Obama: My low approval ratings might be kind of racist, or something

posted at 8:01 am on January 20, 2014 by Ed Morrissey

How to explain Barack Obama’s dramatically declining approval numbers? Well, there’s the fact that five years of Obamanomics has brought America to its lowest civilian workforce participation rate from about the decade average at the beginning of the June 2009 recovery to a 36-year low. The passage of ObamaCare turned out to be the most competent part of the whole thing, and the rollout has been an utter disaster. On top of that, our foreign policy is at its lowest ebb since Jimmy Carter, and it’s clear now that the Obama administration didn’t bother to prepare for threats in places where even a child could see them. Plus, there’s that whole Lie of the Year — “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

The President has another theory. Apparently he thinks that people suddenly discovered his ethnicity:

Obama’s election was one of the great markers in the black freedom struggle. In the electoral realm, ironically, the country may be more racially divided than it has been in a generation. Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history. The popular opposition to the Administration comes largely from older whites who feel threatened, underemployed, overlooked, and disdained in a globalized economy and in an increasingly diverse country. Obama’s drop in the polls in 2013 was especially grave among white voters. “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,” Obama said. “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.” The latter group has been less in evidence of late.

Er … riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. In order to buy this nonsense, one would have to believe that millions of people approved of him despite his ethnicity for several years before deciding over the last few months to discover their inner Bull Connor. And that just coincided with Obama’s biggest blunders and the exposure of his dishonesty in selling ObamaCare to the public.

Besides that, conservatives need to shut up about subsidiarity and devolved powers because of the Civil War:

“There is a historic connection between some of the arguments that we have politically and the history of race in our country, and sometimes it’s hard to disentangle those issues,” he went on. “You can be somebody who, for very legitimate reasons, worries about the power of the federal government—that it’s distant, that it’s bureaucratic, that it’s not accountable—and as a consequence you think that more power should reside in the hands of state governments. But what’s also true, obviously, is that philosophy is wrapped up in the history of states’ rights in the context of the civil-rights movement and the Civil War and Calhoun. There’s a pretty long history there. And so I think it’s important for progressives not to dismiss out of hand arguments against my Presidency or the Democratic Party or Bill Clinton or anybody just because there’s some overlap between those criticisms and the criticisms that traditionally were directed against those who were trying to bring about greater equality for African-Americans. The flip side is I think it’s important for conservatives to recognize and answer some of the problems that are posed by that history, so that they understand if I am concerned about leaving it up to states to expand Medicaid that it may not simply be because I am this power-hungry guy in Washington who wants to crush states’ rights but, rather, because we are one country and I think it is going to be important for the entire country to make sure that poor folks in Mississippi and not just Massachusetts are healthy.”

The answer to that is that people in Massachusetts should have their resources go to taking care of people in Massachusetts, not because they don’t care about people in Mississippi, but because they can’t control outcomes there. When states and communities retain control of their own resources, they have much more accountability as to how the resources get used and their effectiveness in resolving the issues. There is room for the federal government in these efforts, but by and large the federal government’s bureaucractic overhead and lack of accountability offers far more opportunity for bloat, misuse, abuse, and waste. The principle of subsidiarity allows more resources to go to the needy rather than bureaucrats, and has the added benefit of cutting lobbyists off at the knees.

By the way, Obama and the Democrats just usurped the role of states in regulating health insurance. How’s that working out? Who’s been held accountable at the federal level for the failures? Exactly.

The Civil War has been over for 149 years. Wickard vs Filburn has only been with us half that time, and that’s what led to the massive overgrowth of federal power, not the end of the Civil War. The principle of subsidiarity in American government survived for many decades past that point, and survived well until the Supreme Court rewrote the Constitution.

At any rate, blaming his sudden drop in popularity after several years of inflated approvals despite the performance of his administration is a demagogic dodge. Obama’s low approval numbers are a direct and rational result of the performance of his administration, from his failed stimulus to the Lie of the Year, from the Russian “reset” to Benghazi and his Syria collapse, and especially after the utterly incompetent rollout of a web portal after 42 months of development. This is just whining from the Commander in Chief, and an insult to the same Americans who elected him twice to the office.

But hey, if you want to distract people from your own failures, blame the people for noticing those, I suppose.

