Obama: I wasn’t injecting race — after all, my audience was 98% white; Update: We’re letting it drop, says McCain camp

posted at 5:52 pm on August 1, 2008 by Allahpundit

Yeah, why waste that sort of rhetoric on them? Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned this week, it’s that white liberals are … slow to perceive racial allusions.

“I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white – a rural, conservative. and what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don’t look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates. But that I think that what people are really concerned about, what they’re looking for is fundamental change on the economy, things that are going to help their families live out the American dream.

‘There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this. What this has become I think is a typical pattern from the McCain campaign, whether it’s Paris Hilton or Britney or this phoney allegation that I wouldn’t visit troops. They seem to be focused on a negative campaign what I think our campaign wants to do is focus on the issues that matter to American families.”

By “nobody,” he means “nobody except my own chief strategist.” But never mind that. Two points. First, what is he aiming at with the reference to Union’s demography? That he wouldn’t think to mention race in front of white Democrats because they won’t appreciate his point or that there’s simply not enough political benefit in raising it with a white audience? If the latter, it shows you how seriously he takes the great national conversation he thinks we should be having, consistent as it is with the fact that that big race speech of his from a few months ago would never have been delivered had the Wright scandal not dropped a political bomb in his lap that he had to defuse. That is to say, Obama’s rhetoric on this subject is almost always transparently self-serving, and while normally I wouldn’t begrudge a politician that, it grates when he presumes to lecture me on the seriousness of the matter. Beyond that, though, he seems to be distinguishing between merely bringing up race and “injecting” it formally as a subject for debate in the campaign. We can quibble over how that distinction might be parsed, but here’s a hint: When you broach the subject in the context of an explicit attack on McCain (and conservatives generally, of course), it probably qualifies as “injecting” it.

But what if he simply meant that white Democrats (David Axelrod excepted) aren’t attuned to racial allusions the way minority Democrats are and therefore he wouldn’t have thought to mention it to them? Let’s test that theory. Here’s the clip of Obama from June explicitly making a racial point at a fundraiser in Jacksonville. According to the NYT’s pool report, the audience was mixed-race. Listen for their applause, as they obviously appreciate his point. Then watch the video below that from a few days ago, shot before an audience of mostly white Democrats in Springfield (91% white; the video from Union is here, but it’s harder to hear the crowd reaction because it’s shot outdoors) whom we should, reasonably, never expect to understand. The reaction is … oddly similar. Must be a coincidence. Exit question: Do you find it “troublesome” that McCain defended himself a bit too “eagerly”?

Update: The battle is over, to be resumed whenever John McCain decides to re-inject race into the campaign by defending himself from Obama’s accusations that he’s a racist.


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It wasn’t about race. Then it was. Now it’s not?

And I thought Bush had a confusing message for 8 years!

lorien1973 on August 1, 2008 at 5:53 PM

“I never, ever mentioned the fact that you beat your wife.”
See, if anyone hears it, it didn’t come from me!

stonemeister on August 1, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Payback’s a bitch.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 5:56 PM

let me try this:

Payback’s a beeyatch.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Race card, i’m a victim ..

All you white people wont vote for me because i’m black WAHHH!!!

Booo Hooo Poor ‘ol Barack..

Yo Barack, people don’t vote for victims and they don’t for socialists or extrimists.

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

why does he keep talking about what he looks like? who gives a crap? i judge him by the content of his character, which I find lacking, and not by the color of his skin, which i could care less about. hell, i’m irish / polish and I have a better tan than this geek.

race ain’t the issue mr. b. stick to the issues. you know, parting seas and lights shining down from ‘somewhere’ and “change”. the issues, ya know?

DrW on August 1, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Maybe he was trying to tell us he was going to start printing his own money?

ninjapirate on August 1, 2008 at 6:00 PM

Obama thinks he can talk his way out of anything.

He’s never learned the first rule of holes.

windansea on August 1, 2008 at 6:02 PM

‘There was nobody there who thought at all that I was trying to inject race in this.

