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Obama Plays the Race Card

At a Washington fundraiser Monday night, President Obama subtly played the race card, suggesting that Republican presidential candidates would deny people opportunity based on the color of their skin.

Here’s what the president said during the event before what a press pool reporter described as “an enthusiastic crowd of young supporters in ballroom of Capital Hilton Hotel.”

Everything we fought for during the last election is at stake in this election. The very core of what this country stands for is on the line — the basic promise that no matter what you look like, no matter where you come from, this is a place where you could make it if you try.  The notion that we’re all in this together, that we look out for one another — that’s at stake in this election.  Don’t take my word for it.  Watch some of these debates that have been going on up in New Hampshire.

The phrase “no matter what you look like” is a clear reference to race. Obama is indicating that if he loses the election, opportunity for those who are a certain color or ethnicity will be denied. He completes the thought by pointing to the debates in New Hampshire, associating the Republican candidates with the possibility of racial or ethnic discrimination.

This is not the first time Obama has used such a formulation. In remarks Oct. 12 to a group of Latinos, Obama said:

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 implication here is that under George W. Bush, America became less of a place where one could make it “no matter what they look like.”

Michelle Obama, during an October fundraiser, also suggested Republican victory would lead to discrimination.

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.

Obama’s comments Monday night are the latest sign that race, which Obama – much to his credit – and others were successful in minimizing as an issue in 2008, will become an unfortunate part of the 2012 campaign.

Some, including the Wall Street Journal, have accused Attorney General Eric Holder of practicing racial politics by attacking state voter ID laws as harmful to minorities. New York Times editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal last week ascribed racial motivations to political attacks by Republicans against Obama. Rosenthal and others have suggested that Republican candidates are sinisterly using code words for race in their remarks.

222 thoughts on “Obama Plays the Race Card”

  1. When you play the race card, it’s because there’s nothing else in your hand. But I think we all knew this would have to happen.


    1. I think there should be a true play off now that both LSU and Bama think they’re the best. Best 2 out of three tells the true best team! Watch out for Ohio State in ’13!

  2. Is there really any question Obama would say and do anything to win the next election? He has danced around the race card ever since the 2008 election season. Since then,, his surrogates, operatives, supporters and political hacks cry racism every time this poor excuse of a President is criticized.

    I am sick of this and this is not reflective of the heart and soul of real Americans.

  3. Racist. R.A.C.I.S.T. racist. r-a-c-i-s-t. Anti-Black. Anti-gay. Anti-illegals.
    Anti-every-dam-thing. Repubs hate everyone according to our President.

    Dems love and embrace everyone, except White, Irish/European, Christians , supporters of Israel, successful businessmen and women, pro-life supporters, and anyone who disagrees with their values according to our President.
    “Our President” is the key phrase and it would be wise if MrObama would recognize that a class, race, and economic divide among Americans will not serve him or us well.
    MrsObama once called the WhiteHouse the “people’s house”, and she was right.
    The “people” are weary of the irritating and outrageous occupants who have abused our hospitality and pocketbook. Asking us to allow them to stay another 4 years because they claim to have more to do to us and not to allow them to stay would be “racist” doesn’t make a good argument.

    1. My biggest fear,is our dear President is opening the divide between those that have and have nots. O’Bama got elected by more than black voters but has turned this whole thing into a hate showcase..

      I remember the Watts riots and all the other one’s we have had in this country fueled by the same kind of language. I hope the people understand O’Bama is playing with a powderkeg that just may very well EXPLODE in all our faces. If that happens, we may never have internal peace in our country. Pray I am wrong, please.

      1. I have said it before on this site, I can only imagine with horror the aftermath of a loss of the Obama election after seeing what happens after sports wins/losses, halloween in Detroit, etc.

        And he will have stirred the pot so thoroughly………

  4. I’ve had enough of these fools, the man was elected President of the United Started for goodness sake. The race card isn’t even effective anymore, it’s been used too often. God help us all if we have to listen to this kind of drivel until the election. Shame on you Obama, have you no pride in this great country?

    1. Moochelle said upon her husbands nomination,-“This is the first time in my adult life I’ve been proud of my country”. It took her husbands nomination for this fabulous nation to earn her PRIDE. What a self absorbed ,arrogant snob! The very sight of these two Marxists infuriates me. They are both beneath contempt. Be warned, there is no low to which they will not stoop in order to continue their 4 year feeding frenzy at the public trough. All the while this nation is circling the drain!

