Obama: Republicans Counting On Blacks Staying Home

United States
October 13, 2010 10:35am CST
"They're counting on young people staying home and union members staying home and black folks staying home," President Obama said at a rally in Philadelphia. Why is our president pushing the race card so hard. He seem to only want to be president of black people? Obviously all the other races of Americans do not count. American are made up of more than just the black race. The video shown in the link is so racial as to be utterly shocking. What is he trying to do??? Start another civil war??? http://visiontoamerica.org/story/obama-republicans-counting-on-blacks-staying-home.html What is your opinion on this outright racist video?
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@anniepa (27238)
• United States
13 Oct 10
So all young people are black and all union members are black? I happened to have see that rally because it happens to have been in my state and I didn't see anything "racial" about it. I know you're so totally blinded by your deep hatred for our President you won't remember this or you won't admit it but most people who follow politics are aware that trying to appeal to one's base is not limited to Democrats. Young people, union members and blacks are just a few of the demographic groups that supported Obama is 2008. Of course he and other Democrats want these people to vote next month and the Republicans ARE hoping they don't and they kind of ARE counting on it. Back in 2004 Karl Rove and his buddies did all they could to make sure the religious right came out since they knew they were part of George W. Bush's base. That's why there were several ballot initiatives in various states about gay marriage and other social issues the Evangelists get all excited about. What I find utterly shocking is that we have candidates for the the U.S. House and Senate who are openly talking about abolishing the minimum wage, doing away with Social Security and Medicare and cutting all of the agencies that are there for our protection and safety because "we need smaller government and fewer regulations". How about those who want to ban all abortions, including in the cases of rape or incest? I guess we have different "shock thresholds". Annie
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• United States
13 Oct 10
anniepa I know you're so totally blinded by your deep abiding love for our President you won't remember this or you won't admit it but most people who follow politics are aware that trying to appeal to one's base is not limited to Democrats. Therefore I find this response to be moot (of little or no practical value or meaning) Just in case you do not understand http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/moot I agree with some of your points but unfortunately you and your fellow Obama lovers do not realize there are some people (such as I) who are not so blinded by any emotion that their intelligence is impaired. Sadly your deep adoration for Obama has blinded you to any faults he may have.
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@spalladino (17925)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Seems to me that your entire OD was based on blind hatred which caused you to conveniently overlook young people and union members...focusing ONLY on the word "black". I hate to be the one to break this to you but the rant that followed the quote seemed very intellectually impaired to people who actually do have reading comprehension skills.
@anniepa (27238)
• United States
15 Oct 10
Whiteheather, I don't insult your intelligence so I'd appreciate it if you didn't insult mine, which is in no way impaired. I will say it's pretty immature to write about me being "so totally blinded by your deep abiding love for our President". I know you simply threw my words back at me with some minor changes, but you openly declare your hatred on a daily basis so I didn't think you'd mind me mentioning it. Anyway, I've never felt a deep abiding love for any politician and I certainly have never been blinded by any of their faults. I've certainly never decided that because I disliked one politician I'd vote against every other member of the same party, even if it meant voting for total idiots and totally against my OWN interests. But that's just me. By the way, you didn't answer my question; are all young people and union members black? If they're not, your whole premise that this rally was racial, thus this very discussion is, by the definitions you so kindly posted for me, MOOT. Annie
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@k15682 (301)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Are the young people and the union members he spoke of counted in that "race card"?
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• United States
14 Oct 10
Yes of course! All the black union members and young people are included but only if they vote Democrat.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
13 Oct 10
You have to put the comment in context with other comments of his. When he announced that he was running for President he declared that he was a Black Man running for the President. As I understand his father was black and his mother was white. He could have run as an American who of mixed race - the new American Citizen who was not a black, white, Irish or British American - who was running for President. He declared that he was a Black American first and foremost. Then there was the incident with the Harvard Professor and the Police officer. He sided with the Professor before he got the facts. I don't remember if he included the Hispanics, Jews, gays, women or white men in his call for support. I think he is playing the race card and will do it as often as he feels he can get away with it.
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• United States
14 Oct 10
Kudos....I totally and absolutely agree with you. It would have been very exciting to have a president of mixed race - the new American Citizen who was not a black, white, Irish or British American and not play the black side so obviously to show his contempt for his white heritage.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Oct 10
That gets under my skin too. It's pretty obvious that he is a black man, he does not need to draw attention to it. That matters very little as far as his policy, which is the only thing that matters to me. I wouldn't care if he landed here from Mars, if I liked his policy, I would support it. If I didn't, I wouldn't. I think a lot of the obsession and arguments would be moot if people focused on what was actually important and not the incidentals and accessories. People who are too prideful of anything they are aside from 'american' kind of make me wonder about their loyalty and how they really feel about our country. This isn't supposed to be a place where people care more about where they came from than where they are now. If that is truly the case, what prompted the move here? LOL!
