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Latest right wing attack: Obama only cares about black victims of terrorism

This has to be the dumbest attack yet: Some on the right are on a tear because President Obama allegedly said Al Qaeda kills Africans because the organization is "racist."

The hint here is that Obama cares more about black victims of terror than about white ones. Get it? It's the latest version of GOP Rep Steve King's recent claim that Obama has a "default mechanism" that leads him to "favor the black person."

As always, though, a look at what Obama actually said proves this attack is entirely bogus. Folks on the right are pointing out that Obama told the South African Broadcasting Corporation in an interview that terrorist groups do not regard African life as "valuable":

"What you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself. They see it as a potential place where you can carry out ideological battles that kill innocents without regard to long-term consequences for their short-term tactical gains."

This, apparently, is a deeply controversial thing to say. Drudge is on the case. Commentary decried "Obama's race obsession." And Right Wing News proclaimed: "Obama Finally Finds A Reason To Hate Al Qaeda."

But come on. The full transcript shows that Obama said this in the context of a discussion of Islam in Africa.

Here's what Obama said:

Islam is a great religion. It is one that has prospered side by side with other religions within Africa. And one of the great strengths of Africa is its diversity not only of faith, but of races and ethnicities. But what you have seen in terms of radical Islam is an approach that says that any efforts to modernize, any efforts to provide basic human rights, any efforts to democratize are somehow anti-Islam. And I think that is absolutely wrong. I think the vast majority of people of the Islamic faith reject that. I think the people of Africa reject it.

And what you've seen in some of the statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself...

Separately, right wingers are also pointing out that an anonymous White House official told Jake Tapper that Al Qaeda is a "racist organization that treats black Africans like cannon fodder." But again, this was in the context of a discussion about Africa. The official also told Tapper that U.S. intelligence indicates that Al Qaeda specifically recruits black Africans because of poor economic and social conditions.

What's interesting here is that you have two right wing race-based fantasies conflated into one. The first is the hint that Obama is generally soft on terror because terrorists from the Mideas tend to have darker skin. The second is that, yes, Obama is capable of getting angry about terrorism -- but only when it targets other people with dark skin.

Sick.

By Greg Sargent  |  July 14, 2010; 1:07 PM ET
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Comments

So the righties are saying President Obama didn't hate Al Qaeda until this attack in Uganda? Well...that sure explains his troop increase in Afghanistan...what was I thinking??

Posted by: naijaman | July 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

The President did not use the word "Blacks" He said: "Africans" There are also some White Africans, so it is the Republicans who are being racist, when they claim that "Africans" means only Black people.

Posted by: Liam-still | July 14, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

@Greg: "The hint here is that Obama cares more about black victims of terror than about white ones."

The Commentary piece you linked to makes no such hint. And on Drudge I only see a link to Tapper?

I'll agree that the Rightwing News post is silly - but you write of "Some on the right" being "on a tear" presumably because "Obama cares more about black victims of terror than about white ones."

Who on the right are you writing about? (So I can avoid them.)

Based on the Drudge link I see, and the Commentary post you link to, there is no hint such as you describe. It does not seem fair for you to imply that these two sites are hinting Obama cares more about black victims.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 14, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This Republican obsession with race, and the continuous accusations that everyone but them is a racist, would only seem to emphasize the point that they themselves are racists. This could be a way of giving a message to fellow racists, a 'nudge-nudge, wink-wink' to others of their kind who know what's really going on, and what they're really saying.
It would be refreshing if they just admitted that they hate Obama because he's black, instead of making up all these lies about him being a Muslim and the Anti-Christ. I mean, how stupid do they imagine we are?

Posted by: DaveHarris | July 14, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Geez Sargent...slow news day? What a schmuck.

Posted by: luca_20009 | July 14, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Here you go, sbj3.

The Boss of the GOBP:

http://mediamatters.org/mmtv/201007140025
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 14, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

The Tee Partiers can find racism in a box of cereal. That's what racists do - they see racism in everything.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

How about a column on the Iowa teabag billboard featuring Obama, Stalin, and Hitler? A new low in rightwingnut scumbaggery.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 14, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Just why Obama is being labeled a socialist is beyond me. The only thing that came close to it was the Public Option in the Health bill. He and other neo-democrats saw to it that that provision was dropped. The TARP idea was forced down our throats by "free-market" Republicans and Wall St. "captitalists". So, I ask you, where is the beef?

