Harry Reid makes Racial comments about Obama

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  1. aware profile image69
    awareposted 9 years ago

    am i chopped liver here or what?

  2. aware profile image69
    awareposted 9 years ago

    ken obama has put us more in dept than all presidents combined . all thats since gorge washington till now

    1. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      i want obama on the friggin ground in hati  tomaro. no matter the cost

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
        Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        As I recall we didn't see Bush "on the ground" in New Orleans until a year or so after Katrina.

    2. Petra Vlah profile image60
      Petra Vlahposted 9 years ago

      are we still talking about this

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
        Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this



        Yep! Quite a waste of time. I haven't detected anybody changing his or her mind.

    3. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      rehashing the past is counterproductive and just plain silly esp . when its words that are at issue

    4. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      ohh sweet . hi petra . wheigh in  i respect your opinions

    5. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

      Spell check can be your friend...

      1. aware profile image69
        awareposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        . well dang thanks . wana kick me in the nuts why your at it?

    6. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      mr deeds foward not back . if obama drops this ball it will make katrina look like a paper cut

      1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
        Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        My recollection is that it's not customary for American presidents to personally go to the sites of disasters in other countries. If I were his adviser, I would advise him to stay here and make sure we are taking every reasonable step to help the victims of the disaster.

        1. Arthur Fontes profile image81
          Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          Photo-op

    7. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

      Why would a US president go to a foreign country that has suffered a disaster?

    8. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      cus their our friggin neighbors thats why

    9. Uninvited Writer profile image83
      Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

      No...Canada and Mexico are your neighbours.

      What good would it do?

    10. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      it means something to me
      the current pres of hati is a usa installed leader

    11. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      i live in florida the only usa state in the carribian their my neighbors

    12. aware profile image69
      awareposted 9 years ago

      excuses and sidesteping jive talk blame will make obama a one term pres ill bet on it

      1. Uninvited Writer profile image83
        Uninvited Writerposted 9 years ago

        How much do you want to bet?

        1. aware profile image69
          awareposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          . heres the bet i win you write a hub saying i was right . you win ill right a hub saying you were right . deal?

      2. aware profile image69
        awareposted 9 years ago

        you stay warm in the past my friend . i hope it serves you well . i mean look how it served the past

      3. aware profile image69
        awareposted 9 years ago

        ill share this with you i did not vote for obama but in 2012 i will . despite his performance. just as i did for bush. . i voted gore the first time. but bush the second . reason being i give my presadents 8 years  . thats how i vote thats how i roll . so im betting ill lose in 2012 by voteing for obama

        1. aware profile image69
          awareposted 9 years ago

          december 23 2012 might be the end

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            Kenrick Chatmanposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            The worst decade of recent history is over. By December 2012, everything should be back on track - prosperity for many.

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              cosetteposted 9 years agoin reply to this

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              i feel that way too for some strange reason! smile

        2. jimbb profile image56
          jimbbposted 9 years ago

          I think it is all but common knowledge there is a huge double standard in politics on both sides.  We endured 8 years of it with the Bush administration.  Now before I'm labled a "Bush hater".  I don't feel he was Satan's brother.  There is some good that came out of his administration.  I can't help but feel sometimes the entire political machine is at a point of nowhere.  We want Obama to come up with quick and easy fixes for everything. A year into his presidency some are ready to throw him to the wolves, beacuse the country is not perfect by now.  Is he an easier target because his ethnicity?  Does this make his critics more harsh towards him?
          Why expose Reid's comments now?  At a time when the president needs unity within his own party, this will surely create tension and more distrust. Is it so much concern the public has the right to know, or is this a perfect time to create more turbulence within the democratic party.  Every action in Washington is calculated.  Is it possible actions such as these are more self serving than geared towards public interest. These were idiotic comments made by a supposedly intelligent, well informed individual. Its happened numerous times before; Trent Lott, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, the list is long and distinguished and yet again someone's "true colors" comes to surface.

