Andrea Mitchell’s reaction is priceless:
JOHN SUNUNU: What people saw last night was a president that revealed his incompetence, how lazy and detached he is, and how he has absolutely no idea how serious the economic problems of the country are, and how he has failed to even begin to address them. And I think even the liberal press reacted with shock at this revelation, and I find it fascinating, now this morning, after they’ve slept, to watch them all scrambling around to clean up the mess the president left on the floor last night. On the other hand, Mitt Romney came in with a lot of specifics, a lot of very sharp knowledge of issues, not only with the Obama-version of bumper-sticker numbers, but the governor showed that he understand policies and he understand how to make policy into law talking about what he did in Massachusetts.
ANDREA MITCHELL: Governor, I want to give you a chance to maybe take it back. Did you really mean to call Barack Obama, the president of the United States, lazy?
JOHN SUNUNU: Yes. I think you saw him admit it… he said, you know, ‘they’re making me do this work.’ He didn’t want to prepare for this debate. He’s lazy and disengaged.
When all else fails, play the race card.
Imani Gandy (Angry Black Lady):
Former Governor of New Hampshire and Bush appointee John Sununu appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and called President Obama lazy.
Yes he did.
And guess what? It’s a dog whistle
I’m already seeing pundits and bloggers using weasel words to describe what is an outright no-bones-about-it racial dogwhistle. Just call it what it is. The “black people are lazy” is a stereotype that dates back to minstrel shows and blackface. It’s fucking racist.
I really need the media to stop mincing words, here. Sununu knew what he was doing. The Romney campaign sent him out to do it (Sununu is one of Romney’s top campaign advisors.) When asked if he meant it, he doubled down. The media needs to call the Romney campaign out.
The Romney campaign is employing racial dogwhistles in this campaign. From “food stamps,” to “handouts,” to Romney’s lies about Obama’s welfare policy, to the ongoing questions about President Obama’s birth certificate, to wingnut demands that President Obama relase his transcripts because they refuse to believe that President Obama attended Harvard and Columbia on his own merit, this campaign is drowning in racism.
Call it what it is, please.
And John? Just say it, dickhead. You know you want to.
I have news for Ms. Gandy – some black people ARE lazy. So are some white people (including me). If you say “Black people are lazy” that is a racist stereotype. If you say “Barack Obama must be lazy because he’s black” that would be a racist stereotype too.
But if you watch Barack Obama for a few years and come to the conclusion that he doesn’t like to work very hard it is NOT racist nor a stereotype to say that he is lazy. Another stereotype about black people is that they are good singers and dancers. Is it a racist stereotype to recognize that Michael Jackson was a great singer and dancer? Of course not.
BARACK OBAMA IS LAZY. He is also arrogant and conceited. He’s a sexist dick too.
But wait! There’s more:
John Sununu is a honey badger. Honey badger don’t give a shit.