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Carter says race is issue for some Obama opponents

September 16, 2009

Some of President Barack Obama’s more demonstrative opponents list any number of reasons why they oppose him and why they’re angry — from the bank bailout, to his plan to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, the direction the country is heading and the ballooning U.S. deficit. But former President Jimmy Carter thinks a lot of the opposition is really about Obama’s race.

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“I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter said in an NBC interview on Tuesday.

Here’s what the Georgia Democrat had to say:
“I live in the South, and I’ve seen the South come a long way, and I’ve seen the rest of the country that share the South’s attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans. “And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

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Disputes over race are not unheard of in U.S. presidential politics. Click here for a list of some of them.

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Photo Credit: Reuters/Tami Chappell (Carter at a baseball game in Atlanta in June)

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Oh, that explains everything. Thanks Jimmy. I thought it had to do with Obama’s policies.

Well, no wonder Carter was a one term president…

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

How come the white trash that is screaming now wasn’t bothered by Bush mismanagement? He jack up the deficit by 4 – 5 trillion and gave Goldman Sack’s big time money. If your memory goes all the way to Carter you ought to be able to remember Bubba W Bush

Posted by jc | Report as abusive
 

President Carter is spot on. He has touched on this sensitive subject with extreme candour. Extremist elements are trying to paint President Obama in a very negative way with racial overtones. These extremists should be shunned. In the 21st century one would expect racism to be a thing of the past. Playing the race card will only back-fire! Here is a President with brilliant positive ideas.

 

It is becoming clear that racism is the issue slowly raising its ugly head in these discussions as noted by the attitude of the Republican party and some democrats.
Why this vitriolic attitude on an issue that is going to help 45 million uninsured americans and more millions with insurance on the long run.
The world is seeing the hidden agenda of the republican Party which is so medieval and unacceptable to a civilised world.Americans must stand up more vigorously to this right wing onslaught.

Posted by Arshad Khan | Report as abusive
 

Oh, that explains everything. Thanks Jimmy. I thought it had to do with Obama’s policies.

Well, no wonder Carter was a one term president…
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This comment is very funny thing to me because most white people thinks that there is little to no racism in the US now. Where the reality of it is, there is still racism albeit more subtle than the over the top racist clown of yesterday. Look at the preacher in Arizona calling for his death and you think that it’s because of his policies? Racism is a dying beast. It’s not dead yet but in a few more hundred years or so anything is possible.

Posted by Howie T | Report as abusive
 

No, that doesn’t explain it TC; we all know there are disagreements and philosophical differences, and I completely understand that, as I am very concerned about the direction of our country as well, but there’s a lot more attached to these expressions and outrageous claims, and unfortunately it does not help convey their argument. Obviously there is a significant percentage of folks who will resist anything Obama does and will never give him a chance, as he had only been in office for a few months when these extreme reactions became evident. For American parents to pull children out of school claiming Obama wants to indoctrinate them with socialist ideology simply because they claim a draft of his speech asks children to write him (this black president) sharing their ideas. Who pulled kids out of school when Bush (senior) made the EXACT same request in his speech? This is ignored, as they are blinded by their own hate and ignorance. And with a 400% increase in death threats to Obama compared to previous presidents, somehow, this too is ignored. Somebody out there knows some of the very people making such threats. But, still there’s a dangerous silence to it. And, this is nothing more than a simple disagreement on policy? And the very dismissal of the many other facts and examples others have mentioned – pointing out the blatant, direct, and violent-natured animosity toward Obama – is insulting. Free speech is to be protected, but it does not mean all that is expressed, including the very manner of these expressions, are respectable. They are revealing much more than a disagreement in policy. And for those of us who are sitting back listening and watching their behavior, find it very difficult to justify their outrage, anger, fear, and hateful, antagonistic, disrespectful expressions when compared to the substance of their opposition to policy – it just doesn’t warrant such behavior. And for those of you who truly do not possess racist baggage attached to your disagreements, perhaps you should distinguish yourself from those who do – and call them out on their hatred. No matter what you think of Carter, I believe he spoke the truth.

Posted by Dejaye | Report as abusive
 

You all act like if it wasn’t for racism, everyone would be supportive of Obama. It is his policies people are upset with, nothing else. If it was racism, he wouldn’t have been elected. You Obama supporters make excuses for everthing. Give it a break. His policies are horrible and bad for the country.

