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Finally Something We Can Agree On October 1, 2009

Posted by Dindy in barack obama, Current Events, Obama, Politics.
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In the wake of the furor over Kanye West’s actions at the MTV Video Awards- you know, when he grabbed the mike from Taylor Swift during her acceptance speech and gave a shout out to Beyonce Knowles- we have some refreshing honesty from the only man in the world who could probably get away with saying publicly what we all were thinking privately.

Obama calls Kanye West a jackass

I don’t think I’ve heard anyone disagree with Obama on this– not even those critics who hate him so much they can’t accept the fact that they were born in the same coutnry as Barack Obama.

And here’s something else, too. There have been a number of accusations that Obama’s critics are racists. Most notably former President Jimmy Carter came out and said that the opposition to Obama is grounded in a deep seated racism.

“I think that an overwhelming proportion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, he’s African-American,” Carter told NBC television.

Obama, however, doesn’t see it that way. According to White House Spokesperson Robert Gibbs,

“The president does not believe that the criticism comes based on the color of his skin. We understand that people have disagreements with some of the decisions that we’ve made and some of the extraordinary actions that had to be undertaken by this administration.”

Funny, I don’t think I’ve heard a single one of Obama’s critics disagree with him on this statement either. I guess they don’t disagree with Obama on absolutely everything.

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1. Scruffy - October 1, 2009

You wrote what Jimmy Carter said. Did you read it? He did not say the opposition to Obama is grounded in racism. He was talking about the over-the-top emotionally unbalanced hatred exhibited by his most ardent critics. The crazies. He’s absolutely right about that.
Otherwise, I agree with you.

2. Dindy - October 1, 2009

Thank you for your comment. Carter’s comments came in response to a question at a Town Hall Meeting in which he said that Representative Joe Wilson’s outburst during Obama’s Health Care speech was “based on racism.” I could be wrong, but I don’t believe Joe Wilson is emotionally unbalanced or crazy.

Further, in an interview with NBC, Carter said, “I live in the south, and I’ve seen the south come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that shared the south’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans.

“And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the south but around the country, that African Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.” He further said, “Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”

If Carter has issued any clarification or any statement emphasizing that he is only referring to the whackos, I have missed it. His remarks are certainly subject to interpretation, and your interpretation of his remarks is obviously different from mine, however I believe a reasonable case can be made that Carter said that opposition to Obama is grounded in racism.


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