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Obama is the 'real' deal

Until Barack Obama became the first African American elected president of the United States, the very notion of a black man running for -- let alone sitting in -- the Oval Office was the stuff of comedy. And stereotypical, hilarious comedy at that, with lots of wise-cracking from a street-smart president and his close, usually shady associates from the 'hood. Now that we have a real-life (and supremely capable) president who is black, I'm a bit irked that it seems like some folks are disappointed that he's not like his celluloid predecessors.

Chris Rock plays Washington City Councilman Mays Gilliam in the 2003 comedy, "Head of State." After the Democratic nominee for president and his running mate are killed in a plane crash, the party recruits Gilliam to run for president. He was supposed to just stick to the script supplied by his handlers and lose the election. But when Gilliam decides to be himself on the stump (think ghetto fabulous mixed with political savvy), adopts the mantra "that ain't right!" and chooses his volatile brother (the late comedian Bernie Mac) as his running mate, he actually wins the race.

In April 2004, a few months before Obama burst onto the national stage with his keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, Washington native Dave Chappelle went so far as to imagine what would happen if President George W. Bush were black in his first term. Fair warning: Chappelle's comedy is a little raw, and his facility with and reliance on the N-word is guaranteed to trouble more than a few. But the dude's brilliant.

As Obama learns his way around the presidency, dealing with one crisis after another, Americans are learning about him. And we've developed a love-hate relationship with the president's professorial, cool and seemingly detached demeanor. The gulf oil spill disaster has a few people wishing Obama would unleash in the inner gangsta they think lurks within. Others are wishing for a "real" black president. "When we elected a black president, I thought we were getting a black president," Bill Maher said on his show last month. "This is where I want a real black president." His "real" black president would brandish a gun at a meeting with BP executives.

This "distorts the notion of black," to borrow a phrase from a source in my Obama rage post from last week. Sure, Obama is biracial. But we have a real black president. Says so right there on his Census form. So, let's start dealing with the real black president we've got and stop this unsettling pining for the fictional one some wish we had.

By Jonathan Capehart  | June 14, 2010; 8:09 AM ET
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This Capehart man can not see the forest for the trees.

Posted by: annnort | June 14, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

"Until Barack Obama became the first African American elected president of the United States, the very notion of a black man running for -- let alone sitting in -- the Oval Office was the stuff of comedy."

Capeheart, You ever hear of Colin Powell? Condeliza Rice? Both were credible Presidential candidates had they chosen to run. Both still are. You are so stuck in 1865, so wedded to your victimhood that you can't see modern America. You want to know what it she "stuff of comedy?" YOU.

Posted by: wjc1va | June 14, 2010 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the "real" deal

Yup, he is proving to be the idiot in chief all thought he would be.

Posted by: frankn1 | June 14, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

"real deal"?/?

He has ZERO african american blood relatives. He was raised by a white family. He was in an upper income family, went to private schools from kindergarten on...

yep, just your typical African American..

You've been had,Capehart

Posted by: newagent99 | June 14, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Bill Maher gets paid for comedy. The commenters on this column are just naturally funny - in a stumbling, bumbling way. I am amused most by the one who thinks Obama has no African-American blood; it apparently makes him not Africa-American if one parent was African? New definition.

Posted by: withersb | June 14, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Anyone who calls PRESIDENT Barack Obama an "idiot" is just a bitter sore loser becuase their last choice for 8 years running was a frat boy. He is the most level headed, intelligent president we've had in a very long time. He is the "Real Deal" and his legacy will bear this out. Teatards don't have a leg to stand on in their criticism.

Posted by: DJShay | June 14, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

@withersb - The problem is that the majority of the people criticizing Obama for not being "black" enough, seem to think that being black means dropping f-bombs, owning a gun, and living in the 'hood. That's their idea of the average black man. And it's just not true.

Posted by: DJShay | June 14, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Obama is the "real deal". imagine if the other won...no idea of the real issues and no knowledge of how to handle the sderious issues of this country during this day and time.McCain doesn't know how to turn on his computer and a person who uses social networking sites that "ALLOWS" fact free (lies) opinions as a complete and total platform. (trust our issues to those people would have meant sure failure.

Yeah, the real deal.....Amen

Posted by: lindarc | June 14, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

"But we have a real black president."

Obama didn't learn how to be black until he moved to Chicago. Even then, he claims he wasn't paying attention in his black church.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | June 14, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Two things have reminded me of America's limitless passion for racism...

1) the reaction of some folks to Obama

2) the reaction of some folks to Mexicans -- if "illegals" were just white Canadians or more traditionally, The Irish, do you think there would be so much froth over this?

Capehart, I don't care what they about you, you're all right.

