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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I turn that around and claim that his poll numbers are inflated because of racism.

cozmo on January 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

I don’t think his race has anything to do with his incompetence.

Bigbullets on January 20, 2014 at 8:08 AM

From another thread, I prefer to judge one by the content of their character. Just sayin’.

Jeffster on January 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

The well that never dries up.

Murphy9 on January 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Well then it’s come full circle; if you didn’t vote for Dog Eater you were racist, if you did vote for him but don’t like him anymore then you are racist.

Bishop on January 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Red is a race? Who knew?

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

When I see Obama, I don’t see black, I see Communist Red and nothing to like about it or him.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Obama: I miss people giving me a free pass cause I’m black.

Yeah, there it is. We knew it would come strait from the horse’s mouth sooner or later.

rubberneck on January 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

I see we’re thinking along the same lines.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The economy is utterly in the sh**ter. That might have something to do with it.

http://www.theburningplatform.com/2014/01/20/the-retail-death-rattle/

If ever a chart provided unequivocal proof the economic recovery storyline is a fraud, the one below is the smoking gun. November and December retail sales account for 20% to 40% of annual retail sales for most retailers. The number of visits to retail stores has plummeted by 50% since 2010. Please note this was during a supposed economic recovery. Also note consumer spending accounts for 70% of GDP. Also note credit card debt outstanding is 7% lower than its level in 2010 and 16% below its peak in 2008. Retailers like J.C. Penney, Best Buy, Sears, Radio Shack and Barnes & Noble continue to report appalling sales and profit results, along with listings of store closings. Even the heavyweights like Wal-Mart and Target continue to report negative comp store sales. How can the government and mainstream media be reporting an economic recovery when the industry that accounts for 70% of GDP is in free fall? The answer is that 99% of America has not had an economic recovery. Only Bernanke’s 1% owner class have benefited from his QE/ZIRP induced stock market levitation.

Murphy9 on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

The most incompetent, the most petty, the most dishonest, the most irresponsible, the most immature, the most ignorant, the most childish, and the most partisan President in the history of the Republic… Hopefully we will never experiment again with such kind of a person for President…

mnjg on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Ahhh! I love the smell of desperate flailing in the morning.

CDeb on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

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.

Bill Clinton???

kcewa on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

Obama: I miss people giving me a free pass cause I’m black.

rubberneck on January 20, 2014 at 8:12 AM

Nailed it! Kudos.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM

My take: “It is Not About Your Race, Mr. President. It is About the Content of Your Character.”

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 6:55 AM

…from the previous thread (QOTD)

KOOLAID2 on January 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM

It took us over 5 years to determine his skin color.

NotEasilyFooled on January 20, 2014 at 8:15 AM

“Obama’s election was one of the great markers in the black freedom struggle.”
That remark from the New Yorker is laughable on many levels.

KS Rex on January 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

“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.

Are you sure that it’s your skin color and not the Affirmative Action that brought you to the levels of attainment you presently enjoy? I wonder because I would love to vote for Thomas Sowell, Mr. ‘Present’.

M240H on January 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

The “Peter Principal” in full effect.

ny59giants on January 20, 2014 at 8:17 AM

It’s never his fault. And the problem is, we’re raising a generation along those same lines.

rbj on January 20, 2014 at 8:18 AM

Using the Presidents logic……

RACIST MARKETING CAMPAIGN!!!!!

http://youtu.be/zgjXxuxAmsc

Paging Al Sharpton to KFC parking lots in 5….4….

PappyD61 on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

“Bwess is eart. Ese jus a bawbee. Jusa wiw… Stop pick’n on Barack! yess he is. jess a wuwu bawbee”-Valer Jarrett

onomo on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

“Well, hell yeah, I voted for the guy twice just to prove to myself that I wasn’t a racist” said the redneck white hooded registered Democrat Klansman.

BigAlSouth on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

But I suppose there *is* still a “black freedom struggle” … Freedom from prejudice and hypocritical treatment by the white liberal establishment — just ask Clarence Thomas, Condoleeza Rice, Herman Cain, …

KS Rex on January 20, 2014 at 8:19 AM

This man sure is something, that’s for sure.

p0s3r on January 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

Valerie. Sorry. Enabler Marxist.

onomo on January 20, 2014 at 8:20 AM

The record high African-American labor non-participation rate is just so racccccistttt.

