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As Race Debate Grows, Obama Steers Clear of It (NYT)
New York Times ^ | 9/16/09 | Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg (Our Betters from the NYT)

Posted on 09/17/2009 5:28:38 AM PDT by Haiku Guy

WASHINGTON — President Obama has long suggested that he would like to move beyond race. The question now is whether the country will let him.

He woke up on Wednesday to a rapidly intensifying debate about how his race factors into the broader discussion of civility in politics, a question prompted in part by former President Jimmy Carter’s assertion Tuesday that racism was behind a Republican lawmaker’s outburst against Mr. Obama last week as the president addressed a joint session of Congress.

Even before that, several conservatives had accused their liberal counterparts of unfairly tainting them as racists for engaging in legitimate criticism of the White House.

Mr. Obama’s response to all this, aides say, has been to tell his staff not to be distracted by the charges and to focus on health care and the rest of his policy agenda.

“He could probably give a very powerful speech on race, just as he did in the course of the campaign,” said Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama. “But right now his top domestic priority is health care reform. It’s difficult, challenging and complicated. And if he leads by example, our country will be far better off.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coward; race; thatsracist
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'Bam is the victim Of the out of control Donks Who call us racists...

He could give a speech, Throw Grandma under the bus... It worked the last time!

1 posted on 09/17/2009 5:28:39 AM PDT by Haiku Guy
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To: Haiku Guy
The title should be “As the NYT escalates the non existent race debate”
2 posted on 09/17/2009 5:30:32 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: Haiku Guy

Darn Auto Format
Took away all my line breaks...
Destroyed the Haiku...


‘Bam is the victim
Of the out of control Donks
Who call us racists...

He could give a speech,
Throw Grandma under the bus...
It worked the last time!


3 posted on 09/17/2009 5:30:37 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

The dynamite blew up in their face so here comes the white flag.


4 posted on 09/17/2009 5:30:52 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: Haiku Guy

racist jimmy strikes again


5 posted on 09/17/2009 5:31:23 AM PDT by dalebert
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To: Haiku Guy
NTY spin...Odumbo’s behind it because he's failing miserably in his Presidency
6 posted on 09/17/2009 5:31:28 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Haiku Guy
I only hate his white half, so I'm excused from this debate.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

7 posted on 09/17/2009 5:31:36 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Don’t believe for a second that Obama isn’t behind all this racism crap. He has his minions (Carter and others) do the dirty work and he sits back and pretends to be the uniter.


8 posted on 09/17/2009 5:31:38 AM PDT by farmguy
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To: DAC21

I challenge anybody to remember any line from his “very powerful speech on race”... (Aside from when he threw Grandma under the bus, which does stick in the mind!)


9 posted on 09/17/2009 5:31:48 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy
"He could give a speech, Throw Grandma under the bus... It worked the last time!"

EXACTLY!

By staying quiet OBOZO is providing his tacit approval of the race baiting.

OBOZO is just like his mentors (incl rev wrong): a communist, racist, anti-semite, pro-moooooslum who hates America and our Constitution.

10 posted on 09/17/2009 5:32:32 AM PDT by newfreep ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." - P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: nhwingut

Absolutely the polling didn’t pan out so now it’s time to blame everyone but zero.


11 posted on 09/17/2009 5:32:56 AM PDT by federal
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To: nhwingut

“The dynamite blew up in their face so here comes the white flag.”

Bingo. The Kenyan’s polling going to be negative on the race card.

Not to mention, there’s no escalation after calling half the country racists. What are they going to call us next? Illegal aliens?


12 posted on 09/17/2009 5:33:51 AM PDT by y6162 (uish..)
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To: Haiku Guy
He voted Present.
13 posted on 09/17/2009 5:33:53 AM PDT by River_Wrangler (Nothing difficult is ever easy!)
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To: Haiku Guy
"He woke up on Wednesday to a rapidly intensifying debate about..."

two days to the weekend, what to do, where to go.

14 posted on 09/17/2009 5:34:19 AM PDT by This_far (Mandatory health insurance? I thought it was about health care!)
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To: Haiku Guy

As Steyn wrote, “Dissent is the highest form of racism”.


15 posted on 09/17/2009 5:35:07 AM PDT by cmj328 (Filibuster FOCA--a/k/a this "Health" Bill--or lose reelection)
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To: Haiku Guy

Just a reminder on “race hate”....Reverend Wright”...


16 posted on 09/17/2009 5:35:57 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Haiku Guy

If opposing Obama’s policies is racist, then I will wear the label proudly.


17 posted on 09/17/2009 5:36:02 AM PDT by Juan Medén
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To: farmguy
Don’t believe for a second that Obama isn’t behind all this racism crap. He has his minions (Carter and others) do the dirty work and he sits back and pretends to be the uniter.

But nooooooo...Bill O. declared last night that had Jimmah called Barry beforehand to inform him of his plans, he would have had a fit!
18 posted on 09/17/2009 5:36:20 AM PDT by Miss Didi ( "After all...tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Haiku Guy

Amazingly the reporters don’t mention that their own MoDo started it all with her “boy” column.


19 posted on 09/17/2009 5:36:35 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: Haiku Guy
"Are some voters not going to vote for me because I'm African-American? Those are the same voters who probably wouldn't vote for me because of my politics,"

BHO, 12/10/06 (NH)

20 posted on 09/17/2009 5:36:37 AM PDT by Roccus (My anger is manufactured.......................................in the WHITE HOUSE and CONGRESS!!)
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To: The Comedian

I hate the guy because he is RED, not 50% Black.


21 posted on 09/17/2009 5:37:21 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

(and not the good Red, like the red states)


22 posted on 09/17/2009 5:37:45 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective!)
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To: farmguy
And after he stumbled in July in accusing the police of “acting stupidly” by arresting the Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., he used the occasion for what he called a teachable moment.

Is there any phrase in the English language more condescending than "Teachable Moment"? Those two little words sum up all the patronizing superiority that is at the core of Obama and the Donks.

Of course, the lesson of the "Teachable Moment" here is that Democrats are race-baiting jerks. Maybe that is a lesson that Obama does not want us to learn...

23 posted on 09/17/2009 5:37:53 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

I remember a line. It went something like this, “I can no more disavow Reverend Wright than I could disavow my own grandmother.” (Something like that.) Of course, he later came back and through Reverend Wright under the bus.


24 posted on 09/17/2009 5:38:48 AM PDT by KansasGirl (I hate the media.)
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To: DAC21

“...President Obama has long suggested that he would like to move beyond race...”

This should read, “After pandering to African-Americans, and sixties era leftists, President Obama’s chickens have come home to............ROOST!”


25 posted on 09/17/2009 5:39:28 AM PDT by madameguinot (Our Father's God to Thee, Author of Liberty)
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To: Haiku Guy; All

LOL - As Charles Krauthammer said last night on the FoxNews round table, Jimmy Carter MUST be working for the GOP!

Thank you, peanut boy. Instead of inducing remorse or guilt among white people who YOU THINK disagree with Obama because he's black, you've ACTUALLY induced indignation and outrage with ALL people who's only REAL disagreement with Obama is with his radical and destructive policies.

Jimmy Carter - the gift to the GOP that just keeps on braying!


26 posted on 09/17/2009 5:41:08 AM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: cmj328
As Steyn wrote, “Dissent is the highest form of racism”.

On my best day, I could not be half as good as Mark Steyn on his worst day. That's just beautiful...

27 posted on 09/17/2009 5:42:47 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: BP2

The Peanut Farmer’s
Jackassery knows no bounds...
Must be ‘Pubbie plant!


28 posted on 09/17/2009 5:44:30 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If You have a Right / To the Service I provide / I must be a Slave)
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To: Haiku Guy

Of course he does. You can’t self-impose the race card for it will morph into the ‘victim card,’ which garners no sympathy in modern American culture. You must have others impose the race card and you must ignore it - this shows you have the “power” to transcend race.


29 posted on 09/17/2009 5:53:26 AM PDT by Dan Nunn (Some of us are wise, some of us are otherwise. -The Great One)
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To: Red in Blue PA

“(and not the good Red, like the red states)”

I was reflecting this morning on the Democrats serving up the Commie associated color Red to us years ago, and taking the color blue for their own identity.

We sat back and accepted once again their cunning and deliberate projection.

I don’t recall any protests. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.


30 posted on 09/17/2009 5:55:10 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists...Call 'em What you Will, They ALL have Fairies Living In Their Trees.)
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To: KansasGirl

I think the word he used was “disown,” which is quite stronger than “disaow,” IMO.


31 posted on 09/17/2009 5:55:46 AM PDT by Beloved Levinite (I have a new name for the occupier of The Oval Office: KING FRAUD! (pronounced King "Faa-raud"))
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To: Haiku Guy

Dear Liberals,

Please be advised that your Race Card account has been closed. This decision was based on your account history of excessive over-limit spending. Please destroy your card immediately as it will no longer be honored.

