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New Obama Ad Targets Black Voters

by Keith Koffler on June 13, 2012, 7:29 am

Have a listen.

Is this not a little condescending?

Do black voters really need to hear an African American voice, a funky beat, and some soul singing to want to vote for Obama? What if the Romney campaign did this? Will Obama make an ad for Jewish voters with Hava Nagila playing in the background?

What do you think?

{ 42 comments }

LRod June 13, 2012 at 7:39 am

I know Barack Obama is half white. I think it’s sad that people consider a mulatto America’s first black president. And I think black people overall are hardest hit by Obama’s Unconstitutional/Socialist policies.

Just2old June 13, 2012 at 7:51 am

I think it’s condescending and offensive to black voters. The Obama campaign must think it’s necessary to pander to his black base. Like most things they’ve tried, it will backfire. He’s already losing support among blacks according to recent polls. I doubt they’ll be using Hava Nagila for the Jewish vote. But they will pander to Shimon Peres and give him a worthless medal thinking that this will buy Jewish votes. I see that Obama is down some 20% with NY Jewish voters. The GREAT AWAKENING has begun perhaps?

jerry June 13, 2012 at 7:53 am

Did he ever get around to hiring some black people for the national office in Chicago?

That picture they had was a slap in the face to black people everywhere.

Moe June 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

Boston talk radio this morning is all over this, calling it disgraceful and pandering. They are encouraging sending it all over the web, this will back fire big time.

Mike C June 13, 2012 at 4:49 pm

It seems racist to stereotype the black voter in such a way.

Robin H June 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

Romney needs to counter this and remind the black voters that unemployment among their members is higher than the national average, and black youth unemployment is double digits. What exactly has Obama done for them? The ad talks about education, but if there’s no job waiting at the end of it, why bother?

joyce tebbetts June 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

Reminds me of “Shaft” somehow. What a shame the election is coming to this kind of pandering. Ridiculous.

Rod June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

That’s exactly what I was thinking – the “Blaxploitation” theme music in the background, trying to convince blacks that it’s in their best interest to stay on the Ubama plantation. Offensive and just plain cheesy.

Why doesn’t he appeal to them on the merits of avoiding responsibility, overwhelming moral indifference, spending money we don’t have, and fear mongering those who believe in fiscal sanity – this works swimmingly for #occupuds the rest of the left. Doesn’t he believe this will appeal to blacks as well as non-blacks?

srdem65 June 13, 2012 at 8:12 am

I think: racist, condescending, misleading and inappropriate.

There are blogs and websites made by and for Af Ams that are surprisingly more balanced in their opinions than the usual left-leaning sites. They’re not all happy with this President, nor do they think he’s been good for their community. They resent the voter ID argument that they don’t have the means or capability that White voters do, they are ashamed of Affirmative Action policies that force employers or institutions to lower their standards to accomodate Blacks and they are unhappy that MrO has done nothing to help them, while he publically aids Latinos and the Gay community.
They watch the man they supported visit White people’s homes, have backyard meetings with White people, and promote his dinner raffles with White celebrities and they don’t like it.

I don’t know how they would respond to this terrible ad, but I’d bet they don’t like it anymore than I do.

Jeff S June 13, 2012 at 8:21 am

Gottavote dot org? There’s even tiny instagram-ed black voter avatars on the front page!

AZ Granny June 13, 2012 at 9:25 am

That website is as offensive as the radio ad. It’s very simple and has the feel that it’s written for elementary or middle school grade level. Remember that song “The Wanderer” by Dion? With just a few changes and use of the word Panderer instead of Wanderer, it could be Obama’s new theme song.

Martha Trowbridge June 13, 2012 at 11:38 am

Hilarious!

RickW June 13, 2012 at 8:32 am

I suspect the ad was done by an agency who has “black”, “Hispanic”, “white middle class” etc packages that they can whip up something quickly with. Its very likely the team involved has spent zero time in ANY ethnic community. Only focus is on stereotypes.