BigAlSouth on January 20, 2014 at 8:21 AM

President Oprah Hussein Obama!

BigAlSouth on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Fascinating, as Spock would say.

I wasn’t aware that “egomaniacal, narcissistic, dogmatic, incompetent, leftist gibbering dingbat” was a description of ethnicity.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Obama doesn’t have much credibility on the topic of racism, especially after spending over 20 years as a member of the racist Rev. Wright’s TUCC group. Then there are his racist statements about Middle America and white women…he’s a big time hater of white women if they ain’t ready to roll over for him.

Karmi on January 20, 2014 at 8:23 AM

Congratulations Mr. Fifty-three-percent-of-the-vote-in-2008! You single-handedly turned 14% of the population into racists in 5 years! Most black people I know are great people. It’s a shame that you have tarnished their reputation among the 14% racist (formerly non-racist) DEMOCRATS who supported you at the beginning. We should just people by who they are as individuals, not by if they share the same skin color as some rotten fascist president. Maybe one day those 14% of Democrats will learn that.

Glenn Jericho on January 20, 2014 at 8:24 AM

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

Obama has jumped the shark.

Stoic Patriot on January 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Red is a race? Who knew?

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:11 AM

Peter Pan did

Stoic Patriot on January 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

On the plus side, by the time 2017 rolls around, there won’t be much left of that poor chicken.

Of course, with Hillary as the nominee, we will begin working on the sexism chicken.

Kafir on January 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Obama is half white and half black… Take your pick. Obama is still an incompetant jack wad who’s main goal is to bring down this country… My dislike for obama is that his policies are totally inconsistant with bettering the US as a whole and more about cronyism.

Kuffar on January 20, 2014 at 8:30 AM

Obama lost among white voters in 2012 by a margin greater than any victor in American history.

So does this mean there are more racist white voters than ever, or does it mean there are more racist minority voters than ever helping him to win because he is a black guy?

Does it mean after 4 years of the President who was going to heal the racial divisions in the country, we are more divided than before?

Could it be that the best way to heal racial divisions is not to launch accusations of racism whenever something goes wrong?

“It doesn’t have anything to do with race, you idiots.”

If Obama had been saying things like that these last 5 years instead of throwing the race card at every play, a great deal of healing could have happened.

fadetogray on January 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Richard Sherman says:

“Yo Punk azz ain’t worth savin Bi*ch”

ToddPA on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

wasnt that already priced in to his approval ratings? back when he was in the 60′s did a bunch of people not realize he was black? so now they have found out so they dont like him anymore?

chasdal on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Po Po pitiful me……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krAnJjhQO88

faol on January 20, 2014 at 8:33 AM

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.

Ohh. Ed, where does the constitution authorize the Federal Government to interfere in state affairs? Before you go talking about subsidiarity, I hope you really understand what it means.

gryphon202 on January 20, 2014 at 8:33 AM

Could it be that the best way to heal racial divisions is not to launch accusations of racism whenever something goes wrong?

“It doesn’t have anything to do with race, you idiots.”

If Obama had been saying things like that these last 5 years instead of throwing the race card at every play, a great deal of healing could have happened.

fadetogray on January 20, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Progressives seek to exacerbate divisions in society, even if they have to create those divisions themselves. This leads to disruption and chaos, followed by destruction. Which means they can seize, and hold, power.

As my mother used to say, sh!t-stirrers aren’t interested in what’s best for anyone but themselves. And up to now, the “race card” has been a very effective paddle to stir things with.

clear ether

eon

eon on January 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

Nah I hate his white half too.

gophergirl on January 20, 2014 at 8:39 AM

Hopey/Changey has the Audacious Audacity to whip out the Race Card,
and blame the Bitter/Clinger Absolutists Sumpin Sumpins!!

canopfor on January 20, 2014 at 8:40 AM

I am totally expecting him to go back to being a shoeshine boy right after he is done ruining this country. Riiiiight! Actually, when he’s done tweaking the economy, that may be the only job available. Or he can serve Bill Clinton some coffee!!

