The Palin pile-on

Media loathe spotlight they themselves place upon prominent figure

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A book some years ago called The Dance of Anger was an exploration of dysfunctional intimate relationships.

Associated Press
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin navigates through media and well-wishers in New York City. Incredibly, the media are bemoaning Palin’s occupation of the spotlight they themselves shine upon her.

The so-called "mainstream" media ought to read it, with Sarah Palin in mind.

It's comical to watch them stalk Palin and then blame her for it all. CNN's John King recently staked out the Gettysburg battlefield at night and complained that Palin wasn't there. MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell noted that a Palin appearance in a biker event proved she was "once again showing that she sure knows how to seize the political spotlight."

Irony of ironies, Mitchell, of course, chose to shine that spotlight on Palin herself. Oh, and by the way, she did it with the express intent to cast aspersions on Palin for being an uninvited "distraction" at the Rolling Thunder biker event. She found a biker to say so, too. Problem was, the biker organization confirms that Palin was, indeed, invited to participate.

Talk about going out of your way -- to the point of getting the whole story wrong -- to shine the spotlight on someone! Oh well, you know Andrea Mitchell's point, even if it's an unfair, inaccurate one.

CNN's Jessica Yellin oddly bemoaned the coverage of Palin's bus tour -- which her network featured just about every hour of the broadcast day for several days -- as "a media low point."

Some of us think the media's low point might have been when a network personality confessed to having a thrill run up his leg at the sound of a certain politician. But OK.

Just a thought: If it pains Mitchell and Yellin so much to give Palin the spotlight -- in Mitchell's case, for the express purpose of ginning up complaints about her that have no basis in truth -- why don't they stop? If John King doesn't like being a victim of Palin's schedule -- which he made sure viewers knew wasn't shared with him -- why doesn't he just stop?

Tuesday, when reports of out-of-control Memorial Day weekend behavior and a worse-than-expected double-dip in the housing market were making headlines, the top story at WashingtonPost.com was Sarah Palin's "cat and mouse" game.

These people are positively obsessed with her.

Sorry, but it's certainly not mutual.

The media also questioned Palin's self-styled "founding document" bus trip, wondering out loud if the country really needs to revisit the Constitution, et al.

Um, well, yeah.

"It was a surreal situation," a New York Times blog moaned of the media's stalking in Gettysburg, "given the fact that Ms. Palin and her advisers had shown an almost complete contempt for the press corps and its usual rituals."

Gee, why would she show contempt for the media, especially when they've been so good to her -- and since that's really more of Barack Obama's modus operandi ? Remember how the administration has tried to bar certain reporters and de-legitimize whole news organizations and -- oh, wait. Those were "conservative" news media being mistreated. No big deal. Never mind.

But if any of our political luminaries have contempt for today's whiny, hypocritical, take-sides national media, they're in good company; most of the public does too: A 2009 Pew Research Center survey shows less than one-third of Americans believe news media get the facts straight; 63 percent said the media's stories are often inaccurate.

Maybe the media ought to read Dance of Anger with the public in mind, too.

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faithson
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faithson 06/03/11 - 10:39 pm
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Did you see Lady GaGa enter

Did you see Lady GaGa enter the emmy's in an egg shell, did you see her entrance last week in central park on a zip line ? It is called 'performance art' in the art world. It is when an individual actually 'performs' the art they want their peers to acknowledge. Well, Sarah Palin is our newest performance artist. Like Lady GaGa, her appearances are surrounded by all kinds of 'hup lah' only an artist can appreciate. As for the media attention, our 24 hour news cycle's addiction to celebrity is only a problem for those don't know how to use their channel changer. Just as I see Lady GaGa as an egotistical 'look at me' performer, Sarah has just brought the same over to the political landscape... and it works.

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allhans 06/03/11 - 10:44 pm
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Chris Mathews of MSNBC can't

Chris Mathews of MSNBC can't seem to let go of Sarah Palin. A day or so ago he said that just as a person feels small when they stand next to an elephant, Palin looks big when compared to the other Repub. candidates.

The man seems to be eaten up with jealousy. After all, Palin is a very attractive woman and she refuses to give in to the likes of Matthews.
She looked GOOD riding that motorcycle.

