Because he’s black

Bill Maher:

“If the first black president only has one term, America reads that as a failure. This is what the right wing hopes and prays for more than anything else. America looks at this one-term president and goes, ‘We tried a black guy, but it just didn’t work.’”

Maher thinks it’s important to reelect Obama to prove he is not a failure. But if America doesn’t reelect Obama it will be precisely BECAUSE he is a failure.

Four years ago anyone who questioned Obama’s experience or qualifications was immediately declared to be a racist and cast into the outer darkness. That’s ironic because those of us here in the outer darkness were judging Obama on the content of his character, not the color of his skin.

Geraldine Ferraro was right – Obama would not have stood a chance in 2008 if he was white. Like Bill Maher, many progressives became enamored with the idea of electing the first black president. In their eyes he was some demi-god, the chosen one, the Light-bringer, the realization of Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream.

They failed to see that the historical figure in their vision was just a narrative created by Obama’s political handlers. Not only did he lack experience and accomplishments, but there were several red flags about his background. A candidate’s college transcripts don’t necessarily predict his/her leadership qualities, but one of his prime qualifications was supposed to be his great intellect. Where was the evidence of that?

His education records were kept sealed. He claimed his records as a state senator were lost. We were forced to take his word about large chunks of his adult life. And then there were his relationships with unsavory characters like Bill Ayers, Tony Rezko and Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Even if Barack Obama did not have the character flaws we have all seen in him, he simply was not ready to be president in 2008. That is a job you train your whole life for and few excel at perfoming. Maybe (probably) he would never have been ready. But imagine this – what if the Democratic establishment and the media had kept their thumbs off the scales and let the voters decide?

Hillary would be president today. Barack Obama would either be vice president or he would have stayed in the Senate. Regardless if whether Hillary was reelected this year or not Obama would automatically be the leading contender for 2016. He would only be in his mid-fifties, and we would have had eight additional years to watch him and he would have had eight more years of experience.

Maher thinks if Obama does win reelection he will have more accomplishments in his second term. If history is any guide, the opposite is true. Since the passage of the Twenty-Second Amendment no president has had more legislative or policy victories in his second term than his first. Eisenhower and Reagan were growing senile. Nixon had Watergate and Clinton got impeached. After Bush failed in his attempt to privatize Social Security he just ran out the clock on his second term.

Here’s a novel idea – let’s have color-blind elections from now on. When we step into the voting booths next November, let’s not even consider the race of the candidates. Let’s look only at their qualifications.

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107 Responses to Because he’s black

  1. foxyladi14 says:


  2. driguana says:


  3. DeniseVB says:

    Well, this young lady’s going to make Maher’s head explode. Meet Mia Love 😀

    • leslie says:

      I am really impressed with her accomplishments.

      It doesn’t sound as if she has done any community organizing though. She didn’t even write an autobiography ./s

  4. Lulu says:

    One of the things most striking about Obama’s rise is the threats and intimidation used to get him where he is. His 2008 election was a continuation of his earlier ones. He governs with threats and intimidation. His warning to the Supreme Court about “disruption” of Medicare, which his incompetent legislation MAY cause, is the latest in a long career of threats and intimidation. It worked quite well with the political class (politicians, party hacks, hangers on like the press) because they had something to loose mainly power, government money and access. Now these threats are being aimed at the public by both Obama and his surrogates. The problem with threats is they work best on people who have something to loose. The voters will have to decide what else they will loose if he continues in office. Obama and his surrogates are sounding more and more desperate.

  5. Erin says:

    What does BM think – that if we had a white Demorcrat as the president right now the GOP would be campaigning for the Democrat to be re-elected. Because that’s exactly what’s happened in every other election between Republicans and Democrats.

    Sweet Jebus the lazy logic in this really pisses me off.

    • angienc says:

      Crediting BM with any kind of logic — even lazy — is too kind. That asshat leads with his dick.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think BO’s abolished the Cabinet Meetings too. 😦

      • leslie says:

        I think his history in the Senate r/t the foreign affairs sub-committee he “headed” tells us all we need to know about his work ethic – and his reliance on others he feels are subordinate to him.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Zombie Time ! One of his snarkiest photo-journals yet …. Oakland’s May Day Occupy ….

    • yttik says:

      Somebody mentioned the lack of music at Occupy compared to the protests of the 60’s. It’s true, the 60’s had great revolution music, but Occupy just bangs on garbage cans. You just can’t stage a proper revolution without non violence, civil disobedience, and some really good music. These occupiers are doing it all wrong.

