Speaking to the NAACP, Barack Obama had moments where he sounded like Bill Cosby, except for the fact that Obama was cheered for saying the things that Bill Cosby takes flak for:
US President Barack Obama has told America’s oldest civil rights organisation that African Americans should take charge of their own lives.
He told the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) there were “no excuses” for minority children not to succeed.
The president said African American communities had “internalised a set of limitations” and “come to expect so little from the world and from ourselves”.
But he said African American children should instead aspire to be scientists, engineers, Supreme Court judges and presidents.
“We have to say to our children: ‘Yes, if you’re African-American, the odds of growing up amid crime and gangs are higher. Yes, if you live in a poor neighbourhood, you will face challenges that someone in a wealthy suburb does not.’
“But that’s not a reason to get bad grades, that’s not a reason to cut class, that’s not a reason to give up on your education and drop out of school,” he said.
“No one has written your destiny for you – your destiny is in your hands. You cannot forget that, that’s what we have to teach our children.”
Well, there might be an excuse not to succeed soon — the Obama administration’s working on that excuse as fast as they can. When the full weight of the government’s economic neutron stimulus kills all the jobs and leaves only the buildings standing, there’s the excuse.
“Make no mistake: The pain of discrimination is still felt in America,” Mr Obama told the NAACP members gathered for the anniversary dinner in New York.
He said discrimination was still felt by minorities in the US, including African Americans, Latinos, Muslim Americans and gay people.
He left out some discrimination against the “white majority” — racial discrimination that was even supported by a judge he just nomination for the current Supreme Court! And don’t forget the hate crimes against the “majority” that are often little reported or not reported at all.
Obama also talked about “our gay brothers and sisters” who are still denied their rights. Yeah, if we could only get people like Barack Obama to be against gay marriage, then… wait, nevermind…
But the speech was not without its laugh lines:
Mr Obama also said he wanted to see a return to strong parenting and adults taking responsibility for the discipline of all children in their community.
Uh huh… go spank somebody else’s kid or even mildly discipline them and see how long it takes for child abuse people or the cops to be at your door, or for you to be hit with a lawsuit from one of Obama’s lawyer friends. Liberal do-gooders have made it so you can barely discipline your own child anymore, let alone the neighbors kids.
So, how would I categorize this speech? Bill Cosby without the Jello Pudding. He said many of the right things but there was nothing appetizing offered to get to the places Obama professes to want to go. The work of the Obama administration so far, in almost every way, works against the very goals Obama set in his speech, which makes what would have been a good speech nothing but empty, run-of-the-mill politician rhetoric. “Actions speak louder than words,” and Obama’s actions have rendered his words completely mute.