Reid apologizes for questioning Obama’s racial authenticity; Update: Apology accepted, says Obama; Update: Sharpton backs Reid, of course; Update: Obama 2002: The GOP must drive Lott out

posted at 3:31 pm on January 9, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Whoa:

The top Democrat in the U.S. Senate apologized on Saturday for comments he made about Barack Obama’s race during the 2008 presidential bid.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.” Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

“I deeply regret using such a poor choice of words. I sincerely apologize for offending any and all Americans, especially African-Americans for my improper comments,” Reid said in a statement released after the excerpts were reported on the Web site of The Atlantic.

Why did Reid suddenly feel the need to confess?  He’s trying to beat the media to it:

Reid’s comments are included in a book set to be published on Monday. “Game Change” was written by Time Magazine’s Mark Halperin and New York magazine’s John Heilemann; the pair describe the book in interviews during Sunday’s “60 Minutes” on CBS.

Reid, facing a tough 2010 re-election bid, needs the White House’s help if he wants to keep his seat. Obama’s administration has dispatched officials on dozens of trip to buoy his bid and Obama has raised money for his campaign.

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.  Will this more explicit insult create any consequences for Reid?  It certainly won’t help his favorability ratings, which have tanked even before this incident.

Update (AP): That was fast.

Reid folks in overdrive to shut story down. Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

Update (AP): A day dedicated to revisiting liberal racial hypocrisy ends happily, with a statement from demagogue par excellence Al Sharpton that all is instantly forgiven for his Democratic comrade in arms.

I have learned of certain unfortunate comments made by Senator Reid regarding President Barack Obama and have spoken with Senator Reid about those comments. While there is no question that Senator Reid did not select the best word choice in this instance, these comments should not distract America from its continued focus on securing healthcare or creating jobs for its people. Nor should they detract from the unquestionable leadership role Senator Reid has played on these issues or in the area of civil rights. Senator Reid’s door has always been open on hearing from the civil rights community on these issues and I look forward to continue to work with Senator Reid wherever possible to improve the lives of Americans everywhere.

Update (AP): A little more kindling on the flames of hypocrisy. Obama 2002:

“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”


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I wouldn’t doubt if Reid used the actual N-word, the bad one, and that the authors cleaned it up.

Piece of sh!t racist.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Ah, what’s a few racist insensitive words between members of the same crime syndicate progressive movement?

MB4 on January 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Hey, Obama made racist statements against whites and he got elected president! Perhaps Reid was only trying to boost his political career when he made his. Perhaps he might consider drowning a nubile young woman in his car next. Whatever works.

Sharke on January 9, 2010 at 4:55 PM

I understand Charles Johnson has banned Reid from Little Green Footballs.

Yeah, I had to go there.

I can still post at LGF; maybe this will get me booted out of there.

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

And as a painful reminder, the bumbling Michael Steele was elected head of the RNC because of controversy over Chip Saltsman’s boneheaded move of sending out CDs of the Magic Negro parody, and subsequently having to resign.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Thanks, I forgot about that.

I can’t believe the commenters on here giving Reid a pass. Are you kidding me? The Left and MSM crucified George Allen over “macaca” and forced Trent Lott out as SML.

The LEFT came up with the Magic Negro. When Rush parodied the Left’s racism with the spoof, they had the audacity to go after Rush as the racist.

And you want to give Reid a pass?

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Another juicy bit from the book:

[A]s Hillary bungled Caroline, Bill’s handling of Ted was even worse. The day after Iowa, he phoned Kennedy and pressed for an endorsement, making the case for his wife. But Bill then went on, belittling Obama in a manner that deeply offended Kennedy. Recounting the conversation later to a friend, Teddy fumed that Clinton had said, A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

No wonder Obama is always sending Hillary to every god forsaken place in the world.

Who’s getting the last laugh?

SteveMG on January 9, 2010 at 4:59 PM

Obama accepts apology. That’s news?

RobCon on January 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Okay…so Pres. Obama accepted the apology.

Great.

Now we have another chance for a great moment in media/democrat double standards. Remember what happened with Rep.Joe Wilson? His apology was quickly accepted and look where that got him.

Blaise on January 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Sweet? Really? chacun à son goût, and all that.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 4:47 PM

BD, great lady, oui, not that it was done, by by whom. It’s just schadenfreudig because of the source.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

by by whom = but by whom

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Update (AP): That was fast.

