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“When White will Embrace What is Right”
Just as he immediately set a racial tone in his first book – just as he seemed always accompanied [according to his book] by someone focused on racial slights – Obama ensured that someone else would be handy at his Inaugural Address, so that racial victimization could be part of the public record, without coming directly from his own lips. In this case, the observations would come from the inaugural benediction of Rev. Joseph Lowery, former President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The video of his speech shows a smiling President Obama’s face as Lowery – this kind looking stereotypical grandfather – tells America in his soft, aged voice:
”Lord, in the memory of all the saints who from their labors rest, and in the joy of a new beginning, we ask you to help us work for that day when black will not be asked to get back, when brown can stick around — (laughter) — when yellow will be mellow — (laughter) — when the red man can get ahead, man — (laughter) — and when white will embrace what is right.”[i] (Emphasis added)
Once again Obama – after just winning the general election for the U.S. Presidency – deftly injects white racism into the mix without saying a word and through a humorous poem that has his admiring constituency laughing instead of questioning.
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Obama Campaign Messaging
Perhaps the quality of a President can be partially measured by the knowledge and thoughtfulness of the voters responsible for his or her election. In the case of President Obama, that standard should leave America with significant concerns. In the words of one ardent Obama supporter, following a campaign rally on October 30, 2009:
“It was the most memorable time of my life. It was a touching moment because I never thought this day would ever happen. I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car. I won’t have to worry about paying my mortgage. You know, if I help him, he’s gonna help me.”[ii]
Other “informed” Obama constituents were interviewed in Harlem in a “man on the street” format. The twist was that the interviewer was attributing the policies and choices of Senator John McCain to Obama. The exercise revealed instant support for Sarah Palin as Obama’s alleged running mate as well as appreciation for his “Pro-Life” position and his desire to keep our troops in Iraq until the war was finished. In other words, whatever McCain issue was sent their way with a phony link to Obama, they immediately supported. But, asked directly about McCain, one respondent said: “McCain seems to not really know what he’s doing right now” – another said: “I just don’t agree with some of his, you know, policies.” Still another said: “He sort of sounds like he doesn’t have enough – like he’s not uneducated – because when he has – they have to vote for the President speaking, uh, he didn’t sound like he knew what he was talking about too much.” This final interviewee then responded to follow-up questions saying she supported Obama because he was Pro-Life and because he supported the Iraq war. She was also happy that Obama had selected Sarah Palin to be his VP running mate.[iii]
Our Country is in good hands. NOT.
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[i] Ref. James Lowery, Inaugural Benediction transcript from Federal News Service, posted by Lynn Sweet, (January 20, 2009), Chicago Sun-Times web-site, The Scoop from Washington, Rev. Lowery Inauguration benediction. Transcript, retrieved April 21, 2010 from http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2009/01/rev_lowery_inauguration_benedi.html
[ii] Peggy Joseph, quoted in Jonathan Danzig, (Feb. 6, 2009), The Primary Source web-site, They Would Crown Him King, retrieved February 12, 2012 from http://primarysource.typepad.com/main/2009/02/they-would-crown-him-king.html
[iii] Howard Stern show, uploaded by “stownplayer,” (Dec. 9, 2008) YouTube.com, Stupid Obama Voters, retrieved February 14, 2012 from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgfA2b9YSag