Question: Could it be true that Senator Reid truly believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama, a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one?
The following article and/or blog post reveals the disgusting and/or disgraceful answer to this question-You Decide:
‘Game Change’: New Book Reveals 2008 Campaigns’ Messy Moments-“From Obama to Palin, a New Book Raises Candidates’ Moments to Forget”-Posted on ABCNews.Com-By DAVID KERLEY and KRISTINA WONG-On January 10, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article:
“While “Game Change” has yet to hit store shelves, the book about the 2008 presidential campaign is already creating a stir over its revelations of nasty moments between political opponents, and even between friends.
“[Reid] was wowed by Obama’s oratorical gifts and believed that the country was ready to embrace a black presidential candidate, especially one such as Obama, a ‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,’ as he said privately,” according to the book, which is authored by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, and due out this week.
Republicans seized on Reid’s comments, arguing that if a Republican had made similar statements, he or she would be asked to resign.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, called on Reid, the Senate majority leader from Nevada, to step down, issuing a statement saying: “In 2002, Democrats expressed outrage at Sen. [Trent] Lott and called on him to step down as leader. That same standard should be applied to Sen. Reid and his embarrassing and racially insensitive statements.”
Lott resigned as Senate Republican leader in 2002 after he expressed admiration for former Sen. Strom Thurmond, who had run for the presidency in 1948 on a largely racial segregationist platform. Reid called the president this week to apologize for his comments.
In response, Obama said in a statement, “I accepted Harry’s apology without question because I’ve known him for years, I’ve seen the passionate leadership he’s shown on issues of social justice and I know what’s in his heart. As far as I am concerned, the book is closed.”
While that ‘book’ may be closed, “Game Change” contains other revelations sure to spark discussion in the coming days.
For instance, the book reveals that then-Sen. Obama was furious at comments his running mate, Joe Biden, made at a campaign fundraiser.
“’How many times is Biden going to say something stupid?” Obama reportedly said after Biden said that it would not be “six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy.” Staffers said Obama’s response was as angry as they had ever seen, according to the book.
Former president Bill Clinton received flak from his comment that Obama’s campaign was “the biggest fairy tale I’ve ever seen.”
But he made an even more dismissive comment about Obama in private with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, according to the book.
“A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee,” Clinton reportedly said.
Then-Sen. Hillary Clinton reportedly created a war room within her campaign war room, with staffers poised to deal with “a serious extramarital affair” by the former president, according to the book.
When Clinton was offered the job of secretary of state, she reportedly balked, worried about her husband.
“You know I can’t control him, and at some point he’ll be a problem,” Clinton reportedly told the president-elect.
And the day after John Edwards’ affair was alleged in the National Enquirer, wife Elizabeth Edwards—described by staff as condescending and intrusive—became so angry that she ripped her blouse in an airport, exposing herself and telling her husband, “Look at me…,” according to the book.
Another juicy nugget: The book claims that Sarah Palin famously asked Biden during their first debate, “Can I call you Joe?” because during debate preparations, she repeatedly called her opponent “O’Biden,” instead of Biden.
The book also claims that after her second network interview, with Kate Couric, Palin expressed regret for taking the vice presidential nomination.
“If I’d known everything I know now, I would not have done this,” Palin is quoted as saying.
So far, only a Palin spokesperson has offered a comment, calling the descriptions inaccurate. Halperin and Heilemann tell ABC News their book is based on interviews with over 300 people. They add that many of the revelations aren’t based on quotes, but paraphrased statements.
According to publisher HarperCollins’ Web site, other questions the book purports to answer include: “How did Obama convince himself that, despite the thinness of his resume, he could somehow beat the odds to become the nation’s first African-American president? How did the tumultuous relationship between the Clintons shape—and warp—Hillary Clinton’s supposedly unstoppable bid? What was behind her husband’s furious outbursts and devastating political miscalculations? Why did Sen. John McCain make the novice governor of Alaska his running mate? And was Palin merely painfully out of her depth, or troubled in more serious ways?”
