Wednesday, March 02, 2011

The Great Uniter: Obama Says Race a Component of Tea Party Protests

Bringing us all together by driving us apart. Just keep talking, jerk.
But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent "Tea Party" movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn't helping them nearly enough, he said.

A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to "take back" their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn't dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a "subterranean agenda" in the anti-Obama movement—a racially biased one—that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.

His goal, he said, was to be as effective and empathetic a president as possible for all Americans. If he could accomplish that, it would advance racial progress for blacks more than anything else he could do.
Expect a heavy dose of racial politics in the 2012 election. It has just begun.


LibertyAtStake said...

Race is a component for everything to the Progressive.  And, yes, you are right, the Progressive cornered will fall back to it - with a vengeance.


"Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive"

roux said...

It's his liberal white half that I don't like.

maudgonne said...

What a contemptible human being.

bandit said...

Usually Obama leaves the racebaiting to his wife.

Carole said...

<span>I don't know why anyone is shocked that he believes this--his ego is so HUGE that he simply cannot understand why his opponents don’t agree with his beliefs—and since they don’t, well, they just must be racists.<span>  </span>It just ties everything up so neatly for him.<span>  </span>And then of course, the press believes this bullsh!t anyway!<span>  </span>It all makes me ill.</span>