Originally posted at BIG Government
Imagine this scenario: a white Tea Party politician is keynote speaker, addressing an all-white political group with ‘White’ in its name. Also imagine that same politician appealing to a singular, segregated racial group, telling them to lace up their combat boots and join the fight.
A strikingly similar situation took place at a Congressional Black Caucus dinner attended by 3,000 leaders, some of whom are disgruntled over an economy suffering from Barack Obama’s policy bungles. The President used the opportunity to acknowledge that blacks have “suffered mightily because of the recession, and are frustrated that the downturn is taking so long to reverse.”
In addition to commiserating, America’s “post-racial” president exploited the occasion to agitate a group of racially sensitive people who he must think would be ready to march at his behest.
Speaking passionately, Obama was so worked up that he failed to acknowledge the effect his detrimental ideological policy decisions have had on the people he claims he wants to help. Rather than come up with viable solutions to the problems he created, Obama’s go-to defense, as usual, was to up the dissension level by reminding his audience, “So many people are still hurting. So many people are barely hanging on. And so many people in this city are fighting us every step of the way.”
One thing’s for sure – Barack Obama is adept at pointing out problems, recognizing that ‘people are barely hanging on,’ and then misidentifying the culprit and trying to recruit fighters for a cause without direction.
At the Congressional Black Caucus annual dinner, the President of the United States intimated that if it weren’t for a group of political opponents “fighting [him] every step of the way,” unemployed black constituents would now be flourishing financially.
Barack Obama can emulate Reverend Wright-style theatrics and get a pass, but if even one Tea Partier says “God Bless America” their whole movement is relegated by the Democrats to the clan of men in pointy white hoods. Rest assured, if similar rhetoric issued forth from anyone on the right, the tone and nature of the language used would be interpreted as a racially-driven attempt to convince one group of angry Americans that another group was purposely causing their pain.
Therefore, to drive home the notion of ongoing racial oppression, for good measure Barack tied together joblessness and economic struggle with the fight for racial equality by saying that blacks know all too well from the civil rights struggle that the fight for what is right is never easy.
In full-blown preacher intonation, the President touched on marching, fighting, and being down for the struggle. In an effort to recruit an entire voting bloc to follow him into an amorphous battle for what’s “right,” Barack Obama attempted to whip the group into a fighting frenzy.
One problem, as usual – he forgot to elaborate on what “right” is.
The President’s speech acknowledged the recent “increasingly vocal griping from black leaders that he’s been giving away too much in talks with Republicans — and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.”
Instead of using the opportunity to humble himself and admit his mistakes to the people who have been the most adversely affected by his failed policies, Obama attempted to explain his failures away. The President employed his signature defense, which is to pass blame and excuse personal inadequacy, and do it in such a way that an undercurrent of racial animus eventually permeates the discussion.
Notwithstanding uncivil, post-Tucson-memorial, combat-ready language, Obama told the group that the battle could only be won with him at the helm. The “You need me to succeed” falsehood promulgated by the left is precisely the message that has contributed to the helpless, hopeless condition many Congressional Black Caucus constituents find themselves in.
In a roundabout way, the President implied his listeners were malaise-afflicted do-nothings, shuffling around at home feeling sorry for themselves. The answer to the problem: kick off those bunny slippers and change footwear.
Wait, did the President actually say, “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes?”
On a roll, Obama then proceeded to drop every “g,” on every word endin’ in “ing.” Rattling off a list of commands, the President worked the room with “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
Of late, vocal leaders like the loquacious Maxine Waters have been expressing discontent over black unemployment and Barack’s bus trips to exclusively white neighborhoods. Barack Obama has done such a bang-up job on behalf of black Americans that if he keeps going the way he has been, he and his campaign bus driver may be the only two men left in America still working.
Wasn’t it just last year when Obama addressed the same dinner and implied racism by imploring blacks to get out the vote in the midterm elections because Republicans were preparing to “turn back the clock?”
This year, rather than come up with viable solutions, after he was the culprit who “turned back the clock,” Obama – whom the Congressional Black Caucus, thus far, has continued to protect – took to the podium and conscripted barefoot troops to continue on a march with him to nowhere.
Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri recently said that if America’s real first black president, Bill Clinton, “had been in the White House and had failed to address [black unemployment], we probably would be marching on the White House.”
Is it possible that the only thing holding back a march against Obama – as opposed to one with Obama – is skin color?
Wasn’t it Mr. Cleaver who famously labeled the compromise deal the President made with Republicans on raising the debt ceiling a “sugar-coated Satan sandwich?” Even still, the Missouri congressman and his members have decided to keep their gripes in check about the sweet-talker sandwiched between two Teleprompters, because “nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”
Thus, in full pretend preacher mode, Barack Obama must have felt at ease assuring weary warriors that the “future rewards those who press on.”
The President exhorted the Congressional Black Caucus to mindlessly follow by agreeing to wrap their bloodied feet in old 2008 campaign flyers and join him in a march toward fighting a political enemy who, in truth, is determined not to just mouth the words but to do whatever is necessary to actually make the lives of black Americans better.
In the end, after stepping away from the podium, the reaction from those Obama hoped to impress was: Think before agreeing to follow, because even President Obama’s most ardent supporters are finally coming to realize that their leader isn’t marching anywhere new; he’s just getting “carried away.”