Update: My friend Teresa Kopec added this thought:

 


 


 

That’s a fair point, and I do think some conservatives are too quick to dismiss the fact that government-sponsored racism — apartheid of a sort, really — is still within living memory of many Americans. That, however, does not mean that people who believe in smaller government and subsidiarity are proto-racists who want to reimpose Jim Crow, and that’s suddenly Obama’s approval-ratings problem. Both of those are nonsense.


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As his pole numbers continue to sink…

… he’s going to come out as bi-sexual.

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

… he’s going to come out as bi-sexual.

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Well, If he came out as gay, that would explain why Moochelle always looks so PO’d.

dentarthurdent on January 20, 2014 at 1:26 PM

And when covering your six with that race card stops working, what’s next?

TimBuk3 on January 20, 2014 at 1:28 PM

it must really sukk to be the messiah of no hope where despite being elected and re-elected and promising to be some kind of post racial healer, the fool needs to p-lay the race and victim card to try and blame his own self generated failures on America

tuttle from tacoma on January 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Two Dic*s

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Barack Obama’s presidency has brought us the lowest workforce participation rate in 40 years, trillions of dollars of debt, trillions in annual deficit spending, a devalued dollar, the world’s largest, most invasive and unconstitutional domestic spying program, the destruction of our country’s health care system based upon a litany of lies, an Internal Revenue Service that acts as a political hatchetman for the ruling class, a Justice Department that spies on journalists and ransacks their homes, a Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms that ran an illegal gun smuggling operation that sent thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, a State Department that repeatedly lied to the American people to cover up a terrorist attack that killed four American citizens, taxpayer-funded subsidies that “invested” hundreds of millions of dollars in green energy companies connected to Democrat campaign financiers, knowing those companies were well on their way to bankruptcy, and a Middle East that’s being taken over by radical Islamist organizations, some of which received weapons, military vehicles and cash assistance from our federal government.

And now he wants you to believe that his declining poll numbers are due to the color of his skin.

As the French say, “Quel toolbag!”

Bruce MacMahon on January 20, 2014 at 1:40 PM

it must really sukk to be the messiah of no hope where despite being elected and re-elected and promising to be some kind of post racial healer, the fool needs to p-lay the race and victim card to try and blame his own self generated failures on America

tuttle from tacoma on January 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

He always seeks to blame someone else for his failures. Real leaders stand up and say, “I fouled up.” But that takes courage, skin like a rhino, fortitude, brains and discipline.

That sure ain’t Emperor Zero. Heck he’s still blaming W for the economy he and the dems created while HE was in the Senate!

Is that seven or eight years ago?

dogsoldier on January 20, 2014 at 1:50 PM

Oh and by the way Zero, you’re polls numbers suck because you are a failure of epic proportions, a communist and a disgrace to your office.

dogsoldier on January 20, 2014 at 1:51 PM

As his pole numbers continue to sink…

… he’s going to come out as bi-sexual.

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Seven Percent Solution:OMG,..Hopey is doin Democrats and Progressives!
(sarc)—-:0

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Mr. Obama is preparing the battlefield for the the coming showdown over the failure of Obamacare. He dog whistles Blacks and leftest whites in order to intimidate his opponents, implicitly violently.

Mason on January 20, 2014 at 2:00 PM

It took me one day of research on the internet in 2007 to figure out who Obama was: a corrupt, ruthless, Alinsky-trained community agitator who had a hatred for this country – as founded – and a desire to “fundamentally transform” it. It was also clear that he was a compulsive liar who was spoiled and had never really accomplished anything in his political career. He showed in the Democrat primary and 2008 general election that he was a master at using race as a political weapon and in getting others in his party and the media to play the race card for him.

I must say that his performance as president has validated everything we knew in 2007. Anyone who was paying attention should have figured out what the Obama regime was all about when, after passing the massive stimulus – with the economy flat on its back and in deep recession – Obama pushed to pass Cap and Trade, which would have resulted in a huge energy tax on the American people and a vast expansion of government. It passed the Democrat House by about 5-6 votes, but then died in the Senate.

TarheelBen on January 20, 2014 at 2:01 PM

“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,”

No it’s because the don’t like the IDEAS of this black president.

Even those of us who truly hate you think your smarter than having only one.

WryTrvllr on January 20, 2014 at 2:15 PM

I actually detest his liberal white half myself.

neyney on January 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

He’s just following the plantation owner’s script. Keep scaring the plantation dwellers into thinking they’ll be slaughtered if they leave the plantation.

yhxqqsn on January 20, 2014 at 2:50 PM

As his pole numbers continue to sink…

… he’s going to come out as bi-sexual.

