Obama the black man

President bares his self in passionate speech
Associated Press
Jul 21, 2013

Something in President Barack Obama's voice caught Gregory C. Ellison's ear. It was fleeting, subtle, and easy to miss — unless you're a black man, too.

"In between his personal reflections on what it feels like to be an African-American man, and the history of pain and his strategic plan, there was what I call a very pregnant pause," says Ellison, a theology professor in Atlanta.

"If I ever have an opportunity to talk to President Obama, I would ask him what was he searching in his soul during that pregnant pause?"

Obama was wrapped in presidential authority Friday as he talked to a nation rubbed emotionally raw in the week since the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was acquitted in a Florida courtroom.

Then, in a move hardly anyone saw coming, Obama unwrapped himself, and put his own young, black face on Martin's dead, young, black body.

This first black president, the guy accused by some of running from his blackness, of trying to address black folks' needs on the down low, suddenly lifted the veil off his black male identity and showed it to the world. It was something no American president before him could have done.

He had to do it, Obama said, because "Trayvon Martin could have been me, 35 years ago."

And also because America needs to understand why so many of her citizens are in pain about Martin's death, and why black citizens, especially, are having a hard time looking at this as anything other than the latest manifestation of what Obama called "a history that doesn't go away."

All over the United States, millions of black men could painfully identify with what Obama said as he spoke about what he called their shared reality. Of being followed in department stores. Of hearing the "click" of car door locks as they walk by. Of women holding their purses close while standing next to them in elevators. Of police — or anybody, really — believing them to be criminals without knowing what's truly inside their heads or their hearts.

"That includes me," Obama said.

Martin's parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, thanked Obama for identifying with their son in such a personal way, and encouraging them as they work to turn their grief into a public "conduit" for racial healing.

"This is a beautiful tribute to our boy," they said.

Greg Carr, chairman of the Afro-American Studies department at Howard University in Washington, said the president "has an authenticity, because he does signal to the black community that he too has experienced what we experienced."

At the same time, Carr said, Obama danced with risk, daring to speculate on whether Martin, too, could have claimed self-defense under Florida's stand-your-ground law, which was often cited as grounds for George Zimmerman to fire the shot that killed the unarmed teenager in February 2012.

Obama asked the nation to search its soul about this. He invoked his "convening power" as president to bring people together to sort out ways to help young black men "feel that they're a full part of this society." He made clear he doesn't want a national dialogue on race that is steered by politicians because "I haven't seen that be particularly productive."

"I thought it was very wise of him," said Sterling Speirn, president and CEO of the Kellogg Foundation, one of 26 private philanthropies that agreed in April to work together on addressing the needs of young men of color.

"You can't just come out and pass laws and have a new initiative. ... It's not an abstract issue anymore, and perhaps this is the best way the president can lead the way," he said.

Obama's candor came just before "Justice for Trayvon" vigils and rallies scheduled Saturday in 100 cities. Civil rights activist Al Sharpton, organizer of the demonstrations, said the fact that Obama weighed in about stand-your-ground laws, the focus of those demonstrations, will help "set a tone for both direct action, and needed dialogue," while the Justice Department considers whether to pursue civil rights violations in Martin's death.

White House aides said the president had quietly digested the public's reactions, especially those of African-Americans, since a six-member jury acquitted Zimmerman last Saturday. He had conversations with his family and friends, both inside and outside the White House.

He told senior advisers Thursday that he felt it was important for the country to hear from him on the subject in a broad yet much more personal context, beyond the statement he issued shortly after the verdict.

When he appeared in the White House briefing room Friday afternoon, he had no prepared text, no teleprompter. All he seemed to rely upon was his skin and the experiences he's had inside it.

Ellison, an assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling at Emory University's Candler School of Theology, said what Obama laid out was what it feels like to be "cut dead," a 19th century slang term meaning to be snubbed on purpose, or completely ignored.

This is where Ellison's head was as he listened to Obama's speech, and felt that the president appeared to check himself midway through — something black men tend to do, Ellison said, when they find themselves heading into an emotional place on racial matters. In that moment, Ellison sensed, Obama's black man sensibilities may have led him to think, "I am the president of the free world, I can't go there."

"Something happened in that pause," Ellison said. "And how many African-American men have to take that pause on a daily basis, you know?"

