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Carl McClanahan

Obama's Racism

Posted Friday, July 24, 2009, at 3:48 PM
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  • I agree fully with every word you just said...

    -- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 4:07 PM
  • Several players in this plotline are at fault.

    My first thought is that the officers should have immediately recognized that this was an older gentleman that by many accounts has a fraility about him maybe because of injury or because of age or maybe some other reason. He also has the appearance of a professional, certainly not that of a thug, and a little pause by this officer could have avoided this entire fiasco. In defense, most officers are in a state o heightened alert during a call, and reacted purely on instinct.

    Mr. Gates also possesses fault. Under no circumstances should he be crying racism just because an officer had been called to a potential crime scene. Sometimes racism is imagined, especially in towns with a history of racial issues, as is possible in this situation. Gates was likely angry over having to break into his own home after travelling, which is a reaction any of us might have.

    And finally, Obama should have kept his mouth shut. Oh wait, maybe Obama should ALWAYS keep his mouth shut.

    -- Posted by gottago on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 4:25 PM
  • -- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 4:07 PM


    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 4:26 PM
  • I agree with you wholeheartedly. There was no reason with all the problems America is facing for him to even weigh in on this subject. The incident was one that I am sure could and should have been handled by the local authorities in the jurisdiction which the incident occurred. Interferring in local matters and making accusatory remarks alledging racial profiling is just one way to undo all the progress that has been between the races. Rather than instigating unrest the President should use his influence as a peacemaker instead. Undermining the entire police force only causes more disrespect for officers in an already dangerous position. I'm afraid it is going to be a l o n g four years!

    -- Posted by writeattitude on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 5:27 PM
  • to wonder how many people around the world are watching what our president has just done? haven't seen the news,but, what must they think of us now?

    -- Posted by beachedtn on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 5:42 PM
  • Talk about jumping to a conclusion. In what way are Obama's comments racist.He stated that the arrest was stupid. He did not disparage the cop or all law enforcement. He gave his opinion on racial profiling; which is still a real problem in this country.

    Come on if you don't like the President that's one thing but to call him a racist is just plain STUPID.

    And to Writeattitude I'll take four years of Obama after 8 years of that walking disaster BUSH.

    -- Posted by ctjazz on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 5:50 PM
  • This is the culmination of 20 years of listening to the racist ramblings of an extremist preacher, working as a "community activist", and surrounding himself with anti-American wackos.

    obama is just the naive mouthpiece for so many puppetmasters.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 6:10 PM
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    Carl has never liked President Obama; I can't wait to see what he writes next.

    -- Posted by Grit on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 8:59 PM
  • The scariest and most ironic part of Obama's premeditated gaff is that he spoke very factually after admitting he had no idea what actually happened (i.e. he has no idea what he's talking about.) This after trying to pitch a disastrous socialized health care plan. Way to think it all through. I must say he "acted stupidly."

    -- Posted by nikisota on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 12:11 AM
  • According to our President, if the police are called to investigate a possible burglary and find an elderly black man on the premises, they are not supposed to ask any questions or request proper identification. The officer is just supposed to assume that because he's elderly and black, he has the right to be there.

    Now that would be STUPID!!!!

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 2:28 AM
  • Apparently Mr. Obama heard and believed EVERY sermon that the racist, anti-American Reverand Wright gave.

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 2:30 AM
  • I think NWA had the best response to this type of situation...

    -- Posted by deathtongue on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 3:48 AM
  • This professor was not an older gentleman, he was 58 years old. I am 50 and I don't think that I will be old in eight years. He broke into his house his neighbor reported a break in to the police and when they arrived he went off with no provocation. There had been a break in reported at this home in the past and the police responded to it as well. He went off when they arrived, claiming that this would not happen to a white man. If he had acted in a civil manner when they arrived and explained to the officers what had occurred and be grateful that the police responded as they did to a break in call. This would not be an issue. He acted as if he had a chip on his shoulder from the time that they arrived and incited the entire episode. He should be the one apologizing to the officer in this case, this was not racism on the officers part, it was profiling on the professors part to insinuate that because he was a white policeman that he was a racist.