• United States
14 Oct 10
mommyboo what a great comment! I just love this part "This isn't supposed to be a place where people care more about where they came from than where they are now." So very true!!
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Although he's played the race card before, I don't think he's doing it in this case--or, his words can't be taken to do so even if that's what he meant. He's trying to appeal to everyone that might want to vote for the Democrat party. He knows he's lost the independents and a lot of the conservatives so he's naming what groups are left. However, the unions are waking up and there are actually a lot of Tea Party sympathizers in the unions according to some news coverage and there are a lot more "black folks" conservatives than people realize. Mr. Obama is grabbing for straws here, not being racist.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I agree.
@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Oct 10
Actually, just assuming all black people will vote for Democrats is a bit racist in that he's assigning them a "group think" instead of allowing that each person makes up his or her own mind. If you were a conservative or Republican black voter (yes! there really are some!) then you might be annoyed at everyone expecting you to vote one way when your views lead you to vote another way.
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@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Rollo, all the recent polls show that over 80-90% of our black citizens support President Obama. He's not being racist so much as calling for all his supporters to band together and maintain a Democrat majority. He could have chosen his words better, it's true. Since he's used the race card before, he left himself wide open here to be accused of it again but I don't think that was intended in this instance.
@Rollo1 (16686)
• Boston, Massachusetts
13 Oct 10
I think it's insulting to lump people into groups and to assume you know or can predict how they as a group will think corporately. I think that it's important that people be treated as individuals. By assigning all blacks to a "group think" he is making a racist statement, that is, one based solely on race. But worse is the idea he is promoting to blacks that conservatives don't want you to vote. What we really don't need is anyone trying to make it seem as if either side is trying to prevent anyone from voting their conscience.
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• United States
13 Oct 10
That is also the impression I got from his video.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Oct 10
That is exactly how I feel, Rollo, and this isn't even about Obama at this point, it is more about how insulting it is to lump people into groups (which they may want no part of!) and to ASSUME you know how they will act BECAUSE you have lumped them into said group. That is such a sick and offensive thing. I would be offended if someone tried to group me at all - especially without talking to me first lol. In my opinion, race determines nothing. It determines nothing regarding what or how you believe, your social standing, where you might live, who you might know, your political affiliation, religion, your lifestyle, your job, your level of education. It means NOTHING. People who try to make it mean something bug the sh*t out of me. They ignore the many times they are wrong and only fixate on the handful of times they manage to guess properly.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
14 Oct 10
well we can hope they do stay home and the rest of us get out and vote! . HAve no idea what he is trying to do but I hope this kills him form getting voted in again!
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• United States
13 Oct 10
I am in awe of your ability to only hear a third of the sentence you quote.
• United States
14 Oct 10
Thank you I agree I am pretty awesome
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• United States
14 Oct 10
BTW You are the spitting image of Grigori Rasputin!
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• United States
14 Oct 10
Oh, wow, you did it again! (And thanks.)
• United States
14 Oct 10
before flying off the handle I would like to know what context this was said in Right at the start he said "THEY are counting on..." Who is THEY? What was he talking about just before saying that sentence?
• United States
14 Oct 10
According to the headlines (in multiple web pages) Obama says "they" are Republicans. However my own personal opinion is that to Obama "they" are any person or group who does not blindly agree with, and accept, every word he says as the indisputable truth and best way to force his form of presidential governing on the American people.
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@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
16 Oct 10
I have been accused of being a Republican (mostly by Democrats who want me to foot the bill for all the illegals and a bunch of crap like wars I don't have any interest in) but I'm not one. I've voted for different parties in the same election because I vote for different PEOPLE, never based on party. I've never understood anybody who just blanket votes by party. That's like not reading the fine print that tells you the side effects that may occur after you have a lung transplant....
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I was not able to look a this video yet, but I have read some articles recently that were related. First of all, it really just hit me how much the democrats have been in bed with the black people in America. I've heard the idea expressed and generally believed it, but when you tell me that 90% of the black population will vote democrat, that triggers the 'Why?' question(for another time). At the same time, the number of black conservatives in the US is growing. Quite naturally, they are looking at the issues, and then saying why should I have to vote democrat? In true racist fashion, these black conservatives are picked on, talked about, and criticized. As I read on one site, "How can you let down the Bro?" djbtol
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Just appalling... really. I'm not even conservative and this is appalling. No wonder politics need to go out with the trash!
