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Helen Thomas: "Health Care Scare - President Obama Rejects Racism Claims" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
TheBostonChannel.com ^ | 24 Sep 09 | Helen "Climate of Hate" Thomas

Posted on 09/24/2009 5:38:13 PM PDT by seanmerc

WASHINGTON -- Have you noticed a climate of hate and mean spiritedness in the land?

Whether inspired by racism or not, it certainly exists.

This isn’t a unique psychological phenomenon.

Remember the brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s, the McCarthy-era anti-communist scare of the 1950s and the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and early 1970s?

President Barack Obama -- the first black U.S. president -- tries diligently to reject claims that racism underlies the public rancor against his health care reform plan and other administration aspirations.

He acknowledged recently that there are "some people out there who don’t like me because of my race," adding: "I’m sure there are." But he doesn’t think that’s a huge motivation.

Obama’s zippiest put-down of the racial question came earlier this week when he was interviewed by David Letterman on CBS-TV. The host asked the president whether some of the vitriolic reaction to his health care plan was at least partly driven by racism.

Obama replied: "First of all, I think it's important to realize that I was actually black before the election" -- a witty reminder that the American people had overwhelming elected him president with full knowledge of his racial heritage.

After the audience’s uproarious laughter quieted down, Letterman quipped: "How long have you been a black man?"

It’s understandable why Obama does not want to dwell on the racial issue, even though -- for some -- it is the 800-pound elephant in the room. The president also is trying to talk softly about health-care reform in hopes that Republicans in Congress will support a reform bill.

Forget it, Mr. President. The Republicans are not going to give you an inch. That also goes for the so-called "blue dog Democrats," who are really Republicans at heart.

Former President Jimmy Carter -- a Southerner --says there is an "element" of racism in the fury displayed at last summer’s town-hall meetings where members of Congress were shouted down when they tried to rebut the falsehoods peddled by conservatives.

The depth of the anger seemed outsized for a discussion about health care. Something else was lurking.

The dreaded word "socialism" is being invoked by opponents of any government involvement in health care. But try taking away Social Security,Medicare or Medicaid and let’s see if anyone squawks about "socialism." When will the American people wake up to the bogus fears generated by scare tactics?

Referring to the president’s recent health care address to a joint session of Congress, The Nation magazine’s liberal columnist Alexander Cockburn wrote that "the president reached the apex of lunatic effrontery when he caused the assembled legislators to leap to their feet in stormy applause by pledging that ‘I will not sign a plan that adds one dime to our deficits.’

"This is the same president, these are the same legislators, who are committing billions in red ink for the war in Afghanistan and the continued U.S. presence in Iraq," he added.

Cockburn does an excellent job of lampooning our politicians for their hypocrisy.

I expect Congress will end up passing some bland version of health legislation but it will be anemic and it will leave the same problems that bedevil the U.S. now: Millions of people who can’t afford insurance or the soaring cost of health care.

The biggest failure will result from the president’s reluctance to fight for a government insurance plan that would leave no one behind.


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KEYWORDS: agenda; barackobama; bho2009; bho44; democrats; dims; dumbocrats; healthcare; helenthomas; liberalfascism; obama; obamacare; obamalamadingdong; obamarama; rats; senileoldbat; socialism; socializedmedicine
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Pleasant dreams!
1 posted on 09/24/2009 5:38:14 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: beckysueb; DirtyHarryY2K; holly go-rightly; Jet Jaguar; Lauren BaRecall; LucyT; machogirl; ...
Time for this week's insanity from FR's favorite newsbabe. FReepmail me if you'd like to be added to the Helen Thomas ping list.
2 posted on 09/24/2009 5:39:29 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc
Remember the brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s

Um, no. I doubt my grandparents do either.

What about the over the top anti-Bushism of the 2000's?
3 posted on 09/24/2009 5:40:15 PM PDT by VisualizeSmallerGovernment (This Little Piggie Gets Wee Wee'd Up All The Way Home)
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To: seanmerc

You must have a very strong gag reflex, LOL!


4 posted on 09/24/2009 5:40:34 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: seanmerc
MY EYES, MY EYES! OH GOD, MY EYES
5 posted on 09/24/2009 5:41:19 PM PDT by Apparatchik (If you find yourself in a confusing situation, simply laugh knowingly and walk away - Jim Ignatowski)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

I’ve developed limited immunity over time...


