It what may stand as the longest, rambling basketball analogy ever made by a politician, President Obama accused the Romney campaign of playing dirty yesterday.
You know, like that time they accused the President of allowing a man’s wife to get cancer and die? Or the time they accused Democrats of wanting dirtier air and water? Or how about that time they ran an ad showing the President throwing grandma and her wheelchair off the cliff? Oh wait, what?
“I can’t resist a basketball analogy,” Obama told the crowd, according to a White House pool report. “We are in the fourth quarter. We’re up by a few points but the other side is coming on strong and they play a little dirty.”
“We’ve got a few folks on our team in foul trouble. We’ve got a couple of injuries, and I believe that they’ve got one last run in them.”
“I’d say there’s about seven minutes to go in the game. And [Michael Jordan’s] competitiveness is legendary, and nobody knows better than Michael that if you’ve got a little bit of a lead and there’s about seven minutes to go — that’s when you put them away.”
GOP chairman Ed Cox had a basketball analogy of his own for the President.
“While President Obama spends his day shooting hoops with Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, and Carmelo Anthony, his administration continues to throw bricks when it comes to job creation and economic growth.“
And in other heartbreaking sports-related news, despite the fact that the President’s sole success story during his reign is the fact that he has a laser-like focus on all things sports – i.e. 100+ rounds of golf, pickup basketball games and fundraiser, filling out college brackets – team owners in the four major sports have made a majority of their contributions to Republicans this cycle.
Overall, team owners for the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL have given $1,992,050 to 2012 national election efforts. Of the total, Republicans were the victors with nearly $1.25 million. Democrats received a little more than $750,000, the station said.
And that includes the NBA team from New York; Knicks owner James Dolan is a Romney donor.
Here’s another basketball analogy. Let’s hope that when November comes, the President has been ejected from the game for a flagrant technical foul on the economy and the American dream.
Biden: “They’ve said it, every Republican voted for it. Look at what they value and look at their budget and what they’re proposing. Romney wants to let the– He said in the first hundred days he’s going to let the big banks once again write their own rules. Unchain Wall Street. They’re going to put y’all back in chains. He said he’s going to do nothing about stopping the practice of outsourcing.”
Some of you might be asking what makes this a racially tinged comment, aside from the visual of putting ordinary citizens “back in chains”? The city of Danville has a population that is nearly 50% African American.
The Romney campaign was quick to respond:
“After weeks of slanderous and baseless accusations leveled against Governor Romney, the Obama Campaign has reached a new low. The comments made by the Vice President of the United States are not acceptable in our political discourse and demonstrate yet again that the Obama Campaign will say and do anything to win this election. President Obama should tell the American people whether he agrees with Joe Biden’s comments.”
Amazingly, the Obama campaign did not distance themselves from these remarks, instead backing up what Joe Biden said.
Biden is known to make gaffes, but the Obama campaign gave no indication this was a misstep from Biden and doubled-down on the sentiment. In an appearance on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” campaign spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter said it was a metaphor that President Barack Obama “probably” agreed with.
“I think he probably agrees with Joe Biden’s sentiments,” Cutter said. “I mean he’s using a metaphor about what’s going to happen … look, I appreciate the faux outrage from the Romney campaign. If you want to talk about the use of words, then take a look at Mitt Romney’s stump speech where he basically calls the president un-American. So does [Romney spokeswoman] Andrea Saul agree with that language?” …
“Bottom line is that we have no problem with those comments — those comments in the full context of them,” she said.
What do you think? Watch the clip here…
The Christian Science Monitor has, unbelievably, developed a series of questions they refer to as an “Index of Racist Potential” to be used when analyzing pro-Romney political ads. The factors used to determine racial potential are:
- Does the ad reference racial stereotypes?
- Does the ad show Obama’s image alongside a racial stereotype?
- Are all the people surrounding a Romney white?
- Does the ad create an ‘us’ vs. ‘them’ racial contrast?
- Is the audience where the ad runs mostly white?
In the presidential election, it’s not a matter of whether racism will appear in campaign messaging, but when. President Obama is running for reelection with the support of the majority of black and Latino voters. Mitt Romney is challenging Mr. Obama with an almost exclusively white constituency behind him. Both candidates will raise and spend unprecedented amounts of money on political advertisements, as will their respective parties and allied super PACs.
A crucial question is: How will we know when pro-Romney ads are potentially racist? It’s not always so easy to recognize.
Reasonable people will disagree about whether an ad appeals to race in an innocuous or outright racist way. This is why we developed the Index of Racist Potential. It is based on the content of more than 1,000 political advertisements we analyzed that were sponsored by candidates in federal election contests from 1972 through 2006 and that included at least one candidate of color (black or Latino). The index measures the degree that a given ad has the potential to evoke – consciously or unconsciously – voters’ stereotypical attitudes about people of color, regardless of the intent of the candidate or campaign team.
When will the CSM be releasing a similar index for pro-Obama ads? Or is it hands-off to analyze the President for potential racist actions because he is the first African-American president? If so, is that not inherently racist?
Fortunately, we’ve analyzed the President’s actions recently and have determined that his election has not marked a post-racial presidency as advertised, but rather, it has been the most racially polarizing presidency in modern times.
A summary of facts:
- Barack Obama is not a post-racial president, but a racially polarizing president.
- In 2008, the mainstream media did not report that Barack Obama’s mentor Frank Davis, who Obama praises in his memoir Dreams from My Father, was a Communist, Stalin sympathizer, and dismissed the Christian faith as “another White New Hope.”
- The Obama 2012 re-election campaign is using racist-toned overtures for its ad campaigns, a far cry from its 2008 platform of hope, change and unity.
- Obama’s first term in office is replete with inherently racist actions:
- Saying the Cambridge, MApolice “acted stupidly” when an African-American was arrested in his own home and stated theU.S. has “a long history…of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately.”
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, or referred to as Obamacare) is “littered with race-based incentives”
- There are instances where the media has “white-washed” their news coverage, ignoring instances where white Americans have been assaulted by African-Americans.
- Highlights the growing divide between races, of how more Americans feel the country is divided by the issue of race.
- Obama’s comments on Travyon Martin and the media’s burying of the truth surrounding George Zimmerman’s side of the story.
- The Obama administration is using “race training” to protect government programs from budget cuts and the like.
- The Obama administration is pursuing a goal of obtaining illegal votes to ensure re-election, with rampantly disorganized and inaccurate voter registration rolls and fighting state efforts to enact Voter ID laws (which clean up the voter registration rolls).
View all findings and data here…