Reid folks in overdrive to shut story down. Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

They’re hypocrites. Unbelievable hypocrites.

Let’s see if the SRM/MSM “forgives” Reid.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 5:02 PM

Obama and Reid will use this as a rallying call to pass Obamacare to show that the US is past racism and more concerned about the health care of all Americans; black, white and illegal.

albill on January 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Well… let’s see now. Obama is light skinned and won his campaign for President. Jesse Jackson didn’t win his campaign for President.

I guess that makes Jesse Jackson a dark skinned person that speaks with a Negro dialect.

Vince on January 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Sadly, Reid’s right. The dopey swing voters voted for this idiot largely because he doesn’t pronounce ask as axe. That and severe white guilt.

BuckeyeSam on January 9, 2010 at 4:43 PM

Which is why the people who should really be offended are the nitwit voters who Reid was thinking about when he was happy, because those voters would be pleased to vote for a Black dude, as long as he wasn’t too Black.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

On page 37, a remark, said “privately” by Sen. Harry Reid, about Barack Obama’s racial appeal. Though Reid would later say that he was neutral in the presidential race, the truth, the authors write, was that his encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately.

Isn’t waht Reid is saying here is that Obama is two-faced? That he’s able to talk one way to white crowds and another way to black crowds?

OxyCon on January 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

ted c on January 9, 2010 at 4:27 PM

You don’t get it.

The entire political strategy of the Left can be summed up thus:

Rule #1

Call conservatives racists, sexists, warmongers, and homophobes continually, and avoid all substantive debate. The MSM is our megaphone.

Rule #2

Refer to Rule # 1

Reid’s racist remarks are nothing new for the liberal elites, and they get a *PASS* all the time, because THEY write the rules, and THEY control the ramifications.

The point I’m making is that Reid’s remarks need to be amplified and continually exploited to illustrate that conservatism protects the liberty of ALL individuals equally, regardless of race, color, or sex. Liberalism’s primary vision of the world is one where the State equally distributes slavery unless there is a benefit to the State to prefer one group over another. The Leftists use race to distribute slavery. Conservatives use liberty to transcend race.

I will NEVER give these slimeballs on the Left a *pass* for their disgusting hypocrisy. NEVER!

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Of the two highest ranked Democrats in the US Senate, one is a racist and other one is former KKK member.

Democrats are pathetic.

Norwegian on January 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

Obama accepts apology. That’s news?

RobCon on January 9, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Wait! Does this make him an Uncle Tom ??

……

Naaaaahhhhhhh!!!!!

cableguy615 on January 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

I wouldn’t doubt if Reid used the actual N-word, the bad one, and that the authors cleaned it up.

Piece of sh!t racist.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 4:54 PM

You mean the same word LBJ used when gloating over passage of the welfare legislation and the votes it would bring in?

a capella on January 9, 2010 at 5:08 PM

Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as “light skinned” and “with no Negro dialect.”

What? He finaly said something true, and now he regrets it.

MikeA on January 9, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Call me a cynic, but the timing is suspect. The race card is no longer having an effect when the Dems use it against the citizens, so now they’re fabricating this story to milk sympathy for Obama. I don’t buy it at all.

yogi41 on January 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

Which is why the people who should really be offended are the nitwit voters who Reid was thinking about when he was happy, because those voters would be pleased to vote for a Black dude, as long as he wasn’t too Black.

pedestrian on January 9, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Let’s face it–racism exists. I am shocked by the type of racist comments I hear people say who think I can’t hear them; some of the craziest situations. Revealing.

Barack Obama has done NOTHING bring unity. He’s only exasperated the issue and made it worse.

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Democrats are pathetic and this quote of Reid’s is hilarious.
I will never figure out why the Dems have such large groups with out question. I know, because they pay them. But still there is no way I would support a party that is so obviously and habitually racist.
But I’m missing something because Michelle and Barack are head of that party.
Think about that and make your head spin.

ORconservative on January 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

WHOA! WHOA!!! WAIT!!!

Newsbusters has a longer quote:

“with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”

Doesn’t that make it much worse???

mad saint jack on January 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

That he’s able to talk one way to white crowds and another way to black crowds?

OxyCon on January 9, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Barack Obama is a very challenging and troubled subject. He doesn’t seem to be able to make up his mind whom he wants to be. I have named the one personality Homie Obama and the other Squire Obama.

