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The Obamas Subtly Begin to Play Racial Politics

Are you a Republican? Are you a racist? Because if you ask the Obamas, the answer is that you just might be.

Ever so subtly, the Obamas – yes, her too – appear to be playing the race card. They are turning this into a “values” election, and one of the values they are suggesting, ever so subtly, that Republicans hold is a distaste for people who aren’t white.

Take the remarks made today by President Obama before the administration’s “Forum on American Latino Heritage,” a transparent attempt to placate Latino voters.

I ran for President for the same reason many people came to this country in the first place:  Because I believe America should be a place where you can always make it if you try; a place where every child, no matter what they look like, where they come from, should have a chance to succeed.

I still believe in that America.  I believe we can be that America again.  The truth is, the problems we face today were a long time coming and solving them will take time.  In a global economy, it will require us to have the best-educated workforce, the strongest commitment to research and innovation, the most reliable communications and transportation networks.

But with so many people hurting today, there are things we can do right now to make a difference.  There are things we should do right now to put more people back to work and to restore a sense of security and fairness that’s been missing for too long.

So that’s why I put forward the American Jobs Act.  That’s why I sent Congress a jobs bill made up of the kinds of proposals that, traditionally, Democrats and Republicans have supported.  Independent economists who do this for a living have said the American Jobs Act would lead to more growth and nearly 2 million jobs next year.  No other jobs plan has that kind of support from actual economists — no plan from Congress, no plan from anybody.

But apparently, none of this matters to Republicans in the Senate.

If Obama “believes” in an America where children should have a chance to succeed “no matter what they look like,” and we are no long “that America,” then who changed it? The implication is clear that it happened under George W. Bush.

To use this viewpoint as the set up for Republican opposition to Obama’s jobs legislation completes the thought: We are becoming a racist society in which the color of your skin can hold you back, and Republicans not only are at fault but are resisting Obama’s noble attempt to correct this.

That this message was delivered to an Hispanic audience makes it all the more transparent.

Mrs. Obama was working of the same script Tuesday night during a fundraiser in Washington.

Who are we?  Will we be a country that tells folks who’ve done everything right, but are struggling a little bit — will we tell them, tough luck, you’re on your own?  Who are we?  Or will we honor that fundamental American belief that I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper — (applause) — and if one of us is hurting, then all of us are hurting?  Who are we?  (Applause.)

Will we be a country where opportunity is limited to just the few at the top?  Or will we give every child — every child  — a chance to succeed, no matter where she’s from, or what she looks like, or how much money her parents are?  Who are we?  That’s what’s at stake here.

Who are we indeed. Are we Republicans, who would deny a child because she is from somewhere else – i.e. a Latina – or because of “what she looks like?” Is that who you are?

If you are a Republican, the Obamas think so.

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59 Responses to The Obamas Subtly Begin to Play Racial Politics

  1. No, I’m not a Repub. I’m a Dem, born and raised, but I’m not going to vote to re-elect MrO, and if he and the missus think it’s because of his skin color then that’s too bad.

    If their theme is going to be ‘support me to show you aren’t a racist’, it’s too late; we’ve been called ‘racists’ for three years now, and we’re starting to believe it. We are what we are.

        • I am also a registered Dem–voted Dem all my life until last time–I could never figure out who this candidate was…still can’t. My ex was decorated i n Vietnam–I knew McCain was a vet, which I respected. Sooo…first time ever. All this clap trap about how Republicans don’t want a stable country, don’t want good things for their kids, etc–are they living on their own planet, Repubicans? No! It’s so dumb, all this coming ouf ot he WH. And mean. And sort of anti-intellectual–like we are so stupid we won’t see that.

          • To call Obama anti-intellectual is ridiculous. We have had enough of our President being just a good old boy. Lets face it not all republicans are racists but if you are a racist you are most likely a republican.

          • Good grief Lawmart…. You are quite the genius and overflowing with common sense. Your last sentence provides absolute proof. “…if you are racist you are most likely a republican”
            Brilliant reasoning and deductive skills. Allow, humble, little old, me to borrow those skills of yours
            1) Herman Cain+republican= Racisist
            2) Appalled by Obama’s job performance, even if one voted for him, this too = racist
            3) Opposed to and disagreed with Obama’s beliefs from day one = racist

            Anti-intellectual? No, highly intellectual-most likely. Intellect and intelligence(smartness) are completely different from one
            another. The latter upstages the former with practical manifestation, the learning of trial and error or success by using common sense and adjusting accordingly.

            Most terrifying is Obama’s disdain for America and the principals she was founded on. His pastor of 20+ years, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, his 16 year close relationship with communist-terrorist friend Bill Ayers. Obama is a Marxist at the very least. He is a scary man. Which yes… Back to your math, Tracy=racist.
            Oh well…. Never mastered that new math any way.
            Please God, Bless America and her people….

  2. I’ve often wondered why the powerful and well-respected National Black Republican Association stays quiet. There are so many non-white conservatives around the USA yet their voices are rarely heard, other than through candidate Herman Cain.

    Everyone should be offended at Obama’s words today….no matter the race – black, white, or Latino.

    • Thank you. Everyone should be offended. They are a disgrace. My shame runs deep, and knows no bounds: I hate the Obamas. They are UnAmerican.

  3. “I still believe in that America. I believe we can be that America again.”
    In other words, ‘I believe in the America that no longer exist’ and “I don’t believe in America as it exist now’.

    Nice highlight Kieth. I’m sure that went over the head of 99% of D.C. reporters.

  4. ok, last angry post.
    I still want to know who plays who in the ANIMAL FARM adaptation of the decline of the us. Will George Orwell still make residuals?

