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Obama Finds Time To Call Sterling Remarks ‘Offensive’

From the Politico:

President Obama: Alleged Donald Sterling remarks ‘incredibly offensive’

By DAN BERMAN | April 27, 2014

President Barack Obama says he’s “confident” the NBA will address and resolve the controversy surrounding the “incredibly offensive racist statements” attributed to Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

“The owner is reported to have said some incredibly offensive racist statements that were published. I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you; they kind of speak for themselves,” Obama said at a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday.

Isn’t it funny how Obama finds the time to comment on things like this? But, yes, the private views of NBA owners are a burning national problem that a President of the United States needs to weigh in on.

“When people — when ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”

Unfortunately, Mr. Sterling, unlike Obama, doesn’t have the news media to protect him. He is not a big enough donor to the Democrat Party.

TMZ first posted an audio recording Friday of a conversation reportedly between Sterling and his girlfriend, V. Stiviano, where the owner told her not to bring black players to team games or post pictures with African-Americans on Instagram. “It bothers me a lot that you want to broadcast that you’re associating with black people. Do you have to?” the voice in the recording says…

Ms. Stiviano herself is half black and half Hispanic. So if Mr. Sterling is such a bigot, why does he have a half black, half Hispanic girlfriend? (A girlfriend who sounds like she was setting him up, to shake him down.)

So it’s a little weird to think of Mr. Sterling as incredibly racist. It’s also pretty obvious that Ms. Stiviano was goading him to make racist remarks.

“Obviously, the NBA is a league that is beloved by fans all across the country,” Obama said. “It’s got an awful lot of African-American players. It’s steeped in African-American culture. And I suspect that the NBA is going to be deeply concerned in resolving this.”

In other words, Obama is practically calling on the NBA to take the Clippers away from Sterling.

Obama added that the comments show that, “The United States continues to wrestle with a legacy of race and slavery and segregation that’s still there — the vestiges of discrimination.

Really? There is discrimination against blacks in the NBA and on the LA Clippers? Then why was the NAACP going to give Mr. Sterling a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for a second time? (Sterling received a previous lifetime achievement award from the LA chapter of the NAACP in 2009 and the NAACP’s ‘President’s Award’ in 2008.)

“We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often,” he added.

Which is why we have heard Obama speak out against the bigoted comments from the Reverend Sharpton and Jesse Jackson?

“And I think that we just have to be clear and steady in denouncing it, teaching our children differently, but also remaining hopeful that part of why some statements like this stand out so much is because there had been — there has been this shift in how we view ourselves.”

Yes, we must denounce any and all people who do not conform, even when they are expressing their private opinions in a supposedly private conversation.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, April 28th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Obama Finds Time To Call Sterling Remarks ‘Offensive’”

  1. Petronius says:

    Nerobama seems to be rather selective in those racist things that he finds “incredibly offensive.”

    But perhaps he hasn’t had a chance yet to weigh in on the savage beating of Steve Utash, who remains in a coma up in Detroit, while the perps laugh about it in court.

    (Sound of crickets chirping.)

    Or the senseless murder of 42 year-old John Palmer Shelley, married father of two and Collierville, TN contractor, gunned down by three black robbers after he had already surrendered his wallet. And the brutal murder of devout Christian and proud father-to-be Nathan Trapuzzano, who, while out jogging in Indianapolis, was forced to strip naked at gunpoint, humiliated, then murdered by Simeon “Red” Adams and his henchman Martez “Duh-Duh” McGraw.

    Or Adiele and Marley Galbraith, ages 6 and 4, and their father.

    Or baby Antonio Santiago, shot to death in his stroller because his mother didn’t have any money.

    Or Chris Lane, 22 year-old Australian ballplayer shot in the back while jogging. Or 89-year-old WW2 vet Delbert Belton. And 62-year-old Jeffrey Babbitt, retired train conductor.

    And Nancy Strait and her husband Bob Strait. And Kris Kime, male, age 21, killed by Jerell Thomas in the Seattle Mardi Gras riots. And 99-year-old Fannie Gumbinger up in Poughkeepsie. Or Jason Taylor Paul, 22, working two jobs while going to school, murdered by Mychal King because (Mychal said) he was having a bad day. (Guess Jason Taylor Paul had sort of a bad day, too, huh?)

