First, we had this on Inside Washington recently during a discussion of Obama’s upcoming decision on Afghanistan, syndicated columnist Mark Shields scoffed at Obama’s demeanor, wishing instead for a “manly man” in the White House:
SHIELDS: We have a president of real intellectual horse power who is cool, detached and analytical and if anything you can watch the emotional side of him emerge in this whole process. … There’s an emotional aspect, the comforter in chief as well as the commander in chief. Both roles. And I think it makes me nostalgic for those days when we had a manly man in the White House who could say, “Let’s kick some tail and ask questions afterwards” you know? That’s what we really need instead of any reflection.
Watch it here:
UPDATE: Think Progress reported that Mr. Shields claims he was just being “sarcastic”.
Then we saw an editorial in the Washington Times on Tuesday by editor emeritus Wesley Pruden, that read in part:
But Mr. Obama, unlike his predecessors, likely knows no better, and many of those around him, true children of the grungy ’60s, are contemptuous of custom. Cutting America down to size is what attracts them to “hope” for “change.” It’s no fault of the president that he has no natural instinct or blood impulse for what the America of “the 57 states” is about. He was sired by a Kenyan father, born to a mother attracted to men of the Third World and reared by grandparents in Hawaii, a paradise far from the American mainstream.
In my opinion, that editorial, from a so-called Main Stream Media source is way beyond ANY journalistic standard and should be called out by ALL news outlets, print, TV and digital.
What in the world does Obama’s mother have to do with any of todays political issues? In my opinion this man’s thinking is no different than the writings and court decisions of the 1800’s about Blacks being “an inferior race”. My God, Pruden’s editorial is something straight out of the civil war era!
Why am I so suprised and outraged over this? I would say because even with all of the racist undertones of the Tea Party marches and town hall screamers and even the Palin rallies of September and October 2008, this sort of rhetoric coming from an allegedly “legitimate” medium is appalling!
The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygor had this to say on the matter: