Wednesday, February 07, 2007

O'Reilly and Obama: Two Articulate Americans.

Those who watch O'Reilly on a regular basis know that the first few minutes of his show are dedicated to the Talking Points Memo. A commentary by O'Reilly on an important issue of the day. It usually consists of hard-hitting social commentary, and while often controversial, it is just as frequently the most interesting part of his show.

Here is one of his best, from last week:

Today, the Talking Points Memo was O'Reilly questioning why so many blacks were offended when the President described Barack Obama as "articulate".

He then had two black women on, who bashed Bush for his choice of words, describing his description as being an example of white condescension, when it comes to African Americans.

In my view this belonged in O'Reilly's "Most Ridiculous Item of the Day", another popular segment on the show.

Barack Obama is articulate. Either Bush meant it as a compliment, coming from someone who is admittedly not very articulate, or those who have been bitching about Bushes lack of sensitivity doth protest too much.

The truth is, too often when we see an African American being interviewed by the media, portrayed on a sitcom, in a movie or performing a rap song, they do come across as being inarticulate.

Isn't it possible that the reason so many Democrats have been swooning over Obama, despite the fact that he has thus far had almost nothing to say in terms of what his policy views are, is because he is so different? Not only when compared to how we are used to seeing blacks portrayed in the media, but also when compared to the black politicians that we have come to know over the last half-a-century?

Couldn't the word articulate just as easily be used to describe a pleasantly surprising attribute for a young, untested and inexperienced politician, like Obama to have?

Maybe that's the conclusion blacks should be coming to, instead of trying to find racist undertones every time a white person says something about a black person. Even when it's something positive.

Wait. Are those sirens? I gotta go. The PC police are here.

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Anonymous said...

I thought it was Sen. Biden that made those comments?

Anonymous said...

"... For anyone who missed it, Biden explained Obama's appeal as a presidential candidate by calling him “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.'' He was talking to a reporter for the New York Observer, who recorded the interview; an audio clip was soon posted on the Internet ..."

Shannonymous said...

I heart Obama.

Bohemian Like You said...

This is one reindeer game we shouldn't play anymore.

Here are the rules:

I plant landmines in a field and then wait for people to step on them. Then when they invariably go off, I emerge on queue with MSM in tow to justify my own existence bemoaning the false injury of the landmine problem.

Thus, begins the ritual atonement of guilty white Liberals who offer sacrifices to the demagogues buy more landmines.

Bohemian Like You said...

By the way, I really like your posts. Very articulate and your layout is very clean.

Anonymous said...

Biden. Bush. All those white guys look alike and all those white guys hate blacks and all those white guys owe reparation for what white guys like them did to slaves and all those white guys mean nothing but bad every time they talk about a black guy. Jeeez. I hear sirens too.