Posted by TC | Report as abusive
 

True to a very small degree. Carter has been way off before and is now. The majority of people are not comfortable with his policies and liberal approach to expanding government. The former Prez was off when he was in office, and is off once again.

Posted by Rick | Report as abusive
 

the guy is a terrible president whether he is black or white. i wish you libs would stop whining about people that disagree with this terrible president and say its gotta be about race because nobody should disagree with this guy. you people are so dumb. he is also half white you morons. i love how you libs always say he is a black man. what about his mother…she was WHITE!!!! he sucks no matter what race he is. he is a marxist who is bancrupting this country. you people talk about bush’s deficit. obama has more then tripled it already!!!!!! open your eyes people.

Posted by MICHAEL MORETTI | Report as abusive
 

TC, your comment is intersting. Obama’s policy according to you are horrible. Bush’s policies which led us into a war based on a lie and cost the country 2 trillion dollars was a great policy. Obama inherited the economic mess from Bush and at least Obama is fixing it. Does your strong illogical reaction have anything to do with the fact that Obama is half-black and Bush is all white?

Posted by jaysmith | Report as abusive
 

RICK: The majority of people are not comfortable with his policies and liberal approach to expanding government.
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IF what you say is true and then the MAJORITY of eligible voters should have voted, then the MAJORITY would have voiced their opinion and Obama would not have been elected President. He was very open about his liberal policies all during the campaign. Until Americans start showing up to the POLLS and casting their votes, the MAJORITY of us will have to suffer with the officials that get elected by the minority.
Voting is a civic duty and responsibility that half of America does not even bother to exercise. We must all start going to the Polls and vote these loggerheads out of office before America will start to prosper and regain our rightful place as the Leader of the Free World.

Posted by AC | Report as abusive
 

hey big surprise. on this liberal news site there is no mention of these undercover ACORN video’s. so, i’m guessing you people have no problem giving your tax dollars to a group that obviously has no problem giving money and advice to someone who want to start a prostitution business with underage girls and gives advice on how to avoid paying taxes. funny considering thats how they are funded. the media in this country is a damn joke. wake up people!!!!! research these things. dont just trust sites like reuters who have a very liberal agenda. i bet this posting doesn’t even get posted.

Posted by MICHAEL MORETTI | Report as abusive
 

“You all act like if it wasn’t for racism, everyone would be supportive of Obama. It is his policies people are upset with, nothing else. If it was racism, he wouldn’t have been elected. You Obama supporters make excuses for everthing. Give it a break. His policies are horrible and bad for the country.”

A couple questions: Were you satisfied with the previous administration’s policies? Were you okay with the their contribution to the deficit? Were you satisfied with the mismanagement of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

If you’re okay with all of this, I would tend to think you (and anyone else who was satisfied with the previous administration) would at least be suspect of racism. I can understand disagreeing with his policies, but not the intense reactions we’ve seen over the past couple months. It’s clear this goes deeper than policies, and as much as I wish it weren’t the case, it shouts racism.

Posted by Charley | Report as abusive
 

We can never know for sure whether racism is involved but the ways of the world is such that people will be do anything to get what they want. In this i tend to agree with Carter that the racism card is used by people who wants to see Obama’s policies fail.

Posted by Andy | Report as abusive
 

Obama has been in the office for less than a year and some people made their minds already on his policies as being horrible. The Bush thing was in the office for 8 years and every single move he made was absolutely fatal to this great country and the world. And many people at those times (like Joe Wilson) agreed to every sigle wrong decision Bush made.
Please remember that Obama was elected to fix the mess Bush & his adminstration left behind and for sure it’s going to take time.

Posted by Jo | Report as abusive
 

I agree with Jimmy Carter.

Posted by John K | Report as abusive
 

I´m an Obama supporter and respect Carter but I think he is off the mark here. Of course there are some extremist elements that oppose Obama because of his race but I don´t believe his recent loss of public approval is due to this.

Let´s not forget that Obama had very high approval ratings when he first came to office a few months ago and he was also black then.

The fact is that Obama, unlike Bush, is actually trying to tackle some of America´s fundamental weaknesses head on instead of simply being a corporate sell out.

He´s taking decisive action towards devisive issues. Some people are always going to be unhappy. But let´s give the American people a bit more credit: its not all about race.

Posted by alejandro | Report as abusive
 

God bless Jimmy Carter for calling a spade a spade, this elderly statesman has always spoken without a hidden agenda and it is the Carter’s and Mandela’s of this world that make me a proud world citizen.

