Skip to comments.BET founder says Obama owes his candidacy to his race[Would not be Leading Party if White]
Posted on 04/15/2008 9:58:21 PM PDT by BGHater
CHARLOTTE, N.C. --Wading back into the Democratic presidential race, billionaire businessman Bob Johnson said Monday that Sen. Barack Obama would not be his party's leading candidate if he were white.
Johnson's comments to the Charlotte Observer echoed those of former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro. She stepped down as an adviser to Sen. Hillary Clinton last month after saying Obama wouldn't be where he is if he were white.
"What I believe Geraldine Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called `Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote?" Johnson said. "And the answer is, probably not."
"Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."
Johnson, who made a fortune after founding Black Entertainment Television and now owns the Charlotte Bobcats, is a longtime friend of Clinton and her husband, the former president.
It was during a January appearance for the New York senator that he first stepped into controversy, referring to Obama and "what he was doing in the neighborhood."
Many took that as a reference to Obama's acknowledged drug use in his youth. But in a statement, Johnson said he'd been "referring to Barack Obama's time spent as a community organizer and nothing else. Any other suggestion is simply irresponsible and incorrect."
On Monday, Johnson alluded to the incident.
"I make a joke about Obama doing drugs (and it's) `Oh my God, a black man tearing down another black man'," Johnson said.
The Obama campaign dismissed Johnson's comments.
"This is just one in a long line of absurd comments by Bob Johnson and other Clinton supporters who will say or do anything to get the nomination," said spokesman Dan Leistikow. "The American people are tired of this and are ready to turn the page on these kind of attack politics."
Johnson disputed the notion that Obama has built a broad coalition. Most of his support, he said, comes from African Americans and white liberals but not white, working-class Democrats.
"I don't think he has that common - what I call `I-want-to-go-out-and-have-a-drink-with-you - touch," Johnson said.
An Observer/WCNC Poll this month found Obama and Clinton splitting the votes of white North Carolinians who say they'll vote in the May 6 primary. Obama led 59 percent to 7 percent among African Americans.
Johnson, who said Obama is likely to win the nomination, says Obama has had the support of "the liberal media."
"They sort of dislike Hillary for her vote on the war. They don't want to see Bill and Hillary in power again," he said. "So Obama comes in and runs a smart campaign. But that's not the Second Coming, in my opinion, of John F. Kennedy, FDR or the world's greatest leaders."
Well, it’s the truth.
Guilty white liberal syndrome.
If Obama were white, he wouldn’t be a senator, let alone a contender for POTUS. If Hillary were a male, she would be in prison.
oh the sweet irony of a white radical liberal Jewish Democrat slamming a black "racist" Clinton supporter who founded the (at least to this peckerwood) somewhat at times black racist by it's nature Black Entertainment Network...and the Jewish guy is hawking for his "boy" Obama who has acknowledged and unshamed ties to anti-Semites
i mean does it get any better than this to watch the absurdity of American culture today implode right in front of us
That’s silly. There are a lot of mulatos (mulatoes?) in the mainstream culture but each of them is generally identified ONLY as being “black”.
His “race” has a binary aspect that is ignored. And a president has to represent ALL Americans, not just those of one color.
Will the Asian population have to wait until 2085 to get “representation” from the White House?
Doesn’t Viacom BET show the same gangsta rap videos that are shown on Viacom MTV and Viacom VH1?
Is the founder of BET willing to come forward about the great conspiracy to sell gangsta rap to black America?
So he owes his network to his race...
He owes an awful lot to the media while we’re on the subject.
OK: Obambi is mulatto. Half and half. Cafe com leite. Not quite one or the other.
And what happened to this message of unity? Unity only if you're black? Lovely...
I'm a proud bitter-American and I want my president to represent me!
That would make a superb tagline!
"Hussein Obamas big mouth, small brain, condescending, America-hating, grandkid-baby-terminating, born-alive-infant-abandoning, America-hating-wife, kooky-moonbat-America-hating-pastor, racially-divisive, race-baiting, crotch-saluting, America-flag-disrespecting ... chickens ... coming home to roost ...!"
For an inside look at the real Hussein Obama and his elite hate America backers at San Francisco where Hussein Obama made his elitist remarks,
Lots of interesting comments on these threads.