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Obama dismisses claims of racial slur on ‘slippers’ - Not stereotyping, White House says
Washington Times ^ | 9/30/11 | Dave Boyer

Posted on 09/30/2011 6:53:09 PM PDT by Libloather

Obama dismisses claims of racial slur on ‘slippers’
Not stereotyping, White House says
By Dave Boyer
The Washington Times
Thursday, September 29, 2011

Facing an uproar from President Obama’s most loyal base of supporters, the White House on Thursday rejected claims that Mr. Obama stereotyped blacks when he told them to “take off your bedroom slippers” and work for his re-election.

“I have heard him make similar comments to all sorts of different groups,” said presidential press secretary Jay Carney, who fielded nearly a dozen questions from the White House press corps about Mr. Obama’s comments and his relationship with black supporters. “He’s certainly used vivid language, similarly vivid language, before a variety of audiences.”

But a search of Mr. Obama’s speeches dating back to mid-May shows that he has used the quip about bedroom slippers only one other time — on Sept. 14 at North Carolina State University, while promoting his jobs bill. About 8 percent of students at N.C. State are black.

The president stirred up the issue when he urged the predominantly black audience at the annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner in Washington on Saturday to stop criticizing him and get to work on his re-election.

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


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: racial; slippers; stereotyping; whitehouse
Not stereotyping

What if Bush had said that in front of the Congressional Black Caucasians?

1 posted on 09/30/2011 6:53:12 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather
Congressional Black Caucasians?

Either that is a slip, or it was intentional. In either case, it is hilarious.

2 posted on 09/30/2011 7:01:02 PM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Libloather

I wasn’t aware slippers had anything to do with racial slurs.

Every day I find I’m much more ignorant than I ever thought I was.


3 posted on 09/30/2011 7:01:19 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Libloather
The liberals only look at skin color and no further. If they looked further than skin color they would see that Obama is not of the same culture of a typical black American.

In fact, Obama’s own ancestors owned some of the ancestors of those typical black Americans because they were slave owners.

I disagree with Rush Limbaugh. Rush said that Obama talks “honky” when he's talking to white Americans.

The truth is, that is Obama’s true dialect. He is NOT of the black American culture that speaks black American dialect. Obama is (if he really was born here) the descendant of a very recent immigrant.

Obama speaks black American only when he's talking to black Americans. That's where he's fake.

Bottom line, Obama was indeed stereotyping a group of people - a group he's never been a part of, grew up or lived in.

4 posted on 09/30/2011 7:01:33 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Libloather
If any Republican speaking in front of a predominantly black group of people challenged the audience to "take off their bedroom slippers", his political career would instantly be over.

The insinuation that most black people are unemployed, on welfare, and thus lounge around their houses in bedroom slippers all day is about as racist as it gets. At least that's what we would all be told if a Republican ever uttered those words.

5 posted on 09/30/2011 7:02:05 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Palin/Cain 2012 - NO MORE RINOs)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Clearly you’ve never been to Selma before like Obama had.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdYByptC8mY


6 posted on 09/30/2011 7:02:59 PM PDT by posterchild (I'm old enough to remember when journalist bothered to look things up on wikipedia.)
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To: Libloather
What if Bush had said this to a group of white NASCAR fans? Nothing would have happened.

Same if Palin had said it to a large group of women gardeners. Nothing would have been made of the comment.

Thin-skinned is getting old..

7 posted on 09/30/2011 7:03:02 PM PDT by GOPJ (Muslims will want to go to the moon when the Jews setup Israel there. - Dennis Miller)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

When I heard that line, I was immediately reminded of Aretha Franklin, in her role in the movie..”The Blues Brothers”. She wore scuffs, a type of bedroom slipper, in her luncheonette. In the movie it was cute...but to an audience of black professionals, students and workers, it was demeaning. My jaw dropped when I heard it.


8 posted on 09/30/2011 7:06:02 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: tsowellfan
In fact, Obama’s own ancestors owned sold some of the ancestors of those typical black Americans because they were slave ownerstraders.

Fixed it fer ya.

