Sunday, July 25, 2010


As MoDo the Red flat out calls Obama out for not being black enough.  You know, like Bill Clinton was apparently.
The Obama White House is too white. 

It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran. 

But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture, Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand “the slave thing,” as a top black Democrat dryly puts it. 

The first black president should expand beyond his campaign security blanket, the smug cordon of overprotective white guys surrounding him — a long political tradition underscored by Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 when she complained about the “smart-ass white boys” from Walter Mondale’s campaign who tried to boss her around. 

Otherwise, this administration will keep tripping over race rather than inspiring on race. 
So we have Maureen Dowd declaring that Obama's blackness card just doesn't have enough points on it to have kept him from missing the whole Sherrod story.

I honestly don't know where to begin on this.

So, I'll go with this.  After the Village press jumped on every possible racial angle that the right wing dangled in front of them on Obama, up to and including the entirely manipulated Sherrod story over the course of the last, oh, 24 months, MoDo the Red here is shaming Barack Obama for being gunshy and playing far too cautious on the off-chance that somebody in the Village press might make a big giant deal out of nothing just because in has the words "Race" and "Obama" in it.

I can't imagine why a single person in the Obama administration would twitch like that given the totally responsible media we have in the US.  You know, a totally responsible media that runs with the Breitbart story without fact-checking either and then tries to dump all of it on Obama's head.  A totally responsible media that then continues to blame the issue of race in politics on Barack Obama.  A totally responsible media that makes Maureen Dowd the Arbiter of Blackness.  (Like Bill Clinton?  Really?  Eff you, lady.)

Yeah, the Obama administration blinked here.  I've given them noise for that.  But I never lost sight of the true bad guys here:  Breitbart, Fox News, and the Village Idiots that can't get their heads out of their asses long enough to see the years of complete journalistic failure they have perpetrated on the American public.

The real problem is our media.  Not Barack Obama.  No, I don't believe "what the White House is missing".  I do however believe what the media is missing, and that's integrity and honesty.

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