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What he said:

President Barack Obama, asked to respond at a news conference with Malaysia’s prime minister during his visit to the country Sunday, called the reported remarks “incredibly offensive racist statements.”

“I don’t think I have to interpret those statements for you, they kind of speak for themselves,” Obama said. “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk. And that’s what happened here.”

Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain. Horrifying.

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85 replies
  1. 1
    Violet says:

    And Vice President Palin. Shudder.

  2. 2
    Zam says:

    @Violet: I’m not sure she’d be willing to hold onto that job this long.

  3. 3
    hildebrand says:

    @Violet: Hey, she said something about baptizing terrorists by waterboarding them – she clearly is the: Best Representative Ever of Christianity.

    Sigh. Can’t we nuke Wasilla from orbit, just to be sure?

    Sorry, I am not as cool as our President. There are days when a little blood on the tracks would be just fine.

  4. 4
    Tommy says:

    @Violet: The NBA better do something about Donald Sterling and really fast. That tape couldn’t have come out at a worse time for the NBA. Finally the Clippers are a pretty good team. Maybe one of the most popular players (Blake Griffin). First round of the playoffs. Oh and the target audience of the league (not to mention most of the players) are African American.

    I love the sign that Deadspin has from the Clippers game last night. A white guy with a sign that says “I brought a black guy with me.” The African American next to him with a sign that said something like “I am the black guy.” Just priceless.

  5. 5
    Baud says:

    McCain would never have been asked about Sterling.

  6. 6
    MikeBoyScout says:

    Please proceed governor

  7. 7
    Baud says:

    @Zam:

    Yeah, she would have quit after the second failed assassination attempt.

  8. 8
    max says:

    Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain?

    Yes. A time period with an incredibly high background radiation count.

    max
    [‘Literally.’]

  9. 9
    scav says:

    “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk.”

    And some people are just so gosh-durned chatty.

  10. 10
    gbear says:

    @Baud: She’d be begging Putin for advice.

  11. 11
    Tommy says:

    This is kind of scary:

    Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million of them, or nearly double their number in 1980.

    Digby goes on to say that our police officers look more like Delta forces then a “beat cop.” This is something I notice in my town, which is kind of cool and progressive. Our police look like something out of a futuristic war movie. Which is strange cause I read our yearly crime report and outside of the fact there is way, way too much domestic violence our crimes are mostly DUIs or kids spray painting something.

  12. 12
    Cacti says:

    @scav:

    “When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk.”

    Or as it’s otherwise known, giving them enough rope to hang themselves.

  13. 13
    Persia says:

    @Baud: Yep. I mean, overall we’re better off, full stop, but McCain would never have been asked about it.

  14. 14
    Trentrunner says:

    “Please proceed, Mr. Sterling.”

  15. 15
    BGinCHI says:

    History is going to treat Obama very, very kindly for all that he has taken with the grace he has taken it.

    We are having a slow and messy cultural revolution and the reactionaries are losing one funeral at a time.

  16. 16
    Fluke bucket says:

    @MikeBoyScout: my first thought exactly. Obama is a master at letting people hang themselves.

  17. 17
    Trentrunner says:

    @Persia: I tend to agree, but Obama is known to be a HUGE basketball fan (and player), so this makes some sense, at least more sense than asking Obama about everything else black because he’s black and black and black…

  18. 18
    Tommy says:

    @BGinCHI: I agree 110%. There are more then a few policy things I am not really happy about, but alas the grace with which he has handled attack after attack is pretty amazing. He is a much better man then myself.

  19. 19
    Suzanne says:

    Can I just ruminate for a moment on how much I love having a president who is calm, cool, and collected? I just love how he is unflappable and chill, all the time. No hot-headed anger, no rash promises, no shooting his mouth off. It makes a really big difference.

  20. 20
    The Dangerman says:

    Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain?

    Meet The Press would change its name to Meet The President?

  21. 21
    BGinCHI says:

    @Tommy: It’s an amazing combination to have the ego to want a job like POTUS while also possessing the poise to hold your cool when everyone else is making dumbasses of themselves.

