When did Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid began channeling Joe Biden, Trent Lott, and Rod Blagojevich?
Over the weekend, excerpts of a new book called “Game Change”: Obama and the Clintons, McCain, and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime by John Helieman and Mark Halperin were released. This morning, Reid is making the rounds as part of his apology circuit after an unflattering “racist” comment was published in the book.
Here is the excerpt, in it’s entireity:
In a “private” conversation, Reid discussed candidate Barack Obama’s racial profile. The authors wrote that Reid’s “encouragement of Obama was unequivocal. He was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama — a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately. Reid was convinced, in fact, that Obama’s race would help him more than hurt him in a bid for the Democratic nomination.”
Doesn’t that statement sound eerily similar to the one Joe Biden said in 2007, courtesy of CNN.com?
In the article published Wednesday, Biden is quoted evaluating presidential rivals Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois. His remarks about Obama, the only African-American serving in the Senate, drew the most scrutiny.
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
If a Republican would say this, he’s a racist, but if it’s a Democrat, it’s “terms of endearment”? It a poor choice of words no matter what political affiliation you belong too. But, let’s not sweep this under the rug so quickly. The fact that Biden and now Reid have said these comments have shown that there are some in the Democratic party who’s happy, but still having a tough time explaining on how Barack Obama is the President of the United States.
What I’m saying is this: 2008 was about race, not “change”. That’s the sad truth. If it was Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton running for the White House again, it’s likely John McCain or John Edwards would be running the show today.
The terms “articulate” and “no negro dialect”, to me, is the ultimate insult towards African-Americans who are well-educated and successful like Barack Obama. It’s a slap in the face and demeaning. Period.
The interpretation is that there’s no way that the President of the United States can sound so “articulate” and be “clean-cut”. On the flipside, people would most likely not elect an African-American who sounds and emulates Snoop Dogg, despite his popularity in the mainstream. So, if he sounds “articulate” with “no negro dialect”, then he must an Uncle Tom. If he “talks” black, then he’s too “ghetto.”
President Obama must be rolling his eyes in private disgust today. What does Biden, Trent Lott, Robert Byrd, and Reid have in common? They’re old white men over the age of 60, long-time Senators, who haven’t figured out that the more you talk and the less you catch yourself with what you say, the more people will hear and listen to how stupid you sound.
I feel bad for Obama, but he’s a big boy, and he’s a lot like me when it comes to accepting apologies and moving on. Joe Wilson apologized and that was that.
I mention good ol’ Blago at the start of this blog. Well, the former corrupt disgraced governor of Illinois got loose on a barrage of issues, including on Obama, that will shortly start getting some major press, courtesy of the newest Esquire magazine article .
“It’s such a cynical business, and most of the people in the business are full of —- and phonies, but I was real, man — and am real. This guy, he was catapulted in on hope and change, what we hope the guy is. What the —-? Everything he’s saying’s on the teleprompter. I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.”
When will elected officials learn how to shut up and keep their comments to themselves?
What Lott and Reid have said pales in comparison to what Bill Clinton uttered to the late Ted Kennedy in “Game Change.” I wonder how much furor Clinton should get. I hope to hell he gets his comeuppance.