Dollar envy

Barack Obama stirred the pot and served up a fresh dose of racial paranoia to a hungry crowd at a campaign town-hall meeting in Springfield, MO.

“Nobody thinks that Bush and McCain have a real answer to the challenges we face. So what they’re going to try to do is make you scared of me,” Obama said. “You know, he’s not patriotic enough, he’s got a funny name, you know, he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Is this an example of that “Obama high road” I keep hearing about?

Mind you, this is not the first time the candidate has seen fit to mention his race. On at least three other occasions he has made it a point to draw attention to his skin color and/or upbringing.

Here he is speaking in Germany last week:

I know that I don’t look like the Americans who’ve previously spoken in this great city.

Another comment from Jacksonville, FL back in June:

They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black? He’s got a feisty wife.

And yet another gem uttered in Chicago:

They’re going to try to make me into a scary guy. They’re even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right? And so that drumbeat – ‘we’re not sure if he’s patriotic or not; we’re not sure if he is too black.’

I don’t know, before I wasn’t black enough,” said Obama. “‘Now he might be too black. We don’t know whether he’s going to socialize – well, who knows what.’

And the “drumbeat” goes on.

So just what is this obsession with race, Sen. Obama? Nobody from the opposing campaign has yet mentioned that you are black or that you don’t “look like” others… YOU are the only one who keeps placing that little detail front and center. In fact, despite all your warnings we don’t seem to be hearing these sentiments expressed by anyone but you. We certainly haven’t been hearing it from McCain or the standing President.

One thing you say here is true… you don’t look like George Washington… or Abe Lincoln… or Andrew Jackson… or Ulysses S. Grant. But it’s not for the reasons you are implying. These men earned a place on our currency because they possessed character, depth, vision and leadership — qualities you can only stare at from afar. But let’s not overlook another glaringly obvious reason you don’t “look like all those other presidents”… you are NOT a president. Yet again you have managed to very shrewdly place yourself in that noble company as if it’s a given.

Your Barrogance is showing, Senator.


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