Saturday, April 12, 2008

Racist? Elitist? What will be Obama's next insult?

Much has been made about Senator John McCain's temper, which the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has done a good job of keeping in check, but check out what's happening on the other side.

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama admits that comments he made privately last week about bitter working class voters who "cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them" were ill chosen. Obama was explaining troubles that he has winning over that group of people. Meanwhile, rival Hillary Clinton calls his comments "elitist and out of touch."

Maybe if Obama's slip of the tongue was a one-shot affair this wouldn't be news, but look at what else he's said.

Following his speech on race at the National Constitution Center in which he referenced his own white grandmother and her prejudice, Obama told an interviewer, "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity, but that she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know - there's a reaction in her that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it. What makes me optimistic is you see each generation feeling less like that. And that's pretty powerful stuff."

The "typical white person" may have been taken out of context but nonetheless the fact he makes an assumption about a "typical white person" begs the question of what would happen if Senator McCain or Hillary Rodham Clinton uttered "typical black person?"

In Johnstown, Pa., Obama made the following comment in regards to sexual education: "I've got two daughters, nine years old and six years old. I'm going to teach them first of all about values and morals, but if they make a mistake, I don't want them punished with a baby." That's right - his grandchildren would be a punishment. This is what happens when the goes off the teleprompter and starts speaking by himself. Off the prompter, we get a little window into his mind and how he really sees America.

And then there's Obama indefensible defense of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the extreme racist bigot who until recently was pastor of Obama's church.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Barack Obama should be judged not on the color of his skin but on his qualifications, including the content of his character.

The more you look at the content of Obama's character, the emptier it looks.

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