    (chirp … chirp … )

    Or Eve Carson, Morgan Harrington, Anne Pressley, Channon Christian, Heather Muller, Ann Walenta, Laura Dickinson, Emily Haddock, Beverly Hope Melton, Brianne Ginty, Wendy Fisher, Lauren Burke, Jennifer Ross, Kristen Warneke, Julie Love, Pam Gentry, Sandra Rogers, Lena Triano, Bonita King, Carissa Horton, Tracey McBride, Ann Harrison, Ashley Neeves, Pam Kinamore, Gina Wilson Green, Charlotte Pace, Chelsea Porter, Eugenia Calle, Brittny Watts, Lauren Garcia, Ashley King, Sabina Rose O’Donnell, Sharlotte McGill, Shannon Collins, Nancy Harris, Jacqueline Gardner, Martha Jones, Elizabeth Hucheson, Lily Burk, Jacqueline Wisniewski, Aysha Dawn Ring, Nicola Furlong, Christina Edkins, Brenna Machus, Colleen Ritzer, and Kimberly Leto.

    (chirp … chirp … chirp … chirp … chirp ….)

    Yes, those things –– and the conspiracy of silence surrounding them –– “they kind of speak for themselves,” don’t they?

    (chirp ….)

    So “you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk,” right?

    (chirp ….)

    Yes, “We’ve made enormous strides, but you’re going to continue to see this percolate up every so often.” In fact, we’ve been seeing it percolate up at an exponential rate in recent years.

    (chirp ….)

    But it would probably be in bad taste to mention it, so we won’t.

    (chirp ….)

    Yeah, mum’s the word.

    (chirp ….)

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      The other day I went into a Subway in Charlotte, NC and ordered a very good sandwich. The women and men working there were all black. The people in line were of different races, from Asian to Mexican (which isn’t really a race) and white.

      Everyone had a great time, polite conversation between all groups ensued and the people making the sandwiches were all very nice and chatty and seemed like normal, regular, everyday people.

      No hints of racism IOW

      Not from anyone. Now….of course it’s wise to “not p*ss off the people handling your food” but that’s not the point here. My point is that in spite of all the grumbling and supposed racism that people like Obame/Sharpton/Jackson etc like to espouse…..if this was 1966, we wouldn’t be seeing black people making sandwiches in a place that caters to ALL races, etc.

      The grumblings and anger is being fomented by money-grubbing thugs who, hopefully see the end of racism as we know it. Kids today, by and large, seem to have a hugely eclectic slew of friends of all races and religions.

      Yes there are those who segregate themselves into racially distinct gangs and such but like Kenny Rogers said (god I can’t stand Kenny Rogers–but for other reasons), “The best rapper’s white, the best golfer’s black—and it’s about damned time”. Though I disagree with the motivation for the “it’s about damned time” part….

      ….we HAVE grown as a nation and there are MANY more people who are willing to acknowledge we are more willing to get along. Sure, there are places where more whites or blacks or Asians or Mexicans are likely to frequent which means, “to each his own” and there’s nothing wrong with that. But at the same time, forced integration was a bad idea (a government one) and now it’s “black separatism”. Black Entertainment Television, Black only dormitories, black only classes, all driven by…..black “leadership” based on one of the two major human emotions. Anger (the other is fear).

      I submit it will always be with us but as regular people go about their daily lives, the winners separate from the losers in an oh-so-natural way. Thus, two guys who are fishing buddies, one black, one white, are fishing buddies because they may have gone to college together, played on the same sports teams, have similar jobs/responsibilities, etc. Nothing..and I DO mean nothing to do with race at all.

      This is the hope I have, and have always had, for this great nation. I only see the beginnings of it but taking it onto a grander scale that’s far longer than my short lifetime, I believe it will sort itself out and history will show how it evolved and the troublemakers eventually faded away like the gangsters of the 1930’s.

      At least, I hope so.

  2. Astravogel says:

    I find it ‘incredibly offensive’ that the current president is playing politics with the oil pipeline,
    and wasting our time with something like this brohaha in a teapot.

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