March 18, 2008

Analyses of the Day: Allah and Shelby Steele Nail Obama’s ‘Checkers’ Speech

Filed under: Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:57 pm

….. so I don’t have to.

Read the speech by the candidate I refer to as BOOHOO (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama; partial vid is here).

Then catch Allah at Hot Air:

Partisanship aside, as much as I loathe his politics, I always liked Obama the man and believed that his devotion to racial reconciliation was sincere. I don’t anymore. He exploited Trinity politically to establish his black “authenticity” and then demagogued Clinton for challenging his image as the post-racial candidate, and now the two have bumped up against each other so suddenly it’s time for a circle-squaring conversation that can really only end in electing him president. Typical politician, just a bit smarter than the rest. Shows you how naive I am that I’m surprised.

You’re not alone, pal.

Following that, visit the man of Steele (bold is mine):

….. now the floodlight of a presidential campaign has trained on this usually hidden corner of contemporary black life: a mindless indulgence in a rhetorical anti-Americanism as a way of bonding and of asserting one’s blackness. Yet Jeremiah Wright, splashed across America’s television screens, has shown us that there is no real difference between rhetorical hatred and real hatred.

No matter his ultimate political fate, there is already enough pathos in Barack Obama to make him a cautionary tale. His public persona thrives on a manipulation of whites (bargaining), and his private sense of racial identity demands both self-betrayal and duplicity. His is the story of a man who flew so high, yet neglected to become himself.

Dead on.

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3 Comments

  1. Obama did nail it, but read it and see it here:

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23690567/

    Comment by Tony B. — March 18, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  2. #1, in your dreams, and already linked.

    Comment by TBlumer — March 19, 2008 @ 1:37 am

  3. I followed your link. The Drudge transcript, with its wide format, is a tough read.

    Comment by Tony B. — March 19, 2008 @ 8:06 am

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