Brilliant Speech by Obama, Ugly Reaction by Drudge

One last Obama post for the evening…

The Daily Beast - Peter Beinart

Obama’s Morehouse speech was a beautiful paean to the values of Martin Luther King Jr. So how did Drudge respond? Disgustingly,says Peter Beinart.

“I’m a black man…” “Obama Uses Commencement Address to Recall Jim Crow, Racism of 40s, 50s…” “As an African American you have to work twice as hard…” Those were the three headlines on the Drudge Report this morning about President Obama’s commencement speech yesterday at historically black Morehouse College. (Hat tip to my Beast colleague David Frum whose tweet alerted me to them.)

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President Barack Obama receives an honorary degree during Morehouse College’s 129th Commencement ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

 

The implication was clear: far from the gaze of white America, Obama had exposed himself as the militant, separatist, blame-whitey black nationalist conservatives have long thought him to be. Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle made the point explicit, tweeting: “Sorry to break it to you Mr. President, but your race is IRRELEVANT to all the problems and scandals facing the country right now.”

 

It’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry. In fact, Obama never used the phrase “I’m a black man.” What he did say was that “there are some things, as black men, we can only do for ourselves.” He went on to declare that “we know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is that there’s no longer any room for excuses … Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you’ve suffered some discrimination.”

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Graduates listen under heavy rain as President Obama delivers his speech at Morehouse College on Sunday. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

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4 comments

    1. I grow weary of the spin.

      Valentine, I made a concerted effort to ignore the fools who constantly try but never will succeed in bringing the POTUS down to their level.

      Benjamin Franklin said it best:
      Any fool can criticize, condemn and complain – and most fools do.

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