Posted by Nduka Tolefe | Report as abusive
 

What a fresh argument from a known liberal underachiever! The moment he or the likes face an opposition, they cry bigotry, racism, narrow mindnessness, employ casting calling their opponens hillbillies and rednecks – - as if those who disagree with Obama all lack education and life experience, unlike the supporters who all are exceptionally intelligent, highly educated, and well-rounded people with impressive resume themselves! What a travesty! Actually, it undermines even further respect of the new government, so it shoots itself in the foot, so to say. Do notforget that Obama has won because the intelligent population of this country, who tend to be more timid and centrist politically got too confused to vote in 2008. Well, they are slowly learning the lesson.

Posted by Allie | Report as abusive
 

All of you that say it has to do with Obams’s policies, be honest with yourself. What policy has Obama implemented since he has been in office that you disagree with? The Bank Bailouts? Policy implemented the Bush Administration.. The soaring deficit? Policy implemented by the Bush Administration…

Those of you who do not or did not support the stimulus package show me ONE piece of data that states that the faster than expected recovery is not due to the stimulus. Also give me one piece of data that suggests we did not need the stimulus. I admit, it was by far not a perfect bill, but it is working.

Just be honest with yourself. I do not like Jimmy Carter, but in this case I think he is spot on.

Posted by Chris | Report as abusive
 

I am SOOOO glad that liberals are over-using the word racist!! I am sick and tired of hearing this. No of course it can’t be because we don’t want a communist running our nation. It can’t be because we can’t afford to have all the spending this president wants to do. It can’t be because he lied during his run for office (tranparancy, no taxing the middle class). Another thing that’s getting old is this “I inherited this mess” montra. How long can he claim that one? It was a democrat controlled congress that allowed most of this mess. Yeah, I agree Bush might have gotten us into a war unnecessarily. But let’s remember how we all felt on 9/12. If Obama had been president in 2001 we would have gone to war then as well. It is a shame we had not exit stategy that was “politically correct” enough for anyone to swallow. THAT was the mistake! Yes it cost too much, but if the democrat controlled congress has reigned in the speding and pork and controlled the Fannie Mae and Fredie Mac welfare projects called sub-prime mortgages it wouldn’t have hurt us so badly! Obama need to man up! It’s his mess. But this man has no skills to deal with this problem. He surrounds himself with radical ideaologists who really want to wipe out the current standard of living and make us all “equal”! But it will destroy us and make our country weak and vulnerable, not to mention that you need people who actually want to work for a living to make the nation strong! Can’t you people admit we are headed in the wrong direction?

Posted by Kate99 | Report as abusive
 

AC-

I agree that lethargic voting is a big issue.

However I have a broader criticism of your comment. The reality is that if you look at a list of the top 10 countries ranked by any of the following criteria (median income, life expectancy, competitiveness of economy, transparency of financial system) you´ll see one common thread. (http://www.weforum.org/documents/GCR09/ index.html) In almost every single category the majority of countries are what Americans would call “socialized”. In fact any European country is far more socialized than what Obama could ever achieve.

Another common thread is that none of these countries hemorrage money in stupid wars.

So I disagree that the majority of America is opposed to Obama´s policies; they´re simply cautious of them as they should be. I would argue that many Americans also realize that other countries do some things better than US, in fact some do many things better than US.

And just so nobody labels me as a communist for suggesting that we should learn from our more socialized trading partners, I´m a banker. I believe in free markets, big bonuses, and bespoke suits. But I also believe that republicans´ call for smaller “hands off” government is more suited for a South American banana republic than for a leading world power.

Posted by alejandro | Report as abusive
 

Chis – what “faster than expected recovery” are you talking about. The 16% (real number) unemployment? Do you actually KNOW where that stimulus money is and will be going? 75% of what was put in that bil (which grew ten-fold in Obama’s hands)is spending by democrats to buy votes in their districts. Almost none of the money spent has created any jobs so far. Look up the numbers buddy. Really. Take a minute and do some research on your own. Stop listening to what the media tells you and get your own info and wake up. EVERY bill Obama WANTS to pass will cost us all LOADS of money. And why won’t any of you accept TORT reform and inter-state insurance as an option to reducing health care costs? Why must you mess with everyone’s insurance to insure 10 million (the real number of uninsured if you subtract those who don’t want it).You seen rather young and niave.

Posted by Kate99 | Report as abusive
 

When will this race issue be put to rest? Racism has has nothing to do with the problems in this country when it comes to our government. The majority of our elected officials are white and no one is giving them a free pass.
Our government as a whole is corrupt. Let’s all quit playing games and work together to get integrity back into politics. Until this happens, we all suffer no matter what the color of our skin.

Posted by DANNY | Report as abusive
 

Yes, its about his policies. No – most don’t think either Bush was okay either. Not only the presidents but congress and scotus and lobbyists (oh my!). Both/all these guys have been spending us into oblivion & largely catering to the demands of the industrialists and of the investors. It is nearly too late avoid the crush. Wake up!

Posted by rc | Report as abusive
 

I’m not a republican, or a democrat.
The two party system really sucks.
Obama’s policies, they suck.
Bush’s policies, they also sucked.

All of the people who wish to have a sound reliance upon the gov’t for anything, are ignorant sheep.

Instead of demanding insurance for all, health care spending; as in the insurance rates and companies, or the amounts charged by health care institutions needs to be brought into check. A simple chest X-ray has no business costing $700. (That’s just the film, seperately charged for usage of equipment, time of staff, etc)

All of the economic programs suck, as they don’t address the primary issue. That our, and by and at large, all of the world’s economies now have complete reliance upon debt in order to function. The water doesn’t magically continue to fill the bathtub forever. We, along with most other “civilized democracies,” have all slipped into some form of psuedo-socio-fascism that’s quite disturbing.

Meanwhile, you all are all too busy saying things like, “Rascism is alive in this day and age, how reprehensible!”
-Yes, it is, in more ways than one, as you demonstrate by your statement

“President X’s policy is at least better than President Y’s”
-Screw that, they both suck, as constituents we should demand better.

Going to war to spread democracy and freedom through fear, subterfuge, and the total disregard for a sovereign nation’s rights is a farce.

Pushing through a gov’t run health care program is just silly. HMO’s made health care worse, imho.. Gov’t will only make it worse at an exponential factor. The larger any program gets that’s run by elected officials this just seems to hold true.

The fact that Americans continue to allow this “Free Republic” to be run by the social elite/Oligarchy of Friends or where we even allow lobbyists to exist is disturbing.

Sad day.

Posted by PLD | Report as abusive
 

Well, I hate to agree with a Democrat, but the man’s right on the money. These neo-cons can’t stand to see a n-word in the White House, plain and simple. Also, I think they are angry that their own party (Republican Party) doesn’t have any solutions to our country’s problems. John McCain wasn’t much of a contender, yet they all voted for him because they felt they didn’t have a choice. They all hate Bush for starting two botched wars that have no end in sight. No, I’m afraid these lost souls are going to have to tolerate a black dude for president for at least 3 more years. If he gets re-elected who knows what they’ll do?

Posted by Mufaso | Report as abusive
 

Read through these comments and compare the pro and against Obama ones. Notice which ones have more spelling errors, and make your own conclusion on the intelligence level of Obama’s supporters and those who dislike him… (bancrupting???)

Posted by US | Report as abusive
 

The right wing nuts continue to defy logic and intelligence. They are racist and base their issues on false information and purely emotional, and believe anything they are told….
They can’t understand they they are acting against their own interests. I say those nut can return the tax break (less than 250K) they received under Obama leadership. Its put up or shut up.

Its too bad they are herded like deer in the headlights.

 

There are two sides to every story and the truth is somewhere in between. There are undoubtedly people who dislike Obama for his racial heritage, but there are undoubtedly more people who are very upset not only with his policies, but more so his disregard for our Constitution. We know also that our country has not been this divided in a very long time and the President does not hide his partiality to one side and condescension to the other. Both sides as least need to be heard, regardless of whether everyone thinks this is a “racial” issue or not.

Posted by Sarah | Report as abusive
 

Jimmy Carter has been and will always be one of my favorite leaders.
Obama’s policies will bring out country back togather again. We will be once again be putting the citizens interest ahead of big business, religous zealots, cheap imports. We are a country my fellow Americian what we used to be looked up to for and pride ourselves in…has for too long been squandered, pawned, soldout.

Posted by Mrs. McD | Report as abusive
 

To label Carter’s comment as liberal whine is nonsense and self-delusional.

There has never been more fear-tactic politics in recent memory than since Obama took office. The birth certificate “scandal”, town halls where people scream over keynote speakers that the President wants to “change the fabric of America” or worse-yet “destroy America” and irrational tales about “death panels” and the like, display the uglier, intolerant side of the country.

This mentality is classic “stuck-in-my-hole-with-my-gun-and-afraid -to-come-out-and-face-reality” and speaks directly to what I believe is a decline in American leadership in the world. The NRA, Joe Wilson, Rush Limbaugh, FOX News and their ilk, are an albatross around America’s neck. Together, they’re dragging down some extremely positive, progressive, intelligent, worldly and forward-thinking policies that Obama’s administration is trying to implement to haul America back to respectability on the world stage.

So to say there’s no racism behind any of these irrational attacks – and to pin it all on policy issues – is just plain wrong. If Obama’s opponents had any real thoughtful options to proffer as debate fodder, then I might agree. But so far, the only things being thrown out to oppose him have been good ol’ conjecture and hillbilly scare tactics to freak everyone out. This isn’t progress and bodes very ill for America!

Posted by Didier | Report as abusive
 

If you think this is a race issue than you are totally off the mark. This is the same way the Soviet Union stifled dissent. And believe me Bush had plenty of people protesting his policies. You all forgot the “free speech zones” and the other BS? You don’t remember protesters being rounded up and thrown in asbestos filled warehouses in NYC?

No dissent against a president of any color isn’t racism it’s PATRIOTISM! White folks that try to hide Obama’s policies behind the veil of “race” are the true racist. Their so blind in their racism that they can’t see that protest is truly organic to the reckless spending he is doing.

Posted by Wes | Report as abusive
 

I agree with President Carter. a

Posted by Andrew Franks | Report as abusive
 

If the same folks who have a problem with Obama’s awful policies also had a problem with Carter’s policies during his years in office, how can that be considered racism?

Posted by Rick B. | Report as abusive
 

faster then expected recovery at an almost 10 percent unemployment rate? i dont call that a recovery unless you call the spending data and bernake saying its getting better a recovery….well when people stress they eat and buy but until the unemployment rate drops its only going to drain the economy more the state i live in will have to borrow money from the government to pay for unemployment until 2015 so i dont blame obama or bush i blame them ALL and wow what an insight from mr carter where was that interview held at one of his “homes” man must be nice to not be losing it huh jimmy

Posted by kainoa | Report as abusive
 

It’s about time we have someone in the White House who is looking out for the interests of our citizens. I voted for President Obama and one of the reasons was because I was sick and tired of all the “good ol boys” we had in the recent past who did not care one bit about us. I hope that all the people who put President Obama in the White House continue to vote and finally show all the religious zealots and intolerant idiots who the American majority really is- and that has nothing to do with race.

Posted by Jack | Report as abusive
 

@Sarah – Obama is disregarding our Constitution? What do you think amending it to define marriage as a heterosexual union was? What about the Patriot Act?

1) No one has successfully LIMITED freedoms through the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States of America only GIVES freedoms.
2) The Patriot Act is essentially MARTIAL LAW with no end. There is a reason our government put a cap in timeframe on a declaration of martial law.

Posted by Scordia | Report as abusive
 

If you do indeed read through these comments, you will notice not so much the spelling errors, but the spewing hatred coming from foaming leftists’ mouths (or shoud I say fingers?), as they are the ones playing continuously the race card.

Posted by Andrew | Report as abusive
 

Reckless spending? Bush\’s tax cuts cost more than the stimulus package and he went to war at the same time. Now, *that* is reckless. It\’s borrow and spend. At least we\’ll get something out of the stimulus package (infrastructure repairs, etc.) unlike the money Bush gave back to us and told us to go shopping with it \”or the terrorists win.\” Please. I\’d much prefer the stimulus package.

Not that I\’m a big fan of that, either. By stopping the hemorrhaging of the economy, Obama may well prevent a majority of Americans from learning their lesson and we\’ll go right back to our old spending habits..habits that have been encouraged over the last 20 to 30 years and are what lead to this current situation (borrow and spend – you can have it all and there\’s no repercussions). At least the people who endured the Great Depression learned the value of things…I fear this is a lesson we won\’t learn this time around.

Posted by Purveyor | Report as abusive
 

I am thinking with Carters comments, that he really wants the limelight. Since the freeing of the two journalists, somehow he believes that people will be swayed by his remarks….acutally when the truth is Obama is doing a horrid job of trying to run this country. Let’s see….out of control spending, trying take government control of our healthcare here in America, not reading the bills that are passed in congress. Now, this sounds like socialism like it or not. It is not about his skin color, its about what he is doing to the american taxpayer. He is completely out of control….

