President Obama was exactly right. Some people don’t like him because he’s African-American. I didn’t think this was even remotely controversial. But wow. Some of the usual suspects erupted in protest, behaving suspiciously defensive when, in fact, the president wasn’t really talking about them specifically.
In a profile published on Sunday in The New Yorker, the president said, “There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.” He continued, “Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black President.”
Predictably, the conservative entertainment complex lost its collective bowel control and the subsequent bile geyser erupted from one end of the AM radio dial to the other, along with Fox News Channel of course.
We’re all familiar with how Sarah Palin reacted on Facebook yesterday, so I’m not going to bother. (See my post about it here.)
Elsewhere, the insufferable panel of cranks known as The Five, helmed by serial race-baiter Eric Bolling and proto-hominid Greg Gutfeld, generally agreed that the president was trying to blame criticism of his failures on the racism of white conservatives. Gutfeld said “his failures know no pigment.” (To be fair, The Five panelist and former Bush administration press secretary Dana Perino said the president’s remarks were “reasonable.”)
Fact: there are more than a few people who think it’s terrible that there’s an African-American president. It has nothing to do with successes or failures. I’ll come back to this point.
Glenn Beck, who once accused the president of being racist against white people, echoed The Five‘s observations: the president is “making excuses” for his failures as president. He called the remarks a “tired cliché” and said:
“It is a strange, like, double standard, racism, that I think keeps him elected. You tell me that a white man could do to this country’s health care system alone and have––and Benghazi and everything else that’s going on. You think Hillary Clinton could have gotten away with half of this stuff? No way. No way.”
Doth protest too much, methinks.
So Beck thinks Obama has “gotten away” with stuff? He clearly doesn’t listen to his own radio show… [CONTINUED HERE]