So he knows what hundreds of people thought? That is some serious mind reading skill. Maybe he should meet with Achmadenijad after all. Or at least get a 1 900 line with Dionne Warwick.

trubble on August 1, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Maybe he was refering tot hose Dumbo size ears?
C’mon. Give him the benefit of the doubt.
Obama
The Benefit of Doubt

Beto Ochoa on August 1, 2008 at 6:04 PM

98% typical white people in Missouri?

Keep the gums flapping and your trap yapping, Obumbles.

The race is ahead of you.

profitsbeard on August 1, 2008 at 6:05 PM

D’UH! Why would Barry say that they’re going to make people afraid of him and his funny name to a black audience? Of course they were white!

If it were a black audience he’d use the “It’s the same old okie doke, you’ve been hoodwinked and bamboozled” line that worked so well against Hillary in South Carolina.

Buy Danish on August 1, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

???

You completely misunderstand my point, or I completely misunderstand yours.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Kill commas.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 6:06 PM

Can someone catch me up on exactly why the cancelled visit to the troops is a “made up” story? That claim seems to be popping up a lot.

DaveS on August 1, 2008 at 6:08 PM

after all, my audience was 98% white

Yeah, well, about that, may-bee before Iowans got turned on to the good Rev. Wright, a hollow race speech, stick man in a suit and gaffetastic revelations.

Probably now though operation chaos is look’n better n better.

Speakup on August 1, 2008 at 6:08 PM

In this case he was injecting WHITE GUILT.

Helloyawl on August 1, 2008 at 6:09 PM

Yo Barack, people don’t vote for victims and they don’t for socialists or extrimists.

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

San Francisco, Santa Monica, Santa Cruz, Boulder, Berkeley, all of Vermont and Eugene notwithstanding.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 6:09 PM

I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white – a rural, conservative. and what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don’t look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates.

Actually, for anyone who has ever watched ’24′, he does.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371660/

JamesB on August 1, 2008 at 6:10 PM

Of course race matters. We’ve made sure it does to keep the votes.

sincerely,

Democrats

Metro on August 1, 2008 at 6:12 PM

or this phoney allegation that I wouldn’t visit troops.–BHO

Bwahahahahaha…ha!

‘SWonderful!
‘SMarvelous!

Keep on chucking, Baroque!
Keep on insulting the child in each of us, Bozo!
Keep on telling those bold face lies that make the Wicked Witch of the West scream, “I’m melting!”

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Ol’ Barry, projecting his Race Obsession on everybody else…

When your bs rhetoric isn’t bowling them over anymore, be a victim of the raaaaaaacists!

The Style-Over-Substance Messiah.

rockbend on August 1, 2008 at 6:12 PM

I’m white.

And HOLY CRAP! Am I confused.

tree hugging sister on August 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM

.

T H I S

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SilverStar830 on August 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM

Like Benny Hinn, you’ve got to get them realing before you bring the healing.

ninjapirate on August 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM

WHITE GUILT

What exactly is white guilt? Is one born with it? Can one have white guilt and belong to some other race? Is it a mental or physical condition? Is this condition a function of race? How exactly does white guilt manifest? Develop? Take over? What about black guilt? Should blacks be feeling guilty too? If not, isn’t that discrimination?

May I borrow some white guilt and convert it?

Can one use it to make Meth like cold medicine?

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 6:17 PM

“…98% white…rural, conservative…”

Hmmmm, isn’t that racial code speak for “a bunch of ignorant crackers!”?

McCain (and his teeam) better get on real message right now…and get the ads and events and, yes, talking points, ready and well in hand so the minute the Olympics end and the Dems have their Leni Riefensthal moment at Mile High Stadium…the GOP can come out swinging and nail this arrogant jive hustler and ride him out of town on a rail.

In the meantime…let Obama just open his mouth time and again, like he has been doing a lot since coming back from his weltbruderlichkeit moment in Berlin, and let him show the stuff of which he is made – - – thin skinned, arrogant, deceitful, dissembling…

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 6:20 PM

The Obama candidacy is brought to you by Democrats taking affirmative action to its logical — and extreme — conclusion.

silverfox on August 1, 2008 at 6:20 PM

The Democrats lost the election today. They lost the House, they lost the Senate and Obama will just be another Marxist senator from Illinois in January.

