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Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: It’s All Black and White To Me July 23, 2009

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Last night’s Obamacare news conference was a major fiasco on several levels.  Obviously there were many unanswered questions concerning the future of health care in America, who’s going to pay for it, when will Congress implement the plan etc.  These are all valid questions.  At best, I expected a boring but focused conversation about health care.   Obama and teleprompter did their usual spill: blame the Republicans, talk in endless circles, exploit several Main Street common folk as examples for why it is imperative that we need health care reform NOW. After the pontification has ended, Obama takes questions from his pre-selected media lap dogs. It normally takes Obama more than several minutes to answer one question before moving on to the next.

stampFor myself as viewer of now five of the Obama conferences, I think I have the pattern pretty locked down.  At some point during the Q&A someone will ask Obama a question that comes totally from the left field of a moron’s asshole.  Or he will call on some unorthodox media source like Mad Magazine or the American Kennel Club Gazette.  No surprises there. Before the end of the hour, someone is going to ask a question that has NOTHING to do with the issue at hand. President Obama will get a big smile of relief on his face as he takes 5 minutes to answer the question about his dog, nail clipping collection or whatever issue of distraction it was.

Like the news conferences before, last night was no exception.

Case in point, the question  that was fielded Obama’s way by Chicago Tribune reporter Lynn Sweet about the recent arrest of Harvard Professor Henry “Skip” Louis Gates Jr.

Gates, as you may know, is an important and influencial figure among historians of African American history. I admire his work and have read many of his books. Great guy.

However, the point here is not about Skip.

I was more than a bit unnerved at the question and  by the end of Obama’s answer what was a minor annoyance had elevated me to full blown pissed off.

For back story purposes allow me to show the clip of Obama and Lynn Sweet.

Is it just me or does it seem simultaneously odd and not odd for this question to come up at a news conference on health care reform?

coal-black-724707Odd, because Ms. Sweet’s question did not have a damn thing to do with the topic of the news conference. Timely and not so odd because it came at the very end of the hour and it plays well into the Obama administration’s ability to encapsulate any issue in a discourse of racism in America, thus deflecting any critical afterthoughts of the president.

As you can see, Obama responds to Ms. Sweet’s question by going into painstaking detail about Skip’s arrest in Cambridge, MA.  He even goes so far as to say that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly”.  Obama began by explaining that Skip was a personal friend, therefore he should have simply answered Ms. Sweet by expressing that it was an unfortunate event and he certainly hopes that the matter is settled quickly.

Of course this is not what happened.

Obama took the opportunity to once again turn a seemingly normal issue into a referendum on race.

What does this do to the white, liberal and the guilty?

It makes them feel proud that they have elected Barack Obama as our president.  All questions about his execution of health care reform, the stimulus, the war in Afghanistan and any other issue paramount to voters will melt away in a chocolaty ocean of hope and change.

Please believe me when I say that this will be a continuing pattern as Obama’s re-election campaign draws near.

heelwathFox News

Obama: Cambridge police
acted stupidly

Updated: Thursday, 23 Jul 2009, 9:50 AM EDT

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama said Wednesday that police acted “stupidly” in the arrest of prominent black scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and that despite racial progress blacks and Hispanics are still singled out unfairly for arrest.

“This still haunts us,” Obama said.

Obama called Gates a friend, and said he doesn’t know all the facts of the case. Nonetheless, Obama said, anyone would have been angry if treated the way Gates claims police in Cambridge, Mass., treated him. Gates claims he was arrested in his own home after showing ID to police who responded to a report of a possible burglary.

Police say Gates yelled at the officers and initially refused to show his ID. Gates allegedly yelled “this is what happens to a black man in America” and “you don’t know who you’re messing with” before he was arrested, and police said he was uncooperative. ( read the arrest report )

Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof he was in own home,” Obama said during a prime-time news conference that otherwise focused on the health care debate.

“What I think we know separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately,” Obama said. “That’s just a fact.”

The nation’s first black president held himself up as testament to what he called the “incredible progress” minorities have achieved.

I find it ironic that our first African American president has awakened a renewed interest in minorities as victims.

Concerning Lynn Sweet, a far better question would have been about the escalating black on black crime and fatalities in her very own Chicago.  Chicago is a city proud to call Barack Obama it’s own.

