The two faces of Barack; Obama caught on 2007 tape pushing overtly racist politics on Katrina.
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The irony here is stunning.
First, as the Daily Caller notes, a full six months before Obama’s speech, “the federal government had sent at least $110 billion to areas damaged by Katrina. Compare this to the mere $20 billion that the Bush administration pledged to New York City after 9/11.” While Obama accuses the government of not waiving the “Stafford Act” (which provides for a matching fund ratio in reconstruction efforts) during Katrina, unlike, he says, during the Andrew and 9/11 disasters, this is simply untrue. As the DC points out, the Stafford Act was waived at various points during the Katrina clean-up — and mere weeks before Obama’s speech an additional $6.9 billion went to the hard-hit arena with “no strings attached.” The notion that as a sitting senator and by 2007 an active presidential candidate Obama had no knowledge of this is preposterous.
Second, now that he himself has been president for four years what happened to all that “poverty in our midst” Obama was shouting about back there in 2007? That’s right — as noted here, the poverty rate is expected to rise shortly to 15.7% — the highest rate since the LBJ 1960’s. And the number of Americans on food stamps has shot up by some 800,000 in 2011 to a record 46.7 million Americans.
What the Daily Caller has unearthed here, what exploded into the political atmosphere on Hannity’s show last night, is the portrait of a man with two faces.
When he isn’t quite so famous, when the press was snoozing on the job, he can miraculously deliver a 40-minute minute speech in a Southern-accented twang in spite of the fact that his southern heritage reaches only as far as the South Side of Chicago.
He can — and did — play the race card, ironically playing blacks off not just against whites but Hispanics as well. No wonder the Univision folks are so suspicious of him on Fast and Furious.
What’s significant here?
This speech, pricelessly captured on video, shows a man who has no intention whatsoever in leading a “post-racial” America. This is a man who has every intention of dividing by race, and twisting the facts or eliminating them altogether as he goes along.
The really shocking thing here is that only now, confronted with video tape, will some people begin to understand the actual presidential performance of the man they elected four years ago.
This is a President with two faces. The one on display when, figuratively speaking, he thinks no one is looking. The other the man who sits today in the White House — trying to convince his fellow citizens he really isn’t the man his critics accuse him of being.
That would be the first man.
The man on the tape who sees America , as the Daily Caller points out, as a “racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America.”
On the very eve of the first presidential debate, the Obama campaign now has a serious new problem.
And there’s plenty of time for millions to get acquainted with the man on that tape.
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