6 posted on 09/24/2009 5:43:12 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

Is that a SCAR on her forehead? What is that?


7 posted on 09/24/2009 5:43:48 PM PDT by wbarmy (Hard core, extremist, and right-wing is a little too mild for my tastes.)
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To: seanmerc

McCarthy’s “anti-communist scare” Helen? Senator McCarthy was proved right after the fall of the Soviet Union, therefore your whole argument is based on lies. Why don’t you tell us about the Whiskey Rebellion, the French Revolution or the Civil War, since you were alive for all three?!


8 posted on 09/24/2009 5:43:59 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $1 million for Sarah Palin if she runs; What will you do?)
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To: Apparatchik

mine too
mine too


9 posted on 09/24/2009 5:43:59 PM PDT by hyperconservative (Pray, read,share info and fight.)
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment
That was the funniest line in the whole piece. No doubt she recalls the Pasha's use of cavalry troops to ride down fleeing Armenians.

Hmmm!

10 posted on 09/24/2009 5:44:31 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment

With Obama, if you oppose him, it’s “hate,” “mean-spiritedness” or “racism.”


11 posted on 09/24/2009 5:44:42 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: hyperconservative
She always was a hot one.!!
12 posted on 09/24/2009 5:45:55 PM PDT by Reagan69 (The only thing SHOVEL-READY since BO's stimulus has been MICHAEL JACKSON (tammy bruce))
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To: muawiyah

Sometimes she’s referred to as the only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents.


13 posted on 09/24/2009 5:45:58 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

That is SO WRONG...............

Pardon me but I need to go get some mind brillo pads or something now....


14 posted on 09/24/2009 5:46:04 PM PDT by Danae (No political party should pick candidates. That's the voters job.)
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To: Apparatchik

15 posted on 09/24/2009 5:46:56 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment
Helen the hag must have amnesia if she can't remember the hate her liberal cohorts spewed at President Bush. Liberal hags like Helen can't admit that the American people despise and reject the liberal philosophy she shares with Obama. We don't hate the people, we hate their marxist agenda.
16 posted on 09/24/2009 5:47:25 PM PDT by peeps36 (Democrats Don't Need No Stinking Input From You Little People)
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To: seanmerc
"...The brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s, the McCarthy-era anti-communist scare of the 1950s and the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s and early 1970s..."

Wow. Just amazing. Not only getting it completely wrong on every single count, but not even realizing it.

I do believe Liberals live in a ultra thin time slice of NOW, the past is not important or relevant, and the future just isn't here. They don't count five minutes in the future as 'here'.

17 posted on 09/24/2009 5:48:11 PM PDT by rlmorel (You cannot reap the benefits right now of the planning ahead you didn't do in the past.)
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To: hyperconservative

18 posted on 09/24/2009 5:48:11 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: Reagan69
pussy cat.
19 posted on 09/24/2009 5:50:30 PM PDT by Reagan69 (The only thing SHOVEL-READY since BO's stimulus has been MICHAEL JACKSON (tammy bruce))
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To: seanmerc

20 posted on 09/24/2009 5:51:47 PM PDT by TSgt (I long for Norman Rockwell's America.)
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To: seanmerc

21 posted on 09/24/2009 5:52:05 PM PDT by Sloth (Yo, I'm happy for ya, and Ima let ya finish, but Lazamataz had one of the best taglines of all time!)
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To: seanmerc

that’s more fitting


22 posted on 09/24/2009 5:53:23 PM PDT by hyperconservative (Pray, read,share info and fight.)
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To: Reagan69

LOL
I wouldn’t bet my bippy on that...


23 posted on 09/24/2009 5:55:32 PM PDT by hyperconservative (Pray, read,share info and fight.)
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To: seanmerc

24 posted on 09/24/2009 5:55:45 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: seanmerc

Emergency eyewash please!


25 posted on 09/24/2009 5:55:45 PM PDT by ActrFshr
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To: seanmerc
ANTIDOTE!


26 posted on 09/24/2009 5:58:29 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: seanmerc

This is what can happen when one falls out of the ugly tree hitting every branch on the way down .