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
14 Oct 10
As you suggest, standards of behavior and conduct seem to develop over time that most Americans would never consider good. Maybe one outcome of the political battles that go on is that people compromise behaviors to achieve their desired goal. Much could be said about the rampant black racisim, but I won't go there now. If our current government system does not start to improve, it will be out in the trash sooner or later - with a whole slew of unintended consequences.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
13 Oct 10
Well, in terms of racial politics, Obama is the most racial president we've ever had. At least since I've been alive. But, then again, a white guy couldn't get away with saying something like that without being labeled a Klansman or something. But this is just more hubris from liberals. I don't blame Obama personally. And I can't really blame liberals for thinking it's a sure thing that blacks will vote in their favor 90% or more. Black folks do vote decidedly liberal. They vote that way for many reasons, and their plight collectively gets worse in cities and towns and counties where the only thing "right" is somebody's arm. The odd thing is that Obama doesn't even have to appeal to black voters. They still support him more than any other group in the country. At this point in American history, they will probably vote for any D on the ticket, even without Obama's urging. And it's sad that I'm in here speaking in "they" and "black" and "group," but it's a reality in America. It's one that I'd loved to see changed, and more individuals arise rather than folks sectioned off into groups, but it's how politicians have been setting it up for years. On the real: white people don't matter to Obama or any other social justice blowhard, even if the blowhard is a white person. And that's not saying Obama's bigoted against anyone, really; it's just stating the obvious that these social justice people, time and again, hold "wealth" synonymous with "white" and treat every single American minority as if they cannot possibly succeed in the world unless someone gives them success.
• United States
13 Oct 10
I agree wholeheartedly with your statement "The odd thing is that Obama doesn't even have to appeal to black voters. They still support him more than any other group in the country. At this point in American history, they will probably vote for any D on the ticket, even without Obama's urging." I have never seen any other president make such a distinction between Black voters and other American voters of many other racial backgrounds.
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• United States
13 Oct 10
I know quite a few black conservatives who will be voting Republican on November 2nd. In fact, if half the people would stop and look at Obama's policies instead of his race they will realize how fatal he is to our country. NOTHING he has done has been good. In fact, 2009 was so overshadowed by that crappy health care deal that we missed a lot of really bad financial and other bills passed that are affecting us poorly right now. Sure, he wants to change America and try to make it "his" way, but that's not for the better. We will no longer be the People who stand up and create. We will then be the sheeple who follow. Sad. Really, really sad. He has NO pride in his country and neither does his wife. They've been vocal about that as well. I hope every American no matter where their heritage lands can soon see past his fascist dreams.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
13 Oct 10
I just see it as him appealing to those he thinks will vote for him. He feels that he has their approval and is motivating them to get out to the polls. I really don't see it as racist at all.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Oct 10
Trying to appeal to people to vote for you by using the race card is kinda shady, in my opinion. So would making promises you never plan to fulfill, or planned to but then backed out later. There would be a lot of people up in arms if we were talking about Bush and people were tossing around 'he's trying to get the approval and nod of the white voters' blah blah. I don't think that is appropriate either. Everybody should certainly get out to the polls... but everybody should also read up on things and look at the policies carefully and not vote for people based on anything but.
@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
14 Oct 10
While he may be assuming a lot about the three groups of ppl he is appealing to, the statistics show where historically those mentioned by him have placed their approval. However, I think he may be overestimating his popularity in those groups, but I don't consider that racist, just foolish.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
14 Oct 10
I wish that we were all one race and all one gender and all one age and just looked different. I really despise the fact that instead of just ignoring differences, people seem to fixate on them and try to 'cater' to one group or another or advocate for one or another when really we are all PEOPLE and we all have the same basic needs and nothing else should be taken into account at all! I hope that everybody who is eligible takes note of what has been going on in this country and the mess we're in, and looks at the policies of the candidates running and tries to make good informed decisions on the best path for the future and votes to save our country.... and I do hope that NOBODY votes based on money that person promises or based on the race of the candidate - for or against, or based on the gender of the candidate - for or against, or based on the age of the candidate - for or against, or for any other stupid and superficial and ridiculous reason other than they have done their research and have arrived at a decision based on what they actually feel is best for the future policy and health and safety of our country. Nothing should EVER be decided based on race. The idea is nauseating.
• United States
14 Oct 10
Your hopes are my hopes and if they ever came true we might have a decent honest government and political parties with integrity.
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• United States
13 Oct 10
Another thing, unless the DNC or the candidate or Obama himself is paying for it he should stop flying around on Air Force One to get to these little political campaign trips. This goes for all parties, not just the Democrats.
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
22 Oct 10
Sounds like a unifying president heh? lol He needs to stop talking about race, as does everyone else.
• United States
16 Oct 10
I know it's not true in every case, but for the most part blacks voted for Obama because he's half black and considers himself as a black man. It would be silly for union people to pay all that money to Democrats to get what they want out of them and then not vote for them. Young people are gullible. I don't think Obama is being a racist. I think he understands that these are the groups that still haven't figured out how he's ruining the country.
@afarrell1 (261)
• United States
13 Oct 10
It just further ingrains that if someone doesn't fall in line with Obama or the democrats your racist.