Posted by: tony_in_Durham_NC | June 14, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

"Supremely capable"? Maybe in the alternate universe liberals inhabit, but certainly not here in the real world. Obama might be "supremely capable" at reading speeches from teleprompters and throwing parties and going on vacations at taxpayers' expense, but that's it. Unfortunately for us.

Posted by: rocks1 | June 14, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Very few really care now about what color or heritage our President is. Certainly 1 1/2 years ago it was celebratory, but not unexpected due to "some comedic experience".
The country is in deep trouble, we live in Detroit, there is little left except a post war Berlin like shell.

Posted by: patrikm | June 14, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Capehart wrote: "The gulf oil spill disaster has a few people wishing Obama would unleash in the inner gangsta they think lurks within. Others are wishing for a 'real' black president. 'When we elected a black president, I thought we were getting a black president,' Bill Maher said on his show last month. 'This is where I want a real black president.' His 'real' black president would brandish a gun at a meeting with BP executives."
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No, Jonathan. We aren't looking for anyone's inner gangsta. We aren't looking for a real black or white president.

We are simply looking for a leader.

It has become painfully obvious we do not have one currently residing in the White House at this time. But then we all knew that two years ago, didn't we?

I guess we were more interested in electing the first black president of the U.S. than electing a proven leader.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | June 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

"Capehart, I don't care what they about you, you're all right."

Capehart writes about Obama's blackness but those who criticize Obama's policies, etc are racists. Bizarre.

Posted by: kitchendragon50 | June 14, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

The media long ago stopped evaluating substance and went over to reporting on politics as a style competition. This column, however well-intentioned, perpetuates that error.

Posted by: turningfool | June 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

I think it sad that we cannot judge people by what they accomplish and not the color of their skin. There have been black men through the history of our nation that accomplished so much. Obama is the most inept President we have ever had and it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. He was inexperienced and thrust into a job he just was not prepared to do.

Posted by: greatgran1 | June 14, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

Im with you Capehart!

Lucky for us President Obama is nobody's fool he is being the man and the President HE CHOOSES to be. Bill Maher, what does he know from Black or rage, for that matter, I suspect nothing.

Posted by: rannrann | June 14, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Very few really care now about what color or heritage our President is. Certainly 1 1/2 years ago it was celebratory, but not unexpected due to "some comedic experience".
The country is in deep trouble, we live in Detroit, there is little left except a post war Berlin like shell.
The policies implemented over the last 1 1/2 years have killed jobs, the private sector, the "not knowing what will be implemented next" done behind closed doors and either bribes or threats to glean votes, has created fear. Case in point: Health Bill...real costs are twice what was projected. as some knew, not enough listened.

Posted by: patrikm | June 14, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

you must be like "Goldilocks." the Prez is just black enough for you, JC, too cool to brandish a gun, too hot to get mad at BP. Instead of wondering how black he is or isn't or whether your mother is mad at Dylan Ratigan, what about is he doing a good job for the people of the gulf? NO.

Posted by: rufkd | June 14, 2010 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Maybe folks should take a moment to try to define what a 'real white man' is. That should make it clear how silly it is to try to restrict an individual to what one person thinks is a 'real black man'. Diversity is about individual growth and development, not about having a country full of people who have to confine themselves to some arbitrary definition of what is 'real' for their skin color, cultural heritage, or any other attribute.

Posted by: Voyager2 | June 14, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

"Until Barack Obama became the first African American elected president of the United States, the very notion of a black man running for -- let alone sitting in -- the Oval Office was the stuff of comedy. And stereotypical, hilarious comedy at that, with lots of wise-cracking from a street-smart president and his close, usually shady associates from the 'hood."

Then I guess we can assume that Jonathan had a good laugh at the presidential bids of Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. You know what irks me; when fools like Capehart have to resort to race to defend President Obama, the "real-life(and supremely capable) president," rather than defending his policies or leadership.

Do you really get paid for writing such a foolhardy column?

Posted by: Conservator | June 14, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

"Until Barack Obama became the first African American elected president of the United States, the very notion of a black man running for -- let alone sitting in -- the Oval Office was the stuff of comedy. And stereotypical, hilarious comedy at that, with lots of wise-cracking from a street-smart president and his close, usually shady associates from the 'hood."

Then I guess we can assume that Jonathan had a good laugh at the presidential bids of Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. You know what irks me; when fools like Capehart have to resort to race to defend President Obama, the "real-life(and supremely capable) president," rather than defending his policies or leadership.

Do you really get paid for writing such a foolhardy column?

Posted by: Conservator | June 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

I am still hoping he is the real deal indeed. So real he does not need to use a wardrobe of personas to relate to us in the way we have been trained to communicate.

