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Congressional Black Caucus spokesperson: Calling Obama cool is racist

posted at 11:57 am on June 12, 2012 by

As the reality sets in that Barack Obama could lose his re-election bid in November, the desperation among his supporters mounts. Many have begun to replay the race card, which was never that far from the top of the deck. Last Friday it was Daily News ex-sports writer Mike Lupica who warned that an Obama loss would demonstrate that the population is still lousy with “lousy, scummy bigots.”

On Saturday Angela Rye, Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus, picked up where Lupica left off (h/t The Examiner). She appeared on CSPAN’s Q & A, where she told host Brian Lamb:

This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime. I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it’s questioning his intellect or whether or not he’s Ivy League. It’s always either he’s not educated enough or he’s too educated; or he’s too black or he’s not black enough; he’s too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful.

It is true that questions about Obama’s vaunted intellect have been raised but only in the context of (1) repeated gaffes of the sort liberals cited as evidence that George W. Bush was an idiot and (2) his abject failure as president. If there are doubts about details of Obama’s past, it is because he has been largely secretive about his early years, sent partly abroad, and his college days. Consider how long it took him to present his long form birth certificate to quell speculation, no matter how ill-founded, that he not born on U.S. soil.

With slight prodding from Lamb, Rye next got out her dog whistle decoder and offered indisputable proof that the president is a victim of wholesale racism—and that the villains are conservatives. She said:

I think that some of the language that’s used is— I’ll give you an example. There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses. And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool….

But I just think that even cool, the term cool, could in some ways be deemed racial….

But it’s not just conservatives who have applied this racial epithet to the president. As noted here, in late April late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel stated at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner that Obama is “hard to make fun of because he’s a cool character.” The following Tuesday, left-leaning Washington Post columnist Chris Cillizza appeared as a guest on MSNBC’s Hardball, where he told not reaffirmed not only that Obama is co-o-ol (stretching out the vowel as shown) but suggesting it was a political advantage. In this clip, he tells host Chris Matthews, “This is important, he [Obama] is cool. Mitt Romney is not cool.”

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Dear CBC,
Not everything, or even a perceptible fraction of anything, that goes wrong for your side has something to do with the melanin content in your skin. Please stop making excuses.

PXCharon on June 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

Not being able to judge Dear Liar on his merits, but instead labeling such criticism as racist, is itself racist.

rbj on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Don’t bother with concerns that Obama might be “too Christian”. That’s one label no one’s in a hurry to put on him.

The Schaef on June 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Yeah like conservatives have nothing better to do all day than sit around calling Oconcealer “cool”? Cool is the last thing that comes to mind when I think of this Prezuhdunce. That cool c-rap was started and perpetuated by droolingObamabotzombielibs.

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

out of excuses or intelligent rebuttals?

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burserker on June 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Would it be racist of me to call him a Dunce? Or maybe it’s the CBC who are the real idiots in this story. They have built up Obama to be Mr. Cool, Mr. Hip, friend of Jay-Z and Beyonce, slow-jammin’ the news and all that. Can’t have it both ways. Can’t make him Mr. Cool and then complain that it’s a racist term.

HoosierStateofMind on June 12, 2012 at 12:38 PM

the top of the deck…..

pathetic

cmsinaz on June 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

He is certainly not cool. When you’re president, palling around with celebrities isn’t cool, it’s pathetic.

thebrokenrattle on June 12, 2012 at 12:43 PM

I think that some of the language that’s used is— I’ll give you an example. There’s an ad, talking about [how] the president is too cool, [asking] is he too cool? And there’s this music that reminds me of, you know, some of the blaxploitation films from the 70s playing in the background, him with his sunglasses. And to me it was just very racially-charged. They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool….

Then you better jump on the Preezy for slow jamming the news and reinforcing your so-called “cool”.

Idiot!!!

AH_C on June 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Trying hard to think of a contemporary organization that is as nakedly racist as the Congressional Black Caucus. Maybe the Farrakhan clowns and the SLCC, but that’s about it. Oh, and then there’s Charles Barron. And Al Sharpton and the Reverend Jackass.

Ishmael on June 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

I wanna wager around, oh, 1meeeelion dollaz that we wouldn’t have been as persistent in mocking BlackJesus’s intellect if they hadn’t been just beaming with pride at what an f’n intellectual savant this big fat pube plucker was.

preallocated on June 12, 2012 at 5:41 PM

And don’t use the term “pickup truck”

John the Libertarian on June 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Isn’t it his own side that keeps pushing the meme that he’s cool?

Left Coast Right Mind on June 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Obama too Christian? That charge won’t stick given that he is a twenty year member of a Black Liberation church which all but rejects Biblical Scripture. Too educated? He may be credentialed, although we’ve seen no proof, but he is definitely not too educated as evidenced by his abysmal job performance. Not black enough, not that is really funny because it has been Al Sharpton, Stanley Crouch and Debra Dickerson to make that charge. Too cool? So now that’s a racial slur? Have these fools not heard of “Cool Hand Luke”?

SpiderMike on June 13, 2012 at 2:31 PM


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