Nahanni on August 1, 2008 at 6:22 PM

hahahahahahahah

good decision by McCain. His Celeb and The One ads are devastating, and the race bait panic response speaks for itself.

And the MSM won’t be able to help themselves anyway

LOL

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 6:23 PM

Obama: I wasn’t injecting race — after all, my audience was 98% white

“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 the dollar bills.” –Barack Obama

98%, 0% white, what’s the difference PENDEJO?

byteshredder on August 1, 2008 at 6:23 PM

They lost the House, they lost the Senate and Obama will just be another Marxist senator from Illinois in January.

Don’t do hard drugs, dude. They’ll kill you.

Allahpundit on August 1, 2008 at 6:24 PM

I was in union, Missouri which is 98 percent white – a rural, conservative. and what I said was what I think everybody knows, which is that I don’t look like I came out of central casting when it comes to presidential candidates.

Actually, for anyone who has ever watched ‘24′, he does.

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0371660/

JamesB on August 1, 2008 at 6:10 PM

LOL oh dear

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 6:25 PM

Anyway, we’re all here to email our friends lovely articles from stellar left leaning media outlets like Reuters with headlines like this one:

Obama says Republicans will use race to stoke fear
Fri Jun 20, 2008 7:19pm EDT

http://www.reuters.com/article/politicsNews/idUSN2040982720080620?feedType=RSS&feedName=politicsNews&rpc=22&sp=true

That tnr piece you linked earlier was solid gold, Allah. Just the thing to send to all those Hillary supporters on the list.

funky chicken on August 1, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Since Marxists denounce the Bible, white guilt is the new age referential substitute for original sin. Regardless of color, culture, age or gender, everyone suffers from it, whether they believe they do or not. And if you are not chained to Barack’s bus bumper, you are a lost soul cast into hell to burn forever for your callous lack of faith in his fraud.

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:30 PM

“But I made my non-racist remark in front of a 98% white audience- making it double-secret non-racist”

Chuck Schick on August 1, 2008 at 6:33 PM

I’m guessing he’s afraid some of us folks who look like George Washington will think he just told us not to let them set off our knee-jerk racist response mechanisms.

Even though he never said that.

NellE on August 1, 2008 at 6:34 PM

If this stuff keeps up, are we going to have that first McCain-Obama debate consist of a “yo mamma is so stank…” competition?

Seriously…these wonderfully witty ads…and Obama’s knack for snatching defeat from the jaws of victory…are all well and good. But, this is August…summer…a couple big distractions coming uip…the Olympics (and possible serious headline grabbing fireworks in Beijing as China tries to get the world to follow the CCP “rules”); the Dem’s convention…already over $10 million in debt, with a sharply reduced venue and program, a lot of lefty and just plain whacko protestors planning on a real Rocky Mountain High to make Grant Park in ’68 look like kindergarten; and McCain may just get lost in the process as the MSM and most alternative outlets focus on anything but McCain.

Yeah, Mac and Obie are tied in the polls…today….

How about the Big Poll? Election Day?

Let’s not get too smug about “The One” doing our work for us…we could still end up in the dumper.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 6:34 PM

Hmmm….OK. What color were the Berliners for Barack?

Time to examine the racial makeup of the audience wherever he has mentioned how he doesn’t look like the average old white guy.

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 6:37 PM

“Stoke” as in being burnt at the stake–but one must always MIRROR the ubertard words in order to translate their newspeak. It is the DNC burning America at the stake, demanding a new Constitution, obstructing justice in Congress and in the Courts, denying the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness aka reliable employment and earning a business profit, allocating tax dollars for illegal aliens and corrupt organized business and crime, absconding with citizens’ social security and medicaid.

The further one leaves the left, the safer one becomes.

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:41 PM

Nice to see Lauer throwing himself into full-throated support for Obama right on camera. He was starting to get some really nasty criticism from the Nutroots.

What a friggin’ douche-fairy.

Jaibones on August 1, 2008 at 6:43 PM

Time to examine the racial makeup of the audience wherever he has mentioned how he doesn’t look like the average old white guy.

He said as much in Kenya. No?

