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Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama
Some historians say Barack Obama's presidency has sparked a return of racism with echoes of post-Civil War Reconstruction.
November 1st, 2012
09:19 AM ET

Parallels to country's racist past haunt age of Obama

This is the second in an occasional series on issues of race, identity and politics ahead of Election Day, including a look at the optics of politics, a white Southern Democrat fighting for survival and a civil rights icon registering voters.

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - A tall, caramel-complexioned man marched across the steps of the U.S. Capitol to be sworn into office as a jubilant crowd watched history being made.

The man was an African-American of mixed-race heritage, an eloquent speaker whose election was hailed as a reminder of how far America had come.

But the man who placed his hand on the Bible that winter day in Washington wasn't Barack Obama. He was Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate.

His election and that of many other African-Americans to public office triggered a white backlash that helped destroy Reconstruction, America’s first attempt to build an interracial democracy in the wake of the Civil War.

To some historians, Revels' story offers sobering lessons for our time: that this year's presidential election is about the past as well as the future. These historians say Obama isn't a post-racial president but a "post-Reconstructionist" leader. They say his presidency has sparked a white backlash with parallels to a brutal period in U.S. history that began with dramatic racial progress.

Some of the biggest controversies of the 2012 contest could have been ripped from the headlines of that late 19th-century era, they say: Debates erupt over voting rights restrictions and racial preferences, a new federal health care act divides the country, an economic crisis sparks a small government movement. And then there's a vocal minority accusing a national black political leader of not being a "legitimate" U.S. citizen.

All were major issues during Reconstruction, an attempt to bring the former Confederate states back into the national fold and create a new era of racial justice. And many of the same forces that destroyed Reconstruction may be converging again, some scholars and historians say.

Hiram Rhodes Revels became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate in 1870.

Ruha Benjamin points to this as proof that change is fragile - and reversible. The backlash that swept aside Revels lasted nearly a century.

"When white Americans helped put this African-American in the Senate, it seemed that they were really welcoming African-Americans and they wanted them to have full equality," said Benjamin, an African-American studies professor at Boston University. "We know in hindsight that it was about to get worse."

The notion that the country is poised to enter a new post-Reconstruction era may seem outlandish, even offensive. That period, known as the Jim Crow era, saw the establishment of American apartheid: segregated public facilities, race riots and white racists murdering blacks and their white allies with impunity.

Today, too many white Americans are "militantly anti-racist" for the country to return to the post-Reconstruction era, said Mark D. Naison, a history professor at Fordham University in New York City.

"You hold a racist demonstration in this country and the anti-racist protesters will have as many whites and blacks in their group, maybe more," Naison said. "We are definitely not post-racial, but we aren't going back to the days of legal segregation."

Yet there is another slice of white America that seems stuck in a time warp, as if it never left the post-Reconstruction era, other historians argue. While not calling for the return of Jim Crow segregation, some white Americans are recycling the same political rhetoric and legal strategies that snuffed out Reconstruction, these historians say.

They are also resurrecting some of the most racist images from the post-Reconstruction era, some black commentators say.

While it is no longer acceptable to call a black person the N-word publicly, people do it all the time in social media, video games and in the comment sections of online news stories, said Nsenga Burton, a writer for The Root, an online news site with an African-American perspective.

Much of this racism is aimed at Obama, she says. Among examples, he’s been called "tar baby" and "the ultimate Affirmative Action N******" and depicted as a chimp. People are not shocked anymore by overt displays of racism, she says.

Burton said in a Root essay entitled, "It's a Great Time to be a Racist," that Obama's presidency didn't inaugurate a post-racial era. "Try post-Reconstruction," she said, "because the harmful slurs and images being tossed around the public space hark back more to a racist past than to a racially ambiguous future."

A recent Associated Press online poll concluded that racial prejudice in America has slightly increased since Obama's election. The survey said that a majority of Americans, 51%, express explicit racial prejudice toward blacks, compared to 48% in 2008.

While the poll on its own doesn’t prove the country has become more racist in the last four years, it does offer evidence that the “post-racial” world some thought Obama’s inauguration would bring has yet to materialize.

"We're in a racist renaissance," Burton said. "It's a rebirth of the oldest forms of racism. It's not new, not different. It's like the 1800s, the most archaic abusive terms are applied to black people every single day."

Some conservatives have a different take, on history as well as current events. Everyone who criticizes the president is labeled a racist, they say. And describing Obama as a post-Reconstruction president is absurd.

"It's race-baiting of the highest order; it's bunk," said Niger Innis, a black conservative and son of civil rights activist Roy Innis who has defended the Tea Party movement against accusations of racism.

"The America of today is not the America of the 1870s," Innis said. "When the American people voted for their first black president, the Union Army didn't occupy the country."

Some conservative commentators also say Obama isn't a victim of racism, but to the contrary has inflamed racial divisions to advance his political agenda.

"Obama was falsely portrayed in his campaign as a post-racial president who would bring healing to the nation's racial divisions," said Larry Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States."

"Obama has done everything he can to ensure that there were stark racial differences. … Obama has focused his entire administration around racism, a sort of reverse racism on his end," Schweikart claimed.

It is a view that has been reflected by conservative talk-show hosts such as Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh’s brother David, author of "The Great Destroyer." David Limbaugh would not talk to CNN for this story.

Hope and change in another time

Reconstruction, which lasted from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to 1877, was filled with dueling perceptions of race as well. The political changes unleashed by the Civil War unnerved many white Southerners: As blacks achieved positions of power that previously had been reserved for whites, historians say, many whites felt like their country didn't belong to them anymore.

After the Civil War, the U.S. Congress passed the 13th, 14th and 15th "Reconstruction Amendments" that abolished slavery, granted citizenship rights to blacks and prohibited denying the right to vote to newly freed slaves.

The term "civil rights" was coined during Reconstruction, said Eric Foner, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution." A century before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of a segregated bus, Congress passed the 1866 and 1875 Civil Rights Acts, which banned the discrimination of blacks in "public accommodations" such as streetcars and theaters.

The reforms provoked what some historians say was white Southerners' greatest fear: "Negro Rule."

During Reconstruction, at least 2,000 blacks were eventually elected to political offices throughout the South. They included congressmen, judges, tax collectors, sheriffs, even a governor, said Philip Dray, author of "Capitol Men," which examines Reconstruction through the lives of the first black congressmen.

"Expectations were high," said Dray, who has also written books about the rise of labor unions and lynchings in America. "People felt like there was change, and they were going to be part of it."

Revels rode that wave of optimism into high office. In 1870, he became the first African-American elected to the U.S. Senate when the Mississippi legislature appointed him to fill a vacancy left when the state seceded from the Union.

Opponents initially insisted he wasn't a legitimate U.S. citizen because the Constitution required a senator be a citizen for at least nine years. He also had an unusual background, having been born to a free black family in North Carolina when slavery was legal.

"He wasn't radical or over the top," Dray said of Revels. "He was a minister, a conciliatory figure. The idea was that it would be easier for him to weather the scrutiny."

Revels himself would anticipate the white backlash that would follow when he told the Senate early in 1871: “I find that the prejudice in this country to color is very great, and I sometimes fear that it is on the increase.”

Obamacare, 19th century style

Beyond Revels, there are other parallels between today and the post-Reconstruction era, according to some historians.

The most commonly cited link revolves around the debate over voter ID laws. Since Obama's election, 34 states have considered adopting legislation requiring photo ID for voters, according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. Seven have passed such laws, which typically require voters to present a government-issued photo ID at the polls.

During the post-Reconstruction era, many white Southerners viewed the onset of black voting power in apocalyptic terms. They created a thicket of voting barriers - "poll taxes," "literacy tests" and "understanding clauses" - to prevent blacks from voting, said Dray.

"The idea was to invalidate the black vote without directly challenging the 15th Amendment," Dray said.

This political cartoon highlighting voter intimidation appeared in Harper's Weekly in 1876.

Many contemporary voter ID laws are following the same script, he said.

"It just goes on and on. They've never completely gone away. And now they're back with a vengeance."

Some opponents of the voter ID laws note that these measures disproportionately affect the elderly and the poor, regardless of race.

Supporters of voter ID laws say they're not about race at all, but about common sense and preventing voter fraud.

"That is not a racial issue and it certainly isn't a hardship issue," said Deneen Borelli, author of "Blacklash," which argues Obama is turning America into a welfare nation.

"When you try to purchase over-the-counter medication or buy liquor or travel, you present photo ID. This is a basic part of everyday transactions."

Historians say there are other ways the post-Reconstruction script is being dusted off and that some of them appear to have nothing to do with race on the surface.

Consider the debate over "Obamacare," the nation's new health care law. The controversy would be familiar to many 19th-century Americans, said Jim Downs, author of "Sick from Freedom: African-American Illness and Suffering during the Civil War and Reconstruction."

The notion that the federal government should help those who cannot help themselves wasn't widely accepted before the Civil War. There were a few charities and municipal hospitals that took care of the sick, but most institutions ignored ordinary people who needed health care, said Downs, a Connecticut College history professor who studies the history of race and medicine in 19th-century America.

Reconstruction changed that. Post-Civil War America was marked by epidemics: yellow fever, smallpox and typhus. Freed slaves, who were often malnourished and had few clothes and little shelter, died by the "tens of thousands," he said.

The federal government responded by creating the nation's first-ever national health care system, directed at newly freed slaves. It was called the Medical Division of the Freedmen's Bureau. The division built 40 hospitals and hired hundreds of doctors to treat more than a million former slaves from 1865 until it was shut down in 1870 after losing congressional funding, Downs said.

"It absolutely radicalized health care," he said. "You can't argue that government intervention in health is something new or a recent innovation. It originated in the mid-19th century in response to the suffering of freed slaves."

Critics at the time said the new health care system was too radical. They said it would make blacks too reliant on government. The system was expanded to include other vulnerable Americans, such as the elderly, children and the disabled. Yet some still saw it as a black handout, Downs said.

"The whole notion of the modern day "welfare queen" can be traced to the post-Civil War period when people became very suspicious of the federal government providing relief to ex-slaves," Downs said. "They feared this would create a dependent class of people."

A campaign to 'save' America

Economic fears in the post-Reconstruction era also fueled the white backlash, a pattern that some historians say is repeating itself today.

A national economic collapse took place just as freed slaves were gaining political influence. The Panic of 1873 started with a banking collapse and a stock market dive. The result: Tens of thousands of workers, many Civil War veterans, became homeless. People lined up for food and shelter in cities across America.

"It made it more economically competitive for everybody," Dray said. "You saw whites become even less generous to African-Americans [than] they might have been."

Some white Southerners channeled their economic anxiety into a systemic attack on the federal government, historians said.

Before the collapse, Southern states controlled by Northern politicians and their allies had built hospitals and public schools and created social services to help freed slaves as well as poor whites, said Jerald Podair, a historian at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

But the notion of an activist federal government helping blacks amid tough times created an opening for Reconstruction opponents. One group that took advantage of that opening was the Redeemers, a popular movement led by conservative, pro-business politicians who vowed to "save" the South, said Podair, who is writing a book on Bayard Rustin, a close aide to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Redeemers gained control of most Southern statehouses and pledged to reduce the size of government. They defunded public schools, closed public hospitals and halted road construction, Podair said, all while cutting taxes for the wealthy plantation owners, the 1 percenters of their day.

The Redeemers cloaked their rhetoric in the need for more government efficiency, but their goals were also racial, Podair said.

"The Redeemers were interested first and foremost in power," Podair said. "If freed slaves received education and medical care, they were that much closer to economic and, eventually, political power. And if the federal government had a major role in the South, that also meant less economic and political power for the Redeemer class."

Some historians say the backlash against Obama mimics late 19th-century resistance to black political progress.

Podair said some contemporary governors are recycling the same talking points used by the Redeemers. They are invoking the need for austerity while cutting government jobs that employ a high number of blacks and reducing public services that help the poor, a disproportionate number of whom are black.

"There may well be a new post-Reconstruction era of slashed federal budgets and policies that transfer power and resources to state and local governments," Podair said. "Once again, initiatives that sound race-neutral on their face will have a devastating racial impact."

Innis has a different take.

He said state and local governments can't afford to keep the same number of jobs because of generous benefits negotiated by unions. Race has nothing to do with it.

"If you have a government job and the pay and benefits is more than a private sector job, something is wrong," he said.

Government cutbacks are designed to help the economy, not inflict pain on any particular group.

"Until we get our economy on track, black and brown people are going to suffer," he said.

'White Girl Bleed a Lot'

The primary weapon white Southerners used to halt Reconstruction was violence. Mobs attacked and killed blacks gathering to vote. They assassinated black officeholders and their white allies. Newspapers sparked race riots and warned of race wars by printing false accounts of black-on-white attacks.

We are not seeing anywhere near the level of violence toward black people that followed Reconstruction. But some people fear that the inflammatory rhetoric that helped trigger racial violence in that era is returning.

A Google search of the phrase "black mobs attack white people" yields tens of thousands of hits. Conservative bloggers and columnists say a "wave" of black mobs attacking whites at random has spread across the nation in places such as shopping malls, downtown tourist spots and even "Beat Whitey Nights" at Midwestern fairs.

Syndicated conservative columnist Thomas Sowell - himself African-American - wrote in a May 15 column for National Review Online that "race war" has returned to America because black gangs are "launching coordinated attacks on whites in public" across America. A Republican state legislator in Maryland, Patrick L. McDonough, warned earlier this year in a letter to the governor that "roving mobs of black youths" had been attacking white tourists in Baltimore.

One author, Colin Flaherty, wrote a book about this alleged wave of racial violence called, "White Girl Bleed a Lot: The Return of Race Riots to America." The various accounts follow the same pattern: Black "flash mobs" suddenly attack whites in public, followed by a media cover-up.

Flaherty, also a talk radio show host, said he first noticed the attacks in 2010. Since then, he claims he has seen "thousands" of videos of black mobs attacking whites.

People have called him racist, but Flaherty said he's just a "guy standing on a corner" reporting what he sees.

"White liberals go nuts on this," he said of his book. "When people use names like 'racist,' they're using it to shut down conversation, not engage in it."

The return of race war rhetoric has disturbing historical echoes, said David Godshalk, author of "Veiled Visions: The 1906 Atlanta Race Riot and the Reshaping of American Race Relations."

Godshalk said neither Sowell nor Flaherty have offered any statistical evidence that reports about "black mobs" are anything more than isolated cases. Sowell did not respond to interview requests.

Scores of blacks died during the post-Reconstruction era because newspapers spread false or grossly exaggerated reports of blacks as predators, particularly accounts of black men raping white women, Godshalk said.

Some whites used those reports to justify violence and political oppression against blacks, he said.

"Longstanding notions that African-Americans were criminals were used to argue that they shouldn't be leaders in society because they didn't have the same capabilities as whites, and they weren't trustworthy enough to hold positions of authority," said Godshalk, a history professor at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania who has also written about Reconstruction and lynchings.

Those notions of black inferiority eventually infected the legal system during the post-Reconstruction era, historians say.

The post-Reconstruction Supreme Court played a major role in destroying what Congress had created through its racial reforms. The court delivered a series of decisions that nullified the Civil Rights Acts of 1866 and 1875 as well as additional laws designed to protect blacks from mob violence at the voting booth, said Peter Irons, a civil rights attorney and author of "A People's History of the Supreme Court."

In 1883, the court imposed a judicial death sentence on Reconstruction in the "Civil Rights Cases" decision, which allowed private individuals and businesses to discriminate against blacks. Associate Justice Joseph Bradley wrote in the decision that freed slaves should stop being "a special favorite of the laws."

The most notorious post-Reconstruction decision involving race took place in 1895 when the Supreme Court legally sanctioned Jim Crow laws by enshrining the "separate-but-equal" doctrine in Plessy v. Ferguson. The court upheld a Louisiana law requiring that federal rail cars provide different facilities for white and black passengers.

By the late 19th century, the Supreme Court had "turned its back on the claims of blacks and opened its arms to those of corporations," Irons said. It was the onset of the Gilded Age, an era of widening income inequality that saw the court first introduce "corporate personhood," the concept that a corporation has the legal rights of a person.

"People were getting tired of concerns about racial minorities," said Irons, an activist whose book on the Supreme Court was partly inspired by the late liberal historian Howard Zinn and his book, “A People’s History of the United States.”

