Congressional Black Caucus spokesperson: Calling Obama cool is racist
posted at 11:57 am on June 12, 2012 by Howard Portnoy
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.”
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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