Deano1952 on January 20, 2014 at 8:41 AM

As Koolaid 2 posted earlier, I have a take on this.

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 8:42 AM

To believe this, you’d have to believe if everything in current domestic and foreign policy were the same since 2009, but instead of Barack Obama in the White House, you had the current bumbling Secretary of State and failed 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry in there, the haughtly, French-looking Kerry would have far higher approval numbers simply because he’s white (more likely, Kerry would have even lower approval numbers, and would never have gotten re-elected, and would be whining that Americans were prejudice against haughty French-looking guys).

jon1979 on January 20, 2014 at 8:45 AM

I think now, that I’ll start looking back fondly at the JCarter years, long gas lines and falling portfolio included. This is why Phil Robertson said people used to be happier in the good old days even if they were tough times. He was right.

Kissmygrits on January 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

I prefer to judge one by the content of their character. Just sayin’.

Jeffster on January 20, 2014 at 8:09 AM

Content of character, Mr. President. “You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting.”

Fallon on January 20, 2014 at 8:47 AM

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

Ah no….it’s that radical Marxist redistribution of wealth thing….champ.

We don’t like Biden or Hillary either……

redguy on January 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

puhleeze….

and msdnc and cnn will make sure everyone else knows that as well….

morning HA…got to sleep in a little bit this am :)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Obama has jumped the shark.

Stoic Patriot on January 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

The shark ate, and shat him out long ago.

BigWyo on January 20, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Obama has jumped the shark.

Stoic Patriot on January 20, 2014 at 8:28 AM

Let’s hope that the shark eats Obama….the shark probably won’t like him either.

redguy on January 20, 2014 at 8:50 AM

This has got to be the lowest point in American history. Can this guy degrade the concepts and values of responsibility, conscience and leadership any further? What a lowlife. He is the total embodiment of the modern, educated, “enlightened” Progressive scum.

rrpjr on January 20, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Irony: An Affirmative Action President blaming Affirmative Action voters for his failures.

Sounds like the stress of a one hour meeting with his Jobs Committee is getting to him. He should probably fly off to Hawaii and play golf for a couple of weeks.

Barry should lighten up. He’ll always have a 12.1% approval rating. The country is 12% black and 0.1% ACLU members.

NoPain on January 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

My sister doesn’t like BHO’s policies but has told me that having a president of mixed heritage makes her feel good about America. I suspect she may have voted for him in 2008, though I don’t think she did in 2012 after she saw the policies he pursued.

I have thought about this; undoubtedly many people feel this way, that having BHO as their president makes them feel good about themselves.

I suspect it’s a short step from that to assuming that, if someone else really dislikes this administration because of its policies, that person must reject the positive feelings attached to the president’s genetics.

That is to say, if one’s own positive feelings about the president are affected by his race as much as his policies, it’s easy to assume that another person’s negative feelings are also predicated on race.

Chuckles3 on January 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

“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,”

Exactly how many is “some folks”?

Lost in Jersey on January 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Seriously, what’s it like to go through your entire life thinking like this???

I think he actually believes this crap.

BigWyo on January 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

Richard Sherman says:

“Yo Punk azz ain’t worth savin Bi*ch”

ToddPA on January 20, 2014 at 8:32 AM

Obama says: “Don’t you ever talk about me!”

kcewa on January 20, 2014 at 8:55 AM

BigWyo on January 20, 2014 at 8:54 AM

You have seen how clueless our Troll, “The Perfesser”, is. Imagine the Leader of the Free World being like that.

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Pathetic. What a sorry state for the office of the presidency to become. He owes us all his resignation.

Ellis on January 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

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.”

Now would that be racism, straight up Mr. Prez’dnt?

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

You’re absolutely right King Barry!!! I absolutely loathe your white half and the b*** white woman you popped out of.

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Imagine the Leader of the Free World being like that.