    -- Posted by docudrama on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 5:49 AM
  • And to Writeattitude I'll take four years of Obama after 8 years of that walking disaster BUSH.

    -- Posted by ctjazz on Fri, Jul 24, 2009, at 5:50 PM

    We won't have a country left after 4 years of Obama.

    Is Obama going to weigh in on every incident?

    If it had been a white professor mouthing off, no one would have even noticed.

    If it had been a black officer, no one would have even noticed.

    If it hadn't been a Harvard Professor or a friend of Obama's, no one would have even noticed.

    Racism is not the reason for everything so it doesn't need to be used everytime something happens to you that you do not like.

    -- Posted by stardust on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 9:01 AM
  • I don't know if I would consider Obama a racist even though he made his "stupid" comment before knowing many of the facts and thus hinted at racial profiling which would suggest he felt it was a racial issue since it was a black gentleman and a white police officer.

    No matter what, Obama should be intelligent enough to know that it is always better to gather all the facts before making a comment and especially on national television when millions of people will be watching which could influence a wide array of reactions and beliefs. This was very stupid on his part and in that position he should definitely know better and it shows his lack of experience in a true leadership position. Unfortunately he showed he was not much different from George Bush in making decision without truly thinking it out or knowing the facts(just like he is showing with health care and with his stimulus package and like Bush did with the war).

    In Obama's case, a cooler head should have prevailed before speaking on the subject matter or better yet leaving any comments being made to the local government where the incident took place. We are all human though and we tend to make mistakes and unfortunately Obama made one in this situation but unlike many of us, his comments can influence millions and develop attitudes that don't need to be manifested.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 9:11 AM
  • One of us is missing the point. It is truly a matter of black and white, but not skin color. You see it is clearly black and white that a man, any man, should not be arrested in his own home if he hasn't broken any laws. Shouting at a police officer is not illegal. That would be covered under the fredom of speech. Do you rememeber that one?

    Even the officer makes no claim that the man tried in any way to physically assault him.

    Rutherford county is currently facing somewhat of a similar situation. The police went to the wrong home, burst in without properly identifying themselves and promptly arrested a man and his father, white by the way, for denfending their home. It is clear in this case that the prosectuor is hoping to trade away chages made against the father and son if they will drop any civil suits. I hope the man and his son can see through this ploy.

    Right or wrong, in this country one can say anything he likes to a police officer. The officer may not like it, but he supposed to be trained to take it. The Preident is correct in saying that this was a situation where cooler heads should have prevailed. The point is however, there were no cool heads present. (The cooler heads in these situations are supposed to be the police.)

    AS for the officer in Cambridge, if he is the professional you, his boss and the President want to make him out to to be, he was the one who should have ended the confrontation. When he realized he was in the man's home, instead of appologizing and getting out, he let his emotions rule and arrested the man. Ask youself this. In the future will police be allowed to shoot someone becasue the person makes a reference to their mother?

    Botom line, Police are supposed to be above this kind of behavior. They are supposed to defuse situations, not escalete them.

    Personally, I blame the Pattiot Act for a lot of this. Law enforcement has been given far to much ability to ignore the constitutional rights of all men, black or white.

    Now, let us as a nation, get beyond all this media hype and racism controversy. Our focus has to be on getting this country and working people out of this economic mess that threatens to make slaves of us all.

    -- Posted by goose2008 on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 10:21 AM
  • The Patriot act has almost no effect on local law enforcement's powers. It almost exclusively affects federal law enforcement.

    I agree you CAN say anything (within reason) you like to the police, but having that ability doesn't make it a wise decision.

    If Gates would have looked past the easy excuse of racism and saw that the police were trying to protect HIS house and put himself in the place of the police he would have seen how suspicious his actions looked, and avoided this whole mess.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 3:15 PM
  • You are right quitemike plus Gates wasn't arrested for being in his own home . . . he was arrested for disorderly conduct. That is the difference.

