Because he’s black

Miami Herald:

Black caucus head treads line between criticizing, supporting Obama

As the debate over jobs turns into the latest political tug-of-war, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri walks a careful but candid line.

As chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, he has been at odds with President Barack Obama over his administration’s response to the soaring unemployment rate in the African-American community.

Nearing 17 percent, joblessness among blacks is at a three-decade high and almost twice the size of the overall unemployment rate. The black caucus wants the president to do more.

But the group’s efforts are freighted with political sensitivities, given Obama’s unique role as the first African-American occupant of the White House and the sometimes untethered animosity that his election has triggered.

“If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” Cleaver said. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”


Cleaver is a lifelong Democrat who prizes political loyalty, and the black unemployment dilemma has put him and the group he leads in the awkward position of criticizing the policies of a president they admire, but not the president himself.

“It’s not personal,” Cleaver said. “They’re attacking his policies, or lack thereof, with regard to this gigantic unemployment problem among African-Americans. If we can’t criticize a black president, then it’s all over.”

There is a word for treating people differently because of their race. R-A-C-I-S-M

Where exactly is this “untethered animosity?” I don’t recall hearing about anyone burning crosses on the White House lawn.

When the CBC attacks Obama’s policies it’s not personal. When the Republicans do it they call it racism. If everybody isn’t free to criticize a black president, then we have a real problem, don’t we?

When Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball they didn’t change the rules to make it easier for him. The distance from the mound to the plate remained 60 feet, 6 inches, and it was still 90 feet between the bases. When he went to the plate he didn’t get four strikes and they didn’t move the fences in.

He had to succeed or fail on a level playing field.

That’s equality.

(via Hot Air)

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50 Responses to Because he’s black

  1. Dario says:

    “If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,”

    What he didn’t say is what would have happened if Hillary had become president


    • DisenfranchisedVoter says:

      It’s really hypocritical and racist to say that if only Obama were white, blacks would be storming the White House. Really? What if a white person said that if George W. Bush had been a black man, they would have stormed the White House with pitch forks. Does that even sound fair to anyone?

      That statement alone proves how horrible Obama is as a leader and how many black politicians know but won’t say anything because of his skin color. Rich blacks and those who are career politicians and part of corporate America are equally to blame for the plight of poor black people. To them, protecting one black man is more important than protecting millions of black people and people of other races suffering under the Obama presidency. As long as Obama knows he will be protected, he won’t do anything for black constituents because he knows 90% or more will vote for him regardless of what he does.

      It is also a horrible example to poor blacks who feel pressure by the Al Sharptons of the world to keep their mouths shut and remain loyal to Obama even when they suffer with poverty, unemployment, and foreclosures. And just like many white liberals who believe the trash on MSNBC, they will believe that anyone who criticizes the President must be a racist or a race traitor.

  2. Why President Obama sucks More from Chicago.

    73% of those polled in the NBC/WSJ poll felt the nation was on the wrong track; while 19% thought the nation was headed in the right direction.

    I’m left wondering who is that 19 percent?

  3. imustprotest says:

    “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

    Which is exactly why Obama needs to go. No one on the Dem side is holding his feet to the fire. At least, if we had to have a Republican POTUS, the Democrats and the media would push back. Right now they’re rolling over and handing him the New Deal on a silver platter.

  4. ralphb says:

    Republican Calls for a More Honest Debate

    WASHINGTON — Four months after he decided against jumping into the Republican presidential race, Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana says that he has occasionally been frustrated by the discourse in the campaign and that the field could benefit from at least one more contender whose candidacy was rooted in a message of fiscal discipline.

  5. yttik says:

    “…he leads in the awkward position of criticizing the policies of a president they admire, but not the president himself…”

    LOL, that is awkward! We don’t like his policies, in fact, he’s not even likable himself as a person, but we have to keep on admiring the man.

    “It’s not personal,” Cleaver said. “They’re attacking his policies, or lack thereof…”

    Nothing personal, we just don’t like your policies, your character, or your lack of integrity. Please don’t take this the wrong way, we admire you greatly, it’s just that you really suck.

    • imustprotest says:

      Remember when he told Ed Rendell, “We don’t need the people, we just need the checks.”? Obama, he don’t need no stinkin’ people!

    • @howiewolf: Provocative stuff by @jheil in new NY Mag: Casts Obama as the “The First Jewish President,” says POTUS “maybe” more pro-Israel than Bibi.

      Tweet from Howie Wolfson about Jonathan Heilemann’s article in the latest NY Mag print edition. Lol.

  6. HELENK says:

    will the CBC ever be more for the colors red-white-and blue, then they are for the color black?

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

  7. ralphb says:

    Trump impressed with Perry

    Trump diplomatically told Perry he would not make an endorsement in the GOP primary race until he knows whether former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin plans to run.

    “He told Perry nicely that he probably wouldn’t endorse anybody until she made her intentions known,” the source said.

