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Carter Says Criticism Of Obama Is Racist

From an outraged Associated Press:


Carter: Rep. Wilson comments ‘based on racism’

By Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer

ATLANTA – U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s oldest son defended his father against a claim by former President Jimmy Carter that the congressman’s outburst during a speech by President Barack Obama was "based on racism."

Responding to an audience question at a town hall at his presidential center in Atlanta, Carter said Tuesday that Wilson’s outburst was also rooted in fears of a black president.

"I think it’s based on racism," Carter said. "There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president."

But Wilson’s son disputed that.

"There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body," said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general in South Carolina. "He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him."

"It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and appropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race."

Carter, a Democrat, said Joe Wilson’s outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

"Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care," he said. "It’s deeper than that."

Carter called Wilson’s comment "dastardly" and an aftershock of racist views that have permeated American politics for decades.

"The president is not only the head of government, he is the head of state," said Carter, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for his work to promote human rights and resolve international conflicts. "And no matter who he is or how much we disagree with his policies, the president should be treated with respect."

Well, that settles it.

Mr. Carter is always the final authority on all things moral and otherwise.

Speaking of Mr. Carter’s respect for the office of the Presidency, from the archives of the Associated Press:

Former President Carter Blasts Bush’s Administration as ‘Worst in History’

Saturday, May 19, 2007

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. —  Former President Carter says President Bush’s administration is "the worst in history" in international relations, taking aim at the White House’s policy of pre-emptive war and its Middle East diplomacy.

The criticism from Carter, which a biographer says is unprecedented for the 39th president, also took aim at Bush’s environmental policies and the administration’s "quite disturbing" faith-based initiative funding.

"I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history," Carter told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in a story that appeared in the newspaper’s Saturday editions. "The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me."

Carter spokeswoman Deanna Congileo confirmed his comments to The Associated Press on Saturday and declined to elaborate. He spoke while promoting his new audiobook series, "Sunday Mornings in Plains," a collection of weekly Bible lessons from his hometown of Plains, Ga…

Douglas Brinkley, a Tulane University presidential historian and Carter biographer, described Carter’s comments as unprecedented.

"This is the most forceful denunciation President Carter has ever made about an American president," Brinkley said. "When you call somebody the worst president, that’s volatile. Those are fighting words."

Carter also lashed out Saturday at British prime minister Tony Blair. Asked how he would judge Blair’s support of Bush, the former president said: "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient."

"And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world," Carter told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

Testify, Jimmah!

(Thanks to Rusty Shackleford and everyone who sent this in.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 16th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Carter Says Criticism Of Obama Is Racist”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    From the anti-segregationists at the AP:

    Carter: Rep. Wilson comments ‘based on racism’

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090916/ap_on_go_co/us_health_care_heckling_carter

    By GREG BLUESTEIN, Associated Press Writer Greg Bluestein, Associated Press Writer – 22 mins ago

    ATLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday that U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson’s outburst to President Barack Obama during a speech to Congress last week was an act “based on racism” and rooted in fears of a black president.

    “I think it’s based on racism,” Carter said at a town hall held at his presidential center in Atlanta. “There is an inherent feeling among many in this country that an African-American should not be president.”

    The Georgia Democrat said the outburst was a part of a disturbing trend directed at the president that has included demonstrators equating Obama to Nazi leaders.

    “Those kind of things are not just casual outcomes of a sincere debate on whether we should have a national program on health care,” he said. “It’s deeper than that.”

    Wilson, a South Carolina Republican, was formally rebuked Tuesday in a House vote for shouting “You lie!” during Obama’s speech to Congress last Wednesday.

    The shout came after the president commented that illegal aliens would be ineligible for federal subsidies to buy health insurance. Republicans expressed their disbelief with sounds of disapproval, punctuated by Wilson’s outburst.

    Tuesday’s rebuke was a rare resolution of disapproval pushed through by Democrats who insisted that Wilson had violated basic rules of decorum and civility. Republicans characterized the measure as a witch hunt and Wilson, who had already apologized to Obama, insisted he owed the House no apology.

    Wilson’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment, but his eldest son defended his father.

    “There is not a racist bone in my dad’s body,” said Alan Wilson, an Iraq veteran who is running for state attorney general. “He doesn’t even laugh at distasteful jokes. I won’t comment on former President Carter, because I don’t know President Carter. But I know my dad, and it’s just not in him.”

    “It’s unfortunate people make that jump. People can disagree — and inappropriately disagree — on issues of substance, but when they make the jump to race it’s absolutely ludicrous. My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.”

    South Carolina’s former Democratic Party chairman said that he doesn’t believe Wilson was motivated by racism, but said the outburst encouraged racist views.

    ——But who should know better than Jimmah? His multi-degreed behavioral science career has been booming. And, for me, if Jimmah says it, then it’s a true fact as far as I’m concerned. (Sarcasm. Deep, dripping sarcasm) And because he, himself is from the South, he surely knows exactly what must have been going through Wilson’s mind. ‘Cuz all white folks be racists. Just ax Newsweek……it happens by the time we’re 6 months old.

    • proreason says:

      The poor man has been driven insane by knowledge of his own anti-semitism and having to live for 35 years as the consensus most incompetant president of all time.

      His brother could have done better.