Posted by: atroncale1 | July 14, 2010 1:53 PM | Report abuse

Well, I don't know about these comments, but Obama's Justice Department sure seems to be racist.

Posted by: etpietro | July 14, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@undertow: If Greg meant "Limbaugh" then perhaps he shouldn't have written "Commentary" and "Drudge". (I don't listen to Rush.)

Posted by: sbj3 | July 14, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Africa is full of people. Some have dark skins, some have light skins. Some have curly hair, some straight. Some have broad noses, some have hooked noses. Some are very tall, some are very short. Africa has more genetic diversity than the rest of the world combined.

Only a racist would make the assumption that a reference to Africans was about race. Limbaugh is trying to cast his own racism on Obama, and it only works because his audience is racist enough to approve.

Posted by: j3hess | July 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

In addition to obstructionism, republican tactics include taking any accusation the left has made against the right and twist it so that it targets democrats, and Obama in particular. For instance in this case, the left's allegations that the tea partiers are racist are being leveled (irrationally and falsely) against Obama, which plays on the deep-seated racism on the right and makes the bigots feel justified in their own prejudices.

Posted by: Ami_Blue1 | July 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

etpietro-

Since you brought it up, show me your best stuff.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | July 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

This Republican obsession with race, and the continuous accusations that everyone but them is a racist, would only seem to emphasize the point that they themselves are racists. This could be a way of giving a message to fellow racists, a 'nudge-nudge, wink-wink' to others of their kind who know what's really going on, and what they're really saying.
It would be refreshing if they just admitted that they hate Obama because he's black, instead of making up all these lies about him being a Muslim and the Anti-Christ. I mean, how stupid do they imagine we are?
________________________________
To paraphrase Shakespeare... "Methinks Republicans protesteth too much!"

Posted by: PeterPamZ | July 14, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I was actually more concerned when Dylan Ratigan called Obama "a little boy" and said that "he bends over every time" on the Scarborough show this morning. There's some blatant racism for you.

http://weeseeyou.com/2010/07/14/video-msnbcs-dylan-ratigan-calls-president-obama-a-little-boy-on-morning-joe/

Posted by: converse | July 14, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

=>"This has to be the dumbest attack yet: Some on the right are on a tear because President Obama allegedly said Al Qaeda kills Africans because the organization is "racist."Obama’s Race Obsession
Jennifer Rubin - 07.14.2010 - 7:20 AM
It seems a lifetime ago that Obama represented hope for a post-racial presidency and in fact a post-racial era in American politics. Like so much else about Obama, the reality is the opposite of what was promised. Jake Tapper relates a rather amazing effort to inject race into the war against Islamic terrorists.<=

This is what Greg described above (Commentary decried "Obama's race obsession"). It seems that you are the one with reading comprehension problems.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | July 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The right wing loves to race bait and scare white voters into thinking Obama prefers blacks. It's what they do. It's so blatantly obvious and the wingers on the blogs giggle and go along with it.

They'll do whatever it takes to make Americans hate him. It's nothing personal really, just politics to them. It's to demonize him and his family to seed distrust of him in the public. Nothing more, nothing less.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Obama can't even criticize al Qaeda without people on the right taking issue. Dude could probably say "Healthy grass is green" and someone on the right would inevitably respond "Actually it's purple."

Posted by: dkp01 | July 14, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

@undertow --> Here's Greg's headline"

"Right wing attack: Obama only cares about black victims of terrorism"

He then makes the point explicit:

"The hint here is that Obama cares more about black victims of terror than about white ones."

There is nothing at all in your Commentary quote that hints that Obama cares more about black victims of terrorism.

Posted by: sbj3 | July 14, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

I disagree, MfromA. Racism underscores an entire belief system for many in the U.S., particularly in the south, and including politicians and journalists.

This isn't just a tactic, it's their reaction to a way of life that is being threatened. The last time this happened, they shot people and sicced their dogs on kids. The time before that, they fought a bloody, bloody war. What you're seeing now is just the opening salvos in what could easily become a much nastier fight.

Posted by: converse | July 14, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"etpietro-

Since you brought it up, show me your best stuff.

