The Blackness of Barack Obama


When Geraldine Ferraro, the first ever female vice presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, told a California newspaper:

“If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position [as front runner for the Democratic Presidential nomination], “and if he was a woman he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept.”

She was either: a) not thinking at all, b) was speaking out of anger because she was on the team that is currently loosing (she was on Hillary Clinton’s campaign finance team), or c) she really believes that Barack Obama is succeeding because he is a black man running against a white woman.

I think “c” is probably the correct answer and, if it is, that certainly doesn’t speak very highly for Ms. Ferraro’s intelligence or for her objectivity.

Obama’s response to Ms. Ferraro’s mouthings was priceless (and accurate); according to a Rueters article (linked below):

When asked about Ferraro’s remarks, Obama said that being an ‘African American man named Barack Obama’ was not the quickest path to becoming U.S. president.

Barack Obama is where he is today, which is very close to becoming the presumptive nominee of the Democratic party, because he is intelligent, an excellent speaker and possesses that nearly mystical quality of ‘charisma;’ in short, he is all the things Clinton is not.

Everywhere Barack Obama goes, he speaks in platitudes and slogans, refines and repeats the mindless Liberal drivel about our “damaged status in the world,” castigates President Bush for all sorts of supposed crimes against the American people and against humanity in general, and yet . . . yet he charms the pants off of his audiences. Does anyone think . . . or COULD anyone seriously think that this happens only because he is black?

As result of the uproar in the press and within the Democratic party over Geraldine Ferraro’s remark, Ferraro has tendered her resignation from Sen. Clinton’s campaign; just as, last week, a foreign policy adviser on Obama’s campaign staff was forced to resign for calling Clinton a “monster.”

My, aren’t we being nice — and that “we” includes Sen. McCain, who will be the Republican presidential standard bearer, and who has forbidden any member of his staff to be rude or to call the two Democrats any uncivil names. I wonder just how long all this niceness will last!

In the debates that will follow the two nominating conventions it’s almost a sure bet that the two candidates will be trading jabs and accusations, will be spouting exaggerated truths about themselves and each other and may even engage in some name calling; so for now, let’s enjoy the civility.

News Links:

Reuters: Geraldine Ferraro defends remarks about Obama

ABC News: Ferraro Steps Down From Clinton Campaign

Blog Links:

Bolson on: For Geraldine Ferraro: Obama’s popularity is a black and white issue.

Pennsylvania for Change: Clinton backer Geraldine Ferraro sparks new Obama race storm

Whymrhymer’s P.O.V. can also be found at the Blogger News Network and at the American Chronicle.


5 thoughts on “The Blackness of Barack Obama

  1. Very balanced and honest commentary. Most people are centrist. If you were to give people’s values and views a numeric value, the mean would be in the middle. I’m a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. The mean – centrist 🙂

  2. I run a blog that is aimed at the urban crowd and as a black man I’d like to go on record saying I don’t think Geraldine Ferraro is racist at all. At least not in the way we generally think of a racist. She see Barack being black as an advantage and not a disadvatage. In a way she is right. His race does get him noticed but in all honesty it is not going to help him get elected at all. One of the other writers over at Highbrid Nation says Geraldine Ferraro is evil not racist, lol. He might not be too far off.

  3. Cats,

    Thanks for your comment. I am very much like you as far as being a fiscal conservative but I hesitate to tag myself as a “social liberal” that’s a very broad field and I make personal decisions on a case-by-case basis. e.g., I have no problem with gay marriage but have a big problem with the way the government has ignored the illegal immigrant problem over the last 10 years.

    Anyway, thanks for writing and I will visit and comment.

  4. Mike,

    I agree with you that Ferraro is probably not a racist but that comment of hers certainly gave her the aura of one. But then again, her implying that being a black male gives Barack some kind of advantage over a white male kinda makes you wonder if she wishes she could be reborn as a black male — just for the advantages that would bring. She might be a big hit as a motivational speaker at an NAACP meeting! LOL!

    Thanks a lot for your comment!

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