As for the 'black enough' argument, I will defer to Stephen Colbert, who, in a pre-2008 election interview with a black author (name eludes me) claiming that Barack Obama, although having a dark color skin, was not acting black enough, observed that this does realize Dr. King's dream, but in a very special way ...

Posted by: sarah_krones | June 14, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

I am not defending Bush, because he was unbelievable lazy, not stupid, but being a frat boy does not mean you are not smart and hard working.

I was in the biggest and the second richest frat in college, and one of our Presidents had a 4.0 in EE, the first one to achieve that in 3 years. He was also an all state QB, and did charity work. Another Frat brother got 15's or better on the M-Cat when the average was 7-8. Both of these young men were from upper class families, so being rich and in a Frat does not mean you are lazy or stupid.

Of course we had plenty of people like W, who took the gifts life game them and refused to put in the effort to make the most of them.

Posted by: Muddy_Buddy_2000 | June 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Ok, so he's the first American of color elected to the presidency. Now that we've got through that, I think he should resign for his inability to lead and take responsibility the job demands.

Posted by: 45upnorth | June 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

"Supremely capable"? Now that is comedy. Not because the president isn't cable, but because it show's how much your man-crush on him clouds your perspective.

Posted by: tom56 | June 14, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If McCain were president he would have physically attacked a BP employee by now. That wouldn't have helped the situation and would have probably made things worse. I guess I'm just trying to say that McCain is blacker than Obama. And that McCain has anger issues.

Posted by: tom56 | June 14, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Can't Wait! Can't Wait, I say...

Till we elect a woman President or, (gasp/shudder) a gay President.

Maybe the trashy criticisms will get less tired and shopworn...

Posted by: Spectator | June 14, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Like most people, President Obama's actions are driven more by his personality, educational training and professional backgrould.

He's a law professor at heart.
Anyone who has been around a lot of law professors recognizes that.
Being a law professor overrides his being black/halfblack/half white.
So the issue is not whether or how being black/halfblack/halfwhite affects his Presidency. The issue is whether law professors make good presidents.

Being a law professor helps in some parts of a President's job. Deliberation, analysis and debating are useful skills in some situations. Approaching other aspects of the job like a law professor, however, leads to poor performance. The President has shown a pattern of not acting quickly and decisively. He also seems to think words have a bigger effect on the real world than they have in reality. Likewise, he seems ot forget that you can win a legal point and lose a battle. These characteristics can lead to poor results in many situations.

Posted by: jfv123 | June 14, 2010 1:54 PM | Report abuse

is potus an american or an african american. what BS. who cares? white/black keep this alive. u CAN disagree with his competence or lack of,but he IS the president. dont like it? do not vote for him him fools

Posted by: pofinpa | June 14, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

President G W Shrub spent more days on vacation during his eight years then any other President in history.
He made 77 separate Taxpayer funded trips to Crawford Texas.
Totals for 8 years are:
487 days at Camp David.
490 days at the ranch in Crawford.
43 days at the family compound in Kennebunkport Me.

For the mathematically challenged out there this is a total of 1020 days. This is out of a total of approximately 2920 days as president. More then one third of the days spent in office on vacation, just think of the damage that could have done had he worked full time at it.

Posted by: NHEngineer | June 14, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Can we all just sign a contract that states "acknowledging race is, in itself, racist.."

These race-baiting articles promoting boogie men, and alternative reality are getting old..

Wake up, Capeheart.. you're simply exploiting your "own people" for an article. Knock it off.

Posted by: ObamaisFraud | June 14, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Maher's comments were that of an idiot, which is what he gets paid to be... I want a President who can lead. This one can't. If you've ever been in the presence of someone who knows how to lead, you'll recognize immediately that Obama is not cut out for this. Gives a good speech though...

Posted by: mockymock | June 14, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"As Obama learns his way around the presidency, dealing with one crisis after another, Americans are learning about him. And we've developed a love-hate relationship with the president's professorial, cool and seemingly detached demeanor." No, he just looks confused and his rhetorical response to everything is weak and meaningless.

Posted by: akwa01 | June 14, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Left so focused on Obama's race??? Capehart is stuck in the 1960's... get over it. And what the heck does a movie head of state have to do with what is going on in this country today??? The Left needs to move beyond race.. Republicans did it years ago!!!!

Posted by: sovine08 | June 14, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, let's have some inner gangsta .....and some rap......and some ebonics.........and some kick-ass.....and some real deal......and why not throw in some m'f...kas while we're at it.....some b.t.hes and hoaaas.....how'bout some G.D. Americas, just keepin' it real, baby. Oh, yeah, Capehart. Uh huh.

Posted by: chatard | June 14, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The constant focus on the skin color of this president is in fact very racist.