"The court is generally a mirror of the broader society, and that was the way most people felt at the time."

Irons and other liberal observers fear the current Supreme Court is drifting in a similar direction and anticipate that it will overturn or weaken a key section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 as well as affirmative action in college admissions.

The court is expected to hear a challenge from Shelby County, Alabama, to Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, which requires nine Southern states and parts of others to "pre-clear" with federal officials any voting measures that could potentially restrict black voters.

The court is also due to rule on a case on affirmative action in college admission policies in Fisher v. University of Texas.

Irons said the conservative majority on the contemporary court would be doing what their counterparts did during Reconstruction, avoiding a frontal assault on civil rights laws and other measures that protect women and workers, while eviscerating the laws.

"It's unlikely that the court would render any decisions that would be totally reactionary on issues of race," said Irons, "but what they're doing in the current court is whittling away and cutting back very gradually on things like racial, gender and wage discrimination."

From post-racial to most racial

Some conservatives, though, have a different perspective on Reconstruction and any modern parallels.

Most historians say Reconstruction ended with the disputed presidential contest of 1876. An election too close to call was resolved when candidate Rutherford B. Hayes agreed to pull Northern troops out of the South in exchange for the presidency.

Schweikart, co-author of "A Patriot's History of the United States," said the United States abandoned Reconstruction because the nation could not call itself a democracy while keeping half its population under military occupation.

"Reconstruction ended, pure and simple, because the North could not afford economically, politically or socially to maintain a standing army in a part of the U.S. for an indefinite time and still call America a democratic republic," said Schweikart, a history professor at the University of Dayton in Ohio.

Borelli, author of "Blacklash," does see one contemporary link with 19th-century America. She argues that Obama is actually encouraging a new form of servitude to what she calls the "Big Government Plantation."

Since Obama became president, a record number of Americans, at least 46 million, now receive food stamps. And one in six Americans receives some form of government aid as the nation struggles to recover from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

"There are a lot of people who are relying on government for their basic everyday needs: food, clothing and shelter," said Borelli, who is outreach director for FreedomWorks, a Washington-based group that advocates for smaller government and lower taxes. "When you rely on government, your liberties are reduced."

Another conservative said Obama has tacitly endorsed reverse racism.

"You can't have a legitimate disagreement with the president if you're white without being called a racist," said Stephen Marks, creator of FightBigotry.com, a Super PAC that produced a television ad accusing Obama of not standing up to racism.

Marks said Obama said nothing when Vice President Joe Biden recently told an audience of black and white voters that Republicans were "going to put y'all back in chains."

"They're the ones who play the race card, 100% of the time," Marks said of Obama and Democrats. "The Republicans don't have the gonads to respond because they're so afraid of being called a racist."

What happened to Revels?

There's little disagreement among contemporary historians about what happened to the South when the nation abandoned Reconstruction. The region became a divided society where race filtered into everything, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."

"It had a paralyzing effect. Business interests didn't want to invest there. Immigrants didn't want to go there," Dray said. "The South became this tainted place. Instead of moving into the 20th century, it stayed put in the 19th century."

The Jim Crow laws that marked the end of Reconstruction stayed put for at least 60 years. It would take a century before the contemporary civil rights movement restored the political and civil rights of blacks. Some historians argue that the United States did not actually become a democracy until 1965 with the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

Black pioneers like Revels disappeared from the history books. After serving his Senate term, he didn't seek reappointment and returned to Mississippi, where he eventually became president of Alcorn State College and pastor of a church.

He lost much of his black support for not speaking out against the abuses that ended Reconstruction, said Benjamin, the Boston University professor.

"He was an accommodationist," Benjamin said. "He was in the Senate standing up for white folks and telling people not to be so hard on Southern plantation owners. He didn't use his platform to represent African-Americans."

In 1901, Revels collapsed and died during a church meeting in Mississippi. That same year, the last black member of the House of Representatives finished his final term. Congress resumed being an all-white institution. Blacks had been driven out of office by beatings and assassinations.

Revels' death barely got a mention in the Southern press. His fellow black congressmen received the same treatment. Revisionist historians were already depicting Reconstruction as a fatal example of government overreach and Northern "carpetbaggers" and "scalawags" coming South to profit off of the regions' misery, said Dray, author of "Capitol Men."

"When some of them passed away years later, the Southern press barely mentioned it," Dray said. "It was a part of American history that people did not want to remember. No one wanted to talk about it or think about it."

One group of Americans, however, never forgot what Revels represented.

During the Great Depression, Dray said, the federal government dispatched interviewers from the Works Progress Administration to the South to collect oral histories from former slaves.

The interviewers noticed a curious sight as they walked into the shacks of the former slaves. They saw faded copies of an 1872 lithograph depicting the first seven black members of Congress, including Revels.

The image is still haunting.

A group portrait of the first black African-American U.S. lawmakers, including Revels.

Revels and his fellow racial pioneers are posed together, dressed in vested suits and bow ties. They exude pride and determination, even though only several years earlier they weren't even considered fully human by many Americans.

Revels sits in the front row of the group portrait. He stares forward in the picture, a man who seems confident in what the future would bring.

What would he think of Obama if he could somehow see him today? Would he be delighted at what America has become in 2012?

Or would he think the future he embodied still seems far away?


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  1. Sam Bucket

    If you don't like the comments on CNN, go back to Foxnews.... Wait a minute, Fox won't let you comment on their articles, you are only allowed to forward their propaganda because they can't handle a fair and balanced discussion.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rapierpoint

    JusDav,

    While I don't see a reason to identify ourselves as (fill-in-the-blank) – Americans since we are all Americans, it's not a new thing. Identification with where your family or ancestors came from have been with us for centuries and centuries. There's nothing wrong with people celebrating their heritage. It allows us to come to a better understanding of one another.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sarah

    You know what Obama did in college? I thought he didn't even know that!

    November 1, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Stephen

    President Obama has not done a very good job and that is why he will lose the election next Tuesday. Not because he is of color. His policies are as bad as any leader we have had. He let the big banks off without one of them going to jail for the starting the financial crisis and he let every homeowner that was de-frauded by banks go under. He saved a few union companies and let non-union companies go under, he has signed a bill that allows him to target and kill American citizens with out a trial. I could care less what color he is. I am voting for anyone but him!

    November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      With no facts, you're just proving the article's point perfectly.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • solange82200

      Ill meet you back here in a week Stephen, lets see how your prophecy of Obama losing works out...

      November 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      So list some of the things you blame Obama for (remember Congress has a role too)... don't mention his many accomplishments and then pretend that some other Pres in office would only do things you agree with. Way to convince yourself. Remember, half the country disagrees with you.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • JL

      Everyone gets the point on prosecuting Wall St. here but (a) prosecutions are a result of referrals by regulators who were napping for the past 10 yrs - see Sheila Bair's "Bull by the Horns" (b) After bailing out the banks with Billions (see Hank Paulson in Bush Admin) was there much sense in prosecuting to impose fines which would be paid with the tax payer's own money? (c) Are you seriously suggesting Romney and GOP are going to be tougher on them? WS is voting 7:1 for GOP.
      Not every homeowner that was defrauded went under, but the bondholders of these mortgages (see Bair again) had more to do with letting subordinate debts default than the banks did. And, yes - the Administration has put a considerable effort towards making Refi possible (see HARP program).

      November 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie

    Voting for Obama is a path to something we have never seen in this country We Americans are having our rights eroded ever so slowly, by executive orders, by Michelle, by czars that were not elected and don't have a clue as to what their job is. We are paying more for gas, food and just about everything else and Obama wants us to give more. He wants to dictate what our kids eat in school, how many crops we can grow and sell, where business can open Be up in arms! – they want the UN to OVERSEE our voting! They want the UN to control the internet (so they can tax it) They want the UN to be the government of the world so they can redistribute the wealth (our tax money) to countries THEY think may need it. Our tax money already goes to support countries that don't like us and we continue to borrow from China to give money away. We need to stop this leftist pull or Obama will look more like Hitler to us.

    November 1, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • jrm03063

      One thing the comments on this thread prove for sure – the author of the piece is right – this is NOT a post racial nation. I don't draw that conclusion from overt statements of racism – but from preposterous statements that lack any rational basis – such as us losing our rights to Michelle. Really? Losing our rights to "unelected czars"? I'm pretty sure the courts are open – got a case? For my part though – I'm going to do my part in pushing the nation forward – I'll be voting to re-elect our President – and pray that during the next four years the GOP will think seriously about whether there is any political future in a party that builds itself on hatred of anything that isn't white, male, or fundamentalist Christian.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      Seriously Jackie, are you brainwashed? Do you really believe that the things you mention started with Obama? With all due respect you need to check your facts. I'm amazed how people blame the Pres (Rep or Dem) for all the problems. No clue.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdrel

      G.W. Bush's Patriot did more to erode civil rights in this country than anything any other recent president could even dream of.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Voter 1

    I'm done with this, But one thing this all proves, racism is alive and well, at least Obama brought that out of America, because it never went away, it was just hidden!

    November 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      So... somehow the vast majority that elected Obama president four years ago suddenly became racist in the past four years?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • truth

        Vast majority? Really? Maybe it was a landslide in terms of the electoral college, but the popular vote was very close. Why do you act like some people aren't racist? I'm not saying everyone is, not saying all white people are, etc... but obviously some people are racists. No blanket statement, but at least I can acknowledge it still exists, even if I'm not racist, I know it's still out there. But I guess signs of Obama as a monkey are just fun and games to you?

        November 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      So if reverse racism got Obama into office, the reverse racism should keep him there, if it was really about race to begin with. If you can't stand on the truth that is unpopular, stand on the lie that is.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Richard

    Why not conduct the same survey with black Americans,. What would the percentages look like,? Racism cuts both ways .White America is just tired of flipping the bill for the welfare and frustrated the lack of effort by black leaders to address the problems within the black race. Maybe the mandated cutbacks to reduce the deficit will make people go to work and pay some taxes for a change.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaz

      well I hope Mittens and his tax evading friends are some of the ones who go to work and actually pay taxes going forward bc this argument is so indefensible – really truly indefensible just from a historical and statistical standpoint alone

      November 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • JggrNAUT

      What is amazing to me Richard is that you say that black leaders have failed and must assist black people. That statement in and of itself is bigoted. Leadership that addresses the problems of America should not be based on the ethnicity of leadership. When a leader emerges that recognizes that a problem with any ethnicity is a problem that ALL America needs to remedy, then there can be true change. I must also disagree with your implication that welfare is predominate in the black community.
      Answer me this: What is the racial breakdown of welfare recipients nationwide? There may be a higher percentage of recipients WITHIN the black community, but what is the total amongst ALL welfare recipients? How about corporations paying their fair share? How about the tax breaks we give to LEGAL immigrants?
      Finally what is truly disturbing is the disregard and ignorance displayed regarding this country's history. IT HAPPENED! The way minorities were abused and discriminated against HAPPENED. If you others that reply continue to ignore that fact and its GENERATIONAL consequences, it's no wonder this country has a long way to go to overcome racism....

      November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      Good point Richard, racism is alive and well on both sides, black and white. Same can be said for "welfare". Ever heard of corporate welfare? Try to be balanced my man, there's plenty of blame to go around and we get nowhere when pointing the finger at any one thing.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC Girl

      There is your problem right there. The idea that there are "black leaders" is a myth. Maybe that was the case in the 60's but not in 2012. Don't even bother bring up Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. They are not the spokemen for all black americans. They may have meant well 20 years ago, but now they are nothing more than a couple of opportunist.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolland

      Why do you think only blacks are on welfare. You do realize that there are more whites on welfare than blacks. Maybe you are not a racist, but you sure are a C student.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      There are more white people on welfare than black people. It's just convenient to pass it off as a black-only thing.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jack

    I am Hispanic, I voted for Obama and against McCain in 2008 and will vote for Romney this time. That makes me double racist...!

    I guess I will have to vote for my dog next time to really show my colors..! Ridiculous article...!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack 2

      Yeaaa!

      November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      I voted for Mickey Mouse in 2008 and he is black. I'm not racist, but I wish he would have won.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • truth

      I didn't know Hispanics named their kids Jack? No offense, just surprised.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ArchieDeBunker

    I didn't read all the comments, so perhaps I'm repeating a point that others have made, but it is important enough to bear repeating. The most racist of all of them is Obama himself! Nobody who wasn't a rabid racist would sit quietly in The "Reverend" Jermiah Johnson's church for 20 years and never make a peep about the racist, violent rhetoric that was spewed out there.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sam Bucket

      I suppose that Romney being a member of a church that refused to allow black members to participate in temple ordinances required for salvation until 1978 isn't racist? Romney was a member of the LDS for decades and this didn't seem to bother him.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • truth

        Sam is right but so is the original poster. Both men did something that doesn't make sense, they supported churches that were racist in one way or another. Can we please admit that BOTH are at fault, not just one of them?

        November 1, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rolland

      Is it racist when its true. You may not agree with the delivery, but you have to admit that powerful white men tend to poop on those they dont deem to be equal. Are you telling me that our foriegn policy was fair toward the middle east during the 60's, 70's, & 80's etc; even though the domestic policy was racist. Give me a break! The character of our elected officials was nothing eo be proud of domestically. Why would we be so gullible to believe America would treat the rest of the word with dignity. There's a reason we are hated and it's not because we are the richest nation. Common of people.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ilsa

    So the conservative racist chick (Borelli) says that Obama is trying to create a welfare state because +40M people are on food stamps. And those people needing food stamps has nothing at all to do with the previous administration crashing the economy, the greedy corporations shipping US jobs overseas, or the plight of veterans coming back from the Bush Oil War with no job prospects to feed their families with?? Open your eyes, woman.

    Does she know that WalMart actually instructs its hourly employees HOW TO APPLY for food stamps since they pay so low? Does she know that the majority of food stamp recipients are, in fact, WHITE? No, I didn't think so – they don't talk about stuff like that on Faux Snooze.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • @llsa

      "Does she know that the majority of food stamp recipients are, in fact, WHITE? No, I didn't think so ..."

      There ARE more whites on Federal Assistance, but there are also far more white people in this country.

      The ratio of the Black population in the US and the amount of Blacks on Federal Assistance is the much larger difference.

      You didn't think your statement through, did you? I didn't think so.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nogimus Prime

      Listen, these reporters and columnists who express these opinions will say that if you disapprove of 49 million citizens being on food stamps, you are racist. If you call B.O. the "food stamp pres" you're racist. If you really think about it what they're really saying is that they feel most food stamp recipients are black. That's pretty racist. Anyone with half a brain knows these people are just a bunch of twits. They use the same logic we used in the elementary school playgrounds when we were kids. Remember? : "Oh yeah? Well you're FAT!" Best comeback ever.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • xnothinbutthetruth

        most food stamp recipients are actually white..

        for the record.

        The rest of what you said isn't worth responding to really..

        November 1, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nonya Business

      If understanding clauses were still in effect, the Democrats would lose 90 percent of their voting base.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • rapierpoint

      Ilsa – from the reports I hear from those that listen to Fox, and when what I've heard when I listen in to Rush for my occasional dose of humor, I haven't heard that Fox is specifically blaming race for the increased number of people on food stamps. Nor have I heard it suggested that all (or even a majority) on food stamps are black. The issue of record numbers on food stamps, welfare, in poverty isn't a race issue. It's striking everyone. It's an economy issue and, also, an issue of how best to address the issue of poverty and unemployment.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      The reason so many people (black and white) are on food stamps is becuase the economy hasn't improved significantly after four years, which was a Pres. Obama stimulus promise. What happens after eight years and the economy still hasn't recovered under Pres. Obama? Well it was Bush's fault. I'm sorry but most of the things that were put into motion during Bush's reign were backed by a Democrat Congress. They were for the war, until they weren't.

      “Like a lot of my Democratic colleagues I was too slow to appreciate the recklessness of Fannie and Freddie. I defended their efforts to encourage affordable homeownership when in retrospect I should have heeded the concerns raised by their regulator in 2004. Frankly, I wish my Democratic colleagues would admit when it comes to Fannie and Freddie, we were wrong.” – Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL) , September 30, 2008

      Risky lending was encouraged not by the President, but by Congress...a Democratic Congress that believed that even people that people that can't afford a house should get one anyways and the banks got credit for every risky and inane loan they made.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • @Dwight

        It goes both ways.

