Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
The situation that came about concerning the incident with the Cambridge police and the Harvard professor gives me an uncomfortable feeling that the president may lean toward the side of racism. No, this is not Limbaugh or Hannity or anyone else talking....this is just me. I've heard no one else mention this theory but, after looking back and even looking at the present and projected future, there is much there for me to support this allegation. Why do I feel this way?
Obama's twenty year association with Reverend Wright, a self-proclaimed racist.
His wife's comments about being the "first time" she was proud of the country when Obama won the nomination.
The way he slipped racism into his campaign on occasion, to the point that even Bill Clinton accused him of playing the race card.
This current situation where he claimed not to know the facts and then proceeded to call the police actions "stupid" and then went into a speech about how police departments use racial profiling, all of this in a national press conference on Health care, in which many millions were watching.
His association and participation with ACORN, an obviously racial group at the grass roots, pressuring banks to give out unsecured loans to minorities.
His "redistribution of wealth" actions, taking from the working class and giving to the poor.
The cap and trade and his proposed health care are aimed at raising taxes on middle and upper class. I have thought that he simply doesn't think about the consequences of his bills but I'm beginning to think he does. The upper and even middle , class work group is predominitely white. The poor are predominately minorities. Taxes on energy doesn't affect the poor as much because they use less energy. Taxes on health care doesn't affect the poor, of which many don't even have it but it does make them receiptients. One can say he is simply being a Robin Hood but I get the uneasy feeling it's deeper than that, based on everything I've seen. Perhaps he has a grudge on the United States for their treatment of blacks throughout it's history. He certainly hasn't suffered economically or politically, having made millions and becoming President. Neither has his wife, who had never been proud of the country, although she went to the best schools and made millions herself. But perhaps he has a deep-rooted dislike for the "white America" which has treated blacks as second-class citizens, regardless of their positions. I'd like to think that's not true.
The situation with the police and the professor is nothing new. A black congresswoman went ballistic when asked for her ID by a security guard, throwing a fit, berating the guard and screaming racism.
We had an incident here in Florida where a black police captain in south Florida was pulled over in north Florida for weaving while driving. The captain went berzerk, screaming at the officer, grabbing his driver's license back from the officer's hand, and threatening to beat him up, screaming racial profiling all the while. He was arrested. At a press conference afterwards, the captain defended his actions, claiming that his actions were justifiable because he felt he was pulled over unfairly. When asked by the reporter if he was advocating the same type of response for anyone pulled over if they thought they were being unfairly, he backtracked very quickly and said that PERHAPS he had acted rashly and, no, he did not advocate that at all and wound up apologizing for his actions.
Now we have a Harvard professor going ballistic because the police responded to a possible burglar incident at his home and wanted identification. The professor made sure everyone knew he was a close friend of Obama's.
What's with these people? A congresswoman, a police captain, a Harvard professor...all successful, all prominent....and all screaming racism to the point of attacking authorities just doing their jobs. Apparently being rich or successful does not take away deep-rooted racial "victimizatiton" attitude. It could even be that way for the President of the United States. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, who is black, had called Gates' arrest "every black man's nightmare."
Jesse jackson and Al Sharpeton are screaming for the officer's head...what a surprise.
Why did Obama weigh in on this anyway? A president of the country getting involved in a local police situation and calling the police actions "stupid" without even knowing the facts? Smearing police departments all over the country for their tactics of racial profiling? I feel those same deep-rooted feelings in the president.
A multiracial group of police officers stood with Crowley in Massachusetts and called on Obama to say he's sorry. Has he apologized? No, he hasn't. He claimed his words were "ill-chosen".
"I want to make clear that in my choice of words, I think I unfortunately gave an impression that I was maligning the Cambridge Police Department and Sgt. Crowley specifically. And I could've calibrated those words differently." Yes, choice of words like "stupid" would give that impression.
"The fact that this has garnered so much attention, I think, is testimony to the fact that these are issues that are still very sensitive here in America," Obama said. No, the fact that this has garnered so much attention is the the president butted in where a president shouldn't and stuck his foot in his mouth.
Obama's take on the situation: "My sense is you've got two good people in a circumstance in which neither of them were able to resolve the incident in a way that it should have been resolved." No, the police officer could have resolved it very easily. The professor was the one out of control.
Has Obama apologized? No, he hasn't. He calls it "unfortunate" and a "teaching moment" but no apology. Let's hope it's a teaching moment for him. It COULD be a teaching moment for all of us.
There are some of you who may think I'm suggesting this because I just don't like Obama but I've given it a lot of thought and welcome comments.