There's something about golf that makes it a favorite pastime of U.S. presidents. Perhaps it gets their minds off their daily routine of being caddies, carrying baggage for America's wealthiest.
But did know that making lame joke about Barack Obama's golf game, as Mitch McConnell did during a speech last night, is racist? So claims MNSBC's Lawrence O'Donnell…
Well, we know exactly what he's trying to do there. He is trying to align to Tiger Woods and surely, the — lifestyle of Tiger Woods with Barack Obama. Obviously, nothing could be further from the truth…
That's the one they want for a very deliberate reason. That — there's — these people reach for every single possible racial double entendre they can find in every one of these speeches…
I know these people are insensitive. I know the speechwriters are insensitive. I know the way they work. They do not have the same sensitivity level that other speechwriters do. But when you get to the Tiger Woods reference, there were people in the speech writing room, I know this, without a shadow of a doubt, who said wait a minute, do we really want to go there? Do we really want to go to Tiger Woods and the vote in the room was yes, we do. Mitch McConnell agreed to do it.
To recap, Lawrence is saying that a joke about Obama's golf game isn't meant to suggest the president's indifference toward the unemployed, but is meant to evoke Tiger Woods, thereby impugning Obama's own reputation as a solid family man.
It's a very, very quiet dog whistle. Only ten people in the world — the ones watching MSNBC — can hear it.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Golf, Lawrence O'Donnell, Mitch McConnell, MSNBC, Racism
If there's one thing that Mike Huckabee cannot abide, it's a supposed news outlet with an agenda. Thank god we have Fox News around to offer an opposing agenda to the agendas of all the other agenda-having networks…
The former governor criticized Fox News' competitors: "If people only watch the three big networks and BS-NBC, as I like to call them — MSNBC — if they watch BS-NBC and the three networks, then I think sometimes we may be kidding ourselves because a lot of people will assume that Obama really is just doing a great job and he just can't get those crazy Republicans to help him out."
Ha! BS-NBC! Classic.
Huckabee suggested his network and conservative talk radio act as counterweights to that positive coverage of the president: "I think a lot of people, if all they do is listen to conservative talk radio and maybe watch Fox News, they assume that all of America is getting what I would call at least a balanced approach to understanding that there are a lot of real problems going on that Obama could do better on."
I gather that that means… something? I haven't quite worked out what, but I'm sure it's cogent.
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