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Willow Bailey 06/03/11 - 10:58 pm
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Remember, when the news, use

Remember, when the news, use to be news, instead of a talk show?
Sarah isn't my idea of a President, but I sure like to see her out, shaking things up for the media and the old politics as usual crowd. An added bonus, is driving the O'bama's and Joy Behar crazy.

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/03/11 - 11:53 pm
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It's creepy how obsessed the

It's creepy how obsessed the national media is with her.

More than two years after she ran for vice president, the Associated Press et al are pushing to obtain more than 2,400 e-mails from her time as governor.

Has any e-mail from President or Senator Obama ever been released?

Can anyone name a single vice presidential candidate or former governor whose e-mail the AP or any news outlet fought to obtain?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Down right creepy.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/04/11 - 06:58 am
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INSIDER, this is just par for
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INSIDER, this is just par for the course when you have a conservative candidate and a majority liberal media. This woman isn't in office anymore, and hasn't even declared her candidacy, and yet, is driving the liberals like idiot Joy Behar crazy. Hey, better than watching cable!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 07:40 am
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Palin is an amazing

Palin is an amazing phenomenon. When she drew thousands to the JB Arena at 8 AM on a weekday, I knew she was magnetic if I didn't already.

Faithson, kind of makes a good point with the Lady Gaga analogy. Palin does draw the attention of the public like a well orchestrated perfomer. But the point is every politician, Obama especially, tries to do that. They are not nearly as successful as she is. She is the best. Her acceptance speech for VP drew more viewers than the presidential candidates' speeches.

I want Republicans to think about one thing. If we truly want a president with conservative principles who better than Palin? Don't worry about her being too far right and how it would be in the general election, simply consider who is the best conservative to surface in many years? Don't compromise your beliefs feeling Romney is more electable, etc.. Let's stick to our guns (in more ways than one).

Let's go for it in a Ronald Reagan like way. Let Palin work her charm on the masses and lay our conservative views on them. The press trashed Barry Goldwater and tried to with Reagan, but he went directly to the people. Palin has IT and can do that, too.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/04/11 - 08:14 am
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Mike R., you just don't get

Mike R., you just don't get it, do you? Of course the liberal media are focused on Palin, of course they constantly berate her. Don't you see? The more liberals attack her, the more conservatives like you rush indignantly to her defense and the more likely it is she ends up as the Republican presidential candidate in 2012! A guaranteed Obama reelection! Watch the video of Palin speaking off-guard in Boston about Paul Revere. Hilarious! She talked nonsense and could barely get out a coherent sentence. Go ahead, watch it! I am a charter member of Liberals for Sarah in 2012. If you want to make a tax-free political donation, I'll tell you where to send it....

Tyler-Ray_Daddy
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Tyler-Ray_Daddy 06/04/11 - 08:48 am
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Personally, Palin would not

Personally, Palin would not be my first pick for President; I believe she would be a great V.P. It is hypocritical to see the leftists accuse her of being not experienced or not smart considering they chose Obama (see below).

*If any other of our presidents had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?*

*If any other of our presidents had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head? *

*If any other of our presidents joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal
immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who's side he was on? *

*If any other of our presidents had pronounced the Marine Corps like Marine Corpse, would you think him an idiot? *

*If any other of our presidents had put 87,000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling on companies that
have one of the best safety records of any industry because one foreign company had an accident, would you have agreed? *

*If any other of our presidents had used a forged document as the basis of the moratorium that would render 87000 American workers unemployed would you support him? *

*If any other of our presidents had been the first President to need a Teleprompter installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes? *

*If any other of our presidents had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take his First Lady to a play in NYC, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had reduced your retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought it a proud moment for America ? *

*If any other of our presidents had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent "Austrian language," would you have brushed it off as a minor slip? *

*If any other of our presidents had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes,
would you have approved? *

*If any other of our presidents had stated that there were 57 states in the United States , wouldn't you have had second thoughts about his capabilities? *

*If any other of our presidents would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in his home town, would you not have thought he was a self-important, conceited, egotistical jerk. *

*If any other of our presidents had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to "Cinco de Cuatro" in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, wouldn't you have winced in embarrassment? *