 

They have had a lock on power since Reagan they can’t let go so eaily having imagined some kind of thousand year reign of irrational ideological fervor. It’s not easy to givve up atll those powers and perks and the executive imperialism that looks so good only when it is on your side.
What Obama needs to see is that it is time to put the solar cells back on the White House because the things we avoided for 30 years are just that much more necessary now and Carter has every right to say “Told You So!!”

Posted by wildthing | Report as abusive
 

Obviously, the 9/12 demonstrations over this past weekend and the numerous Town Hall meetings were evidence of an angry, ignorant mob mentality. The lynching anger and obsession with angry words which is fueled by the GOP and their Boss Limpbaugh and Hannity/Beck cronies is exposing the racist underpinnings of these bigots. But, it’s not just the fact that he is a man of color, he is also being accused of being a Muslim, not born in the US and whatever else the right can make up to incite the anger of their ignorant clan. With that said, there is no rational explanation for the vitriol as demonstrated in Town Hall meetings and 9/12 bagging events. President Obama’s policies, so far, have been economically on the money. It is too early in his presidency for anyone to claim policies as an excuse for racist behavior, therefore, President Carter is correct. Pure and simple, as I read these posts, we are dealing with racist losers who have no respect for the office of the Presidency because they can not accept a man of color in the, “White” house.

 

Carter is right, unfortunately. We have a long way to go in the USA on the race issue, especially in the South but not limited to it, of course. Rep. Joe Wilson is just the latest poster boy for virulent bigotry in this country. It’s the same narrow-minded people who kept alive the bogus issue of Obama’s citizenship. The bigger picture is of course the inexorable march of demographics. By 2050, Hispanics will be the biggest single ethnic group in the U.S. You better get used to it, senor Joe.

Posted by The Freditor | Report as abusive
 

Jimmy’s view on Obama opposition is thourgh the lense of the deep South…of course all he sees is racism. As a former president he should be able to articulate a opposition description that isn’t so 1 dimensional.

Posted by LVR | Report as abusive
 

I see most of the words “race” have come from minority. If the Americans were racists, they would not vote for Obama to be president.

I am a minority and I feel Obama’s policy will steal our future generation. Please keep our budget and trade in a balance manner.

Posted by Tri | Report as abusive
 

Racism? In the first place, he WAS elected President by this country, remember? Second, just because he’s black should we accept his policies no questions asked? The majority of people in this country are having serious issues with his plans for this country. Even those who voted him in are reconsidering what they’ve done! I know several people who wish they could take thier votes back. If only….

Also, talk about scare tactics. I’m racist because I disagree with his intentions and the people who he surrounds himself with? I’m not being blindly led; I’m being alerted to the truth. I’m listening to the news reports and watching closely…(on certain channels I can’t get ANY useful information.) Those people who close their minds and have no understanding or clue about what is really happening in this country are the ones that are being blindly led. Open your eyes America and GET OFF THAT COUCH!

Posted by Lioly | Report as abusive
 

Wilson’s comments are based on a collective subconcious prejudice. His demeanor shows it. He represents a bunch of folks our dear americans who just dont get it. the dummied up group believes that affecting social change in taking care of our people goes against liberty and our notion of rugged individualism. They are dead wrong. Any first year psychology student learns that unless an organism changes and grows it dies. We will not die but live.

 

President Carter is correct. When Obama won the election, there were a lot of whites that had to face up to the the moral bankruptcy they were taught by their parents; the election on November 4, 2008 ratified the foolishness and bigorty of some whites in this country. They were raised to believe that Blacks are less than they are, not as intelligent, nor do they belong in positions of power. Now that this has happened, now they look stipud, and their children that they have promoted this bigotry to, makes them appear even more silly and stupid because what they have promoted, the election on November 8, 2008 made them out be a liars.

This is what all of the issues about the back to school speech was about; there are a significant number of whites that cannot accept that a Black man is President because it goes against all of the lies and bigotry they were taught by their moral bankrupt parents and they cannot even look themselves in the face and accept this as true.

Posted by Vonnie Phillips | Report as abusive
 

Who cares about the color of this president? The media and Obama supporters that\’s who. The rest of us wouldn\’t like him if he were white or yellow or red or green…he is inexperienced and incompetent and we knew that from the beginning of the Dem campaign. That\’s why half of us in the Democratic party did not support him. Every time he gets criticized, the race card is played by one of his fervent supporters…like Jimmy Carter.

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