POLITICAL observations & opinions

* On the birther issue … it’s time for those of us who care about what makes this country great to call the bigots among us what they really are … Barack Obama is our President, and he is a 50% black man … live with it! … as the President said yesterday “We’ve got better stuff to do.”

Posted by Lew Weinstein on April 28, 2011

President Obama in Tucson

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Jim Kuhnhenn writes for AP (4-28-11) …

  • Confronting doubters who harbor questions about his place of birth, President Barack Obama chose to defy one of his White House’s own rules: Don’t get dragged into the news skirmish of the day.
  • This time, he decided he had to. In an extraordinary step, the White House produced a copy of his detailed Hawaii birth certificate Wednesday after obtaining a special waiver from the state to make it public.
  • But the issue was not just a distraction. The rising public doubts about his birth, with their hints of xenophobic and even racist attitudes, threatened to feed broader suspicions and grievances among millions of Americans. Unchallenged, those sentiments would linger through his re-election campaign.
  • There was no guarantee that the topic of Obama’s birth would simply go away. The Internet on Wednesday was already beginning to hum with questions about the authenticity of the newly produced document.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110428/ap_on_an/us_obama_birth_analysis

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LMW COMMENT …

This is not about Obama’s birth certificate. Even the most stupid Tea Party member knows that. Even Donald Trump knows that.

This is about a significant segment of our population incensed that a black man won the presidency but not willing to say so publicly.

The issue will not be resolved unless it is dealt with directly, with the disgusting bigots among us revealed for what they are. Doing so is the responsibility of political leaders of both parties and that portion of the press which retains its honesty and professional standards. As well as all of the rest of us who are active in the political process.

As the President said yesterday … “We do not have time for this kind of silliness. We’ve got better stuff to do.”

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6 Responses to “* On the birther issue … it’s time for those of us who care about what makes this country great to call the bigots among us what they really are … Barack Obama is our President, and he is a 50% black man … live with it! … as the President said yesterday “We’ve got better stuff to do.””

  1. Lew Weinstein said

    There is a huge difference. Most people tend to favor others who are part of the same group as they are – blacks, whites, Italian, Irish, Catholic, Jew, Republican, Democrat. There is nothing wrong with that. But to believe someone cannot be capable because he is black, and should not be President because he is black, and to invent one nonsensical reason after another because they will not say the embarrassing truth about their bigoted beliefs, is, in my view, despicable.

    • Chris said

      So those who voted for Obama think he is capable and those who didn’t are racist? That is an outrageous statement.

      • Lew Weinstein said

        Those who insisted without basis that Obama wasn’t born in the U.S. were searching for a reason to express their disgusting racist views. It had nothing to do with whether Obama is or is not competent.

      • Chris said

        No….. People wanted him to provide his birth certificate which he failed to due until just recently. Any citizen has a right and a duty to question this government and any of its elected officials. As distasteful as you find that; it does not indicate someone’s personal beliefs of race. The issues facing this country are not left or right issues. Perhaps a blog promoting our common ground would be more productive.

      • Lew Weinstein said

        I think your views on this matter are totally wrong … but you are certainly entitled to have them.

  2. Chris said

    How many people did not vote for Obama because he is black ? VS How many people voted for Obama because he is black? What’s the diference?

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