Sean Hannity – the guy who pals around with a slavery apologist and other bigots – has a new race card to play against President Obama. Thanks to Tucker Carlson, there’s some new video footage of a 2007 speech President Obama made talking about poverty and the inadequate federal response to Hurricane Katrina and – OMG! He gives a shout out to Rev. Jeremiah Wright and talks more like an African American than he does to white people. Ladies and gentlemen, this is proof that Obama is a racist and a hate monger! Just like when Hannity found the same “bombshell” proof in a video showing Obama hugging a “black radical” (who was a tenured Harvard professor) in 1990. I suspect this one will have only slightly more impact.
Remember how Hannity hates it when people play the race card? That only seems to apply when it’s played against white people. Because when it comes to playing race cards against African Americans, especially President Barack Obama, Hannity is a dealer extraordinaire.
Hannity said the video contains “some of the most divisive, class warfare and racially-charged rhetoric ever used by Barack Obama.”
Well, you tell me. I listened to every minute of what was aired on Hannity and was hard-pressed to figure out what was so bad about it.
Predictably, Hannity played the GOP Special Victim – media edition. He whined, “This event was covered by other media outlets, including the Associated Press and local television stations. But again, the most outrageous comments were completely ignored. This is further proof that the mainstream media has been in the pocket of Barack Obama since the day that he arrived on the national stage.”
Yes, if only the media would portray President Obama as the black radical and racist Hannity just “knows” he is.
The “explosive” news, according to the Daily Caller, is that Obama briefly deviated from his prepared remarks to comment on Hurricane Katrina. Obama said the federal government should do more to rebuild New Orleans, including waiving some requirements of the Stafford Act as the federal government did after 9/11 and Hurricane Andrew. Fox News, apparently, thinks this statement is outrageous and controversial.
To prove how little “there” there is, Think Progress showed a screen grab of one of the banners on Hannity’s show blaring: OBAMA ON TAPE: KATRINA VICTIMS SHORTCHANGED BY GOVERNMENT.
Yes, this is the “pretty explosive stuff,” that Hannity said, “all Americans need to pay close attention to.”
Well, that and the “change in the way he delivers the speech before a predominantly African American audience,” as Hannity put it. Meaning, Obama spoke more “black” than he normally does. News flash for Hannity: This is what people of common ethnicity and/or community do. In my experience, African Americans do this all the time when they speak among one another. Southerners speak more "southern" when they are with other southerners, Jews act more Jewish, and so on.
“This is not a dog whistle. This is a dog siren,” Carlson insisted, because Obama made remarks such as, “our people” should have gotten construction jobs instead of Haliburton."
But as Alan Colmes posted on his blog, Obama specifically said that the government response was “colorblind.”
“Look at what happened in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast when Katrina hit. People ask me whether I thought race was the reason the response was so slow. I said, ‘No. This Administration was colorblind in its incompetence.’ But everyone here knows the disaster and the poverty happened long before that hurricane hit. All the hurricane did was make bare what we ignore each and every day which is that there are whole sets of communities that are impoverished, that don’t have meaningful opportunity, that don’t have hope and they are forgotten. This disaster was a powerful metaphor for what’s gone on for generations.”