do, or say, cryos. It has EVERYTHING to do with what the people that chose Steele for this position think, do, and say. How many other black faces do you see in Republican leadership (or any other) positions? Not many, huh? That's why Steele is a token.

In short, you're way off base with your false outrage. Cryos post = FAIL

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | April 5, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Most black Americans responding to this article will say, "yeah, he is right". Half of the ones who will disagree is because they are in denial and want to impress their white American counterparts. Dark anything is not looked upon favorably. Lighter skinned people have always been given the benefit of the doubt and more accepted in society, around the world. It is something those of us with dark skin have learned to live with and fight.

Now, unfortunately for Michael Steele, he has inherited a republican party that is sooooooo far to the right, they have not left room/margin for error. People can forgive you when you admit you are human and not perfect, they tend not to forgive when you go around beating them with YOUR morals and values and attacking people who don't look, think, or act as they do exactly. Good luck with their Mr. Token!

Posted by: ajackson3 | April 5, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Mr. Steele, let's knock off this race crap and talk about that fancy office remodel you got when the RNC's funds were at their lowest. How much did that cost again, including the Bowflex? $20K, or something like that? I wish my company had that kind of RNC stimulus money to remodel their office.

Posted by: jookyg | April 5, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Steele is playing the race card, but the fact is he was always just a token used by the Republicans to try and hide their blatant bias and racism. Now they've decided it would be better to have someone who is further to the right in order to appeal more to the racist sheep they've culivated for the mid-term elections.

Posted by: imgibson | April 5, 2010 12:22 PM
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Liberal posts like yours are insulting. Steele is a token huh? So I guess you decide what black people think, do, say, and how they vote?

Nice condescending attitude bigot.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Steele you have nothing in common with President Barak Husain Obama who was "elected" by and supported by the vast majority of America. You were appointment to the RNC as a knee jerk reaction by the RNC like the last minute Palin joke. The Color Card "Black" is your language and that of your wedge issue bosses. You may just be coming around to understand that you have been "hoodwinked, bamboozled, had". You can't even handle a "strip club" issue. Whose idea was it to go there in the first place and why? Obama is a human being and a democrat you are a republican. Fredrick Douglas, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, President Obama have never left their human dignity. May be you don't get it. You better go home and have a talk with you mother or grand mother if they are still here and find out who you are.

Posted by: dmscontractor | April 5, 2010 11:53 AM
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Your statement is ironic since recently Obama declined to mark mixed race on the census and blew off his own mother directly.

You seem to have strong stereotypical issues of blacks in your post also. Individuals can be anything they want to be they don't have to match your definition of what they should be because of something as minor as race.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Steele is playing the race card, but the fact is he was always just a token used by the Republicans to try and hide their blatant bias and racism. Now they've decided it would be better to have someone who is further to the right in order to appeal more to the racist sheep they've culivated for the mid-term elections.

Posted by: imgibson | April 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Yes, Steele is playing the race card, but the fact is he was always just a token used by the Republicans to try and hide their blatant bias and racism. Now they've decided it would be better to have someone who is further to the right in order to appeal more to the racist sheep they've culivated for the mid-term elections.

Posted by: imgibson | April 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't like Steele pulling the race card but the hypocritical responses are amusing.

Liberals pull the race card CONSTANTLY in a ton of inappropriate situations and always defend it. Now there is this outrage when a republican pulls it.

Take your statements and apply them to your own bullying tactics and unfair accusations like how Cleaver and Lewis slandered Americans (and even lied about an arrest) most recently.

Plus all the disingenuous remarks regarding health care and other leftist agendas.

Posted by: Cryos | April 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Wait...! What's that I hear?....That sound...that oh so familiar sound!...wait!...Yes, YES, that's it.. Its the sound of the race card being played....knew I'd heard it before...

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 5, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Steele you have nothing in common with President Barak Husain Obama who was "elected" by and supported by the vast majority of America. You were appointment to the RNC as a knee jerk reaction by the RNC like the last minute Palin joke. The Color Card "Black" is your language and that of your wedge issue bosses. You may just be coming around to understand that you have been "hoodwinked, bamboozled, had". You can't even handle a "strip club" issue. Whose idea was it to go there in the first place and why? Obama is a human being and a democrat you are a republican. Fredrick Douglas, Martin Luther King, Muhammad Ali, President Obama have never left their human dignity. May be you don't get it. You better go home and have a talk with you mother or grand mother if they are still here and find out who you are.