        If Romney wins next week, he will take credit for policies which HAVE helped this country's economic growth.

        The new Boss always inherits good and bad business left by the previous administration – the party is not a factor.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AZWarrior

    That was an ever so predictable waste of electrons. Personal attacks are not cogent arguments. Evolve.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • AZWarrior

      Sorry for the mis-post. This was ment as a reply to "palintwit" post below.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sandra from Delaware

    Barack Obama won in 2008 because he was the Best Man for the job. He won the Nobel, because so many Countries
    over night change their tune toward us because of this Great President that had been elected in the Good Old USA. Not because he is black & not by the blacks. But by those who knew its time for a chance. He has been up against BS since the begining.
    I hope & pray that he continues to be our President. Please thing twice who you vote for Romey...

    November 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      Pres. Obama got the Noble Peace prize despite the fact that we were still in Iraq and we were well on our way to Afganistan for another war and just a short time in office. It was a gimmie. The European led group saw something in Pres. Obama that they liked...a President who didn't think America was exceptional. Even Michelle said "finally I am proud of this country." after he was elected.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nogimus Prime

      The Nobel Peace Prize is garbage these days. The European Union just got one for crying out loud. Anyhow, Mr Nobel actually invented dynamite which makes the whole thing even more ironic, doesn't it?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nogimus Prime

      I will absolutely make sure I "thing" twice beforg I voge forg anyoneg thig elegtion. Derka derka.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim D.

      Now 4 years later he has pis*ed off all those same countries and even more. So much in fact that even less countries like the US now as opposed to before he went in office. Are they going to take it away from him? If not then it is no longer a credible award and holds no merit...

      November 1, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Difference

    For as long as there will be difference there will be difficulty. Race, religion, gender, wealth, what have you, it doesn't matter. Difference (or diversity, if you prefer) begats difficulty.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Voter 1

    And lets remember this, the South was solid Democratic stronghold up until the 1960's until Kennedy and LBJ supported civil rights and integration, after that the South became a Republican stronghold, so race has always played a part in politics......so all those racist are now in the republican party from the deep South and they will be voting!!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nogimus Prime

      F the democrips and F the rebloodicans! No one single party had the monopoly on civil rights. C'mon people. You're so blinded by partisan politics that you can't even realize that it took people from all walks of life to make the movement happen. There were dems and reps on both sides of the fence. Partisan idiots *shaking head in disbelief*

      November 1, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Harry Peratestez

    the Obama/Biden dog & pony show is over in a week !

    November 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • @Hairy

      I disagree, but time will tell.

      Romney cannot win Ohio, WI and NH are leaning DEM.

      Good luck with the counting of your poultry prior to birth.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. zisee

    What an awful article, it belongs in the trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • @zisee

      That was all your tiny mind could muster?

      And they say academia is dead in America – hmmpf!

      November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Tony - Mocksville, NC

    Everyone who critized Bush was un-American and everyone who criticizes Obama is a racist. Hatred is hatred no matter which side it's on.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      A very reasonable response, Tony, and I agree. Anyone who disagrees with our president because he is black is racist, but disagreeing with his performance has nothing to do with it. Questioning him has nothing to do with race at all. I clearly remember people screaming in the streets with signs of Bush in a Nazi uniform and a moustache. Really? That's not hate? That's not over-the-top hate? It's all ridiculous. I respect the president and his office - but I do not want him re-elected because I am not happy with his performance. Period.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Phil

        Very well said. I completely agree.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
      • The Overweight Luver

        Whether people want to agree or not, there is an element of racism that is involved. In college sports and corporate america where I work, when someone comes in a God awful situation and things get better, they give them time to continue. If this had been George Bush, people would have been singing his praises for making progress now matter how much. This country has come from negative GDP to positive; the unemployment rate is going down; the stock market is recovering; and housing prices and cosntruction are on the upswing again. There is still improvement opportunities, but some of the leading world economist would say that this country is ahead of where other countries that faced a similar situation were at this point in the recovery. Lee Iacocca didn't turn Chrysler around over night, but they stuck with him until it rebounded. No coach goes from the basement to the victory stand without making slow progress and in corporate america; there is a saying: "you cant make money unless you spend money". This country was not going to turn around with the same policies that were in place and it wont move forward going back to those policies with Mitt Romney. Go talk to someone who understand the business world and see if you get a similar opinion and not journalist who recite rhetoric.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Art B.

    When Anne Romney recently said that Barack Obama is not a "grown-up," I think that this was a euphemism for the racist epitthet of calling a black man - "Boy!" During the summer Anne Romney was "humanizing" her husband. Now she is saying that electing Romney will restore the proper order of things, putting "The [white] Man" in charge again. I don't disagree with the comments above that say that one isn't a racist because he or she votes for Romney instead of Obama. There is plenty of evidence, however, that there is a current of racist backlash in the anti-Obama component of Romney's support, and that Romney's surrogates (e.g. John Sununu) , and now his closest surrogate, his wife, are trying to motivate those voters.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  19. sativa619

    Racist "past"? Oh I didn't realize racism wasn't a thing in this country anymore.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Keith

    About a third of what I hear in personal contacts of Anti-Obama folks is Racist. Then there is a third that are Republican Zealots that would hate anyone who was not a Republican. Then there are the poorly educated, white working class, that hear some of the stories spread by the hate groups and they aren't smart enough to investigate on their own so they are anti-Obama based on that.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      And this is not true on the Democratic side?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • jboh

        No, it isn't.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        I usually don't ask them what party they favor. Growing up in the South we had to learn as adults how "not be racist".

        November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnoughZnough

      Boy is that a one-sided racist view my BOY Keith, but in reality, EXACTLY how a true libtard (or black) would put it. So, how is it that "the poorly educated, white working class" as you put it is not brainwashed by media garbage like this being jammed down our throats every day?!! Are you trying to say they just don't get to hear it, or maybe just have a mind of their own and take things at FACE VALUE, not what the media tells them they should believe?!!

      November 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Voter 1

    I'm going to put this straight, there are only 38 million blacks in America, and out of that total only 13 million are eligible to vote, that is a very small number. Whites make up 204 million people, I would bet you if all 13 million blacks voted for Obama....which they don't by the way! I would bet there are far more white's that will not vote for him because he is black!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      I will bet you that you're wrong. Want to know how? BECAUSE BARACK OBAMA IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!! That means an awfully large number of white folks, including myself, voted for him. And guess what? I'm disappointed in his performance, and so are millions of other people. Am I a racist for expecting more from my president?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      What. Of the 38 million blacks only 13 million are eligible to vote? Where did that number come from and why? According to Star-Telegram the number of blacks and hispanics that have registered to vote has fallen since 2008, where according to the New York Times article there was a surge of black voters in 2008 among black voters that was greater than all other ethinic groups. This ought to tell us something. Eligibilty often reflects willingness to vote as in getting registered. If there isn't a willingness, then must be a reason beyond just that our President is black.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • EnoughZnough

      Yeah, and if you believe there are only 38 million blacks in this country you are REALLY naïve! They lie on their census forms if they fill it out at all!

      November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Stopnthink78

    So if I'm a big fan of Tim Scott, but feel that Obama has displayed sub-par performance, does that cancel my racism out and leave me neutral? I also think GW Bush had some major faults, but I'm white, does that mean I'm racist against my own race?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. aMom

    If racism were alive and well then Obama would NOT have been elected. Obviously, we have made great strides in this country among the races. It's Obama's policies and his world view that people don't like.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  24. DJESQ

    JHFC

    Get over yourself – this is the 21st Century ... drag up some redneck and beat the fondula out of him if you need to satisfy your lust, but don't write about race ... during this race ...

    JHFC

    November 1, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Greg

    I know the article doesn't explicitly state it, but once again anyone who dares to assert that President Obama is not a strong leader, or that he doesn't have the experience, or that his policies have failed is a closet racist at best. At worst, maybe we are all vile and openly hostile to anyone of color being president. I resent even the implication that this is true. Any criticism of the president these last four years has been labeled as an attack on the president's race. How unfair - and what a good way to mute any criticism: Throw racism at everyone who disagrees and see if it sticks. I resent being potrayed this way, even if it is indirectly. I voted for President Obama against my better judgement in 2008 because I was caught up like a lot of people in the history of the moment and in what it could mean for this nation. I have been sorely disappointed, but now that I read this article I know why.

    It's because I'm a racist, of course.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  26. conservative

    question: are blacks being racist given that obama will receive 95%+ of the black vote? is that racism? just curious as to various opinions from this board.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      That's interesting, but like I stated in my comment, I wouldn't want to label anyone a racist without knowing someone's heart - or without seeing the fruit of their actions over time. However, I know that Mitt Romney will get nowhere near 95% of the vote of white Americans. There are many white people who will gladly vote for President Obama's re-election.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • herview2012

      To assert that the blacks are voting for Obama because he is black, one needs to also acknowledge that many are voting against him this very reason and FOR Romney because he is a white male...after all he is garnering the majority of white votes..particularly white men. I dont buy any of it as I think it is offensive to suggest that a millions of people are only voting on skin color. If that were the case, Micheal Steele, Mia Love, Clarence Thomas, Allen West, etc. would receive more support from blacks and Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton would be elected to office. Blacks are not a monolith and we do in fact look at the issues. To suggest otherwise is sad and racist in and of itself.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Common statement by a "Racist"

      November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • NC Girl

      Good question. You have to look for a trend before you assume black americans voted for Obama because he was black. Yes, 95% of black americans voted for Obama in 2008.

      BUT Bill Clinton, the last democratic president recieved 87% of the black vote.

      So actually that would only make 8% of black americans that MAY have voted for Obama because his is black – as the other 87% would have most likely voted democrat no matter who was running for president.

      Additionally, I would even take a couple of percentage points off because some of that 8% could have been Republicans who didn't want to vote Republican after the whole Bush fiasco

      November 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jerry4545

    Lets get something straight – Obama won BECAUSE he's black.

    Furthermore, you hear everyday black celebrities, and black people in general, say they are voting for Obama because he is black – that is indeed racism! If a white man said he's voting for Romney because he's white, the media would be all over him as a racist!!

    So, yes, there is a lot of racism going on and much of it is working for Obama.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      No, Obama won because he is a black Democrat, if he was a black Republican mostly the only people to vote for him would have been the white people.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • Gobsmacked

        Interesting point.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Obama didn't win because he was Black, he won because he wasn't John McCain.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstlne

      The difference is that to date there have been 43 white US Presidents and 1 black US President. It is only natural for black people to be very encouraged by that and to tend to see Obama in a positive light. Obviously 43 to one is a huge difference; perhaps you could cut the African American community a little slack for supporting the first President of color; I know I do.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Jack O'Donnell

    We will know that racism is dead when people can write articles about race without people calling them racists.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Dwight

    Thnk abour this: When you hear of people being successful like Obama, Herman Cain, Bill Cosby etc. it is because they as a person were successful. but when you hear of people being held back it is always groups (blacks, latinos, American Indians, etc.) as if those successful people aren't a member of any of those groups any more. This article propels the thought that black people can't get an even break, even though there are countless examples of the opposite. You can either define yourself or be defined by the people you associate with.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • ib42

      Almost all of our shady history shows a terrible racism!

      November 1, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Kevin Lenihan

    This article is unbelievable and not worthy of serious discussion. If someone votes against Obama, they must be racist? If Obama loses, it's because of white backlash? Let me see: people didn't know Obama was black in 2008?! Wow. I guess it was a big surprise to a lot of folks when he got elected.

    This kind of article is a true shame. We elect a black President, which is a great step for the country. But then we are not allowed to honestly evaluate the job he has done? Only liberals have minds this congested with muck. Just like only liberals could give a Nobel Peace prize to someone simply because he got elected.

    Question: are black people who vote for Obama doing so for racial reasons?

    I think Progressivism has truly turned into a mindless cult.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • rstlne

      Yes, apparently it WAS a huge surprise to a lot of Americans when Obama was elected. It seems that a huge number of people just sat back and said to themselves "no way a black man is going to be elected President" and just did not bother to vote. Suddenly Obama won the election and there was a huge amount of anger in the general population. I admit I was very surprised; at first I thought we had changed for the better as a country, but now I realize it was just a case of a lot of slackers making an assumption that no black man would ever be able to become President. I have seen far too many racially biased comments all over the internet these past four years to think otherwise. I have also seen far too many "Put the White Back In The White House" T-shirts recently.

      Be offended if you wish; however I think it is better for all of us to realize the truth and openly have this conversation which is way overdue. Racism isn't dead in America – it just went underground for a few decades and came roaring to the forefront with the election of the first black President.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Well

      What was stated here are just facts..(well the history part anyway) if you have problems with facts what can you do?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  31. LeroyLinux

    A very well-written article. This has been the issue of the entire Obama presidency, and why the country is so polarized and why congress cannot get anything done. It's very unfortunate. People forget that Obama was elected to end the invasions and intimidations of other countries (also due to prejudice over other cultures). Obama has done his job and restored some of our humility. He is one of the most intelligent and reasonable presidents we've ever had, but he couldn't acheive his goals due to the above issue. Romney will made exceptionalists and prejudiced people mentioned above really proud, even if they suffer as a consequence though the rich taking everything and turning the country into an oligarchy.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dwight

      Obama failed to get things done even when Congress was mostly Demodrat. He was elected against "war-monger" Bush, even though he initially voted for the war and yet here we are fighting people in Afganistan, with a small force still in Iraq, even giving the thumbs up for Osama Bin Ladin's death. Nancy Sheenan protested against him early on too, but didn't get the press coverage that she did when she protested Bush. Where are all of the peopel that protested against the war in Iraq when we went to war in Afganistan? Silent. You don't critisize your own kind...liberal Democrat.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anthony

        he got health care reform done. that is a monumental undertaking and many presidents failed before him. bush couldnt get any of his domestic policies through. clinton failed at health care reform. this dispite massive obstruction efforts. its also now harder to get anything done by either side due to fillabuster rules and supermajority requirments.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        You mean to tell me that there are no Racist in the Democratic Party?

        November 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        Is it really that hard for you to understand this concept? You do NOT have elected officials on the left that accuse others of being foreign, muslim, not like us, etc. It is PREVALENT on the right! This is not about a couple of nuts on either side, this is about what your elected officials do and say on a regular basis that people are talking about. WHEN WILL YOU GET IT?????

        November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        I don't have a problem getting it. You however seem to have a problem communicating. There is nothing I said that would indicate that I was defending either side. Racism is ongoing in America but it isn't a Liberal / Conservative issue.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        I get it, but all the bad guys are not on one side. That is the problem with many folks like you who believe that we are the good guys and that "they" are the others. It just isn't true.

        If you are a person that strives to be good then you must remain ever vigilant that others don't pull you down to their level .

        November 3, 2012 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
      • Keith

        I got it. What is so hard for you to understand

        February 18, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
      • single mom

        Anthony, you're forgetting that Democrats, mostly in the Senate, had to be bribed (Cornhusker Deal/Louisiana Purchase) to vote for the health care. And in that 'bill you have to pass before you know what's in it', Republicans were barred from the committee meetings to create it.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • lena nurse

      Whites are worry about Obama they should be concen about latins coming here in the millions. they are talking about taking over. So then what? Mexicans and Latins are here in huge numbers. They stick together they will not be divided .

      November 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      How is the president "one of the most intelligent and reasonable presidents we've ever had?" Based on what? More intelligent and reasonable than Lincoln, or Washington, or Jefferson, or Adams (either of them), or Madison, or Franklin Roosevelt, or Eisenhower, or Truman, or Kennedy, or Reagan?