Justavet June 13, 2012 at 8:49 am

What do I think? I think it shows how divisive this President has been. It shows he is a panderer and loves to waste money. Could you see Romney making a video to Utah voters with him standing in front of the LDS Temple in Salt Lake? I also think it is plain stupid. As my dad would have said, “He’s preaching to the choir.”

Rod June 13, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Ubama is appealing to his “choir” because he just pissed on them with his gay marriage stance – he’s trying get them to look past his own stupidity and judge him merely by the color of his skin and not by the content of his (lack of) character.

Girly1 June 13, 2012 at 9:03 am

Back in 2008 Jesse Jackson used some very ‘colorful’ language on a hot mic accusing Obama of ‘talking down to black people’. After 4 years of Obama’s divisive racist tactics, I am sure there are plenty of blacks who may not vote for Romney but will certainly stay home on Nov. 5. Obama has insulted nearly every ethnic group with the exception of Muslims.

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-07-09/politics/jesse.jackson.comment_1_obama-campaign-jesse-jackson-black-voters?_s=PM:POLITICS

MaryOhSoContrary June 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

Like everything TeamObot has done recently….this has a decided “ick” factor. A pandering “oh noes they went ‘there’” quality. It’s embarrassing and amateurish. On the upside, I can’t wait to hear the Latino/GLTB/Jewish/Womyn/Rastafarian versions to come!

langley spook June 13, 2012 at 2:50 pm

dont forget my “China men”

Scottso June 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

UNITY.
The end of the ad says it all…”Don’t be a traitor to your race. Anyone who doesn’t vote for Obama is a traitor.”
It says, “Vote for me BECAUSE of the color of my skin, and not because of the content of my character or what I have done for you.”

Mike Lester June 13, 2012 at 9:46 am

Congress.Black Caucus’ Angela Rye sound bite with Brian Lamb/cspan June 10th: “A lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it’s questioning his intellect or whether or not he’s too Ivy League. There’s an ad talking about the president is too cool, is he too cool. And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the seventies playing in the background.” SHE IS NOT TALKING ABOUT THE ABOVE AD

blondie June 13, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Wonder if she thinks this ad is okeedokee,since she disparaged the other one because it had “70′s black muusic” in it.

SnarkEsq. June 13, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Exactly! I was just going to post about that:

http://campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/cbc-staff-opposition-obama-racist/592346

Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, argued that President Obama has struggled during his first term due to racially-motivated opposition from conservatives who dislike having a black president.

She said that “a lot” of conservative opposition is racially-charged, citing the use of the word “cool” in an attack ad launched by Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS superPAC.

“There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses,” Rye said. “And to me it was just very racially-charged.
—————

I will be waiting for her opinion of this new Obama ad. I won’t hold my breath, though.

Chuck Thomas June 13, 2012 at 9:49 am

“You know we got yo back.” I have grown so tired of that expression.

Susan June 13, 2012 at 10:02 am

The commercial appears to be made by PR people who have no clue who black Americans are. It leaves the impression that just because they are black they expect the government to subsidize their life from Head Start to college. All of us want the best future for our children, but living a life dependent on the government for our survival will not accomplish a bright future for any of us…regardless of race, creed, or color. Very demeaning ad in my opinion.

Wendy Patrick June 13, 2012 at 10:08 am

My husband was telling me about this ad this morning and without hearing it – I said – talk about sterotyping and how offensive. I’d really like to hear Larry Elder’s take on his radio show in Los Angeles this afternoon. For those of you who don’t live in the Los Angeles area, he is a phenomenally bright, black radio host. Don’t pick a debate with him if you are not totally prepared. Almost makes you feel sorry for those in the black community who have worked hard and risen above all this crap only to have the President of the United States run an ad like this one. I just don’t get why it is “important” that our President be cool. I’ll take a boring and competent adult any day over this.

