Sunday, October 12, 2008

Obama Allows Two "Racists" to Campaign for Him: Why?


During the Democratic primaries, the media, Obama's online supporters, and several of his surrogates accused Hillary and Bill Clinton of racism. Bill Clinton was racist for saying Obama's take on the war was a "fairytale." Hillary Clinton was racist for saying that it took a "president" to sign the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Even Clinton's "tear" in New Hampshire became a racist rallying cry.

Probably the worst moment happened when Senator Clinton responded to a reporter's question about her remaining in the race when it looked like she could not win. Clinton responded by noting the Robert Kennedy's assassination occurred in June and that the primaries were still ongoing at the time. The media turned that innocent comment into a death threat. Keith Olbermann was probably the most outlandish of all, producing an almost 30-minute blood-faced rant on how Clinton wanted someone to kill a black man. Oddly, the Democratic primaries turned so many people into purported advocates of racial equality. Olbermann, who works for lily-white MSNBC was all of a sudden concerned about the well being of "the" black man. Bless his heart. The Obama team circulated the Olbermann video across the web, fomenting the belief that Clinton was trying to instigate an assassination.

Anyway (some delayed venting), it seems that Bill Clinton has jumped on board (joining wife Hillary) and is now campaigning for Obama. Also, Obama apparently has recently mentioned that the economy was doing fine when Clinton was president. During the Democratic primaries, however, Obama withheld any praise of Clinton. Instead, he lumped President Clinton with the "past," which he derided as "more of the same" and "politics as usual." He even associated Clinton with the most hated Republican on earth -- George Bush, Jr. -- when he said that people were "bitter" because of both Bush and Clinton.

Do you think it is odd that a black presidential candidate would allow people whom the media, his supporters and his surrogates portrayed as racists to campaign for him? Does this mean that racism does not bother Obama or that he will tolerate racists if they can help get him elected? Or does this mean that the charges of racism against the Clintons were bogus at most, or overstated at the least? I'm scratching my head on this one (not really). Why aren't Huffington, Daily Kos, and Politico inflamed about two racists campaigning for Obama?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harsh, Professor. Harsh. I like it though...but definitely harsh.

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

I was not trying to be harsh....Just showing that if all of the racism drama were true, then the Clinton's would not be the prize campaigners they are.

Anonymous said...

I have often wondered why the Clintons have been forced to campaign for Obama when they are supposedly the antithesis to all things Obama. I know that former primary contenders usually have a role in the general election campaign, but the interest in having Hillary and Bill campaign for Obama seems more than a little off to me. Almost like it is a public display of making them bow to Obama. (Adjusts tin foil hat) Great blog. I agree with the ideas you express. Thank you!

Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

Thanks for the compliment. The Clintons are astute politicians and somewhat pragmatic. So, I imagine they are maximizing their "profit" as well. I do not see Obama as sinster in this, but I do think it teaches a lot of his younger supporters a lesson: politics is politics.

purplefinn said...

I think this is an example of all of the above. Obama is a politician and the Clintons were unfairly characterized. Obama as the "healer" and "stand for nothing really" will associate with anyone to get a vote. Oh, and by the way, could you please vote early.

Anonymous said...

I don't think your post was harsh at all. Obama has sent out anti-choice, anti-gay rights representatives to stump for him. He has violated every Democratic principle that I support. If he thought it would get him a vote, Obama would "resurrect" Jesse Helms to endorse him.

Anonymous said...

The simple answer is that Obama is a liar in all things.

justamom said...

Obama is laser focus on getting elected. This can be a good quality for a person who can be so focus on achieving his goal. The ultimate question is whether Obama will be as focus to work for the people once he gets into the White House? Will he look at each tough decision and asks which one benefits him the most? That is when character matters.

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