Posted by: ChuckinDenton | July 14, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse"

You know that mindless drivel he posts every day? You've seen his best stuff.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | July 14, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

MikeinArlington,

Thank God we never did that with President Chimpy McHaliburtin, President Bushitler, President Selected not Elected. And it's not like we ever accused him of hating black people.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 14, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Peter King is a classic egotistical politician. He will say anything to get in the papers or quoted someplace. More than a tinge of rascism in this fat slob.

Posted by: atroncale1 | July 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a racist, you missed the point of his comment entirely. In his own quote, he said "statements that have been made by these terrorist organizations is that they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself..." This impies that Obama feels Al Queda, a well as Al Queda themselves, are attacking Africans because of who they are, as mush as what they are.

Al Qeuda looks for any tactical advantage it can get to create chaos, regardless of ethnicity. But Obama's comments supports that Africans are being attacked because of who and what they are.

So for Republicans to call him a racist is accurate. Obama made the race relation, not Republicans.

And what is also interesting here, is that in the defense of Obama you did not include the entire quote. You built your story around the first part of what he said, not the second. Were is the second part of the quote. If like you said Obama did say those things it would be damaging, but you failed to include it. Why is that? LOL! Just another liberal trying to twist the truth to support what you so desperately need to believe.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

"So for Republicans to call him a racist is accurate. Obama made the race relation, not Republicans."

Just so you know, your "evidence" doesn't support your statement in the least bit...carry on.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The right wing loves to race bait and scare white voters into thinking Obama prefers blacks. ... Nothing more, nothing less.


Posted by: mikefromArlington
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So let me see if I understand your point. Obama does not favor blacks, yet, in his own words he said a white cop acted stupididly against his black friend, while admitting he didnt know any of the facts of the case. Humm...it is interesting that Obama acts like every other black person in this country. As soon as a black man gets arrested by a white cop, the cop must have obviously done something wrong.

Typical racist if you ask me!

Why dont you go drink another glass of koolade, stupid liberal!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

With this latest bit of buffoonery, I believe the right has finally revealed the depths of its insanity.

Posted by: EnemyOfTheState | July 14, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Like I said Troll, they are playing politics. But just for the record, the Supreme Court did determine the results of the 2000 election by preventing FL from continuing the vote counts and I didn't find any hits on "President Chimpy McHaliburtin."


Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

"So for Republicans to call him a racist is accurate. Obama made the race relation, not Republicans."

Just so you know, your "evidence" doesn't support your statement in the least bit...carry on.

Posted by: mikefromArlington
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You just proved my point, you are a stupid liberal.

Do you actually understand what you read, or just regurgitate what the other stupid liberals tell you to!?!? LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Nothing to say about Ratigan's insults, Greg? Your WAPO co-worker Capehart is making excuses for him. What do you think? Protect him because he carries a D?

Posted by: converse | July 14, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

All, here's the real story behind tensions between House Dems and the White House over Robert Gibbs' comments:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/07/whats_really_behind_the_tensio.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | July 14, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Greg, are you oblivious to all the signals Obama gives off that he is really more interested and sympathetic to minorities than white people? How about this:

1. My grandmother was a "typical" white person.

2. The Gates affair: The police acted stupidly.

3. Dismissing the New Black Panther Charges.

4. The Lily Ledbetter Act.

5. Working class whites bitterly clinging to their God and Guns.

6. Twenty year membership in radical liberation theology church of Reverend Jermiah Wright.

7. Placement of numerous incompetent African Americans in key leadership positions in his cabinet.

The list goes on and on. Anyone who thinks Obama really cares about anyone else beyond his narrow Democratic base of the overeducated liberal elite and the undereducated minorities is sadly mistaken.

Posted by: jkk1943 | July 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"or just regurgitate what the other stupid liberals tell you to!?!? LOL!!"

OK. Now I realize I'm communicating with someone a quarter short of a dollar.

What exactly am I regurgitating? The point about you not having evidence that supports your claims? Thanks!

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"stupid liberal!"

From the genius who can't spell "kool-aid".

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 14, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

"or just regurgitate what the other stupid liberals tell you to!?!? LOL!!"

OK. Now I realize I'm communicating with someone a quarter short of a dollar.

What exactly am I regurgitating? The point about you not having evidence that supports your claims? Thanks!

Posted by: mikefromArlington
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$0.75 is better than $0.01, which is the worth of any liberal. No wonder liberal hate the wealthy! LOL!