Barack Obama has a father who was from Kenya. He spent 1 month in Barack's life. Barack grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, where he was raised primarily by his grandparents, and his somewhat flighty mom whose skin color was the pinkish color described as "white" and his step-father who had a brown/yellowish skin color common in the pacific islands for a brief time. Hawaii has had little difficulty with the racism more common on the continental states although it has had difficulties with discrimination against natives, who look more like Barack's step father than Barack.

He went to very elite private schools in Hawaii where the majority of the students had that pinkish color and followed this up with elite colleges in California, New York and Boston where the majority of the students had that skin color. He worked 3 years as a community organizer in Chicago after a stint on wall street in the early 80s- this is where his "street cred" comes from.

Now compare that to the experience of almost anyone else who shares his skin tone- there are almost no commonalities. His wife has a much more typical experience. There is not the hisoric familial disruption/destruction that slavery caused throughout this hemisphere- there is not even the overt racism that most Africans find in communities when they settle here such as those here in the Bronx, NY where I work, where the police have a history of harrassing the residents.

Truth is, the focus on the skin color allowed him to talk a big "change" game without having a history of changing anything or ambitious proposals to change anything. He is running a centrist Democrat administration, with domestic policy actually to the right of the other 7 Dem candidates who he outmanuvered to get the nomination. Anyone with his resume would have been laughed off of the stage otherwise- regardless of his obvious intellegence. He started running for POTUS with 2 unspectacular years in the Senate under his belt- who else could have done that. It also helped that he had a y-chromosome- since Carol Mosley Braun, with a better resume than him, from his same senate seat, had been considered a comedy running in the 2004 Dem primaries.

Posted by: NYClefty | June 14, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama is far more white than he is black. By blood, he is 50 percent white. He was raised entirely in an all white household with some Asian influence. His black father had no influence in his early life. Yet, he is proclaimed black.

Having said all that, black or white, he is an incompetent boob. Capeheart is a racist locked in his perpetual victim status.

Posted by: wj03412000 | June 14, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I agree with you that the comics are asking him to portray the caricatures of black folks that they are use to seeing on tv. They want him to shake his head, roll his eyes, and say I am going to get you sucka. Thank God Obama is not like that, however, I have yet to see the supremely capable leadership qualities that you say he has. I voted for him but I have to admit he looks like he is in way over his head with his new job. Obama is a classic example of how difficult it is to live in the middle.

Posted by: rbprtman23 | June 14, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Chappelle's "Black Bush" skit is a classic spoof of the runup to the Iraq invasion. Check it out.

Posted by: SoCal | June 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Barack H. Obama is the raw deal America got when Americans voted him in.

We that did not vote for him knew that he was a liberal, urban, Chicago version of a combination Jimmy Carter/Bill Clinton flim-flam artist craving power and prestige.

In other words, a smooth talking, stuffed shirt politician. All cover and no book. All poppyseed bun and no meat. A talking head attached to a tele-prompter.

We have to forgive the liberals because they are too brain dead to detect a progressive con man but there's no excuse for this ObamaNation for anyone else.

Posted by: battleground51 | June 14, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

I don't care, and never have cared, what color Obama is.

I care about his policies and his actions.

His viewpoints and policies are too extreme for the country and he is a very poor leader.

Posted by: thinker16 | June 14, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So the only thing obama and his minions have prove is they can walk away from every promis they made during campaign mode. The supposed Transparence is about as clean as mud and as for Honesty, that is
a word that is foreign to this regeim. Regardless of the Hope and Change that was
promised all we have seen is Taxiation, Bribes, Lies and deceit from the politics.
Obama still hasn't been properly vetted to sit in the White House and both parties failed in that respect. The dems challenged McCain but the Repubs failed to challenge obams and make him show his transcrpits for travel documents, birthcertificate and his college records. While to many this may not count for much the birth of a person is what qualified them to sit in the office of President of the United States. So far obama and his minions have put us so far in debt that our great-great-great grand children may n ever see the light of day again. Our health care, Education, Social Security and National Securityh have been put at
major risk by thier inept management of the
coutnry. Never in the history of the United States has one person, the leader of the party, and his minions put a nation at such risk. The sad thing is the American people have got so complacent that
they are acting like sheep at a Marajuana
conventio, stoned to be oblivious to the
perils facing them. GOD BLESS AMERICAN AND PERSERVE US FROM FOOLS IN OFFICE.

Posted by: jmsmaxwell | June 14, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...seems to me that all of the governor's, conservatives, and teabaggers from the Gulf states were just squealing about not needing government intervention or government money...Now, they're crying like 2-year olds with a scraped knee because they need the government's help...It's just capitalism running the way you guys want it to: maximum profit, minimal risk...Forget 'em and let Jindal, Barbour, and the rest fish in their pockets to help out...

