Carter Plays The Race Card
By Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com
Barack Obama, the first black President, has been in office just nine months. People like left wing comedian Janeane Garofalo have wasted no time in accusing anyone in opposition of the administration as being a racist. It is one thing for a regular citizen to make that claim, but it is quite another for a former president. Jimmy Carter doubled down on the race card when he said on NBC Nightly news,”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…”
Michael Steele, the first African American RNC Chairman says, “President Carter is flat out wrong. This isn’t about race. It is about policy…Characterizing Americans’ disapproval of President Obama’s policies as being based on race is an outrage and a troubling sign about the lengths Democrats will go to disparage all who disagree with them. ”
There is no doubt that the Democrats are frustrated. They have to compromise on health care reform even though they have an overwhelming majority in Congress. Some Democrats felt they had to give up the “public option” because of a very intense opposition to government run health care. Carter and others cannot grasp there is a genuine opposition to what some say is a costly and bad idea. There is not a shred of evidence to back up the former President’s assertion of racism. I also find it odd that NBC let that comment go on the air unchecked. I thought the interviewer, Brian Williams, should have pressed Carter on what is an absurd and unprovable comment.
What West said was stupid and insensitive but not racial. What Representative Joe Wilson said when he yelled out “You Lie” during a Joint Session of Congress was stupid and insensitive but not racial. Remember, to the Presidents credit, he accepted Wilson’s apology and moved on. Bravo Mr. President for being, well, Presidential. I’ll bet you Barack Obama wishes Carter kept his remarks to himself! To risk blow back and distraction on a phony race issue is foolish, especially considering the financial crisis and geopolitical problems the country is facing. I look at Barack Obama as the President of the United States, period.