      1. Can you imagine any single one of the Conservative candidate’s spouses saying anything remotely similar to what the ever-angry Michelle Obama said, and believes? They both still hate this country.

  5. -and I predict this tactic will work. For a couple of reasons: When you only have to convince people who can tell you what George Clooney’s high school mascot was but can’t tell you who fought in the Revolutionary War, regard people who use plastic bags at the grocery as equivalent to pedophiles -it’s an easy sell to the “I’d rather amputate a leg than be called racist” crowd. It’s the old Bill Cosby gag. I’ll find it and post later.

    Conservatives are accused of “dog whistling”. Liberals use a megaphone.

  6. If that’s true, why does every job application I fill out demand to know my race, age and/or ethnicity thanks to policies the president supports?

    End the Work Opportunities Tax Credits program if you really believe that, Mr. President, but don’t blame everyone else for the age, gender and racial/ethnic discrimination you reward, you hucking fypocrite.

  7. I disagree that Obama and his people Obama “were successful in minimizing [race] as an issue in 2008,” Keith. Don’t you remember his “he doesn’t like look the guys on the dollar bills” quote? Don’t you remember how any criticism, and attempt to investigate him was openly or tacitly smeared with implications of racism?

    The difference is that last time appeaing to suppress race as an issue served the Dems’ needs by suppressing any real investigation of or discussion about “The One.” This time it serves their interests, so, The One and The Wife will be waving the card at ever turn.

    How amusing that it has now warped into the “what you look like” card.

      1. Too bad his mother didn’t have that same fear. The africa ran away and she married a muzzy? what kind of low class freak was she?

  8. Is there any chance that if Obama wins 2012, there will be “people of a certain color (pale) or age (elderly) or gender (straight pale male) or political affiliation (conservative)” that will be denied equal opportunity when applying for jobs, college, housing, medical procedures, etc.?

    1. Some already are. It’s called Work Opportunities Tax Credits. If you’re white, male, over 50, have no criminal record, accepted no public aid other than unemployment benefits, never used drugs, and are willing to take a drug test, your chances for employment plunge because none of those demographics are a protected class. And, yes, some employers will admit as much off the record.

    2. MT for re-redistribution

      When I was a straight white male working to put myself through engineering school, I stared at the financial aid bulletin board for long periods of time hoping to find some aid that wasn’t reserved for some sort of minority. I never did. If I were a female american indian lesbian pig farmer, I would have been set. I put myself through school on my own dime. I can’t stomach anybody talking about how they lack opportunity, especially minorities.

      1. MT for re-redistribution

        I should add that the problem with minorities constantly moaning about their supposed lack of opportunity is only because they have been taught that all their lives, and the current racist administration is reinforcing that bunch of crap.

        1. I just checked my coverage with ObamaCare and enema’s are now not covered!
          The nurse at the hospital will just slap the crap out of you. This saves dollars.

  9. Undoubtedly, BHO/MO have never heard the saying, “When You Point A Finger At Someone Remember You Have 3 Pointing Back At You”. Stop calling us racists for doing our duty as citizens of this great country because we question your administration’s policies; your excessive spending/partying/vacations when so many Americans are out of work and our country is going down hill fast!!!

    Obviously, racism is something they have engaged in for quite some time:

    “When Michelle Obama worked in Mayor Daley’s City Hall in the early 1990s, she was “distressed” by how a small group of “white Irish Catholic” families — the Daleys, the Hynes and the Madigans — “locked up” power in Illinois. . .Mrs. Obama worked in the Daley administration between Sept. 16, 1991, and April 30, 1993, according to City of Chicago personnel records. . .She particularly resented the way power in Illinois was locked up generation after generation by a small group of families, all white Irish Catholic — the Daleys in Chicago, the Hynes and Madigans statewide.”

    So why is it alright for BHO/MO to make such ignorant remarks and no one calls them out on them, but when you or I question the administration’s policies; their partying/vacations, etc. we are called “racists”?

    1. GotFreedom, you are correct.

      If you want to get really ticked off, read “Injustice: Exposing the Racial Agenda of the Obama Justice Department” J.Christian Adams. This will explain why the blacks believe they are above the law and how the DOJ only thinks that the law is for those cases wher the blacks are disctiminated against, not when they discriminate and how Barry is very much pushing this in the DOJ and especially the Voting Rights Department.