Seven Percent Solution on January 20, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Yeah, but then I think he’s going to package it as ‘heteroflexible’ :)…

jimver on January 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

Race-baiting and skin color-obsessed bigot Barack Obama is playing the race card again.

The guy is a joke.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 4:00 PM

Someone else posted this on a similar article, elsewhere on the internet. Too good not to pass on, so forgive my plagiarism.

Its not the color of your skin, Obama, its the content of your character.

kjatexas on January 20, 2014 at 4:10 PM

To be fair, O does say his approvals may have a racial tinge to them as well. If you think of it, his whole election had that racial sub-tone. You know the, “He’s black, give him the benefit of the doubt,” kind of thing that our society is willing to extend because we so badly want to do away with racial tensions.

DrewVT6 on January 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

As someone else pointed out, conservatives are actually equal-opportunity in attitude when it comes to socialist, Marxist, liberal “progressive” left-leaning Democrats, who believe in big government running every last inch of our lives and don’t trust the American people to run our own lives. We don’t care if your name’s Obama, Reid, Pelosi, Cuomo, De Blasio, Clinton, Waters, etc., etc. We loathe your policies equally.

theotherone on January 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

To be fair, O does say his approvals may have a racial tinge to them as well.

DrewVT6 on January 20, 2014 at 4:13 PM

But when he said that he implied that those who gave him a pass because of him being half-black were racists too; in his warped view they only did so because of the color of his skin.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Is wiwwo baby wanna wace wiot? Hmmm? Wiwwo baby wanna wace wiot. Baah o’ white peopow hurt baby’s pow numbews.-Valer Jarrett again.

onomo on January 20, 2014 at 4:25 PM

ie! Valerie for cryeye.

onomo on January 20, 2014 at 4:26 PM

I think it’s odd how this dude can be only half-black, but the left calls him “Black”; but…

When he CLEARLY, TOTALLY sucks…they still won’t admit he sucks at all.

a5minmajor on January 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

I think it’s odd how this dude can be only half-black, but the left calls him “Black”; but…

When he CLEARLY, TOTALLY sucks…they still won’t admit he sucks at all.

a5minmajor on January 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM

As I said upthread, Jamaican music legend Bob Marley was considered White because his father was British; his peers ignored that his mother was Jamaican. Likewise, the O’bama Cultists, led by people like MSLSD’s Melissa Harris-Perry, totally ignore O’bama’s White genes because they are irrelevant. In fact, she herself ignores her own White genes.

Would the O’Cultists still consider O’bama totally Black if his father was White and it was his mother who was Black?

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

I got a few other things out of that article.

One

Obama thinks he is not a ideologue

““I’m not a particularly ideological person,” Obama told Jon Shirley and his guests.”

Two

He think that it is a second string Al-Quada he is now fighting

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama said, resorting to an uncharacteristically flip analogy. “I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.

wakey74 on January 20, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Race-baiting. This is so bad, it’s beyond words. Obama is the worst.

Paul-Cincy on January 20, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Anti-white liberals pretend Obama’s white half doesn’t exist. Make no mistake about it:
many liberals and many blacks are virulently anti-white. I didn’t say ALL are, but many are. Anti-white racism among blacks is much more prevalent than anti-black prejudice among whites. Yes, I said it. Skin color obsession runs rampant among many liberals and blacks.

Now, the truth is that skin color and race OUGHT TO BE IRRELEVANT. Someone’s character and abilities and experience, etc. is what matters, NOT SKIN COLOR OR RACE. But race card-playing liberals like Obama, Sharpton and others in the media are doing all they can to inflate the importance of skin color, not diminish it.

Obama is a race-baiting disgrace, and the fact that his election was largely the result of affirmative action makes his continued race card-playing all the more pathetic. If Obama had been white, with his lack of experience of socialist tendencies, he never would have gotten a second look.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Gotta pity the next African-American Democrat who decides to run for President. They’ll be immediately compared to Dear Leader. Who could live up to such “impossible” expectations?

Could get real ugly.

Assuming O’bama actually leaves office in 2017, and assuming America is still in existence at that time, it wouldn’t surprise me to not see another African-American Democrat run for President for many many years.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

If Obama had been white, with his lack of experience of socialist tendencies, he never would have gotten a second look.

bluegill on January 20, 2014 at 5:26 PM

Exactly.

