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Obama: Grandma Is A Typical White Person

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Obama wows WIP sports jocks

By Sam Wood

March 20, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama called into sports radio 610 WIP this morning, charming the usually rambuctious morning talk show hosts and winning their endorsements.

“People are really swept up [by this candidate],” said host Al Morganti. “It’s almost like teenaged girls at a concert. It’s goofy”

Before Obama’s interview even began at 8 a.m., jocks Angelo Cataldi and Morganti greeted the Democratic presidential hopeful with a scatted, and offkey, rendition of “Hail to the Chief.” …

Obama this morning sounded relaxed as he hit Cataldi and Co.’s softball questions out of the proverbial ballpark.

“Why should we elect you?” Cataldi said.

“I think we’re at a moment in our history where we need to break from the past in a fundamental way,” Obama replied.

The legislator from Illinois repeated his campaign’s constant refrain, that culture and policies of the Federal government must change.

Obama lambasted Washington lobbyists, expressed sympathy for citizens losing their homes to mortgage foreclosure, and offered sympathy for families with loved ones deployed to Iraq…

The hosts asked Obama about his speech at the Constitution Center.

They zeroed in on comments he made about his white grandmother and her racial phobias.

“The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity,” he said. “But she is a typical white person. If she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know. . .there’s a reaction in her that doesn’t go away and it comes out in the wrong way.”

“What makes me optimistic is that every generation is feeling less like that,” Obama said.

They asked how being the first African-American to hold the nation’s top job would affect his ability to govern.

Obama said he’d have bigger concerns than that if he occupied the Oval Office: health care, rising college tuitions, and bringing troops home from Iraq.

“But wouldn’t that empower our enemies,” one host asked.

“We’ve empowered our enemies by going into Iraq,” Obama said. “Bin Laden is still at large.

“We’ve spent more money on this war than any war in our history and there’s no end in sight. It has strained alliances and fanned anti-American sentiments.”

Swept up by Obama’s words, the hosts bid him goodbye.

“If there’s anything we can do to help you carry Pennsylvania, let us know,” said one jock.

Said Obama: “Maybe I can stop by the studio some time.” “Could you stop by after you’re President?” one responded.

“Wow” is right.

Hey, I guess Jesse Jackson is a typical white person, too.

From the archives of the New York Times:

In America; A Sea Change On Crime

Published: December 12, 1993

Jesse Jackson is traveling the country with a tough anti-crime message that he is delivering to inner-city youngsters. In Chicago he said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery — then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved.”

In fact, the reverend is probably more of a typical white person than Mr. Obama’s grandmother is.

Since, as we have noted, Obama’s book does not describe her as the racist he is now trying to make her out to be.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 20th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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