You regurgitate the feelings and thoughts of every silly liberal out there, that all Republicans want to do is make it seem that Obama is a racist. When it is Obama himself that does it, and the Republicans just highlight what he said. I am sorry that you cant understand that, but just look at the quotes in the article. Obama made the race relation, not the Republicans.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Ever since Karl Rove came on the scene Republican strategists have learned that you can say anything - anything - no matter how ridiculous or absurd - about a Democrat - and it will resonate with the extremist right-wing base.

Posted by: gposner | July 14, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

"4. The Lily Ledbetter Act."

Do you even know wtf that act is about and who was the driving force behind that act?

"The list goes on and on."

I'm sure if it did, you would have continued.

My mom's a typical Italian. The police did act stupidly. The charge dismissal began in the previous admin, and.

"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them...So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."

Nothing racist in that statement at all. I'd be pissed too if jobs were shipped off to other countries and weren't going back.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

"The Lily Ledbetter Act"

Ummmm, you do know that Lilly Ledbetter was white, right?

"Placement of numerous incompetent African Americans in key leadership positions in his cabinet."

First off, you haven't named anyone specifically so I can't refute your claim of incompetence; but.....does this mean that W favored white people because of his placement of numerous incompetent white people in key leadership positions in his cabinet?

Posted by: schrodingerscat | July 14, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, who is out there trolling blogs looking for THIS thread to comment on so they can call Obama a racist?

What kind of people.... oh. right.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 14, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"that all Republicans want to do is make it seem that Obama is a racist. "

Nope. Nobody says that. Just some of the more prominent and loud voices that Republicans seem to be listening to these days, Rush, Hannity, Beck, Buchannen and the rest of the hate mongers.

They revel in exploiting peoples fears and mistrusts of people not like them and no doubt is a strategy to slowly chip away white voters from Obama.

But hey, I get it. Keep playing dumb and pretending it's not happening. The only person you're fooling in the end is yourself.

Posted by: mikefromArlington | July 14, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

This is nothing compared to the billboard in iowa comparing Obama to Hitler. Can't these right wing nuts find any substantive
issues to call our President on?

Posted by: fotocmb | July 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

"So for Republicans to call him a racist is accurate. Obama made the race relation, not Republicans."
...
Do you actually understand what you read, or just regurgitate what the other stupid liberals tell you to!?!? LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850
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"one of the great strengths of Africa is its diversity not only of faith, but of races and ethnicities. ... these terrorist organizations ... do not regard African life as valuable ..." Barack Obama


Obama charges AQ of not respecting African lives just sentences after he makes it very clear that when he refers to Africans he includes diverse ethnicities and races.

So how do you derive from that the idea that "Obama made the race relation"?

"Do you actually understand what you read, or just regurgitate what the other stupid ______ tell you to!?!? "

Indeed. I'd just fill in the blank a little differently than you.

Posted by: j3hess | July 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Gposner,

Some of us wingers prefer to honor
Howard Baker as the Rethuglican Strategist Master. No offense to Mr. Rove who's proved
Himself a worthy apprentice. If it helps you, think of Rove as Annakin/Darth and Baker as that wierd rebel Jedi from The Clone Wars. I reserve the Emporer for my Dark Master, Cheney. Think of me as Yoda, if you will. but not as good looking. Or Jar Jar Binks.


Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | July 14, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Jar Jar Binks definitely. That's a compliment. He's the most underrated Jamaican/African Alien in the galaxy.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | July 14, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

God these right wingers are absolutely pathetic. He's right....he's absolutely right and does it really hurt that much to admit it? They're drumming up local politics in an international arena and it's no different than some of Ahmadinejad's statements to rile up the Iranian Tard Brigade.

The Tea Party/GOP ought to team up with the Iranian theocratic regime and compare notes. They're clearly on the same team.

Posted by: theobserver4 | July 14, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

"that all Republicans want to do is make it seem that Obama is a racist. "

Nope. Nobody says that. Just some of the more prominent and loud voices that Republicans seem to be listening to these days, Rush, Hannity, Beck, Buchannen and the rest of the hate mongers.

They revel in exploiting peoples fears and mistrusts of people not like them and no doubt is a strategy to slowly chip away white voters from Obama.

But hey, I get it. Keep playing dumb and pretending it's not happening. The only person you're fooling in the end is yourself.