  7. cj says:

    I don’t get it, I really don’t. Aside from everything else, just on a personal level, Obama’s not even “likeable enough.” He literally makes my skin crawl.

    Other than his historic & unprecedented blackness, what’s there to like about this strutting, self-absorbed dork?

    • leslie says:

      Please stop dissing dorks. TehOnce is not a dork. There are likeable enough dorks and even likeable dorks. He is none of the above.
      I cannot look, or listen to him without wanting to shower and/or bleach my eyes/ears/brain.
      Calling him a “dork” is an insult to dorks.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I felt that way about Bush, I never did think we’d get a worse President than that. But Obama made me realize “yes we can” get a worse President! With ” Bushitler and Darth Cheney”, I thought we were dooooomed. Now I’m waxing nostalgic for those days. At least the protest marches made sense 😉

      Obama’s downright scary, but I’m not deep enough into the abyss of despair because I know the Clintons wouldn’t be on his team if he were actually trying to destroy the country. Right? RIGHT?

      I think the election is still Romney’s to lose, he needs to be quicker on his feet and go a little Brietbart, find his snark and pushback a little harder. So far I’m only seeing a composite of McCain/Dole/Dukakis/Reagan/Mondale/Dilbert = tossed salad and scrambled eggs against the Obama Machine. Oy.

  8. I want yard sides that say “It’s about content of character, stupid.”

  9. craterlakegirl says:

    In 2008, the Democrats needed Obama now, because four or eight more years would not have made a difference in his political growth.

    • wmcb says:

      They needed to get him in fast, while they could bamboozle the public with the “blank slate”. If they waited 8 years, his non-record would have been too obvious.

      • craterlakegirl says:


      • angienc says:

        Exactly. They had to shove him in while they could.

        And it was no accident that he was plucked from obscurity & given that prime time “red state, blue state” speech at the 2004 convention, either, before he was even elected as a US Senator. They knew Hillary was going to run & they had to have the only guy who could damage her with the AA votes in the wings to stop her.

        • leslie says:

          And no way would they support another Clinton. Especially Hillary. She isn’t a cookie cutter variety politician. She is working to improve things – not maintain the status quo.
          She is the real threat to Congress. But not to the USA.

        • foxyladi14 says:

          Honk, 😯

        • DeniseVB says:

          What’s really scary, he went from the Illinois State Senate to President in only 2 years. It boggles the mind.

  10. HELENK says:

    people were so fed up with George Bush any democrat would have won. For some reason the democratic party did not want someone competent and had any love for this country. A competent woman was not historic enough so they went with a half black that they thought they could control. They pushed and pulled and lied and cheated to get him in office and now they are stuck with a man who has nothing but contempt for them and the country. The down ticket democrats are sh-ting bricks because he in not releasing much money for their election and they sure can not run on any democratic record this year. It is a you bought it , you own it rude awakening for the dems.

    • DeniseVB says:

      I think this is the reason so many Republicans voted for Obama over McCain and “Scary” Sarah. Those same voters begat the Tea Party a few months later after Obama proved he was just another product of crony capitalism….. x1000 !

      In my perfect world, OWS and the Teas would meet in the middle and prohibit the corporations buying politicians and get rid of the politicians taking their money. We can build from there 😀

  11. HELENK says:

    has anyone found out what was in the agreement that backtrack and Karzai signed? The only thing I could find was Karzai telling the world that backtrack bowed to his demands. That our troops had their hands tied and we would support Afghanistan for at least 10 years by giving them our money.

  12. HELENK says:

    off topic

    Admitted 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and 4 others appear in Guantanamo court to face terror charges – @AP

    anyone in the court room to let the public know what is going on at this trial???

  13. leslie says:

    OT (sort of) Yesterday I linked to “Obama Meets his Nemesis” at ‘American Thinker’ (

    There was a link to a possible scandal (like that ever stopped TehOnce) involving Biden, the Chinese, and DreamWorks (

    There are very few unintended leaks in the obama WH. Is there a plan to send Biden packing and have a new VP running mate for the ‘messiah’?

  14. On Tpoic and really funny. Via John Smart:

  15. Let me try that again:

    • DeniseVB says:

      LOL ! “….Romney will turn your diaphram into a tea cozy….”

      Best Shelby Fluffy yet 😀

      • I know, right? I personally liked the repetition of “Also. Mormon.” LOL

      • Lizzy says:

        Oops Shelby; Mormons don’t drink tea-Romney would never promote tea cozies.

