Obama’s Race Cards

Posted in 2008 Election on August 1st, 2008

It seems a large number of people are upset and shocked by Sen. Barack Obama “playing the Race Card” during a campaign event on July 30, 2008 in Springfield, MO.

Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me. You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.

— Sen. Barack Obama
Stump speech in Springfield, MO
July 30, 2008

Obama’s claims that the GOP would use racial fears against him has angered a lot of people. People seemed shocked that Obama – the post-racial Uniter – would cry racism and attempt to further the racial divisions in this country over something that even his claim admits hasn’t happened yet. But it’s not the first time Obama has pulled the mantle of race around his shoulders in order to attack his adversaries.

Theyre going to try to make me into a scary guy. Theyre even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right? And so that drumbeat ‘were not sure if hes patriotic or not; were not sure if he is too black.

— Sen. Barack Obama
Fundraiser in Chicago, IL
June 12, 2008

I can understand people’s anger over this racist tactic, but not the surprise or shock that many people are exhibiting. Crying racism and foretelling of racism by his opponents is not a brand new weapon in the Obama campaign arsenal. It’s a tried and true weapon that Obama and his campaign have wielded with the finesse of a sabre.

We know what kind of campaign they are going to run. They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young. He’s inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And, did I mention he’s black.

— Sen. Barack Obama
Fundraiser in Jacksonville, FL
June 20, 2008

These statements, these bits a fear mongering and race baiting have long been an integral part of Barack Obama’s campaign strategy. He has used them effectively against Sen. Hillary Clinton and now over the last months he’s a turned them against Sen. John McCain.

Obama’s campaign staff describes these comments as “applause lines” and proudly claims that the Illinois Senator has used similar statements throughout his campaign.

Obama Is Here

Posted in 2008 Election, Society on July 31st, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama is here and like all personages who’ve gained “rock star” status his entourage or “posse” is here as well – and they’re doing their best to feed off of Obama’s celebrity fame. Sycophants and leeches are one of the unavoidable prices of being in the limelight; sadly such parasites often kill their host.

Obama current problem is caused by the poison dripped from the slack lipped orifice of one parasite in particular – the rapper Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris. Ludacris has released a new rap spiel entitled Politics as Usual which is also frequently referenced as Obama’s Here.

Ludacris’ “Politics as Usual” Lyrics

I’m back on it like I just signed my record deal
Yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
Never should have hated, You never should’ve doubted him
With a slot in the president’s iPod Obama shouted ’em

Said I handle my biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put me in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant

Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
If you said it then you meant it how you want it head or gut?
And all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win majority vote in every state on my man

You can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
The threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!

Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ’em terrified
McCain don’t belong in any chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and just throw ’em like candy wrap
’cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents

Get out and vote or the end’ll be near
The world is ready for change because Obama is here
’cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here, yeah
cuz Obama is here

Two quite easily expected things happened as a direct result of Ludacris releasing his latest example of hip-hop filth: a large number of civilized people complained about Ludacris’ vile, jabbering mouthings, and Barack Obama’s campaign staff very quickly condemned the rapper’s piece and attempted to distance the Presumptive Democratic Nominee from his “friend” Chris Bridges, aka Ludacris.

As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to.

This song is not only outrageously offensive to Sen. Clinton, Rev. Jackson, Sen. McCain and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.

— Bill Burton
Obama Campaign Spokesperson

It seems that once again the Senator’s biggest image problem is his friends and the sort of people who go to great lengths to support him – or feed off of his fame.