Laura Ingraham: Obama sounds like a Salon.com blogger

posted at 10:01 am on August 15, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Filling in for Fox News Channel host Bill O’Reilly on Thursday, conservative columnist and radio host Laura Ingraham tore into President Barack Obama’s decision to comment on the unfolding situation in Ferguson, Missouri.

On Thursday, the president held a brief news conference where he updated the press on the situation in Iraq and addressed the escalating violence in Missouri. Obama warned the demonstrators that there was no excuse for violence against law enforcement, and he scolded the police for detaining members of the press and using heavy-handed tactics against protesters.

“The leader of the free world, with sagging approval numbers, jumping into another local criminal justice situation,” Ingraham remarked. “And, once again, he does this before all of the facts have been gathered, before authorities have completed their own investigation.”

Ingraham noted that this episode is no different from the recent past when Obama said that the police in Cambridge, Massachusetts acted “stupidly” after the arrest of Professor Henry Louis Gates, or that the slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin would have looked like his son if the president had had one.

Ingraham added that the president’s record on race is checked, because his attorney general has suggested that everything from criticism of the president and himself to the enforcement of immigration laws is tainted with racial bias.

Ingraham submitted that Obama’s underwhelming job approval numbers and the appearance that his party is going to be punished by voters at the polls in November may also be driving this latest push to stoke racial tensions. “This is textbook Obama,” Ingraham observed.

“There is supposed to be a difference between being the President of the United States and a liberal commentator on Salon.com,” she concluded.

While Ingraham has a valid point, and Obama’s administration has certainly played an unhelpful role on the issue of racial comity at times (one of those times being the entirety of the 2012 campaign), liberals would hardly have recognized Obama’s comments yesterday as those of a liberal pundit.

Indeed, more than a handful of left-of-center commentators were disappointed that the president called for calm and deliberation rather than, as have some on the left, more outrage over the appearance of injustice in Ferguson. Oddly, many used the same word to describe Obama’s tone in addressing the violence in Missouri:

It seems some on the left would have preferred Obama appear boiling with rage over the incident in Ferguson, and have expressed whole and total solidarity with the demonstrators over the police. That is how out of step the liberal commentariat is with their elected leadership.

And it’s not just liberal columnists and bloggers who were disappointed with Obama’s speech. According to NBC News, African-American leaders were equally disappointed with the president’s address.

But there is a concern, particularly among African-American activists, that soothing words from the president are not enough. They want to see the president, in his speeches, directly connect the deaths of Michael Brown in Missouri and Eric Garner in New York, both black men, to police brutality and persistent racism. Obama has generally avoided both subjects.

And they wonder if the first black president is doing enough to address issues like police shootings and the jobless rate among blacks, which is double that of whites.

The president struck a careful tone, as he did in the wake of Martin’s death. And it is likely Obama will say more as details of Brown’s death emerge.

But the situation in Ferguson has angered African-Americans, and some have been disappointed by Obama’s reaction. They say it fits into a larger pattern: the first black president is often afraid to call out behavior that directly harms blacks.

While conservatives like Laura Ingraham hear Obama echo the sentiments that would be expressed by only the most sequestered of liberal thinkers, progressives heard Obama hedge and placate to conservatives and whites. These two reactions are a universe apart, and are reflective of just how deeply polarized the realm of opinion journalism has become.

I have to believe, however, that most welcomed the president’s call for calm, the mild pox he cast on both the houses in Ferguson, and his request that Americans remain united in the face of adversity. I have to believe that most Americans are not parsing and decoding Obama’s speech in order to divine some divisive hidden message. For most Americans, a cigar is just a cigar, and I have to believe that pundits on the right and left are, in this case, over thinking things just a bit.

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Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

How am I deflecting?

We are discussing what it is appropriate for the president to comment on, so I asked if he should comment on identical issues, and similar issues.

Just trying to figure out where you, with all of your Czechy wisdom, would draw the line for POTUS.

Akzed on August 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

No… we are commenting on what he said yesterday and the Ferguson mess. Go to the top of this thread and read again.

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Bright side: not a clip from MSNBC for a change.

Brat on August 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Killing black folks and getting away with it was the way of life in America. Cops covered for you. And Cops themselves could do it and nothing would happen.

But the country has changed now. Can’t get away like they used to.

And the Racists are hopping mad.