Posted by: mikefromArlington
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OK, seriously? Is that what you really believe? You believe hate mongers are out to exploit people's fears and mistrust. It is interesting, because if you take your argument at it foundational level the Democrats are doing the same thing by continuously pointing fingers and name calling. They are trying to exploit people's fears of the current economic situation to propel their own party forward. Democrats continuously make comments that misrepresent Republicans to exploit people's fears.

But hey, I get it, you only want to see the world through Democrat-colored glasses. Everyone has their right, but please stop pretending that Democrats are not guilty of the same things.

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

God these right wingers are absolutely pathetic. He's right....he's absolutely right and does it really hurt that much to admit it? They're drumming up local politics in an international arena and it's no different than some of Ahmadinejad's statements to rile up the Iranian Tard Brigade.

The Tea Party/GOP ought to team up with the Iranian theocratic regime and compare notes. They're clearly on the same team.

Posted by: theobserver4
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Clearly! Aparently your "theobserving4" of the inside of your arse instead of reality! LOL, stupid liberal

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

"So for Republicans to call him a racist is accurate. Obama made the race relation, not Republicans."
...
Do you actually understand what you read, or just regurgitate what the other stupid liberals tell you to!?!? LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850
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"one of the great strengths of Africa is its diversity not only of faith, but of races and ethnicities. ... these terrorist organizations ... do not regard African life as valuable ..." Barack Obama


Obama charges AQ of not respecting African lives just sentences after he makes it very clear that when he refers to Africans he includes diverse ethnicities and races.

So how do you derive from that the idea that "Obama made the race relation"?

"Do you actually understand what you read, or just regurgitate what the other stupid ______ tell you to!?!? "

Indeed. I'd just fill in the blank a little differently than you.

Posted by: j3hess
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Exactly, Obama stated "but of races and ethnicities". Right there! He mentioned race, right there! Gosh, what are you missing? Obama made it a racial issue. He said, "they do not regard African life as valuable in and of itself..." And Obama defined African of "races and ethinicities". So AQ is racist, just like he said! They do not like Africans

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

@j3hess - Do you see what you're up against? Obama said "race", that's all it takes for these know nothings.

Posted by: DinOH | July 14, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

@j3hess - Do you see what you're up against? Obama said "race", that's all it takes for these know nothings.

Posted by: DinOH

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Still makes him a racist. AQ is killing Africans because they are racist.

Talk about know nothings, you should want to actually read bills before voting on them, right Speaker Pelosi! LOL

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Exactly, Obama stated "but of races and ethnicities". Right there! He mentioned race, right there!
Posted by: sanmateo1850
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Obama mentioned race. You mentioned race, and you mentioned Obama's mention of race, so you are twice as racist as Obama. QED

Posted by: j3hess | July 14, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

As soon as a black man gets arrested by a white cop, the cop must have obviously done something wrong.

When an internationally renowned white professor is arrested outside of his own home, accused of breaking into his own house, handcuffed and taken to jail, I will start worrying about Obama's alleged racist attitudes towards whites.

You can whine all you want about Rev. Wright, I would take him and his life's work and writings any day over Robertson, Hagee, Ralph Reed, or James Dobson.

Posted by: srw3 | July 14, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh, great. Another right-wing pout-fest. How in the world is a racist going to call Barack Obama a racist, and then at the same time assume all the minorities he has appointed to his cabinet are all uneducated and "incompetent?" Based on what? Their race? Oh, I know. According to some people, all minorites are stupid, lazy, and incompetent, are getting a free pass because of their race. (Yeah, nothing racist about that kind of thinking.) Because, duh! White people are entitled, and should have everything! Yeah, beats all those centuries whites got a free pass, and special treatment, just for being white. "White Only" signs everywhere, and minorities having to give up their seats in front of the bus, for a white person, or else be arrested.

How many black presidents did we have before? None. Now, the racists are all pissy and feel "victimized." The whites in his cabinet outnumber the minorities, FYI. What about all those white presidents and white attorney generals who let the much larger and more dangerous KKK off the hook? Were they racist, too?

Barack Obama did not say "the white cop acted stupidly." He said the "police" acted stupidly, and they did. There was also a black and hispanic cop present, so that means they acted stupidly, too. Barack Obama can say what he wants about his white grandmother. Why? Because he himself is half white, so he's kind of insulting himself. Still on the Rev. Jerimiah Wright thing, huh? Barack Obama repudiated the guy. He no longer assciates with him. Unlike his numerous white critics who still go to gay bashing churches, and all-white country clubs, and some who openly admit to wanting to repeal the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And the list goes on.

