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    Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”?

    Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”?

    How often have we heard that portraying Obama as out of touch with the American people constitutes a racially tinged and undertoned use of Otherness?

    Just the other day Rick Perry was accused of invoking Otherness when he said Obama had been privileged:

    Rick Perry, seeking to paint  President Obama with an “otherness” brush from most Americans, described  him in terms that aren’t usually used to describe him: “Privileged.”

    So what to make of this brutal takedown of Obama by none other than Chris Matthews (who by the way had called on Obama to release his birth certificate).

    If this isn’t an attempt to use Otherness, then what is? (h/t Verum Serum):

    I don’t have a sense that he’s ever had a meeting.  I hear stories that you will not believe, not a single phone call since the last election.  They don’t call, he never calls, that’s the message.  Members of Congress, I keep asking, when did you hear from him last?  He doesn’t like their company.


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    LukeHandCool | November 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    “Writing today in the WaPo, Scott Wilson says Prez Zero is a policy wonk who has trouble with people.”

    This is ludicrous. Let me make the correction: President Obama likes to think of himself as a policy wonk … but there is nothing to back this up.

    He just likes to make speeches.

    He likes to think he likes policy wonk stuff … but he can’t be bothered with the details … let Nancy and Harry & Co. come up with the tedious details.

    To think that the one asset that Barack Obama pointed to during the 2008 campaign was his “ability to get people together in a room.” Unfortunately, we all inferred that this meant he helped the people in the room to come to some sort of resolution, but the truth seems to be that after getting everybody in the room, Obama will run off to the links for a round of golf.

    CatoRenasci | November 21, 2011 at 7:49 am

    This is all about the Democrats beginning to go for an LBJ moment to replace Bambi with Hillary.

    The pressure will become even more intense than it was on Johnson in early 1968. Will it succeed? Who knows. People who potentially stand in the way of the Clintons have a habit of dying….

      Neo in reply to CatoRenasci. | November 21, 2011 at 10:04 am

      The Democrats probably really don’t want to repeat the LBJ/HHH begots Richard Nixon 1968 fiasco. Of course, after reading how Romney wiped out all his (and his staff’s) e-mails from his time as MA Governor, I could see the possibility a WaterGate redux in our future.

    Brendon Carr | November 21, 2011 at 8:27 am

    It’s telling that although Chris Matthews has been “hearing stories you will not believe”, for some reason he deliberately chooses not to report these stories. I can’t believe Matthews started hearing them last weekend. Don’t the people have a right to know, Chris Matthews?

    […] PROF. JACOBSON: Why is Chris Matthews portraying Obama as “The Other”? […]

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