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CNN: Black Obama Faces Higher Standard

From those colorblind folks at CNN:

Will Obama have to be better because he’s black?

By John Blake

(CNN) — Just days before he was sworn in, President Obama was giving his daughters a tour of the Lincoln Memorial when one of them pointed to a copy of Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address carved into the wall.

Obama’s 7-year-old daughter, Sasha, told her father that Lincoln’s speech was really long. Would he have to give a speech as long? Obama’s answer was completed by his older daughter, 10-year-old Malia.

"I said, ‘Actually, that one is pretty short. Mine may even be a little longer,’ " Obama told CNN recently. "At which point, Malia turns to me and says, ‘First African-American president, better be good.’ "

The story is light-hearted, but it touches on a delicate question: Will people hold Obama to a different standard because he is the first African-American president?

Americans appear split by race on that answer. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 53 percent of blacks say the American public will hold Obama to a higher standard than past presidents because he is black. Most whites — 61 percent — say Obama’s race will not matter in how he will be judged…

Perhaps Obama will avoid those stomachaches because of the massive good will his election has generated. But that could change quickly if Obama makes a controversial decision or a mistake, says Andrew Rojecki, co-author of "The Black Image in the White Mind: Media and Race in America."

Rojecki says people who say Obama isn’t going to be held to a different standard because of his skin color didn’t pay attention to his campaign.

He says Obama had to deal with challenges that other candidates didn’t have to face. Obama’s run for office was almost ended by his association with his minister, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, whose incendiary sermons shocked many

Even people who regard themselves as the most progressive, open-minded supporters may subconsciously hold Obama to a different standard, Rojecki says.

He says several academic studies show that it often takes people longer to associate good qualities to blacks when different faces are flashed across a screen.

"They have these stereotypes buried in their subconscious," he says. "That’s why people cross the street when they see a young black man. They’d rather not take a chance."

Obama virtually had to be perfect to overcome those stereotypes, Rojecki says. He was the first black editor of the Harvard Law Review, he has an Ivy League-educated wife and adorable daughters, and he ran a great campaign.

"He’s the perfect symbol of achievement," Rojecki says.

White candidates for office don’t have to have an uninterrupted life of achievement to be considered for the Oval Office, Rojecki says.

"If George W. Bush were black, do you think he would be president?" Rojecki says…

So much for Mr. Obama inaugurating a post-racial era.

From our observations, Mr. Obama’s skin color is not even the slightest of problems. If he were a conservative, the right would draw his carriage through the streets.

But our watchdog media never seems to tire of race baiting.

"They have these stereotypes buried in their subconscious," he says. "That’s why people cross the street when they see a young black man. They’d rather not take a chance."

Talk to the Reverend Jackson about that one, Mr. Rojecki.

Or that ‘typical white person,’ Obama’s grandmother.

"He’s the perfect symbol of achievement," Rojecki says.

Mr. Rojecki is quite the kidder.

Susan Estrich was the first female editor of the Harvard Law Review. (For the same affirmative action reasons.)

Does anyone think she is qualified to be President?

(Thanks to Caligirl9 for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, January 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

46 Responses to “CNN: Black Obama Faces Higher Standard”

  1. caligirl9 says:

    This article was the first time I ever thought about TCO being held to a higher standard because of the color of his skin.

    Of course so many of the people who chose to vote for him chose to do so based on the color of his skin, so they could be a part of making U.S. history and to prove how open-minded they were.

    I chose not to vote for him based on questions of substance and character. People deficient of substance and character come in all colors and in both sexes (I was going to be PC and say “all sexes” but I’m not in a PC mood today!).

    So much for a color-blind world. Crap like this just keeps it alive.

  2. proreason says:

    Based on the first 7 days, I will be thrilled if he improves by a factor of 1000 to meet the clinton standard.

    For starters:

    Best effort to destabiize Pakistan
    Destroyed the U.S. automobile industry
    Working hard to plunge the country into unrecoverable debt.
    Dismantling the security measure that have kept the country safe after 9/11
    First steps to free the most dangerous terrorsit maniacs to resume their lives of international crime
    Put the Moron stamp of approval on abortion.
    First steps to revoking free speech.
    First steps to destroying our military deterance

    It’s unbelievable

    • jobeth says:

      Put that way, it looks like he might be up to something…ummm, wonder what. (sarcasm)

      Great post…Flat scary,

      When will the “great unwashed masses” wake up and smell the coffee.

