Skip to comments.Thomas Sowell: What Obama's 2007 speech at Hampton U reveals
Posted on 10/11/2012 8:01:12 AM PDT by rhema
When President Barack Obama and others on the left are not busy admonishing the rest of us to be "civil" in our discussions of political issues, they are busy letting loose insults, accusations and smears against those who dare to disagree with them.
Like so many people who have been beaten in a verbal encounter and who can think of clever things to say the next day, after it is all over, President Obama, after his clear loss in his debate with Mitt Romney, called Gov. Romney a "phony."
Innumerable facts, however, show it is our Commander in Chief who is Phony in Chief. A classic example was his speech to a predominantly black audience at Hampton University on June 5, 2007. That date is important, as we shall see.
In his speech -- delivered in a ghetto-style accent that Obama doesn't use anywhere except when he is addressing a black audience -- he charged the federal government with not showing the same concern for the people of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina hit as they had shown for the people of New York after the 9/11 attacks, or the people of Florida after hurricane Andrew hit.
Departing from his prepared remarks, he mentioned the Stafford Act, which requires communities receiving federal disaster relief to contribute 10 percent as much as the federal government does.
Senator Obama, as he was then, pointed out that this requirement was waived in the case of New York and Florida because the people there were considered to be "part of the
American family." But the people in New Orleans -- predominantly black -- "they don't care about as much," according to Barack Obama. If you want to know what community organizers do, this is it -- rub people's emotions raw to hype their resentments. And this was Barack Obama in his old community organizer role, a role that should have warned those who thought that he was someone who would bring us together, when he was all too well practiced in the arts of polarizing us apart.
Why is the date of this speech important? Because, less than two weeks earlier, on May 24, 2007, the U.S. Senate had in fact voted 80-14 to waive the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans, as it had waived that requirement for New York and Florida. More federal money was spent rebuilding New Orleans than was spent in New York after 9/11 and in Florida after hurricane Andrew, combined.
Truth is not a job requirement for a community organizer. Nor can Barack Obama claim that he wasn't present the day of that Senate vote, as he claimed he wasn't there when Jeremiah Wright unleashed his obscene attacks on America from the pulpit of the church that Obama attended for 20 years.
Unlike Jeremiah Wright's church, the U.S. Senate keeps a record of who was there on a given day. The Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, shows Senator Barack Obama present that day and voting on the bill that waived the Stafford Act requirement. Moreover, he was one of just 14 Senators who voted against -- repeat, AGAINST -- the legislation that included the waiver.
When he gave that demagogic speech, in a feigned accent and style, it was world class chutzpah and a rhetorical triumph. He truly deserves the title Phony in Chief.
If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of his June 5, 2007, speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, which lists which senators voted which way on the waiver of the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.
Some people in the media have tried to dismiss this and other revelations of Barack Obama's real character that have belatedly come to light as "old news." But the truth is one thing that never wears out. The Pythagorean Theorem is 2,000 years old, but it can still tell you the distance from home plate to second base (127 ft.) without measuring it. And what happened five years ago can tell a lot about Barack Obama's character -- or lack of character.
Obama's true believers may not want to know the truth. But there are millions of other people who have simply projected their own desires for a post-racial America onto Barack Obama. These are the ones who need to be confronted with the truth, before they repeat the mistake they made when they voted four years ago.
I could be persuaded to part with a significant sum to simply be in a room with Dr. Sowell and Dr. Williams, totally off the record, to watch them pull random subjects out of a hat and give their thoughts. I would load up the hat with multiple questions on what they would say to Obama as an older generation black man to a younger generation mixed-race man trying to make himself out to be black. It’s quite possible I might not survive the experience from forgetting to breathe while LMAO.
In 2008 McCain and the GOP failed to inform Americans that a community organizer is NOT a uniter, but a grievance monger. That’s why he was so comfortable sitting in the pews listening to Rev. Wright’s sermons.
But McCain was too concerned with being labled a racist by the MSM who manufactured this whole facade for Obama.
“If you know any true believers in Obama, show them the transcript of his June 5, 2007, speech at Hampton University (available from the Federal News Service) and then show them page S6823 of the Congressional Record for May 24, 2007, which lists which senators voted which way on the waiver of the Stafford Act requirement for New Orleans.”
