In a somewhat entertaining conversation with President Obama on The Late Show with David Letterman, this segment consisted of things like discussion over healthcare (There were even some “Canadians” in the audience who apparently LOVE their country’s healthcare system – Yeah, Riiiiiight!), foreign policy, slumber parties, and heart-shaped potatoes (did you notice how great the band sounded on “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?” Yeah, that was really an impromptu moment). But what was striking was the conversation regarding Jimmy Carters accusations of American racism toward Obama.
Letterman opened up the topic talking about the “vitriol” at the various town hall metting and Carter “SPECULATING” that “PERHAPS” the “unease or poor decorum” was “rooted in racism.”
On an NBC News interview, Carter actually said, “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity towards President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man – that he’s African American… And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of a belief of 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…” That may have been his stated opinion, but the language did not come across as “speculation.”
To the President’s credit, I really think he started out well in response by responding (I removed all the “uhs” from Obama’s responses), “Well, first of all, think it’s important to realize that, I was actually black before the election. So, the… This is true, so… So the American people, I think, gave me this extraordinary honor and that tells you, I think, about where the country’s at.”
I though that was a great response to diffuse the argument and move on. Kudos to Obama for that!
It could have stopped there… BUT…
He had to keep going on…
“I actually think that what’s happened is that whenever a president tries to bring about significant changes, particularly in times of economic unease, then there is a certain segment of the population that gets very riled up”
It amazing me that he doesn’t remember that the policies and programs he supported and participated in ACTUALLY put us in “times of economic unease.”
“F.D.R. was called a socialist and a communist.”
Franklyn Delano Roosevelt WAS VERY socialistic in his policies and it was in spite of those programs that the United States survived the Great Depression and became prosperous again.
“J.F.K., there are all kinds of names hurled at him.”
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a conservative in just about every aspect where Obama is a radical leftist. The only derogatory fact you can apply to Kennedy was stated in the movie ‘Rat Pack.” – “He’s a bootlegger’s kid that likes to &^%$ `em two at a time.”
“Ronald Reagan, when he came into office, he was moving in a different direction, people were sure that he was bringing the country down.”
I can only imagine that he got this idea when he was in college and he didn’t want to be known as “a sellout” from those friends he chose carefully. “The more politically active black students. The foreign students. The Chicanos. The MARXIST professors and structural FEMINISTS and punk-rock performance poets.” (Dreams of My Father, p. 100). Or was it from his mentor, Frank Marshall Davis? Nonetheless, comparing himself to Reagan proved nothing but non sequitor.
“One of the things you sign up for in politics is folks yell at you.”
Glad he is a realist here because, if he keeps on the track he is on, there will be a lot more yelling!
“But I think that what has been missing from the conversation is that an overwhelming majority of people, republican or democrat, I think they just want to see some common sense. They want to see some honesty and integrity in Washington.”
I guess when you watch MSNBC or read the New York Times, you miss the fact that all those people yelling at town halls and rallies around the nation are not hearing “common sense” or “honesty and integrity” from you, and your ilk in Washington. And yes, you weren’t the start of this mess, but you ARE president NOW.
“I think they’re turned off by the shouting and the yelling. And they expect more from the public elected officials.”
The reason why they are shouting and yelling is because they aren’t getting “more from the public elected officials.”
This exchange proved that he again missed the TOTUS (teleprompter) and forgot the memorized drivel he spewed out to the Sunday show goons this weekend.
The rest of the show was basically nothing but Obama trying to be charming about his positions and Letterman overtly displaying his man-crush on the president.
One last point. Why in the HELL is our president on Letterman? Enough with the superfluous campaigning and do the job you were elected to!