Barack Obama’s New Yorker interview: Playing the race card one more...

Barack Obama’s New Yorker interview: Playing the race card one more time

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CHARLOTTE, January 21, 2014 – Since Barack Obama brought the subject of racism up in a lengthy article in “The New Yorker” let’s talk about it.

Racism has been a major component of the presidency since Obama took office five years ago, but it was the first lady who entered the fray long before her husband was ever elected. In February 2008, Michelle Obama revealed that racism comprises a larger part of her DNA than the mainstream media will admit when she said in Milwaukee, “For the first time in my adult life I am proud of my country because it feels like hope is finally make a comeback.”

A few years later, in 2011, during a ceremony to honor the victims of 9/11/01, Michelle turned to Barack and asked, “All of this for a damned flag?” So who is the racist? Both Michelle and Barack are unambiguous in their disdain for the people who sent them to serve in America’s house in Washington. The race card has been utilized on countless occasions whenever Mr. Obama finds himself in the midst of controversy. Which is frequently.

According to “The New Yorker,” Obama stated:

“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black president. Now, the flip side of it is there are some black folks and maybe some white folks who really like me and give me the benefit of the doubt precisely because I’m a black president.”

Media analysts have bombarded the airwaves with commentary about the president’s words. Many have been quick to point out that the first part of Obama’s statement was taken out of context when he opined that many people “don’t like the idea of a black president.” According to the talking heads, when the second part is added, that others do like him “precisely because I’m a black president” the meaning changes

Hogwash. That is nothing more than Obama-speak. Have we not figured that out in the past five years?

The second portion of Obama’s comment was made purely to soften the harsh reality of what he truly believes in the first portion of his statement.

Face it, Mr. Obama, your approval ratings are on the decline and there is little you can do, even with a complicit media behind you, to alter that because your policies are bad, you are a serial liar and your administration is fraught with scandal. All of which have no relationship  whatsoever to race.

To be sure racial problems still exist in this country. There is a constant struggle to overcome unfairness and racial discrimination. That is an absolute truth. That stipulated however, would someone please show Barack Obama any other country where an impoverished child born of illegal aliens could grow up in a free society that allowed him to be elected to the most powerful office in the world. Where was the racism when that happened?

Mychal Massie, an author and popular talk-show host in Los Angeles, writes, “Michelle Obama is free to hate and disparage whites because Americans of every description paid with their blood to ensure her right to do that.” Note please that Massie is of African-American descent.

The problem is not racism. The problem is that Barack Obama is the ultimate victim. Such ideas were instilled deep within the fabric of his soul during the days of Islamic influence in his formative years. Despite the rewards and accolades that have been thrust upon him, victimization is at the core of Obama’s beliefs. That is why he is incapable of accepting any responsibility for his failures.

Barack Obama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner. For what? He was voted the honor literally for being elected president. Nothing more. Was that racism too? Or was it blind political correctness run amok?

Gradually, more and more voices like Mychal Massie are being heard from the black community. Unlike moderate Muslims who refuse to acknowledge the flaws of their religion, black leaders such as Allen West, Herman Cain, Condoleeza Rice and others are beginning to have a dramatic impact on the African-American community.

While the Jesse Jacksons and Al Sharptons of the world still are voices that resonate, they are beginning to fade because they have become anachronisms of what used to be. They represent the “racist” attitudes of the United States that Barack Obama so cavalierly referenced in “The New Yorker” story.

As Mychal Massie points out, “the Obama’s have taken lies, dishonesty, deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depths. They are verbally abusive to the citizenry, and they display an animus for civility.” What Massie is referring to do is the lack of common decency. It has nothing to do with race.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (   Read more of What in the World and Bob Taylor at Communities Digital News Follow us on Twitter

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Bob Taylor
Bob Taylor has been travel writer for more than three decades. Following a career as an award winning sports producer/anchor, Taylor’s media production business produced marketing presentations for Switzerland Tourism, Rail Europe, the Finnish Tourist Board, Japan Railways Group, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council and the Swiss Travel System among others. He is founder of The Magellan Travel Club ( and his goal is to visit 100 countries or more during his lifetime.