Obama: A Man Of Privilege, Says White Guy From Texas

Rick Perry is an even bigger bundle of malicious glop than I imagined. He told another Fox glop, Sean Hannity, the following about President Obama:

It reveals to me that he grew up in a privileged way. He never had to really work for anything. He never had to go through what Americans are going through. There’s 14-plus million Americans sitting out there, some of them watching this program tonight, that don’t have a job. This president has never felt that angst that they have in their heart…

And we need a president who has been through their ups and downs in life and understand what it’s like to have to deal with the issues of our economy that we have today in America. And that’s what this election is going to be about, Sean…

We have a white man from Texas, intimating to another white man on a white man’s television network that our black president was a man of privilege, a man who never had to work for what he achieved, a man who knows nothing of American angst, who, really, when it comes down to it is not one of “us.”

Now, that tells you everything you need to know about the state of today’s Republican Party and its public relations department, Fox “News.”


  1. Perry’s going down, which is a good thing (maybe – who knows this time around). But Hannity will still be going strong even as the world collapses around his audience. I can only hope that Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes go down in the history books – somewhere – as having had a hand in the end of functional government. Add all that invisible money and Limbaugh, they are singularly responsible for poisoning the system.


    • One big problem is that people who watch Fox Corp (I refuse to call it Fox News) — they watch this, and they actually think they’re watching the news!


      • And that’s how they contributed to the damage done to the essential connection between a people and its government. They’ve also got many politicians intimidated – Democrats too.


  2. I’m afraid you’re right, Moe. Perry was not presidential material from the start, despite Mark Halperin’s puff piece, and Hannity will be around so long as Roger Ailes can make a buck off from him.

    But we have to hand the award for creating dysfunctional government to the master of deceit, Rush Limbaugh. Since I have a Ph.D in Limbaughnics, earned through about 20 years of study, I am qualified to judge.



  3. The allegation of privilege against Obama is bizarre, but I guess no more so than the other Limbaugh-like trash talk that’s going around.

    In reading from my new-found Wiki resource on the Origins of the American Civil War the other day I found a convincing argument that even though most Southerners were not slave owners, they aspired to be, and they found an abiding comfort in the concept of their racial superiority. This was firmly embedded in the literature of the times in the South. I believe that meme is still strong, albeit diminished. Anything that threatens the concept is bound to bring out an emotional backlash. Perhaps that is behind Perry’s allegation. It is of course is completely without foundation, but it is a straw for the non-rational mind to grasp and it finds validation in the President’s restrained and moderate demeanor.


    • Agree – the South still holds many of the attitudes that led to the Civil War, chief among them deep distrust of central federal government. In the revolutionary period in US, it was mostly the Northern delegates who fought for a Federal Govt with teeth. And the South still resents – deeply – their defeat in the Civil War.


  4. RDG,

    I’m still trying to understand Romney’s rationalization for deleting emails and having staff purchase 17 computer hard drives pertaining to his term as Massachusetts’ governor. There would be howls of outrage from the GOP had Obama erased official records while running for president. It makes me wonder what information
    Romney is concerned about if claiming the records were removed for fear the data would be used by “opposition research teams.”



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