Quote(s) of the Day.


The press conference was about what you’d expect: Obama trying to sell the public health care reform (which Ambinder notes, he has subtly begun calling  “health insurance reform”) ahead of his self-imposed end-of-summer deadline for a bill from Congress. But Obama was surprisingly candid in his response to a question about the Skip Gates incident.

To which Adam responded:

Reporters are going to act like this was a “betrayal” of a post-racial promise Obama never actually made.


8 thoughts on “Quote(s) of the Day.

  1. Winslowalrob July 22, 2009 at 10:53 pm Reply

    Which reporters? Actually I think a lot of reporters worship at the altar of Obama (an altar I myself frequent, tickets are on-sale now!) and there will be a loud chorus of media outlets who support his statements.

    Or ignore them.

    Serwer is just being salty.

  2. quadmoniker July 23, 2009 at 7:15 am Reply

    Yep, here it is, courtesy of Kit Seelye, who shouldn’t have been allowed allowed to write about race after this 2007 article:

    In the public spotlight, Mr. Obama has sought to transcend, if not avoid, the issue of race. As a candidate, he tried to confine his racial references to the difficulty of catching a cab in New York, although he was forced to confront it directly during the Pennsylvania primary when his pastor, Jeremiah Wright, became an issue. And last week, at the 100th convention of the NAACP in New York, he spoke in uncharacteristically personal terms about his rise to power as a black man, while warning black Americans not to make excuses for their failure to achieve.

    Wednesday night’s press conference seemed to be a different deal as the president leaped into a highly charged controversy that has ignited passions across talk radio, the blogosphere and the old-fashioned water cooler.

    Although, to be fair, she’s only hinting at it.

  3. Leigh July 23, 2009 at 7:39 am Reply

    I think more irritating is the NYT headline that followed this typically thoughtful answer to the question w/the headline “Obama Calls CPD Stupid” or something terse to that effect.

    Yeah, Prez resorts to name-calling! Awesome.

  4. Winslowalrob July 23, 2009 at 11:03 am Reply

    So far I have not heard the ‘betrayal of postrcialism’ in the headlines, but I will give it some more time.

    And Leigh, considering the quality of NYT headlines that deal with Obama and blacks in the past, I was actually pretty satisfied with what they wrote :).

    • Redstar July 23, 2009 at 2:41 pm Reply


      • Winslowalrob July 23, 2009 at 4:11 pm Reply

        The key to success in life is having low standards

        • Redstar July 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm Reply

          lol; that’s very sad, actually.

  5. Redstar July 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm Reply

    Wondering if you all saw this:


    Sgt. Crowley teaches racial profiling and diversity classes at the police academy.

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