Posted by: mnstr4jc | June 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Chappelle's "Black Bush" skit is a classic spoof of the runup to the Iraq invasion. Check it out.

Posted by: SoCal | June 14, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It has never been the "stuff of comedy" that a Black man could run for President. Except to the Liberal Democrats who put race before everything else. What difference does it make what color a person is to run for President, or be President? President Obama is evaluated on how he does his job. Not how he does his job as a Black man. President Obama is suffering from what President Carter developed into. A "very smart" man who is being overwhelmed by events. President Obama needs to shed many of his "brilliant" staff and move away from his far left agenda. His response to the Gulf disaster was almost predictable. Over analyze, fail to act immediately when a disaster is present, and finger pointing. Now use the disaster to push for higher energy taxes. Not too "brilliant". The President is not ahead of the game, and is responding to events rather than taking control.

Posted by: bobbo2 | June 14, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the real deal alright. He's a full blown socialist with intent of destroying as much of the free market and capitalism he can get his hands on. He has no real life experience other then being a community organizer. He knows nothing about bringing people together. How could he. As a community organizer his job wasn't to bring people together but to divide the masses. Whoever Obama comes into contact with he makes villains out of everyone for their profits, so he can put them under his control. To the American people Obama is a nightmare. To the left he's a blessing from the Stalin era brought back save the left from the free market and capitalism. In a third world country, Obama might be a superstar, but here in America he's still a socialist. Real deal. There's nothing good about the motives, intentions, and goals of Obama. Anyone who whitewashes who and what Obama is does more harm to this country then Obama.

Posted by: houstonian | June 14, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Um, I never really watched the show, but isn't the most famous fictional black President the one portrayed on "24" for several seasons before Barack Obama was elected as president?

I do not believe that character was a wise-cracking, hilarious stereotype from the 'hood.

Posted by: Itzajob | June 14, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with reading comphrehension in this country?

The article explores what some have been hoping for or fearing because we have a "Black" president. It is in no way excusing or explaining Obama actions or lack of actions. Yet most of the commenters are concentrationg on that fact that the President is an African American. By the way he truly exemplifies the term with his parentage, but I digress.

In keeping with what the article explores, I offer that conceptually, the movie characters that have played president have been done to illicit laughs. All of the movies to my knowledege, except for 24..(not a movie) have had a comedic approach.

Personally I have been put off by Bill Mahar and his constant I want him to act like a black president nonsense. Bill Mahar is comedic foolery.

I gather that the President is a think, plan and strategize before you act kind of Leader. I have seldomly seen where the President have had to "walk it back." He may not emote, as some would like him to but I for one prefer his strong steady hand at helm to some of the others that I have seen offered to steer the ship.

Posted by: justonevoice | June 14, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

There you go again, Mr. Capehart, carping his Obama as the "black" president. Frankly, I wouldn't care if he were green, yellow or red. I JUST WANT a president WHO IS A LEADER. Actions speak louder than words or color of one's skin or its gender or its religious affiliation. One should be asking: WHAT IS THE DRIVING FORCE behind this man who promied "transformational change"? Was that change to further his own personal agenda and he has the arrogance to withstand all criticism against his personal lack of emotions? If you think about it, he has in a short period of time and the crisis seem to have all played right into his hands of passing VERY COSTLY AND LIBERAL agenda to further his goals of health care reform, financial reform, Afghanistan war, and now revolutionizing energy reform...
SO, once again, I don't care about the color of this man's skin. BUT what concerns me is WHAT IS HIS AGENDA and what is he willing to sacrifice to obtain it???

Posted by: american17 | June 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

There you go again, Mr. Capehart, carping his Obama as the "black" president. Frankly, I wouldn't care if he were green, yellow or red. I JUST WANT a president WHO IS A LEADER. Actions speak louder than words or color of one's skin or its gender or its religious affiliation. One should be asking: WHAT IS THE DRIVING FORCE behind this man who promied "transformational change"? Was that change to further his own personal agenda and he has the arrogance to withstand all criticism against his personal lack of emotions? If you think about it, he has in a short period of time and the crisis seem to have all played right into his hands of passing VERY COSTLY AND LIBERAL agenda to further his goals of health care reform, financial reform, Afghanistan war, and now revolutionizing energy reform...
SO, once again, I don't care about the color of this man's skin. BUT what concerns me is WHAT IS HIS AGENDA and what is he willing to sacrifice to obtain it???

Posted by: american17 | June 14, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

"Hmmm...seems to me that all of the governor's, conservatives, and teabaggers from the Gulf states were just squealing about not needing government intervention or government money...Now, they're crying like 2-year olds with a scraped knee because they need the government's help."

What planet do you live on? Stop spending your time calling people names and start educating yourself on reality. Until then, you will continue to look utterly ignorant.