These idiot right-wing racists don't even know what the word "racism" means. They just throw it around loosely. They are making it up, as they go along. To them racism means to "criticize" a person of a different race. Wrong. I bet the righties think Barack Obama is a racist because his dog is black. "Barack Obama got black dog, instead of a white dog! He's racist! Wah!"

Did Barack Obama specifically say that WHITE people cling to their guns and bibles, or did he just say people from certain areas of the country? If not, it's just the race-card playing racists injecting race into everything, yet again. I always thought rednecks loved their guns and their bibles. Silly me.

The desperate racists are greasping at straws. The looney right didn't mind when John McCain picked the uneducated, and incompent, quitter, air-head, $arah Palin as his running mate. But, she's "hot" and white, so she gets a free pass. It's pathetic how the righties try to justify their racism by trying to lower Barack Obama to their level. Man, conservatives are stupid!

Posted by: Socko1980 | July 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

rightwing republicans at sites like redstate have been salivating about having race come to the fore of our national discourse. living in their echo chamber, they really think the vast majority of white -- 'real' -- americans are in line with their racism.

with the rea parties calling the naacp racist and palin jumping in, as well as this freak out over obama's remarks, it looks like, ust maybe, that will happen.

coupled with discussions about immigration reform, the rightwing republicans are really going to let their racist freak flag fly.

hello november.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 14, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

How about a column on the Iowa teabag billboard featuring Obama, Stalin, and Hitler? A new low in rightwingnut scumbaggery.

Posted by: koolkat_1960

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What about it? Whats your point?

Posted by: FraudObama | July 14, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

As soon as a black man gets arrested by a white cop, the cop must have obviously done something wrong.

When an internationally renowned white professor is arrested outside of his own home, accused of breaking into his own house, handcuffed and taken to jail, I will start worrying about Obama's alleged racist attitudes towards whites.

You can whine all you want about Rev. Wright, I would take him and his life's work and writings any day over Robertson, Hagee, Ralph Reed, or James Dobson.

Posted by: srw3
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The black professor was not arrested for breaking into his own home. He was arrested for disturbing the peace. But of course the white officer acted stupidly for this. "World Renowned" black professors from Harvard get a pass and call yell obscenities at the police and make disparaging remarks about the officer's mother.

WOW, you liberals are amazing! Not only is Obama a racist, his friends are complete jerks. Good company our president hangs out with. You can tell a lot about a man by the company he keeps.

And you never saw Bush bash black cops for anything. Imagine if he did, you stupi liberals would be crying for his resignation. But if a black president says a white cop acted stupidly it is ok.

Why is that?

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse


How about a column on the Iowa teabag billboard featuring Obama, Stalin, and Hitler? A new low in rightwingnut scumbaggery.

Posted by: koolkat_1960

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What about it? Whats your point?

Posted by: FraudObama
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Excellent question, what is the point the person from the original post was trying to make? Maybe the billboard forgot to add Hugo Chavez as well! LOL!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

hey san,

do you also think obama was really born in kenya and is a secret muslim?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 14, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

hey san,

do you also think obama was really born in kenya and is a secret muslim?

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom
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Show me a legitimate birth certificate.
:-)

And Obama is an Opportunist with no official religious ties. Unfortunately, since Obama is a weak leader, he is sympathetic to Radical Muslims and their plight! Just look at his response to the terrorist attacks that have happened within our boarders since he became president.

Still doesn't change the fact that he is a racist. Why wont you address my question of why it is ok for Obama to say a white cop acted stupidly for arresting a black man for disturbing the peace, and then admit he is not aware of the facts of the case. So in Obama's simple judgement of the event, he felt the white police officer acted stupidly, not his black friend, who yelled obscenities at the police.

So you tell me what action is appropriate.

Stupid Liberals

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

san,

here ya go:

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

glad i could clear that up for ya.

um, you never asked me that question. but i'll answer it anyway.

arresting a man for trying to get into his own home is pretty damn stupid. and swearing at the police is not a crime -- there's that pesky first amendment again.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom | July 14, 2010 7:39 PM | Report abuse

sanmateo1850: Your statement about the incident is inaccurate, let me explain: First, Obama said he didn't have "all the facts", not that he didn't know any of them. Second, he said "The Cambridge police acted stupidly", not "The white guy acted stupidly" There was also one black and one latino officer on the scene.