    Yes goose2008, you can say whatever you want to a police officer but you also pay the consequences for it too. What do you think would happen if you were pulled over by a cop and you decided to make reference to his mother and tell him he doesn't know who he is messing with . . . I can bet that you definitely will get the worse case scenario in regards to a ticket or maybe even arrested. Anyone knows that . . . . heck, if you are in court and mouth off to a judge you can have a contempt against the court charge thrown at you. That is just how it is . . . Gates decided to showboat instead of resolving the issue at hand and he got what he deserved. It was a bad situation that would have easily been resolved by showing the police they were mistaken and left it at that. If this would have happened to me I would have shown them my license or ID and proved I belonged in the house and then thank the police for checking, especially considering the house had been broken into before.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 4:08 PM
  • Now you all can call the policeman Stupid, he's on his way to the White House for a cold one with the Big Man..HA HA HA HA.

    I'd absolutely love to see you people try to sit down and have a face to FACT conversation with anyone of any substance..

    Change Something in your own community before you take on the world!! Living in one of the highest UnControlled Illegal Immigration capitals in the south!!

    When you're unemployed,spending your last dime on milk and bread, standing in line behind a eighteen yr old, with four babies in three grocery carts Full of Free Food, that's a time to be mad. Oh and she's never worked a day in her life, the only applications she's filled out was the one for direct assistance of Our tax dollars!!

    She comes in many shapes, sizes, and colors, we could insult the whole human race behind these creatures!!!

    You can't blame Obama, he can only do what Elected legislators will allow...again, starts at home, voice your wishes to your hometown elected hero's!! When they cry back to you, they can only do what they can, then think about that next time you cast your vote. They also will live freely and comfortably on our tax dollars.

    Oh..the Stock Market is the most stable it's been in over 18 mths......hmmmm...who do the rich ppl have to thank for that?? All of us that eat at McDonalds.....the strongest stock on the market!!

    No matter who's driving the boat, we're all going down with it...just think pleasant thoughts, it might make the journey smoother.

    To reference something you all Should be familiar with, "I am confident" In just a few short years you'll have another puppet to blame.

    Ladies, hold on to your tongues, if Palin stands a chance, she will be insulted in ways that will set women back 100 yrs. If it's their Indian poster child, in Louisiana, you won't be able to stay in a hotel, buy gas, beer, or play the poker machines without thinking about That Man.....hahaha

    See, just laugh, because it's going to get crazy trying to top the Democrats hat trick with Obama!

    -- Posted by Freedomof Speech on Sat, Jul 25, 2009, at 7:38 PM
  • Having a beer with a College instigator and the White House "Resident" is not some thing I would wish on anyone and if he shows up for this back-filling photo op, then I would also call him stupid. And most of these so called people of substance will never have a place at my table or a place of honor on my list of people deserving of respect. You have to earn respect and as far as I can see they have bought, not earned their lofty positions. And by the way Carl, your posting was (as always) very good.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 5:52 AM
  • Many of these post are deplorable. They show how the real racist will pop out of the woodwork no matter what Obama does right or wrong. Your backwards hatespeak will not keep this country from moving forward. Most Americans voted for Obama because they see the greatness of America fading because the Bush years brought war, a failed economic plan, a refusal to tackle huge problems like global warming, industrial decline, et. al. Luckily there is a generation emerging in the south that sees things differently than most of the people posting on this topic.

    -- Posted by ctjazz on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 6:51 AM
  • Bush years brought war, a failed economic plan, a refusal to tackle huge problems like global warming, industrial decline, et. al.

    -- Posted by ctjazz on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 6:51 AM

    Exactly which of these has been solved by obama and friends?

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 6:57 AM
  • -- Posted by ctjazz on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 6:51 AM

    Exactly which of these has been solved by obama and friends?

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 6:57 AM

    The first step is admitting there is a problem... Proud of you.