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 8:57 AM

We don’t have to imagine it. It’s on public display for all the world to see.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:59 AM

I’m so tired of “racism” in general. Has there been any legitimate scientific proof that there is anything but the Human Race on Earth? Aren’t Neanderthals (if they actually existed) supposed to be extinct?

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

…..As my mother used to say, sh!t-stirrers aren’t interested in what’s best for anyone but themselves. And up to now, the “race card” has been a very effective paddle to stir things with.

………

eon on January 20, 2014 at 8:37 AM

I agree, but I think Obama missed a great opportunity to advance and secure his agenda. The time had come when changing tactics would have paid huge dividends. If he had chosen to be the great healer on the race issue, his moral authority would have been immense.

So thank God he is just a shallow demagogue.

fadetogray on January 20, 2014 at 9:01 AM

“And so I think it’s important for progressives not to dismiss out of hand arguments against my Presidency …”

What the hell is he talking about? Do arguments against his policies constitute arguments against his presidency? What is an “argument against his presidency”, anyway? I think the dude’s a head case.

flipflop on January 20, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Mulatto brain malfunction.

Pork-Chop on January 20, 2014 at 9:04 AM

Oblamer.

Shy Guy on January 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

It’s a lame attempt at putting people on the defensive and changing the subject. It’s one thing to accuse one faction, like the TEA Party, of racism, but now he’s accusing everybody who doesn’t approve of him, including black people, of racism against a black President. Put him in the same class as Chris Matthews and Al Sharpton.

lea on January 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

SIGH, He is not African-American, he is HALF African and HAlf Caucasian.

jephthah on January 20, 2014 at 9:05 AM

KJ….I wrote essentially what you wrote to a friend, who WAS all about identity politics, yesterday. She has finally agreed that a huge mistake was made in electing this man. However, you write much more eloquently than I : ) !

herm2416 on January 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Aren’t Neanderthals (if they actually existed) supposed to be extinct?

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Apparently you’ve never seen Dick Durbin.

Bishop on January 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

herm2416 on January 20, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Thank you.

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

“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,”

Exactly how many is “some folks”?

Lost in Jersey on January 20, 2014 at 8:52 AM

Or, perhaps it is because you have such a poor grasp of English grammar.

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:09 AM

“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,”

What a sick, self-pitying narcissist.

rrpjr on January 20, 2014 at 9:10 AM

Apparently you’ve never seen Dick Durbin.

Bishop on January 20, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Only too often. For some reason I still live in Illinoistan (although I WILL be getting my CC permit any day now!)

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

I see we’re thinking along the same lines.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

We are of a certain age which remembers the Soviet Union not at all fondly.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Embrace the suck Barry…

workingclass artist on January 20, 2014 at 9:14 AM

The most unpresidential president ever. A hate stoking machine for his own benefit. Disgusting.

-woof

convservativedogbite on January 20, 2014 at 9:16 AM

I turn that around and claim that his poll numbers are inflated because of racism.

cozmo on January 20, 2014 at 8:04 AM

this

cmsinaz on January 20, 2014 at 9:17 AM

wow….I didn’t think it was possible to sink below the level of affirmative action turd……… I stand corrected.

roflmmfao

donabernathy on January 20, 2014 at 9:19 AM

This guy is an unrelenting narcissist and totally disconnected from reality.

rplat on January 20, 2014 at 9:21 AM

This is the typical black federal employee attitude in the age of affirmative action, “self-esteem” and PC politics. Blacks that are incompetent NEVER have to face the music.

Spartacus on January 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

kingsjester on January 20, 2014 at 8:42 AM

great take KJ
:)

cmsinaz on January 20, 2014 at 9:23 AM

We are of a certain age which remembers the Soviet Union not at all fondly.