  3. SteveW says:

    I’ve been waiting all day for someone to comment on this article!
    They let him equate Obama-Wright with McCain-Hagee without bothering to note the clear differences between them.

    And how about the last line: “If George W. Bush were black, do you think he would be president?” Rojecki says…”

    How about we reverse the question: “If Barack H. Obama were white, do you think he would be president?” Hmm… Is it okay to ask that question as well? Anyone remember Geraldine Ferraro?

  4. jobeth says:

    Every day I get up wondering what is “the one” going to do to day?

    Everyday it has been something…always dumb.

    Let us pray,

    Please Lord, let him make the BIG one today so the world can finally see what he is. Before it is too late for us.


  5. joeblough says:

    Give me a break.

    A higher standard than whose? For what?

    This is the all time, original affirmative action presidency. A young junior senator with no concrete accomplishments in or out of government?

    Would anybody have even proposed his candidacy if he didn’t look like a black person? Would anybody have hailed his election as something special if he didn’t look like a black person?

    Hell, he’s even getting affirmative action compensatory credits on his much celebrated blackness. It’s not as though he comes from one of our many black families who’s roots in America antedate the revolution. From Africa to the slave ship to America. I mean, those people are black and they are all-American.

    No this guy’s dad was a foreigner and his American mom was white. So how does he get to be an American black guy? What part of his upbringing in Indonesia of all places, qualify him to understand a family that’s been in the black parts of Charlotte or Biloxi since 1730? Much less Oakland or South Central.

    What stories did he hear on his daddy’s knee? How great-great-grandpa shot 3 Yankees to save his master’s life in the war, out of sheer human decency, only to be beaten almost to death by the local white peasants after the war? Or perhaps how his great-great-uncle ran north to join the Union army, across 300 miles of hostile territory, so that he could come back and fight for his family’s freedom? What? What part of black-America’s greatness was imprinted in this joker’s soul in the mohammedan schools of Indonesia?

    But still …

    His appearance is supposed to stand in place of concrete accomplishments. It’s supposed to be a symbol of how advanced we are. That’s the whole idea to begin with. To hold him to no special standard because his symbolic value, just sitting around, was so great.

    Was there much discussion during the campaign of what companies he’s built or run, what great legislation he brought to fruition in the Senate, what he has done for his nation on the field of battle? Anything? No.

    Not even penny-ante stuff like how prescient his valedictorian address at college graduation was, because there was none — or how shockingly great his books are, because they’re not. Nothing. No standards at all.

    Besides, a higher standard of what?

    How fast he can collectivize the American economy and destroy the American defense capability?

    Give me a damned break!

    • caligirl9 says:

      joeblough, you said what I feel about TCO.

      In my mind’s eye, I pictured our first African American president as being someone whose family has a long history of being American first and foremost. I believed that person would be Colin Powell. Shows how much I know about politics…

      I pictured someone who would be able to talk about his/her great-great-great grandparents being slaves and then upon emancipation working their way toward the American dream. Heck, even someone who had marched with MLK had a reasonably acceptable history. I pictured someone who accomplished much without the benefit of affirmative action, or who at least had the brains not to brag about that or how his mother bilked the government out of food stamps while his grandparents were saving money for his Ivy League education.

      (And I’d have had no problem voting for the person if his or her political beliefs were close to mine.)

      I never in my lifetime expected the product of conception of a 60s wacko white liberal baby mama, who created her own anthropological case study by having sex with an African who was busy spreading his seed over two continents, would become the commander-in-chief.

      TCO has just about as much knowledge of being black in America than I do. How my African American friends have failed to see that is beyond me.

    • joeblough says:



      BTW: I think it’s Micheal Steele we’re thinking of.


      But you’re right. There’s something kind of weird about how the black folks don’t assert more selectiveness about who gets to be counted as a member of the club — and higher standards at that.

      It’s not like you get to be a member of the Mayflower society or even the DAR just for showing up and looking a certain way.

      It’s just weird. And to my eye indicates a lack of pride. Odd after all these years of “black pride” propaganda.

      But where is the normal human focus on ancestry and accomplishment? One would imagine, as an outsider, that after some time, having risen from slave antecedents to victory in the corporate boardroom would become a requirement for certain kinds of recognition.

      I think that what we are seeing is just further demonstration that the Soviets won the propaganda wars after WWII.

      … that the American black folks don’t see their American history as something unique and worthy of preservation and honor.

      … that any old bozo who looks like one of them is good enough if he sounds leftist enough.

      I think the Soviets hoodwinked the lot of them.

