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What's Behind Hatred of Obama?
Townhall.com ^ | August 1, 2012 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 08/01/2012 7:55:00 AM PDT by Kaslin

What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

So asks Obama biographer David Maraniss in a recent op-ed article for the Washington Post. By doubters and haters he means the people who think Obama wasn't born in the U.S., that he's a secret Muslim or that he's a closet socialist.

He has an answer: "Some of it can be attributed to the give-and-take of today's harsh ideological divide. Some of it can be explained by the way misinformation spreads virally to millions of like-minded people, reinforcing preconceptions. And some of it, I believe, arises out of fears of demographic changes in this country, and out of racism."

True enough! Some people are no doubt driven by such motivations and anxieties; "some" is a gloriously accommodating word.

But that hardly settles things. For an essay titled "What Drives the Obama Doubters and Haters," Maraniss offers no explanation until the last paragraph (the quote above). And even then he offers no evidence, just assertions.

I think Maraniss is a great reporter, and I don't believe for a moment he is in on a cover-up of Obama's "real" place of birth or his secret Muslim faith. (Nor do I think either allegation is true.)

As to Obama's closet socialism, I've never found it unreasonable (never mind racist or paranoid) to think Obama's more comfortable with European-style social democracy (aka socialism).

Still, let me add two culprits to Maraniss' list: The first is Barack Obama. The second is the journalistic establishment that worked so hard to get him elected.

As Maraniss demonstrates quite effectively in his book, "Barack Obama: The Story," Obama's identity has long been a cultivated political project. Much of the poetic license -- to use a kind phrase -- Obama deploys to tell his own story is plausible only to those eager to take him at his word.

Maraniss couldn't authenticate Obama's tales of racial hardship as a young man. His grandfather being tortured by the British, the bigotry of his high school basketball coach? Untrue.

Moreover, Obama's explanations about the aspects of his past that have managed to become controversies have always seemed insufficient to people not disposed to root for him. Bill Ayers -- a former domestic terrorist -- was "just a guy living in my neighborhood." Obama's word that he wasn't a member of the radical New Party was enough for the press corps to stop digging for evidence that he was (as reported by my National Review Online colleague Stanley Kurtz). Jeremiah Wright? Only right-wing crazies care about him.

Even Obama's more recent embellishments about, for instance, being outspent and outgunned in his previous political races strike many people as the sorts of fibs that would create journalistic frenzies if uttered by a Republican.

And then there's the huge divergence between the president Obama said he would be and the president he's actually been. In 2008, Obama insisted that he was a unifier, a pragmatist and a non-ideologue. You don't have to be a birther or a secret-Muslim conspiracy theorist to feel like that was all a big con job. That's politics and not deceit (a subtle distinction!), but dismay at how Obama has governed doesn't amount to racial panic either. And blame for the widespread feeling that we were sold a bill of goods by a cheering press does, in fact, belong to the press.

Yes, Obama also signaled to his base that he intended to be a "transformative" president, a progressive Ronald Reagan. But that message was intended only for his base. Whenever conservatives picked up on those notes -- when he said he wanted to "spread the wealth around," etc. -- the immediate response from the Sunday talk show crowd was that conservatives were being paranoid for misreading Obama, the pragmatist.

It's fine to beat up on conspiracy theorists, but journalistic muckety-mucks who are mystified by their ever-shrinking credibility -- and profitability -- might wonder what they've done to fuel a climate of distrust. There's a reason why ABC's Jake Tapper is one of the few nonconservative reporters respected on the right: He's stayed as skeptical of Obama as he was of George W. Bush.

Meanwhile, it's fascinating how much attention the conspiracy theorists get. It's almost as if some journalists want to use them as bogeymen to discredit all criticism of Obama. That's some journalists, not all.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2012polls; barackobama; bho44; bhojobapproval; billayers; jaketapper; jeremiahwright; liberalmedia; nakedmarxed; obamatruthfile; obamunism; reddiaperdoperbaby
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
What’s behind hatred of Sarah Palin?

Sarah is the greatest threat to the social/communist takeover of the USA.

51 posted on 08/01/2012 8:42:47 AM PDT by mountainlion (I am voting for Sarah after getting screwed again by the DC Thugs.)
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To: null and void

Agree - Obama’s core value is hate - it’s what he’s all about.


52 posted on 08/01/2012 8:44:40 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Kaslin
By doubters and haters he means the people who think Obama wasn't born in the U.S., that he's a secret Muslim or that he's a closet socialist.

Does anyone really think Obama is a closet socialist? Between "when you spread the wealth around . . ." and "cling to religion and guns" and "you didn't build that" and "our plan is working", you have to assume that he always tells similar lies when he's off script or that he tells the truth, what he really believes, when he's off script. I don't often believe anything Obama says, but I do believe he means what he says when he's off script. He's an open socialist, but perhaps a closet communist.

