Just words? Just words?
Time and again, Barack Obama or his wife and friends have said outrageous, offensive things. Then they want to blame others for holding them accountable -- even though in his famous "Just Words" speech, Obama testified to the power and meaning of words.
But this utterance ranks right up there with his worst.
Speaking at a campaign rally recently, Obama claimed his opponent John McCain will try to scare voters by saying such things as, "You know, 'he's not patriotic enough, he's got a funny name,' you know, 'he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.'"
What? For one thing, the Obamas themselves are the ones who called their patriotism into question. Proud of my country for the first time in my adult life? Had to be pushed into wearing a flag pin? Hang around a preacher that says "God d--- America"? Hang around a domestic terrorist who wishes he'd set off more bombs here than he did? Call America a "mean country"?
But that line about "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills"? That's just racist. Period. It's saying John McCain and his supporters are racist and will try to scare people into not voting for a black man.
John McCain has never made race an issue. And for Obama to insinuate that Republicans are racist, and will make it an issue, is just beyond reprehensible.
Obama "played the race card, and he played it from the bottom of the deck," said a McCain spokesman. Absolutely.
Now comes Obama supporter Ludacris -- a raunchy rap singer whose new soliloquy refers to Hillary Clinton as a female dog and says "McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed ..." The "song" also exhorts black voters to "paint the White House black, and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified."
Got who terrified? Oh, right. What Obama himself called a "typical white person."
Barack Obama can't be blamed for Ludacris' lyrics, but it's him and his friend Ludacris who are making race an issue. Obama not only owes John McCain an apology for his own comment, but he once again reveals an arrogant disdain for ordinary Americans -- remember his comment about xenophobic small-town Americans clinging to their guns and religion:
"You go into some of these small towns in Pennsylvania, and like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing's replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton administration, and the Bush administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it's not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations."
For a guy who wants to be president, he's sure ready and eager to believe the worst in America.