  10. Barak Obama has had the ultimate opportunity of anyone in our country of any color or background, he became President of the United States. If he had done a great job and been successful there would be no need for him to “play the race card” in fear that he is a failure and will not be back for a second term. The handwriting is on the wall, do the math, read the tea leaves, face the music, get over it, move on. Every day in every way thinking people must admit that this president has been bad for our country. I look at my finances. When my debts total more than I take in I know I am in deep trouble….play it forward. It means the same thing when you do that to a country. Every American should ask themselves whether they are better off now than they were when Barak Obama took office – no excuses, no double talk, no blurred vision – just say yes or no, are you better off. ‘Nuff said. Barak Obama has had his chance…

  11. Every employee that is hired by the company I work for has to sign a Standards of Ethical Conduct and Ethics Guidance – Executive Order 12674. The Communist very clearly would not be able to sign this document. He would have been fired long ago for violating every single section of it.

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  13. MT for re-redistribution

    Obama’s administration has made this country equally more difficult to succeed, regardless of race.

    As Chris Rock once said, George Bush wants to eat your babies!

  14. What joke Maobama is.
    The only reason you would vote for Obama at this point is either because he is black or you are a card carrying marxist.

  15. Thanks for publishing this. If we could make this into a PAC commercial and play his lines, connect the dots, and let everyone know he’s a racist, maybe it will change some minds. Why are people too timid to do this? He sat in the Reverend Wright’s church for 20 years listening to this crap. Obviously he agrees with it. Make the connection. Make your case publicly. I’m tired of the racists calling people racist.

  16. You have got to be kidding me? Our politicians lie so bad in the first place, we have this clown playing the race card. You know what, that treatement starts with me…and if I treat someone with respect and give them the same opportunities I had, then someone else will do it, and so on. Screw these politicians, I hope every one of them lose their jobs!!!!

  17. Dear President Obama,
    I am Ben with Merchant Services and I regret to inform you that your race card has been declined. It is completely maxed out and rendered useless, please destroy the card and send it back to the issuing creditor. Thanks.

  18. Hasn’t the policy of denying people opportunity been going on for quite some time now in the form of Affirmative Action and racial quotas?

  19. The people who voted for Obama in 2008 hoping that his election would prove that Americans are not racist, and that Obama would bring us together, must have buyer’s remorse big-time now.

  20. The only people “denying opportunity” to Blacks or Hispanics in the U.S.A. are the Socialist Liberal Marxists in this nation. The Democrats tried to block Judge Clarence Thomas, successfully did block Hispanic candidates to the Supreme Court and Cabinet during Bush 43’s tenure and have called called every Black Conservative Republican an “Uncle Tom” and successfully ran Herman Cain out of the Republican Presidential campaign with their sleazy tactics. Shame on you Democrats!! You are very corrupt and evil.

  21. Typical Obamas. Can’t run on his record so they flip out the race card like some cheap trick. Won’t work. You’re a dud, dude, and you’d better call the movers. You are FIRED!!!

  22. Of course he plays the race card whenever it is his choice to do so….Don’t know whether it was his “white side” or his “black side” playing the card?
    Don’t forget the race card he played regarding the Cambridge Police Dept arresting a black professor. Barry is a racist himself!
    Just in the news today….Truman-a DemocRAT- allowed & supported infecting women in Guatemala to be infected with STD’s without their knowledge….this is the type of treatment under DemocRATs!!….allowed SS to be taxed, allowed your SS to be put into the Government coffers and spent rather than held separately……what more needs to be know about DemocRATs?

  23. As a hispanic female, I abhor the president’s remarks. Never voted for Obama. I am voting for Dr. Ron Paul who believes in individual liberties, not the color of your skin or ethnic background. If Obama really wanted to help minorities, he would repeal the drug war which has unjustly incarcerated more minorities than any other law. Legalize drugs and treat it like alcohol – which is a deadlier drug than all the others, which have some medicinal effect. Bring back our troops – where in the Constitution does it say to fund or defend any nation but our own? These are the issues Dr. Paul addresses – NO OTHER CANDIDATE understands the basic issues of civil liberties. Dr. Paul for president, 2012.

  24. As November 2012 gets closer and the economy and Obama’s re-election chances continues to implode, race-baiting statements from the Obama camp will sharply increase. Of course, this tactic will be embraced and repeated by the main-stream media who will take every opportunity to paint the Republican Party and the Republican nominee, no matter who it is, as racist.

  25. How long have many of us been warning the SMART American people about how Obama would play the race card…every chance he got?
    If…even those Americans who voted for him…refuse to recognize, or reason how this man is nothing more than a shill for the Devout Racists in America who hide behind their skin color. They deserve 4 more years of intentional poverty…based on the false promises of a Messiah who only bows to himself in his mirror of Hatred for anyone who doesn’t look like him.