And third, a person in the state of Mass. cannot be arrested for verbally abusing a police officer, even in public, it is law and has been upheld by precedent in legal cases. Furthermore one of the officers altered the police report, either by mistake or purposively to read that the caller had reported two blacks breaking into a house when she actually said she thought she saw a latino man.

If the Cambridge police don't even know the law in their own district and mistakenly or purposively alter a police report then I think it is safe to say they acted stupidly.

You may want to rethink the reason you were drawn to your conclusion.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 14, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

san,

here ya go:

http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

glad i could clear that up for ya.

um, you never asked me that question. but i'll answer it anyway.

arresting a man for trying to get into his own home is pretty damn stupid. and swearing at the police is not a crime -- there's that pesky first amendment again.

Posted by: blahgblogwordpresscom
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Yeah, yeah, I have my own website too:

http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2008/08/proof-barack-obama-birth-certificate-is.html

Isn't the internet a wonderful thing.

And remember he was arrested for loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space (aka Disorderly ocnduct), not breaking and entering. So apparenly you can't say whatever you want, retard!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 14, 2010 11:59 PM | Report abuse

sanmateo1850: Your statement about the incident is inaccurate, let me explain: First, Obama said he didn't have "all the facts", not that he didn't know any of them. Second, he said "The Cambridge police acted stupidly", not "The white guy acted stupidly" There was also one black and one latino officer on the scene.

And third, a person in the state of Mass. cannot be arrested for verbally abusing a police officer, even in public, it is law and has been upheld by precedent in legal cases. Furthermore one of the officers altered the police report, either by mistake or purposively to read that the caller had reported two blacks breaking into a house when she actually said she thought she saw a latino man.

If the Cambridge police don't even know the law in their own district and mistakenly or purposively alter a police report then I think it is safe to say they acted stupidly.

You may want to rethink the reason you were drawn to your conclusion.

Posted by: JRM2
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Nothing to rethink about my conclusion. Obama is a racist, pure and simple.

Here is what he said, "the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home...there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

This just shows Obama bias against the police, which he admitted to because the professor was a friend. But it is clear Obama's comments were race oriented. Otherwise he wouldn't have made the comment about a the Blacks and Hispanics being stopped by law enforcement "disproportionately".

And the Cambridge police know the law, he was arrested for loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space (aka Disorderly ocnduct). I believe that is still a crime, right? Stupid liberal

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 15, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

sanmateo1850: Your statement about the incident is inaccurate, let me explain: First, Obama said he didn't have "all the facts", not that he didn't know any of them. Second, he said "The Cambridge police acted stupidly", not "The white guy acted stupidly" There was also one black and one latino officer on the scene.

And third, a person in the state of Mass. cannot be arrested for verbally abusing a police officer, even in public, it is law and has been upheld by precedent in legal cases. Furthermore one of the officers altered the police report, either by mistake or purposively to read that the caller had reported two blacks breaking into a house when she actually said she thought she saw a latino man.

If the Cambridge police don't even know the law in their own district and mistakenly or purposively alter a police report then I think it is safe to say they acted stupidly.

You may want to rethink the reason you were drawn to your conclusion.

Posted by: JRM2
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Nothing to rethink about my conclusion. Obama is a racist, pure and simple.

Here is what he said, "the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home...there's a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately."

This just shows Obama bias against the police, which he admitted to because the professor was a friend. But it is clear Obama's comments were race oriented. Otherwise he wouldn't have made the comment about a the Blacks and Hispanics being stopped by law enforcement "disproportionately".

And the Cambridge police know the law, he was arrested for loud and tumultuous behavior in a public space (aka Disorderly ocnduct). I believe that is still a crime, right? Stupid liberal!!

Posted by: sanmateo1850 | July 15, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I don't think Obama only cares about blacks, but he does tend to view the world through liberal-tinted glasses. I can see the headline now: "Al Qaeda Has Low Regard for Human Life -- Women and Minorities Hardest Hit." Isn't it enough for the President to fight AQ because they kill innocent people? Does the postscript "And many of them are black!" really have to be added?