  6. VMAN says:

    “I have a dream” Hollow words

  7. Anonymoose says:

    Here we go again, liberal hypocrisy……

    They fret about him being held to a “higher standard” to prove himself………..after having the media and his own campaign wove endless stories about how he was so well thought it was amazing he wasn’t “already” president. Now he is. It’s not some subtle racism showing up, it’s reality kicking in.

    He didn’t run a “brilliant” campaign. David Axelrod did. But I imagine all his followers think he was coding the “Fight The Smears” website himself.

    His achievements are paper thin, as he’s hardly done anything with the positions he had, only punched his ticket.

    How much better it would have been to have a real person at the helm, someone who you knew who he really was, rather than a carefully crafted image.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Let us be sensible about this. They can only expect him to be 50% of anything when it come to the BLACK side of O’bambi. In fact, why is that they ONLY look for anything to come from his BLACK side? If he screws up, will they blame the white half? If he succedes, will the black side get the credit? Yupyupyup! This is going to be a long 4 years. He’s already starting his run for the presidency in 2012. All this turd knows how to do is campaign….and God; the msm loves it!!

  9. curvyred says:

    Well since That One is so great, he should have no problem whatsoever meeting or exceeding the O’bots expectations. *extreme sarcasm

  10. Confucius says:

    What an utterly stupid story.

    When is it ever a legitimate poll (or news story) to ask people to mind-read other people’s future thoughts?

    If the poll bothered to ask why these people predicted such things, then the story would have at least been mildly interesting. (Of course, it would still be a stupid story, but at least it would rise to tabloid quality.)

  11. TickTock says:

    “…other challenges not faced by other candidates…”

    No birth certificate, terrorist friends and confidants, illegally immigrated “aunt”, missing
    Nigerian grandmother, impoverished brother, history of socialistic ideology, racist black preacher “like an uncle to me..”, white grandmother is “typical white person”, ties to ACORN and George Soros, Chicago thug connections, Rizzo, Tsu,… proponet of partial birth abortion, anti-military, anti-capitalism, annoying stutter, spontaneous flatulation, visions of dead people, compulsive frotterism in crowds of male journalists, and obsessive shapeshifting…

    Oh yeah, and he’s half white.

    • sheehanjihad says:

      the main challenge not faced by other candidates is at least they had a clue as to what they were doing.

    • jobeth says:

      So what’s your problem with him TickTock? (LOL)

      Lord, how “blind are those that WILL not see”

      That’s one nasty list of “qualifications”.

  12. bill says:

    Does this means he can hire all the hoods he wants?

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Gangsta’s…….hoods are where they reside or crash!!
      BTW…..isn’t that the Clinton retreads he has in place?

  13. JohnMG says:

    ..”They have these stereotypes buried in their subconscious,” he says. “That’s why people cross the street when they see a young black man. They’d rather not take a chance……”

    As if there wasn’t enough precedent for this, eh Mr. Rojecki? I’ve lived and worked around blacks most of my life, and can say for a fact that they cultivate this type of stereotype for themselves…..delight in it to be sure. Most crimes committed against blacks are perpetrated by blacks. That is why the prisons are full of black criminals. Then they want to whine about folks harboring such feelings toward themselves. If you set out to convince people that you’re a thug, you shouldn’t be surprised when people regard you that way.

    Incidentally, Obama has already displayed this trait during his first 5 days in office. This turd has a monumentally large chip on his shoulder. The pose in the photo at the head of this thread is indicative of his attitude toward everyone. Effete snobbery!

    • proreason says:

      “The pose in the photo” …it’s one of the 20 approved Obamy poses……Chin lift, Furrowed brow, Pursed lips, Benevolent gaze, Gaze into the future, Wavy fingers, Pointed finger, etc. Each one has a purpose to reinforce the great man’s image. Check them all out.

      The puppet masters worked them out years ago……along with everything else the Moron has ever said or done.

    • caligirl9 says:

      proreason, you are on top of things!

      This photo wasn’t with the original article but I do believe it did come from the “20 approved poses” library.

      I think it could be improved with a little Photoshopping—holding one of the TyGirlz dolls.

    • JohnMG says:

      I don’t think he had to work very hard on this one. He seems born to it.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      I have no words for The One’s pose in this article. Well, actually I do, but I’d better not say ’em since this website has strict standards. grrrrrrrrrrrrrr

    • jobeth says:

      I remember the Clintons both struck this same glowing, “gazing into the future” pose on the Capital steps as they welcomed in their 2nd term.

