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Obama: ‘Take Back America’ Is Racist for Tea Party, But Not for Progressives

Posted on | March 3, 2011 | 14 Comments

This was mentioned Tuesday, but now the U.S. News & World Report article is available online:

But Obama, in his most candid moments, acknowledged that race was still a problem. In May 2010, he told guests at a private White House dinner that race was probably a key component in the rising opposition to his presidency from conservatives, especially right-wing activists in the anti-incumbent “Tea Party” movement that was then surging across the country. Many middle-class and working-class whites felt aggrieved and resentful that the federal government was helping other groups, including bankers, automakers, irresponsible people who had defaulted on their mortgages, and the poor, but wasn’t helping them nearly enough, he said.
A guest suggested that when Tea Party activists said they wanted to “take back” their country, their real motivation was to stir up anger and anxiety at having a black president, and Obama didn’t dispute the idea. He agreed that there was a “subterranean agenda” in the anti-Obama movement — a racially biased one — that was unfortunate. But he sadly conceded that there was little he could do about it.

Thanks to Gabriel Malor at AOSHQ, where Drew M. reminds us that the notoriously racist “Take Back America” Conference was twice addressed, both in 2006 and 2007, by an “aggrieved” and “resentful” activist who had a “subterranean agenda” to “stir up anger.”

Yeah: Barack Hussein Obama. Mmm mmm mmm.

Yet another reminder that if it weren’t for double standards, Democrats would have no standards at all.

UPDATE: Not to get all Beck-on-the-chalkboard here, but when I looked up the Campaign for America’s Future, which sponsored the “Take Back America” conferences where Obama spoke in 2006 and 2007, I noticed this:

CAF is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. It has a sister organization called the Institute for America’s Future which is a 501(c)(3) non-partisan think tank that conducts research and analysis and publishes reports about political and economic policy issues.
The Institute for America’s Future and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy sponsor a joint project called the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of environmentalists and labor unions, which seeks to commit the United States to energy independence while providing opportunity for what new “green-collar” jobs in the energy sector.

The Apollo Alliance? That name kinda rings a bell, doesn’t it?

The Apollo Alliance is a project organized by the Institute for America’s Future and the Center on Wisconsin Strategy. The Alliance is a project of the Tides Center.

Wait a minute: There’s something strangely familiar about all this.

Apollo Board Member Van Jones
Accepts White House Post

— March 10, 2009

So Obama spoke at the “Take Back America” conference, sponsored by a sister organization of the think tank that co-sponsored the Apollo Alliance, whose board member Van Jones was appointed as “green jobs czar” by Obama, who subsequently declared it was racist to want to “Take Back America.”

Y’know, it’s almost like there is a pattern here or something.


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