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article imageOp-Ed: US Congressman says Obama's problem is ‘color of his skin’

By Lynn Herrmann     May 27, 2011 in Politics
Washington - Congressman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) likes President Obama’s chances for re-election at another four years of trying to lead the US, however, the real issue for our president is not a miserably failed leadership ability but “the color of his skin.”
Clyburn, the highest-ranking African American in Congress, was asked his views on Obama’s re-election chances next year, and offered an expanded version to The State. “I think they’re improving every day. I think the president has been a good president, a great commander-in-chief.”
The congressman continued with his take on Obama’s situation, confirming the fact American politics knows no party lines and is indeed a sorry state of affairs. “You know, I’m 70 years old. And I can tell you — people don’t like to deal with it, but the fact of the matter is – the president’s problems are in large measure because of the color of his skin,” The State reports.
Here is proof of why we need not only term limits but age limits as well for those aspiring to keep the country moving in a backward direction. That, Mr. Clyburn, is a fact of the matter worth considering.
Once again, the subject of race is brought up on an issue which has absolutely nothing to do with race. After the Bush years, I and II, senior and junior, dumb and dumber, America decided to prove to the world how hope and change would solve our ills, so, yes, we did elect the country’s first black president, but more importantly, we elected the country’s first Democratic president sucking up to the Republican agenda each and every day of his presidency.
Seriously, Clyburn, this was not the hope and change we were led to believe we were getting.
While busy polishing his smooth oratory skills - which, in case anyone is noticing, have taken on a tone of desperation lately - barackstar tried pulling one over an American public entrenched in all things television. What we have as as result is a solid track record of putting people into one of the most powerful positions in the world with no leadership skills.
Apparently, the Congress is infested with such wonders as well. Clyburn continued with his racist rant, noting the amount of offensive faxes, hate mail and racist phone calls he claims to receive on a regular basis, and when asked how such communications relate to the president, Clyburn snapped: “We have the same skin color - that’s how it relates to him.”
In this day and age when we can guide rockets into crash landings on the moon, when we can bomb, with the touch of a button, innocent men, women and children in foreign lands we so preciously occupy, when our government can spy, with impunity, on any citizen it so chooses, it’s great to know faxes, mail and phone calls are still untraceable.
Again, backward.
While Joplin, Missouri was getting hammered by one of the country’s deadliest tornadoes in years, the president was busy in Ireland with his photo op. Him and, yes, you guessed it, a beer of color. And unless he’s a regular drinker of those beers of color, he no doubt was getting hammered too. But then, based on his performance thus far, it’s highly likely he was unable to finish the particular task at hand.
You see, no matter how hard the race baiters try, it’s really not about race, but still Clyburn tried. Bringing up the issue of a recent “racist image” (The State’s words) making the rounds showing Obama’s face on a chimpanzee’s body, Clyburn continued with his rant: “When he sees his face being put on a chimpanzee’s body — do you think he didn’t see that? And I suspect they send the same faxes to his office they send to mine.”
There will never be a defense of Bush from these quarters, for there is little doubt he was a pathetic president, but can anyone recall any African Americans, or any Anglo Americans, or any Mexican Americans, or any American Americans, complaining of countless images showing Bush looking like a chimp? Backward, again.
There’s this little thing called evolution and it’s not just about where we evolved from, but in how we think. Americans are lucky in this sense, for we get to see, again on a daily basis, how some of our elected officials’ thought processes have evolved so much more slowly than others.
Clyburn, however, was not finished and his sights shifted over to the birther movement, also a product of racism, he believes.
“I don’t know why anybody didn’t ask for John McCain’s (birth certificate),” Clyburn said. “He wasn’t even born in this country,” The State noted, citing the Arizona Republican senator’s birth, light years ago, as being at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone.
It’s not enough for the corporation to keep us divided into blue and red camps. It has to keep us divided into black and white camps as well through its effective use of corporate pawns. This could only exist in a society so out of touch with reality.
As realities go and the election cycle begins heating up, we should brace ourselves for more corporate manipulation.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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