Steve Eggleston on January 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Interesting. I’ve always pictured you as a 30 something. No real reason just never really thought about your age and don’t recall you ever mentioning it.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Just another example of how Leftism is congenitally incapable of responsibility and seeks to make moral life untenable for the rest of us. After being elected President despite zero qualifications, then re-elected despite failing utterly at the job, he wishes to blame us for his failure, to make us feel bad for and hate ourselves. The sickness is total and irredeemable. This is Leftism — it offers NOTHING but failure and perversion and hate. One could say it offered a chance to learn from its degradation, a wonderful opportunity for a society and people to learn and grow, but it has so corrupted our learning processes as individuals and our capacity as a society to think in wholesome terms, that we can’t even enjoy this benefit.

rrpjr on January 20, 2014 at 9:27 AM

Only too often. For some reason I still live in Illinoistan (although I WILL be getting my CC permit any day now!)

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Welcome to the Dark Side! I’ve had mine for almost 10 years now here in Minskesota and have managed not to kill random passerby in a bloodthirsty rage.

Bishop on January 20, 2014 at 9:28 AM

A man can fall many times but he’s not a failure til he blames someone else. Face it, this guy is a total failure and his low approval numbers show that. His race is irrelevant to his crappy polling. People do not like liars and certainly do not approve of men that skirt their responsibility.

jaywemm on January 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Ed, as usual, is being too kind. It’s not “understanding” to continually give the benefit of the doubt to someone who clearly intends to harm you and your neighbors.

rcl on January 20, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Also, it is important to note that the race baiters such as Obysmal constantly invoke against Amendment X, muddying its intent as a brake against federal power grabs into an excuse to return to the days of Jim Crow.

Obysmal is destroying the Constitution one amendment at a time.

onlineanalyst on January 20, 2014 at 9:33 AM

People do not like liars and certainly do not approve of men that skirt their responsibility.

jaywemm on January 20, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Too bad that people didn’t realize what he was before the last election.

Oldnuke on January 20, 2014 at 9:33 AM

Aren’t Neanderthals (if they actually existed) supposed to be extinct?

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Hell, you can back further than that by tuning in to
MSNBC weekdays. Behold “Early Java Man” Ed Schultz.

ToddPA on January 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Right, his approval numbers dropped because of people that didn’t like him in the first place. How does that make sense?

Speechlesstx on January 20, 2014 at 9:35 AM

I like that we have a black president. Actually, that’s the only thing I like about him.

I do think it’s too bad for my fellow Americans who happen to be black that the current White House occupant stinks on ice.

shinty on January 20, 2014 at 9:36 AM

@EdMorrissey I would say that the “state’s rights” argument was used post the Civil War into the Jim Crow years which many people still

— Teresa Kopec (@TeresaKopec) January 20, 2014
@EdMorrissey I would say that the “state’s rights” argument was used post the Civil War into the Jim Crow years which many people still

— Teresa Kopec (@TeresaKopec) January 20, 2014
@EdMorrissey I would say that the “state’s rights” argument was used post the Civil War into the Jim Crow years which many people still

— Teresa Kopec (@TeresaKopec) January 20, 2014

Don’t make me repeat myself. I hate it when you make me repeat myself.

Chris of Rights on January 20, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Only too often. For some reason I still live in Illinoistan (although I WILL be getting my CC permit any day now!)

Nutstuyu on January 20, 2014 at 9:11 AM

Child’s play here in PA….we use the Biden method.

Just fire Shotgun blasts out of our windows…and doors…

…and balconies…..and cars…he was born in Scranton, ya know..

ToddPA on January 20, 2014 at 9:40 AM

He needs to stop calling himself “black”, because he doesn’t have anything in common with the average black person that grew up in Harlem, Detroit, Chicago, Watts, etc. He grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, his mom was white, and his dad was Kenyan.

Ward Cleaver on January 20, 2014 at 9:41 AM

I didn’t vote for him but I accepted the fact he was president and hoped for the best. And one of the very first things he did was pass an extremely unpopular and partisan piece of legislation, (stimulus bill) which, if I remember right, caused the tea party uprising. I remember the crowds forming in DC and what did the president do? Flew out of town. He’s been out of town ever since, it seems like. Taking the easy way out of everything…and now, the easy way out of having dismally low approval ratings is to skip all the real reasons and blame it on race. That’s just another example of cowardice and arrogance, in my opinion, a failure to own up to his own shortcomings and mistakes.

scalleywag on January 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Clownists.

justltl on January 20, 2014 at 9:43 AM

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