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Ross is The Associated Press' Race and Ethnicity editor. AP writer Suzanne Gamboa contributed to this report.

 

Comments

J Cooper

Its called using race to further your own political agenda and catering to the base.

There you go again

This country has been more divided by race issues for the last, umm, 4-5 years. Hmmm, yep, since Obama was elected. Coincidence, nope I don't think so!

S w Rand 2016

I dunno about that, J Cooper. Because, if you really consider his statements since the verdict came down, he basically said that the jury did, indeed, make their decisions based on the evidence. He has even said that, regarding any civil rights lawsuits against Zimmerman, he hopes that people will not expect anything unrealistic.

I am pretty certain I recall both of these things being said by the president recently. And, if I am correct, then it seems to me that he has already indicated that many people have overreacted because of understandable emotions. He seems merely to want to comfort them and help the other side of the debate to understand why they overreacted. And also to impress upon people that we should try to find ways to better ensure that this kind of thing happens as little as humanly possible.

Don't get me wrong. I disagree with him on just about everything (even though we seem to want the same goals, but have an entirely different view on how best to get from here to there). But I still feel that we should consider what I said in the first two paragraphs.

I have to admit, I got watery eyes listening to him. I didn't hear the whole thing, tho. Just soundbytes. I would have to tip my hat to him on this, if it is indeed what I think it was.

deertracker

No it's not. Like it or not, blacks are citizen with rights too. He is the President of All the people. He was simply relating his experiences as a black man in America! I bet you Herman Cain will tell you the same thing!

Darwin's choice

He never had those "experiences"! He grew up going to private schools, was provided for by by wealthy white grandparents, and who knows who else, and jumps into this with both feet for the same reason as the NAACP. Selective sensationalism.

Perkins2060

Wasn't his mom white?

beepx22

If you think only black people have been followed in stores, or heard door locks click as they walk by, you're a moron.

Reva

I don't for one minute think Herman Cain would have stooped so low to continue to pull the race card. he had my vote! Why is it ok for blacks to play this all the time and they aren't racist. Nobody said anything about Trayvon Martin calling George Zimmerman a cracker but Paula Dean has lost much of her empire. That is a double standard!

deertracker

Your facts are incorrect! His grandparents were not wealthy, he actually went to a school in India at one point and used student loans to go to college. Read much?

brassman

Actually, his points were spot-on.

Tool Box

Don't listen to Deerpoop! He's just trying to stir the pot. Heck, he probably works for the register and is getting paid to keep the crack rock rolling!

deertracker

You clowns need to educate yourselves! Crack rock rolling? WTH is that?

JudgeMeNot

deerwacker, Obama was born with a silver spoon in his mouth and has been playing the race card all his life.

His grandmother was a bank vice president, quite the achievement for a woman in the 1970's. Both grandparents attended college in the 1940's. Something that was certainly out of the reach of most “poor folks” in the 1940s.

Obama grew up in one of the wealthiest areas of Hawaii, Hardly a ghetto.

guess you dont read much.

herbie_hancock

If you don't know the facts that makes you ignorant, if you are presented with the facts and choose to ignore them that makes you an idiot. Not sure if deertracker is ignoring the facts or just circumventing them to save face.

deertracker

If you call that a silver spoon, you have very low standards. His grandmother did not give birth to him. Going to college does not put anyone in the upper class. Why does it matter where he grew up went to school, where he lived or any of that? He himself has spoken of recently paying off college debt. Were you of college age in the 40's? Were you poor or did you have a silver spoon hanging from your lips? He simply stated his experiences as a black man in America! What is the problem?

Mystery_Cheese

I think the problem is with the wording of things. It makes it seem as though Obama is saying that 'only' black men know what it's like to be watched for no reason, or ostracized, or abused by cops, or etc...

Clearly that's not what he's saying though, because if he were, he'd be a completely ignorant fool.

grumpy

As usual your "facts" leave much to be desired. He never went to school in India. He went to private schools in Indonesia for grades 1-4, well for 4th grade he went to a public school. Making it the only time he spent in public schooling, 1 year. Then went to the most expensive private school in Hawaii. His grandparents were solidly middle class. He didn't live in the projects, by any stretch of imagination.

deertracker

You are right. It was Indonesia, that very wealthy, developed one right? If all you say is true all you do is reinforce and confirm the treatment he spoke of in the speech. Hatorade is addicting to some!

herbie_hancock

Because everyone there is poor?

deertracker

You tell me!

Perkins2060

Wasn't his mom white?

huronguy

The only thing obama has in common with other blacks Is he likes eating chicken and water melon while watching basketball and getting free handouts from whites. His black daddy left him so his white mother and grandparents had to raise him while his black father contributes nothing. Thats what he has in common. i'm amazed that the first lady isnt a big fat white slob that the white man doesnt want so her only other alternative is hooking up with a black guy we all know a black guy with sleep with anything.
Thanks to all the ignorant white people that voted for this clown. Call me racist but just remember your president and attorney general are more racist than me.

deertracker

I used to run a very nice restaurant in Sandusky years ago. We would offer a Sunday brunch weekly. Boy did the white people really eat the watermelon and bbq ribs! Couldn't restock fast enough! The watermelon stereotype has been debunked years ago! I always wondered why the black guys want the white girl even the white guys don't want! Must be the money that's turning them on! BTW, skinny white girls like Mandingo too, they just like him on the low low so daddy does not find out!

herbie_hancock

Haha I agree with you there deertracker, I love watermelon and ribs.

deertracker

So do I. Well, ribs not so much but it is simply about personal preference!

KnuckleDragger

LOL, count me in, I can put away some ribs and watermelon. Throw in some fried chicken and I'm in a culinary heaven :)

coasterfan

Huronguy: your comments show not just racism, but ignorance. Please jump in your time machine and return to Alabama circa 1953.

herbie_hancock

Yeah I agree, that's uncalled for.

Julie R.

Wow, what a nasty vicious comment! I live in Huron and I don't have your mindset ...... and thank God for that!

J Cooper

Check your facts, he only attended private schools his entire life including a Catholic school in Indonesia, not India. In his own financial records disclosure going back to his college days no record of any student loans were found, he applied but never utilized them. Sorry the facts came back to bite you.

deertracker

That's right, he tried dog meat too. How prestigious?

PaulYall

He can talk all he wants..he will use the race card like every black American till the day they die! Give them the highest job and authority in the world and still says he is being kicked down because he's black!!! WORTHLESS PIECE OF CRAP HE IS!

deertracker

Ever tried to get a cab in Manhattan? I think he was elected...TWICE.... he was not given anything!

The Big Dog's back

"Give them"?

coasterfan

I'll take 100 Obama's over 1 PaulYall any day of the week. One is educated, articulate, and a former Constitutional Law Professor, while the other peddles hate and ignorance.

JudgeMeNot

Kinda like you peddling hate and ignorance. Maybe you are the one who needs an education.

Senior Lecturer does not make one a Professor. Please get an education.

Nor'easter

He claims knowledge, yet he fails to follow the Constitution! If the Senate was not under Democratic control, he would have been impeached for treason a long time ago. According to the Congressional hearings last week, his friend Rev Wright is behind the White House IRS scandal. Sad state of affairs.

Tool Box

Obama should be impeached for his racist comments!

deertracker

It's painfully obvious you are not the sharpest tool in the box!

herbie_hancock

says the guy that post a study with fudged numbers to further his argument.

deertracker

Are you the black herbie hancock? Jus wonderin'!

Tool Box

I'm not but my butt hole is!

SamAdams

Racism isn't a crime, impeachable or otherwise. Is Obama racist? Obviously. Is he fomenting as much racial strife as he possibly can? Oh, yeah. But those things aren't crimes, either.

If you're going to tell us how awful Obama is, and if you're going to suggest he be criminally charged with something (or several things) he's done, please at least make your point with an example that's actually illegal! This just makes you sound a whole lot like one of Big Dog's infamous crazy right wingers!

coasterfan

Good point, Sam, except for one thing. The amount of hate and vitriol coming from the Right is way over the top, as compared to those on Obama's side, If you disagree, I invite you to read the above posted comments.

herbie_hancock

I don't think you really want to play the "group people together because of a few degenerates game".

KnuckleDragger

This isn't just the right. I read many a lefty forum, and he is even starting to wear thin with many on the left over his race baiting.

PaulYall

Only reason why he is president is because America didn't want a woman to be president. period!

shucks

Hillary 2016 !!!

deertracker

She's got my vote.

herbie_hancock

Sure the campaign slogan can be "What difference does it make

S w Rand 2016

Hillary for President?....maybe of the World Bank. She doesn't want the U.S. Presidency anymore. She is on to bigger and better things (at least in her mind, I suspect).

http://www.reuters.com/article/2...

Sorry about your luck : P The electoral college would've overridden the popular vote and installed Senator Rand Paul as President, anyway : P That's what I think.

I leave you with a relatively esoteric comment: Some people just don't understand what America is about. I doubt it came this far to do a 180, yo.

The Big Dog's back

So you are OK with Hillary paul? Good, vote for her in 2016.

KnuckleDragger

She has already said she isn't running in 2016. The Dems are gonna run babbling Joe.

coasterfan

No, the reason he is Prez is because a majority of Americans twice rejected the GOP platform, along with the GOP candidate?

deertracker

TWICE!!!!!!!!!!!!

S w Rand 2016

I don't think most people even know what the GOP platform is. When you have so many media pundits and opinion bloggers cherry-picking some rogue members and quoting them from the rooftops at every corner, the average American, tired from work, is not likely to even know what it's really about. Especially when the Left's party leaders think that, if they continue to shout over the GOP with every lie and half-truth they can conjure, people will believe it long enough for them to get what they want.

PaulYall

Besides..you can't be African-American unless you were born there! Either your African or your an American..which is it? Unless you have a duel citizenship? I'm not a. French American! What he is, is anti- American!

deertracker

White America gave him that term. Theresa Heinz Kerry is African American.

PaulYall

Is she from Africa?

The Big Dog's back

Yes.

The Big Dog's back

From Mozambique.

PaulYall

Is Obama and trayvon from Africa?

deertracker

I think Obama does qualify though! His father was born in Africa! I think Trayvon was just a black American kid from the south!

The Big Dog's back

Obama's Kenyan right?

PaulYall

I like the term black, white, Hispanic American...because I sure as heck ain't a European American!

The Big Dog's back

Better check your bible.

PaulYall

I have no affiliation in my life with the eastern world!

huronguy

Make these black thugs serve in the military. It hurts to know blacks stand around crying about their own doing while the majority of the us military is white males losing their lives protecting this country while the black man is destroying it. Thanks for contributing nothing black people while the white man continues to pick up your slack.

deertracker

Thank you very much! You missed some slack there. Get that for me!

buckeye15

Wow, just wow huronguy. You must be so proud of yourself. Why don't you just go ahead and type the "N" word. We know you want to.

JudgeMeNot

I will use it, nincompoop. Quit acting like a nincompoop, because I know you are smarter than that.

The Big Dog's back

Well, no racism here.

The Good Doctor

You really are out of it. Black men and women serve in the military. Have you forgotten to take your meds today?

KnuckleDragger

Wrong!!! I served for 21 yrs in the military and was proud to be brothers at arms with these same black men and women. Never have I seen a more loyal, dedicated, hard-working group of people. I never met a black thug serving in the military.

looking around

Wow......you should have been in Vietnam in 1967, the majority of soldiers there were black or Hispanic.....the draft was still in place and they didn't enjoy the deferments many of the middle class white kids did. I ain't no senators son....

grandmasgirl

Personally, I am beginning to think race is a bigger issue than it was in the 60's. But the problem is that it is the black people who are still crying "foul". Zimmerman was found not guilty. Just like O.J. I'd like to know why everytime something happens that blacks don't like, they riot and march. It's like they don't want to live by the rules. And people are right. Obama should have stayed out of it and kept his mouth shut.

The Big Dog's back

Yep, why would he concern himself with a national issue? Take a look at this website and see what a problem we really have. Close to home too.
http://www.splcenter.org/get-inf...

deertracker

Yes of course grandma, our BLACK President should be seen and not heard, right? Who rioted about O.J.? We have no problem living by the rules except those that allow the killing of our kids.

laker1

No one knows how Obama went to college, what grades he received, and what classes he attended, and his sources of funding. All his records are sealed. What we do know is that in his autobiography, as a high school student, he spent it in a fog ( his words) using drugs of various kinds including blow when he could afford it. If he would have been caught with it he would have been convicted of a felony and surley would never had been a lawyer let alone current endeavers.

deertracker

Your point????????????

The Big Dog's back

Reagan was a drug dealer while President. bush 1 used cocaine. What is exactly your point laker?

gonezo77

The tell-tale sign of ignorance is the inability to have a sense of cultural relativism.

huronguy

buckeye. the black "african American" is way more racist than I could ever be Are you illiterate? read between the lines. Blacks are protesting this based on race.(read obama's statements above) They get to openly do this but let the white man do it and we are "racist" . Double standard. Blacks are the real racist face of America They just play the game and hide it better because they need the white man. How you think the government, businesses and housing function from day to day. If every white person died in America today The Blacks would have this country in ruins by weeks end. The reason is: they are to lazy and uneducated to do so and if we continue to cater to them any further nothing will change in the black community, they will sit about continuing to feel sorry for themselves. I'm just typing the obvious.

deertracker

Tell us how you really feel Jim Crow!

huronguy

hey big dog you think that's bad look at this link it has 2000 racist centers in america and still growing
http://www.naacp.org/pages/find-...

Mommy25

Maybe while everyone is wanting Justice for Trayvon, we may also ask for justice for Christopher Cervini.
http://www.theminorityreportblog...

deertracker

Good luck with that?

herbie_hancock

Yeah what was that about if the roles were reversed, I think your words were "the black guy would of been tried and fried by now" deertracker?

deertracker

ARE YOU SURE THAT WAS DEERTRACKER?

The Big Dog's back

Are you marching for justice mommy?

JudgeMeNot

Are you pooch? No because you are here spreading your ignorance. Nincompoop.

huronguy

Here's big dog's link he put up. If you go through some of these states on here you'll see it includes black racist groups as well which includes quite a few Nation of Islam and Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ, Black panther, New black panthers. Rainbow Coalition, Naacp and many more. These are Black separatist groups that hate white people. Yes! American Whites. Wake up they're tons of black racist groups here in America That Hate and wanna kill whitey. They don't get no bad media coverage or sensationalism or harassment by The U.S. Government so they stay quiet and continue to grow. No Racist callouts on this group No way. Blacks don't mention these "churches". Look up big dogs link and look at all the hateful racist black gangs in America. http://www.splcenter.org/get-inf...

The Big Dog's back

What's your point Jim Crow? That's why I put that link up because it contains all hate groups. Which one are you affiliated with?

deertracker

That's "yt" not whitey! Funnier!

Perkins2060

George Zimmerman

PaulYall

I wanna know..is. Barack Obama and Trayvon Martin from Africa???

deertracker

No!

buckeye15

huronguy is right. Racism in any form is wrong.

So who is with me on calling out huronguy's racism? J. Cooper? brassman? Toolbox? PaulYall? grumpy? Darwin's choice?....anybody?

I won't be holding my breath.

By the way, did anyone else enjoy the rich irony of huronguy linking to the Southern Poverty Law Center?

PaulYall

There's no doubt in my mind that huronguy is racist! But freedom of speech applies to every American!

buckeye15

So you call out blacks for racism but for white guys it is freedom of speech?

OK...I got it.

PaulYall

Re-read my remark! Then comment back! "Every American" not every white man's right! You sound like you wrote this article!

The Big Dog's back

I got that too buckeye of what paul said.

PaulYall

I didn't mix my words big dog!

deertracker

Some times the truth comes out. It's okay Paul!

gonezo77

Freedom of speech applies only to government action. Private actors can limit idiotic speech as much as they want.

grumpy

huron guy sure reads to be racist.

Mystery_Cheese

Why does this article feel racist to me? As though only black men have this special ability to feel ostracized. Apparently, according to some, only black men pause midsentence to 'check' themselves. This is ridiculous. People really don't want to let racism go, and realize that we all come from the same speck of stardust, and none of us are special because of the color of our skin.

There you go again

Thanks for stirring up racism in a non-racism verdict, Mr. Obama. Your speech should have been address to your fellow Chicagoans. Time to get back to your presidential issues-Benghazi, IRS, AP, Obamacare dislikes, balancing a budget, immigration, etc. Remember those problems? Well, they haven't gone away. Leave the court system alone and do your job.

The Big Dog's back

He is doing his job.

SamAdams

He is. If, that is, his job is deflecting attention from the issues that are actually important. You know, like the fact Obamacare is running off the rails already (I DID tell you so), Benghazi survivors had to sign non-disclosure agreements (WTH), the Middle East is more volatile than ever, our borders are sieves, the economy is STILL nowhere near where it should be, the State Department has got some VERY serious endemic issues...

Oh, but wait. None of those things I named are about Barack Obama being black! Guess we'll have to wait until he figures out a way to interject his ego into THOSE things before we see any constructive action! (I said "constructive," NOT "progressive" -- huge difference 99.9% of the time.)

The Big Dog's back

What? Step away from the computer.

deertracker

He spoke to Black America to let us know he feels our pain. No, it's not just the not guilty verdict, it's how systematically a group of people....black men.... have historically been mistreated. Obamacare has also caused insurance premiums to decrease by as much as 50 percent in 11 states so far. The law is helping people. Give it a rest about Benghazi. That is no longer even a talking point. We are NOT responsible for the Middle East! Our borders have never been as secure as they are and this President has increased border patrol and deportations to levels never seen previously. Those things are not about him being black either but a good leader DOING HIS JOB. That's what you wanted, right?

JudgeMeNot

Why did he not speak to white America?

Kool-Aid drinkers just want somebody that they can believe in who will do all the thinking for them.
Today’s most obvious Kool-Aid Drinkers are those who believe in the gospel of Obama. It’s startling sometimes to realize just how much self-delusion is necessary to make it possible to believe in someone as inept as Obama.

Again, why did he not speak to white America? Why are you constantly referring to them as black, then flipflop and call them African-americans?

deertracker

He spoke to blacks because a black kid was killed! White America was listening. All this Kool-Aid talk is making me thirsty! Semantics Judge, SEMANTICS! I prefer to be called by my name and referred to as a BLACK AMERICAN!

grumpy

A heck of a lot more black kids have been, and are are still being, killed in Chicago. If he wants to point a spotlight on what will help save, by far, more black children, bring that under a spotlight There he can use his special relationship with blacks to help save their children. Many times more black children are killed there than all the black children killed by Whites in the rest of the country. He wouldn't even have to limit to blacks killing black children in Chicago, he could make it Blacks killing black children anywhere in the US, since deertracker and piddle puppy don't like it when I bring up Chicago. That would help even more black children in the US.

That said he can speak on any subject he wishes to. But the flip side is that the people can also, as has been shown in some of the reactions shown here.

herbie_hancock

"These are not the droids your looking for"

deertracker

Your or you're? You decide!

herbie_hancock

Aww your one of the people that resort to pointing out typo's in grammar when you don't have anything else intelligent or true to say aren't you? If you spent as much time proof reading my comments as you did confirming yours ....

coasterfan

Nothing Obama said sounded remotely controversial to me. You could post a pic of him doing something as innocuous as eating ice cream, and the usual suspects here would be complaining about him "eating ice cream". God forbid if the ice cream were vanilla or chocolate; they would read something racial into it.

Dontcha just love when obviously racist conservatives gripe about racism in America?

Darwin's choice

Feel like someone just punched you in the stomach and knocked the wind out of you? That's just the reality of Obama-fail getting you!
Obama is simply stoking the fires of racial tension as a means of political strategy... because it's effective as it's based on emotions and not facts, it requires very little critical, intelligent analysis from his voting base, and because he can get away with it since the media runs around behind him fighting amongst themselves for the honor of kissing his azz rather than holding him accountable for his statements and actions.

Big Dog, maybe you'll feel it someday....

shucks
Darwin's choice

I'm sorry, 4shizzle, you should be the first in line to be mentioned when refering to "low intelligence voter, blind follower, azz kissing clingon, and, general "dirt eating squab". I'll be sure to make it a point to put you at the top of the azzhat list. You've earned it.....!

shucks

I don't care - You and your opinions are worthless.
YOU are just a hardened idiot.

Darwin's choice, Hah !!!... Darwin's feces.

The Big Dog's back

Political strategy? For what? He's done running for President. More right wing mumbo jumbo.

Darwin's choice

Thank God he's done running for President! Now, would YOU please tell him he can stop campaigning!! How about "political posturing"? Do you understand that?

DBDBDB

Is Obama a self proclaimed black, or is he a white black? George Zimmerman was a white Hispanic according to the lame stream media. We will never have harmony until we realize there is only one race, the human race.

deertracker

Wake up! It was just a DREAM!

Darwin's choice

Obama is a "Halfrican", for media photo-op's, though, he just got off the boat from Kenya, by way of the ghetto someplace.

Actually, he is a "Mulatto", but that term isn't politically correct anymore.

Julie R.

I wouldn't want to be Zimmerman for love nor money. Even the President of the United States has condemned him.

Julie R.

All over the U.S millions of black men can identify with what Obama said ......... being followed in department stores ....... hearing the click of car doors as they walk by .........

That reminds me of an incident I had once. After unloading my groceries in the car, a car pulled in next to me. I got in my car and automatically clicked the doors locked. I then heard somebody say: "Ma'am, you didn't have to do that." It was a well-dressed older black man and it took me a second to realize he thought I locked the doors because of him ..... so I told him I always do that, it was a habit. He then said it's a good habit to have.

I still feel bad thinking that he thought I did it because he was a black man.

EZOB

Breakiong News: On his lawyers advice George Zimmerman is changing His name to George "Benghazi". There will be no investigation and you won't hear His name mentioned unless a Republican asks what happened to Him. Hillary will say, "What difference does it Make".

herbie_hancock

The ones that want to "give Benghazi a rest" are the ones that have something to fear if the truth comes out.

The Big Dog's back

Exactly what is the truth herbit?

herbie_hancock

We don't know because the White House is making the suvivoirs sign non disclosure agreements, so you tell me, why would the white house not want people knowing exactly what happened there? Or why is it taking so long to figure out who gave the go ahead for the IRS to target 300 conservative groups? Was it an official that George Bush appointed that plead the 5th in front of congress? Nope, it was an official appointed by obama, even by deertrackers math that doesn't add up.

grumpy

Why, or how, did the Pentagon tell the Congressional committee that the Colonel in charge there was retired and they could not tell Congress where he was? He is still active duty till the end of July or beginning of August. How does the Pentagon not know where active duty Colonel are? Or that they are still active duty? He is now scheduled to appear.

The Big Dog's back

So why do the ben crazies (right wingnuts) still talk about Benghazi?

There you go again

Mr. Big Dog,
Could it be because Benghazi questions have not been answered by the White House. By having witnesses sign non-disclosures the President has, once again, swept this problem under the rug. Gees, I thought you knew that.......

The Big Dog's back

Seeing how this "non story" came from a right wingnut Congressman who won't disclose his "sources", what proof do you have of this?

goofus

Here's your proof and what really happened in Benghazi
http://conservativefiringline.co...
And once again don't disregard the facts from a conservative blog, disbute the facts with your facts

The Big Dog's back

Everybody lies but you and right wingnuts.

The Big Dog's back

Oh and BTW goof, there are no facts in your story to dispute.

The Big Dog's back

Since when are Congressmen not required to disclose their sources? Espionage? Treason? Hope they investigate this wacko wolf and jail him.

grumpy

Since the first Congress was convened. The chairman of the committee is like a judge in court. He is the person in charge. I would suggest you do some studying on procedures in Congress. That will tell you what is allowed and what isn't.

The Big Dog's back

He's a sub committee chairman of an unrelated agency derp.

There you go again

EZOB,
That is the most laugh-out-loud comment that I have ever seen on SR blogs. Way to make fun of the truth!

Darwin's choice

That's incredibly funny!!

grandmasgirl

There are so many comments on here that I agree with, but if I commented on every one that I want to, I would sound like Big dog or some others. I wish we had a "like" button.

Cobbwebb12345

I think many of "you" people might want to be more careful about what you write and what you say. It would not be ONLY a million telephone conversations being searched for mere words, but also the animosity being thrown at our President.

Our watchdogs have an eye on you and they will not wait until December to learn "who is "naughty" or "nice."

Are some of you assassins, waiting for an opportunity? Do you have a seamstress in the family who can help you resurrect the clan?

S w Rand 2016

I'm sure we won't be taking any advice from someone who says things like "Do you have a seamstress to help you resurrect the clan?"

Don't listen to this fearmongering divider (I refer to Cobbwebb12345). Say what you want. Discuss.
No one cares about Obama. In 2016, he is out and Senator Rand Paul is in. Ch-ching! Jobs everywhere!
Discussion is healthy so that people do not lose focus on each others' viewpoints. It might be important someday, in retrospect.

The Big Dog's back

rand doesn't have a snowball's chance in he!!.

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