Oh poor St. Barack of Obama, the evil media has him in one of their traps! You know, the one where there’s a controversy over racist comments, and then you have to explain them away so many times that, eventually, you’ll utter something off-key and turn a racial scandal into a Race War. One lucky interviewer snagged a fine out-of-context quote from Barry today, involving his Kansas “white grandmother,” the one Barry eulogized as a racist in his speech Tuesday. Today, Barry explained to Philly’s WIP radio that his grandmother was an example of the “typical white person,” in this regard.
Easy, Barry — your racist white granny hasn’t been “bred” into any of our “experiences”:
…The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person who, uh, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn’t know there’s a reaction that’s been been bred into our experiences that don’t go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that’s just the nature of race in our society. We have to break through it…
Gotta love the “uh” that follows “typical white person” — Barry’s a smart one and picked up on that slip immediately. His candor is appreciable enough, and most people are going to be saying Obama called typical white people racist (half-true). But isn’t the problem more that his preacher’s statements offended people, and the more he speaks out about understanding and transcending instead of denouncing, the more his thoughtful reaction comes across as a lecture? Barry has limited experience with the media, since he rarely engages them. There’s not much more he can say about Jeremiah Wright, so he shouldn’t.Related