Posted by: bobmoses | June 14, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine what if Bush II or Palin was president at the moment with all that's come down on Obama the past year? Palin would have quit the job after one week while running back to Wasilla gasping for air or Bush would have started a war somewhere in the middle-East to avoid an economy he knows nothing about as he did in Iraq. My God. Let's be thankful.

Posted by: citizen4truth1 | June 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

No, Jonathan. We aren't looking for anyone's inner gangsta. We aren't looking for a real black or white president.

We are simply looking for a leader.

It has become painfully obvious we do not have one currently residing in the White House at this time. But then we all knew that two years ago, didn't we?

I guess we were more interested in electing the first black president of the U.S. than electing a proven leader.

Posted by: bryanmcoleman | June 14, 2010 12:59 PM

=====================================

This needed to be posted again. The vast majority of people don't care if the President is white, black, angry or happy. We want a President who knows what the hell he's doing, and Obama is failing miserably.

What should he be doing? CNN's David Gergen offers some good suggestions:
http://ac360.blogs.cnn.com/2010/06/01/gergen-mr-president-take-command/

Posted by: bbface21 | June 14, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Why is Obama always only referred to as a person of Black or African-American?

When in fact, it would be more accurate to describe him as "African-White American"!

But then it wouldn't be so easy to declare a person critical of his Marxist policies and agenda as a RACIST!

Posted by: theaz | June 14, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Just imagine what if Bush II or Palin was president at the moment with all that's come down on Obama the past year? Palin would have quit the job after one week while running back to Wasilla gasping for air or Bush would have started a war somewhere in the middle-East to avoid an economy he knows nothing about as he did in Iraq. My God. Let's be thankful.

Posted by: citizen4truth1

Brilliant analysis from the CHANGE WE CAN BELIEVE IN idiots.

Lowest tax revenue since Great Depression
Unemployment at 10%-which is "okay" to the Messiah
4 terrorist attacks and Obama won't call say it was done by radical islamic terrorists
Worst US environmental disaster and the community organizer dithers for 6 weeks before declaring "plug that hole"
Trillion spent to stimulate the economy yet didn't stimulate
Over 95% of jobs created by Obama were nonrevenue government jobs
Growing our debt 3x what Bush did.

Barack Hussein Obama-why affirmative action doesn't work.

Posted by: trippermeow | June 14, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Why are you talking about Obama's race? The man was elected president. Yes? Capehart the majority of people are tired of listening to that worn out old fall back, if you haven't noticed. Obama will be judged based on his politics and his effectiveness, just as all the past presidents are.

Posted by: bobilly2 | June 14, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

On a daily basis, Jonathan chats with news anchors over at MSNBC. They have, from the very day President Obama announced his candidacy, complained that "he [Obama]isn't doing 'it' [running, debating, now governing, leading, emoting, fill in the blank with your personal favorite] 'right.'"

"Right" seems to be some ever-changing standard of being more like "_______" [again, fill in the blank.] Be more like FDR, LBJ, Reagan, Clinton, Hillary, the Big Lebowski... be everybody except President Obama.

For at least two weeks -- if not more -- WaPo, including Jonathan and every other person whose portfolio touches even slightly on politics, every media outlet and two-bit blogger, has repeated the unsubstantiated phrase that "Obama needs to 'connect,' 'emote,' and so on. Aside from shoveling the sludge himself, what more do these media boneheads want? Then, for a few brief hours, everybody jumped on the bandwagon that "emoting" wasn't necessary. The President used a word describing one's derriere, and suddenly everybody had jumped on a new bandwagon touted by WaPo's own Howie Kurtz -- "the President's remark was 'scripted.'" Today, we're back on the little yellow "emoting" bus. Wisely, Jonathan, having had enough, seems to have climbed off.

Now granted, Clinton could emote -- or more to the point, he could darn sure ACT like he was emoting. ("I did not have...Ms. Lewinsky." Or "I['m acting like I] feel your pain.") Reagan really was an actor. He acted like Medicare was going to bring to the burning gates of socialism. And Bush #43 was a pretty good actor also: He acted like he flew a fighter jet onto the deck of an aircraft carrier parked off the coast of California, and he acted like the "Mission [was] Accomplished" in Iraq.

Meanwhile, the media acts as if an incompetent word saladshooter's daily tweets or Facebook wall scrawls are on par with the Ten Commandments. "This just in from Alaska..."

The reality is, Jonathan, this critique of President Obama has little do with how he is handling the Gulf gusher, but everything to do with finding something, anything, everything to complain about. The constantly moving goalposts of success that black folks deal with. Low for an alabaster-skinned, tweeting, imbecilic, uneducated half-term quitter. And higher and farther away for a substantive, well-educated, even-tempered, caramel-toned President.