    Look at what a bullying prick Christie is and he’s only the governor of Sopranistan.

  22. 22
    WereBear says:

    @Suzanne: It’s highly admirable, because the urge to be sarcastic must be overwhelming.

    At least, it would be for me. But I’m not Presidential timber!

  23. 23
    efgoldman says:

    Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain.

    Well, there would have been a lot more dead people, both in our armed forces, and in some not-determined brown people country.
    I expect Grandpa Walnuts and his political staff would have wanted to bury Snowbillie Snookie in the deepest hole possible, although she wouldn’t have stayed buried. Can you imagine her representing the US at some foreign head-of-state’s funeral? :::shudder:::

  24. 24
    Tommy says:

    @BGinCHI: That is exactly it. You do have to have something of an ego to want to be POTUS. You also have to have pretty thick skin to run for the Senate and the POTUS. But the attacks on him have been so over-the-top I would NEVER have been able to keep my cool.

  25. 25
    srv says:

    The problem is, there’s a whole swath of America that revel in their ignorance. It’s a feature for them.

    IDK why the right isn’t more offended that Sterling’s private speech is vilified, he’s being victimized like that Mozilla guy… 1st Ammendment! Instead they’re trying to turn him into a democrat.

    If it were somewhere other than California or Massachusetts, I think that’s what they’d be doing.

  26. 26
    Cacti says:

    @srv:

    Instead they’re trying to turn him into a democrat

    Desperate to divert attention from how many GOPer pols embraced Cliven Bundy.

  27. 27
    dmsilev says:

    @Violet:

    And Vice President Palin. Shudder.

    Even being reminded that that was once a vaguely plausible possibility is enough to make me start drinking.

  28. 28
    srv says:

    Sterling’s wife throws him under the bus

    “I do not condone those statements that you heard. I do not believe in them. I am not a racist. I never have been, never will be. The team is the most important thing to my family.”

  29. 29
    dmsilev says:

    @Suzanne: I kind of hope that on Obama’s last full day of office in January 2017, he calls a press conference and just lets loose everything that he’s kept bottled up so well over the last several years.

    Or, more likely to happen, writes a tell-most book (sadly, a tell-all is probably too much for us to ask for).

  30. 30
    Tommy says:

    @dmsilev: How about it. My mom still has my favorite quote about Palin. She had never in her 67 years not voted for a Republican for POTUS. She said, and she cusses like once a decade:

    Palin is shit all stupid. She is an affront to smart and able women worldwide.

    I thought that summed up things pretty well. Oh she voted for Obama.

  31. 31
    srv says:

    You know, SNL or somebody should do a series of alternate reality episodes where “What if John McCain was President?”

    McCain being badgered on what every whitey does, people calling him Panamanian, starting a war or three…

  32. 32
    gogol's wife says:

    @BGinCHI:

    I think that the New York Times is not going to look so good in the history books based on how they’ve treated him. When they talk about his foreign policy, they keep using words like “stumble” and “blunder.” When they talk about Putin, it’s “deft” and “adroit.” They make me sick. I’d like them to spend a couple of days — even a couple of minutes — as a journalist in Putin’s Russia.

  33. 33
    WereBear says:

    @srv: McCain being badgered on what every whitey does, people calling him Panamanian, starting a war or three…

    That’s brilliant!

  34. 34
    Tommy says:

    @gogol’s wife: My father’s PhD is in military history. He was a military planner for the DoD for decades. Taught at the Army War College. He literally wrote the text book on the modern use of air power during a war. He is not a liberal.

    I often talk to him about military strategy, cause well he knows a lot more then I do. But with that said he thought Iraq was a stupid idea. He thought going into Afghanistan with a large number of forces for anytime was also dumb, cause you know you don’t start land wars in central Asia.

    Asked him about Ukraine and he thinks Obama has done all that can be done.

    He doesn’t suffer fools lightly and when he was over for Easter he couldn’t believe all the idiots on TV saying Obama should be stronger on Ukraine. Obama should do this or that (which of course they never really say). I think he said these idiots would start a war if they could, a war they wouldn’t fight. Are they crazy?

    I was like yes dad, I think they are crazy.