      Really?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob-Texas

      Keep drinking the coolaide! This article is just another example of Democrates calling anyone against Obama racist. Now its the 1870's with loose generalzations to make today's events fit nicely into the past. Not buying it. If you check social media to find out who is using the N- word, its rarely whitesm, Its rarely replublicans. I couldn't believe when Biden made the comment about chains. If Romney or Ryan had made that comment, there would be riots all over the place. I am a conservative replublican and I have never seen Obama as a black presdient. Just a president, the way it should be now and in the future.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Franky

    I feel the same, black upper middle class. No kids, not married, I voted for Obama and will continue to do do because I believe his vision for American future excellence is the right path. Investing here is what will make America successful in a global economy. Romneys approach business solves everything, no it doesn't , business is about making money for share holders, it's not about creating jobs, protecting American jobs, prosperity, the economy, or future success. It's like the auto bailout some people complain but forget that is protecting American manufacturing, jobs, people so what it cost taxpayers, it helps protect American dominance in an industry. The us is not a corporation there is so much more to it than just making money and that is what Romney doesn't understand. We are stronger as a nation when we build together, when did government become the enemy? Government and the private sector both have a role in furthering this nation, it's not one or the other, and the us has always been most successful when that synergy was maintained. This is the biggest flaw in republican philosophy, just because you make few individuals incredibly rich does not mean you have strong nation.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • ib42

      Bravo! Totally.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Yes, government and private sector can co-exist. But when Government starts to take over the private-sector by "bailouts" and overregulation, then that is a HUGE problem.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stephen

      The government is a giant business and we are running like there is no end to the money. There are just as many rich Democrats as Republicans. That is not the issue President Obama has not done what he said he was going to do. Hopefully you are not one of the American citizens that is targeted for killing without a trial. The auto bailout protected a lot of banks, where was the protection for homeowners burdened by fraudulent mortgages and depressed home values? We were given the shaft and the bankers all got their money back. Protection of jobs did not have anything to do with it. Protection of votes maybe. Keep dreaming if you think Obama is the answer. The answer is a man like Ron Paul but the big money banks do not want him in because they would go to jail for the financial crisis they caused!

      November 1, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sam Bucket

        Do you realize that the $700B TARP bailout was approved under Bush? Obama redirected some of those funds away from the banks in order to help the auto industry. The bailout was voted for by Ryan along with the five times he voted to increase the government debt limit. Please actually do some research, not just regurgitate what Rush and Fox spew out.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Stu in Iowa

      I agree with you Franky. You know, my wife and I were sitting at a bar watching election results in 2008 with a couple of young black women. One of them asked me if Obama's election meant to me that there was no longer racism in our country. I replied no but it's progress and she agreed. I think now that we will be in the post-racial era only when we elect someone of color and don't give one damn about their skin. Then we will have accomplished something.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Disagree

      Government is almost always the enemy. Name a time when our federal government got something right on the first try, how about the second, or the third? Every time they try to "fix" something they have a nasty habit of creating other problems elsewhere. To them pushing a wet noodle is progress because one end moved. I hate Obama, and what I hate almost as much as that, is people telling me I'm racist if I do. I also hate Harry Reid, so I must also being against old white men, but that doesn't seem to bother anyone. ~ 240 years ago people rose up because they were tired of a government far away taxing them and telling them what to do without being given any real say in how things are run. When was the last time most of you were in DC? It's 2500 miles from where I am. And when was the last time a Senator in NY gave a crap about what someone in NV or AK wanted? The federal government was originally created under the theory that states should have power over their own matters and the fed government was a negotiator on behalf of the collective group. But now its become a monster that sucks the life out of its citizens to make itself more powerful. I'll be voting for Romney to shrink the government – if he doesn't- I'll vote his ass out too next cycle. Remember when BO said he was going to make government more transparent and more efficent – how did that work out? They've been super transparent about Libya and Syria – never mind the "transparency" of the autobailouts. har har.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Sarah

    1. 23 million unemployed
    2. 43 strait months of 8%+ unemployment
    3. 45 million on food stamps
    4. African-American poverty at record highs.
    5. Gas prices doubled
    6. African-American unemployment at over 50%
    7. Hispanic unemployment at 10.3%
    8. Food Prices up more than 25%
    10. Average household income declined $4,300
    11. Heath Insurance increases $1,500
    12. Only President to have US credit downgraded (TWICE)
    13. Over 100 million people on some form of means tested welfare.
    14. $6 Million added to our debt; More than all Presidents combined.

    AND YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE VOTING HIM OUT BECAUSE OF HIS RACE?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      CORRECTION! – African American YOUTH unemployment over 50%.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Scott

        Of course Sarah you realize that the race baiters will call you ... gasp ... racist for pointing out the facts that Obama's presidency has been, at best, pathetic.

        Scott

        November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        I know, and I didn't even add on my original list that he allowed an Ambassador of the United States to be raped and murdered on his watch by terrorists!

        November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        What the hell are you talking about? Do you know how many people died in embassies under Reagan? And Bush? Why is it only "raped and murdered under his watch" when it comes to Obama? I really hope you are trolling, I cannot believe someone can be THAT dense

        November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        "Five American ambassadors had been killed by terrorists before Tuesday’s attack, according to the State Department. The most recent was Adolph Dubs, killed after being kidnapped in Afghanistan in 1979. The others were John Gordon Mein, in Guatemala in 1968; Cleo A. Noel Jr., in Sudan in 1973; Rodger P. Davies, in Cyprus in 1974; and Francis E. Meloy Jr., in Lebanon in 1976." from NYT Article published on September 12, 2012.

        Do not call me dense. I am a concerned citizen. I seek the truth. I am not a troll.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Terry

        Every single problem you list was a direct result of 8 years of a tunnel vision republican in the white house. THATS what we dont need another 4 years of!!!!!

        November 1, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        My dear Terry, please tell me what Obama has done in the past four years to improve the situation?

        November 1, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jones

        12 years ago there was a surplus.
        Unemployment was lower than 5%.
        No wars.
        Then came a republican leadership.
        Waged two wars.
        Cut taxes to those who have more and more.
        Removed regulations.
        Achieved an economic meltdown.
        But all those are stories.
        It never happened.
        How stupid or hateful can one be?

        November 2, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      1. 23 million unemployed – more than 5 million fewer than a few years ago, and it is NOT all low paying jobs at all
      2. 43 strait months of 8%+ unemployment – Down from 11+% and has now dipped below 8%
      3. 45 million on food stamps – legacy of Repub gov't
      4. African-American poverty at record highs. – Blacks are always left behind during recoveries
      5. Gas prices doubled – I paid $3.33 this morning which is $0.70 less than just before crash (summer 2008). The dead economy caused price to drop.
      6. African-American unemployment at over 50% – minorities always have lowest, last to reap recovery
      7. Hispanic unemployment at 10.3% – minority
      8. Food Prices up more than 25% – Just B S
      10. Average household income declined $4,300 – Hello, Economy – better now and improving.
      11. Heath Insurance increases $1,500 - For some perhaps. Actually growing slower than usual in past year
      12. Only President to have US credit downgraded (TWICE) – Thank you inherited collapse
      13. Over 100 million people on some form of means tested welfare. – B S number
      14. $6 Million added to our debt; More than all Presidents combined. - B S number ( also TRILLION not million)

      AND YOU THINK PEOPLE ARE VOTING HIM OUT BECAUSE OF HIS RACE? about 15-20% probably, yes

      November 1, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        I'm sorry, its been almost four years since President Bush was in office. While I agree that President Bush did not have a good record, this country is weaker today because of the failed policies of President Obama. He has done nothing to show that he deserves four more years. He has polarized this country. He has weakened the military and our status abroad. He has over regulated us to death and Obamacare will further cripple small business. For these reasons, and for Mitt Romney's success as Govenor of Mass. and proven record of bi-partisonship, I am voting Romney/Ryan.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • fvw50

      Sarah – you #14 is six orders of magnitude off. Should be $6Trillion

      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • solange82200

      Or, people might point out that *gasp*, the country didn't appear in this state out of thin air on 2008. It's easy to point out facts and pretend that this all started in 2008 and add no context whatsoever, but intelligent people know that compared to what he was left with when he started (unemployment, dow, housing crisis, etc.), as well as the fact that policies take time to translate into results, the narrative changes. But low information voters such as yourselves are easily fooled by copy-and-paste statistics like that, that take advantage of the fact that many people have very short memories about what truly caused the problems and that compared to what we had before we are improving and moving in the right direction...

      November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • MarkinFL

        Franky,
        All I see that I will get out of Romney is higher taxes. I am middle class and quite dependent on my deductions and credits that he is ready to cut to drop the rate. Folks, the RATE reduction helps you the more money you have!
        The deductions and credits are pennies compared to a 20% rate drop for high income people.
        But people will vote against their own interests because of what?

        We are 10 times better off today than we were in January 2009 when Obama took office. A slowly growing economy beats a free fall crash by any measure. House prices on the way back up. Stock market is great. Alsmost any measure you can think of is going in the right direction instead of crashing hard.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        Tell me, how has he IMPROVED the situation? How does he deserve 4 more years? And don't tell me it's because unemployment dropped .3% in September, because we have less people participating in the workforce today and that is a fact. People in America are discouraged, we need a new President.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Russ

        Sarah the tea bagger. I have just 1 line for you, when obama took office almost 800,000 people were losing jobs, now more than 100,000 jobs are added. Do you think the bleeding can stop immediately, it takes time. Look at the housing, we got into this mess because of the housing, people lost value of the property, see now how the housing has more or less stabilized and it is gaining.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        Russ... how is it that less people are participating in the work place today and unemployment has hovered at 8% for 43+ months?

        AGAIN – I reiterate my question, what has Obama done to improve the situation?

        November 1, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • sickofitall

        The housing collapse was caused by policies Clinton put in place because everyone should have the house they want, it's not FAIR if they don't. Get over past Presidents and take responsibility for what the current one hasn't done.

        November 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      The reason people are blowing the whistle on you guys is stuff like this. We aren't saying you all are racist, some of you are just hilariously misinformed. 50% unemployment for young black people?This is the US not Spain. Do you really think they raped Chris Stevens? I think the most telling thing about the Republican party right now is that Big Bush will no longer back you guys. He was the heart and soul of your party and now he won't have anything to do with you.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Benign Neglect

        L. Christopher Stevens, the ambssador, was not the target. This was a "hit" on Lt. Colonel Sean Smith. He was taken out for reasons nobody will believe. The people in power watched as he and three others were assiassinated by several members of a camouflaged U.S Hit Team, who were intergrated into the Libyan forces. This is why no help was permitted.

        November 1, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Mike

        Benign Neglect. Be careful the trees have ears and the dog next door is a hit-man looking for you. Crawl under a rock quick!!!

        November 2, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • useyourhead

      Try and think through things yourself instead of repeating republican propaganda. Read about the causes of the recession, how deep it was and how other similarly affected countries are faring now. Examine specific policies carried out by the president, check the data and see if they improved or worsened things. That would be thinking and analysing for yourself rather than reeling out right-wing fluff.

      November 1, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • FTJ

      Sarah, you are voting for mitt because of success in MA you state. What success? He wont even win the state he ran which is now run by a DEMOCRAT. That is a big enough indictment, but let me continue...before he left office he was ranked 48th of 50 governors with a 38% approval rating! Romney for small business? He ran STAPLES which drove local stationary and office supply stores OUT OF BUSINESS. He was opposed to helping the car industry which actually helped save jobs. Obama like every other president first two years are inherited from the previous president. Bush rode Reagan then messed it up. Baby Bush rode Clinton and then messed it up. Obama will right this ship but needs another 4 years to do so. Are we better off than 4 years ago? HELL YES!!! Bin Laden is not haunting our dreams at night and we are getting out of wars we were lied in to. Obama supports the troops, but not to be big brother to the world. Let's take care of home and stop fighting for gas and oil like druglords fight for street corners. WAKE UP...if this was any other president, folks would be trying to get a 3rd term much less a 2nd.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
      • It has happend before...

        Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000. So its really nothing new for you tiff for tatters...

        November 2, 2012 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Rashed S

      I do not believe people are voting for him because of his race. Sarah, here are some reasons why I will vote for Obama:

      1. Please read the article at the link below. This is written by a moderate Republican economist. There is widespread facts and evidence that the recovery of the financial crisis ("the second great contraction") has been the strongest in the history. Here is an excerpt: "The 2007 crisis is associated with significantly lower unemployment rates than both the Depression of the 1930s and the depression of the 1890s."

      http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-15/sorry-u-s-recoveries-really-aren-t-different.html

      So I will vote for him because he saved us from a depression.

      2. Ended Iraq war... a Republican president would have most likely continued on with the war, and by now we probably would have had the 2nd Vietnam on our hands. Also, please note that the 100s of billions spent on the Iraq war was a choice, not necessity. Our debt crisis is directly caused and worsened by the Iraq war. I believe Obama will handle Afghanistan better than any President in the history.

      3. Passed a healthcare law that many tried in the last few decades, but no one was successful. The citizens of the country are better for it. There are numerous facts and evidence that government run health care (Medicare & Medicaid) are more efficient than any privately run system.

      4. Saved the Auto Industry when it needed a leader that could lead them into prosperity. This saved millions of jobs.

      5. Brought justice to Osama Bin Laden. I believe no past President would have had the guts to drop U.S. soldiers into a sovereign nation. Obama has shown true leadership in this and many other situation. This is why I will vote for him, because I can trust the guy for a better future for my kids.

      You cannot lead by building consensus, leaders make tough choices, whether in the Oval office or in corporate boardrooms. Mitt Romney's constant flip-flopping on many many economic/social/governance issues leads me to think that he is not the kind of leader I can follow and trust.

      November 2, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • blade1975

      Once again, as a black man...

      His color is his shield, his excuse.

      He plays his racism well, blames white people, presidents, everything. And if he's not doing it Biden or his staff is.

      He failed. He's black. So what we have plenty of failed whites. Don't see them blaming someone of the opposite color now do we?

      November 2, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • marsh0

      of course, all of this was a direct result of Obama being in office.
      Sheep.
      Now we all know who you cuddle up with at night. Sean Hannity.
      try doing some research about where the country was at and headed when Obama took office.
      How conveniently you fail to mention that Obama became president during the beginning of the greatest recession since the great one.
      and where are we today? rising beautifully from the smoldering ashes.
      Gas prices. too funny. Does Obama control that also?
      when will you get it? FEAR MONGERING COST YOU THE ELECTION.!!! yet you still try it.

      November 27, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Annie Oakley

      Sara, PLEASE ...get over it!!! We can go back and forth all day long about what Obama has did or did not do. We can go back and forth about what Bush did and did not do, and believe me Bush has a longer list then Obama. We can go on about all the wrongs of every president in the past.. The fact is yall gotta suffer through Obama's second term like many others had to suffer through Bush's term. Plain and simple.

      November 28, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  34. Robert

    Very nice article! Obama has been the most insulted president in recent history. From the very first state of the Union he was called "liar". I believe that the exaggerated backlash of the first debate happened because many of these closet racists saw a white guy who could stand up to a black guy, even though the former was saying lie after lie.

    Mind you, I am not referring to the majority of voters, but this is a close election and could be decided by race. Obama's record is not to be ashamed of, as Colin Powell explained. But listening to Romney is like going into a parallel world. He is a demagogue, the worst thing it can happen to a democracy.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      the most insulted president in history goes to bush. that's why most of us conservatives are so spoken out about obama. we remember what liberals did to bush (and are still doing...LOL). because of that treatment i will forever be very strong in my opinons about failed liberal presidents. i will never forget it.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        What liberals DID TO Bush? You must be joking, right???????? So it's liberals' fault Bush let 3000 people die on 9/11 (or you want to keep arguing that its the president's fault when four people die in Banghazi, but not when 3000 people die on american soil? Please tell me you see how illogical that is, right?)? It;s liberals' fault Bush started a false war based on bad info? It's liberals' fault Bush appointed a knownothing to FEMA as a political favor, resulting in the catastrophe that was the Katrina response? It's liberals' fault Bush left the country on the brink of financial disaster? Were we supposed to thank him for all that? The epitome of the rightwing bubble is in full display when you see anyone out there actually DEFENDING GEORGE W. BUSH. I am flabbergasted. Absolutely flabbergasted. Please, go hide along with Bush, wherever it is that Romney has stashed him.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        solang, are you serious? you're still living in the past like most liberals who support obama. given what obama has done to this country you are still bashing bush? are you kidding me? bush would be elected in a landslide if he were running against obama. obama will likely go down as the worst president in U.S. history and you're still talking about bush? good LORD!