    -- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 9:10 AM
  • The problems started long before the 'Bush' years. Obama promised he could fix everything that has been brewing since America was founded. He is already backing down and has already increased the debt which so many of you thought he would decrease. He is telling us what we will eat, where and how we will get our healthcare, what we will be able to drive....and he is going to make us pay for all of it. He is making our country look STUPID and the world is laughing at us. Is that really what you wanted?

    -- Posted by stardust on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 10:21 AM
  • The world laughed at us in 2004 for re-electing an idiot... His approval rating among the world is at nearly 90%. The last time I checked, I eat what I want, drive what I want, and I have my own health insurance, and the only person telling me how much I pay for it are corporations. So really, not much has changed as far as that whole argument is concerned. The only people the world are laughing are those who watched spending skyrocket for 8 years for things that had nothing to do with America, and they watch you and your folks protest when a president tries to invest in his own country.

    -- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 2:08 PM
  • obama's approval rating among American voters is below 50%.


    As far as his approval rating among the rest of the world, who is really surprised? Most of the rest of the world is already much farther down the road of socialism than we are. The world is cheering for obama because they rightly see him whipping the horses driving us down that road faster than anyone before him.

    His bow and scrape to the Saudi king, and his worldwide American apology tour probably boosted his numbers as well.

    -- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 2:51 PM
  • Unfortunately, while we have Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson stomping out there, we will always have "race" issues. We all heard about the summer daycamp kids turned away from the neighborhood pool and "race" was brought into it, instead "facts"...how many of you heard this story on the news? I about bet no one!


    Why is this not classified as a "hate crime" or "race" related?

    It's a scary world we live in now days.

    -- Posted by neighborhood mom on Sun, Jul 26, 2009, at 4:05 PM
  • While it is important that the president should not comment on every little thing. This incident is not small but an epitome of the greater racism.To say that local authorities must have dealt with that issue is to assume that this problem is only prevalent in that area,but in many states it does. As President,Obama has the obligation to protect the interest of all races and he is in order.

    -- Posted by Peter Hangoma on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 3:39 AM
  • ctjazz

    Why don't you hold your assumption of how good things are going to be four years from now until a little later in the game. Sure it could get better or it could get worse! Bush's first four years went well enough to get him re-elected for four more years. It seems that everyone has forgotten the good he did and how well he managed the terrorism threat. It wasn't totally his fault that Banks, real estate firms and Wall Street Investors became greedy to the point of criminally negligent and ruined the economy which is what eventually turned people against President Bush. Bush nor Obama can either be individually held responsible for all of America's woes. We must remember all the lazy people who drain our welfare system, the liberals who give away trillions of dollars each year to illegals, tax breaks to immigrants, and enact laws that make it easy to send all our work to foreign countries, and import more goods than we export. No, I won't blame any one individual for all the country's woes, but one thing I will say for Bush, if he ever made derogatory remarks toward anyone, they were aimed at terrorists and enemies, not our own military or law enforcement officers!

    -- Posted by writeattitude on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 9:38 AM
  • My, my - how we all purport to disdain stupidity then, give ignorance a vote!

    -- Posted by garhawk on Mon, Jul 27, 2009, at 10:44 AM
  • The problem I have with this is, why was this brought into a press conference which was suppose to be about Health Care Reform? I think he should have stayed on the subject and why would he even allow this type question to be asked of him. When answering the question, I think his response was very inappropriate, because he did not know all the facts! Maybe once, he should have refused to answer the question until he had all the facts! The Health Care Reform scares me to death! I have elderly brothers and sisters. I am very concerned for them if this Health Care Reform passes, and it concerns me for myself, my husband and my grandchildren. I don't trust him nor Hillary Clinton, for I do not think they have the best interest of the American people at heart.

    -- Posted by What'sright? on Wed, Jul 29, 2009, at 2:33 PM
  • Give a look at the racism of several of obama's supporters..


    -- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Jul 30, 2009, at 5:06 AM
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