The only thing more offensive than Obama’s antagonistic and bigoted soliloquy following the Zimmerman acquittal has been the simultaneously condescending and exultant exhortations of his admirers.
We are somehow supposed to be amazed that a Chicago machine pol who has profited from pimping his race his entire life can give a speech that makes white liberals feel comfortable in their prejudices and their continued inability to overcome them.Â So comfortable, in fact, that they follow the speech with praise more suited to a little boy who has learned to use the bathroom all by himself.Â In public no less!
Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who lost the 2008 presidential race to Obama, called the president’s remarks “very impressive,” and said they should help all Americans think about how to improve race relations in the wake of Trayvon Martin’s death.
“I think we continue to make progress,” McCain told CNN’s State of the Union, but recent events show “we still have a long way to go.”
McCain also said he wouldn’t “second guess” the Florida jury’s decision this month to acquit George Zimmerman for the death of the 17-year-old Trayvon.
What an impressive turd of a speech you have laid on the front lawn of every American!Â All by yourself!
But “second guessing” the Florida jury’s decision is precisely what Obama said.Â I respect their decision but I don’t agree with it and I’m going to have my Attorney General continue to harass Zimmerman for alleged civil rights violations until he’s either shot by a Trayvon Martin supporter or commits suicide.
This is McCain’s idea of “impressive” for President 12%.Â If Obama is only going to represent 12% of the population then that’s what he needs to be called and he doesn’t represent them all that well to begin.
Not one to be outdone, David Brooks had a keen eye for slacks creases on the Meet The Press this morning:
On Sundayâ€™s broadcast of â€œMeet the Pressâ€ on NBC, New York Times columnist David Brooks gushed over President Barack Obamaâ€™s speech on race in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict a week earlier.
â€œIt seemed superficially unimportant, but itâ€™s important to remember race is his first subject, as it would be if you had a black father and a white mother,â€ Brooks said. â€œAnd all the mental habits, he breached all the other issues, grow out of the way he framed race and the way he started thinking about race â€” his tendency to do, â€˜On the one hand, on the other,â€™ his desire to reconcile opposites, his ability to see different points of view. All the stuff weâ€™ve come to see him apply to every other issue, it started with race.Â And I thought this speech was one of the highlights of the presidency.â€
â€œI thought it was a symphony of indignation, professionalism, executive responsibility, personal feeling,â€ Brooks said. â€œIt had all these different things woven together, I thought beautifully.Â But itâ€™s important to remember, race is how he thinks.â€
He said as he wiped off his chin and dusted his knee caps.
And what was his most memorable line for this “highlight of his presidency” to elicit such effusive praise?Â The only line I’ve heard anyone quote is a play off his earlier comments that “He could have been Trayvon Martin 35 years ago”?
I wish.Â If he’d assaulted someone like George Zimmerman 35 years ago it would have saved us several trillion dollars.
What Brooks is praising, Obama’s ability to keep himself in two worlds, is the problem.Â You can’t pledge false allegiance to the rule of law while encouraging a mob action.Â You can’t be both right and wrong.
In keeping with the commodalÂ theme of this post, you either shit or get off the pot.Â You either urge calm, or you don’t.Â You don’t say the law was right and then side with thousands of protesters laying seige to federal buildings all over the country laboring under the stubborn narrative that Travyon Martin was stalked or hunted by George Zimmerman and killed for being black on a Tuesday night by a Stand Your Ground defense using cracker.
That is not what happened and siding with people who have turned it into that is more than just unpresidential.Â It’s a shitty thing to do.
And leaves others to clean up the mess he made.