*If any other of our presidents had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he's a hypocrite?*

*If any other of our presidents' administrations had okayed Air Force One flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11? *

*If any other of our presidents had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence? *

*If any other of our presidents had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America , would you have ever approved. *

*If any other of our presidents had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved? *

*So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? *

*Every statement and action above is factual and directly attributable to Barrack Hussein Obama. Every bumble is a matter of record and completely verifiable. *

AND NOW, HE ACTUALLY WANTS US TO RE-ELECT HIM. HA WAKE UP AMERICA 2012 IS UPON US.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/04/11 - 08:51 am
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Funny. I always thought it

Funny. I always thought it was just the nature of being the in the public eye. Pelosi, Biden, and Obama often stumble and make the most idiotic comments. Liberals shouldn't under estimate the large numbers who would support Palin or Bachman-much to my chagrin. Arrogance can be your downfall nor can you under estimate all the morons who vote Dem or Rep. I have often wondered if both Dems and Repubs behind closed doors are giving each other the high five in how-like a soap opera-they've duped the masses by their idiotic mantras. All the while robbing us blind. We are all becoming slaves to our government rather the other way around. I feel duped by both parties. I just can't believe that Pelosi, Palin, or Bachman is the best that the superior gender can muster. At least Clinton has a brain. Women are dominating colleges, business, you name it. Colleges have to lower standards for the males because the females are so much more competitive. Viva la difference.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/04/11 - 09:00 am
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My biggest rant with Obama is

My biggest rant with Obama is he reminds of O'Reilly with the arrogant attitude crap. It is not becoming. Much better to disarm your opponent by the false assumption you are bumpkin or just your average joe. Part of our problem in the world is Americans are perceived as arrogant-the president's attitude perpetuates this. Sadly we can't back up any arrogance these days. We can't solve our own problems and we go meddling in others affairs. We would be received much better if we lived by example.

dougk
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dougk 06/04/11 - 09:30 am
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It's too bad that Palin did
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It's too bad that Palin did not go to school under Bush's No Child Left Behind program.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 09:35 am
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"At least Clinton has a

"At least Clinton has a brain."

Funny one.

Haha...Clinton’s mouth is always getting her in trouble. How about her false account of landing under sniper fire in Bosnia in the 1990s? A former campaign aide to her said, “The campaign lived in regular fear that she’d say something to throw us off message.”

But her worst mistake was her Bobby Kennedy assassination remark as justification for staying in the race against Obama.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 09:36 am
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We could have Palin compare

We could have Palin compare college transcripts with Obama. :)

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/04/11 - 10:04 am
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Riv1: don't know about

Riv1: don't know about grades, but Occidental, Columbia, and Harvard vs.
U. of Hawaii, Hawaii Pacific U., North Idaho College, U. of Idaho, and Matanuska-Susitna College (no I'm not making these up!). Next question?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 10:09 am
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EEL, of course you don't know

EEL, of course you don't know about HIS grades. No one is allowed to see them.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/04/11 - 10:10 am
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I might add, Riv1, with his

I might add, Riv1, with his education, Obama, had he not gone into politics, could have become a professor at ANY ONE of the schools attended by Palin, whereas Palin could never have even been admitted as an undergraduate to ANY ONE of the schools attended by our president.
Not even a fair fight.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/04/11 - 10:15 am
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Which means you have no idea

Which means you have no idea about what the grades were either. When you have facts to back up your insinuations, I'm ready to listen. And as for silence as incriminating, that was the conservative argument about the so-called long-form birth certificate, remember? Or are you one of the die-hards who, along with Donald Trump and a handful of loopy extremists, still believe the certificate was a forgery?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 10:16 am
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Hey, Obama is a good guy. He

Hey, Obama is a good guy. He was given lots of breaks with colleges, but he took advantage of them and did well. That's fine even if he won't release his grades. He made it and that's a good thing.

The bad thing is implying because Palin worked her way through public colleges it's a bad thing. It's the same old slam Palin deal. Understand?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 10:22 am
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EEL, I didn't bring up

EEL, I didn't bring up Palin's school issue. I truthfully pointed out in comparison Obama has refused to release his college grades. That has nothing to do with his birth certificate. Now if you would rather move on from the college issue, I can understand.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 10:28 am
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Actually, I stand corrected

Actually, I stand corrected about his school records not being released. His Indonesian school records have been released. His records verify his place of birth as Hawaii. It also lists his religion. Guess what it says?

