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Are the President's people simply politically tone deaf?

Or is Obama's visit to a Church this past Easter weekend whose pastor has compared Rush Limbaugh to the Klu Klux Klan part of a purposeful and premeditated political ploy?

Obama took the First Lady and their First Daughters to Shiloh Baptist Church, the first time the First Family has worshipped in a local church in quite some time.  The pastor of that church is Wallace Smith.  The same Wallace Smith who though perhaps not as flamboyant and in your face as Jeremiah Wright, seems to have been cut from the same cloth:

Can there be any wonder why some are driven to beat the hell out of others in fast food joints if they listen to this sort of vitriol week in and week out, no matter the softness and calmness with which it's delivered?

And can someone explain to me the reasoning why Obama would give this guy his ear? And why he would expose his daughters to him?

Anyone?


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"And can someone explain to... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"And can someone explain to me the reasoning why Obama would give this guy his ear? And why he would expose his daughters to him?"

Well Jeremiah has retired. And they live in DC now, not Chicago.

Ya know what's funny as hell? Wright lives in an ALL WHITE, GATED COMMUNITY.

It's not just the President... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

It's not just the President's people that are tone deaf.
I believe Obama himself is extremely politically tone deaf, but it is made much worse by his arrogance.
He literally cannot see what the rest of the country - meaning the middle and right side of the political spectrum - might think of his actions and statements.

This is not a new thing, either. Remember his comments that people were bitter and clung to their guns and religion? Yeah, "Homer J. Obama" was out there early, but ignored by the fawning media.

"the first time the Firs... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

"the first time the First Family has worshipped in a local church in quite some time"

Must be an election coming up or something...

What kind of clue x four do... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

What kind of clue x four do you need upside your head to realize that actions speak louder than words?

Obumbles has NO use for conservatives, a majority of whom are not black.

"And can someone explain... (Below threshold)
PBunyan:

"And can someone explain to me the reasoning why Obama would give this guy his ear?"

No worries, the media will white wash it for him. If a stink is raised, Obama will just say "that is not the Wallace Smith that I knew.." or something like that. Things like this are just not a problem for him.

"Are the President's people... (Below threshold)
914:

"Are the President's people simply politically tone deaf?"


Yep, tone deaf and color blind.

it's the Chicago way..... (Below threshold)
914:

it's the Chicago way..

No he's not tone deaf. He'... (Below threshold)
jim m:

No he's not tone deaf. He's a racist bigot. Unless you are going to argue that his statement in his book, "A white man's greed runs a world in need" does not reflect his thinking and viewpoint.

Or perhaps the lefties want to attribute that one to Bill Ayers.

You simply cannot square his public statements and the behavior of his administration with any other position other than a bigoted belief against white people.

The video appears to be tar... (Below threshold)
914:

The video appears to be targeted towards white South African farmers. Sorry, I mean white American citizens.

Whatever church Barry attends, the race card is always accepted.

That was the Fine art of pr... (Below threshold)
hcddbz :

That was the Fine art of projection.

He is so bitter and hateful and race obsessed he feels everyone else most e to. He speaks so calm and nice that his tone must sway others.

I would really love to understand theBible study that uses the KKK.

Don't worry, folks. When th... (Below threshold)
Clay:

Don't worry, folks. When the ACLU is done with this man of the cloth for his negligence concerning the separation of church and state...well, he's going to get it. Just wait and see. I'm sure the president shredded this church's 501(c)(3) status the moment he returned to the WH.

Obama skipped the tradition... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Obama skipped the traditional Easter greeting this year - although he hasn't missed any muslim holidays. Maybe nothing is better than last year's Easter message, when he offered congratulations to Jews, Hindus, muslims, and atheists along with Christians (because you know how much Easter means to all those groups).

His TV Spokesmodel Jay Carney was miffed at being asked about it, and pointed out Obama attended church on Easter Sunday "in a high profile way" - IOW, it was a photo op.

These excerpts from his Win... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

These excerpts from his Windows on the World presentation have to be taken as representative of how Rev. Smith thinks and what he believes. They also make me wonder as to the text of his Easter homily.

Has our post-racial Preside... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Has our post-racial President ever sat in the pews to listen to a white preacher? Ever? Or even a black preacher who didn't preach without a heavy dose of politics and race? Ever?

a black preacher who di... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

a black preacher who didn't preach without a heavy dose of politics and race? Ever?

Good point, however, it seems it difficult not to talk about race and Easter, going back to it´s polemical origins. And I suppose it depends on who is doing the preaching and where that preacher or president was born?

I suppose Obama could sit in the pews and listen to one of the conservative´s inaugural favorites Billy Graham, for example, as long as he restrained his heavily (in private to Nixon, "synagogue of satan") anti-semitic remarks.

Billy´s son, Franklin Graham , not to be outdone, is still going strong, and was interviewd on Easter Sunday promoting Obama´s birtherism.

It seems every recent president´s religion (and preachers´) are controversial, except maybe H.W. Bush senior? Wasn´t he a lasped Episcopalian? That, may be the solution, (we have had eleven of them )if you have to be something, and you have to be.

Yep, the Klan just hasn't b... (Below threshold)
Tim:

Yep, the Klan just hasn't been the same since ol' Bobby Byrd died.

Look at it like this Steve,... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Look at it like this Steve, its his preference to listen to 'hate on whitey' sermons. He DID listen to Wright's rants for 20 years so it was bound to have influenced him.

Come on Steve a comment tak... (Below threshold)
John:

Come on Steve a comment taken out of context from a private conversation between 2 dead guys? This is the same thing? Please send links to the hate filled rants of Billy Graham you know the one's where he blames America for everything?

Steve,Good poin... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Steve,

Good point, however, it seems it difficult not to talk about race and Easter, going back to it´s polemical origins. And I suppose it depends on who is doing the preaching and where that preacher or president was born?

This may be one of the dumber things you've ever said here.

My preacher is from South Carolina, and race never came up in the Easter Service I attended. I do vaguely recall something about a crucifixion and a resurrection, though... I also seem to recall something about atonement for the sins of ALL mankind, but maybe I dozed off where he talked about white, or brown sins...

You can take the man out of... (Below threshold)
914:

You can take the man out of the church but you cant take the hate out of the man.

Right BARRY.

"Obama skipped the traditio... (Below threshold)
419:

"Obama skipped the traditional Easter greeting this year."

You lie.

Who is 419?Woop in... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Who is 419?

Woop in disguise?

#21:>"Obama skipped ... (Below threshold)
Sky Captain:

#21:
>"Obama skipped the traditional Easter greeting this year."

>You lie.

Proof please.
Show where Homer J. Obama did NOT skip the traditional Easter greeting.
Then show where Jim Addision in #12 (whom you quoted) knew it was not to be the case.

Good luck (you'll need it).

"Who is 419?Woop i... (Below threshold)
914:

"Who is 419?

Woop in disguise?"


Yes. Trying to be cute and failing miserably. Just like his Obamasiah.




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