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Burt Prelutsky / Jan. 6, 2011

Too Bad Obama Is Only Half-White

The worst thing about Obama’s being a black man is that when you take him to task for his leftist agenda, it’s so easy for those who endorse his policies to accuse you of being a bigot.

It’s fascinating how that works. If you happen to disagree with Henry Waxman or Charles Schumer, you’re not automatically called an anti-Semite. If you take exception to Nancy Pelosi, you’re not immediately dismissed as a misogynist. In most quarters, you can even dismiss the lunacies of Barney Frank without necessarily being labeled a gay-basher.

The worst thing about Obama’s being a black man is that when you take him to task for his leftist agenda, it’s so easy for those who endorse his policies to accuse you of being a bigot.

It’s fascinating how that works. If you happen to disagree with Henry Waxman or Charles Schumer, you’re not automatically called an anti-Semite. If you take exception to Nancy Pelosi, you’re not immediately dismissed as a misogynist. In most quarters, you can even dismiss the lunacies of Barney Frank without necessarily being labeled a gay-basher.

What is it about being black, 150 years after the end of slavery and nearly half a century after the passage of the Civil Rights Act, that gives them this special status? Whatever it is – and I suspect it’s nothing more than the non-stop, self-serving blather by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and the assorted jackasses who comprise the Congressional Black Caucus – it’s high time we stopped giving them the license to whine. In fact, it’s long past time that we told them to put a cork in it.

I know a great many people who think that Obama is the worst president we’ve had in a very long time – and they are not overlooking Jimmy Carter – and not one of them gives a hoot about his race. Their reasons have everything to do with his politics and his policies and nothing to do with his pigmentation. If it were otherwise, wouldn’t these same people dislike Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams and Star Parker, all of whom are 50% blacker than the president?

Obama got off on the wrong foot when we discovered he was a friend of Bill Ayers and that he regarded Jeremiah Wright as his spiritual advisor. It didn’t help when we heard him say that the problem with the Constitution and the Civil Rights movement was that they failed to deal with the redistribution of wealth.

Things then went from bad to worse when, after being elected, he went off on a world tour where he bashed our allies, kowtowed to our enemies, and competed with Michael Moore, Hugo Chavez and Mahmud Ahmadinejad, in trashing America.

Not satisfied with all that, he went on to lie about the great contribution the Muslims made in the creation of this country, forcing some of us to wonder if he knew something about the Barbary pirates that Thomas Jefferson didn’t.

Perhaps his endless gaffes and apparent contempt for American symbols wouldn’t be quite so offensive if so many people, on the right as well as the left, didn’t, in spite of his almost comical reliance on Teleprompters, keep reminding us how doggone brilliant the guy is.

A while back, His Brilliance said, “America has its roots in the India of Mahatma Gandhi.” Now, I’m grateful that for a change he complimented one of America’s few allies in the world, but why is it so impossible for this lunkhead to give credit where it’s due? Would it kill him to praise the Founding Fathers? I mean, I know they were a bunch of white guys, but they couldn’t help it.

Suggesting that Mahatma Gandhi, 1869-1948, provided the roots for the United States, 1776-????, is comparable to the schlemiel who recently said it was our dropping the Atomic Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki that compelled Japan to attack Pearl Harbor.

I think I’m beginning to understand why Obama is so secretive about his academic records.

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