        November 1, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        Bush would win in a landslide? I pity you. Have you seen polls that showed that most people realize that Bush is the major cause of the problems we face? Please defend all these things for me since Bush is so wonderful:

        Iraq War
        katrina
        9/11
        financial collapse

        Ill be waiting with baited breath

        November 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        rather than defend history, which i could easily do, how about defending the present: slowest job recovery in history after a major recession; longest period of unemployment over 8% in history; causing the largest class warfare issue in america's history; can get absolutely nothing done through congress because of a serious lack of leadership (worse than any other president in history). please defend those. and i'm only starting with obama's failures. he is a total zero and you and all other supporters know it.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        No, no no no. You dont get to do that. I'm not like the media that lets your politicians spew crap and let it go unanswered. I asked you a question, and if you could "easily do it", prove it. I asked you first. Please "defend history". Ill be waiting. If you don't, everyone with a brain will realize you can't. So I suggest you get started.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        easily done my lost liberal friend. iraq...went to war based upon intelligence from the CIA and our allies. what's to argue? katrina...federal government did a great job but the mayor was a total disaster and competent leadership should have been put in place by the governor. most everyone knows this...why are you such a laggard? 9/11...a successful strike by terrorists – agreed – yet bush then acted quickly and installed the office of homeland security which had successfully kept americans safe until obama screwed up with the benghazi situation (typical for obama). finally, the financial crisis was caused by liberal policies of believing that every american deserved to own a home. republicans tried to stop it but liberals pushed legislation through. it was the worst kind of politics by liberals and almost put america into a depression. again, most everyone knows this fact...why are you just picking it up?

        now, please defend the present with obama. i can't wait to see it.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Was his time as Governor of Mass. the worst thing for that state?

      Look at the records people! If you take an honest look at this President's record, how can you want four more years of this?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        How can I want four more years or "this"? I do want four more years of equal pay for women, gays being able to serve their country proudly, more kids and americans with healthcare, more focus on the environment and protecting (Hurricane Sandy was a perfect reminder of how dangerous it is to elect republicans who want to pretend global warming is a hoax, and that Fema needs to be done away with), more focus on the middle class, plans to get out of war instead of plans to get into more wars, and let the bush tax cuts expire the WAY THEY WERE MEANT TO BE! It was understood they were temporary and that were only to be around while the economy and debt was under control! So yes, I want four more years of all of this! What the hell do YOU want? Please elaborate

        November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        The economy and debt is under control?

        What has Obama done to promote equal pay for women? This is actually a legit question because I would consider that to be very positive.

        However, my understanding is that Obama himself doesn't pay equally... data from the Obama White House’s 2011 annual report show that female staffers there earn a median salary 18 percent lower than that of men.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        You obviously don't follow politics. You never heard of the Lilly Ledbetter act? That he signed, that Romney wouldn't even take a position on? You need to educate yourself before coming on here and trying to debate people, with all due respect.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
      • solange82200

        And the economy and debt are not where they need to be, but they are on the right track. Obama has had trouble lowering the debt, because of the money he had to spend to stop the economy and auto industry, plus a large portion of the debt the Right likes to attribute to Obama is actually money spent before he took office or allocated before, but counts towards 2009. Plus the fact that Bush left the two expensive wars off the books, and Obama put them back on. It's all smoke and mirrors used to trick lowinformation voters (many of whom are otherwise intelligent but are too busy with work and family to follow the day to day muck of politics and policy) into voting for the party that has repeatedly proven they cannot handle power.

        You dislike the last four years, tell me, how did you like the 8 before that? If you didnt, why would you vote for the guy with all the same advisers from that era, and basically the same policies? You are being played

        November 1, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        With all do respect, being self-righteous is very unbecomming. I don't follow politics that closely to be honest, but I am informing myself now because I have a big decision to make on November 6th.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        President Obama has been recklessly spending and that is why he added 6 TRILLION DOLLARS to the national debt, more than any other Presdisdent combined. The economy is not in the right place because instead of helping, he has been overregulated.

        There were some things I liked about Bush and other things I didn't. But I'm not voting for Bush. I'm voting for Romney. I like his record, I like his values.

        You called be dense before regarding the comment about the ambassador. I posted a quote from the NYT. I hope that as I look into the policies of President Obama, you look into how he has covered up with tragedy in Libya. It really doesn't look good on his ability to protect Americans, in all honesty.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • conservative

        sarah, i think solang was sufficiently embarrassed by others (and embarrassed herself) that she decided to leave the board. smart move methinks! LOL

        November 1, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Sarah

        I agree... I hope she is somewhere reading about Libya.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaythetruth86

      Robert, judging by your statement you are probably gay.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Laura

    It just goes to show that most Americans do not know our history therefore it often repeats itself. Because of our ignorance, we keep making the same mistakes of our forefathers. In this article I saw the parallel to a time when American's actions today are similar to the actions made by past generations. However, most people saw racism and the hate for Obama was clear. This is not about Obama, this is about us as Americans and how we either work as a nation towards equality for all or just for the few. What is clear is that many Americans may not be as upset with Obama's presidential decisionas as they are with his color and what that color represents to white America. Although I am an American, I am not white and I see Obama (with all the good, the bad, and the ugly) as a regular politician. He however does not threaten my Americaness. No one can!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  36. MarkinFL

    Now for the parade of denial. That is the last refuge of the racists in our modern world since it is no longer fashionable to be a racist. Racism is quite alive even though it is nowhere near what it used to be. But it will be at least several more generations before it becomes insignificant. Today it is still a major force, even if it tries to pretend not to be.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • conservative

      i respect your opinion but don't agree with you. racism is dead from a practical viewpoint. we'll always have the 10% of folks who just don't get it and never will. but, in general, racism is over.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anita

        You know what, there were only 10% of raciest Nazis in Germany during WWII... and whole lot of people in denial. We see how that worked out didn't we.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Lug

    The deck has revealed the race card. While a noteworthy topic for the struggles of people, the context here does not match. Obama a caramel colored man like you read above destroyed a white man four years ago. Race did not matter then and why would it now? The difference is we have experience so it is no longer to be considered prejudice. What this country needed was for Obama to succeed in a big way. Race is an issue we all have to live with the other thing we are all having to live with is the continued borrowing, elevated spending, growing debt, lame economy, and a static job market. This is why this time Obama does not get the vote. The matter in THIS case is no longer skin deep.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkinFL

      Frankly, it seems to me that Obama has succeeded, even against the concerted effort of congressional Republicans that refused to vote for ANYTHING he backed, even if THEY originated the idea!
      The job market has been growing, not static. And it is NOT all low paying jobs as reports clearly show.
      My stocks are WAY up, my mortgage is way down, my job is secure and there is net growth, especially in the tech and health fields. My house value has been going up, not down.

      This white, middle-aged voter will be at the polls on Tuesday voting for Obama and against Romney ( whatever he stands for, do you know? )

      November 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jack O'Donnell

    It would seem that the GOP leaders that decided on election day to work against Obama on every bill, are the real great dividers. Blaming Obama for the political division is like blaming the breakfast cook for your hangover. Not only did they hurt the President but they hurt the entire country and every citizen. All in the name of political power. How unpatriotic can you get.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      democrats had full control of the senate when obama took office...?! are u kidding me

      November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Jack –

      I agree, down with the white devils. Feel like starting a riot now in my living room. Break all the windows in my house and set fire to the rug. I am very angry.

      November 2, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  39. David

    Racist past? Seriously? You think it is past? Shows how little we really have come.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Martin

    Why does it always have to be about race? Can’t it just be about a President who ran on "hope and change" but delivered far less? Can’t voters just decide reasonably they have seen enough, don't see anything proposed that would represent a difference from the last four years and therefore, they want a change? I voted for Obama in 2008 but would not think of doing so this year and it has noting to do with race.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Why does it always have to be about race you ask? Because Obama can't run on its pathetic record, therefore its minion only have the race card left to play.

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Bribarian

    I guess they hoping calling everyone a racist will get obama elected again

    November 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Brian

    Let us NOT forget that this OBAMA guy is 50% white! He is not very good at being a President regardless of which 50% you want to call him. I could go on and on about this "african American" crap again, but whats the point. He is 50% BLACK and 50% WHITE... Obama should be the first person to shoot down these labels of "AFRICAN AMERICAN", he is not. His father was born in Kenya (AFrican), his Mother born in America, he was supposedly born in Hawaii... therefore he is American... I think... and all you other BLACKS need to get over yourselves... youre NOT african americans... youre BLACK.. BLACK.. BLACK... geez

    November 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      not letting the media dictate how i vote... obama had his change and he failed..

      November 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bongoman55

      Brian,
      Why I do not sense the same resentment when caucasians refer to themselves as "Itilian Americans", "Irish Americans," "Polish Americans" etc. It's just an expresion to show pride in origin, I do not think that is offensive. Calm down and open dialogue.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bill

        Because every where you turn there is insinuation that if your white you might be a racist. Also because we see reverse discrimination being accepted and shoved down our throats all over America like in the workplace, college entrances and with organizations like The Association of Black Psychologists, National Association of Black Accountants, Inc., National Black MBA Association, http://www.nclr.org/, Hispanic Latino Club.

        If I were to start a group called WHITE MBA Association I would be called a racist and ran out on a rail.

        GET IT. IT'S OK TO DISCRIMINATE IF YOUR NOT WHITE.

        November 2, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bongoman55

      Brian,
      I assume you have an issue with people calling themselves 'Irish Americans". Polish Americans" Itilian Americans" etc. I did not see you make mention of them. I wear my blackness with pride just like the aforementioned. I am good with their pride in heritage and I hope you are good with me having mine!!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      I think it is interesting that you bring up the "African American" label in this way. Can this label just please go away.

      I think it is funny and ultimately insulting that we use this label to describe Black people when not all American citizens that have roots in Africa are black and not all black people have roots from Africa.

      November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  43. jane

    Why can some of you not just accept that we don't like his policies? I have NEVER voted for a democratic presidential candidate. Now, Colin Powell, I would have voted for!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Republicans

    might not all hold racist views. Living in the south I have heard plenty of opinions tying the Presidents race to his policies. I have heard more than one republican call him racist terms. To act like it doesn't happen is ignorance.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Sean

    Why isnt there a picture of the black panthers scaring away voters (who were not voting for obama) away with chains sticks and bats....hey, were there ever any charges laid? Or did obama order holder to not press charges? Hey, havent heard much from holder since fast and furious.....is he hiding out until after the election?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dahc Christian

      Sean, Fast and Furious was set in place before Obamas election.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • fvw50

        Not true. Fast and Furious in its entirety was done under Obama. Bush ran a somewhat similar program under a different name.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Regardless of how much the media tries... i and many other like me will not the 'race card' keep us from voting next Tuesday... we are voting for the person we feel can fix this country... Obama proved he can't .

      November 1, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  46. IdiocyEverywhere

    This article is disgusting as well as the commentary. I cannot put words to how disrespectful people are to undermine a difference of opinion by accusing it of being rooted in racism. This country is separated over an issue and has backtracked so much in regards to racism due to main stream media and pinheads spouting this rascist crap if you don't approve of Obama. Obama is running on nothing except for two things they chanted over and over at the DNC. GM is alive and Osama is dead – both of which can't entirely be credited to the current administration. Accusing of racism just falls amongst the other failed insults and accusations the Democratic party is known for using. Someone accusing me of racism is an insult to my character.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  47. calph

    Most of these responders are in complete denial. Yes, Obama did get SOME white vote, around 40% of it in 2008. And the article is not saying all whites are racist, but there definitely is a racist element out there, and enough of one in a close election like this one that will impact the outcome. I have had many a republican friend send racist comments regarding Obama.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rightisright

      Try not to forget that Obama will get 98% of the black vote because of his skin color. Racism works both ways.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • iudelt89

        this is point and case. Blacks are far more racist than whites these days. Its very very obvious. No one can talk about it because it is a taboo topic but that doesn't mean its not true. If Romney got 98% of the white vote you would have everyone all up in arms about how racist the white man is and how he is keeping minorities down. There would be riots, picketing, looting, mass uproar and a full blown race war. You should NEVER base your vote on race. Try to actually educate yourself on the issues, study history and what has made this country great in the past. Base your vote on that and maybe we can pull our country back together.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • AJ

      Unfortunately, in our society we forget that racism goes in both directions. Just like there are some Republicans who will not vote for Obama simply because he is African American, there are also those minority voters who will not vote for Romney because he is a "rich white man". When you look at the percentages, it is pretty staggering.... 98% of African Americans will vote for Obama. If 98% of the white voters were voting for Romney, what would people be saying???

      November 1, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
      • marsh0

        people would not give it a second thought because that's what they've been doing for 300 years.
        but when the black man does it then the insinuation is that they aren't intelligent enough to vote on the policies and platform. they can only vote because of color.
        Blacks will always be much trivialized by racist whites. mind you, I said the racist whites. not "all whites".

        November 27, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris Koffend

      As you state, Obama got 40% of the white vote, about the same as Carter did in 1980. Were white people racist when they didn't vote for Carter? Obama got 90% of the black vote. Based on these statistics, the only people that race is affecting are the black people. Face it, people that are color blind aren't voting for Obama because of his record. But it does appear that those that are NOT color blind, are supporting Obama regardless of his record by voting for him as the 90% level. That is where the racist vote is coming in. I was proud and happy when Obama was elected, I did not vote for McCain. I will not be voting for Obama this time, due to his record and history as President, not because of his skin color.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • calph

        Except Carter lost badly, whereas Obama won handily. My only point is there is prejudice at the margins, and it does go both ways, but with whites being the majority the impact is more significant.
        Also, 90%+ blacks voted for Clinton, so the argument that ALL blacks are racists doesn't wash either.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. iudelt89

    This is so ridiculous. Skin color plays NO part in choosing sides for this election. It is 100% about policy and leadership. Trying to guilt people into voting for Obama by calling them racist if they vote otherwise is pathetic, immoral, and hurts race relations. The only time people even consider viewing the election from a racial perspective is when starved jouralists come up with articles like this, or whenever Al Sharpton opens his mouth. On a side note, Al Sharpton is the most racist personality on television. The only reason he is allowed to say some of the things he does is because he is black. Because if you are black you can't be racist right?

    November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • SlayFalseGod

      Of course Blacks can be prejudiced. The difference is whites have been in power and are the ones with the history of abuse.
      Not too complicated.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Delray Don

        They must be panicking!! Pull out that old "Race Card"...that should do it. Who elected this guy, 13 million blacks? Give us a break.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Dahc Christian

    The issue of race will never go away, and by stating that race does not play a part in this election is a public admittance of one's chosing to be blind. The ugle truth is that there are blatant acts of racism displayed towards president Obama, and there is also racism shown towards Mitt Romney. All parties involved in racism are equally responsible for the negative turn that the election has taken. Its sad to see the amount of disrespect and lack of tolerance that WE Americans show towards one another. Black, White, or otherwise, we are Americans. It's time that we stand together instead of breaking one another down. Man is man, no matter the race, we are all created evil, no matter what pedestal you've placed yourself on.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dahc Christian

      *equal*

      November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  50. al

    Where is Obama now?????? NO GAS????? Where is his fore sight to get tankers placed in anticipation of ths??? Just like Bengazi EH ???? Can't teach a dirty dog new tricks we guess!!

    November 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      Tankers where? In the path of the storm? Where are you going to sale them from? Really, please do me a favor tke a breath and think before you make a comment.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      Hmm, sounds kind of like, let me think, Katrina? Yep, beginning to sound awful similar.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris Koffend

        What is it, is Katrina and the handling of it your yardstick? Everybody knows the clusterfck of Katrina, is Obama's goal only to do slightly better than that royal screw up? Apparently it is, instead of wanting to be compared to the best approach, it seems all people want to do is compare him to the worse case scenarios. Well, doing nothing delivers results similar to the worse case scenarios. If Katrina is your reference and yard stick for success, then he should be gone immediately. Just like any football coach who claims after a one win season that he is great because the prior coach didn't win any games – sorry – both are loosers in that scenario.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sean

    In what fairytale land should people NOT have to show ID to vote? Never heard something like that in my life.....OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO SHOW ID WHEN YOU VOTE......the dems are scared they wont get the illegal immigrant vote....

