Remember when Barack Obama was supposed to be the “post-racial” President. It was only 23 months ago that the United States became the first nation in modern history, with a largely white population that has elected a black man to be its leader. Despite the fact that he was elected by a mostly white populace, from day one, any dissension with the policies of this president has been branded as racist. Now in a desperate attempt to save his congressional majority in congress the president, is playing the race card in a big way, using rhetoric aimed at dividing not uniting the population.
His speech at a fundraiser for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation hinted that the coming election was a mater of the “GOP vs. Blacks.
With the Republican Party hoping to regain power on Capitol Hill in the November election, Obama described his adversaries as “a crowd … that wants to do what’s right politically, instead of what’s right — period.” He never named the opposing party, referring to it as “the other side.”
The first black president also said the recession had struck “with a particular vengeance on African-American communities” and he defended his approach to reviving the sour economy.
Members of “the other side,” Obama said, “want to take us backward. We want to move America forward. In fact, they’re betting that you’ll come down with a case of amnesia. That you’ll forget about what their agenda did to this country when they were in charge. Remember, these are the folks who spent almost a decade driving the economy into a ditch. And now they’re asking for the keys back.”
With polls showing his party facing a wide “enthusiasm gap” with the Republican Party, Obama sought to rally an important constituency in his speech.
“What made the civil rights movement possible were foot soldiers like so many of you, sitting down at lunch counters and standing up for freedom. What made it possible for me to be here today are Americans throughout our history making our union more equal, making our union more just, making our union more perfect,” Obama said. “That’s what we need again.”
The president has been pushing his divisive “us vs them” message all week. It started on Monday with a reception for black college officials. It included speeches by the president on Wednesday to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and by first lady Michelle Obama to a black caucus legislative conference that same day. Last week, Obama was interviewed on “The Tom Joyner Show” radio program, which enjoys a large black audience.
Obama told Joyner he knows unemployment has been “brutal,” especially among African-Americans, but he compared the economy to a patient recovering from an accident. “It can’t run yet, but it’s walking,” he said.
The president told the Hispanic group he is committed to an immigration overhaul, even though it has stalled in Congress. He blamed GOP opposition and said Hispanic voters should keep that in mind.
“You have every right to keep the heat on me and keep the heat on the Democrats,” he said. “But don’t forget who is standing with you, and who is standing against you. … Your voice can make the difference.”
The president is not talking issues, ie, this is why we are right…this is why they are wrong. He is setting up his political opponents as the big bad boogie-men/racists trying to hurt minorities, that is not what any leader should be doing, especially the President of the United States.