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:43 PM

The most remarkable thing about this whole affair is that the media is reporting the Obama team’s mutually exclusive talking points with a straight face. Contrary to the most recent spin, Obama’s original statement was a warning to a crowd of voters that John McCain was going to use his race as a means of making voters feel uneasy about him. If there’s a better example of “playing the race card,” which is generally understood to refer to a false claim of victimization on the basis of race, I’d like to see it.

Question: is it race baiting per se when one makes a claim of racial victimization preemptively?

Infidoll on August 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM

What color were the Berliners for Barack?

Depends…were they stoned…not yet stoned…really messed up…sorta high…really high…”mien Got ve ist fluggen mit der vogel!”…OD-ing…OD’d…beyond OD’d on the gurney waiting for the notarzthilfer to take them to the morgue?

It was that sort of crowd.

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 6:48 PM

Obama = Mugabe

elduende on August 1, 2008 at 6:54 PM

Update: The battle is over, to be resumed whenever John McCain decides to re-inject race into the campaign by defending himself from Obama’s accusations that he’s a racist.

Weak… McCain should study this entire situation, from every angle, and then bring it up and destroy Obama in their first debate. He’d need to be ready for any excuse, and then just tear him apart as the race peddling POS that he is. Of course he wouldn’t be able to go as far as to point out that Obama wouldn’t be where he is today if it weren’t for the fact that he was black, but I’d like to see people other than Hillary surrogates point that out.

RightWinged on August 1, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Barack is a broken record.

Who ya gonna call? Black Panthers?

Barack hasn’t a platform; neither has he a coalition of Congressmen and Senators.

Barack has empty promises, CONSISTENTLY PROVEN EMPTY, and endorsements from LOSERS like Kerry and Kennedy who never won the nomination himself OBVIOUSLY, and the Kennedy Klan who have determined THEY WILL RULE THE WORLD VIA BHO.

Just remember, boys and girls, there was no Camelot that involved any Kennedy beyond the MSM fairy tale repeated to mollify America into submissive mode. And what coin do we have pressed from JFK? NASA and The Ugly American as opportunists and do-gooders were seen abroad. Since the Kennedy wedding with the MSM following the assassinations, today’s “Ugly American” is any non-Kennedy.

To rationally endorse THAT is loser mentality. No matter how well you serve a Kennedy, regardless of color you will never rise above slave status. Whatever “public service” is done in the name of Kennedy, it is all self serving and corrupt. Live and learn.

maverick muse on August 1, 2008 at 6:59 PM

So when Far-Leftist politicians, brown and black, say “we need to start voting for people that look like us, instead of these old white guys in our town”, they’re NOT talking about skin color or race? BWAHAHAHAHAhahahahahaha

They’ve been doing this for at least the past 40 years!!!

DfDeportation on August 1, 2008 at 7:00 PM

With Obama you can’t win. Didn’t mention his race? Well, you were implying it and that’s enough for him to warn his audience about what a racist you are. Defend yourself against Obama’s preemptive accusations of racism? That’s racist too. Put out an ad comparing Obama to Britney and Paris? Talking about white females and a black man is a subliminal appeal to racism!!

I was going to say that dealing with a race-centric candidate like Obama is like trying to get rid of a tar baby but — that’s racist too. I guess the bottom line is just, don’t say anything negative about the Obama because it would be racist.

Cicero43 on August 1, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Cicero,

Wrong. The Dali Bama implied it. He’s being called out on it, and The Dali Bama doesn’t like it! The only “ugly stuff” out there is on CNN and other MSM outlets…

DfDeportation on August 1, 2008 at 7:13 PM

…don’t say anything negative about the Obama because it would be racist.

Actually, don’t say anything at all about “The One Who Cannot Be Named.”

Seems to be the logical conclusion of the Obama camp’s daily set of new and newly discovered “rules.”

coldwarrior on August 1, 2008 at 7:14 PM

Infidoll on August 1, 2008 at 6:44 PM

The most remarkable thing about this whole affair is that the media is reporting the Obama team’s mutually exclusive talking points with a straight face.

I’m most definitely peeved at the MSM for their reporting on this. Obama said, with slight paraphrasing, McCain or those who support him are going to make my race an issue. And the MSM pretends like he didn’t say it, didn’t mean it, when he brought it up 3 times in one day, and has brought it up numerous times in the past. It’s part of his stump speech, for crying out loud.

