Confusion: Book Claims Obama Can’t Stand Congressional Black Caucus; ‘Professional Blacks’
November 7, 2013 by Personal Liberty News Desk
We don’t know what to make of this, so we’re just passing it along and letting you make of it what you will. A new book co-authored by Mark Halperin (Time, MSNBC) and John Heilemann (New York magazine, MSNBC) claims that President Barack Obama hates the Congressional Black Caucus almost as much as the Tea Party.
The new book, Double Down: Game Change 2012 was released earlier this week as a follow-up campaign chronicle to the authors’ 2010 look-see into the 2008 Presidential race: Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime.
This time, Halperin and Heilemann reference sources who claim that Obama “had little patience for the ‘professional left,’ and vanishingly close to zero tolerance for what one of his senior African American aides, Michael Strautmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’ (as opposed black professionals).”
That euphemism evidently includes people like Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) and Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) – both CBC members – as well as progressive professor Cornel West, pulpit racist Al Sharpton and lifelong race hypocrite Jesse Jackson.
Of course, all that alleged disdain stems not from Obama’s dismissal of these people as divisive race careerists, but from his frustration that they frequently have called him out for not being progressive enough.
“Apart from Georgia congressman John Lewis and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Obama had nearly as much contempt for the CBC as he did for the Tea Party Caucus,” the book states.
Well, I guess that puts Obama right back in the political center, then. Was that the authors’ intent? Who knows.
Clear things up for us with your thoughts in the comments.