Homie Obama is an angry Black man who found his soul mate in Michelle the angry hate America Black woman of his dreams and in Jeremiah Wright the God damn America and curse all things whitey firebrand mentor he had been searching for.

Squire Obama on the other hand is an upper class elitist white liberal in the John Kerry mode who really very much wanted to marry a rich white woman and only married Michelle instead as he needed to establish his Black cover and sought out Jeremiah Wright simply to gain his Black credentials or in the vernacular “creds”.

This is making treating him most difficult as it is most vexing to determine if he is coming or going, an upper class elitist white liberal very much in the mode of John Kerry or an angry ghetto Black man.

Sigmund on January 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

Now seriously folks- Why SHOULD the GOP do anything but sit back and watch and wait while the Dem’s self destruct?.

Hardly a day goes by without one of them getting caught being stupid, or corrupt, or unethical, or ON VACATION.

anniekc on January 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Call me a cynic, but the timing is suspect.

yogi41 on January 9, 2010 at 5:10 PM

I’m generally cynical about all things political, but I think the timing is only because of the book’s release. Obama doesn’t need a distraction from Health Care and his upcoming SOTU speech, so he accepted Reid’s apology and the MSM says, “Okey-dokey. Next.”

conservative pilgrim on January 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

MAD SAINT JACK – I thought the same.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Al Sharpton. What a joke. LOL

bridgetown on January 9, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Of the two highest ranked Democrats in the US Senate, one is a racist and other one is former KKK member.

Norwegian on January 9, 2010 at 5:06 PM

You forgot about Joe –he’s clean— Biden

Or Joe -You CANNOT go to a 7-11 or a Dunkin Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent- Biden

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 5:19 PM

Outstanding that Sharpton has come out for Reid.

Hopefully, Jesse Jackson will follow, then Rev Wright.

notagool on January 9, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Sharpton is (in the Nero dialect) a “ho.”

29Victor on January 9, 2010 at 5:27 PM

WHOA! WHOA!!! WAIT!!!
Newsbusters has a longer quote:

“with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”
Doesn’t that make it much worse???

mad saint jack on January 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM

Well, I’m light skinned — you might even say I look almost white — with no Negro dialect, unless I want to have one. Maybe Reid would like to apologize to me, too.

Yo, I be down wit dat.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

Now seriously folks- Why SHOULD the GOP do anything but sit back and watch and wait while the Dem’s self destruct?.

Hardly a day goes by without one of them getting caught being stupid, or corrupt, or unethical, or ON VACATION.

anniekc on January 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Oh absolutely.

But, in response to serious questions regarding policy, a conservative should refer to Reid’s comments when appropriate…something like:

This preoccupation that the Majority leader has with the President’s skin tone and dialect is not productive. We need to concentrate on shaping policies that are good for America and don’t obstruct the higher aspirations of our nation to open up opportunity for people to succeed in life, regardless of any particular skin tones and dialects. That’s not what we’re about.

This is war and I’m sick and tired of the GOP bringing milk and cookies to a gun fight.

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

MAD SAINT JACK – I thought the same.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2010 at 5:14 PM

I didn’t need to read Newsbusters, but I didn’t attribute it to Reid either. It was just my automatic thought because I’ve heard him do it. Speak one way to one crowd and another way to another crowd. News hits don’t necesarily lie if you listen closely and critically enough.

Also I wrote the WH about eleven months ago to tell Mr. Obama that I knew he was lying because his lips were moving That hasn’t changed at all

Vntnrse on January 9, 2010 at 5:28 PM

For Reid, Clinton and of course Sharpton – it’s emblematic of the Democratic to still be fixated on RACE! 50 years and TRILLIONS after LBJ’s “Great Society”, nothing has changed hands except MONEY.

GarandFan on January 9, 2010 at 5:29 PM

gawd they need to give it up!!! Doesn’t Reid have enough on his plate??

DanaSmiles on January 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Using troll logic, Reid is a teabagger.

bloviator on January 9, 2010 at 4:15 PM

++100!

Amazing how fast the president responds to important issues, Harry Ried makes a gaffe, response time 10 minutes,300 people almost blown up on an airplane 3 days. Glad to know where the presidents priorties are.

kringeesmom on January 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM

So the white “n-word” said that the well-spoken, clean black man who should have been getting him coffee didn’t speak with a “Negro dialect.” And now he’s been forgiven by the man that a CNN “journalist” mistook Rev. Jackson for.