The Original June 13, 2012 at 10:16 am

There is a section of our populace for which this is almost all they understand. They voted ONEtime in 2008. Will they vote again? I really don’t think they will. Not in really big numbers.

Is this condescending? To a certain group . . . yes, this will be. However, there is a section that will only respond to this type of ads. This is about all they understand and probably consider it flattery.

Cooper June 13, 2012 at 10:57 am

Panderer in Chief, Campaigner in Chief, Money Grubber in Chief, Wanna be Celebrity in Chief, I Killed Osama in Chief, Hypocrite in Chief, Fraudster in Chief, etc.

Please let the nightmare be over soon.

matt June 13, 2012 at 11:20 am

Keith, How racist of you. How can you tell the voice is that of a black man? Can you see his face? I won’t sit idle with this conservative racism taking place. Shame on you Keith. (insert tongue in cheek) The ad is ridiculous. Do they really need a jingle “we’ve got your back?” really?? awful. As a white man, I’m offended. Where’s the ad pandering to me with John Tesh music and a Henry Winkler voiceover?

langley spook June 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

d#mn straight… “whitey” wants an ad too -LOL

Erik Rush June 13, 2012 at 11:41 am

It’s more than a little condescending, but Obama – like all liberal-socialists – is appealing to the lowest common denominator, blacks who have been intellectually stultified by crappy schools, propaganda, and career activists. They’ll identify with this swill; the very few blacks who have not been so indoctrinated won’t pay attention to it, or they’ll be insulted but will have expected it. In any case, they’d be voting GOP anyway.

regina June 13, 2012 at 11:42 am

They will stop at nothing to get another 4 years. I find them embarrASSing in many ways… It’s time they moved to Hollywood where they belong. If this add was from whites then it would be all over the news and there would be hate crimes with it.

Martha Trowbridge June 13, 2012 at 12:05 pm

All talk.

So, actually, from an artistic standpoint, this ad oozes verisimilitude.

Oh-oh. There must be an ‘enemy’ deep within the campaign.

Quintis Arrius June 13, 2012 at 12:35 pm

This reminds me of a Living Color video about Delta Airlines.
Warning: This was aired in the 1990′s on NATIONAL TELEVISION so do’t get all pissy if it insults your sensititives:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RljdyXeft04

Car in June 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Remember the “I speak Jive” bit from Airplane. LOL.

sablegsd June 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I think he’s a racist, arrogant, condescending, commie POS.

Steve June 13, 2012 at 2:28 pm

If you stop the ad at :04, the Kenyan’s logo looks like an egg and I immediately thought of Humpty Dumpty.

Susan June 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Catch myself reciting that nursery rhyme every time the Barack Hussein Kardashian campaign points their fickle finger of blame at someone new. They’re back to blaming Bush again. This only means they have run out of arrows in their sling. Be prepared for a Wag the Dog event.

langley spook June 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm

“Racism is Cool!”

(if you’re a liberal/Democrat)

Hombre October 29, 2012 at 9:14 am

Million dollar production company reaching out to the black population…what
a genius idea!!

William October 29, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Im afraid even though this is blatant racism these words will be lost on death ears http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2012/08/21/mitt-romney-black-vote_n_1820329.html

wolfgang Halbig October 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm

Why does anybody today want to have nine children or more when they cannot afford even one child. The fathers refuse to pay child support, they don’t live at the home with his children.

Why does anybody today want to have 12 or more children when the father is not even around to teach them about all the opportunities that await them through education and not selling drugs.

Why?

‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

Why you ain’t,
Where you is,
What he drive,
Where he stay,
Where he work,
Who you be…

And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

$500 sneakers for what?

And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

Where were you when he was 2?

Where were you when he was 12?

Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward:
Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from?

We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa…..

I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!

With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua,… Mohammed, and all of that crap……..
And all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

We have got to take the neighborhood back.

People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

Randall Whitehead October 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm

It’s OK for Obama to have a clearly racist political ad? What a bunch of hypocrits the Dems are!