      It’s all been choreographed by the left years ago…and it still works with the “hope and change” crowd

      I about barffed then…still barffing…but I will be fine if I just don’t look at that photo again….heave….excuse me….gotta run!


  14. Confucius says:

    Question: Will Obama have to be better because he’s black?

    Answer: Yes, because everyone said he was.

  15. Phil Byler says:

    About a week ago Professor Victor Davis Hanson wrote an article stating that we should hold Obama to the high standards that he himself has set up.

    • dulcimergrl says:

      Well, I guess we don’t have to hold him up very high then.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      OOOPS….I dropped my offical Beany Baby Obamba doll on the floor. Does this mean I won’t get my offical “Cabbage Patch Barry”?
      (left the “i” out on pouipus}

  16. sillielizzie says:

    “From our observations, Mr. Obama’s skin color is not even the slightest of problems. If he were a conservative, the right would draw his carriage through the streets.”

    I beg to differ with the writer, but that just isn’t true. A true, blue black conservative HAS run for office, as Senator in Maryland, against Obama in Illiinois, and twice for President. One doesn’t get much more conservative than Alan Keyes.

    And how did the Republican Party treat HIM? Like he was lower than the shoe shine boy, and did everything they could to deny him any support. I know, I ran his campaign in my state in the 2000 elections. And you know what I heard repeated over and over and over and over again, from Republicans?

    “I won’t vote for him. He can’t win. American will never elect a black man…..”

    Well now, they rejected conservatism and a black man. I am no longer a Republican. I don’t feel one ounce of compassion for “conservatives”. They ARE racists, and they got what was coming to them. Black racism from black liberals.

    • jobeth says:

      You are clumping all conservs with the rep party.

      You are clumping all whites with a few stupid whites.

      I don’t know if you are black or white but by that standard are all blacks to be judged by the blacks out there who are deep in drugs and crime??

      Or do I, like MANY of my conserv brothers and sisters look at what the man or woman stands for?

      Alen Keys is someone I could have voted for in a heart beat as is Mike Steel, as is Condi, but to name a few, who all by the way receive hateful retoric by the black community for being “Uncle Toms”.

      THESE black people THINK. They THINK about America and American’s future and try their best to put forward plans that work for America. Geez, what a concept!

      Each of these folks could have easily won a position in the presidental campaigns IF THE BLACK folk had rallied around THEM like they did Obama.

      However, they didn’t offer lots of personal goodies for the “gimme” crowd. They expected everyone to strive to be independant and productive.

      And, (PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY) NO! it is not only blacks that are in the gimme crowd. I see that is a totally bi racial club.

      mutter….mutter…as I walk away…..

    • Odie44 says:

      I am calling bull shit. Please dont tell me you questioned potential “Republicans” and their answer was ” America will never elect a black man” – that is tail wag the dog liberalism and a flat out lie. What state are you speaking of?

      Alan Keyes didn’t have a chance, because as Jobeth said – he was considered an “Uncle Tom” by liberal blacks and oh, ran a horrible campaign, sorry if that hurts your feelings. He had zero national exposure and zero big donors. Tough to be a black Republican on the national scene is what you should have learned.

      Condi Rice, to this day – is one of the most revered black women in America – and a conservative Republican to boot. In fact, many “Republican” think tanks were pushing hard for her in 2006 to run for 2008 , she did a 2 month press blitz to quell the rumors – so if your bull shit is true – are you saying “Republicans” would rather have run a black woman than a black man, with full support?

      Sounds double dangerous for us racist , white Republicans…

    • proreason says:

      I’m with Jobeth and Odie and think sillielizzie is a stooge

      There are plenty of respected Black conservatives, in and out of government.

      Clarence Thomas, to cite one example of many, is nearly worshipped by conservatives, and has been called the greatest justice of all time by some.

      Thomas Sowell is consistently rated one of the top three conservative writers. Walter Williams is also highly respected.

      And there are many more.

      To cite Alan Keyes as an example of anything is dumb. He’s a smart guy but has never made any attempt to reach anybody but dedicated idealogues. Love his conviction, but his lack of success has nothing to do with his race.

  17. marssman says:

    Obama is one of those guys everyone knew in High School. Might not have been the smartest or best athlete but they had this arrogance about them that made you think “What’s with this guy”? I don’t think it will be his policies that will be his downfall but his inner rage. The same rage voiced by the Rev. Jeremiah Wright. It’s there, brewing, and flashes of it are seen when he is pressed on an issue. Once the media hype is over, if ever, that’s when you’ll see the real Obama. He needs the adulation like a drug and when that stops, we’ll see his true character, not the man the media has forced upon us.

