Skip to comments.Obama dismisses claims of racial slur on ‘slippers’ - Not stereotyping, White House says
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 Obamas 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. Obamas comments and his relationship with black supporters. Hes certainly used vivid language, similarly vivid language, before a variety of audiences.
But a search of Mr. Obamas 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.
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What if Bush had said that in front of the Congressional Black Caucasians?
Either that is a slip, or it was intentional. In either case, it is hilarious.
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.
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.
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.
Clearly you’ve never been to Selma before like Obama had.
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..
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.
Fixed it fer ya.
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.
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”
Best Obama site on the net.
All the sordid facts.
Herman Cain has more blackness in his pinky finger than Obama has in his whole useless body.
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?"
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.
What do the slippers have to say about all of this? Are the slippers on peoples feet because they don’t have work?
THE maternal ancestors of Barack Obama once owned slaves, genealogists have revealed.
According to the genealogists, George Washington Overall, Obamas 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.
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.
We’ve all been slaves at some point in our ancestral past.
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.
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.
Hey! You Lie Obama! Yeah you! Your man Jay Carney says Hes 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 - - - .
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 dont use African American, because Im American, Im black and Im conservative. I dont 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,"
In “black speak”, “slippers” means rubbers or condoms.
Look it up!
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.
"Put on your bedroom slippers 'cause we going out tonight."
“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!
I don’t remember that controversy.
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.
The most famous pair of slippers I remember were worn by the maid in the Tom and Jerry cartoons
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!!!!!
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.
R.E.S.P.E.C.T.!!!! She was great in that, great music...and 0bama should show some respect to his audiences...
Obama was probably just referencing the “loose shoes” portion of the infamous Earl Buts comment.
Darn automatic spelling correct.
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.
So true but scary
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.