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Why Do Some Black Leaders ‘Hate’ President Obama - page 2

Written by Cash Michaels on 05 March 2009.

 

"I'm not sure he's even president of the United States,' Keyes, who refuses to address Obama as president  continued, "and neither are many of our military people...who are now going to court to ask the question, Do we have to obey a man who is not qualified under the constitution?"

Apparently the TV reporter off-camera openly displayed mocking disbelief of Keyes  pointed charges, causing the Black conservative to say, "We are in the midst of the greatest crisis this nation has ever seen, and if we don't stop laughing about it and deal with it, we're going to find ourselves in the midst of chaos, confusion and civil war."

To say that Keyes, who once served in the Reagan Administration, is obsessed with Pres. Obama is an understatement.

On his website, "Loyal to Liberty," Keyes not only calls Obama a "coward," "tyrant" and "communist," but even suggests that the president may "threaten Keyes" very life and liberty with counter legal action because of the Black conservative's efforts to remove him from office.

"To any who insist on questioning his actions, he offers the drastic change of ruin and destruction," Keyes writes, later adding, "To tell you the truth, I expected Obama's ruthlessness, as I expect that it will escalate until his threats extend to liberty and even life itself. Tyrants are like that."

When Irving Joyner, associate professor of law at North Carolina Central University's School of Law in Durham, saw Keyes KHAS-TV interview online, he couldn't believe it.

"Alan Keyes is the worst example of radical right-wing politics even as he clothes himself in Black skin," Prof. Joyner told The Carolinian. "It is certainly tragic that Keyes is able to obtain undeserved and unwarranted press attention by being a lead "attack dog' for interests and sentiments which are in direct opposition to the best interests of the vast majority of African-Americans."

Joyner continued, "It also demonstrates how desperate Keyes has become, and the unmitigated gall which he exhibits when he goes to any [length] to obtain some attention and public exposure, especially when it is done at the expense of the most successful African-American political leader in American history ... President Obama's political success and leadership paint a vivid picture of the scope of Keyes failures and the pitiful depths to which he has sunk."

George Curry, veteran journalist and former editor of Emerge Magazine, was blunt.

"People such as Alan Keyes and [conservative commentator] Larry Elders have zero credibility in our community. Therefore, I never think about what they think or if they think at all," Curry said.

Stella Adams, newly elected First Vice Chair of the NC Democratic Party, agrees.

"As an African-American who fully embraces the agenda that has been set by our President Barack Obama, I am perplexed and dismayed by the remarks of Alan Keyes and others who have made outlandish and very close to seditious statements against our President, she told The Carolinian.

"I find it hard to believe that men like Alan Keyes, Larry Elder and others are sincere in their demagoguery but rather they understand that their outlandish positions will extend their 15 minutes of fame," Adams continued. "Unfortunately, the media believes that it must put forward the opinions of any Black pundit who speaks in opposition to President Obama regardless of its relevance, I guess it is no different from the coverage that Ann Coulter receives."

As both Adams and Prof. Joyner indicated, Keyes heads a long list of Black conservatives who have worked overtime trying to claim Obama's rhetoric head for their mantle.

Black conservative Ken Blackwell, the Republican former Ohio secretary of state who failed in his bid recently to become the new chairman of the Republican National Committee is another who relentlessly branded Obama a "socialist" and questioned his patriotism based on Obama's "questionable" association with controversial figures like is former pastor Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and 60's Weatherman radical Prof. William Ayers.

"I want to make sure we protect the integrity of our democracy," Blackwell told conservative commentator Glen Beck last year when asked why he opposed Obama.

Conservative author Shelby Steele wrote the book, "Bound Man: Why We are Excited About Obama and Why He Can t Win," postulating that the Black liberal presidential candidate, like all Black liberal public figures, would have to bargain with whites that if they would forget he's black, he won t accuse anyone of racism. Steele felt that Obama, as some point, would undoubtedly fall short of the bargain, and lose, because, using the word "cowardice," he refuses to define himself.

"Sometimes, he's Martin Luther King, sometimes, he's a Black militant from the Sixties, then he's a Baptist minister. He can be so different. There's not yet an Obama voice. That troubles me on other levels. It's hard to know what bag he's going to come out of when he takes to the podium," Steele said in an interview with Kam Williams.

Months later, when it was clear that Obama was a lot more talented than he thought and stood an excellent chance to win, Steele admitted to Fox News  Sean Hannity that the "Why he can t win" subtitle was an ill-advised "afterthought" that he "regretted."