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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Obama's grandma gets the bite

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!
William Shakespeare
According to Wikipedia, Obama's white grandma took care of him for several years,
Obama attended local schools in Jakarta from ages 6 to 10, where classes were taught in Indonesian.[14][15] He then returned to Honolulu to live with his maternal grandparents while attending Punahou School from the fifth grade until his graduation in 1979.[16]
According to Powerline, Obama
chose to live with his maternal grandparents rather than his mother, who was then in Indonesia
And she took him in.

So yesterday, rather than praise a woman who generously agreed to raise him for seven years, he refers to her as,
a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe.
Throw grandma under the bus?

Yes we can!

UPDATE
Calling Jesse Jackson.

More
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'Barack, I Didn’t Do It for This': An Homage to Andrew Goodman
Misrepresenting History and grandma

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6 Comments:

At 9:05 AM, Blogger Synergist said...

As to making this into something? The attempt reveals more about you than the admission does about Obama; your faux indignation is, however, duly noted.

 
At 9:23 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Faux to you, too, synergist.

And I certainly hope it reveals that I place my loyalties to my family first.

 
At 11:17 AM, Anonymous Gringo said...

Yes, when Grandma raised you for so many years, Obama’s recent remarks could be construed as throwing her under the bus. Another way of construing his remarks is to say that they pointed out the existential insecurity of Obama, truly the Man without a Country, without roots. His father abandoned him. As an interracial child from the US living in Indonesia, he had to have felt to some degree that he didn’t belong. He lived 7-8 years not with his mother, but with his grandparents. Whether or not he chose to live with his grandparents instead of with his mother, or whether or not his mother shipped him out, his living away from his mother for so many years indicates a certain amount of alienation of affection between Obama and his mother. My interpretation of Obama’s recent remarks about his grandmother is that he was saying, “Not even with my grandmother did I feel secure.” IOW, Obama’s recent remarks about his grandmother say much more about Obama than they do about his grandmother.

His existential insecurity is one reason, in addition to political expediency, why Obama latched on to Jeremiah Wright. Wright wasn’t just the guy who provided Obama with snooze time on Sunday mornings. Wright was an important person for Obama. Like Grandma, Jeremiah can also be thrown under the bus. OTOH, here Obama was in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don’t situation. After all, people such as myself, who in any event probably wouldn’t vote for Obama, were demanding that Obama throw Wright under the bus.

 
At 11:58 AM, Blogger Fausta said...

Like Grandma, Jeremiah can also be thrown under the bus.
That is an interesting possibility, which would only arise if/when politically expedient.

 
At 2:39 PM, Blogger newton said...

To really speak like that about his own grandma...

If I were his grandma, I'd be severely insulted. Four good smacks to his face would be awaiting him if he dared to visit my home afterwards.

I will never forget the day when my uncle started to sing a song with a double meaning at my house, in the presence of my own abuelita. (At that time, she was about seventy, and my uncle was in his late forties.) She smacked her son good in my very presence - and he was much taller and stronger than her!

And you synergist, STHU. A lot more has been revealed about YOU than about anyone else here.

 
At 9:26 PM, Blogger Anthony (Los Angeles) said...

To compare the occasional bigoted comment of his grandmother to the hateful filth spewed by "Reverend" Jeremiah Wright for over 20 years would be funny, if it weren't so disgusting. And it reveals a lot about Barack Obama's character, I think.

 

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