While the former candidates may want to keep the cover shut on the answers, the book will be open to Americans across the country beginning this Monday.”
Note: The following articles and/or blog posts reveal what prominent blacks are saying about Reid’s racial remarks-You Decide:
I. Black Activists Respond to Reid’s Racial Remarks-Posted National Center for Public Policy Research-On January 10, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this article and/or blog post:
“Washington, DC: Black conservatives with the Project 21 leadership network are speaking out about the recently-revealed racial comments about Barack Obama that were made by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in 2008:
Mychal Massie (chairman of Project 21): “Harry Reid is a loathsome individual whose apology was based on exposure not repentance. Reid’s comments are proof positive that the racial animus of the past is alive and prevalent among liberals today, notwithstanding the fact that their standard-bearer is a black man.”
Robert A. George: “How nice to see that, when it comes to race in America, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has such, ahem, ‘enlightenment’ (pun intended). Thank goodness no jive-talkin’ darky ever thought about running for president! No way Reid could have supported him!!” (This quote comes from Robert’s “Ragged Thots” blog. The entire post can be seen at http://raggedthots.blogspot.com.)
Bob Parks: “The hazard of being an apologist is having your own words thrown back in your face. Obama demanded the Republicans drum Senator Trent Lott out of their party in 2002 when Lott gave inappropriate praise to centenarian and reformed segregationist senator Strom Thurmond on his birthday. The underlying problem here is that boneheaded racist statements by politicians are all too common, and only conservatives seem to get called on them and punished. Republicans did strip Lott of his leadership post. Obama is absolving the Democrats of acting against Reid. This is a dangerous trend.” (More can be found on Bob’s “Black and Right” web site at http://www.black-and-right.com.)
Lisa Fritsch: “Why would Harry Reid apologize now when it seems clear he felt it and meant it at the time? It was less likely ‘a poor choice of words’ than an honest reflection of Reid’s character.”
R. Dozier Gray: “Black people historically have a lot of forgiveness in their hearts for people who make statements like the one Reid made. I might have forgiven him long ago had he sought to be accountable when he realized that what he said was stupid instead of when he realized that a book featuring it was coming out. But the black ‘leadership’ will likely let this slide. Power is usually more important to them than this sort of soft racism from a political ally. Truth be told, some of the policies advocated by Reid and his allies are more damaging than a few of his random racial comments.”
Darryn “Dutch” Martin: “In the grand scheme of things, what Reid said, his apology and Obama’s acceptance of it is irrelevant. What is striking is that Reid said it in 2008, a Time magazine reporter knew it and didn’t make it public until 2010! Why wasn’t it reported as soon as it became known? Would the mainstream media exercise such restraint and bury a newsworthy quote if a conservative public figure made a similar linguistic faux pas? I think not.”
In the book Game Change, set to be released Monday, authors Mark Halpern and John Heilemann write that Reid privately analyzed the electoral appeal of then-Senator Barack Obama, referring to Obama as “light-skinned” with “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
When the comments were posted on Marc Ambinder’s Atlantic magazine website, Reid expressed “deep regret [for] using such a poor choice of words.” President Obama issued a rare immediate public statement saying he “accepted Harry’s apology without question.”
Reid is no stranger to using the race card for political gain. In December 2009, for example, Reid compared those who opposed a government takeover of health care to lawmakers who opposed abolishing slavery and civil rights legislation.
Project 21, established in 1992, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org).”
II. Op-Ed: Allen West “The Liberal Roots of Harry Reid’s “Negro Talk” Comment”-Posted on HHR-By Lt. Col. Allen West-On January 10, 2010:
These are pertinent excerpts from this Op-Ed:
“The revelation of Senator Harry Reid’s comments referencing “negro talk” is just indicative of the true sentiment elitist liberals, and indeed the Democratic party, have toward black Americans. The history of the Democrat party is one of slavery, secession, segregation, and now socialism. It is this new aged socialism born from the Johnson Great Society programs that have castigated blacks as victims needing government dependency. One need only to look upon the city of Detroit to ascertain what liberal social welfare policies have produced for the inner city…..the new plantation for black Americans.