    November 1, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Q Public

      It's that fairytale land where illegal aliens, or dead people to help out the union thugs, get to vote.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Erica

      I think most ppl miss the whole point with the Voter ID Laws. The argument isn't that they shouldn't be in place. The main issue I have with the Laws (and why I think they do disenfranchise a lot of ppl–based on more than just race) is that to suddenly implement these laws right ahead of a major election to supposedly curb "voter fraud" that hardly ever happens. I'm fine if they want to implement Voter ID Laws, just give ppl enough time to comply. A lot of ppl think it's as simple as going down to the DMV and getting an ID. In some states you have to prove citizenship with a birth certificate. I can tell you now, I have a great-grandmother that is well into her 90s and was born at a time when some doctors didn't necessarily file birth certificates. Also, most states require you to have proof of residency. If you have a residence, that's fine, it works. If you're homeless, it's going to be kind of hard to provide proof of residence. Whether you believe it or not, there are barriers for some groups to getting the ID's that would be required to vote, and if you're going to require it, at least allow those ppl the time to comply. Personally, I think trying to implement these laws during an election year is an intimidation tactic to keep some ppl from the polls. And quite frankly, when a politician publicly admits that Voter ID laws will "allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania", I find it very hard to believe there isn't something sinister behind the attacks.

      In my personal opinion, it's sketchy when all of a sudden in 2010 (after the midterms) Voter Fraud is such a huge issue (though it's proven Voter Fraud is extremely rare) that it requires new Voter ID Laws that absolutely have to be implemented before the upcoming Presidential Election. Most opponents of the Law feel the laws are fine-just wait to implement them the next go round when we've had enough time to make sure those ppl who are eligible to vote (ALL of them) have the chance to get what they need to comply.

      November 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • PretoriaDZ

        Did you not see the video just last week of Congressman Moran (DEM -VA) campaign manager, his son, chatting with an undercover reporter about how to cast votes for no-shows at the polls? Voter fraud at its finest! And what is wrong with showing id? If it's the poor you're worried about, they must have some kind of id to get welfare (if that isn't required, then we have a huge fraud problem right there.)

        November 1, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Rightisright

    Funny how they show a "voter intimidation" cartoon from the 1800's and don't show the picture from the 2008 elections of the black panthers members standing outside a polling place trying to intimidate voters. Hmmmmmm.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Ahmed

    More then 50% of Americans disagree with obamas policies.........guess we are all racist...that is this admins defence for everything....we dont care what colour you are obama, we just think you have had your chance and failed...time for new leadership...

    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      Amen brother in addition.........Where is Obama now?????? NO GAS????? Where is his fore sight to get tankers placed in anticipation of ths??? Just like Bengazi EH ???? Can't teach a dirty dog new tricks we guess!!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  54. beevee

    mr. Blake wasted so much time and effort writing this meaningless article. I can't think of any purpose for this article unless to scare away the voters. What we need is to look beyond color now. The country is evolving genetically and culturally and we are better off realizing the reality and change. Things that don't change have an evolutionary disadvantage.

    November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. revrod

    I can't believe that someone would compare today's United States with post civil war hatred of blacks. Obama supporters are grasping at straws and with this article a new bottom has been reached. Can't you accept the idea that there are basic differences as to the path our country should take. Maybe Obama's ideas are what we need but please don't dismiss the fact that maybe his ideas are completely wrong for our United States.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lisa

    obama has inflamed racial divisions to advance his political agenda.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      Lisa I agree 100%

      November 1, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  57. REDFIRESTORM

    As a Republican, I must admit that President Obama is doing an outstanding job cleaning up after the storm. New Yorkers have every reason to admire him more than even Governor Andrew Cuomo. Mayor Bloomberg would present the POTUS with another Noble Prize if he could. All New Yorkers and those in New Jersey all are smiles at the sight of our amazing POTUS. He is climbing high in the polls and everyone loves him, even a growing number of Republicans like myself. President Obama never hid anything regarding Benghazi. His willingness to work on a bi-partisan basis with Governor Christie to produce fast immediate results have been nothing short of stellar. POTUS even makes all the women smile (wink) What a he-man! OBAMA 2012 - 4 MORE YEARS!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • willie

      Agreed, exceptBengazi ,President and not in the loop really, I think honesty would have helped here

      November 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • NOBAMA

      Put down the cup; and find the nearest American Redcross worker to get some clean drinking water.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Man you are pathetic, first off you are not a republican, liar, secondly, obama failed to work with both sides for 4 years, now he talks to one governor and he can be bi-partisan? What a crock......obama did nothing but say a few words after the storm, nothing any president wouldnt do.......nice try though, this is too little too late........

      November 1, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  58. david

    Obama disowned his mother because she was white in his book. If this muslim raised and muslim named Marxist isnt booted out, we are history.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. cb3620

    this is a program started by Bush to fatten the pockets of the richest man in the world, Carlos Slim.... but the black guy gets blamed for it (by idiots on both sides)

    November 1, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. yaa

    CNN's attempt to get some guilt votes for dems... why r you trying so hard?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  61. jamesr1976

    Give it up CNN. What is wrong with you people? Republicans are not going to vote for Obama and guess why?? It's because of his policies, not his skin color.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      But the Republicans sure have the white racist vote locked up, don't they? By the way, that is NOT the same as saying all Republicans are racist, which is clearly not the case.

      Still waiting for any legitimate criticism of Obama's general performance that is based on FACTS, not the stuff Romney & Ryan and their surrogates have been spewing.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff

        6 trillion in debt spending and un-employment is higher than when he took office. Is that a good enough reason?

        November 1, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • JM

        Fact: $16,000,000,000,000 !!!!!!!!

        You can reply with excuses...

        16,000,000,000,000 is a fact. There are many more out there. Blame Bush. Blame congress. Blame everyone but Obama. If he didn't get the deficit below a trillion in his 4th year, how is year 5 going to differ? Year 6?

        Presidential terms are 4 years for a reason. It is enough time to show that policies and strategies do or don't work. Obama's have failed. Look at the number.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  62. akgeronimo

    Incest is a dirty little secret in all communities. Don't hang that one one white, southern or any other group. I would love to read on of your studies. I can tell by your screen name that you are really non biased. Tool.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  63. mitch

    What a joke. I think Powell is racist for not voting for Romney. what do you think about that? such a desperation play.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  64. @Guitarbass

    "It appears that some of CNN raders failed in middle school with regards to reading comprehension."

    And Spelling.

    Pot.Meet.Kettle.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Well oh well

    I do not see an objective slant to this article. I am a southern born white woman. I have seen both sides of racism from black to white. Do not think that this is one sided at all. In south FL, many of the African American people are racist to the point they are militant. I do not think this is the situation all over the country, but certainly does exist. When O came on the scene I did what every voting person should do, I read about him, checked out his Senate history I did some research and then made a decision. I did not give him my vote and it was not based on his color. It was his experience, all those questions that were never answered about his friends and schooling, ect. These racist articles are starting to pop up everywhere and it is a ploy to create and stir up anger. I know many white people who voted for him first time around. I would love to hear Dr. Newt take this one on as he is a brilliant historian.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  66. troy

    I'm black, middle class, doing well in a recession proof profession (teaching). I voted for Obama 2008 because I wanted to see a black president in my life time. I was open to not voting Obama in 2012, but the Republicans nominated Romney, and I knew that wouldn't work because of his economic plan. So, I'm voting Obama again, this time not for race, but to protect my $$$ from Romney. Lastly, I'm not that impacted by racism. I have two sons. I will teach each of them to be strong as individuals and to not empower others to tear you down with insults. This is how my brothers and sister were raised, and we are all considered success stories, albeit middle class ones.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      I feel the same, black upper middle class. No kids, not married, I voted for Obama and will continue to do do because I believe his vision for American future excellence is the right path. Investing here is what will make America successful in a global economy. Romneys approach business solves everything, no it doesn't , business is about making money for share holders, it's not about creating jobs, protecting American jobs, prosperity, the economy, or future success. It's like the auto bailout some people complain but forget that is protecting American manufacturing, jobs, people so what it cost taxpayers, it helps protect American dominance in an industry. The us is not a corporation there is so much more to it than just making money and that is what Romney doesn't understand. We are stronger as a nation when we build together, when did government become the enemy? Government and the private sector both have a role in furthering this nation, it's not one or the other, and the us has always been most successful when that synergy was maintained. This is the biggest flaw in republican philosophy, just because you make few individuals incredibly rich does not mean you have strong nation. I think Obama has done a good job righting the ship, now tat we are in the right direction, full steam ahead..

      November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • larry

        I'm sorry but if you look at how much the overall level of prosperity in our country has grown over the last 50-100 yrs, it's unbelievable....and let me enlighten you, it wasn't because we have this really nice government....it's because we have a free marketplace with companies, large, small and everywhere in between that have driven most of the innovation and wealth creation. Romney's basic idea is you make companies want to invest in America, and the more investment the more jobs....I'm sorry, but Obama's policies don't do that, the proof is what has happened the last 4 years.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Ya sure guys, and you think people believe that? You are only voting for obama because he is black....what has he done for blacks ? Still millions poor and disenfranchised......black people dont even have to look at the facts and policies, they just have to see the skin colour...it is obama and the blacks that are racist...I have a black girlfriend but obama is a failure which is why I will not vote for him...am I racist?

      November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
      • useyourhead

        Yes. You are also a mind-reader since you know exactly why other people are voting, despite what they have told you.

        November 1, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tim

    No, most people with common sense will vote for the best person regardless of skin color.

    The racial dog whistle that is being blown by the GOP is just their way of trying to get as many whites to support Mitt Romney as possible in order to take back the White House.... If President Obama get's only let's say 35% of the white vote he will lose the election. If the GOP can bring out and or pray on some voters prejudice and get them to vote Romney that's what they'll do...all they need to do is to persuade 5% of white people to vote for someone that looks like them and they win.

    They have thrown everything at President Obama....calling him a muslin, non-citizen, socialist etc....playing on people's prejudice.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      For those that can't understand what I said above, and don't see what's going on with the GOP attacks it's because you don't want to see it and probably is part of the problem.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  68. MonMornQB

    Headline should read:
    "Obama Haunts America"

    FTFY

    November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Jeff E.

    I didn't read the article in its entirety but enough to see that "some historians" and particular media groups cannot let go of the racism cry. They seem unable or unwilling to see what this country is now and choose to wallow in what it has been in the past. The fact is the President was elected by white people. We are constantly reminded that we are the majority yet we can take no credit when we cross racial lines to vote, something nearly 100% of African-Americans seem unable to do. All it takes is a couple historians, a few hicks shouting the n-word, and a writer willing to continue the tired old mantra that the US is a country full of bigots and racists and suddenly we have "proof" that we haven't moved beyond the past. Grow up people.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • solange82200

      Have they asked for Harry Reid's birth certificate? Have they called him "not like us", or said he doesn't love america? Have they called him lazy, like John Sununu, Romney;'s top surrogate did? Did they insinuate that that someone endorsed Reid only because they were white, the way Sununu did when Colin Powell endorsed Obama? Did they call Harry Reid's wife "angry" or "militant", despite the fact you never see her without a smile on her face or hear her say anything negative about anyone? Imagine what would be said about Michelle if she had said something like Ann Romney did, when she said "Shut up! This isnt easy, this country is lucky to have someone like MItt!" But because Ann is white, you hear no one calling her militant or angry.

      You can fool yourself ALL you want, but you support a party of racist bigots trapped in the past. If you want anyone to believe you aren't racist, decry those in your party who ARE instead of being insulted when someone dares to point out the things they say. Your party despises women (I saw a commenter on another cnn article make a joke about how Hurricane Sandy is hurricane Sandra Fluke, and how she is blowing half of new jersey. Instead of decrying it, the other Romney supporters posted their amusement and approval. Heaven forbid a woman speak out about contraception or for her own best interest!). I don't know what's worst, the racists and misogynists, or the people like you who feign outrage that anyone DARE classify you as one of them, yet never utter a peep of disapproval when comments like that are made from others in your party. Maybe if you were as "outraged" in response to those comments, instead of articles rightfully calling them out, the rest of us wouldn't look down on you so much. And trust me, we do.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack O'Donnell

      The comments that say African Americans can't cross racial lines to vote is pretty dumb. They have voted for a white President in every election possible except 2008 when they had the chance to vote for a same race candidate. I think you will need a few elections of mixed racial candidates before you can make any comparison between white and non-white voters. But of course that would require free thinking which many people reject.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jeff E.

        I have the statistics from the past election and current polls to back that statement up. Obviously racial lines are crossed when there is no other choice but to vote for someone of another race but that was not the case in the recent Presidential election.

        November 1, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • solange82200

      Oh, and by the way Jeff E., those 100 percent of african americans that you look down on so much for voting for Obama, has it ever occurred to you that it's not so much because HE'S black, but more because of your party's constant racebaiting and racially tinted comments made towards Obama? As black people themselves, you don't think they take that to heart when they hear those kinds of comments directed at our first black president? I know, it's easier to blame them, it must be THEM that are racist, for not wanting to belong to or vote for a party that has made it clear they are not "one of us". The nerve!

      And why are so many latinos and women like myself (I am both) voting for Obama. Is it because the party of the angry white man doesn't appeal to us, or are we just racist too? It's everyone's fault but your own right? That is why you will lose on Nov. 6th, and years to come because the country is changing, and as one Republican senator famously said "we aren't generating enough angry white men" to win elections any more. Indeed!!!!!!!!!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  70. GK

    This sounds like a push to make sure that Obama is elected due to guilt. If you vote against Obama, you must be racist? Right? Of course you are. This article forgets that Obama is half WHITE. But that won't do anything to stir-up racial guilt. So, therefore let's throw race at everyone yet again.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bozobucks

      Totally agree. Are the blacks who didn't vote for Mcain racist? oh heavens no, but if you are white and didn't vote for Obama, you are a racist. These people who claim that don't realize what racist ignorant pathetic morons they are.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricM

      Exactly. I
      CNN is up to it's old tricks again with a "Poor Black Man story" listed on it's front page, just a few lines under "Romney's Disputed Claims" and " Did Romney Irk Christie". Guess CNN felt the People on the East Coast had enough time to heal, now they can start slinging mud again.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • solange82200

      How many strawmen can you people pull out of you know where? You know damn well it's not about voting against him .Your party has done and said many things that have proven that a lot of people DO see race as an issue. You want to play stupid and pretend you HAVE NO IDEA where people are getting this from ALL you want, but no one is buying it. Birtherism, cries of him being a muslim, calling him a socialist, not like us, etc. have been loud and prevalent from your side. So please, spare me this "oh woe is me" argument about how you are labeled a racist "simply because you disagree with him". Give me a break. Worry more about the people in your party that are giving you that reputation, instead of sitting silently by or even cheering them on, and maybe you wouldn't be lumped in with them. Did you post your outrage when Sununu and Gingrich called Obama lazy? Were you as insulted when Sununu said Powell only supported Obama cause he was black (apparently black people are so stupid now they can only vote based on color, RIGHT)? Did you speak up when people called the President Kenyan, foreign, not a real American? You didn't, and history will remember. You are going to lose Nov. 6th (look at the latest swing state polls, and the desperation from Romney campaign with their lies about jeeps in china and welfare work requirements in Ohio), and you will continue to lose until you purge your party of it's racist, misogynistic elements. Good bye, RIP GOP!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  71. noeljerkesitetoolset

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME – I am a white man, married to a Filipino, with one mixed race son and three adopted black children. I am SO SICK of these stupid race comments. I have a foot in two worlds with the composition of my family. And I can tell you that racism isn't the reason people are sick of Obama its 6 trillion dollars in debt, take over of health care, no budget in three years, bowing to foreign leaders and the rest. Its NOT because he is black. I can guarantee you if a conservative black person such as JC Watts were to run and do well he would be embraced widely. Herman Cain was for a while until the lady issues came out.

    Get over it – racism while still alive in some very small ways in small groups it doesn't drive anything like people want it to. I tell my kids it about working hard, overcoming, focusing, praying and nothing will hold them back. Racism is NOT an excuse.

    Obama has been as bad as Jimmy Carter and no one said Carter was kicked out because of racism. It was because he STUNK as a president.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • llatpoh

      THANK YOU for being RATIONAL... you, sir, have hit the proverbial nail on the head!!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • useyourhead

      And many misogynists are married to women.