53 posted on 08/01/2012 8:45:58 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

What’s behind the hatred of Obama?...
My hatred of socialism. Next question?


54 posted on 08/01/2012 8:48:55 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: F15Eagle

thanks for posting


55 posted on 08/01/2012 8:50:24 AM PDT by Nevadan
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To: Kaslin

And part of it is that if the MSM, instead of supplying partisan support for Obama, had done their damned job in 2008 and vetted him propely and truthfully, maybe we wouldn’t mistrust him and everything that is said about him. Obama’s lies and the deceit of the MSM leads us to mistrust EVERYTHING about him!!!!!!


56 posted on 08/01/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by RatRipper (Obama, YOU LIE!!! . . .again and again and again and again, ad infinitum. . . .)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Please watch your language when discussing David Mooranis.


57 posted on 08/01/2012 8:57:33 AM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: RJS1950

“I hate all democrats”.

Could it be that their fundamental philosophy of life comes from the sick, perverted mind of Marx and the Cultural Marxists, who would kill their own mother for her inheritance, or give the state their own fatherless children to shape and “nurture”, while they truly believe that you can confiscate hard working peoples money and make them slaves of the lazy and slothful?

Could it be that they “think” that wisdom comes from the media and they never have to work to learn the Truth and they fill their heads with bread and circuses without ever trying to get truly educated-—away from the indoctrination machine of the Leftists? Their Faith is in Marx whose ideas make slaves to their urges-—never contemplating the Word of God. They worship evil and Vice—never the Truth and Justice.


58 posted on 08/01/2012 8:59:58 AM PDT by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: Kaslin
Why Obama Should Be In Prison

Bitter Racist

Hard Core Socialist

Hates America

Hates White Americans and Our Culture

Jew Hater

Muslim Sympathizer

Repeatedly Violates the Constitution

Intentionally Destroying The Economy

Gives Billions In Taxpayer Money To His Cronies

Forcing Homosexualism On America

Breaks Our Laws

Lies About His Background and His Citizenship


59 posted on 08/01/2012 9:04:29 AM PDT by Iron Munro ("Jiggle the Handle for Barry!")
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To: Yo-Yo

HE IS HALF WHITE. WE HATE ONLY HALF OF HIM.


60 posted on 08/01/2012 9:06:07 AM PDT by angcat (Without Valor there is no hope.)
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To: Kaslin

I would not say that I hate Obama. In many ways I pity him.
He was raised by perhaps the most dysfunctional mother this side of the Jerry Springer Show. We are about the same age, and we were fed all of the same leftist claptrap in school about a post-American world after the Fall of Saigon.

The difference is all these years later and Obama still believes it. Truly shocking to see someone on this earth for half a century and yet so lacking in in wisdom. I wish him a long life, but he has absolutely no business being anywhere near the Oval Office.


61 posted on 08/01/2012 9:06:32 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Kaslin

His hatred of America, the fact that he’s been given a free ride, his Socialist Marxist background, his institution of class warfare, his embrace of Islam, his deliberate efforts to cripple the US economy.....and on and on.


62 posted on 08/01/2012 9:07:44 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: Kaslin
What's behind Obama??? We don't really know all of it, but the one that comes to mind first is MOOCHIE MICHELLE, hated even more than the emperor himself.

Hated more perhaps than Mussolini and wife epoo.

63 posted on 08/01/2012 9:10:53 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: Kaslin

What’s to hate about a lying, Marxist, phoney that thinks he is King or God depending on the day.


64 posted on 08/01/2012 9:11:55 AM PDT by JayAr36 (Government is a parasite, sucking the lifeblood out of America.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t hate the playuh, I hate his game....


65 posted on 08/01/2012 9:12:37 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: IbJensen

He is one lucky mother...


66 posted on 08/01/2012 9:13:22 AM PDT by kenavi (Obama doesn't hate private equity. He wants to be it with our money.)
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To: Kaslin

Who is Obama — that’s the question.

Why are our congresscritters, on either side of the aisle, and the MSM not interested in pursuing the answer?

It is becoming ever more obvious that there is a conspiracy going on and that they are hiding something.


67 posted on 08/01/2012 9:16:06 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Kaslin; nathanbedford
I look at it a totally opposite way.

Do not fall for the premise, my FRiends.

The Left wants you to “Hate” Obama. It justifies their actions against us.

In their worldview, we are the haters; never them.

No, their opposition, no matter how vilely expressed, is never hate. Theirs is a righteous anger. Heat of passion and all, because they MEAN well.

Their attacks over the years against all things conservative, moral, and Christian are all okay because we on the right are the REAL demons; not them.

How they hated and vilified George Bush. Forget it! Did David Maraniss have anything to say about that? Course not!

Sarah Palin was mentioned, but she's not the only one the Left hates. No, they really hate.... Wait for it...

YOU!