  35. 35
    WaterGirl says:

    @srv: Translation: I don’t really give a shit about my husband, but please don’t take the team away from us.

  36. 36
    Suzanne says:

    @dmsilev: His ability to hold his tongue is simply mind-blowing. I just really appreciate that the person who is in control of the country is in such great control of himself.

  37. 37
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @Baud:

    Are you talking about someone trying to kill her, or her trying to kill McCain?

  38. 38
    Tommy says:

    @WaterGirl: I mean honestly what else is she supposed to say? Lets face it owning a major sports team in the second largest media market in the country is a license to print money. Clearly she wants to protect this “right.”

  39. 39
  40. 40
    shelly says:

    But was he talking about Bundy or Sterling? So many to choose from!

  41. 41
    Gravenstone says:

    @srv:

    The team is the most important thing to my family.

    Sorry madam, but I believe you’ll find that deep down, his money is the most important thing to Mr. Sterling. And that means that you too will be expendable, should a less problematic or more appealing trophy prospect appear.

  42. 42
    Roger Moore says:

    Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain. Horrifying.

    I don’t think we would have had the last 6 years with President McCain. If he had been elected and survived for 4 years, he would have been defeated in a landslide in 2012. More likely he would have died of stress well before then and it would have been Palin who was defeated in 2012. Less likely, we wouldn’t have a country left.

  43. 43
    Schlemizel says:

    Does anyone think a President Rmoney would have been asked that question? It bugs the heck out of me that this is something that needs a comment simply because he is black.

  44. 44
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Baud:

    McCain would never have been asked about Sterling.

    This. Unless there’s a specific issue (e.g., Eisenhower/Little Rock, LBJ/ Various Civil/Voting Rights legislation), President BHO is the only POTUS to be regularly questioned about anything that has to do in any way with race. Would GWB have been asked for his take on the arrest of Dr. Henry Louis Gates? Or the murder of Trayvon Martin? I think not.

  45. 45
    Tommy says:

    OK I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but can we just all agree that the Republicans have jumped the shark. That idiots are running the party. And that our nation ought to have at least two sane, functioning political parties. I keep thinking they can’t surprise me. Then Bundy happens. Or something else that I am sure will happen tonight. Here is Rick Santorum on Face the Nation today:

    “I said this at the NRA, I think a well-armed family is a safe family,” Santorum declared. “I think a well-armed America is a safer America. I think if you look at anything from all of these attacks that have taken place is that if people had actually had weapons there, those attacks would have been thwarted and people’s lives would have been saved.”

    “In fact, there are millions of lives that are saved in American every year — or millions of instances like that where gun owners have prevented crimes and stopped things from happening because of having guns at the scene.”

    […..]

    Schieffer wondered if Santorum would support law-abiding gun owner bringing military assault-style rifles into airports.

    […..]

    “I don’t think this is going to encourage some bad guy to cause harm in an airport, but it’s going to create an opportunity that if something bad does happen at an airport, that maybe someone will be there to be able to stop it,” Santorum opined.

    I love the quote that millilons of lives are saved cause of guns each year. Wonder why the heck that stat came from.

  46. 46
    John Weiss says:

    @BGinCHI: “We are having a slow and messy cultural revolution and the reactionaries are losing one funeral at a time.”

    Messy, I agree. They always are. Slow? I thought so during my yout’ in the sixties, but not I think, relatively speaking, that it’s slow at all. What, ongoing since the thirties, you think? Eighty years or so is pretty quick for such things, unless they’re really bloody; I’m thinking of the “cultural revolution” in China. And in Europe, the transition from old style feudalism. And the American South.

  47. 47
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Suzanne:

    I’ve said it before: I cannot wait to read his Presidential memoirs. If he is as candid as I hope he’ll be, I think we’re going to learn of a few behind-the-scenes moments where he indulged in some EPIC rants.

    Or maybe I should rather be looking forward to Michelle’s memoirs.

    (Both, actually. I will spend money on both, and enjoy the reads.)

  48. 48
    dmsilev says:

    @Tommy:

    I love the quote that millilons of lives are saved cause of guns each year. Wonder why the heck that stat came from.

