In a piece today in America Magazine, Michael Sean Winters starts out talking about how the notes on Palin’s hand made certain liberals froth at the mouth but then he obviously couldn’t help himself and jumped over to full Obama apologist mode again by telling conservatives like Palin to leave Obama alone because…he’s black. Yup. That’s what it’s come down to. He writes:
There was plenty that former Governor Palin actually said to the Tea Party convention that was disturbing, no one needs to focus on the sideshow of her palm notes. Palin has a knack for making the hokey comment that drives her opponents wild, in this case asking “how that hopey-changey thing is working out for ya?” Of course, at one level, this is merely a cute attempt to mock the President’s sloganeering during the campaign, although it should be noted that all candidates sloganeer during campaigns. Remember “Read my lips: No new taxes!”? At a deeper level, and among one group of Americans that did not appear to be well represented at the Tea Party convention, President Obama’s election represented a hope and a change that was both historic and deeply personal: For African-Americans, Obama’s election represents the same kind of hope and change that John F. Kennedy’s election represented for Catholics, and Palin is wrong to fail to understand that.
So all politicians have slogans, does that mean we’re not allowed to mock them. Because, you know, nobody ever used “Read my lips. No new taxes” against George Bush, right?
And because Obama represents hope for many African Americans, does that mean that Palin can’t criticize him? This is America. We’re allowed to criticize dear leader even if it upsets his supporters. Winters continues:
Of course, Palin is not unique in this failure. During the pile-on of Obama before his commencement address at Notre Dame, I kept wondering what the critics, especially the venomous ones, would have to say if they were called upon to preach at St. Augustine Church here in Washington, a historically black Catholic congregation that is somewhat conservative but was also deeply aware of the ground-shifting significance of Obama’s election. Being the first black President is not a free pass on any issue including abortion. But, the inability of some white Americans to see how their words fail to grasp this elemental experience their black fellow Americans have just celebrated shows a lack of human and moral imagination, whether that lack is found in former Governor Palin or in a Catholic bishop.
So take a memo everyone who’s pro-life. Any criticism of Dear Leader must now be preceded with the “Winters caveat” which goes as follows “While I appreciate and celebrate the truly historic nature of Obama’s election and in no way intend to demean the hope African Americans feel when they see a black man sitting in the Oval Office, I’d like to humbly say…(insert criticism here and immediately apologize for your cultural insensitivity.)
Anytime you forget to couch your criticism with a compliment of Obama you will likely hear from Mr. Winters. And you really don’t want that.
Mr. Winters, I am an Obama critic but I am not hung up on Obama’s race. In fact, I don’t even think about it. I’m hung up on the fact that he sees babies as punishments and is spending like a drunken sailor. Obama’s election was a great moment for born blacks and a terrible moment for unborn blacks.
Sure Obama is black but who cares? Obviously Michael Sean Winters does but I don’t.
I’m still waiting for Winters piece saying we shouldn’t criticize GOP Chair Michael Steele…cuz he’s black too, you know. I might be waiting a while for that one though.
February 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm
Seriously…every comment we make should be prefaced with that…it's apparent that the implicitness of that sentiment is not understood, so EVERYONE should use it all the time, until they finally say "Hey, I get it…just tell me what you want to say."
February 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Sounds like an SNL sketch waiting to happen. If they have the guts…
February 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm
Palin has a knack for making the hokey comment that drives her opponents wild, in this case asking "how that hopey-changey thing is working out for ya?" Of course, at one level, this is merely a cute attempt to mock the President’s sloganeering during the campaign, although it should be noted that all candidates sloganeer during campaigns. Remember "Read my lips: No new taxes!"?
Bogus comparison. "Read my lips!" amounts to a campaign promise that one can check on later (and iirc, Bush broke this one). "Hope and Change" is a vague nothing-burger which in many ways illustrates exactly what is Obama's problem–like nailing Jell-O to the wall.
February 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm
William McNichols said…
Please sign this St. Michaels Society petition
to fire President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships .
We the undersigned, call for the immediate resignation of Harry Knox, who serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
Recently, Mr. Knox once again expressed his prejudice against the Pope and by extension all Catholics when he reaffirmed his view that the Pope "is hurting people in the name of Jesus."
These comments expose that Mr. Knox is openly hostile towards Catholics and their religious leader and should disqualify him from public service in an organization that "will work on behalf of Americans committed to improving their communities, no matter their religious or political beliefs."
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February 10, 2010 at 5:17 pm
I do not consider Obama black like me and I don't see him as my guidestar, my shinning hope or my reason to believe in America. I'll bet Mr.Winters doesn't even know any black people.
February 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm
MSW is like every other writer for the NCR – with perhaps the exception on John Allen – convinced that the rest of the world sees the world through his ideological prism. He is incapable of realizing that we are way smarter than that, and thus, way smarter than him.
February 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm
All candidates use slogans during campaigns? What other valuable information has Mr. Winters been keeping from us?
February 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm
"I'm still waiting for Winters piece saying we shouldn't criticize GOP Chair Michael Steele…cuz he's black too, you know. I might be waiting a while for that one though."
Good news! You don't have to wait. Mr. Steele did Mr. Winter's job for him:
"Michael Steele: RNC Criticism Grounded in Racism"
"Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele is suggesting reporters are more critical of the RNC than its Democratic counterpart because he is a black man."
February 10, 2010 at 7:36 pm
Even that old liberal, Geraldine Ferraro, stated Obama had an easier time than a white man would have during the nomination process. Yes, she was working for Hillary but that doesn't detract from an obvious fact.
Barack H. Obama: proof that affirmative action hiring can take you anywhere.
February 10, 2010 at 7:53 pm
The only people who can't seem to forget Obama is black are the liberals. I asked my very politically aware 10 year old son the other day what race Obama is and he had to actually think about it for a minute. That is awesome!
February 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Nobody cares about race except the people who are OBSESSED with being politically correct. I grew up in a family where race was such a non issue I didn't even realize racism existed until I learned about it in school. When I was really little I asked my mom why some people were different colors and she said because god used different color clay to make us… and that was the end of it. There's no freaking difference, get over yourselves, idiots.
February 11, 2010 at 5:40 am
Obama's Black? Who knew?
February 12, 2010 at 11:24 pm
Seeing as how Obama is half & half, even playing the race card is on shaky ground (cause if African Americans criticize, then we can just as easily claim that they're racist against Caucasians). But then I forgot the race card is predominately reserved for the angry white (conservative) male populous (MSNBC news anchors get a free pass) + female Palin enthusiasts 😉
February 12, 2010 at 11:25 pm
I'm tired of the smokescreen. I will not be muzzled based on assumptions about my beliefs whether that be of race/religion. The liberal agenda is so full of falsity if they don't slander and villify, and get everyone on the defensive, they know they can't stay standing!
I pray for our President's soul, along with the idiots who got him into office.