Remember the amount of flack Glenn Beck received for saying this?
Glenn Beck made the infamous statement in July of 2009, and received so much blowback that he was backtracking and apologizing within days for what came out of “his big fat mouth.”
“I have a big fat mouth sometimes and I say things and that’s not the way people should behave. And it was not accurate.”
What does Beck wish he had said? He’s not racist, he’s just a “Marxist.”
To this day, he maintains that he chose his words inartfully, and regrets doing so.
But the video of Obama from 2007, I believe, completely vindicates Glenn Beck’s words. Why can’t Obama be both a Marxist AND a racist?
There’s a very fine line between racist and racialist. Both are ugly, and when used as a political weapon, dangerously so. Obama’s belligerent racialism, on full display before a black audience exposes his animosity toward “the white power structure” and could fairly be called racist.
As Professor Jacobson noted, it’s a reminder of “the nasty side of Obama…”
…the side well-hidden, the side which does not hesitate to play racial and class politics when convenient and to his advantage. The side which incessantly pits people against each other and plays on historical grievances and resentments, all the while claiming to do the exact opposite.
John Hawkins flat out called Obama a racist:
It actually SHOULDN’T be a secret that Barack Obama is not overly fond of white people. The first clue was that he spent 20 years in Jeremiah Wright’s anti-American, anti-white, anti-Semitic church. You don’t go to a church for twenty years unless you’re in general accordance with the pastor.
J. Christian Adams quit Obama’s Department of Justice because the law was being enforced differently based on the race of the people involved.
No one at this point should be surprised to hear bitter, racialist rhetoric like this coming from Obama:
“What’s happening down in New Orleans? Where’s your dollar? Where’s your Stafford Act money?” Obama shouts, angry now. “Makes no sense! Tells me that somehow, the people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!”
It’s a remarkable moment, and not just for its resemblance to Kayne West’s famous claim that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people,” but also because of its basic dishonesty. By January of 2007, six months before Obama’s Hampton speech, the federal government had sent at least $110 billion to areas damaged by Katrina. Compare this to the mere $20 billion that the Bush administration pledged to New York City after Sept. 11.
Moreover, the federal government did at times waive the Stafford Act during its reconstruction efforts.
“America will survive. Just like black folks will survive. We won’t forget where we came from. We won’t forget what happened 19 months ago, or 15 years ago, or 300 years ago.”
Three hundred years ago. It’s a reference the audience understood.
Here’s the thing. I think Obama tolerates white people as long as they are on his team – fellow progs who agree with his collectivist, reparative ideas are loved and appreciated by the the man who sat in the pews of Rev. Wright’s “anti-American, anti-white, anti-Semitic” church for 20 years. Although Obama openly weaponizes race when speaking in front of black audiences, his racism/racialism also manifests itself in how he treats his opponents.
Those of us who don’t agree with him are dismissed with great disdain. Obama’s habit of accusing conservatives of bad faith for opposing him has been a major feature of his presidency and that has not gone unnoticed.
His economic recovery was ruined not just by acts of God and (foreign) men, but by Americans who care nothing for their country. These people, who inhabit Congress (guess which party?), refuse to set aside “politics” for the good of the nation. They serve special interests and lobbyists, care only about the next election, place party ahead of country. Indeed, they “would rather see their opponents lose than see America win.” The blaggards!
Charging one’s opponents with bad faith is the ultimate political ad hominem. It obviates argument, fact, logic, history. Conservatives resist Obama’s social-democratic, avowedly transformational agenda not just on principle but on empirical grounds, as well — the economic and moral unraveling of Europe’s social-democratic experiment, on display today from Athens to the streets of London.
Obama’s answer? He doesn’t even engage. That’s the point of these ugly accusations of bad faith. They are the equivalent of branding Republicans enemies of the people.
Yet, when he needs votes, he talks about unity – how there’s no white America or black America, red America or blue America, etc. But he’s the one who should be disdainfully dismissed because when he’s in front of a black audience, he’s telling them, (as Hawkins put it) “white people are racists, white people hate them, and white people are the bad guys.”
Republicans get called racist for opposing Obamacare, complaining about welfare, mentioning Chicago or how much Obama golfs, and a zillion other things that have nothing to do with race. Since that’s true, let me be one of the first conservatives to say if Republicans are going to be called racist over lies, then it’s time to start holding Barack Obama accountable for making ugly, racist statements and trying to demonize white Americans.
That’s racist, that’s wrong, it’s hateful, and it makes Barack Obama unfit for office.
I couldn’t agree more. He is the Divider in Chief and his ugly racial politics are destroying this country.
John Nolte Big Journalism: Top Ten Reasons the 2007 Obama Video Matters in 2012:
Once the Daily Caller story did hit and it became clear that Tucker Carlson had found never-before-seen video of Obama in a way voters have never seen him, none of that mattered. The desperate narrative to protect Obama had already been set and as though the rest of us were insane, the corrupt media doubled down in its efforts to tell those of us who had never seen this video that we had.
Of course, it’s all lies; blatant lies meant to control the explosion of an explosive story — meant to justify why the very same media still obsessed over Romney’s “47 percent” moment will now downplay and ignore as a nothingburger Obama caught on video spewing racialist division and the kind of wild conspiracy theories a sitting U.S. Senator had to know weren’t true.
But New Media is The Media, and this video will get disseminated and voters will see it. And like Romney’s “47 percent” moment, this new Obama video is a legitimate news story worth covering.
Here are ten reasons why…
The corrupt media knows this newly released footage is news. They just don’t want voters to see Obama for what he is: a phony, divisive, racial demagogue and grievance-monger ready to spread lies, conspiracy theories, and animosity in order to get what he wants.
Tammy Bruce: Side-by-Side Comparison of Obama’s ‘Race’ Speeches:
Obama’s hypocrisy is astounding. At the end of the clip you’ll hear Hannity and Carlsen wonder which Obama is the real Obama. I suggest neither one–both were theatre. I think it’s become quite obvious in the past 4 years that Obama’s agenda involves destroying everyone’s lives, and will morph into whatever the moment requires of him to accomplish that goal.
Thank-you Tammy Bruce for once again cutting through the BS to get at the horrible truth.
Pundit and Pundette: This just in: Obama was a “bitter, divisive hack” in 2007:
What also offends me is his anecdote about the unborn baby (yes, he used the ‘b’ word) who was saved by doctors after being hit by a bullet in the LA riots. Somehow his story of her survival, used by the candidate as a metaphor for the damage done to the black community by white racism, doesn’t quite jibe with his views on other babies in need of emergency medical care. You may recall his words as an Illinois state senator, arguing against saving babies who survived attempts to abort them…
“First of all, having been born and raised down in Georgia, I’m very surprised at the incredible southern accent that the president, who was born in Hawaii and grew up in Chicago, was able to command,” the Florida congressman said, poking fun at Obama’s drastic accent change during the 2007 speech.
There was definitely a “tinge of racially motivated comments” in Obama’s address, West explained, adding that he was playing on people’s “worst fears and emotions, which is this sense of separation.”
“The only thing that comes out of this, as I believe what everyone knows, when the president gets off a script, gets off of his teleprompter, you see a different type of president,” West added, referencing Obama’s infamous “you didn’t build that” remarks.
Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!