Skip to comments.The Obamas: Portrait of an American Family (By Gwen Ifill)
Posted on 10/02/2008 7:38:42 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia
Soon we will vote for our next president, and for the first time in history, one of the two candidates is a Black man. For a year, Essence pursued an interview with the entire Obama familyto no avail. Finally, this summer ESSENCE became the only Black media outlet allowed a glimpse into the lives of Barack, Michelle and their two girls, Malia and Sasha, when we were invited to their South Side Chicago home. Weeks later, veteran political journalist Gwen Ifill was with the family as they campaigned in a small mostly White western town, and she flew with them to a Black church in the urban Midwest.
Barack Obama is sitting in the back of his rented luxury campaign bus with its granite counters and two flat-screen TVs. The Illinois senator's arms are wrapped around his wife, Michelle, whom he doesn't get to see much these days. At this very moment he is, of all things, singing.
I've just asked them how their lives have changed since he won the Democratic presidential nomination. There have definitely been changes, especially for Michelle Obama, who used to pride herself on campaigning by day and rushing home to her daughters each night. Now she is spending more of her days and nights on the road, but seldom in the same place as her husband. And when their daughtersMalia, 10, and Sasha, 7 get to see their dad, they likely have to share him with thousands of adoring strangers. "Daddy's gone a lot," Sasha notes. "We don't see him that much."
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Unbelievable, my Queen.
She’s moderating the debates tonight...fair and balanced.
First thing I noticed is that she capitalizes Black.
Sorry, I won’t read the article, just had breakfast.
“Portrait of an American Family?”
Good one .....
Yeah... like the Rosenbergs
You should’ve given this a ‘barf alert.’ This is the moderator of the VP debate?
First thing I noticed is she is another idiot that insists on calling a half black man a Black man. How sad that in order to make race the issue, they have to depend on someone who isn’t entirely of their race - not even close!
Screw you Ifill. What goes around comes around. You will get yours and I will be clapping and cheering as it slams you.
We’ve missed you on the threads.
She capped White too. What up wit dat, dog?
Gwen Ifill on Imus
She doesn’t just like Obama, she worships him. She has pursued him professionally and been granted exclusive access by him.
She has capitalized on him by writing a book with his name in the title. She appears to be building her career around him.
Yet, she derisively dismisses these concerns as “one day blog chatter”, not a serious ethical problem with disclosure.
“....one of the two candidates is a Black man.”
By genotype he is actually Arabic and Caucasian...since racist blacks seem to care about those things so much.
By environment he is White, having been raised in a fully white extended family, after daddy did the ...ahem... typical family abandonment thing....
But, by all means, carry on with your propaganda, Ifill....
Children who put themselves to bed with no goodnight hug from either parent
Children who get no birthday or Christmas presents
This is the American family.
Fascinating that those who demand that we move beyond race, remain so sharply focused on skin color.
I thought that I had left this behind when I emigrated here. Very depressing ...
DON’T GIVE A 5#1t THAT HE IS BLACK!! He’s a COMMUNIST!
Thomas Sowell is the kind of bloke should be runnin this race.
And McCain sees nothing wrong with this debate moderator. Now you see why the left did so much voting for McCain to be the repub nominee. We have a moron representing the well-being of the nation and what remains of the rights of the American people. Don’t know about you, but I’m buying another Glock...while there is still time.
He’s a half breed at best!
Nothing to see here, move along...
Are you sure you spotted a bumper sticker in CA? I haven’t seen ONE, not a ONE! I live in the Sacramento area and that’s not even mega-lefty country either, although it’s getting worse and worse.
I’d put one on my car, but I value my windows, tires, paint, and prefer not to get forced off the road by some frickin’ moonbat!
That’s probably why I don’t see one on anyone else’s car either.
So much for the “post-racial” candidate.
The way this thing reads I hope she remembered her extra-protection that day, sounds like the One really hits the G-spot, alright.
Is this sheer insanity or what? Letting a black Obama supporter and pro-Obama book author have control of the one and only vice presidential debate??