Posted by: Socratease | July 15, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Two points:

1. The problem with the President's criticism of al Qaida is that it's stupid. Islam is not a racist religion and neither are organizations like al Qaida which pursue a radical Islamic agenda. Islam, generally, and al Qaida specifically may be misogynistic, violent, economically illiterate (the proscription of interest), intolerant in principle of other religions, yes, but not racist.

If the President did not intend "African" to refer to race (unlikely, Zawahiri is Egyptian), then the regional interpretation is equally stupid. Yemenis and Saudis (the 9-11 perpetrators) were also "cannon fodder". It's al Qaida's violent intolerance (everybody is cannon fodder or a target), generally, that disqualifies them from civil society.

2. Use of the term "right wing" indicates an unrealistic one-dimensional view of the political continuum.

Posted by: malcolmkirkpatrick | July 15, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

All Barry's speech did was remind people that he's nothing but a community organizer.

All his training and experience has taught him that calling someone "racist" is an effective tactic.

Posted by: malclave | July 15, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

That's what racists do - they see racism in everything.

Posted by: ScottChallenger | July 14, 2010 1:49 PM
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You mean like the NAACP's claims that a science-education-themed greeting card shouldn't say "black hole" because it sounds like "black ho"?

Or pretty much any claim of "racism" by the left in the last few years?

You may have a point. Racism DOES seem to be pervading the left wing now more than ever.

Posted by: malclave | July 15, 2010 6:27 PM | Report abuse

You missed the point COMPLETELY in constructing your right wing bogeyman, Sargent. Go back and read those sites you linked to. The point is that Obama's making a stupid and irrelevant statement applying American thoughts about race to a religious supremacist organization - Al Qaeda.

Posted by: Peejay | July 16, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

One word: Darfur.

A region where Sudanese Arab Muslims have over the course of the last several years conducted a program of genocide not only against Christian and Animist Black Sudanese, but against their Black Muslim brothers as well.

Al Queda is indeed racist, at least as far as blacks are concerned.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | July 16, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

rev wright hates america just like his protgeny obama

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 17, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

"rev wright hates america just like his protgeny obama"

Rev Wright said "God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." Most true Christians should agree with that.

And Jerimiah Wright was on President Johnson's medical staff at Bethesda Naval Medical Center...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jeremiah_Wright_as_a_Marine_Medic_Tending_to_Pres_Lyndon_Johnson.jpg

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 17, 2010 12:54 AM | Report abuse

Provasek said:

"rev wright hates america just like his protgeny obama"

Rev Wright said "God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." Most true Christians should agree with that.

And Jerimiah Wright was on President Johnson's medical staff at Bethesda Naval Medical Center...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jeremiah_Wright_as_a_Marine_Medic_Tending_to_Pres_Lyndon_Johnson.jpg


Fake photo

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 17, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Provasek said:

"rev wright hates america just like his protgeny obama"

Rev Wright said "God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme." Most true Christians should agree with that.

And Jerimiah Wright was on President Johnson's medical staff at Bethesda Naval Medical Center...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jeremiah_Wright_as_a_Marine_Medic_Tending_to_Pres_Lyndon_Johnson.jpg


Fake photo

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 17, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jeremiah_Wright_as_a_Marine_Medic_Tending_to_Pres_Lyndon_Johnson.jpg

anyone can upload a photoshipped picture on wikipedia

Posted by: ToddPollard | July 17, 2010 1:03 AM | Report abuse

(Eddie): "One word: Darfur...A region where Sudanese Arab Muslims...Al Queda is indeed racist, at least as far as blacks are concerned."

So...
Al Qaida is Muslim.
The Government of Sudan is Muslim.
The Government of Sudan is racist.
Therefore al Qaida is racist.

Swans are white.
Polar bears are white.
Polar bears are carnivores.
Therefore swans are carnivores.

Something wrong here.

Posted by: malcolmkirkpatrick | July 18, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

malcolmkirkpatrick,

Your post is a bit confusing to me; what the heck do swans have to do with polar bears?

My point was that Arab muslims in Sudan and elsewhere view blacks as inferior.

From Wikipedia (I know, not a scholarly citation):

"Arabs (mainly the elite) in Sudan call non-Arab Africans abid or slave, and zurga, which means Black, but is used as a racial slur."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abd_(Arabic)

In this regard, Arabic muslims see blacks, whether muslim or infidel, as second-class peoples.

Posted by: EddietheInfidel | July 19, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

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