      November 1, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  72. noeljerkesitetoolset

    YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME – I am a white man, married to a Filipino, with one mixed race son and three adopted black children. I am SO SICK of these stupid race comments. I have a foot in two worlds with the composition of my family. And I can tell you that racism isn't the reason people are sick of Obama its 6 trillion dollars in debt, take over of health care, no budget in three years, bowing to foreign leaders and the rest. Its NOT because he is black. I can guarantee you if a conservative black person such as JC Watts were to run and do well he would be embraced widely. Herman Cain was for a while until the lady issues came out.

    Get over it – racism while still alive in some very small ways in small groups it doesn't drive anything like people want it to. I tell my kids it about working hard, overcoming, focusing, praying and nothing will hold them back. Racism is NOT an excuse.

    Obama has been as bad as Jimmy Carter and no one said Carter was kicked out because of racism. It was because he STUNK as a president.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      You are 1 person. Why is talking about race so upsetting to you. Just because you married a Filipino or have a black adopted child doesn't mean you don't hold prejudist. We all are prejudist to a degree. Prejudist s isn't about how you view people you know it's about making assumptions about people you don't know. Is the US the same as it was 100 years ago, no, does racism still exist in US yes. Are voter suppression laws being created to prevent minorities from voting, yes, is this like laws created after reconstruction yes. I don't see an issue with the article or why you find it so upsetting, it's a conversation? It's like talking about the backlash to Jackie Robinson, some whites embraced him, some didn't. Did racism end in baseball because Jackie was hired, no it was part of the process. That's all the article is pointing out why are you so offended?

      November 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • noeljerkesitetoolset

        My problem is that the argument the backlash to Obama is because of race – its not – its because he is doing a BAD JOB! I want my 3 black kids to understand that Obama isn't going to be kicked out because of his skin its because of the job he is doing. These types of articles reach to make connections and inferences that simply aren't there or true.

        If Obama had lowered the unemployment rate and cut the deficit in half has he promised – I GUARANTEE YOU he would have won re-election like Reagan did in 84... a landslide. But he didn't did he? But stupid articles like this bring up race race race. How about just pointing out – his handling of the economy has been AWEFUL which has NOTHING to do with race?

        November 1, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
      • haha

        Try spelling prejudice correctly. By the way, we are all prejudiced, just like CNN is prejudiced in writing a piece of crap article like this under the guise of journalism.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Franky

        Doing a bad job at what? Objectively speaking has he really done a bad job. The backlash statrted day 1, the amount of disrespect this president has been shown is unprecedented. Shouting in the middle of his speeches are you serious in congress? The biggest complaint, debt, and deficit, ok, the debt and deficit were not caused by Obama or decisions he made, they are a result of decisions prior to him, he actually has had the lowest increase in government spending since Hoover, the fact is MM, SS, military, wars, bush tax cuts, cost a lot of money and we are paying for those bills. Obama didn't fundamentally change the contract between government and the us people. Jobs, ok, the first 6 months he lost 4 million more jobs , is that him? Or just continuation of the effects of the worst recession since the depression, unemployment shot up to 10.2% by end 2009, after Obama ended recession in 2009, guess what economy grew every quarter, and for almost 3 years we've been adding jobs, he managed to gain back all the losses from his first year and then some, creating 5.5 million jobs. Now he's difpgging into the hole that the recession had overall. Note Reagan with a much smaller recession and none of the problems we had like credit freeze, the deficit, or debt issues still had unemployment shoot up to 11%. The stock market has nearly doubled, corporations are recording record profits, the auto industry is resurgent, GM is #1 in the world again number of vehicles sold a position it hasn't held since the 90's. so, the question objectively speaking has Obama really done his bad job, or is that just a republican narrative?

        November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • noeljerkesitetoolset

        Dude its all about JOBS – don't you get it? He said unemployment would be down to 4% after we spent a trillion dollars. He said he would cut the deficit in half. There are millions unemployed and millions who have given up. What don't you get? Its not about race its about doing a BAD JOB.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chris Koffend

        Voter supression laws? You mean having to show an ID? I have been voting for decades and I have shown an ID every single time. If everyone voting has to show an ID how is that supressing anybody if everybody has the same standards and requirements? I could understand it if the proposed laws said to only check certain people's IDs, but I don't know of any such proposed laws that state that. We need IDs in this country for all sorts of things that are much less important than voting, people don't seem to have any probems then do they? Voter ID laws only supress illegal voting and I have to assume no American citizens are in favor of illegal voting.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Joe A. Luna

        Frankly you've got to be kidding. Voter Surrpression. I't call show your ID and you can Vote. It happens in all countrys. I don't mind showing my ID so why are you. Hiding something maybe your illegal. That's why we need Voter ID Laws...

        November 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Franky

    Of course there is backlash, it's normal whenever there is the first minority in any position whether its baseball, business, or politics, because people are confronted with actuality. Most Americans will probably say they'd have no problem with a black president that is until there is a black president. Then fear sets in, what will this black president do, is he going to try and get back at us, does he care more for blacks than whites, is my world going to change, etc? It's like the "Obama phone", although the program for subsidized phones has existed for decades there is this narrative that Obama is now giving away cell phones to the under privileged, translation minorities, translation blacks, although the program existed well before Obama and more whites are on asdf than blacks, being as there are so many more whites in this country than blacks , it's not the image that comes up in the minds of some whites. James Baldwin wrote an excellent poem on the subject in the 60's. called my dungeon shook, written as a letter to his nephew, he explains the white backlash is Avery natural reaction to integration. He states essentially the very idea of integrationist an affront to their core beliefs about the order of the universe and its frightening. The idea of a black president shakes the foundation of how some whites view blacks, if the idea that blacks are not low life, government bottom feeders, is not true, what else is not true about what try think. This is the essential psychosis that some whites subconsciously wrestle with...an upheaval to their world view and order, hence the backlash to that change.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricM

      Written like a true Black Man, or a Democrat. I guess that's the same thing?

      November 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anita

      Good comment.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • fvw50

      Franky, the only 'backlash' is to the policies and performance of this President and his administration. His administration and his Presidency has been abysmal: the only federal credit downgrade in history (not just once, but twice), $6T added to the federal deficit (more than any predecessor and in only one term), unemployment worse than 8% for ~43 straight months with total unemployed exceeding 15% that entire time, food stamp recipients up to 47 million people, and middle class income down an average of ~$4500 per year (and that's just the tip of the iceberg). You can try to guilt people into voting for this failed Administration again, but they had one term they did NOT deserve (and neither did John McCain) and it's time to give someone with successful governing and business experience a chance.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • Franky

        What policies, expand on that statement. What has Obama fundamentally changed or idea you so.

        I feel the same, black upper middle class. No kids, not married, I voted for Obama and will continue to do do because I believe his vision for American future excellence is the right path. Investing here is what will make America successful in a global economy. Romneys approach business solves everything, no it doesn't , business is about making money for share holders, it's not about creating jobs, protecting American jobs, prosperity, the economy, or future success. It's like the auto bailout some people complain but forget that is protecting American manufacturing, jobs, people so what it cost taxpayers, it helps protect American dominance in an industry. The us is not a corporation there is so much more to it than just making money and that is what Romney doesn't understand. We are stronger as a nation when we build together, when did government become the enemy? Government and the private sector both have a role in furthering this nation, it's not one or the other, and the us has always been most successful when that synergy was maintained. This is the biggest flaw in republican philosophy, just because you make few individuals incredibly rich does not mean you have strong nation.

        November 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • fvw50

        Franky, what policies have not hurt the economy is the question you should ask... Obama does not understand small business and the near tripling of paperwork, much of it associated with the PPACA is at fault. Your example of the auto industry bail-out is a perfect example of what should NOT be done. The auto industry should have gone through bankruptcy procedures just like every other industry has. That industry would likely have come out stronger, because they would have had to divest themselves of poor investment and production choices and, as importantly, would have had to have produced a viable plan going forward to get on firm financial ground. This Administration did not act as a forcing function to cause better corporate management, but flushed ~$50B in the case of GM and that company is still not doing well. What other policies you ask? How about QE1, QE2, and QE3 along with adding >$6T to the national debt without ever producing a budget his entire time in office. You surely are so steeped in your partisan beliefs that you are unable to take a critical look at this Presidency and give it it the failing grade it deserves.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  74. harryj89

    Loathstheright, your post is self descriptive isn't it? Liberals try to paint themselves as the tolerant and caring party and knuckleheads like you just prove who the ignorant, intolerant, poorly educated hate mongers are. When all else fails, you libs always fall back on name calling and insults because that's all you have. DFL=party of hate and division.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Pakrat13

    Although a well written article I have to ask a question about the content – really? Am I going to sit here and claim that racist no longer exists in America? No, I’m not stupid. I know it exists, and it is reprehensible. But this disgust is directed towards exactly what it should be aimed at – racism; not simply “white America”.

    When it become impossible for a person to be judged by their actions instead of simply by the color of their skin? This President is being judged on this basis – by his actions. His Presidency is at risk of being only one term for that very reason – he has failed to live up to his promises, and the [reasonable] expectations if his office.

    President Obama promised to cut the national debt in half – he doubled it.

    President Obama promised to slash unemployment – at best it is now where it was when he took office, at worst the situation has only deteriorated.

    President Obama promised to “restore” faith in the United States – instead our credit rating has been lowered for the first time in history.

    Yes, President Obama was in office when we finally got Bin Laden. He wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger though, as much as you may like to believe that.

    Yes, General Motors is still alive, and thriving. But the effective argument could be made that it would have lived through Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceeding just like thousands of other businesses have through the years.

    Yes he passed “Obama-care”: a piece of legislation that 23 of the country did not want, received no bi-partisan support, much less consideration, and was never read by more than a handful of people who voted it into existence.

    President Obama had 2 full years in office during which time he had a Democratically controlled House and Senate, and other than “Obama-care” he did nothing.

    It is time to give someone else a chance a bat. And it has nothing to do with the color of his skin. He may have ridden into office having no leadership experience whatsoever, and mostly because of the color of his skin and the collective guilt of a nation; but to suggest that he has been judged by a different standard because of his race, or to assume that he is at definite risk of being a one-term President is to look for an excuse instead of the true reason.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      So if African Americans are being accussed of being racist for voting for an African American president what have white people been for all these years for voting for a white president. In my oppinion it takes a racist to see a persons vote from the point of view that's being used on this post. As a matter of fact African Americans were for Hillary Clinton not President Obama during the primaries of 2008, it was very few in the African American community that had enough faith that the president could win because of his race so most viewed it as a wasted vote to vote for him. Don't come on here and pretend there is no more racism in America when I have to be subjected to pictures of empty chairs hanging from a noose or the President hanging from a noose that was displayed at a NC fair ground last week for every one to see. Not everyone in America looks through the prism of race but there still is a lot who do so keep throwing rocks and hiding your hand and the ugly stain on America called racism will continue to be pointed out.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pakrat13

        You obviously did not read the 2nd line of my post. I am NOT claiming that racism does not exist in this country. I know full well that it does, and it is a shameful stain on this nation.

        My contention is that President Obama is being judged not by his race, but rather by his actions while in the White House – or more specifically the lack thereof. He simply has not lived up to the promises that he made during his first campaign. This is why he is at risk of becoming a one-term President.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Roger That

    LMAO wow!!! Talk about hook, line and sinker! Obamaphone guy actually played on the ignorance, stereo types and fears of some people and (knowing they would bite) they actually bit!!!! It's so obvious that this guy is not a black person but people are so fearful and ignorant, they believe it. Im shocked you are actually getting replies....hating you! hahaha! I dont know how you could feel right now...spreading fear off of the ignorance of your own people. Man!

    I guess its necessary to say....THIS GUY IS PLAYING OFF OF YOUR FEAR AND STEREO TYPES. LOL STOP REPLYING TO HIM THINKING YOUR ARE GETTING BACK AT SOME MINORITY...SMH

    hhhhhhhhh........

    November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  77. crewcuts7

    All these people from all sides of the aisle proclaiming how they are not bigots or racists. Wonder how many live in gated communities hiding from the outside world? Liars all of you. People tend to want tolive with others more like them. They do not want to prove their non racism in the real world

    November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bozobucks

      Birds of same feather flock together. Nothing wrong with that. Why people think they need to shove diversity down everyones throat. Blacks hang out more with blacks then whites. Girls with girls, smokers with smokers, drinkers with drinkers, etc, etc. I see swans hanging together and canadian geese hanging out together. rarely see them hanging with each other. Thats the way life is and nothing wrong with it.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
      • me2

        so how are your low IQ friends doing?

        November 2, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  78. Norm

    Today one of my co-workers said "90% of the people in this country want Obama out of office.
    These are the people we're dealing with.
    Book smart? Maybe...
    Intelligent? No way...

    November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  79. JoePAFL

    Question; if its wrong to vote against someone based on the color of their skin, isn't it equally wrong to vote for a person, based solely on the color of their skin?? This applies across the board, white or black, yet according to polls, black Americans will vote 98% for Obama. Shame on racists of either color for thinking that way.

    BTW, the historical parallel Obama needs to worry about is the one that has him being the most ineffective American President since Jimmy Carter. That is much more relevant to next week's election!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Joe I would have to disagree with you that OBAMA is the most ineffective president since Jimmy Carter. How about the last two republican presidents, who just happened to be related, the Senior and Junior Bush. Name me anything either of them ever did during their twelve year reign of terror? Not only was Bush junior the most ineffective leader of our time he is quite possibly the least LIKED. Has President Obama done everything I guess that depends on what you expected him to do. But ask yourself what did you expect of the past republican presidents? I would say that he has significant accomplishment during his four years. Let's not misconstrue accomplishments with what we like or agree with personally visa vie Healthcare. I think its a huge accomplishment to finally have healthcare reform finally completed especially since EVERY American President has either attempted or discussed finally bringing it to fruition. Bin Laden, of course OBAMA didn't pull the trigger that's not his job but he provided the intelligence, resources and the balls to finally do something about it. Equal pay for women, as a person raised by a single mother I think that is an extremely important piece of legislation and I would suspect that many women would agree as well. To suggest that 98% of African Americans voted for OBAMA simply because he is black is ridiculous. We happen to agree with his vision for the country and why not? He believes, as did Bill Clinton, that we are better off when you build the Economy from the middle out and not the top down and since we experienced the the highest growth ever during the Clinton administration I would say that's a great model to replicate. Are all white americans racist of course not but the " Powers that be" visa vie the Republican leaders many of them have since the day he stepped into office made it their life's mission and have stated as such, to get him out of office and the country be DAMNED.The level of disrespect afforded to this President from calling him a terrorist, not american, bringing assault weapons to his speeches during his campaign, hanging effigy's from trees and labeling him the food stamp president is unprecedented during our lifetime. African American's are PROUD of having an african american as president. I apologize if you can't seem to understand that but I guess if the next forty president's are black you may understand that some day.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      Blacks didn't want CleranceThomas for Supreme Court Justice and most didn't vote for Herman Cain.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Interesting article about white racism. Nothing about 98% of blacks are backing Obama. How is that not racism? CNN is as devisive as Obama and Joe the last poster. Dont even know they are racist.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobby

      Blacks always have voted for White candidates, They voted Republican pre Civil Rights era and now Democatic. I think blacks have a better track record of voting issues instead of Color. To be fair have you ever voted for a candiate that was not your race? All blacks have, how about you?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  81. WM

    1/10. Weak trolling attempt. So much for "tolerance".

    November 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Joe

    All your comments prove that there is still racism in America. It is obvious some of you can not handle the fact that a black man is the president of America. President Obama is the most disrepected president in America history of presidency. Since he was sworn in, the Republicans vow to make him one term president, the so called "Tea Party" movement sprang up to dispute and tarnish his policies. He been called all kinds of names including a socialist just because he wants to provide a means for the less previlage to improve their lifes. I believe even if Obama implements all Repulicans policies or make America a "land flowing with milk and honey" all your hatred will still exist. You guys better get over it a black man is the president of Uniteded States of America and there is nothing you can do about it.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barb

      It has nothing to do with the color of his skin – it's all about his policy. He is the one who has racially charged America, and his doing only. And white people helped vote him in. Nothing to do with race!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anomic Office Drone

        For you, that's probably true, but do you honestly doubt that there is a racist element to some of Obama's opposition? The birther issue wasn't racist? Signs with pictures of Obama is a turban eating watermelon are not racist?