  5. Keith you are on a roll. Keep the heat on.
    This POTUS and his FLOTUS are really walking a fine line and they are really getting on my nerves.
    I think I am a racist. I became one in November 2008 when I didn’t vote for the OblameBush’s/BadOne’s moronic agenda. His mouthpieces said so because I didn’t cast my ballot to His arrogance. When I visit with my neighbors and friends B.L.T., 6packFreddie, and Amad Redd, I hear no mention of the name Obama, because they are actual black Americans and I believe they are ashamed of the administrations actions or lack of.. Real Americans they are and I certainly enjoy their company no matter what they look like. They don’t seem to mind what I look like either. An old Red headed honky redneck Texan racist…. Or am I?

  6. When the hand you hold is full of jokers the race card has to be played. Oh, wait…they have been playing since before the WON got into office. Never mind.

  7. I’m so tired of everything being “our” fault (and by “our” I mean not only republicans but Americans, past and present, as well) – when do they ever accept blame for their actions (or in their case their inaction)? Why must it always be a race issue or a political issue? Didn’t he run on a promise that he would unite the country? And how is he going to that when he makes everything a race/political issue (especially when things don’t go his way or, when his plans are proven to be completely and utterly ineffective)?

    I don’t give a crap about color and I’m a republican and a “latina.” I take offense that I am lumped into a category because of our President’s ignorance and it pains and saddens me greatly. Funny enough I would vote for a black person, an hispanic person, or a purple person as long as they were qualified, that they didn’t apologize for things we did in our far and recent past, loved our country, and had a proper plans of action to get the country/economy back on track (without wasting more of our money or taxing us to death). I just want a leader who thinks about others, and the future/prosperity of our country, besides himself – is that really too much to ask for?

    • I would also add someone who cares about the security of our nation and has a firm hand when it comes to foreign policy (and not alienating our allies – such as England). Again I ask, is that too much to ask for??

  8. Sick of both of them

    Mooshees photos with only children of color nearest to her and the fact they have mostly african american performers at their events is racist if you ask me.

    How long can you keep playing the race card without being called a racist yourself?

  9. I believe the Obamas want to discriminate against me, my children, and my grandchildren because we have red or blonde hair, and blue or hazel eyes. I believe they want the people of color to blame my family, and hound us out of existance. That’s what I believe.

  10. They’ve played the race card all along. What made anyone think for an instant that would change? That card was pulled so many times from the deck it is dogeared and tired. Any pol who uses race to convince 39% of the populace to fear and mistrust the rest will never get my vote, nor do they deserve anyone elses.

  11. And what color is Mr. Cain? They just don’t get it. Racism is dead except among groups of unruly gang members who most like don’t vote anyway.

  12. “I am my brother’s keeper, that I am my sister’s keeper.”
    This is collective salvation that the Rev. Wright taught in his Black Liberation Theology church. They have to save everybody or else they will not be saved.

  13. I remember when Michael Steele ran for the U.S. Senate in Maryland and a prominent member of the legislature said – “Michael Steele isn’t really black, even when you look at him.”

    It’s not about color. It’s about ideology.

  14. Keith,

    I think your post falls into the WIBDI? category.

    What If Bush Did It?

    The spahgetti would hit the fan.

    I predict riots next summer.

  15. This meme is going to be a core part of Obama’s re-election campaign.

    As his rhetoric ramps up, I expect violence to break out in 2012 beginning in the spring. This is Obama’s vision of “the American spring.”

  16. Furthermore, this meme may well work. So many Americans suffer from “white guilt,” which has been promoted at every level in our educational system the past few decades.

    Remember how many — Right, Left, and Center — were thrilled when Obama was elected President. Over and over again, I heard the words “This is an unprecedented time in American history” and “We’ve entered the post-racial era.” These folks didn’t care what ideology the first African-American President embraced. The main thing was his race.

    Frankly, I’m not sure that the majority of American voters are wise enough to see through the propaganda now.

  17. Please don’t forget that he’s now looking at the National Park Service to continue his racial divide by finding more Hispanic heritage sites to list as historic sites. Pure pandering.

  18. Lol. I love reading posts by morons with Obama derangement syndrome. Nobody can convince you, that you your racist…. you just are. Have your disagreements but talking “hate” as one poster did speaks to what’s REALLY underneath your problems with Obama. These moronic republicans won’t be elected. He will be in another term. GET USED TO IT OR GET OUT! HAHAHA! Get some intervention, get a black punching bag or something! But please shut up with this “he made me racist argument”. I’ve never looked upon blacks, Latino, Asians, or any other ethnicity and thought “oh I’m mad, I think I’ll be racist to him/her”. Admit he will do nothing right in your eyes and you hate the Obamas because you just do. If your mad at what happened to the country, perhaps you all need to think about all involved. From what I recall, the country was f’d when he got in. Choke on that!

    • Ummm, I dislike the person and his politics. I think he is destroying our once great nation. I think while he got handed a huge problem, he has done NOTHING to rectify it and has in fact made it far, far worse. THAT is the reason why he should be elected again. I could give a hoot about what color his skin is.

      And remind me again, how black he is? What’s that? Only half? Hrm. Am I racist to the black half of him or the white half of him? So I guess I’m half racist according to you. Yay!

    • Actually you are, that’s why your mad at the world! Take a suppository! It helps! And then swallow one, cause it sounds like YOU are the asshole!

  19. “I ran for President for the same reason many people came to this country in the first place: Because I believe America should be a place where you can always make it if you try…”
    Or where you can fail even if you try as YOU have Mr. POTUS.

  20. Herman Cain will be on the ticket either as President or as Vice President. That must scare the half white guy silly. There goes a good portion of the WHs “strategy” for reelection.