PoliticalPen

September 16, 2009

Craig Silverman looks for a case where Obama personally played the race card.

Filed under: Uncategorized — tommoriarty @ 11:18 pm
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Today former President Jimmy Carter said:

“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he’s African American.”

I am not going to discuss the merits, or even the sanity, of Carter’s comments at this time.  Instead, I am going to directly answer Craig Silverman’s (Caplis and Silverman, Denver’s 630 KHOW) analysis of this controversy.  Silverman points out cases where Obama’s associates or underlings have played the race card, but Obama has attempted to put out the fire with reassuring words.  But that Obama has never personally played the race card.  For example, Silverman says

“…I think if you are going to make it specific to Barack Obama, then you are going to have to point to examples…I don’t see Barack Obama himself playing the race card…. If Barack Obama would have said what Jimmy Carter did – wow – that would be bad.  I’d have to re-evaluate Barack Obama.  But instead you have Jimmy Carter saying it and Barack Obama’s white house immediately saying ‘We don’t agree'”

Dan Caplis responds…

“Which was smart on their part because they understand the blowback from the tactics they’ve already employed which come from the same family. I mean, the overall tactic here is to go out and to try to silence and intimidate people by labeling them something horrible if they oppose you on policy….”

Silverman’s again insists that it is some of Obama’s supporters who play the race card, but that there are no examples of Obama playing the race card himself.  Silverman explains…

“What’s insidious, what’s dangerous for the country is the playing of the race card.  So I’m specific to that.  So, I’m looking for examples of when Barak Obama personally has played the race card.”

Well Craig, look no longer.  Here is the example you are looking for:  It was widely reported on August 1st of 2008, during the heat of the presidential campaign, that Obama implied the Republicans would resort to a campaign of racial fear to keep him out of the white house.  Obama said…

“What they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough. He’s got a funny name. You know, he doesn’t look like all those other Presidents on those dollar bills, you know.”

The implications of Obama’s statement are perfectly clear.  He played the race card.

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