9 posted on 09/30/2011 7:07:30 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (No More RINOs!!!)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

I’m with you....I think I’d half to bend over backwards twice over to think this was racist. Obama stinks (uh oh, racist??), but this is just silly.


10 posted on 09/30/2011 7:12:57 PM PDT by JoeDetweiler
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To: Libloather
Now wait a minute. If I have bedroom slippers, I could be a racist? Or, is it if I don't have bedroom slippers that I am a racist? Or, if I refer to bedroom slippers, but don't have any? Or, if I have some, but are afraid to say so publically? It's terribly confusing.
11 posted on 09/30/2011 7:13:19 PM PDT by SuzyQue
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To: Libloather

Who Is This Guy?
Barack Obama is definitely not who you think he is, whatever that is. Despite his “poor-boy” myth, Obama is:

• a privileged African-American, educated at the finest schools, who has not shared the black American experience
• by birth, blood and training, a Muslim, who later became a member of a Marxist, Black-African church
• a socialist whose politics are rooted in Marx and whose tactics were conceived by the communist, Alinsky
• a master at shaping his own mythology
• completely unqualified to be Commander in Chief
• and, he is not now, nor ever has been, a “natural born citizen”

http://theobamafile.com/BarackObama.htm

Best Obama site on the net.
All the sordid facts.


12 posted on 09/30/2011 7:15:34 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

Herman Cain has more blackness in his pinky finger than Obama has in his whole useless body.


13 posted on 09/30/2011 7:23:00 PM PDT by Palladin (Fast and Furious = Obama's Waterloo.)
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To: Libloather
But a search of Mr. Obama’s speeches dating back to mid-May shows that he has used the quip about bedroom slippers only one other time — on Sept. 14 at North Carolina State University, while promoting his jobs bill.

Knowing how Obama operates, look for him to slip quips about bedroom slippers into his next 20 public appearances. "See, I always talk about bedroom slippers. What's all this fuss about, anyway?"

That's pretty much how he handled the furor over bowing to the Saudi king - after that, you saw him bow to everyone from emperors to shoeshine guys. "See, I always bow to everyone. What's all this fuss about, anyway?"

14 posted on 09/30/2011 7:24:15 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Libloather

I love it when the Carney Barker steps into the fray. He can twist anything from being merely stupid to laughably ignorant. The Carney Barker hits me the same way Bagdad Bob did.


15 posted on 09/30/2011 7:25:01 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: Libloather

16 posted on 09/30/2011 7:28:08 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: Libloather

What do the slippers have to say about all of this? Are the slippers on peoples feet because they don’t have work?


17 posted on 09/30/2011 7:28:48 PM PDT by big bad easter bunny (Cain 2012)
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To: Grizzled Bear
Actually, I also heard about the slave trading. I wonder if that was from his dad's side or on his mom's. You are correct about the trading of slaves in his family.

However...

THE maternal ancestors of Barack Obama once owned slaves, genealogists have revealed.

According to the genealogists, George Washington Overall, Obama’s great-great-great-great grandfather, owned two slaves, a 15-year-old girl and 25-year-old man, who were listed in the 1850 Kentucky census. Another maternal ancestor owned two older slaves.

As you also stated they traded slaves, I have read that also. Perhaps also on his mom's side or perhaps on his father's side.

18 posted on 09/30/2011 7:31:35 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: the OlLine Rebel

Apparently, anything can be a racial slur. If you don’t know why it’s a slur - then you must be a racist. I guess.

Personally, I don’t make the connection. I guess I’m a racist, too.


19 posted on 09/30/2011 7:33:16 PM PDT by Sapper26 (Political Refugee From the Obamanation)
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To: tsowellfan

We’ve all been slaves at some point in our ancestral past.


20 posted on 09/30/2011 7:34:14 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: big bad easter bunny

At the risk of being labled “racist,” I will confirm that some African Americans do wear slippers in public. I have seen several young African American women wearing slippers, mainly at malls. It is a type of fashion. My wife, a public school teacher, told me that it got to be so common that the schools had to ban the practice. And some in the African American community do not like the fashion - can’t say that I blame them. Maybe that was what Obama was actually refering to and what some took offense to - airing the African Community’s own “problems” in public.


