Skip to comments.Helen Thomas: "Health Care Scare - President Obama Rejects Racism Claims" [WARNING: GRAPHIC IMAGES]
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 isnt 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 dont like me because of my race," adding: "Im sure there are." But he doesnt think thats a huge motivation.
Obamas 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 audiences uproarious laughter quieted down, Letterman quipped: "How long have you been a black man?"
Its 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 summers 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 lets see if anyone squawks about "socialism." When will the American people wake up to the bogus fears generated by scare tactics?
Referring to the presidents recent health care address to a joint session of Congress, The Nation magazines 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 cant afford insurance or the soaring cost of health care.
The biggest failure will result from the presidents reluctance to fight for a government insurance plan that would leave no one behind.
You must have a very strong gag reflex, LOL!
I’ve developed limited immunity over time...
Is that a SCAR on her forehead? What is that?
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?!
With Obama, if you oppose him, it’s “hate,” “mean-spiritedness” or “racism.”
Sometimes she’s referred to as the only reporter to have interviewed all 44 US Presidents.
That is SO WRONG...............
Pardon me but I need to go get some mind brillo pads or something now....
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'.
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