Sweet.

29Victor on January 9, 2010 at 5:30 PM

In concert with the DNC the Senate has opened a new phone-in program for hate America liberals, it’s called “Dial A Racist” DIAL: 1-666-REID or 1-666-BYRD They will assist liberals with racist tendencies in how to come out of the closet and expose themselves without being criminalized and lauded by the MSM for such a heroic step.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:32 PM

Who cares what Sharpton says, on anything?

This day is really funny.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM

And Chris Matthews thinks the tea protesters are racist. I can’t stop laughing. If this day continues, and the media pick up on it, it’ll be a good one.

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 5:34 PM

Oh c’mon, he just acted stupidly.

chewmeister on January 9, 2010 at 5:36 PM

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

Let’s be honest… “Nappy Headed Hoes” was a lot worse than what Reid said…

ninjapirate on January 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

so when’s the next beer summit with bill and harry and barry?

and, i think biden should go to for his clean/articulate comments

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Update (AP): Reader Geoff A. e-mails with a reminder that when Don Imus made his own problematic racial crack a few years ago and then apologized, The One was … less forgiving.

Let’s be honest… “Nappy Headed Hoes” was a lot worse than what Reid said…

ninjapirate on January 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

FALSE.
Nappy is the only remotely racist word there. Plenty of white black asian everything ho’s (and nappy for that matter) but i can see nappy being perceived as racist.

harry used “negro” – much worse than nappy.
harry also touched on the “third rail” of racism – discussion of lightskinnedness – and then reid finished the triple play of inappropriate racist comments with the ebonics on/off switch re obama.

AND imus apologized right away.

reid thought noone knew so said nothing to obama or anyone else.

only now does reid apologize, and obama has no worries mate.

PURE HYPOCRISY.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:40 PM

But Reid is undoubtedly the “magic cracker”. How else can you explain how someone of his incompetence and lack of intellect and integrity could rise to such a level of power.

In any corporation anywhere, Reid would never have made it out of the mailroom.
TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 4:49 PM

Exactly! Gosh, it’s almost as if these idiots are put in place by Communists, oops, sorry, I meant “progressives” who set them up with beaucoup bucks so they are well-rewarded for their party loyalty (and thus get to practice “capitalism” while they plot its very destruction). Yep, it’s as if they’re mere figureheads who get marching orders from people like Soros and John Podesta.

Buy Danish on January 9, 2010 at 5:42 PM

I like my coffee monochromatic…

Thank you very much!

Seven Percent Solution on January 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Yes, this episode is REEKING of double standards.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

WannabeAnglican on January 9, 2010 at 5:43 PM

Let’s be honest… “Nappy Headed Hoes” was a lot worse than what Reid said…

ninjapirate on January 9, 2010 at 5:37 PM

Oh really?

How is that?

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 5:46 PM

Trolls have disappeared into their holes, once again. Seem to be an increasingly common occurrence.

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 5:48 PM

OBAMA IS A TOTAL HYPOCRITE BY ACCEPTING REID’S APOLOGY IMMEDIATELY. OBAMA DEMANDED IMUS BE FIRED IMMEDIATELY – REID’S COMMENTS ARE AT LEAST AS OFFENSIVE AS IMUS, IF NOT MUCH MORE SO – REID IS ONE OF THE TOP 2 OR 3 LEADERS OF THIS COUNTRY!

IMUS IS A DOUCHE ON THE RADIO/TV!

AND REID IS HELD TO A LOWER STANDARD BY OBAMA AND IMMEDIATELY FORGIVEN FOR HIS APOLOGY……………..

HYPOCRISY

iMUS: “NAPPY HEADED HO’Z”

REID: a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,” as he said privately.

Obama 2007:
“I understand MSNBC has suspended Mr. Imus,” Obama told ABC News, “but I would also say that there’s nobody on my staff who would still be working for me if they made a comment like that about anybody of any ethnic group. And I would hope that NBC ends up having that same attitude.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

It doesn’t take much imagination to visualize $harpton extorting some kind of political favors for his shakedown peeps from Reid, a quid pro quo for the poliical cover.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Hey congressional black caucus……what say you??

justonevictory on January 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

“light-skinned … with no Negro dialect” – Harry Reid
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean …” – Joe Biden
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” – Bill Clinton

So these the racist tea baggers Nancy Pelosi was speaking of?? I can see why she’s so worked up about them now.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

I would call sharpton and zerobama nappy-headed ho’s, but that would not be nice so I won’t call them nappy-headed ho’s.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Well, they might be trying to play it down, but I’m not going to forget. Feel free to pass this along.