In a similar vein, back in November there was an interesting piece (can’t remember the source)-the writer observed that if O’bamacare, in identical form, had been proposed by Chimpy Bush, the Democrats would have laughed the entire idea out of Congress.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 5:33 PM

How to explain Barack Obama’s dramatically declining approval numbers? Well, there’s the fact that five years of Obamanomics has brought America to its lowest civilian workforce participation rate from about the decade average at the beginning of the June 2009 recovery to a 36-year low.

I think that’s the perfect segue for you to tell us about the need for amnesty.

DFCtomm on January 20, 2014 at 5:53 PM

Assuming O’bama actually leaves office in 2017, and assuming America is still in existence at that time, it wouldn’t surprise me to not see another African-American Democrat run for President for many many years.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Indeed, because he ruined it for them. It’s really a pity for the qualified ones.

Schadenfreude on January 20, 2014 at 5:57 PM

According to Rev. Al, Obama has told them not to blame racism as a reason people don’t like him. Doesn’t want anyone stealing his stuff.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

another African-American Democrat run for President for many many years.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Again: What is an African-American?

Lanceman on January 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Race-baiting: it’s not just for breakfast anymore. It’s also for lunch, brunch, dinner, midnight snack, and any other time you get hungry…or desperate.

Moose Drool on January 20, 2014 at 6:44 PM

IOW, many of the people that approved of his job performance at one time but now disapprove must be racists, even the ones that voted for him.

This clown went to Columbia and Harvard? What kind of “calculus” is that? Have they stopped teaching basic logic and math at Columbia and Harvard?

And he wonders why people (obviously all racists) want to see his transcripts.

farsighted on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Just one of many racist black politicians. He ought to join the congressional black caucus so he would be among friends. In reality, conservatives don’t care if the potus is green, black, blue, red or purple. It’s the leadership and policies that count, and obumble is a total failure.

ultracon on January 20, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Is it possible to hate this stoopid, self-absorbed, whiny, flucking puppet moroon any more each day?

I keep finding my “up to my nose” container with more room each day. I’m up to my nose this point. Put in two straws to do the work.

avagreen on January 20, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Yeah, if you was a white commie Muslim despot liar we’d love you.

Akzed on January 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

What the hello is wrong with you people? Why wasn’t this comment from page two picked as thread winner?

hawkdriver on January 20, 2014 at 8:20 PM

According to Rev. Al, Obama has told them not to blame racism as a reason people don’t like him. Doesn’t want anyone stealing his stuff.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Hello?

Page three thread winner?

hawkdriver on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 PM

IOW, many of the people that approved of his job performance at one time but now disapprove must be racists, even the ones that voted for him.

This clown went to Columbia and Harvard? What kind of “calculus” is that? Have they stopped teaching basic logic and math at Columbia and Harvard?

And he wonders why people (obviously all racists) want to see his transcripts.

farsighted on January 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

Reminds me of Bob the office racist.

hawkdriver on January 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

Yeah, if you was a white commie Muslim despot liar we’d love you.

Akzed on January 20, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Thread winner!

According to Rev. Al, Obama has told them not to blame racism as a reason people don’t like him. Doesn’t want anyone stealing his stuff.

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Page three thread winner!

(How’d I do, hawk?) ;)

Moose Drool on January 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Cindy Munford on January 20, 2014 at 6:25 PM
Page three thread winner!

(How’d I do, hawk?) ;)

Moose Drool on January 20, 2014 at 8:37 PM

Page thread thread winner runner up!!!

(If … you weren’t an office racist like Bob)

hawkdriver on January 20, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Thanks Obama!

Now we know that it’s vast left wing racism that won’t see Democrats supporting Mia Love, Dr. Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, Herman Cain et al.

RJL on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 PM

Obama isn’t black.

He’s transparent.

A race-baiting, flim-flam weasel sucking the egg of Tyrannical Power.

profitsbeard on January 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

another African-American Democrat run for President for many many years.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Again: What is an African-American?

Lanceman on January 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

?????-

First word of your comment, which I just bolded, implies that you asked me this question previously in this thread, but I just went thru the comments and from what I saw, this is your first post in this thread.

Google search on: “us first african american president”

First result is

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

Google search on: “us first black president”

Fifth result is

http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/president-obama

Since Google is an Official Democrat Search Engine these days, it’s obvious by the results above that they’re the ones pushing him being AA, not yours truly.

And remember, I used the terms AA and Black interchangeably in my posts on this thread.

Discuss.