          1. creepy profile image56
            creepyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            unity in the democrat party never happen some of them arent socialists

          2. Arthur Fontes profile image81
            Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Cyndi Lauper – True Colors ♫ http://blip.fm/~j5qst

        3. Ralph Deeds profile image64
          Ralph Deedsposted 9 years ago

          Arthur you tricked me into a possibly losing bet! :-) I see from something I read today that Reid is facing stiff opposition which has nothing to do with his tactless remark about Obama bur rather from a couple of Republicans and a bunch of tea partiers. I don't recall the source, but it said that he may well lose the election.

          1. Arthur Fontes profile image81
            Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            If you read my posts I have said this repeatedly in this forum.  I tried to tell you. You were not tricked .

            A bet is a bet smile

            1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
              Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              Okay, as long as it's not for more than $10.

              1. Arthur Fontes profile image81
                Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                Loser writes a hub on why Reid deserved to get reelected/notelected/resign  depending on outcome?

                1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
                  Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

                  Here's what Leonard Pitts a respected, syndicated black columnist had to say in his column today--

                  SEN. REID IS RIGHT ABOUT RACE BY LEONARD PITTS, JR

                  "Somebody please tell Harry Reid there are no Negroes in America.

                  "There haven't been since the late 1960s =, which is when black people arrived and drove that term out of favor. THE PERSON WHO USES IT WITHOUT IRONY, AS REID DID, PAINTS HIMSELF AS A GEEZER OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE LAST 40 YEARS, THE KIND OF PERSON WHO STILL CALLS ROCK MUSIC A FAD.

                  "That said there is little to complain about in the quote from the Senate majority leader...It (the book) has Reid, as supporter of then-candidate Barack Obama, privately suggesting the country was finally ready to elect a black man, especially one who, like Obama is "light-siknned" and has "no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one."

                  "A firestorm has raged ever since with Michael Steele likening Reid's remarks to the gaffe that got Trent Lott in trouble...Richard Prince writes that panelists on the Sunday talk shows "were shocked, shocked that there is 'colorism' in America and a perceived Negro dialect....

                  "Too bad. they might have helped frame the one question that has gone conspicuously unaddressed in the loud debate over what Reid said: WAS HE RIGHT?

                  "Sure he was. Moreover there is somethingly unbearably precious in the idea of pundits bypassing that question to debate the existence of colorism and black dialect.

                  "Anyone who doubts the existence of the former should qacquaint herself with the 'doll tests' conducted by Dr. Kenneth Clark in the 30s and 40s. Those tests found black children describing otherwise identical white dolls as 'nice' and 'good' and black ones as 'bad.'

                  "Anyone who doubts the existence of a black dialect...denies self-evident truth. Of course there is , just as there is a boston Irish dialect, A Southern white dialect, a Midwestern dialect. So what?

                  "Anyone who doubts Obama's ability to turn said dialect off and on has never heard him work a black audience or reporter. I interviewed Obama once. He quoted something I had written about him, whereupon I expressed surprise that he knew my work, Obama's reply: 'Oh yeah, brother, I read you.'

                  "I have trouble imagining him addressing George F. Will in a similar manner. I also have trouble understanding why this calibration of language would be problematic. Don't members of most groups--ethnic, racial, religious, geographic, occupational--speak differently among their own?

                  "The Gist of Reid's comment then is that a dark-skinned man who announced his candidacy thusly--'I'm gon run for president. I ax for your support'--would have trouble being taken sericously...George W. Bush couldn[t pronounce  'nuclear' if you put a gun to his head, and you need a GPS and a Sherpa to get through Sarah Palin's winding utterances, but their race buys them at least a measure of forbearance that--call me crazy--I don't think a dark-skinned candidate could expect.

                  To believe Reid did something wrong in talking about that is to buy the silly contention that talking about race is, of itself, racist. The morally malleable Michael Steele knows better. He also knows full well that Trent Lott's sin was to suggest America would have been better off had an arch-segregationist been elected president in 1948.That's not close to what Reid did.

                  "No Reid's sin was to be blunt, indecorous impolitic.

                  "And right."

                  Detroit Free Press Op-ed Jan 15, 2010.