“He began here as a community organizer,” Chicagoans will boast. “We found inspiration from his work.”

Okay, then what the hell happened last summer when 36 youths were violently slain?

That is the real story. Ask that question Ms. Sweet.

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AFROCITY


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30 Responses to “Thursday Stitch N’ Bitch: It’s All Black and White To Me”

  1. manbearpig68 Says:

    He should have dismissed the question or given a very short answer.. The biggest thing that bothers me is he likes to call people STUPID or ANNOYING, ETC. For a great uniter, he loves to single out people or groups and call them names or make comments about them if they don’t follow his way. I hope the Cambridge police take some action after being called StUpid..

  2. Yes, I thought it odd that the subject came up. Is it now the job of pResident to address every law enforcement issue that arises in our nation? I thought we already had that covered.

    It infuriated me to hear him say he didn’t have the facts and then say the police acted stupidly. How can ANYONE get away with this illogic? Sheesh! And he studied LAW?!?

    I guess it shouldn’t surprise me–no one in DC reads anything anymore…their opinions suffice for truth.

  3. garnette Says:

    It also provided a way to change the subject in the press so the attention would not be on the health care but on the answer to the last question asked, which turns out to be about law enforcement and how they are stupid when it comes to them doing their job.

  4. boldandbald Says:

    OK, first of all, it is glaringly obvious that that question was a plant by the White House. The fact that he didn’t seem the least bit surprised by the question coming up under these circumstances, and the fact that his answer was way to prepared shows that. Just another example of the media doing the President’s bidding, and, as you wrote, AC, diverting attention from the real subject at hand.

    Secondly, no President, under any circumstances, should refer to local law enforcement agencies as being ‘stupid’. He says that we need to work with local law enforcement to eliminate bias; how does calling them stupid accomplish that task? Wouldn’t make me want to open up dialogue with him if I were a police officer.

  5. Mr. Roach Says:

    Obama probably seeded this question. He clearly had a lot to say. He knows what’s going to be asked who he’ll call on, etc. It’s all highly choreographed.

    He will always champion blacks in a contest between the general public interest and black tribal interests, and the stuff in the campaign about being this post-racial healer is bullshit.

  6. WMCB Says:

    It was deliberate – to give people and the news sycophants something to talk about other than the complete lack of substance in his “healthcare” speech.

    The House bill is now available online. WHY did some reporter not have a copy of it in his/her hand, and begin asking things like, “Mr. President, it says on page 462 (or whatever page) that this medical governing body will be an appointed part of the executive branch, and can make changes to requirements, fee schedules, eligibility, etc. without going through Congress, as even Medicare currently has to do. If healthcare is 20% of our GDP, and this plan will apply to every citizen, how does is this not a bypassing of representative govt, and a usurpation of Congress’ powers?”

    Oh, I forgot. We don’t HAVE a White House press corps anymore. Real journalists are not allowed.

  7. RedDragon62 Says:

    “He began here as a community organizer,” Chicagoans will boast. “We found inspiration from his work.”
    Okay, then what the hell happened last summer when 36 youths were violently slain?
    That is the real story. Ask that question Ms. Sweet.

    Or the many, many more that have been killed this year alone. It seems that this year will shatter that disgusting record Afrocity!

    I, like you, live in Chicago and not a day goes by when I open the “Trib” or the “Suntimes” or tune into our local news to see that the deaths are mounting.

    Yeah…I was asking the same thing of Lynn Sweet!

    • RedDragon62 Says:

      Sorry, my block quote didn’t appear above.

    • WMCB Says:

      Red, that’s one of the things that set me against Obama in the beginning. Once I looked at what he had “done” for his own constituents, which was…let’s see….exactly Jack SHIT, I wondered why the hell anyone would run this man.

  8. You know, Afrocity, now that I’ve thought about this, this whole episode had a very strong undercurrent of an elitist ring to it. I mean, how DARE anyone think an ivy league prof could EVER get a little out of hand–of course ‘we’ brainiacs are the cream of the crop. Those blue collar types should know better than to question ‘us’.

    I may not be stitchin’, but that’s my bitchin’ for today. 🙂

  9. WMCB Says:

    Well, the strategy has been effective, even over at TC where they can’t stand Obama. Practically the only thread being posted on or discussed all day long has been the Gates incident thread. 279 comments and growing. Two other threads on other news and the economy have died after a handful of comments.

