This story is just tempting to ignore. I really like Democratic strategist Bob Beckel. He reminds me so much of Democratic strategist James Carville. Both have a known tendency to shot their mouths off first and think second. Personality wise, I like Carville better though. Beckel has been a one man self destructing wrecking crew since joining Fox News and becoming a panelist on the the show "The Five". Bob's latest trip down the rabbit hole came, when he made a comment yesterday that was absolute stupid. It was a comment that I though gee if a conservative would have made the exact verbatim comment about Obama, the left would have gone nuclear times ten in outrage demanding he or she be fired or dealt with. I'm going to build up to it. Here's a question. Should Barack Hussein Obama be looked up to by blacks? Some would say yes. Forget his lack of positive accomplishments for a second. He is the first bi racial passed off as black president. That is something to be noted. Now here's another question, should it matter that Barack Hussein Obama never lived in the ghetto?
He grew up in Indonesia and Hawaii which are not exactly Baltimore, Detroit, Cleveland etc. By him not growing up in "the hood" Obama lacked "street cred". He was seen by most to be in a different category of black persona then lets say the likes of Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton who both also ran for President. Because of Obama's upbringing and education, he was seen as "acceptable" or as Joe Biden "mainstream and clean". He was referred to as "Obama the Magic Negro"
by the editor of the LA Times David Ehrenstein who is a black liberal. Democratic Senate Majority Leader praised Obama for not having a "Negro Dialect".unless he wanted to have one (while speaking to blacks).
On a side note, Mr None Negro Dialect Barack Obama criticized Trent Lott
for saying some kind words during Strom Thurmond's 100th birthday party but Barack had no problem accepting the apology from Harry Reid nor raising money for the late Klansman Robert Byrd of West Virginia
. Back to Bob. Bob claimed that blacks should not look up to Condi Rice, because she didn't grow up in the ghetto.
Since Obama never lived in the slums or ghettos, I would have to say using Bob Beckel's template for what makes for a good black role model for people who live in the ghetto, Barrack Obama would have to be disqualified
as well right? Funny I know, if Bob was asked that question, he would spin left and right to try and make an exception for Obama, that's not even in question. I'm not a big fan of Condi Rice ideology wise, she's too progressive for my taste, however I do acknowledge her accomplishments and her life's story from being from being born into a family of sharecroppers, becoming a child prodigy, becoming the first black female Secretary of State and first black National Security Advisor who is also an accomplished pianist who can also speak multiple languages.. Condi didn't grow up in the hood or ghetto like Beckel said, but she grew up in the era of Jim Crow n the segregated south where racism was real. It wasn't no progressive political smear back then, it was the real thing. Beckel needs to walk in the shoes of Condi to know what makes a true role model.