    I think you will find that that quote is covered in Santorum.

  49. 49
    Mike in NC says:

    Teabaggers are still convinced of a few immutable things:

    (1) Everything bad that happened under Bush 2 was directly attributable to that devil Clinton.
    (2) Besides that, Bush 2 wasn’t even a True Conservative!
    (3) Obummer is the ultimate Affirmative Action politician who had everything in life handed to him on a silver platter.

    I know this from reading the daily Letters to the Editor in local papers from geezers who spend 8 to 12 hours a day plugged into the Wingnut Wurlitzer.

  50. 50
    Tommy says:

    @SiubhanDuinne: I am sure behind closed doors he must have lost it a few times. Several instances I think it happened was with raising the debt limit, offering nine dollars in budget cuts for a buck in tax increases, or even going so far to put things like changes to SS on the table. Places where he tried to come to the Republicans. Knew folks like myself, his base, would yell and scream at him non-stop.

    Then not only did they stab him in the back, they mocked him in press conferences and attacked him 24/7. I don’t know how any sane person, and Obama is totally sane, could not lose it over stuff like I listed above.

  51. 51
    Ian says:

    What not threads on this?

    I see that # 3 and others beat me to it.

  52. 52
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @Tommy:

    Wonder why the heck that stat came from.

    Three guesses, first two don’t count.

    La derrière de la Mooselini.

    On edit: I see dmsilev beat me to it.

  53. 53
    Patrick says:

    @Tommy:

    So I wonder if Santorum would be OK with a black (or Muslim) dude walking around legally with a gun in the park where his kids or grandkids (I don’t know whether he has any and I truly could care less, but for the sake of argument) play. We all know the answer…

  54. 54
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @Baud: Just wanted to clarify that…

    Your original comment was al title ambiguous… and clarity is everything in life…

  55. 55
    Villago Delenda Est says:

    @John Weiss: One can make the argument that the first sexual revolution was in the 20’s, and paved the way for the one in the 60’s.

  56. 56
    max says:

    OK I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but can we just all agree that the Republicans have jumped the shark. That idiots are running the party.

    Idiots have been running that party since 2001. They’ve just gotten more obvious.

    max
    [‘Desperation will do that.’]

  57. 57
    Roger Moore says:

    @Tommy:

    I think he said these idiots would start a war if they could, a war they wouldn’t fight.

    Some of them might, but more of them are just looking for one more thing to criticize Obama about. If he doesn’t jump straight to bombing, he’s weak. If he bombs somebody the moment they put a foot out of line, he’s lawless. If he waits to get his ducks in a row before bombing people, he’s weak and lawless. The most important point is that whatever he does is wrong. I hope Obama has memorized the quote by Teddy Roosevelt:

    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

  58. 58
    Jacks mom says:

    Being an atheist I can’t believe how often God has saved us from these very tiresome Christians.

    Thanks

  59. 59
    Roger Moore says:

    @WaterGirl:

    Translation: I don’t really give a shit about my husband, but please don’t take the team away from us.

    Given his preference for bimbos, there’s a good chance she’s only stayed married because of his money and the team.

  60. 60
    TS says:

    Can you imagine what the last 6 years would have been like with President McCain

    He would never have been reelected.

  61. 61
    efgoldman says:

    Late to the thread, but I just saw this:
    http://www.barstoolsports.com/.....on-notice/

  62. 62
    Patrick says:

    @TS:

    George W Bush was…

  63. 63
    trollhattan says:

    There’s a billionaire up in Seattle who really, really, really wants an NBA team.

    Just sayin’.

  64. 64
    Geoduck says:

    @BGinCHI: My standard thought on the Ongoing Revolution is now this Alternet article by Sara Robinson.

  65. 65
    Forked Tongue says:

    @efgoldman: Good Lord, the comments on that really make a guy wanna just cut ties to the human race.

    But then I reflect that they really just represent the views of white people who are heavily into sports, and I never vested much hope in that type anyway.

  66. 66
    LAC says:

    @Schlemizel: we’ll consider the source of the question : chuck fucking Todd. Probably just drumming up something he can pontificate about on morning blow. The president handled it well.