21 posted on 09/30/2011 7:34:45 PM PDT by Martin Tell (ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it)
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To: 3boysdad
We’ve all been slaves at some point in our ancestral past.

Yes, but liberal media and Obama himself claim that it's impossible for Obama to be accused of stereotyping black Americans since he himself is a black American. My point is that Obama is not of their culture or background. In fact, his ancestors actually owned them.

His black dialect is as fake as Hillary's.

22 posted on 09/30/2011 7:41:57 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: Libloather

Hey! You Lie Obama! Yeah you! Your man Jay Carney says “He’s certainly used vivid language, - - - “ when describing your sorry style of speaking.

Well, here is some of MY “vivid language” for you: For the good of the Nation, and your family, PLEASE RESIGN NOW !

BTW, how are those public “Meltdown” speeches to yourself coming along? I thought your year long self-speech program reached a new level with your CBC speech.

You sure fooled Robo-Representative Maxine Waters. She said “I didn’t know who he was talking to?”

Keep on striving in your “race to the bottom.” Socialist leadership is such a lonely place to be stuck in - - - .


23 posted on 09/30/2011 7:45:14 PM PDT by Graewoulf ( obama"care" violates the 1890 Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND is illegal by the U.S. Constitution.)
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To: Libloather
Why is saying bedroom slippers racist?


24 posted on 09/30/2011 7:52:06 PM PDT by Krosan
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To: Libloather
Herman Cain once said...

The suggestion from the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza came in an exchange about why the GOP hopeful doesn't consider himself an African American.

"I am an American. Black. Conservative," he said in explaining his view on the matter. "I don’t use African American, because I’m American, I’m black and I’m conservative. I don’t like people trying to label me. African American is socially acceptable for some people, but I am not some people."

Cain said that he considers himself to be "a black man in America" and feels stronger ties to the United States than to Africa. He suggested his perspective has been informed by the fact that he can trace most of his ancestors to the U.S. and it also "goes back to slavery."

The presidential contender went on to draw a contrast between himself and the president, who he described as "more of an international,"

25 posted on 09/30/2011 7:54:54 PM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: SueRae
The first one I thought of was the old cartoon character that was changed because it was offensive....Mammy Two Shoes...never showed her face

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26 posted on 09/30/2011 7:56:25 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: the OlLine Rebel

In “black speak”, “slippers” means rubbers or condoms.

Look it up!


27 posted on 09/30/2011 7:59:15 PM PDT by BatGuano (You don't think I'd go into combat with loose change in my pocket, do ya?)
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To: the OlLine Rebel

You must be really young. Of course it us a racist stereotype - remember James Watt, Reagan’s Secretary of the Interior who was hounded from office for saying blacks are fine as long as they have comfortable shoes and a warm place to take a crap.


28 posted on 09/30/2011 8:03:38 PM PDT by atc23 (The Confederacy was the single greatest conservative resistance to federal authority ever.)
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To: SueRae
Not a good screen cap but here's the one you thought of.

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29 posted on 09/30/2011 8:03:51 PM PDT by Irenic
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To: Libloather
Barry sings to the Mooch:

"Put on your bedroom slippers 'cause we going out tonight."

30 posted on 09/30/2011 8:04:28 PM PDT by JPG (Palin '12)
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To: Libloather
It's a racist term in the same vein that the term watermelon is to a black audience. The problem is - OZero is not 100% black and he tries to ingratiate hisself to the audience and it backfires on him. Did you catch the stemwinder type of intonation he adopted while talking to the audience? I'll bet the audience was pissed off at that also - sounding like a white guy trying to sound like a black guy. Behind closed doors they probably liken him to a wigger.
31 posted on 09/30/2011 8:05:28 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: Martin Tell

“it got to be so common that the schools had to ban the practice”

ROFL - this reminds me of my youth.

1 day I somehow forgot I was still wearing slippers well after I got on the bus. Being a teenage girl, I was majorly embarrassed (in that time, I guess, doing such a thing was no fashion). I was practically hysterical when I got to school and insisted the office call my mother (she happened to head the “special” school affiliated with my high school) to have her take me to get my proper shoes! Well, she wouldn’t do it (I guess she figured as the head admin and a teacher she was not going to disrupt things for stupid slippers), but her secretary did come and take me home!