Posted by: dmscontractor | April 5, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The only thing Republicans ever do is divide America with racism, homophobia, and hate against anyone who isn't them.

Posted by: thomasmc1957 | April 5, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Easy enough for people to say let us forget about "the race crap" when it has no impact on your life. Unfortunately for too many Americans race continues to be an issue. If you read the various blogs and message boards you will see that there are plenty of people completely blinded by race and hatred of people who don't look like them. It is very hard to ignore especially when some of those people have a direct impact on all of our lives. Yes, it would be nice to forget all about that "race crap" but unfortunately people want to be able to express their biases and hatred all the while telling those who are experiencing the results of their ignorance to get over it.

Posted by: catmomtx | April 5, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Steele still doesn't understand he's the GOP's token.

Posted by: jckdoors | April 5, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

America is seriously looking at race as an issue and what we are finding out is race is not an issue. I am black, sixty seven years old and have had the privilege of living in America since I was born here in 1942. Race is only an issue when we allow the opinions of others affect us.

I have worked with all types of people, white, brown, oriental and black and noticed that we all have something in common. We all come with baggage. We all love and hate although I must admit some love and hate more than others.

95% of the people that I work with have been enjoyable to work with. I have run into some haters, curiously from all the aforementioned races, but I have also been blessed to have encountered an overwhelming number of people who just want to survive and take care of their families.

Being president is a tough, hard job as is being an important representative of the Republican Party. I believe that Steele is mistakenly comparing a tough job that comes with foes of all colors with racism. I for one disagree with him. If he allows himself to believe that race is affecting his job then he should quit and get a job where everyone loves him wherever that is.

God bless America.

Posted by: jimarush | April 5, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Steele's problem is that he is not doing the job he was hired to do. Race is a factor, it is the only reason he was elected to the position. Republicans thought they could fool the American people by showing they had a "Black" too. The problem with this is the same problem they had when they tried to shove Sarah Palin down our throats. The American people aren't stupid. At least choose an intelligent person who is willing to actually do the job rather than just promote themselves. You see the mistake Republicans keep making is that they think ALL of the American people are stupid and gullible. They thought they could insert Michael Steele as their substitute for Barack Obama but Steele is not smart enough and began to believe the hype Republicans used to convince him that he was on par with President Obama. I'm surprised they didn't learn from Sarah Palin.

Posted by: catmomtx | April 5, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

Obama Love

Obama he is my man, he shows his anger, to the public he gives no dam.

He is a progressive in every way, killing jobs is how he earns the union's back deal pay, in action he is a socialist even when he is just simply issuing a stay: He says he for the free, but he is bent on one single deed, providing a permanent May Day for all of America to see.

He oppresses many while calling them every name, then claiming he and his party is the victim, soaking in the more fame, he is very hypocritical in his blame, knowing every time it's always the same, this is Obama's favorite game.

He blame's others like the Tea Party, Insurance, Racist, Big banks, and Israel. Many of us knows his policies have already failed. He shows the signed of being dangerously narcissistic, but our media loves him, as he can fool them into believe he just pessimistic.

He is for big government every time, hurting our economy so we can't save a dime. He knows the socialism role, will be to take away all our dough. He made a promise not increase the deficit, this promise he knew, to be untrue, but if he created enough civil unrest, he could find some else to have the blame rest, for all his ugly mess, this is where Obama is truly the best.

With government spending billions in waste, I know our government will make it sound great and a honorable place, so they offer money to their cronies in this and every case.

President Obama helps unions gain their dues, no bill is done with out their un-ethical sausage dew. Soon our education system stench will endlessly protrude, and he has no care if you find this rude.

Go Obama, lets have Government take away more freedoms, come on man, you can transform, again claim the public is misinformed. Go Big G, rah rha ree, lets help our government take us to our knees

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Posted by: itkonlyyouaa | April 5, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Black leaders and others in public life should just avoid answering the "race" question altogether. The mere fact that some arshole commentator even poses the question to a Black person of any note signals that a double-standard exists.

Posted by: twilson66 | April 5, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Gibbs continues to be less than mediocre.

Posted by: sbaker1 | April 5, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

How about all of us knock off the RACE crap and get down to the business of this country...............it is getting more and more boring each day.

Posted by: connyankee1 | April 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

How about all of us knock off the RACE crap and get down to the business of this country...............it is getting more and more boring each day.

Posted by: connyankee1 | April 5, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

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