  26. If he really believes that everyone should have a chance to SUCCEED, then why is he and his fellow democrats trying very hard to take all of our success away by redistributing the wealth we created? Can anyone just ask these democrats???

  27. Here is REALITY. A vast majority of black americans want to live their lives like all Americans. However, they are caught in theis virtual circle called “the struggle”. The struggle means no matter where you are, as soon as you get comfortable, your “people” will demonize you as an Uncle Tom. You become an enemy. So they are sucked into this vortex of hate to show they belong.

    Another thing I noticed is that most legal / green card Latinos / Hispanics hate Obama. They believe they are / want to be just like white america. In fact, many of them consider themselves “white americans”. The whole effort by Obama and the violent,mentally ill, evil and immoral progressive / socialist / communist / aethist / secularist / humanist wack jobs is to attempt to keep the “brown man” under their wing. They KNOW every immigrant group (irish, italian, german and now a growing number of asians) have discovered that they are liars and inherently evil. When Obama losses this year, watch how violent the inner cities become that night. Remember this post. These people are evil.

    1. Good post. Makes you wonder if Obama would go as far as issuing a pre-emptive “warning” of minority violence against whites if he loses the election. Of course, having a couple of Black Panther members show up at each polling place with baseball bats would certainly past muster with the current Justice Department. This may be the first time I’ll find it necessary to carry a concealed weapon when I go to vote.

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  29. It’s the same thing over and over with this administration. Just ask one of these obama sheep to defend him on his policy and you will see the magnificent failure his tenure has been. He and his zombie followers have no defense other than the long expired race card.

  30. And then there’s Mzzz MIchelle complaining yesterday about all those white, Irish Catholic voters. Oh, the burdens the Obamas have to put up with.

  31. Well let’s be honest, the republican party has a long way to go before they can claim they’re free of racism. You guys have hated on Obama within minutes of his swearing in and have kept up the hate throughout his time as president. Obama aside, Gwinnett County in GA a southern republican stronghold used slave beatings in math problems for crying out loud. I watched a youtube video just yesterday of Arizona girls filming themselves raging on bout Hispanics in a hateful racist manner. AZ another anti-anybody brown republican stronghold. Southern states would rather experience economic disasters than have a brown person live amongst them. Every republican candidate seems to hate people who aren’t white, straight or Christian. They might not come right out and say it but they make it perfectly clear who they think “real Americans” are. So drop the “poor me” they think I’m a racist crap and take a long hard look in the mirror.

    1. Mark, I think your mistake is that you can take isolated instances for any example. But you use individual anecdotes to paint the whole Republican party as racist, as though it is one of their founding principles. Well, it isn’t.
      Now on the Democratic side of the aisle, you actually can cite evidence that it is a Democratic mainstay tactic to call “race card” as reply-proof accusation against anyone you disagree with even if the issue has nothing to do with race. Do I dislike Obama? Yes. Is it because of his policies? Yes. Is it because of his pigmentation? No.
      I don’t like Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi’s policies either. Do I like Herman Cain’s policies? Yes, why? Because he’s black? No, because I have a conservative philosophy. Conservatives tend to use logic and reason, liberals tend to use emotion to argue with. When you can’t win in the marketplace of ideas, liberals tend to throw ad hominem attacks, trying to tear down the opponent personally because they can’t win the idealogical debate. Why do you think the media is obsessed with digging into the personal lives of the republican candidates? That can’t attack their ideas, so they attack the person.

    2. MARK: “Gwinnett County in GA a southern republican stronghold used slave beatings in math problems for crying out loud.”

      They have not released the name of the teacher. I’ll bet you lunch she’s black.

  32. Obama’s own words in the referenced speech “a place where you could make it if you try” may offend a lot of constituents. To keep them in the camp he needs to rephrase it “a place where you could make it if you sit on your ass for a check”

  33. I thought the fact that he, a black man, was given the job was proof enough that anyone can make it, no matter what they looked like.
    The desperate play of the race card will be seen as what it is, the beginning of the excuses of why he will be soundly rejected this Fall.
    I guess he expected the presidency to be easy, as was the rest of his life.
    I suppose when you have been handed everything all your life without actually having to earn it, any critissm would be hard to take.
    I just hope his failure will not hurt the next black man that may decide to run.

  34. Race baiting by the President……say it isnt so…….Race baiting is what got him elected……He has to use it…..He has no platform to stand other than using skin color as a tool.

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