        November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bozobucks

      First of all he is half black and those who refer to him anything other then just plain old president are racist. 2nd, if white people are so racist, he would never of been elected president. The only way he got elected was that white people voted for him not because he is partially black, but because they thought he would make a good president. On the other hand, the only reason why black people voted for him is because he is black. Proof is the fact that the last election had a record turn out for black voters. That's the only reason why they decided to vote was because president Obama is black. Who are the real racists!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricM

      He is the most disrespected President ever because, well, just look at him. He is the worst President ever. Kind of goes hand in hand. And BEFORE YOU SAY I'M RACISTS – I DON"T LIKE THE WHITE HALF OF HIM EITHER

      November 1, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Brenda from Ontario, Canada

    I think you hit the nail on the head. As a Canadian who was raised to look upon everyone as an equal, I have been shocked and dismayed at the prejudice I have witnessed and the total disrespect bestowed upon your President from numerous groups and persons – especially from members of Congress. I can remember as a very young child not understanding why white people in the US didn't like Black people – and at 62 I still can't understand it. I have no doubt that there are pockets of racism in Canada but racism is rampant in the US – it is like a disgusting virus that will not go away. When Obama was elected many of my friends and family said that there were members of Congress and the Senate who would make sure he would not succeed – God forbid a Black man succeed as President of the United States – and we were right. John boehner vowed from the beginning that Obama would be a one term President – he seldom, if ever, showed him any respect. I see no racism on the part of Obama or his administration, I see it within the Republican party, many of it's supporters, especially the tea party members. I visit your country often, I have friends and relatives who live in several States fortunately I do not see or experience racism with them and they are not all Democrats. The US doesn't stand a prayer in h*ll of progressing in this century if its' people do not come to terms with their racist ideology.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Dahc

    I think that the author paints a very vivid picture of who this article pertains to. The author didn't generalize any claim in any part of this article. With that being said, it does not make too much sense to take offense to something that was not aimed at you. If your NOT a racist, then an article detailing negative race-relations shouldn't offend. Thats just plain logic.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  85. hypatia

    The only thing that changed were the party names- back in the 1860's, the Repubs were the voice of sanity. Alas, that degenerated fast and the parties did the lobster quadrille and swiched views. Now, the gop is the party of old, white, rich and scared out of their evangelically-addled minds. History is hilarious.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Luna

      I noticed how you had to throw "white" in there. Again proving the real racists are the ones on the left.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • What!!?

        You're calling that proof??

        November 1, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricM

      Thank you Shaniqua, I mean Hypatia. Your comments are so valuable.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • cm

        Your comments and making jokes about the commentator's name prove the point, Eric. You can't keep the discussion on a higher plane or discuss issues without attacking the person. What's that about?

        November 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Pretoria

    If you read comments from a lot of white voters, they were excited and pleased to vote for Obama in 2008.

    They not pleased that 4 years later the US Economy is still staggering around, barely growing, the falling, growing a little more, down, etc. A lot of them are pleased that a national health care system is in place (I am). They are NOT pleased that it is a poorly written, convoluted piece of legislature that is not economically sustainable, does nothing to lower costs, or to increase the number of doctors available to see. They are not pleased that there has been no real immigration reform (this could help with the doctor shortage; put foreigners who are certified doctors on the fast track for immigration).

    I am not pleased that Obama's slogan is an old MARXIST one "Forward!" That is chilling in thinking about what hidden agenda he might try to promote if he did not have another election to win.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Of course you realize Pretoria that the resident race baiters are going to immediately label you as ... gasp ... racist.

      I knew something stunk about Obama's "FORWARD" campaign slogan, but your comment about it being "Marxist" revealed to me precisely what the stench is. Mao's Great Leap FORWARD!

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anomic Office Drone

      If you see Marxism in the word Forward, it's because you want to see it there.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • PretoriaDZ

        I am not making it up that it was a big slogan for Marxists. The reason it alarms me that Obama is using it is because of his actions as President with an obvious "progressive" (I use the word advisedly) agenda, pushing that instead of doing something to really help THE ECONOMY. I am also for the greening of America but not through his crony capitalism that has cost taxpayers millions of dollars. I don't know if there is global warming or not but I do know there is way too much pollution and that we should be doing something about it (even if it does turn out to not be the significant factor in the storms we've had in recent times.) As I said, I'm for greening, but done in a COMPETENT manner. I agree with Romney about loving to fire people WHEN they are INCOMPETENT.

        November 1, 2012 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  87. oklahoma wayne

    they say until you learn from your mistakes, (history) you are doomed to repeat them, many have died praying for their attackers / accusers.
    we fight for peace everywhere but at home,

    here in america
    we deter democratic freedoms,
    we claim superior ethics,
    we spew out hate while claiming neutrality
    we send oficials abroad to guarantee rights of voters, yet at home we prevent the weakest from participating
    we create WMD theories, against iron fist rulers who we helped gain power,
    while at home we despise the needy, anyone that is poor is lazy, and the rich are always right.

    not mad at anyone, i just pray for you to find the light

    November 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Like it, Oklahoma Wayne, like it

      November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      you are absolutely right oklahoma wayne !!

      November 1, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  88. dan

    Total agree. Just trying to rev up the race card before an election. Moves CNN down lower on my list of news providers.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Barbara Smith

    Just because a person states the facts don't make him the racist. The ones acting the act is the racist. In reality racism is only hiding its ugly white face, again, because of the consequence it will suffer today, that it didn't suffer yesterday. Those same racist back then were only younger than they are today and took time to get educations in fields where they can be legally effective to express their racial, prejudicial bias on the bench and as law makers...to ease in laws to beat blacks with instead of their whips. We all see. A greater war is ensuing between the NORTH and the SOUTH-Look out!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  90. James

    Seriously?
    And so the message is that we need to elect Obama again or else racism is alive and well?
    That's it?

    The same people can't stand Harry Reid either.
    What's the excuse there?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • socal2012

      thank you! Exactly what I was thinking as well – CNN is pathetic.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      You are hopelessly dense if you think that is the message. Why does everything to you have to be some conspiracy about the election? To me this is simply an article reflecting some parallels that any HONEST person knows exists. With progress, there tends to be a bit of backlash against that same progress. Not everyone who disagrees with Obama are racist, but, trust me virtually all racists disagree with Obama. And of course they will never say that they hate him because he's black...they mask it with other excuses but any observant people see it all the same.

      Do some disagree with Obama strictly due to polciies, sure. But to think that people can't tell the difference between that and someone who uses inflammatory slanders, disconnected logic and any other contrived crap they can dream up, then you must take a lot of people for fools. As they saying goes, even a dog knows the difference between someone kicking him and someone tripping over him.

      November 2, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  91. Reasonably

    Funny how racism has changed so little – it just puts on different hats through the years. Ignorance, fear and jealousy...and the beat goes on.

    Sadly.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • hypatia

      Yup. Look on the light side–eventually, we will blow the whole planet to bits, after we have stripped and scorched it of everything of "value". Funny kind of value, isn't it?

      November 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Norm

    'Yet there is another slice of white America that seems stuck in a time warp, as if it never left the post-Reconstruction era,"

    We call them GOPhers..or NeoCons...or Conservative "Christians"..

    In any case...they are the filth of America.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angel

      I am a GOPer.
      I am a Tea Partier.
      I am not white.
      I am a legal immigrant.

      The most racist people I have met are Democrats, who cannot look beyond the color of the skin to try and punish the white skin from sins of the past. As a non-white, I find this sad.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
      • David

        Thank you Angel for a rare glimpse of sanity. You represent a hopeful future, not a dreadful past four years.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Jon

        Where do you live that you only meet liberal racists?

        November 1, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • socal2012

      always so encouraging to know those who claim to be champions of the people can be so filled with hatred for fellow citizens who just think and believe differently. Tolerant? Sure – as much as Hitler was.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Michael Lee

    I always say....the more things change...the more things stay the same

    the only people that dont want to see that....are the ones repeating the action......this was a great read
    i learned alot...and know what to expect from the tea party....aka ..redeemers

    November 1, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Evelyn Connaway

    I was born white in Alabama in 1927 – I saw the terrible treatment of blacks – and learned as I sat at my grandfathers feet how wrong it was. I am ashamed of people who hate another human being for the color of his skin. God said he created man in his image – all of us! I have listened to people who claim to be christian's and talk about going to heaven – I wonder what they will do if they get there and find out God and Jesus christ is black! Ask for separate-but-equal waiting rooms!
    No place in the Good Book will you find a mention of the color of either of their skin color.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • K.D.

      preach, thank you someone with comon sense

      November 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      I like it!

      November 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Eric

    Why go back 100 years? Why not go back 4 years to find the disgust with the current president? I'm a conservative Republican. I would have given Geoge Bush (white) and "F" for his financial stewardship. Hey Republicans – he also signed into law both the Medicare drug program (which we can't afford), and expanded tha ADAA so that virtually everyone can claim a disability – which we are seeing under Obama by way of expanded Social Security Disability Enrollments. I don't need to go back 100 years to be upset with a President for acting-the-fool with your and my tax dollars and then borrowing the rest. Now, let's go contemporary. Why are we looking back 100 years when the last 4 years have 6 trillion unanswered questions that all go like this "Who pays for for that?" The most non-racial trait exhibited by our leadership is irresponsibility. The literature above is a very interesting historical piece but has zero influence on my voting decision. My voting decision is who will have the backbone to simply do what husbands and wifes do every day in front of their children, "I'm sorry – I love you – but we can't afford it." Bush didn't have it. Obama doesn't have it. Maybe Romney will. Cataclysmic debt can't be trumped by racial stories. Even if the story were 100% true, I think it's relevance is insignificant when measured against the people who are voting over economic concerns. Good grief. How come Clinton can say, "It's the economy stupid," during lesser times, but when Romney says it, it means were racist against Obama? Que esta es?

    November 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • fvw50

      Eric – nicely stated, thanks.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Franky

      Eric your argument would make sense if it was true? Obama didn't change the laws on disability. He also didn't create Medicaid, Medicare, the military, the wars, SS, the bush tax cuts.. Which is all why the debt increased and still have a decit, the annual shortfall was 1.2 trillion when Obama took over he did not create that deficit, it already existed, and will continue until we deal with all the above. The affordable care act actually cost less than if we had done nothing about mm, and extended the solvency of the program. It's like this Obama phone idea, the subsidized phone program has existed for decades, solyndra loans guarantees were created under Bush. It's like this false idea that the US began 4 years ago our problems wre a long time in the making, and I think Obama has done a good job righting the ship. Now it's full steam ahead. I don't have a problem with your beliefs , I just have an issue with your lack of facts. If you cared so much about debt and deficit you should have cared when the decisions were being made that would cause this debt and deficit and that Sid not take place underObama.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Eric Bush had two terms and each of them were of equal incompetence. I am curious did you vote for him twice?

      November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Eric

      YOU DA MAN !!!

      November 2, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Anita

    I normally would not lower myself to comment on the vitriolic statements that are made on these types of forums, but I find myself doing so today. As an educated African-American who is in the top two percent of the economic wealth of this country, I disdain the stupid people I encounter on this site. I don’t care if you don’t like black people, and I don’t care if you don’t like the President. I don’t even care if you call us monkeys, apes or the N word. I don’t care if you lie and try to downplay the contribution of respectable African-Americans. You know why? You don’t matter. When I collect my pay check you aren’t the person giving it to me. When I pay the tuition for my child’s private school, your child is not my child’s classmate.

    I grew up in the South; I am a daughter of the South. I was taught that the South as well as the U.S. was built on the backs of my ancestors. Therefore, I have every right to the fruits of this country. I can trace my roots back 300 hundred years to South Carolina. Some of you who are writing on this site, your family arrived as poor immigrants on Ellis Island in the early 1900s, and because of a pigmentation issue where you skin is white you think you have the right to rail against Black Americans. You think you have more rights to the American dream. If you need to believe that go ahead because the real truth hurts. In this country, money matters. If you don’t have any, you are not a player. So, for those of you who have nothing, you look for someone to kick. However, this one African-American you won’t be able to do that to. I’ve already climbed out of the trenches.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Amen....from this old white man, you are spot on.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reasonably

      Unfortunately it sounds like you still harbor a lot of anger. And that anger on both sides is what keeps the hate alive. What really needs to happen is for people to stop acting the victim (black, white, brown, purple, whatever) and take personal responsibility and stop blaming external forces.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anita

        Not angry. Just frustrated with the stupidity.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Anita, why are you letting fools get at you? Ignore them. I live near Salt Lake City. I am a member of the Mormon church. Though this area is mostly white, members of my congregation have adopted black kids. I don't care about race and I have never heard one negative comment about any race out of my congregation. Our neighborhood is very middle class,hard working people. Forget about people who worry about race. I couldn't care less about someone's race. People are people. Let the past go and let's move forward. There will always be small-minded people. Trust me. I understand. Do you know how many times on forums like this my religion is called a cult? Countless. It is so far from the truth to be ridiculous. If these people took 5 minutes to understand you and me they would never say such things again. So, hang in there and let fools be fools. (although I can't help but comment sometimes too)

      November 1, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Amen – I'm sitting in the Church of Truth and loving what Anita has to say. Truth kills hate and Anita is taking it to the haters out there.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      Right-on, money, unfortunately, is everything in this country

      November 1, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • willie

      From another old white guy Bless you , you make me proud to be an american, You said it best when you said that YOU had done these things , you had not the Gov. but you

      November 1, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anita

        My father grew up in the Jim Crow South. He learned at an early age that the only food he was going to eat was the food he grew. What government we had during those times didn't support Blacks, and most of the time Blacks didn't trust the government. Therefore, what I have comes from the blood, sweat and tears of my family. However, for everyone who thinks that all blacks/African-Americans are waiting for a free handout, please, I want to disabuse them of that thought. We just want a fair and equal chance. There are lots of African-Americans paying taxes for substandard public education and neighborhoods that don’t have basic public services like police and fire support. There are millions of middle class blacks in America who are not in poverty or asking for government handouts. You usually don’t hear from them because they are too busy working. And truthfully, as history has shown and the article above has reiterated many whites want to believe blacks are inferior. And for that reason, many African-Americans are demanding a fairer federal government.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Crow

      Thanks for the reminder that anybody can be greedy and arrogant. I avoid everyone like you regardless of the color of their skin and I don't need money to do it, just a social conscience and an understanding that money can't buy happiness. May you pull your head out of your anger and save your daughter from wallowing with other empty shells in a pointless vat of meaningless wealth. Double points if your pile is actually stolen.

      November 1, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anita

        Remember the Golden Rule: Whoever has the gold makes the rules.

        November 1, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Yes, if Romney/Ryan were to get elected, you're right...this country would be a LANDSLIDE period!!! And a landfill too. That's what ground zero in NYC has become and so is our economy!!!

    November 1, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Get a job Hippies

    So basically this guy is blaiming racism for when obama loses on tuesday instead of a guy who did a bad job as president. must be tough to come up with excuse after excuse for jimmy carter 2.0

    November 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • urandidiot

      No.
      This guy is drawing comparisons from the post-reconstructive era when there were African Americans voted into different political positions (which was radical then) to now where an African American holds the 'highest seat of power' (radical today).

      Where you draw the connections is what you're thinking.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Dead on "Get a job Hippies". Seeing how Obama can't run on its record because, as you so eloquently stated it is "Carter 2.0", the only, and I mean ONLY thing the libs have left is to play the race card.

      What the komrade libs have yet to "get" is that they wore out the race card during the first year of Obama's presidency. Remember how every time a white disagreed with Obama the komrade libs were yelling RACIST at the top of their lungs? Now We The People see them, and Obama, for what they are.

      Scott

      November 1, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
      • urandidiot

        lol...
        Actually, this article simply compares the two eras and the reactions of the masses.

        On the other hand, how you feel like voting is simply up to you and how you think he performed. I won't hold it against you regardless of being a moron. Best thing about polling is that it's as private as you want it; you won't show how stupid you are.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Foxxy News

    You mean the American people that make widespread generalization about race.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  100. ncmom

    This piece is disgusting. I'm used to liberal propoganda from CNN, but this crosses way over the line. You should be ashamed.

    November 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Nothing liberal about this, simply looking at history and drawing a comparison.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
      • socal2012

        and I have a bridge to sell you... presuppositions are a little to obvious to overlook on this one.

        November 1, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Luna

      They are getting desperate, so they have to play the race card. Same as every election.

      November 1, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
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