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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. obama didn’t make race a big part of his campaign? Ya think not? Oh, I reckon he just continually used thpse lines about “funny name” and “did I mention he’s black” and not looking like other presidents on dollar bills…all those lines, I guess, were just to keep people’s minds OFF his race. Right.

  2. House minority “Pig-losi” missed a great chance to bolster Obama’s divisive race war …she should have picked a black “sex addict” from Georgetown for her hearings testimony last week.

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  4. Don’t speak about this with just anybody first, but with people you trust who you know are high up in leadership who also can best handle this. Yes. You read it right. MSNBC News receiving cash payoffs through agents affiliated with the campaign of President Obama to day after day keep white on black racism the major news article more than two months running, and showing no sign of slacking off nor slowing down even a particle.
    There is proof and it will be easy to find. Look for it. And please be careful. All this black versus white normally “non-banner” non-“breaking news” about race is a
    strategy the Obama Campaign people are paying big money for to keep daily in the news for near onto two months now, and it is becoming more and more obvious that
    there are bribes being accepted by MSNBC News people and other agencies of the wire service are also involved.

    Witness the big news story of the day shoved right up front in my face on my Internet Explorer browser: “TWO BROTHERS ARRAIGNED FOR BEATING TEEN”
    A story which merely says a black teen was walking through some white Jewish neighborhood with a two by four having nails in it and acting crazy, so a couple white Jewish young fellows had to tussle and actually had to break his wrist to disarm him. Happened in Baltimore, I think. But this would normally not be BANNER NEWS or BREAKING NEWS or “stop the fucki’ presses” new-worthy, normally, would it?

    You see, that’s the thing, isn’t it? If your answer is that our nation has just all of a sudden had a wide outbreak of racially motivated hate crimes, more today than ever in the past, if the answer is yes, or no, then that gives you some options, does it not? See what you think with a very wise and very trusted BOSS of long experience, when you speak of these things, okay? You want to get a true reading and have a plan which can work.

    The Obama Campaign people are financing the biggest race card ever played and you are all too stupid to see it that we get all this sudden nonsense concerning RACE exactly during the run up to our national elections, don’t be Pollyanna, you know something is going on, look into this, but please be cautious, thanks.

  5. It is disgusting when people in the highest political offices can engage in veiled hate speech for political purposes. We can’t be rid of this pretender in chief soon enough. His actions and policies are the most destructive to this country that I have ever seen in my more than 50 years. This is what happens when your policies are a failure and you have nothing else to run on.

  6. How can the stupidity exist where the Supreme Court can say Arizona can’t enforce immigration law because it is the feds responsibility but nobody hold the fed responsible for not enforcing the laws? Obama pulled the rules allowing cooperation between ICE and law enforcement effectively saying he will enforce immigration when and where he sees fit despite any laws on immigration. It seems like Arizona could now sue the Fed for not enforcing the laws. His switch from massive deportation to very selective deportation this close to election time is surely an effort to attract votes despite the chaos it creates.

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  9. “The RACE CARD finally comes FLYING OUT of the DECK!”

    PRESIDENT OBAMA can’t possibly be GUILTY because he’s BLACK!


    The fatuous1 calls “BULL$HYT”, because No MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW and it really doesn’t matter to me if “THE MAN” is BLACK, WHITE, PINK, YELLOW or ORANGE!

    … but you KNEW that ALREADY didn’t YOU!


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