In a video obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama tells an audience of black ministers, including the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, that the U.S. government shortchanged Hurricane Katrina victims because of racism.
The people down in New Orleans they don’t care about as much!” Obama shouts in the video, which was shot in June of 2007 at Hampton University in Virginia. By contrast, survivors of Sept. 11 and Hurricane Andrew received generous amounts of aid, Obama explains. The reason? Unlike residents of majority-black New Orleans, the federal government considers those victims “part of the American family.
Bad Obama, bad! You're not supposed to hint the truth about the U.S. government's shabby treatment of hurricane victims in New Orleans. You're not even supposed to get too chummy with your fellow black folks either. You're not "their president" - you're America's President™, damnit! What if they get all
Looks like the president kept it a bit too real for the comfort of certain Americans. Didn't this man know he had to remain as racially neutral as possible and essentially stay away from being that stereotypical "controversial, angry black man"? That means keeping well away from "radical" people with "inflammatory rhetoric." Come to think of it, any time prominent black Americans broach the subject of mistreatment by a majority-white American government, it's deemed too "radical," "inflammatory" or "divisive" for discourse and quickly hushed up under a torrent of gasps, guffaws and "How dare you"-type phrases.
The fact that this video "surfaced" this late in the presidential campaign suggests the GOP is practically out of gas. Rigging the vote didn't work, demonizing the president on social, foreign policy and economic grounds didn't work either, and now, it looks like Romney's done wonders strangling his own campaign to death. The only thing left, preferably before poor Mitt finishes the job by bombing in today's debate, is to whip out the race card and hope the low-information, low-IQ voters become color-aroused enough to make a Hail Mary play in Romney's favor.
It won't happen. With President Obama bagging up most of the swing states, maintaining a comfortable lead in Electoral College estimates, it appears to be lights out for Mitt. Instead of having a debate tonight, news outlets all over should broadcast a mock funeral for Romney's campaign, with a casket signifying his campaign hopes and dreams placed in a gilded wagon. Rafalca will have the honor of pulling the gilded wagon to the shores of Massachusetts, where the casket can be placed on a funeral pyre, set aflame and allowed to drift away with dignity.