        4. Arthur Fontes profile image81
          Arthur Fontesposted 9 years ago

          http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch … mayor.html


          Obama did not help Reid by telling bankers not to go to Vegas.

        5. theirishobserver. profile image60
          theirishobserver.posted 9 years ago

          I have just posted an article on my Hub about political sex scandals in Belfast, Ireland, it shows that the moral high ground if often a place from which to fall.....

        6. Ralph Deeds profile image64
          Ralph Deedsposted 9 years ago

          Here's what Michael Kinsley had to say in the current "Atlantic"

          "As many have pointed out, Reid’s comment was a “gaffe”—a statement that gets you in trouble because it’s true. The sense that Obama was a different kind of black politician—not part of the southern civil rights movement or the great migration north—may have made some African Americans suspicious (though I would like to meet a single black American who voted against him for this reason), but undoubtedly helped him among whites."

          more Kinsley

          "Indeed I read or heard of no one who was actually offended by Reid’s remarks. The disagreement about whether to take them seriously and force Reid to resign  broke down entirely on party grounds, as opposed to racial ones. Every Republican pol from their chairman on down said he should resign, and every Democratic pol from Obama on down said he should stay. Even Al Sharpton, who will fly to the site of a racial misstatement like the FAA rushing to the scene of an air crash, decided to take a pass on this one. The Republican argument boiled down to sauce for the goose. Rules are rules, and the rule is, you commit a racial gaffe, you resign.  The accusation was of a double standard. Democrats replied: this is different, because of intent and context. Trent Lott was saying America would be better off if it was still segregated by race. Reid’s remark, by contrast, was intended to praise Obama and clearly came in the context of wishing him well and hoping for his success."

          1. Arthur Fontes profile image81
            Arthur Fontesposted 9 years agoin reply to this

            Trent Lott was saying America would be better off if it was still segregated by race.

            Lott was speaking to a 100 year old at his birthday party.  It would be normal to try and say nice things about the man at his birthday.  No one can say exactly what Lott meant any more than they can Reid.

            Double Standard

            Denial is not just a river in Egypt.

            1. Ralph Deeds profile image64
              Ralph Deedsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

              Lott's and Reid's remarks are in no way equivalent. Moreover, it was the GOP, not the Dems who ousted Trent Lott in an unsuccessful appeal for black votes.

              Paul Gottfried:  "It is also the case that pace Sarah Palin, it was the Reps, not the Dems, who "immolated" Lott, in the words of Dan McCarthy, as a propitiatory offering to blacks. Dan has further observed in an email note to me that "Lott’s head on a pike did nothing to help George Allen [the liberal Republican politician who lost the black vote badly in the Virginia senatorial race in 2006]."

              "But such a useless strategy can be continued because until now it has done nothing to drive away most of the white Republican core. In the South more than elsewhere, the GOP has become the white party, as opposed to the Democrats, who attract almost every black vote. Presumably being a Republican, no matter what the party leaders say, identifies the party loyalist as a white Southerner. One might also observe, as Lew Rockwell has many times, that the South is full of military installations and disproportionately represented among military forces. Given such a connection, white Southerners with fading historical memories don’t seem to care about supporting a party that condemns the display of Confederate flags and praises the glories of Reconstruction. After all, the GOP is good at providing military build-ups and military engagements. "

        7. Arthur Fontes profile image81
          Arthur Fontesposted 9 years ago

          Scott Brown (R) Senator from Massachusetts.


          WOW that looks good...

        8. Ralph Deeds profile image64
          Ralph Deedsposted 9 years ago

          Here's an interesting take on the Reid furor from the conservative Rockwell Report "PC Party Purists" by Paul Gottfried

          http://www.lewrockwell.com/gottfried/gottfried116.html

        9. tobey100 profile image59
          tobey100posted 9 years ago

          The best part to me is....we don't have to worry about Harry Reid.  He's gone in November anyway and, I've never paid much attention to the ramblings of fools.  Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Rangel, Dodd, Clinton (either one), and throw in Obama.  Does any thinking, objective observer really believe these people know what they're doing???? or, are they simply following a predetermined agenda?  When responding, please don't quote me any talking points will ya.

         
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