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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Obama to Letterman: I Was Black Before the Election

Posted by Dan Savage on Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 11:50 AM

As mentioned earlier

It's exactly what the president should say, of course, it's what the president must say. Anyone with eyes can see that there's a racial element to the anger directed at the president. I mean, 'baggah please. And just because Obama was black before the election and still managed to get elected doesn't mean that racism isn't a problem and that racists don't exist. Remember Obama Waffles? But politically Obama has to avoid the angry-black-man label—which is why he's being baited with racist images and slurs and will go on being baited until sometime after 2012—because it would hurt him with middle-of-the-road white independents who don't want to believe that America has a race problem still.

So our first black president can't call clearly racist insults or acts or motives racist. He needs a crazy ol' cracker like Jimmy Carter to do that for him—and then he needs to go on TV and dismiss and downplay Carter's comments. And Americans are simultaneously upset with Carter because he's right and grateful to the president for letting them—and the country—off the hook.


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