The tape from a speech President Barack Obama gave in 2007 at traditionally black Hampton University didn’t surprise those of us who researched Obama before he was elected to the most powerful office in the world.
Obama has a knack for being whatever the audience in front of him wants him to be. Our president has an abundance of acting ability that surpasses even former President Bill Clinton.
The tape is one of many items media didn’t cover aggressively ahead of the 2008 election.
In 2005, a former coworker of Obama, in a column titled “Barack Obama embellishes his resume”, recounted dramatic differences in claims Obama made about the workplace in his book:
“I certainly know what he did there, and it bears only a loose resemblance to what he wrote in his book… Barack was not promoted. Instead, he did the same thing that I did in my first job out of college: Volunteered for more interesting work (writing articles) than the work he was hired to do (copyediting a reference service). As far as I know, he always had a small office, and the only secretary in the company worked for Norman, the president. Barack never left the office, never wore a tie, and had neither reason nor opportunity to interview Japanese financiers or German bond traders.”
Obama’s Hampton speech was standard Democrat fare for those in the audience—you are victims, your communities don’t get the funding the suburbs get, Katrina victims weren’t treated well while victims of Hurricane Andrew were.
If you think the government was praised for aiding Andrew victims, you’d be way off base. Floridians weren’t happy and those of us who were adults when President George H. W. Bush was in office remember the criticism.
In the Hampton U. speech, Obama slipped into an accent that sounded like that of a Southern black man. He’s not the first to do this—Hillary Clinton did it, Al Gore did it and Vice President Joe Biden did it with his “chains” remarks.
This is one way Dems attempt to establish common ground with black people.
Of course it’s condescending, but media will rarely crit a Dem for that.
To me, aside from the obvious racial slant, Obama attempting a Southern black accent is just another indication that Democrats will never view the black race as empowered. That approach enhances the separatism some black leaders like Obama’s former pastor favor.
Just once you’d think a black leader would look at Democrats and ask them why, despite spending hundreds of billions in indirect reparations for slavery and civil rights infractions, black unemployment and unwed births are at historic highs.
Obama’s fake accent is just another in a long line of tactics his party has used to distract from the failures of Leftwing policy.
Media rarely make a fuss over Democrats' transgressions, one reason conservative media are growing.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Oct. 3, 2012)