The Ku Klux Klan was birthed by the Democrats as a terrorist wing to intimidate blacks, and whites, who sought to promote economic and education independence and social justice for blacks. What was once overt has just morphed and become covert, yet still exists…
One can only imagine the insanity and media outrage if Reid’s quote had come from a member of the Republican party. I look forward to hearing from Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton on Reid’s comments………or has liberal hush money paid for the silence of these proprietors of poverty and victimization theory..
Actually, if President Obama had any courage he would demand Reid step down as Senate Majority Leader, and discontinue any support for his Senate reelection…….notice I said “if”. I am quite sure the Soros money which elevated Obama to the position of President has bought his servitude.
Why am I running for US Congress as a Republican, simple, I would rather stand proudly and be called “Uncle Tom and Sellout” than lose my self-esteem and be considered an inferior by liberals. I understand the legacy of the GOP and the black community….not that revisionist history espoused by liberal educators. I am not, shall never be, and will not raise my daughters to be a part of the liberal 21st century plantation. I am not just some articulate, clean, good speaking negro. I am an American warrior, Congressional candidate, and shall never submit to the collective progressive ideal of inferiority.
Senator Harry Reid’s comments are disgusting, despicable, and unacceptable. They are representative of how intellectual elite liberals do indeed speak of black Americans in their closed private spaces.
Next week I have been invited to NYC to address the Hudson Institute, a conservative organization, conference on “Reclaiming American Liberty”. That invite came to me because I took advantage of the opportunities this great Republic offered. I followed the guidance of my parents and set my standards above all others around me. I speak well and have impeccable communicative skills because my Father and Mother prioritized that quality.
I shiver to think what my future could have been if I listened to the insidious rhetoric of charlatans such as Harry Reid, and the ambassadors of affirmative action who reside in the Congressional Black Caucus.
Sure, the “stuck on stupid” blacks are going to address me in derogatory names, but I possess something which they lack; Honor, Integrity, and Character. To them I say, continue to be slaves to the liberals for your vote……..and in a year you will be calling me Congressman West.
LTC® Allen B West - is a candidate for the United States Congress in Florida’s 22nd district.
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Reid My Lips: He’s No Racist-Posted On PJTV-On January 14, 2010:
Hypocrite-In-Chief-Posted On Galganov.Com-By Howard Galganov-On January 11, 2010:
Reid’s Remarks Threaten to Change His Game-“Republicans put heat on the Senate majority leader to step down as he faces a tough reelection this year”-Posted On The LATimes.Com-By Ashley Powers-On January 11, 2010:
Reid Is Under Fire for 2008 Remarks-Posted On The Wall Street Journal-By By DEBORAH SOLOMON-On January 11, 2010:
Dems Back Away From Harry Reid In Wake of Nevadan’s Racially Charged Comments on Barack Obama-Posted On The DailyCaller.Com-By Jon Ward-On January 11, 2010:
GOP Calls For Harry Reid to Step Down Over Remarks-Posted on USA Today-By By David Jackson, USA TODAY-On January 11, 2010:
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Note: The following articles and/or blog posts reveal that House Democrats are saying that anyone that disagrees with the disgusting direction that this country is headed under this President, his administration and Democrats in Congress is a racist-You Decide:
Democrats Sense Racism Is Driving Obama Critics-Posted On Politics Dailey-On September 14, 2009:
Are Tea Parties Racist? “Sifting through the anti-Obama-hysteria”-Posted On Reason.Com-By Matt Welch-On December 2009 Issue:
Sorry, Democrats, Racism Isn’t Everywhere-Opinion Posted On NYDailyNews.Com-By MICHAEL MEYERS-On September 16, 2009:
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