It ain’t 1940, 1950s, good old america any more.

Ned Pepper on August 15, 2014 at 10:07 AM


The new thread is covering you in your own shit. Suffocate in it, you utter fool.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Where in his comments did he make any determinations about what happened. Give my his specifics.

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Walter, try critically thinking for a change. Obozo very clearly drew moral equivalency between a violent robbery suspect, and further lawless rioters and looters, and a cop doing his job. He then drew the further conclusion, if you listened, that in essence the cops had to stop doing their jobs.

NOMOBO on August 15, 2014 at 11:14 AM

So the ferguson situation has been resolved by just removing the white hillbillies from being in charge.

Robbery. Drown in your shit.

Yazidis have been saved.

Only in your head, you idiot.

Israel and Hamas are about to come to an agreement.

Delusional. Hamas vehemently disagree with you.

Putin remains impotent on the sidelines as all the money flees his country.

Mars…find it.

the economy and job market are booming.

What’s it like to be this stupid?

Obamacare premiums have come in and are nowhere near the doomsday predictions you guys were hoping for.

Venus, find it.

check, check, check, check, check, check.

Only one check…yourself into a mental ward. You truly are insane.

what’s next for Obama to fix for you guys?

everdiso on August 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Nothing. Let him golf and dance. He’d do the world/land a big favor.

Must be hell to be you.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:17 AM

Ingraham’s comparison of Obama to a Salon blogger was the impetus for a blog post.

Pathetic.

Dusty on August 15, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Exactly….and Noah’s misunderstanding of barky’s Ferguson deflection is not helpful.

cthemfly on August 15, 2014 at 11:18 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

He should have shut the f. up. That’s all. He has ISIS to worry about. YOU, of all the people, knows this. You’re just being a wart.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Just trying to figure out where you, with all of your Czechy wisdom, would draw the line for POTUS.

Akzed on August 15, 2014 at 11:05 AM

I have related it a number of times that I was goofing on some things when I kept mentioning various locations for where I lived. And I believe I have even told you that.

So… that’s all you have, referring back to some punking I was doing, as the culmination of your debate.

Weak sauce (but expected weak sauce).

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Ned, the other thread needs you.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Ned and everpisso are NOT to be found on the robbery thread.

Ned left a turn and then shit himself. Hope your drowned in it, racist.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Ned left a turn turd.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:24 AM

zzzz

Spyder23 on August 15, 2014 at 11:25 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 10:56 AM

He should have shut the f. up. That’s all. He has ISIS to worry about. YOU, of all the people, knows this. You’re just being a wart.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:19 AM

No Schad. I get tired of all the time wasted as people jump from one thread to another, swinging from one extreme to another… all because they don’t like Obama.

In the least it would be nice if the debate stayed intelligent and not evolving along like a bunch of Pavlovian dogs answering the bell.

And people wonder why editors like Noah exist here? Why MKH has been playing a little game of peppering her comments with some liberal nuggets?

Click bait for Hot Air. And it seems to be working nicely.

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I think Obama is done with black Americans. He got what he needed from them and now he’s moving on to illegals to swamp this country with Dem voters of whatever kind he can manage, whether they have the right to vote or not. Some blacks seem to be waking up, as in the man who put a video out excoriating Ferguson blacks and black Americans in general. If you haven’t seen it, check out Gateway Pundit. He really goes off on an epic rant.

blackgriffin on August 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Law enforcement officer’s use of force in making an arrest.

563.046. 1. A law enforcement officer need not retreat or desist from efforts to effect the arrest, or from efforts to prevent the escape from custody, of a person he reasonably believes to have committed an offense because of resistance or threatened resistance of the arrestee. In addition to the use of physical force authorized under other sections of this chapter, he is, subject to the provisions of subsections 2 and 3, justified in the use of such physical force as he reasonably believes is immediately necessary to effect the arrest or to prevent the escape from custody.

2. The use of any physical force in making an arrest is not justified under this section unless the arrest is lawful or the law enforcement officer reasonably believes the arrest is lawful.

3. A law enforcement officer in effecting an arrest or in preventing an escape from custody is justified in using deadly force only

(1) When such is authorized under other sections of this chapter; or

(2) When he reasonably believes that such use of deadly force is immediately necessary to effect the arrest and also reasonably believes that the person to be arrested

(a) Has committed or attempted to commit a felony; or

(b) Is attempting to escape by use of a deadly weapon; or

(c) May otherwise endanger life or inflict serious physical injury unless arrested without delay.

