In his speech before the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner, the president paid tribute to the most corrupt Attorney General in American history, calling him ‘a faithful servant of the American (actually his) people’. And later in his speech, he brought up his gray hair – which he says people around the country are commenting on – prompting them to pray for him.
Via White House transcript:
Tonight, I want to begin by paying special tribute to a man with whom all of you have worked closely with; someone who served his country for nearly 40 years as a prosecutor, as a judge, and as Attorney General of the United States: Mr. Eric Holder. (Applause.) Throughout his long career in public service, Eric has built a powerful legacy of making sure that equal justice under the law actually means something; that it applies to everybody — regardless of race, or gender, or religion, or color, creed, disability, sexual orientation. He has been a great friend of mine. He has been a faithful servant of the American people. We will miss him badly.
See the “palette cleanser” below for a rebuttal to this.
Some blogs picked up on an awkward segment of the speech in which Obama ad-libbed for a bit. (Never a good idea for this president.) In an attempt to connect with voters and motivate them to get to the polls, he shared what he says “the folks” have been telling him when he travels around the country. The official White House transcript indicates that he said people tell him “he’s so great.” Which would not be out of character at all for this flaming narcissist.
But I think they misheard him. What the president (who currently has a 35% – 38% approval rating) wants everyone to know, is that he’s going gray. Valerie Jarrett (my guess) told him it makes him a seem like a more sympathetic character, so play it up. Remind everyone that the stresses of the job – like battling the Rethugs in Congress, who want to strip African Americans of their voting rights – is turning his hair gray. He needs your prayers, you guys – Barack Obama says he believes in the power of prayer – so if you want to pray that he stop being a corrupt, lying failure – you should definitely feel free to do so.
All around the country, wherever I see folks, they always say, oh, Barack, we’re praying for you — boy, you’re so great (gray) – look, you got all gray hair, you looking tired. (Laughter.) We’re praying for you. Which I appreciate. (Laughter.) But I tell them, after President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, he immediately moved on to what he called “the meat in the coconut” — a voting rights act bill. And some of his administration argued that’s too much, it’s too soon. But the movement knew that if we rested after the Civil Rights Act, then all we could do was pray that somebody would enforce those rights. (Applause.)
So whenever I hear somebody say they’re praying for me, I say “thank you.” Thank you — I believe in the power of prayer. But we know more than prayer. We need to vote. (Applause.) We need to vote. That will be helpful. It will not relieve me of my gray hair, but it will help me pass some bills. (Laughter.)
Remember how Harry Reid once remarked that Obama was a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?” At the Congressional Black Caucus dinner, Saturday night, Obama clearly wanted to have one.
Video via Gateway Pundit.
Sounded pretty forced to me – “You lookin’ tarrr.”
Good lord. Hillary Clinton does a better job faking African American accents. “I’ve come too farrrrr”
J. Christian Adams on WMAL discusses the real civil rights legacy of Eric Holder.
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