  18. GnuCarSmell says:

    “Will Obama have to be better because he’s black?” Leave it to the geniuses at CNN to pose such an asinine question. The truth is Obama’s “blackness” gave him a total pass on qualifications. Any white candidate with similar lack of qualification would have been laughed off the stage upon announcing he was running for President — and rightly so.

    In a deliciously ironic way, CNN misses the point. Because Obama is “black,” he doesn’t have to be better at anything…. except “being black” which requires zero effort on his part. In judging Obama’s performance, the media will hold him to the lowest standards we have ever witnessed. They already do.

  19. LewWaters says:

    That old race card still in play.

    When Obama doesn’t perform as promised, of course we will hear,”oh, you hold him to a higher standard because he’s black.”

    • Confucius says:

      The other possible response could be: “He didn’t count. He wasn’t 100% black. He didn’t even have slave blood. We get a do-over.”

  20. canary says:

    Obama has already showed he doesn’t have to be better than a white man or president. He was elected, after he made money off his book, bragging about what a habitual liar he was. He titled a book after a deadbeat father, that he watched disrespect his white grandparents when they provided his father a home, when his father came from Kenya to heal from an accident, treating his “typical white” grandmother like a servant, and sitting in his white grandfather’s favorite chair, so the old white grandfather couldn’t even sit in his own chair in his own home. I think Kenyan’s have the same principal of respecting elders. In his book Obama admits lying to his classmates, that his father was a King, and he was Prince (that Obama meant “warrior” and that he would some day be King. (what a hunger for power at such a young age) Then he publically humilates his white Grandmother in front of the entire country, then goes to visit her right before she dies, saying he did not want to make the same mistake when he didn’t see his dying mother before she died of cancer. Like his mother died overnight from cancer. Heck, he only went to see his grandmother before she died, because he didn’t want to look like the narcissitic, self-entitled, uncompassionate, egotistical person he describes himself as in his book. Yet alone male chauvinist pig, that shoved that poor little Afro-American girl at his school. Obama can be as evil as any president, and still be an idol and tv star.

    He wants free school. Oh how terrible it was he took most his life to pay back he and his wives college tutition, while his children went to private schools. He milked paying back those school loans, and what’s to pretend he struggled.
    yep, once he paid those loans off he got a multi-million dollar house.

  21. Oracle says:

    “Americans appear split by race on that answer. According to a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, 53 percent of blacks say the American public will hold Obama to a higher standard than past presidents because he is black. Most whites — 61 percent — say Obama’s race will not matter in how he will be judged…”

    Now who is it that keeps bringing up the issue of race. MLK – judged by the content of your character. More than half the black population cannot even subscribe to the thought of it.

    Besides Obama is in a win / win situation. He can always utilize his white half or black half to exploit any situation he needs.

    I do have to hand it to him, that as a “halfrican american” he can succeed in spite of his whitey self beating down, holding back and oppressing his black self. A true american success story no matter who you are. ;)

    • Odie44 says:

      To me its pretty straight forward – one group has been told the other hates them and a glass ceiling exists. The other has been told to stop hating the other and to be optimistic.

      This is just another red herring to “define” Obama’s Presidency, as opposed to whats good for the prosperity and security of America – as all Presidents should be judged.

      Then again one group doesn’t believe in “1 America”.

    • proreason says:

      Hatred for whites, hatred for non-Unions, hatred for religion, hatred for business, hatred for pro-lifers, hatred hatred hatred.

      This is the mother’s milk of liberalism. Each of their constituencies is based on hatred.

      So the incentive for liberals and their msm mouthpieces is to FUEL THE HATRED.

      It’s just another aspect of the Orwellian world we live in.

    • jobeth says:

      Pro reason,

      Those first two paragraphs should seriously be put in a book of quotes somewhere.

      Well said!

  22. U NO HOO says:

    Maybe people confuse Mormons with Morons.

    It is just an M different. M as in Mensa?

    PS, I’m not a Mormon or a Moron, I hope.

  23. U NO HOO says:

    Maybe people confuse Mormons with Morons.

    It is just an M different. M as in Mensa?

    PS, I’m not a Mormon nor a Moron, I hope.

  24. U NO HOO says:

    or or nor?

  25. Rusty Shackleford says:


    There goes the neighborhood.

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