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Are_grits_groceries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:07 PM
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Obama Needs a Smack-down Czar
Obama Must Follow Through On His Threats to 'Call Out' Foes

On several occasions this year, President Obama has expressed with certain bravado a threat to "call out" anyone who would undermine his reform efforts. The problem is that the Ivy League gentleman from Hawaii appears not to have mastered this coarsened art of the streetwise rebuke and, as a result, he tends to come off as bluffing.

"If you misrepresent what's in this plan, we will call you out," Obama told a joint session of Congress last week. Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) apparently knew better. He not only misrepresented the plan but also interrupted Obama's speech to call the president a liar.

Sure enough, Obama did not call him out.

Let's face it: Our articulate and mild-mannered president doesn't have the stomach for the kind of merciless ridicule that one uses to expose and embarrass political hypocrites and scoundrels. But if Obama is going to keep threatening to call people out -- as if he were from the streets and not just someone who used to work in the streets -- the least he can do is learn the fundamentals.

Otherwise, he's just selling wolf tickets -- writing macho bad checks with his mouth and leaving others to cover the racial overdraft.

Some people don't believe Wilson's outburst had anything to do with race. They'll tell you it's democracy in action. But tell that to the many African Americans who know first-hand the subtlety of post-racial slights. What had been our excitement over Obama's election is rapidly becoming consternation at a marked increase in racism and attendant racial disparities -- in health, income, jobs and housing -- to say nothing of Obama's abject refusal to even broach the subject of race.

With Obama virtually stunned into submission by Wilson's retort, senior black Democrats were left scrambling to defend the young president's honor. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.), who is black, tried the backroom approach and pleaded three times for Wilson to make a public apology. (Actually, asking more than twice amounts to begging.) Wilson refused.
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The worst thing you can do is make a threat (or whatever term you want to use), and not follow through. You have to do what you say you are going to do.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:08 PM
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1. I'm available or perhaps the Rude Pundit...nt
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 01:08 PM by and-justice-for-all
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derby378 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:20 PM
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2. I nominate this guy
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