    Helloooo….. healthcare? The economy? How our country is being screwed over?

    I’m not ragging on the individual people – they’re good folks, and I myself commented on a thread about it the day the story broke. But it’s sad and frustrating to see it take over the ENTIRE conversation since last night and all day long today.

    • But’s a cute little ole’ puppy… Isn’t it cute??

    • RalphB Says:

      “Look, over there! It’s Sarah Palin!” “or maybe Mark Sanford!”

      Now there’s another good technique to take people’s minds off the economy, health care, and all the other issues.

    • afrocity Says:

      I was surprised to see TC post about it. Last night when it came up i felt that many of the posters over there were reticent.

      I am not trying to distract from the health care issues, I am just so upset that Obama would openly criticize law enforcement as POTUS. His response was entirely inappropriate and un-presidential.

      • RalphB Says:

        You also had a post up about the press conference as a whole afrocity. There is ample coverage of health care and the economy on the intertubz. Do your own thing.

      • WMCB Says:

        Afrocity, I’m not criticizing you for writing about it – please don’t get that idea. It’s in the news, after all.

        But you are at least pointing out that the deliberate throwing of that particular pebble into the pond is an attempt to shift the focus off Obama’s crappy performance. Not many are doing that.

      • afrocity Says:

        Everything with Obama is smoke and mirrors.

        And again he gives no apology.

  10. bob Says:

    When the Professor refused to show his ID he raised, naturally, the suspicions of the coppers, who were there, as they are legally required to be, when on a legitimate call from a helpful neighbor. He should have been arrested after refusing to show his ID, which he probably had in his back pocket. There was probable cause at that point to believe a crime had been committed. The cops in that city are very professional, I am sure.

    Obama is just playing to racial feelings.

  11. armyman Says:

    Afrocity. I have been a long time reader but have never made a comment. I like your take on alot of the issues. I am white man married to a wonderful black lady who thinks like you(maybe why i like your blog). being in the Army there are a lot of interracial relationships. We are a merit based society and we do not see race. Until BHO was elected that is. I find it unusual that I never saw GWBs picture other than the official photos, now BHOs picture in alot of offices.

    BHO is promoting racism it is sad. Your article just exemplifies what BHO is doing to this country bringing up race whenever he can.

    If I was in the same situation as Prof Gates I would give my ID and thank the officer and my neighbor for keeping an eye on my house.

    Keep up the great work.

    • afrocity Says:

      Thank you for posting Armyman and a special thanks for your service to our country. My brother was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas for a long time during the presidency of Reagan and Bush #1. We were there for the Gulf War and I do not recall seeing many pictures of the president hanging on walls.

      The other day I went to a coffee shop and walked right into a cardboard life sized likeness of Obama. It was very out of place in such an otherwise elegant establishment.

      I have heard Sean Hannity read the police report and it seems that Gates may have been a tad dramatic.

  12. bellamags Says:

    Wow Afrocity….. great article. I am at a loss.

  13. WMCB Says:

    Speaking of healthcare….

    Ted Kennedy was left paralyzed after being hit with a devastating seizure, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

    Although he’d been fighting a valiant battle against brain cancer for more than a year, the 77-year-old senator was jolted by a frightening seizure in mid-July that paralyzed the right side of his body and left his speech slurred.

    Why doesn’t Ted Kennedy do his civic duty and take his sorry ass on out to that iceberg to die, and quit sucking up valuable healthcare dollars that could be used by the young and hip?

    I wonder, has Teddy had his “frequent” government-mandated “end of life counseling” that Obama wants the rest of our poor seniors subjected to? Where’s the freaking bureaucrat telling HIM that all his expensive treatments are not cost-effective since he’ll die anyway?

    Hurry up, model-Dimocrat Teddy, put your money and your body where your mouth is. Choke down some of those blue or red pills and give it up already, you selfish old “waste of resources”. Don’t you know you’re fucking up the healthcare budget?

    • boldandbald Says:

      Perhaps more importantly, it is past time that he step down as Senator. He is clearly unable to properly represent the people of Massachusetts any longer.

      • afrocity Says:

        The position of senator is a lifetime appointment B&B. You know that silly 😉


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