Posted by: jade_7243 | June 14, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Capehart should wish Obama had lost because he needs to understand that the first black president is such an embarresment to his own race.

Posted by: samuellenn | June 14, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Capehart should wish Obama had lost because he needs to understand that the first black president is such an embarresment to his own race.

Posted by: samuellenn

Very true. I feel sorry for the real first black candidate who runs for POTUS.

Posted by: trippermeow | June 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama will be judged based on his politics and his effectiveness, just as all the past presidents are.

Posted by: bobilly2 | June 14, 2010 4:28 PM |

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After reading some of the comments I think there will be many who will never accept that.

Also the Dave Chappelle skit was hysterical.

Posted by: bbface21 | June 14, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

"Now that we have a real-life (and supremely capable) president..."

What?! Did I miss something? I do try to keep up, but I thought Oboobma was still in office...???

Posted by: thebump | June 14, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I always thought Carter was the worst president the US ever had but now I have to choose another one. Although I think Carter is still the biggest looney president we ever had and still is today.

Posted by: pnnton | June 14, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

I would be interested in Bill Maher's definition of "real black". Just as anyone else, Obama is a product of his environment. Having attended an ivy league university and exposure to various locales, I don't expect him to don a gangsta mentality. His grandparents made sure that he came up with self confidence and intelligence, which is lacking in many young people today. I like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock' but they are comedians and under no circumstances would blacks vote either in as president. They were just a joke, Son!!!

Posted by: skinfreak | June 14, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

We will know when we have grown up when we stop talking about our black president, and whether he is black enough etc. etc.

The more we talk about blackness the more obvious it is that the country is not really used to, does not really accept, is not really educated, experienced, hep, up-to-date, world-minded etc.

Still naive, narrow, ignorant, prejudiced, race-conscious, lacking in confidence, fearful, snobbish, child-like etc.

Posted by: jeangerard1 | June 14, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

My favourite quote is from kitchendragon50, who claims that the President didn't learn how to be Black until he moved to Chicago. Humour me, kitchendragon: how is it to "be Black"? How does one "be Black"?

Posted by: chert | June 14, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

My biggest criticism of Obama is that he generally credits the American public with being smarter than they are. From the beginning of the oil spill, he had several cabinet members at the site, and they in turn brought in the manpower they thought they needed to respond to the spill. He frequently talked to the press about how the situation was going and what was being done. While the government is not and should not be held responsible for 'fixing' this private sector problem, they have put a lot of resources into responding and trying to control the impacts. This is not a just a little oil spill that can be stopped and mopped up by anyone. It is a gusher that is impacting many thousands of square miles of ocean and shore, and does not have an easy solution, perhaps not even a difficult solution. Both the Bush and Obama administrations can accept some of the blame for poor regulation, though lack of regulation was one of the core principles of the Bush era. It is not a lack of leadership that is causing this problem. It is a problem lacking a good solution, a situation that was allowed to occur by failure to apply risk analysis by the private sector and federal regulators. It would be nice if people were smart enough to see that there is no ready solution and that most of what can be done is being done. But the only evidence of leadership some would accept would be for the president to don a magic cape and fly down in wizardly de-pressurization to stop the leak with his wand. For the president to be busy emoting so people could feel better when there is so much else to be done would be the real lack a leadership.

Posted by: Voyager2 | June 14, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Obama is the biggest disappointment of this century...

Posted by: smart_sha | June 14, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

The American voters were duped into voting for Obama.The media failed to examine his voting record(or lack thereof) or his academic records and test scores although they managed to ferret out Gore's,Kerry's, Bush's and McCain.For some reason, they did not relentlessly pursue the facts about Obama's background. The media did not tell us about the Occidental application. Did Obama claim to be a foreign student? We did not know the full story about Obama's propensity for Saul Alinsky's brand of socialism. His rhetorical skills were highly overrated. He can barely utter a simple sentence without multiple teleprompters. The real deal? For whom? Certainly not for our nation.The nation is precipitously close to disaster.

Posted by: tsapp77 | June 14, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

Seems like the right wing is only happy with a warm pair of testes resting in their open mouths.

Posted by: mack1 | June 14, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Yes, we know about Capehart's sexual orientation...he makes no attempt to hide it (not that there's anything wrong with it), but his penchant for donning the knee pads in public by way of every column has begun to wear a bit thin. It takes on the appearance of a person deperately trying to convince himself of something. Perhaps he needs a few more tickets to those films starring black guys. They project as much reality as does the one in the Oval Office, in spit of Capehart's unrestrained and blind adulation. Saying it often enough will NOT make it so.

Posted by: ddnfla | June 14, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

I cry when I think about the state of our Government. Obama is just the current “king” that wants to run the ever increasing dictatorship we call the United States of America. Protect and defend, that’s all we need Mr. President. If we could only get back to a time where most things where earned privileges, not just about wrights or by modern terms, entitlements.