Sincerely, The American People
(saw this on Free Republic yesterday)


32 posted on 09/17/2009 5:55:46 AM PDT by all the best
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To: Beloved Levinite

Thatnks for the correction.


33 posted on 09/17/2009 5:57:28 AM PDT by KansasGirl (I hate the media.)
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To: Haiku Guy

Who would have thought that objecting to the color of money is racist?

It’s the Economy, Stupid!

It’s the color Green, Stupid!


34 posted on 09/17/2009 5:59:13 AM PDT by OpusatFR (Those embryos are little humans in progress. Using them for profit is slavery.)
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To: Dan Nunn

“Good cop, bad cop” “Dog & pony show” “Bad whitie, good blackie” - call it what you will.


35 posted on 09/17/2009 6:00:41 AM PDT by Beloved Levinite (I have a new name for the occupier of The Oval Office: KING FRAUD! (pronounced King "Faa-raud"))
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To: Haiku Guy

All Palin has to do is run on:

Elect me. Criticize me. All you want.

Elect him. Criticize him. You’ll be called a racist.


36 posted on 09/17/2009 6:03:15 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: DAC21

NYT joins the ranks of “Racers”


37 posted on 09/17/2009 6:04:57 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Haiku Guy

That’s because his “historic speech on race” was the same old recycled blame-America, blame-whitey crap.


38 posted on 09/17/2009 6:05:50 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: KansasGirl

No prob. But, yes, B.O. is a flaming hypocrite.


39 posted on 09/17/2009 6:05:57 AM PDT by Beloved Levinite (I have a new name for the occupier of The Oval Office: KING FRAUD! (pronounced King "Faa-raud"))
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To: Red in Blue PA

The media flipped the colors because assigning “red” to the democRats was a little to true and uncomfortable for them.

Blue has historically been used for the incumbent, red for the challenger.

That changed after 2000.


40 posted on 09/17/2009 6:07:21 AM PDT by MrB (Go Galt now, save Bowman for later)
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To: Haiku Guy

A bit of a surprising article from the New York Times—I thought they would write a typical lib article saying that it was obviously racism that led to the attacks on Hussein, but instead they quoted Rush, Gingrich, Colin Powell and “former Bush officials” explaining why it was not. Not what I expected from the NYT. Wonder what’s going on?


41 posted on 09/17/2009 6:11:07 AM PDT by freethinker_for_freedom
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To: freethinker_for_freedom

Exactly. That was a fair article. They even pointed out the hypocrisy of the left noting how Bush was hung in effigy etc.

IMO, they are scared shite. They know this is backfiring based on the Raz poll of 12% thinking its racist to criticize Zero.


42 posted on 09/17/2009 6:14:29 AM PDT by nhwingut (The media's love affair with Obama reminds me of a dog humping a telephone pole.)
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To: cmj328
As Steyn wrote, “Dissent is the highest form of racism”.

LOLOL....I hadn't seen that. That's a keeper.
43 posted on 09/17/2009 6:16:43 AM PDT by Girlene
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To: Haiku Guy

Why should he get in the middle of this???

When he has everyone else battling it out for him...He doesn’t need to say much about this at all...Thats what typical liberal statists do...They let others fight the battle, knock themselves out doing so, and he’ll come out of it smelling like a rose with a minimal statement that will convince most mush-minds that he is above the fracus...

Brilliant Alinsky playbook call...


44 posted on 09/17/2009 6:31:47 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: Haiku Guy

domo arigato...

(or something like that)

hehehe


45 posted on 09/17/2009 6:32:56 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: nhwingut

Good point!


46 posted on 09/17/2009 6:34:48 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: Beloved Levinite

He may be a hypocrite, but he is absolutely brilliant in getting others to be hypocritical for him...

It is a win-win situation for him...

What needs to happen is someone needs to take the wind out of his sails, and put the issue dead in the water...

There are ways to do that, but talking about it here doesn’t get it to those that need to make it happen...


47 posted on 09/17/2009 6:41:40 AM PDT by stevie_d_64
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To: Haiku Guy

He’s a jackass, triangulating his way toward oblivion.


48 posted on 09/17/2009 6:42:18 AM PDT by MortMan (Stubbing one's toes is a valid (if painful) way of locating furniture in the dark.)
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To: Haiku Guy


49 posted on 09/17/2009 6:51:16 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Put butter on your tag line.)
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To: Haiku Guy

This is Obama’s MO totally.

He is not man enough to be a real leader, he has to “appear” to be a leader “above the fray”.

What a sock puppet.


50 posted on 09/17/2009 6:56:24 AM PDT by Voter62vb
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