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The Obama Bargain

Shelby Steele of the WSJ, has an excellent story about Obama.

She pretty much nailed it.

People will disagree and see what they want out of Obama’s speech..which makes the point Shelby and others are trying to make.

It boils down to a question of Obama’s judgment.  Shelby put it best.

How does one “transcend” race in this church? The fact is that Barack Obama has fellow-traveled with a hate-filled, anti-American black nationalism all his adult life, failing to stand and challenge an ideology that would have no place for his own mother. And what portent of presidential judgment is it to have exposed his two daughters for their entire lives to what is, at the very least, a subtext of anti-white vitriol?

What could he have been thinking? Of course he wasn’t thinking. He was driven by insecurity, by a need to “be black” despite his biracial background. And so fellow-traveling with a little race hatred seemed a small price to pay for a more secure racial identity. And anyway, wasn’t this hatred more rhetorical than real?

I doubt Obama himself realizes the full extent of why he did what he did.  Why he sat there and said nothing while the hate spewed from his good friend.   Unless of course, he believes the words of the minister. 

When Obama’s wife said “this was the first time she could be proud of her country”  all of us were confused by the statement.  It seemed a silly thing to say.  Now it makes sense.  She listened to the minister.  She believed the minister.  The words she uttered have a new significance. 


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