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Coward-in-Chief

posted at 11:11 am on September 17, 2009 by

When Eric Holder branded the country who had just elected its first black president as a “nation of cowards” on matters of race, he apparently had his boss in mind. According to a New York Times article on the growing — and foolish — debate over whether anyone who opposes Obama’s policies is automatically a racist, “the White House has made clear that it does not want to engage on the topic” this time around.

What can one deduce from this? That Barack Obama is not only a coward, who runs away from fights, but a racial opportunist. Very little is being asked of Obama right now. Unlike his bumbling reaction to the Skip Gates incident — that the police “acted stupidly” when by his own admission he was ignorant of all the facts — this one requires no beer summit or “teachable moment.” Nor is there any basis for the White House to fear that commenting on this charge will “distract attention from the health care push,” as they have further claimed.

All Obama has to do is issue a one-sentence comment to the effect that he does not believe that opposition to his health-care reform proposal or any other policy of his administration is the result of racism. Period.

Unless, of course, he does believe that those who oppose him are racists as can logically be construed from his silence, in which case the country has a big problem.

Cross-posted at Zombie Contentions

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It’s not that he’s avoiding the issue. He’s just shy in front of a camera and doesn’t want to over-expose himself.

Daggett on September 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM

This is just another “present” vote. This has been Obama’s genius, the key to his rise. He has always served as the moderate-seeming if somewhat inscrutable hub within a circle or web formed of sharp and aggressive proxies of his ideology. He has EXCLUSIVELY surrounded himself with these people, i.e., savvy (and not always so savvy) leftist “players” who test and probe the defenses and weaknesses of the culture, run forays and retreat games within the system, always advancing their line, their agenda. Sometimes they go too far, expose themselves too much for the tolerances of the stupid and backward public, and Obama needs to temporarily “disown” them. But there is always another to fill his place.

rrpjr on September 17, 2009 at 12:02 PM

All Obama has to do is issue a one-sentence comment to the effect that he does not believe that opposition to his health-care reform proposal or any other policy of his administration is the result of racism. Period.

Don’t hold your breath.

Unless, of course, he does believe that those who oppose him are racists as can logically be construed from his silence, in which case the country has a big problem.

And your first clue would be…?

GrannyDee on September 17, 2009 at 12:04 PM

He hasn’t said anything because he is encouraging it behind the scenes. This discussion is exactly what Obama wants.

conservativegrandma on September 17, 2009 at 12:09 PM

I think the white House is behind the whole strategy of calling anyone who disagrees with his policies a racist. This has been Obama’s pattern all along. He sends his flacks out to perpetrate some kind of scam while he stays aloofly (is that a word?) above it all.

This is despicable, but not unexpected.

hachiban on September 17, 2009 at 12:17 PM

Obama always hides behind his coalition of special interest groups within the Democratic Party. He’s brave only as far as that coalition will support him, which is why the man needs Depends® when it comes to having to make a decision that goes against one or more of the special interest groups that put him in power (including, for now, the battle between the Democrats’ far left and its Blue Dogs).

He wants to be the leader, but he doesn’t want to lead, if it means confronting anyone that might get his coalition mad at him, whether it’s Nancy Pelosi on health care or Vlad Putin on missile shields over Central Europe. At least Carter made the effort to challenge the Soviets on human rights, even if that was done more towards making Jimmy Carter look good than any tangible effort to change what was going on in the Soviet Union.

jon1979 on September 17, 2009 at 2:10 PM