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 10:34 PM

but, rather, because we are one country

Hmm, perhaps Mr. President you should inform Gov. Cuomo of New York. He’s told “extreme conservatives” to leave the state.

Ed:

The Civil War has been over for 149 years. Wickard vs Filburn has only been with us half that time, and that’s what led to the massive overgrowth of federal power, not the end of the Civil War.

Sorry Ed, just not seeing it. The civil war was the start of it, Wickard was just one of the final nails in the coffin. Where the politicians made it blatantly obvious. Next up was the Feds holding back things like highway funding to get various laws passed (drinking age, speed limits etc.) and now healthcare.

Post civil war you had the Feds growing more and more via crony capitalism (mercantilism). How do you think FDR had the guts to push through things like the WPA, NRA (recovery act, not guns) and Wickard? He said he’d pack the supreme court to get his way. Pre Wickard you had federal income tax and the Fed reserve.

oryguncon on January 20, 2014 at 11:06 PM

I really, really think that Obama is having a personal Civil War. Exactly, Mr. President, which side of racism do you blame? You are confusing me.

mobydutch on January 20, 2014 at 11:51 PM

In fact, she herself ignores her own White genes.

Would the O’Cultists still consider O’bama totally Black if his father was White and it was his mother who was Black?

Del Dolemonte on January 20, 2014 at 4:42 PM

1. I disagree on this one, although I wish she WOULD ignore her own white genes. Then she wouldn’t spend so bloody much time openly and vociferously *hating* her white genes.

2. When it suits them, of course. And if they admitted his WHITE half, it would only be long enough to blame it for some failure or other. (which, to be fair…would be…all the time, I s’pose.) ..Oh…Wait…No they wouldn’t. He doesn’t make mistakes. I remember now..Leni Reifens….er…CBS told me so.

a5minmajor on January 20, 2014 at 11:57 PM

I actually detest his liberal white half myself.

neyney on January 20, 2014 at 2:39 PM

This ^ = win.

a5minmajor on January 20, 2014 at 11:59 PM

…we have a race pimp…for president!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2014 at 12:39 AM

No man, of any race could have lived up to the hype surrounding Obama’s election. But he is, by the way, black, and the first.

It is not good that he failed. It will reflect on the next black man who runs. No one will want a repeat of this nightmare. It isn’t logical, but there it is. Obama is very bad for race black equality.

I think Obama has done more damage to race relations than anything in the past two centuries. He is incompetent, and he is black. Only we were told he was ever so competent, in fact Obama was the answer to every question!

petunia on January 21, 2014 at 1:39 AM

The poll numbers are absolutely racist. If Obama were a white-skinned Marxist, he be at 5% approval and enjoying post-impeachment removal from office.

WyattsTorch on January 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Obama has hit the nail on the head. He’ so brilliant.

Me and a lot of other white guys alive in the mid-1800s did not take kindly to the fact that Obama started the Civil War and that’s why we hate him today.

He wrecked our happy way of life. Why, I remember when the Confederacy was started in 1776 (or was that 1492?) how happy everyone was, myself included.

Betsy Ross in particular, when she sewed that first Stars and Bars flag that we so proudly hailed back then, she was really proud.

We’re the people Obama is referencing when he talks about those who dislike him. He didn’t come right out and acknowledge it, but this is the history Obama knows. It’s the history he was taught. And it’s the history he wants to make sure your kids and grandkids know, too.

FlameWarrior on January 21, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Most of us who have worked in corporate America know this. The way to deal with an incompetent quote hire is to work around them until they screw up enough to get fired.

Problem is the folks who can fire this one don’t have the fortitude.

Demonized on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Most of us who have worked in corporate America know this. The way to deal with an incompetent quote hire is to work around them until they screw up enough to get fired.

Problem is the folks who can fire this one don’t have the fortitude.

Demonized on January 21, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Except in some companies, and definitely in government, it’s nearly impossible to fire someone for incompetence – so you get them promoted to somewhere else to get rid of them – so, unfortunately, eventually the most incompetent end up at the top.

dentarthurdent on January 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Like I always say, Obama’s blackness is perhaps his least objectionable feature.

DrZin on January 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

What after six years of this guy we are to be live that the failures are all a myth created by radial dislikes. Some times a cigar is just a cigar. How about simple that this guy sucks. As maybe due the people that turn a blind eye to his short comings.

jpcpt03 on January 21, 2014 at 9:17 PM

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