4. The defendant shall have the burden of injecting the issue of justification under this section.

(L. 1977 S.B. 60)

Effective 1-1-79

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Walter, you’re sought on the robbery thread.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 11:26 AM

No one cares if your “taared”, as Hillary would say. She needs you to be fit…long “ways to go” :)

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:32 AM

More like “facultylounge.com”, if there is such a thing.

slickwillie2001 on August 15, 2014 at 11:40 AM

I think if in-city rioting has ballooned to the point where it’s a significant national story, he’s not out of bounds to say something. But if he is going to take a portion of his highly prioritized time for it, he should make it count.

To be critical of Obama on this point seems a stretch for Ms. Ingraham. To characterize his public speech behavior as comparable to a Salon columnist, though, the general point is pretty solid. He of the “stinkburger” and “boats that go under the water” and the “hybrid van”.

The Schaef on August 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

everpisso, war in Ukraine/Russia

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:44 AM

No one cares if your you’re “taared”, as Hillary would say. She needs you to be fit…long “ways to go” :)

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Is this the cop, or not?

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Nope, not the same cop.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

everpisso, war in Ukraine/Russia

Ukraine once again eliminated russian targets, while Putin stands by powerless to do anything about it.

“war”

everdiso on August 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Ukraine once again eliminated russian targets, while Putin stands by powerless to do anything about it.

“war”

everdiso on August 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Are you totally insane or delusional beyond recovery?

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 12:14 PM

No one cares if your you’re “taared”, as Hillary would say. She needs you to be fit…long “ways to go” :)

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I’ll give you that point.

Walter L. Newton on August 15, 2014 at 12:16 PM

While conservatives like Laura Ingraham hear Obama echo the sentiments that would be expressed by only the most sequestered of liberal thinkers, progressives heard Obama hedge and placate to conservatives and whites. These two reactions are a universe apart, and are reflective of just how deeply polarized the realm of opinion journalism has become.

Opinion journalism reflects the market for punditry. These disparate perceptions of the same speech reflect how polarized the country has become.

novaculus on August 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Not mentioned: He jumped into this mess with very little knowledge of the facts on the side of the blacks – as he always reflexively does.

Hucklebuck on August 15, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Saw Geraldo on F&F going off about how Obama is “damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t”.

Yep. That’s how Presidents and others in senior leadership positions get treated. That’s why most of them get selected for the ability to think with clarity, surround themselves with the best people, and stay the course once it has been chosen carefully.

When you get a leader who has none of these qualities, they dither, either trying to please everyone, or simply trying to figure out how to save their own skin and the consequences be damned.

The Democrats and the media (birm) have given us a leader of the second type, and they are just now beginning to show signs of treating him like they treated every other President. Since he has been a Pampered President for many years, it looks unfair. No, it is the life of a leader, and the life that was endured by most of his predecessors, usually with far more grace.

Ray Van Dune on August 15, 2014 at 3:03 PM

everpisso, you swine, you were wrong.

Schadenfreude on August 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

First of all, if JayZ and Beyonce were headlining the Vineyard *hug off*, Barky wouldn’t have cared who got shot, and he never wastes his time commenting on black on white crime or black on black crime. So…

It’s obvious that Val Jar drug him off the links for one reason: This was a white on black situation. Even though it was too early for them to know the facts, his weighing in says to blacks that he supports THEM. Didn’t matter what he said or how he said it, he just had to show up.
No concern, just politics.

AppraisHer on August 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

First of all, if JayZ and Beyonce were headlining the Vineyard *hug off*, Barky wouldn’t have cared who got shot, and he never wastes his time commenting on black on white crime or black on black crime. So…

It’s obvious that Val Jar drug him off the links for one reason: This was a white on black situation. Even though it was too early for them to know the facts, his weighing in says to blacks that he supports THEM. Didn’t matter what he said or how he said it, he just had to show up.
No concern, just politics.

AppraisHer on August 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

Yep, they hope to use Brown for fundraising and GOTV in November.

slickwillie2001 on August 15, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Obama’s always been a second-rate leftist thinker, so he interrupted his “golf” (i.e. unsupervised time) to remind us of that.

virgo on August 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

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