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World take note... racist remarks are excused as long as you're passionate

Via Jake Tapper:

"Harry Reid called me today and apologized for an unfortunate comment reported today," President Obama said in a statement today. "I accepted Harry's apology without question because I've known him for years, I've seen the passionate leadership he's shown on issues of social justice and I know what's in his heart.  As far as I am concerned, the book is closed."

The President was referring to comments Senate Majority Leader Reid, D-Nev., made in the book "Game Change," by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, in which Reid is described as being "wowed by Obama's oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama -- a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one," as he said privately.  Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama's race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination."


While I hesitate to walk through the minefield of trying to compare various individuals' racist remarks and attitudes, it may be worth comparing Mr. Obama's willingness to forgive.

In April 2007, then-Sen. Obama told me that NBC should fire Don Imus
for his "nappy-headed hos" reference to the Rutgers University women's basketball team, a comment for which Mr. Imus apologized profusely.

"I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus," Obama told ABC News, "but I would also say that there's nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude."

Obama said he appeared once on Imus' show in 2005, and "I have no intention of returning."

"He didn't just cross the line," Obama said. "He fed into some of the worst stereotypes that my two young daughters are having to deal with today in America. The notions that as young African-American women -- who I hope will be athletes -- that that somehow makes them less beautiful or less important. It was a degrading comment. It's one that I'm not interested in supporting."

The Dec. 12, 2002, issue of the Chicago Defender quoted then-state sen. Obama guest-hosting WVON's Cliff Kelley Show and calling for the Republican party to "drive out" then-Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., for saying of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond's segregationist 1948 presidential run as a Dixiecrat, "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president, we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead, we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either."

Lott had apologized as well.

"It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate [Lott] suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do," Obama said. "The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party."

Obviously every man has his own history and role in society, and you can judge for yourself whether there's anything inconsistent about President Obama's willingness to forgive on these issues.

The lesson seems clear to me... it's called a double-standard... it's called hypocrisy... it's called Liberalism.



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Comments (17)

Not passionate.You... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Not passionate.

You can be racist/corrupt/pedophile as long as you are otherwise ideologically aligned with The One.

As long as you are behind his socialist restructuring of American Society you're cool. If you're not behind the bus you're going under it.

Just another nail in the Di... (Below threshold)

Just another nail in the Dim's November coffin.

Jim, another way of stating... (Below threshold)

Jim, another way of stating this is, you can be racist, be corrupt, have sexual indiscretions, be a hypocrite as long as you do so "progressively."

I love it when Liberals and Democrats in particular call themselves "progressive." Makes their policies and positions sound so ground breaking and forward thinking when in fact it's the same kind of crap that was spelled out by socialists since the beginning of time.

As long as you are "progressive" you can't be held accountable. He'll walk because he has no shame and he will be excused.

Ah yes. The liberal racist... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Ah yes. The liberal racist, another protected class.

Where are the imbeciles lik... (Below threshold)

Where are the imbeciles like Stevie Green and Stevie Sturm defending this twat's comments? What a pair of moronic hypocrites.

Macaca whatever equals: rep... (Below threshold)

Macaca whatever equals: repub racist resignation.

Negroidal dialect equals: Its all in good dem fun and you get a promotion.

The parallels are stunning.

[A]s Hillary bungl... (Below threshold)
jim m:
[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill's handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

But I'm sure that he meant 'getting coffee' in a nice way.

Yes, Billiebob only meant a... (Below threshold)

Yes, Billiebob only meant a few years back Barry would have invited them all out to Starbauck's to fondle the waitresses.

That's the problem with Tap... (Below threshold)

That's the problem with Tapper, he'll dance to the edge and even make it obvious, but he doesn't dare just say it as he would about a Republican or conservative. Guess he likes being employed.

The demcratic petard must b... (Below threshold)

The demcratic petard must be exhausted - from all of that hoisting.

Correct me if I am wrong he... (Below threshold)

Correct me if I am wrong here, but didn't Trent Lott catch all kinds of hell for his remarks about Strom Thurmond? Seems to me the Dingy Harry's remarks were a far lot worse, but he gets a pass by groveling on his knees to the right people. In this case, the so-called Rev Al (race baiter second-command,who let him off with just a stern warning. We have yet to hear from the race baiter in chief (Jessie Jackson). Wonder when he will chime in?

It's not "hypocrisy". The ... (Below threshold)

It's not "hypocrisy". The Dems call it "nuance".

Thank God this is becoming ... (Below threshold)

Thank God this is becoming more and more obvious to fly over country. Thanks Obama. You have brought all your party's hypocrities, and they are many, to light. ww

"World tak... (Below threshold)

"World take note... racist remarks are excused as long as you're passionate"

Not if Your "Jimmy the Greek"..

God rest his neo-con ass.

I come as close to hating t... (Below threshold)

I come as close to hating the bloody fascist, Dingy-Harry Reed, as I come to hating any Human.

But I really do hate the bullsh*t that allows delusionally fantasized or even "really" hurt feelings to trump Dingy Harry's and/or anyone else's right to say whatever the heck he likes about whomsoever the heck he wants to say it about!

A little reflection on the phrase: "to TAKE offense," (a 100% voluntary action) might result in some otherwise immature to the point of being bloody-infantile folks "hurt feelings" being overcome -- and to their long overdue growing up!

Brian Richard Allen
Lost Angels - Califobambicated 90028
And the Very Far Abroad

"I come as close to hati... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

"I come as close to hating the bloody fascist, Dingy-Harry Reed, as I come to hating any Human. "

Oh, I bet you hate a lot of humans. Republicans hate and hate and hate.

Black Americans don't hate Sen. Reid however. He's shown through is actions and deeds that he's not a racist.

There's the difference. Trent Lott hated black Americans and fought against those who sought to improve life for Black Americans.

Sen Reid does not.

And I bet many of you just hate me for pointing that out...

"And I bet many of you j... (Below threshold)

"And I bet many of you just hate me for pointing that out..."

"Hate" is a strong word Steve. You use it so blithely and so often it's totally lost meaning. The only time I've ever hated anyone is when they've done something so awful to me or someone else that it simply cannot be excused or explained away.

In fact, you use it so often and with such vehemence, insult and broad brushing, aren't you displaying the very same irrational emotion without actually saying it? Is that irony or hypocrisy? I forget.






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