How pathetic. I probably could’ve lived with it, but being 15 I guess I had to be melodramatic about it!


32 posted on 09/30/2011 8:39:17 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: atc23

I don’t remember that controversy.


33 posted on 09/30/2011 8:44:18 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Libloather

Years ago, I occasionally visited the office of a woman who was extremely high in a local government agency. Sometimes I had business with her, sometimes I stopped by to say hello after meeting with others in that building. She was black. So was her secretary, who had a cubicle nearby. The secretary invariably wore bedroom slippers at work. I don’t know if she had foot problems or was merely sloppy, but I thought it appropriate — particularly since her boss had many important visitors (infinitely more important than I), not only from outside that agency but also from all over the country and sometimes from other countries.

This same local government agency had a problem with staff (of whatever races/ethnicities) dressing inappropriately. As far as footgear went, they prohibited sandals (which from what I could see, most of the staff seemed to ignore) and also flip-flops (I don’t know if that policy was followed or not). Nothing was ever said about bedroom slippers, and the secretary continued to wear hers at work.


34 posted on 09/30/2011 9:00:23 PM PDT by Tea Party Hobbit (The RINOs lack all conviction, and the Dems are full of passionate intensity)
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To: Libloather

The most famous pair of slippers I remember were worn by the maid in the Tom and Jerry cartoons


35 posted on 09/30/2011 9:07:22 PM PDT by Crawdad
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To: Libloather

I grew up in the South. This IS racial.

AA’s who worked for ‘white folks’ stood on their feet all day and had to walk home (because of the busing restrictions). Slippers relieved the foot pain when they got home.

Also.....when growing up....going to “the Pig”.....slippers and curlers were worn out in the open when shopping. It almost seemed like the ‘fashion’ at the time.

He’s trying to conjure up ‘the old times’.

Hey, Zero???? TIMES HAVE CHANGED!!!!! STOP HARPING!!!!!


36 posted on 09/30/2011 9:34:20 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear
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To: the OlLine Rebel
I wasn’t aware slippers had anything to do with racial slurs.

Lying around all day collecting your welfare check and never bothering to get fully dressed, is the stereotype. Hard to believe you never heard that one.

37 posted on 09/30/2011 11:04:33 PM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: Irenic

Yup :-)
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!!!! She was great in that, great music...and 0bama should show some respect to his audiences...


38 posted on 09/30/2011 11:44:04 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Libloather

Obama was probably just referencing the “loose shoes” portion of the infamous Earl Buts comment.


39 posted on 10/01/2011 3:56:38 AM PDT by PalmettoMason ("The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.")
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To: PalmettoMason

Earl Butz.
Darn automatic spelling correct.


40 posted on 10/01/2011 4:01:17 AM PDT by PalmettoMason ("The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.")
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To: tsowellfan
Obama is (if he really was born here) the descendant of a very recent immigrant.

His father wasn't even an "immigrant." He was a foreign graduate student who was just here temporarily to study (and have a good time, evidently) and never even had any intention of immigrating to the US.

Obama has absolutely no connection with real African American life or experience. All he knows is what he got from Jeremiah Wright and listening to some mega-rich rapper.

41 posted on 10/01/2011 4:25:48 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius
All he knows is what he got from Jeremiah Wright

So true but scary

42 posted on 10/01/2011 8:36:20 AM PDT by tsowellfan
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To: PalmettoMason
Obama was probably just referencing the “loose shoes” portion of the infamous Earl Buts comment.

Which came from this cute little ditty

43 posted on 10/01/2011 9:27:15 AM PDT by Kenton (Barack Obama - Lowering American Expectations Since 2008)
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To: Nonstatist

Nope. Never.

Unfortunately I’ve learned alot of untoward things on the ‘net in the last decade that I never heard of - and I always thought I was very savvy, if still personally innocent.


44 posted on 10/01/2011 7:33:55 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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