27 posted on 09/24/2009 5:58:57 PM PDT by lionheart 247365 (-:{ Glen Beck ,,,,,,,,,, An American Patriot }:-)
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To: seanmerc

EYE WASH

28 posted on 09/24/2009 6:00:48 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: seanmerc

If she’s gonna use a timeline as a guide for historical attacks on presidents and/or their policies..she shouldn’t have forgotten the attacks on president Bush, etc.


29 posted on 09/24/2009 6:02:15 PM PDT by Freedom2specul8 (I am Jim Thompson............................Please pray for our troops....)
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To: seanmerc

30 posted on 09/24/2009 6:04:31 PM PDT by FromLori (FromLori)
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To: Doogle

Minor rule violation, my FRiend! Typically, CZJ pics are reserved for threads concerning Maureen Dowd. :-)


31 posted on 09/24/2009 6:05:00 PM PDT by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

...but but but.....eeeye wash...it was an emergency


32 posted on 09/24/2009 6:13:49 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: VisualizeSmallerGovernment
Remember the brutal anti-unionism of the 1930s

I think Helen was a cub reporter back then.

33 posted on 09/24/2009 6:31:00 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: seanmerc

Not many faces actually cave in like hers has.


34 posted on 09/24/2009 6:32:00 PM PDT by bannie
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To: Doogle

Just dayum!

LLS


35 posted on 09/24/2009 6:39:28 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (hussama will never be my president... NEVER!)
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To: seanmerc

You know, that could damage a monitor.


36 posted on 09/24/2009 7:05:49 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: seanmerc

“What’s that on her face?”

“What do you mean? That is her face.”


37 posted on 09/24/2009 7:06:51 PM PDT by Debacled
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To: wbarmy

Looks like a strand of hair


38 posted on 09/24/2009 7:07:27 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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To: Doogle

Thanks for the eyewash!


39 posted on 09/24/2009 7:12:43 PM PDT by ActrFshr
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To: Reagan69

She was BORN “OLD AND UGLY”.


40 posted on 09/24/2009 7:16:15 PM PDT by squibs
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To: ActrFshr
..believe me, the pleasure was mine...*grins*
41 posted on 09/24/2009 7:23:44 PM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: All

Civil war
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5Ewwmikc9Q


42 posted on 09/24/2009 7:26:57 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: seanmerc

“Have you noticed a climate of hate and mean spiritedness in the land?

Whether inspired by racism or not, it certainly exists.”

Yes. It started with you liberal communist bastards.


43 posted on 09/24/2009 8:08:47 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

“claims that racism underlies the public rancor against his health care reform”

Oh yes, indeed. If it was lily-white George Bush proffering it, I’d be all for it!


44 posted on 09/24/2009 8:10:02 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: seanmerc

Ha ha! Hellen thinks the Obamacare plan is sick!

If that dog were truly man’s best friend, he’d pull the darn trigger.


45 posted on 09/24/2009 8:45:51 PM PDT by Melian ("In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned." Twain)
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To: Reagan69

It almost looks like she’s taking notes on a roll of toilet paper in that photo. How prophetic!


46 posted on 09/24/2009 8:47:15 PM PDT by Melian ("In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned." Twain)
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To: seanmerc

Have you noticed a climate of hate and mean spiritedness in the land?

YES: Jan. 20, 2001 - Jan. 20, 2009


47 posted on 09/24/2009 9:14:04 PM PDT by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: seanmerc

Helen Thomas - Calendar Girl

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrOMOh56Z3Y


48 posted on 09/24/2009 9:18:29 PM PDT by doug from upland (10+ million views of HILLARY! UNCENSORED - put some ice on it, witch)
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To: All
I thought the folks reading this thread would appreciate this...my cat jumped up and began staring at the screen! I grabbed my camera and took a quick picture, then realized he was focused on the cursor which was resting right on her expansive nose...but I had to caption it, it was perfect!


49 posted on 09/24/2009 10:44:48 PM PDT by rlmorel (You cannot reap the benefits right now of the planning ahead you didn't do in the past.)
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To: seanmerc

ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!


50 posted on 09/24/2009 10:46:11 PM PDT by rlmorel (You cannot reap the benefits right now of the planning ahead you didn't do in the past.)
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