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seenitB4 06/04/11 - 10:28 am
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http://theobamafile.com/Obama

http://theobamafile.com/ObamaEducation.htm

The only info. I can find on Obama's school days.........early days. lol

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/04/11 - 10:30 am
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EEL, a guaranteed Obama
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EEL, a guaranteed Obama re-election? Have you seen the polls lately? With unemployment over 9% and the economy growing at an enemic 1.8% annual, Obama is about as likely to get re-elected as Jimmy Carter. They are equal in incompetency.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 06/04/11 - 10:32 am
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Obama is brilliant at one

Obama is brilliant at one thing...wooing the masses into believing their check is in the mail from wealth redistribution. It's sort of like those new dumbbells, no real work, just shake everything up and wait on the results. Can you ever remember anyone who has played this card so well? He will go down in history as the most infamous president ever elected and all for the wrong reasons.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/04/11 - 10:38 am
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One of Obama's classmates

One of Obama's classmates told him he always thought everything was about him.......I just wonder what she would think today!

Insider Information
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Insider Information 06/04/11 - 10:55 am
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So, can anyone answer my

So, can anyone answer my question?

Didn't think so.

effete elitist liberal
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effete elitist liberal 06/04/11 - 10:58 am
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southernguy08: My point

southernguy08: My point precisely. Obama is in bad shape, given the poor economic news. In fact, in the absence of a dramatic economic upswing, his reelection chances in 2012 are not good. He has one chance to make it through anyway, and that is if you conservatives get your way and nominate Palin to oppose him. That's what every good liberal is praying [sic] for, and that is why I started Liberals for Sarah.
Go you girl! She may be about the only righty Obama could beat.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/04/11 - 11:11 am
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Liberals saying they want

Liberals saying they want Palin to run against Obama doesn't carry much water. Geez, MSNBC makes a daily game of saying how much they want Palin to run. They are being disingenuous out of fear, perhaps, but I really hope Democrats don't get wise and bump Obama off the ticket for Hillary. We want to run against him as Southernguy pointed out. Please support Barry.

RunningMan
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RunningMan 06/04/11 - 11:21 am
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TRD - Ease up and get a life.

TRD - Ease up and get a life. It's not the media thats being played for a fool by Palin, it's really those that think she has anything good to offer this country, and have decided to follow and pad her bank accounts to no end. She will not run, and has no creditability to impact the outcome of the 2012 race either. Herself, Trump, and others are just trying to cash in for as long as they can before giving it a rest. And don't worry about the President, him and family are doing just fine considering all of the obstacles they had to endure to get where they are, which is why he has almost become unfazed by all of the nonsense and negative attacks. Trust me, they have been down this road many times before.

Tyler-Ray_Daddy
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Tyler-Ray_Daddy 06/04/11 - 11:36 am
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R-man, I did ease up, that

R-man,
I did ease up, that last post of mine concerning "origins" was funny! As for your Palin comments, OK. As for your Obama comments; what-cha talkin about, Willis? What exactly did they endure?

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/04/11 - 11:43 am
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The most nobel laureates come

The most nobel laureates come from the University of Chicago-not Harvard, Yale, etc. Arrogance is a sure path to ignorance. If you think you know it all you can't learn. Obama is a ideologue with an agenda. What I love find funny is how democrats practice racial profiling calling Obama a black man. Aliens from another planet who were color blind would examine his gene profile and call him caucasian. He is equal for both in autosomes but his Y chromosome is smaller (and mostly junk DNA) and all his mitochondrial DNA is from Mom so he is actually more white than black. Watch if he fails miserable as president he will suddenly become that half white guy. He, hee, hee. Seriously, he is a human being and male. Who gives a crap about his skin tone. Racism will never die till people accept there are NO races just ethnicities. My hope is enough intermarriages will occur that race discrimination will die. Then it will just be muslims against christians, catholic vs protestants, atheist against alll of em. LOL.

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