“I was black before the election”

We knew it was going to be an Obama heavy week. The President’s comment on yesterday’s Late Show with David Letterman is the latest subject getting you talking. What do you think of his appearance?

14 Responses to ““I was black before the election””

  1. 1 Dennis Junior
    September 22, 2009 at 11:06

    What do you think of his appearance?

    Actually, I was sleeping when the show went on air; So, I have to watched it on the morning news…..

    =Dennis Junior=

  2. 2 patti in cape coral
    September 22, 2009 at 13:17

    I didn’t see it, was catching up on my ZZZs, but I liked the clip you guys have up. As usual, he seemed very relaxed and smooth. I will watch the rest today.

  3. 3 Tom K in Mpls
    September 22, 2009 at 13:31

    Letterman used to be good. Way back when he and Carson had a ‘fun feud’ going. Now who is that other guy that keeps talking so much?

  4. 4 T
    September 22, 2009 at 14:55

    I’m looking at your CNN pic. And what do they hype? Of course race. Why? Because endlessly hyping race is guranteed to give them ratings and make a ton of money. As an African American, I wonder how Obama feels being manipulated like that?

  5. 5 Dave in Florida
    September 22, 2009 at 15:07

    You were also half white before the election Mr. President. Remember your mother, and the grandparents who raised you?

    • 6 Jennifer
      September 22, 2009 at 15:48

      It’s playing which card when needed. Before the election, it was the white half that was important….now it’s not important like the black half. As long as it gets what one wants I guess it doesn’t matter.

  6. September 22, 2009 at 16:48

    I think the appearance was a good one, esspecailly to comment on the issue of race. I also wish that he continues to take his time in dealing with this difficult issue of race. It is every were in this world and we have all got to join hands in giving awareness to those who are not willing to tolerate others and put up side by side.

  7. 8 nora
    September 22, 2009 at 22:13

    On Jennifer and Obama’s “white half” being important before the election:

    I was inspired by Emma the eight year-old participating as a blogger. My grand daughter is a little older and I was thinking of encouraging her to blog with WHYS. She is of mixed race. Your recent posts on race cards have given me pause. I find your mean-spirited rhetoric to be off-putting and something I do not want to expose her to.

    • 9 Jennifer
      September 23, 2009 at 14:28


      I guess being pegged as a “rasicst” puts me in a bad mood.

      People should be judged on merit and character; NOT race.

      Do you love your granddaughter for who she is? Do you care that she is bi-racial? My guess is no. Would you want her to be equally proud to have her mother be her mother and her father be her father regardless of their race or would you want them to downplay or hide one to achieve goals, etc?

      Mr. Obama never acknowledged his “blackness” before the election it seemed to me, it was always his mom/g-ma. Now, it’s totally different and out comes the race card. Yes, that is what it is; a card to be used to achieve a goal of don’t criticize me.

      Hurling insults of racism diverts any intelligent conversation/discussion of issues. I am tired of being “exposed” to that rhetoric.

  8. 10 scmehta
    September 23, 2009 at 13:57

    Yeah, he was a black before the election; But later, after becoming the president, he is a black & white, because he is capably handling the problems of both the races with honesty and compassion.

  9. 11 patti in cape coral
    September 23, 2009 at 15:35

    @ Nora – I don’t know that I would let a youngster on this blog unless they are very thick-skinned. It gets very harsh and downright nasty at times, I sure had a hard time getting used to it at first. On the other hand, children have opinions too, and at times hearing them can be a very humbling experience.

    • 12 nora
      September 23, 2009 at 17:55

      Patti, thanks for the good thoughts. My grand daughter is a fierce sports competitor, so in time she will be ready for WHYS.

      Jennifer, I did not call you racist, I called you mean-spirited in your approach to the discussion of race. There is a frustrated white back-lash out here in the boonies, and I caught a piece of it recently. I was thrilled to get to the relative civilization of this blog where I thought that issues, not cards were the deal.

  10. 13 Marty
    September 23, 2009 at 21:30

    Funny, I wonder how the President’s mother feels, the media and others without exception refer to him as a black president, last time I checked he is both black and white; some form of bias is rearing its ugly head. Seems as though Jesse Jackson’s initial repsonse was that Obama is not black enough. Regardless of what he is, or how the press refers to him he is doing a fine job with regards to foreign policy and at least an equally bad job domestically. The unimitgated disaster in the banking/financial industry is nothing sort of surreal. First Bush and now Obama continues to enable and reward the perpetrators of this mess. More time should be paid redressing the rape, pilage and plunder of the US treasury and its far reaching long-term effects and less on the fluff and pomp of the office. Less face time and more action.

  11. 14 Kuntunkunuku
    October 8, 2009 at 15:15

    @ jenniffer “Mr. Obama never acknowledged his “blackness” before the election it seemed to me, it was always his mom/g-ma. ” have you read any of his books? did he not refere to himself as black in those books? were those books not written before the elections? when will a blackman be allowed to call himself whatever he wished without others doing it for him? is Keanu Reeves not partly asian? when was the last time you heard asians bleeting on about why keanu calling himself whti te and not Asian. Jennifer….get over it!

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