Posted by: bpbmjrbhmm | June 14, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Are you crazy Capehart? Check out your sources, Obama may be 10% black at best. Isn't it amazing how African Americans will take any percentage when it comes to power, control and money. I'm sorry at best, given how liberals and Democrats work the numbers; Obama might be 50%. And I'm sorry, you can't use the race card any more either. The facts are the facts! I'm so sick and tired of the media protraying Obama as a black man and Christian. He's a Muslim!!!!!

Posted by: slamminsonny | June 14, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Are you crazy Capehart? Check out your sources, Obama may be 10% black at best. Isn't it amazing how African Americans will take any percentage when it comes to power, control and money? I'm sorry at best, given how liberals and Democrats work the numbers; Obama might be 50%, but i can't find that when checking out his family tree. And I'm sorry, you can't use the race card any more either. The facts are the facts! I'm so sick and tired of the media protraying Obama as a black man and Christian. He's a Muslim!!!!!

Posted by: slamminsonny | June 14, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

The President is not the real deal. As the President, he is supposed to protect us. His utter disgust for Israel has spilled over into his handling of the current situation in Israel. They are our biggest ally in the Middle East and by not backing them, he has shown his true colors. This shows his weakness, which was already perceived as such by the rest of the world. He thinks that he can "talk" out differences between us and those that want to destroy. Well Mr.President, you can not reason with religious fanatics. Those same muslim terrorists who want to wipe Israel off of the map, want us dead too. I understand that you have sympathy towards the muslims, but that is not what America needs from the Commander In Chief.

Posted by: Jsuf | June 14, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

i would much rather have a black man by the name of keyes or sowell west as the president of the united states, not some clown who took his kids to rev. wright for spiritual guidence. this president is a huge mistake. and the guy who wrote this is clueless.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | June 14, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

We have a President of African American ancestry. Anyone who thinks such a thing has any built in benefit to other African Americans is living in a dream world.

Posted by: drray-yup | June 14, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

Tea-b@ggers will never accept any black President regardless of who it is. They are flat out lying about willingness to support Colin Powell, we know that's a lie. And obviously considering the support Alan Keyes got from these same "I'm not racist!" wingnuts, you know darn well they aren't electing a black person. Not in this lifetime they wouldn't. Pilgrims are not ready for it.

Posted by: mlrice710 | June 14, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Leadership ability is neutral when it comes to race. One either has it or not. President Obama does not.

Posted by: mowjoe | June 14, 2010 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Leadership ability is neutral when it comes to race. Either one has it or not. President Obama does not.

Posted by: mowjoe | June 14, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

Capehart misses the point. We wanted a black President with the emphasis on "president." It is the president we don't have. We seem to have the black of the old steroetypes who defers, hat in hand, to powerful whites from the past and to powerful white pressure groups. That is a bad, bad combination.

Posted by: jhough1 | June 14, 2010 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Astonishingly inept fluff piece. There is far better ironic prose in any Montgomery County high school. When you get tired of reading this carp, try the Christian Science Monitor website. Best, most balanced reporting I've found and, as a bonus, you get to put a few more of these work-release columnists at the Post out of a job.

Posted by: hill_marty | June 14, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

He is America's first bi-racial president. He is not black. He might even be America's first Muslim president and first foreign born (which is illegal) president. Not to worry, Sara Palin is about to be America's first woman president.

Posted by: ryanNdc | June 14, 2010 11:32 PM | Report abuse

President Baracks youth and limited resume was well known. Its just plain impressive that this talented American knocked on that open door and achieved the White House. The American people knew the countrys situation and embedded direction. They heard and seen the options, he is the one chosen to fight to put our country on the preferred course. Whats changed? Really nothing, The minority kicked out for bad direction, is very angry and loud against the ones voted in. Quickly vote the minority back in charge, uh why? People don't care so much about skin color, conservative, liberal, gender today. If a conservative has no liberalism, and a liberal has no conservatism-That person is an extremist. Americans are just like people everywhere, nationalistic moderate and tolerant. 2012, Mr. Prez. will be more entrenched with old trivial hate there and the country will be stronger. Thats the most likely outcome.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | June 15, 2010 1:49 AM | Report abuse

The color of President Obama's skin is of no consideration to the average white American who voted for this president who promised to be an agent for CHANGE. However, what is disturbing to many Americans, both black and white, is the apparant LACK OF LEADERSHIP that this man displays.

SORRY, CAPEHART, BUT THE RACE CARD JUST AIN'T GONNA WORK ANYMORE.

Posted by: barrysal | June 15, 2010 3:13 AM | Report abuse

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