        • DeniseVB says:

          I must admit, I’m a recovering Catholic since my High Nuptial Mass Freaking Longer Than A Root Canal wedding in ’69. I will certainly support any religion that doesn’t bludgeon me over the head with you’re going to hell for using birth control or Death to America 😉

  16. leslie says:

    I’m having a problem with the gravatar thingie. I tried to change it to one I like and it isn’t displaying anything now except Blackness. Hmmm I wonder what that might mean.

  17. HELENK says:

    just because. by the way you can make one tonight in your backyard with a hose on sprayer

    • yttik says:

      I love it Helenk! I can’t believe I’ve never made moonbows. Unfortunately it’s pouring down rain and overcast here, so we don’t really get a supermoon, just the crazy people that usually go along with it.

      • HELENK says:

        my husband was a bartender for a long time, and I worked for the railroad and newspapers

        fact of life

        the crazies DO come out during a full moon

    • DeniseVB says:

      Rats, we have clouds and rain and more clouds tonight 😦 Hoping Super Moon will bust through.

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Saw a bit of Obama’s Ohio campaign speech. I’m just recovering now. The big take away is that he’s saying the main message of their campaign is that it’s still about change and still about hope. In other words, he’s running against whoever has been president for the last 3-4 years. And he said the other guy will say the election is about are you better off now than you were 4 years ago. Obama says that’s not what it’s about, it’s about what I’ll promise for the next 4 years vs. what they other guy will promise for the next 4 years.

    Can’t make this shit up.

    • leslie says:

      Gawd I wish you did make this sh!t up. It wouldn’t hurt so much. This is so pathetic. Criminal really.
      Feel better.

    • angienc says:

      Worst part is a lot of the morons out there will fall for it again instead of “fool me once, I won’t be fooled again” (To paraphrase W for the love of god! Even he’s smarter than these people!).

    • wmcb says:

      It’s disgusting. The thing that gives me hope, despite everything, is that even against McCain, with Bush fresh in memory and Obama a fresh new blank slate – he won by 7%.

      All we need is for him to lose 4% of what he had at the epic height of Obamamania against a stay-at-home R electorate.

      It is really hard for me to believe, no matter what the media or polls say, that he will garner even close to the votes he got in 2008, or that the R’s won’t turn out from the woodwork to vote him out.

      • yttik says:

        Obama won because conservatives were disgusted with Bush and unenthusiastic about McCain. Conservative apathy helped put Obama in power.

        I don’t think conservatives are apathetic anymore.

      • angienc says:

        Even better, remember that the 7% was the popular vote nationally. Obama won 7% overall because of big double digit % wins in places like CA & the New England states. The other states weren’t close to 7% and when you start looking at individual states, like NC where Obama won by less than 1% (by about 12,000 votes), Indiana (1%); FL (less than 3%), etc. you see that there is a lot of room for Romney to make in roads just based on the fact that Obama has, for the first time in his life, a record.

        Romney is starting out with all the states McCain won (173 electoral votes) regardless of what the MSM tries to sell us that places like GA & SC are merely “leaning Romney” — if those states didn’t vote for Obama at the height of his popularity, they aren’t voting for him now. Adding NC, Indiana & FL is 53 electoral votes & Romney is more than half-way there.

        As you quoted here from another site:

        In 2008 Obama had to spend almost a billion dollars because we didn’t know who he was.

        In 2012 Obama will have to pend almost a billion dollars because we know exactly who he is.

        Another funny quote I saw on some other site:

        Obama will win 3 states, CA, NY — and pick one. The other 54 will go to Romney.

        • 1539days says:

          I blogged in February that there are 7 states where Obama won by less than 10% in 2008. Six of those states had state-wide Senate races and the Republican won in 5 of them.Florida, Virginia, Indiana and North Carolina have a good chance of going to Romney. Another 30 and Romney wins the election

        • angienc says:

          A step ahead as always, days.

          I’m really hoping it isn’t close though because I don’t want some nightmare scenario where Obama wins the popular vote (because of states like CA & NY) but loses the election because you know he will start arguing that the electoral college is as bogus as the SCOTUS & Congress and refuse to step down, with violence from his devotees to match his claims. It will be a sad state if after more than 250 years of peaceful transfers of power, that kind of thing happens in our country.