    • canary says:

      I sense there is something wrong with Jimmy Carter. But, switched to CNN for a moment (Cooper), and it was all about this, some idiot saying the Republicans are falling apart. There is so much more to report on, but the ignorant main stream media have tunnel vision when it comes to spending hours over something not worth a second thought. I’ve heard several say at that Congressional meet, Obama was acting very strange, and agressive himself. Obama accepted the apology, and so why doesn’t Obama repeat this…..cause he loves letting idiots play the race card for him, and he can do things while no one is looking or watching.
      That former Acorn worker was dropping Democratic names, in the latest video, where she talks of murdering her husband, after the pretend pimp said he’d like to campaign and get prostitution legalized.
      So, maybe the Democrats are desparate to focus on stupid stupid things.
      Oh, and next is going to be the ACORN offices Down south on the Border.
      In the California video they even said they were going to allow the 12-15 year old illegals that just arrived on ship to be beat, so they could blackmail and get money from the Johns. And one of the woman in MD wanting to prosecute the ones who video’d the criminals, is big on child protection. Where is Oprah Winfrey and her own abuse story on this one.

    • Colonel1961 says:

      Thanks for saving me some typing, PR…

  2. catie says:

    Carter has been laboring under some delusion since he took office. He’s a broken man because he is the worst president in history (so far). He’s a clueless nitwit. Now, he’s the darling of the left but they didn’t want anything to do with him for years. He’s a loser and it makes me sick that he’s even given the time of day.

  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Pro! You forget! No one thought Lou Gehrig’s record would be broken either! Way I see it, Obama’s gunning for Carter’s record BIG TIME!

    • proreason says:

      It’s a good point RB.

      I guess that technically, the Moron is the president although he doesn’t seem to think the title is fitting to his stature.

      But as I reflect on your comment, I realize I have a hard time acknowledging him to be the leader of my country. Yes he has the title, but it’s more like he is leading some other country.

      Not the country I was born and raised in where people were proud to be Americans. We thought we were the best, the hardest workers, the smartest people, the bravest people, the most creative people. We thought the Constitution was amazing and felt like our leaders were working for the common good. I was proud of our history. I reveled in our accomplishments. I never feared for the future, not for a moment, not even during the 70’s, and not during the 90’s either. I thought the future was boundless. I thought we could do anything. I had confidence in everybody. I spent a lot of time in other countries while growing up and I used feel like people were envious of my family because we were Americans.

      That country is gone.

      Now I live in a country that is apparently evil to the bone. I’m told I’m greedy because I think I should get to keep what I spent a lifetime earning. I’m a racist because I have different views from a black man. I’m an empirialist because I was proud of what the country had done. I’m distrustful of almost everybody. I expect to get screwed. I KNOW I will. I can’t really say what I think out loud in public because if I do, I could get thrown in jail. I have little confidence in the future. I expect we will all descend into poverty. I expect that we will be attacked by other countries, not frontally, but on the flanks. I expect to be shouted down if I speak up. I expect to struggle to live. I expect to die before I should.

      As for racism, I was an army brat. My family always lived in desegregated communities. We were surrounded by minorities. The living conditions were equal. We went to the same schools. There were black officers as well as white officers. I didn’t encounter even the thought of racism until I was 18 and went to college. My best friend in my 20’s was Black. At that time, I lived in a major southern city. I never heard or observed a hint of a slur against that man.

      But somehow, decades later that city is a hotbed of racism. I don’t just live in a different city today, I live in a different country. Today, I’m a racist. Every breath I take is racist.

      I travelled from the country where I grew up to the country where I now live between Sept 8 and Nov 4, 2008, and I never left the town where I live.

  4. MrBill says:

    I wouldn’t have thought it possible, but Mr. Carter is now a bigger idiot than he was when he was president.

  5. jrmcdonald says:

    I am so tired of people giving poor Jimmy Carter a hard time. In the last 35+ years Carter has saved me months worth of work having to look into to various issues and find the valid points. All I’ve had to do is look at what jimmy said, and go 180 deg. out. If you look, it runs about 87% accurate!

  6. texaspsue says:

    Jimmy Carter IS the racist, for only seeing President Obama as a “black man”. Sheesh! THIS IS GETTING OLD! He is a Racer: (rā’sər) n. One who makes false claims of racism in order to avoid answering legitimate arguments. :-)

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Perhaps an attempt to distance themselves from the senile old bat before he causes a real problem?

    From Reuters

    Obama disagrees with Jimmy Carter on race issue

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090916/pl_nm/us_usa_carter_racism;_ylc=X3oDMTI1NzZyc3Q3BFJfYWlkAwRSX2RtbgN5YWhvby5jb20EUl9maWQDYmRhMGMzMzU0NTFiYmY2YjY0Y2Q0MWRlYjBiYWRlNDYEUl9sdHADMQ–

    By Steve Holland Steve Holland – Wed Sep 16, 3:43 pm ET

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s spokesman publicly disagreed with former President Jimmy Carter on Wednesday over Carter’s contention that some conservative opposition to Obama is based on race.

    “The president does not think it is based on the color of his skin,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

    Carter injected race into Obama’s struggle for a healthcare overhaul after South Carolina Republican Representative Joe Wilson shouted “You lie” at Obama during a healthcare speech in Congress last week and thousands of conservatives rallied opposition to Obama at demonstrations in Washington.

    “I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man,” Carter told NBC News.

    He said this “racism inclination still exists. And I think it’s bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It’s an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.”

    Carter’s remark drew the condemnation of Michael Steele, the first African-American to become chairman of the Republican National Committee.

    “President Carter is flat out wrong. This isn’t about race. It is about policy,” he said in a statement. “This is a pathetic distraction by Democrats to shift attention away from the president’s wildly unpopular government-run healthcare plan that the American people simply oppose.”

    —–I find this oddly strange. And strangely odd.

  8. canary says:

    Carter’s wife is always next to him supporting him, so I don’t think it’s dementia, I think he’s just plain dumb, like he was when he was President.

  9. Chuckk says:

    I used to think the hapless Jimmy Carter was just in over his head as President. Now I think he is a despicable racist.

  10. VMAN says:

    Carter’s and IDIOT!!! Nuf said

  11. Liberals Demise says:

    Who woke up the Jimma and why?
    More government cheese?


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