  8. WMCB says:

    The truly sad thing about this is that it is precisely these kind of attitudes that will make voters very hesitant to ever elect a black president again.

    Who wants to put up with being called a hating racist every other day? If the price of having a black president is that we all have to shut up and not criticize, not mock, or not lambast him the same way we’ve done any other president, then a heck of a lot of people are going to take a pass on the next one. Not worth the drama and the kid gloves expectations.

    And that is fucking sad.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I’m pretty sure Jackie Robinson was the victim of a few bad call in his career.

      I don’t recall reading about him ever blaming it on racism when an ump called him out.

    • Dario says:

      Obama won in 2008 because he wasn’t Republican, and it didn’t matter what color he was. The election of Nikki Haley and Jindal prove that race is not an issue for most voters. I think a strong candidate will be elected regardless of color.

      • But would he have won the primary without the race card. I remember the primaries well, there was constant aggressive race and guilt baiting from Obama’s campaign and its surrogates. Non stop. Obama won the general because he was not a Republican, but he also won because the market crashed and everyone wanted a Dem bailout, and his campaign continued with the race baiting and misogyny.

        • Dario says:

          I don’t believe the voters were swayed by race. It was the Democratic Party establishment and the media that decided the primary. I think the media was afraid to be called racist, but the voters were not fooled as evidenced by the polls in September after SP was chosen. It was the financial crisis that turned the tide against the Republicans.

        • Dario says:

          The race card worked for the black voters, not so much with the whites. Hillary and Bill were called racists, and the voters kept choosing Hillary over Obama until the last primary in Puerto Rico.

  9. Michael Moore thinks Democrats should nominate Oprah Winfrey for president.

    The Republicans run people [for office] who are beloved by the American people,” he says, citing Ronald Reagan, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Fred Thompson. Why, he asks, do Democrats not put up Tom Hanks or Oprah Winfrey? “What is this about being afraid to win? They need to be thinking more along the lines of the Matt Damons and less along the lines of the Harry Reids.” Or the Michael Moores, I ask? “Oh, God, no. That would not be a good idea,” he says hurriedly.

  10. This was popular on facebook today. People post the question: What’s the most racist thing that’s every happened to you? Others share their genuine experiences in comments. Think it was cathartic for many.

  11. BO to propose $1.5 trillion in new taxes tomorrow at 10:30am speech. Think it’s mainly politics because the GOP probably won’t buy it, and boosting/stimulating our economic engine is our biggest issue right now imo, not waving the flag on deficits when the 10 year treasury yield (government borrowing rate) is still below 2.0%.

    The president will propose $1.5 trillion in new taxes as part of a plan to find at least $3 trillion in budget savings over a decade, according to a person familiar with the matter. Combined with his call earlier this month for $450 billion in new stimulus, the proposal represents a more populist approach to confronting the nation’s economic travails than the compromises he advocated this summer.

    • Dario says:

      That proposal is not serious and only confirms Obama has no clue what our problems are. He’s in campaign mode, but soon the European banking crisis will hit us with similar force as the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse. That’s what I’m reading from many analysts. Even jackass Soros is concerned. Here is sample of what I’ve been reading.
      Lehman Brothers II crisis is coming soon

    • Mary says:

      A small group of Senate Democrats (10-12) won’t buy it , either, which means it won’t pass. They don’t want to be seen as harming small businesses in their own states (think Landrieu, McCaskill, Nelson of Florida, etc)

      But you won’t see the media report that, much. It’ll be all about “obstructionist” Repubs, only.

  12. crawdad says:

    Wow, Breaking Bad just took a wild twist tonight!

  13. HELENK says:

    in the next election, I hope those who still have “white guilt” go to a shrink instead of screwing up the country.

    Many people did not vote for his white half and voted against him because of his lack of experience, his shady friends and his ignorant behavior.

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    • Dario says:

      I don’t believe that the “white guilt” was significant to tilt the 2008 elections. Those with the guilt are lefties anyway and would have voted Democratic. I think it was the 2008 financial crisis that turned voters against anything Republican and voted for the empty suit as the only alternative. Had G.W.B. done a better job, the voters would not have voted for the empty suit, and the Democratic Party would have learned a good lesson in 2008 instead of 2012.

      • those with the guilt are lefties anyway

        “Lefties” are activists, some of whom engaged in serious race baiting in the mainstream media and online. Over 40 million people voted in the primaries, and many times that in the general. Most voters don’t think of themselves as lefties or righties, and whether they were suburban, rural, or urban, whether they were young or old, whatever their backgrounds and political leanings, they were capable of being influenced by these campaign tactics. Why else would the Obots have been engaging in them so diligently.

      • It’s an important point. Because Hillary would be Potus today if it weren’t for those tactics.

        • Dario says:

          Please see my comment at 12:14. I admit that in the primaries, the black voters were very much swayed by the race baiting, but that was important in the SC primary. I think once Obama became a credible candidate, blacks would have voted for him just the same.

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