          Also, never underestimate the power of the Chicago Mob to lie, cheat & steal this election. If it isn’t close, there will not be as much opportunity to cheat. Although I’ve heard that those new voting machines being run by Spain for our GE have already declared that Obama won.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Well, here’s a good sign, I think. Our local ABCNBCCBS (ok, spell Pravda) channels live streamed his Richmond, VA visit on Facebook. AND the comments were not even safe for The Crawdad Hole……lol.

    • votermom says:

      Barack getting a head start on the forgetting.

  19. DeniseVB says:

    May 2008 Kentucky Derby, Eight Belles, the runner up, broke down and was humanely euthanized on the track moments after breaking her front two ankles. I remember Eight Belles being the Girl Power horse, only female running that day, as a metaphor for Hillary’s campaign

    She was beaten by Big Brown.

  20. HELENK says:

    headbanger of the day

    guy who never had a real job, says guy who ran a business, made money, and governed a state did not learn any real lessons.,0,5898001.story

    • angienc says:

      Well, how can Romney’s career in the private sector, heading up the Olympics & running MA compare to Obama’s qualifications of being born to a white woman and a Kenyan man, who promptly abandoned him, and living a wealthy, isolated life in Indonesia,where in between snacking on puppies, he heard the beautiful Muslim call to prayer, before being shuffled off to to his grandparents, going to an expensive prep school, then Occidental and (mysteriously) Columbia & Harvard while getting high and never actually holding a real, full-time job in his life? Heck, he’s even managed to be POTUS for 3 1/2 years while barely putting in 40 hours a week, golfing more, vacationing more and holding more fundraisers than any other POTUS before him. That takes *real* talent.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Has Romney ever written a book? Was he ever on Oprah?

        • angienc says:

          Actually, Romney has written 2. The first Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership & the Olympic Games (published 2004) It’s a management book using his experience with the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics as a backdrop. The second is No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (published 2010) which lays out his whole career (Bain, Gov. of MA, etc) and his solutions for this country — granted, it was probably written with 2012 in mind, but so were Obama’s 2 b.s. autobiographies when he hadn’t even accomplished anything, ever. And I bet Romney actually wrote his 2 books.

          He hasn’t been on Oprah though.

          • leslie says:

            but so were Obama’s 2 b.s. autobiographies when he hadn’t even accomplished anything, ever

            Well then, TehOne’s book are still fitting.

        • He certainly doesn’t have a Nobel Peace Prize.

  21. HELENK says:

    where have all the obots gone???????

    stadium half empty

    • wmcb says:

      This is funny. I read from a commenter at Althouse that the organizers and Obot OSU students were all tweeting like mad to get the students to move down to the lower seats to fill in the gaps for the TV cameras.

      Also, overheard from a student leaving the arena: “I just wanted to go see him once while he’s still president, before I go get drunk for Cinco de Mayo.”

      I’m betting a big chunk of even the students who did attend had the same motive. I doubt there’s much signing up to volunteer and GOTV and rah-rah Obama.

      • myiq2xu says:

        They should have held a concert with free beer and pizza.

        • angienc says:

          Word. That’s how he snookered them all the last time. What, does he think he’s so great that he’ll get them without that now?

      • leslie says:

        That explains why I couldn’t access twitter earlier this afternoon.
        I kinda thought that was the case.

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  23. Obama has lost the Secretary of Rock n Roll

  24. HELENK says:

    he who shall not be named and could not make out in any prison with a fist full of pardons now insults republican women

  25. HELENK says:

    tough political ad

    • angienc says:

      I love when they use Obama’s own words against him. Yeah, yeah, even doing that makes them raaaaaaaaacists, but dayum it is satisfying. Plus, there will be no end of material to do it.

  26. HELENK says:

    interesting article about the men in Julia’s life. It don’t look to good for them

  27. leslie says:

    Notice he doesn’t say people are ‘unemployed’. He says
    ‘too many of our friends and family are still out there lookin’ for work’.
    He doesn’t say ‘foreclosure’. He doesn’t say ‘national debt’ or ‘budget’
    He employs euphemisms. If he said those words, he’d be sunk.

    (Even iif they are ‘just words’)

    • leslie says:

      The above comment was intended to nest under the ‘tough political ad’ video contributed by HELENK @6:07

    • 1539days says:

      Of course there are too many people lookin’ for work. Every time someone stops trying to look for work, the unemployment rate goes down.

      There’s a good slogan. Support Obama. Stop looking for a job.

  28. Chas says:

    Let’s not consider their SEX or “hotness” factor either.

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