Yes, you peaceful, American loving, non-cussing, non-fooling around, non-other people's money coveting, non-big government, heterosexual, marrying, child rearing, gun loving bible-clinging Christians—you are the world's bully, racist, hater! Bush, Palin, et al, they just represent YOU, so the Left focus their bitter anger at them, but they mean you.

Nathan Bedford (last Defender of the lovely city of Selma in my fair state), you are correct. However, it is not Sarah who is Billy Budd, rather it is all of us and what we represent.

Every day I'm more convinced we cannot go on as a single nation with them. If Obama wins, I would vote for my state to secede (again).

68 posted on 08/01/2012 9:24:47 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: Kaslin

Obama isn’t real. The lying, effeminate fag is fake from top to bottom, a plastic, Marxist ideologue, stretched around a PC fantasy, wrapped together by Chicago thugs and rabble rousers, and presented to the American people as a moderate intellectual, one who thinks as an extension of his teleprompter. And he whines when he speaks, when he isn’t inflecting every other sentence, or stuttering in bumbling incoherence. And did I mention, I’m a racist now, and proud of it, if that is what it means to dislike this lying, race-baiting, poverty pimping, queer pushing, gang bang pandering putz. But don’t get me started.


69 posted on 08/01/2012 9:29:15 AM PDT by pallis
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To: Kaslin
What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

Libtards are context droppers and they ignored his lack of accomplishments and therefore were for O mainly because of his race and their collectivist mentality which makes race an important criterion. So, they can't do anything else but continue to ignore his destructive policies and project their mentality on their opponents and call them racist haters.

70 posted on 08/01/2012 9:30:46 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: Kaslin

He’s black ... </liberal mode>


71 posted on 08/01/2012 9:32:53 AM PDT by clamper1797 (I mourn for the America I grew up in ..fought for ..and loved ..July 4 1776- June 28 2012)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t hate the SOB, I just think he’s an assh*le.


72 posted on 08/01/2012 9:32:53 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth again.)
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To: Kaslin

Simple: Because Obama hates and seeks to destroy all that I love.


73 posted on 08/01/2012 9:36:15 AM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

One can actually ride a horse; the other is just a horse’s ass.


74 posted on 08/01/2012 10:03:50 AM PDT by beelzepug ("Blind obedience to arbitrary rules is a sign of mental illness")
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To: Kaslin

“I think Maraniss is a great reporter, and I don’t believe for a moment he is in on a cover-up of Obama’s “real” place of birth or his secret Muslim faith. (Nor do I think either allegation is true.)”

Jonah Goldberg, get your head out of your butt and see the light.

I know he must have a really nice computer with a big screen at work. Just look at the damn birth certificate on line and see for yourself.


75 posted on 08/01/2012 10:27:00 AM PDT by JohnnyP
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To: RJS1950

Agreed!


76 posted on 08/01/2012 10:31:43 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: All
‘In 1983, I decided to become a community organizer. ...Then one day, as I sat down at my computer to write an article on interest-rate swaps, something unexpected happened. Auma called. I had never met this half sister; we had written only intermittently. ... But two days before she was scheduled to arrive, Auma called again, the voice thicker now, barely a whisper. “I can’t come after all,” she said. “One of our brothers, DAVID...he’s been killed. In a motorcycle accident. I don’t know any more than that.” She began to cry. “Oh, Barack. Why do these things happen to us?”’


77 posted on 08/01/2012 10:43:33 AM PDT by mkjessup (0bama squats to pee.)
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To: F15Eagle

bttt!


78 posted on 08/01/2012 11:00:59 AM PDT by Pagey (B. Hussein Obama is weak, and is a worse human being than F.D.R., on multiple levels.)
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To: Pagey

Yes, everyone should read it.

Wish Sheriff Joe and the Cold Case Posse visited FR regularly.

Maybe they do.


79 posted on 08/01/2012 11:05:12 AM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: Kaslin

Another FReeper, far more clever and witty than I (whose handle I, most regrettably, cannot recall), came up with the perfect answer to this question:

I do not hate Obama because of the color of his skin;
I loathe Obama because of the content of his character!


80 posted on 08/01/2012 11:14:29 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Kaslin

The Left never asked this question when they were busy calling Bush a “fascist”.

No Fascism in the GOP but there is plenty of Socialism in the DNC.


81 posted on 08/01/2012 12:39:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Eric Holder's NAACP rally against the voter ID laws required the press to bring govt issue photo ID.)
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To: a fool in paradise

You said it


82 posted on 08/01/2012 1:34:14 PM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

This is as far s I needed to read.
It ain't doubt.
There is NO doubt that Obama has pretty much destroyed our nation, and certainly no doubt that he has scammed all American citizens about his birth, citizenship and education. Also no doubt that he is in over his head and thoroughly incompetent.

And it ain't hate.
There is a profound difference between hate and disgust for incompetence.

What's left to talk about?

83 posted on 08/01/2012 4:06:06 PM PDT by publius911 (Formerly Publius 6961, formerly jennsdad)
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