Harry Reid-(D)NV RACIST

BKeyser on January 9, 2010 at 5:59 PM

Oh, crap…forgot to mention that Trent Lott was forced to resign his leadership for saying much, much less.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

Obama puts out statement on Reid’s apology: ” I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Of course he did, he’s Barack the Magic Negro….

Oh, so sorry there “Rev” Al, will you forgive me ???

Jerome Horwitz on January 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM

All you people talking about nappy-headed ho’s need to show a little more respect for our Homeland Security Secretary. As far as I know she’s not a ho’.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Hey congressional black caucus……what say you??

justonevictory on January 9, 2010 at 5:51 PM

CBC says what ever Barry says, it’s fine with us.I left the “plantation” years ago because of this kind of crap,those racist bastards.

Sanjoboy on January 9, 2010 at 6:01 PM

I need ya for a bachelor’s party, Al.

What’s your hourly rate?

David2.0 on January 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Freedom Fighter….you forgot one Hilary’s “I aint no more tired”

justonevictory on January 9, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Nobody does racism (and gets a pass) better than a liberal.

Roy Rogers on January 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Obama CAN do the negro dialect when he wants and it sounds much more authentic than Clintons

Lonetown on January 9, 2010 at 6:03 PM

These kind of remarks only count if you are a Republican. /s/

yoda on January 9, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Sharpton supports gov’t-run health care because the ambulances will run slower.

That means Al and Jesse won’t have to run as fast and far to catch them.

David2.0 on January 9, 2010 at 6:05 PM

What a racist!

JKahn913 on January 9, 2010 at 6:06 PM

It doesn’t take much imagination to visualize $harpton extorting some kind of political favors for his shakedown peeps from Reid, a quid pro quo for the poliical cover.

onlineanalyst on January 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Yeah, no telling how much extra taxpayer money will soon be finding its way into Shakedown Al’s slush fund.

It’ll probably make Landrieu’s payoff look like a tip at a greasy spoon diner in Harlem.

TXUS on January 9, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Trent Lott Trent Lott Trent Lott
Does anybody not remember not only did he pander like a wuss instead of a man, he went on B.E.T. network to grovel????!!!!

Marcus on January 9, 2010 at 6:14 PM

Please donate to Scott Brown. Let’s take Massachusetts back.

OmahaConservative on January 9, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Just move on…No sense getting yourself worked up over nothing.

tomas on January 9, 2010 at 6:17 PM

how sweeeeeeet it is!!!!

winston on January 9, 2010 at 6:19 PM

What does it say about “Black America” that so many of black Americans accept the apologies that their “leaders” tell them to accept, but not those that they are instructed not to accept?

What other group in America is so easily led around by such a small number of people?

29Victor on January 9, 2010 at 6:20 PM

Jenine Garofalo can not be reached for comment.

mizflame98 on January 9, 2010 at 6:22 PM

wow the hypocrisy just keeps going and going and going….

cmsinaz on January 9, 2010 at 6:24 PM

When Trent Lott made a foolish statement at Strom Thurmond’s birthday party about his presidential run on a segregation tick, the media outcry forced Lott to resign his leadership position.

This always surprised me because it wasn’t just the media but members of the gop, too. I assumed they had other reasons to want to get rid of Lott. As far as I’m concerned, I’ve been in situations where I forgot a particular “fact” and stuck my foot in my mouth. There was nothing intentional or racist about what Lott did. It sucked that he was forced to grovel and still was forced out.

Blake on January 9, 2010 at 6:25 PM

“light-skinned … with no Negro dialect” – Harry Reid
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean …” – Joe Biden
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.” – Bill Clinton

So these the racist tea baggers Nancy Pelosi was speaking of?? I can see why she’s so worked up about them now.

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Hey, let’s not leave out Sen. (D) Barbara Boxer.

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 6:26 PM

DNC Memo:

C’Mon Trolls…help us out here!