Would it have been so difficult for the editor, or Sowell himself, to have included links to these things, to save every single reader 15 minutes of searching?
If anyone does find the links, can you post them here?
OK I did some searching. The transcripts from the federal News Service cost $50 each. But here’s the video of the speech:
The Stafford Act remarks start at 1:14 and go to 2:55.
I am getting frustrated trying to explain to my black friends and my relatives to why I will not be voting for Obama and why they should not either. I have even gotten disparaging remarks for my Romney/Ryan sign in my yard. I even tried to use an analogy....if you gave a mechanic your car to repair and he could not fix it after 4 months, wouldnt you tow your car to another mechanic to fix....that falls on deaf ears. I will not be banging my head up agains a wall anymore. On election day I will proudly go and vote Romney/Ryan.
The Congressional record is here:
The Act is called “U.S. TROOP READINESS, VETERANS
CARE, KATRINA RECOVERY, AND IRAQ ACCOUNTABILITY APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2007”
If you search in the text for “Stafford” you will find the provision Sowell is talking about:
“SEC. 4501. (a) IN GENERAL.Notwithstanding
any other provision of law, including any agreement,
the Federal share of assistance, including
direct Federal assistance, provided for the States
of Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, Alabama,
and Texas in connection with Hurricanes
Katrina, Wilma, Dennis, and Rita under sections
403, 406, 407, and 408 of the Robert T. Stafford
Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Act (42 U.S.C. 5170b, 5172, 5173, and 5174) shall
be 100 percent of the eligible costs under such
On the last page you will find the vote:
The result was announcedyeas 80, nays 14, as follows:
I suspect Obama voted against it because it had the word “Iraq” in the title, but this doesn’t minimize one bit his SHOCKING outright lie less than 2 weeks later.
This could be the post of the month. I'll go halves with you on the fee. Be careful: Sowell's a tough bargainer.
THIS IS A MUST READ. What a freaking liar and hypocrit
It was awesome.
The big picture is more shocking yet. Almost every single vote against this bill was an orthodox Leninist: Leahy, Sanders, Ma Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Feingold, Kerry, Dodd, 0bummer, etc. Some Reds voted in favor of the bill, such as Diane Feinstein, but she's got some large military constituencies.
The point to me is that 1) Someone tacked the Katrina provision onto a pro-military bill; and 2) A handful of known traitors was willing to go against the DNC line to screw over the blacks in New Orleans just to make sure they were personally counted as stabbing the military in the back.
Counted by whom? That's the scary part. Who runs those people? For a literal majority of the "against" voters, I am aware of actions each individual took to materially, and in some cases publicly, work for America's enemies against America. I suspect that the ones I don't have specifics on (besides Coburn) are just not known to me.
“THIS IS A MUST READ. What a freaking liar and hypocrite”
Truly a despicable human being.
This is what a community AGITATOR looks like. He learned well from Alinsky.
I hope every voter in America hears about this. I would love to hear the commie in chief explain it. How could this possibly be spun by the media. It’s devastating.
I have caught a couple of episodes of that and agree that each time was awesome. Please note my caveat on “totally off the record” because I think the frank conversation between these two men, without the constraints of broadcasting or MSM reportage, would be over the top. Anyone present would wonder why we would be crying because of the humor or for the sadness of what could have been.
These are real intellectuals, not the "pseudo" kind among folks who call themselves "progressives," and who proclaim themselves and "the One" to be.
The books and writings of Sowell and Williams display their depth of knowledge, wisdom and understanding (each of which the Book of Proverbs advises us "to get"). Yet, each can take complex economic subjects, for instance, and present them in such a manner that the most uneducated person in the room gets the point.
Once, Dr. Williams gave a most indelibly memorable description of "progressive" attempts to "solve" the poverty problem.
Paraphrasing him slightly, "trying to help poor people through federal government programs is kind of like like feeding the birds through the horses."
Oooops, in the last sentence, there should only have been one “like,” of course.
I can almost hear Dr. Williams’ voice with the saying about feeding the birds through the horses. You, my FRiend, have had a blessed life to have enjoyed the company of these men.
We need to remember this for later.