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2008 at 7:18 PM

Question for Obama in a town hall forum:

What percentage of your working day do you spend obsessing about your name and skin tone or the average skin pigmentation and ethnicity of those you speak to?

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

econavenger on August 1, 2008 at 7:21 PM

Question for Obama in a town hall forum:

Here’s my question: Senator Obama. In the movie “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (1967), the character played by Sidney Poitier is arguing with his father about marrying a white girl. He says to his father, “… [Y]ou think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man”. Senator, when you look in the mirror, do you see a black man, or a man?

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM

Paul-Cincy on August 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM

I remember when it was, “Judge me on my merits. Not my color.”
Now it’s about authentic blackness. You owe me.
Backwards, into the future.

Beto Ochoa on August 1, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Remember how uppity the NAACP got when Ross Perot said “you people”, a term we say without thinking about here in Texas?

Or better yet, Sen. Lott’s comments?

Why has no one made that comparison to those comments?

DNC + racial statment = “misspoken comment, poor choice of wwords, not a big deal”

GOP + racial statment = RACIST, KKK, HITLER, (fill in the blank) DOESN’T CARE ABOUT BLACK PEOPLE.

madmonkphotog on August 1, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Buy Danish on August 1, 2008 at 6:05 PM

Exactly. Of course Barry made his remarks to a white crowd. What would be the point of playing the race card to a black audience? “White guilt” (which is the whole point of Barry’s emphasizing his race) doesn’t work on black voters.

AZCoyote on August 1, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Look carefully at this video. Compare his facial gestures, speech, and body movement with those of Reverend Wright and Louis Farrakhan. Notice a similarity? How come whenever he is winging it (of the teleprompter) he becomes so home-boy?
John McCain should start highlighting those differences.

RMR on August 1, 2008 at 7:50 PM

RMR on August 1, 2008 at 7:50 PM

Barry reportedly took tapes of Rev. Wright’s speeches with him when he went to Harvard, so that he could study Wright’s speaking style (which he greatly admired).

AZCoyote on August 1, 2008 at 8:00 PM

Everyone who heard Obama knows what he was saying. The media and the Democrats can flutter their eyelashes all they want, but it was obvious.

McCain needs to go easy with this. Obama is doing a fine job of hanging himself, why interfere?

{Yes, I know…that was racist, hanging=lynching etc.}

Terrye on August 1, 2008 at 8:14 PM

The guy upon our currency he’s white, that’s what he is.
The guy upon our currency he’s white, that’s what he is.

John McCain’s a racist, then he is no racist, then he is.
John McCain’s a racist, then he is no racist, then he is.

Maverick sheds his skin, and finds the racist soul within.
Maverick sheds his skin, and finds the racist soul within.

The guy upon our currency he’s white, that’s what he is.
The guy upon our currency he’s white.

Oh Obama. Oh Obama. Oh Obama, you’ve got a funny name.
Oh, but you’re not Black you are so green you’ve got to play the victim card the Left loves…

- Based on “There Is A Mountain” by Donovan

CliffHanger on August 1, 2008 at 8:30 PM

Everyone who heard Obama knows what he was saying.

I have felt that way every time some bigot spouts off but is defended by sycophants in his own party. Why do people have such a difficult time acknowledging racially tinged language?

I really don’t think racism is so bad. Once one becomes accustomed to it and its purveyors, things go a lot smoother.

Barack will settle down when he realizes his place. Just like the NAACP, he, I and most other upwardly mobile negroes can be a bit “uppity.”

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 8:42 PM

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 5:59 PM

???

You completely misunderstand my point, or I completely misunderstand yours.

The Race Card on August 1, 2008 at 6:06 PM

When I said “Race card” was NOT refering to you, nor did i quote you not sure why you replied to me when your name is “The Race Card

Chakra Hammer on August 1, 2008 at 9:36 PM

I think McCain would have been better off ignoring it to begin with saying “I won’t even stoop to the low level race baiting Obama is bringing into his campaign” and moving on. Better late than never I guess.

ballz2wallz on August 2, 2008 at 11:20 AM