She stands to make $350 thousand dollars MINUMUM on her book if Obama wins the election. Id say theres just a bit of conflict of interest here.
McCain/Repubs said they didnt know about her and her book.
How could they NOT know? That is sheer incompetence not to have investigated this woman before approving her.
McCain said yesterday he was confident Ifill would be fair and impartial. Say WHAT?
Heres the e-mail address of Janet H. Brown, Executive Director of the Debates Commission:
(FREEP HER OUT! FREEP HER OUT WITH PROTESTS. DEMAND IFILL BE REPLACED. It may be too late to change the moderator, but we can let her/them know how we feel. We can raise h*ll!)
Commission on Presidential Debates
2008 National Sponsors
“She capped White too. What up wit dat, dog?”
It’s because those that would cry racism live in a world defined by race.
(I’m suppressing the urge to write something witty about how Ifill “put a cap in that black man.”)
His Dad was black. Very black. He was muslim, but NOT an arabian.
Two against one. It will be interesting to hear. (we don’t have tv).
I just hope that Palin is allowed to be herself and attack the people in DC for curruption..mention the loans, the contributions, the curruption at Fannie and Freddie, the big pay offs to Rat exec etc. Say that she wants to take that on and do what she did in Alaska. I have a feeling Awfil will hit her with the Stevens case,since NPR has been featuring that today..Palin could take that and run with it.
BTW..call you local NPR/PBS and tell them you won’t be donating.
And she demonstrates that she has NO CLASS and no HONOR by refusing to RECUSE herself as moderator.
Yet she has the audacity to play the race card and say her book is not even finished - why are we assuming it’ll be pro-Obama?? We must be racist.
Arrogant witch - seriously, is there ANY Dem/GOP white journalist who would NOT have been yanked from the debate agenda weeks ago with this magnitude of a conflict of interest that they did not bother to reveal? It’s jaw-dropping, and she is snubbing her nose at what seems to be the most basic of journalistic ethics.
Note to McCain campaign: I don’t expect the candidate to read every publication, but apparently this info was floating around in late July - the mods were named Aug 5. SOMEBODY was asleep at the wheel or we wouldn’t have this jerk. As for trusting Ifill will be fair, if she’s not, Sarah doesn’t get a do-over!!
Halfrican American is the PC term/ sarc
Why does everyone keep insisting that N0bama is black. He is not black - he is bi-racial. Everyone keeps ignoring the fact that he is half white as well. Guess that half doesn’t count for nothin’.
Gwen, don’t count your chickens before they hatch.
For me, this just makes me want to work even harder to get McCain in. Wouldn’t it be great if Gwen’s book came out the day McCain was sworn in?
Nice to have a goal.
Meanwhile Sara gets slammed for being a bad mother!
I hate these people!
“Wouldnt it be great if Gwens book came out the day McCain was sworn in?”
A whole book devoted to “Dewey Wins!!”...Bet that will be a big seller.
I did not know that. Thanks for clearing that up. So, isthe black half superior to the white half?
Another racist snivelling liberal, this dingbat. When is the GOP going to grow some balls and reject crap like this?
Title should read “Portrait of a Communist Family”
Lots of 'em have gone to VA, FL, MI, OH, WI, and NC too, with modest numbers to SC, OK, SD, PA, WA, ID, NM, and Others
As to CA, here's one that was sent in to me little while ago.
We can only hope that Biden asks her to stand up and be applauded for giving him the questions to research in advance!
Time to pressure the debate commission through their sponsors. We need to substitute Hannity for Ifill! Freep away:
2008 National Sponsors
BBH New York
The Howard G. Buffet Foundation
Sheldon S. Cohen, Esq.
EDS, an HP Company
International Bottled Water Association
The Kovler Fund
* Communications Support provided by The Kaiser Family Foundation
I wonder where that person lives. I bet most of the bumper stickers are going to rural areas, where you don't have much contact with the urban jungle and the apes that live there!
I'd say for this election, you're asking for trouble if you put a Palin/McCain sticker on your car in the urban areas!
Been shooting some TV spots...hard to Freep from there.
I hope to post Hannity today.