Saltysam on January 9, 2010 at 6:28 PM

ULTIMATE OBAMA HYPOCRISY EXPOSED.
OBAMA DEMANDS LOTT BE FIRED IN 2002 BUT IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTS REID’S APOLOGY FOR SIMLIAR, IF NOT OBVIOUSLY WORSE, COMMENTS.
OBAMA 2002: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”:
Obama in ’02: ‘The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott’

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5:28 PM, Jan 9, 2010 ·
BY John McCormack

In light of President Obama’s decision to forgive Harry Reid’s remarks about Obama’s skin color and lack of a “Negro dialect,” check out what Obama said about Trent Lott in 2002:

Illinois Senator Barack Obama (D-13th), who hosted WVON’s Cliff Kelley Show, challenged the Republican Party to repudiate Lott’s remarks and to call for his resignation as senate leader.

“It seems to be that we can forgive a 100-year-old senator for some of the indiscretion of his youth, but, what is more difficult to forgive is the current president of the U.S. Senate (Lott) suggesting we had been better off if we had followed a segregationist path in this country after all of the battles and fights for civil rights and all the work that we still have to do,” said Obama.

He said: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”

http://weeklystandard.com/tws/daily/daily.asp

http://weeklystandard.com/tws/daily/daily.asp

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 6:31 PM

I’d like to hear what real black people have to say about this… Sharpton does not speak for 99% of the black population and they have gotten mad at a lot less worse…

CCRWM on January 9, 2010 at 6:32 PM

Obama is the nation’s first African-American president.

Correction: Obowma is the 1st inter-racial president.

tbear44 on January 9, 2010 at 6:34 PM

Of course they all forgive him . . . these leftists are like a thick slimy goo that sticks to itself and cannot be moved.

rplat on January 9, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Obama has raised money for his campaign.

Here Dingy Harry, take some of this Obama money from my stash.

tbear44 on January 9, 2010 at 6:37 PM

In this latest, perverse Reid-Obama-$harpton community grope… I wonder how much “Obama Money” was wired to $harpton by Reid to “shut yo mouf.”

viking01 on January 9, 2010 at 6:38 PM

ULTIMATE OBAMA HYPOCRISY – 2010 EDITION:

OBAMA 2010 ON MAJORITY LEADER REID: “I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

IN 2002, OBAMA DEMANDS MAJORITY LEADER LOTT BE FIRED IN 2002 BUT IMMEDIATELY ACCEPTS REID’S APOLOGY FOR SIMLIAR, IF NOT OBVIOUSLY WORSE, COMMENTS.

OBAMA 2002: “The Republican Party itself has to drive out Trent Lott. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”

OBAMA 2010: “I accepted Harry’s apology without question.”

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 6:39 PM

I think when this breaks it’s going to be ugly. People AND media are fed up with these losers.

Is it just me because I read blogs, or does it seem like this regime is collapsing at lightning speed??

PattyJ on January 9, 2010 at 6:46 PM

HERE’S WHAT OBAMA SHOULD SAY ABOUT REID, IF HE WAS CONSISTENT WITH THIS 2002 STANCE TO GET RID OF LOTT:

OBAMA 2010 [2002]: “The DEMOCRATIC [Republican] Party itself has to drive out HARRY REID [Trent Lott]. If they have to stand for something, they have to stand up and say this is not the person we want representing our party.”

Anti-Harkonnen Freedom Fighter on January 9, 2010 at 6:47 PM

Racial problems are so severe in the US that it is not isolated to one political party.

Decider on January 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM

“Let me be clear, Reid is not Lott” –Obama, a.k.a. The Big Thinker

Schadenfreude on January 9, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Racial problems are so severe in the US that it is not isolated to one political party.

Decider on January 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM

or one race.

thomasaur on January 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

Racial problems are so severe in the US that it is not isolated to one political party.

Decider on January 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM

maybe they wouldn’t be so severe if one political party didn’t whip up racial hatred…you know the party of the KKK?? the party of Jim Crow, segregation…which one is that now?? hmmm??

right4life on January 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Racial problems are so severe in the US that it is not isolated to one political party.

Decider on January 9, 2010 at 6:57 PM
… or one race.

thomasaur on January 9, 2010 at 7:03 PM

+1000.

HornetSting on January 9, 2010 at 7:04 PM

All this is why I’m still mad at George Allen for at least requesting a recount against Jim Webb.

SouthernGent on January 9, 2010 at 7:05 PM

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