  67. 67
    nellcote says:

    @Suzanne:

    Can I just ruminate for a moment on how much I love having a president who is calm, cool, and collected? I just love how he is unflappable and chill, all the time.

    Well there is Luther, his anger translator.

  68. 68
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Roger Moore: IANAL, but it’s Cali. Isn’t that team half hers anyway?

  69. 69
    drkrick says:

    @BGinCHI:

    We are having a slow and messy cultural revolution and the reactionaries are losing one funeral at a time.

    Just needed to see it again before I so steal it.

  70. 70
    SiubhanDuinne says:

    @Tommy:

    Yes, it is nothing short of amazing that he’s managed to keep his Inner Angry Black Man at bay. I hope he doesn’t take it out in ulcers, hypertension, and nightmares.

  71. 71
    Roger Moore says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    IANAL, but it’s Cali. Isn’t that team half hers anyway?

    Ask Jamie McCourt how well that works.

  72. 72
    Citizen_X says:

    When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk.

    Ladies and gentlemen, The Memoirs of President Barack Hussein Obama: The Shorter.

  73. 73
    Lyrebird says:

    @Tommy: Thanks, that deadspin photo was cute! (Decent-Guys-Standing-Up-Squee is at least as good as kitty squee for me!)

  74. 74
    Gin & Tonic says:

    @Roger Moore: Well, the Sterlings have been married longer than the franchise has existed, so I’d think she’s in a stronger position.

  75. 75
    JDM says:

    @The Republic of Stupidity:

    That caribou hunting episode showed she can’t shoot worth shit.

  76. 76
    lamh36 says:

    @srv: oh, the wife is as bad as the husband!

    Just threw up in mouth. “@kevinarnovitz
    Shelly Sterling, citizen leader pic.twitter.com/43h9nTbFfj”

    Plaintiffs claim that Rochelle Sterling has posed as a health inspector in an attempt to harass tenants. ..

    Check out these courts docs under “Sham Inspections” for complete read…
    http://court.cacd.uscourts.gov.....859AHM.pdf

  77. 77
    Joey Maloney says:

    @Tommy: I love the quote that millilons of lives are saved cause of guns each year. Wonder why the heck that stat came from.

    It came out of santorum.

  78. 78
    Wally Ballou says:

    @Baud: Shit, for all we know Sterling might never have made the comments in the first place if McCain (or any other non-near) were in the White House.

  79. 79
    bago says:

    @nellcote: 67 posts to unleash the Anger Translator!?! You juicers are proably cooking in the kitchen or buried under a mound of pets. Get your ass to youtube and get educated!

  80. 80
    Wally Ballou says:

    @Forked Tongue:

    But then I reflect that they really just represent the views of white people who are heavily into sports, and I never vested much hope in that type anyway.

    Fuck you.

  81. 81

    @Villago Delenda Est:
    I generally view it as the post-WWII era destroying 50 years of cultural progress and creating a set of fake, ahistorical norms that everyone pretended were traditions. We’ve had to start over from this new, very unhealthy base.

  82. 82
    TS says:

    @Patrick:

    George W Bush was…

    1. The war with Russia was too late for McCain to ride it to victory

    2. GWB did not have Palin as his No2

  83. 83
    Chris says:

    @Frankensteinbeck:

    I generally view it as the post-WWII era destroying 50 years of cultural progress and creating a set of fake, ahistorical norms that everyone pretended were traditions. We’ve had to start over from this new, very unhealthy base.

    This.

    See also “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

  84. 84
    The Republic of Stupidity says:

    @JDM: Yeah but she’s murder w/ a club in her hands…

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    boatboy_srq says:

    @Zam: If all she has to do is wait for the inevitable aneurism, then she’s probably good to draw the salary and show up at all sorts of places playing the Xtian martyr. Imagine the fanfare she’d have received had she visited the Vatican and Xtiansplained to Pope Ratzinger how it’s really practiced…

    When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything. You just let them talk.

    THIS. It explains so much of how the Teahad has been able to trip all over itself. And it’s delicious.

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