Sunday, November 22, 2009

More ridiculous, racist and ignorant anti-Obama stuff

Isn't it great how the election of a black president has signified the end of racism in the US?

Oh, hang on...

Ok, ok, we get it... he's not "a real American" like the rest of y'all.

See the Right in America have a constant complaint that any time they criticise Obama, the Left find some way to accuse them of racism. This complaint would carry much more weight if there weren't so many folks on the Right producing such obviously racist nonsense as the above sign.

And then you may recall there was this guy:

Or this picture being sent around, by a legislative aid for a state senator no less:

See what they did there? Wah, so clever!

Or of course these guys.

Of course BO found himself copping more criticism last week for this:

Now, I dunno if it's just because I am a fairly worldly person with an Asian background and a fairly comfortable sense of my own masculinity, but I don't bat an eyelid when I see this. Yet to some US commentators, this shows everything that is wrong with Obama. Imagine bowing to Japanese royalty, in Japan. Japanese don't bow, do they...?

You'll remember he received the same criticism from bowing to Saudi King Abdullah, which I wrote about here. Only in that instance it was worse because it gave the mouth-breathers a chance to rehash their Obama-is-a-jihadist-puppet theories.

Check this from an article by Wesley Pruden, a former editor of the Washington Times:

"Now we know why Mr. Obama stunned everyone with an earlier similar bow to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, only the bow to the Japanese emperor was far more flamboyant, a sign of a really deep sense of inferiority... This is not the way an American president impresses evildoers that he's strong, tough and decisive, that America is not to be trifled with."

Does Pruden really, seriously, think that Obama is demonstrating his feelings of inferiority by bowing? It amazes me that so many on the Right think that showing deference to another person is a sign of weakness. Ever wonder why most of the world regards Americans as arrogant?

Think about it this way. If you go to the house of an Asian person, you are generally expected to take your shoes off. You don't have to, and if you are unaware and don't think to do so, no one will really think badly of you. But if you flatly refuse to do respect the rules of someone else's house and culture, well... you will be thought of as a bit of a prick.

Pruden's argument basically goes that "bowing is not in our culture, and our culture is better than anyone elses, so there's no need to do it." He gives an example of the arrogant attitude displayed by General McArthur towards Emperor Hirohito post WW2 as being some kind of benchmark for the attitude American leaders should display towards the rest of the world.

He goes on:

"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."

And we are right back at racism again. There's only one way of being a "true American" and it sure as hell doesn't involve mixing with foreigners. In fact, it's a "blood impulse" - only a white person can truly feel what it is to be an American.

In case you are interested, most Japanese people seemed to think it was appropriate and respectful - see here.

See also:

When is an American not an American?

Race in the race to the White House

Stephen Colbert on "Neutral Man"; and Obama the "racist"


  1. To be fair, the person who started this whole Obama show-us-your-birth-certificate campaign is Philadelphia attorney Phillip J Berg, active and long-term Democrat as well as being a life-long paid-up member of the NAACP. A man of the "left".

    See here:

  2. Regardless of who started it Peter, the people for whom this has become a cause celebre are primarily the Right. And for whom the issue has clear racial overtones.

    If only they had displayed the same passion when George W Bush stole the Presidency in 2000.

  3. About the left-right dichotomy in politics, the late Professor Carroll Quigley of Georgetown University, mentor to Bill Clinton, wrote in his tome "Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time", that:

    "The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to the doctrinaire and academic thinkers... Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can 'throw the rascals out' at any election without leading to any profound or extreme shifts in policy."

    See here: