Time For Bad Advice With Juan Williams

Juan Williams, ever the pundit and not the political strategist, is pushing the notion that Barack Obama should give another race speech to further explain the wayward pastors in his closet, further implying that the politico only cozied up to these George Jeffersonian radicals to get votes in the black community.

Mmm. Maybe. But that’s still some pretty stupid advice, Juan.

But I’ll let you hear (read) it from the horse’s mouth:

Mr. Obama needs to give another speech. This time he has to admit to sins of using race for political expediency – by knowingly buying into divisive, mean messages being delivered from the pulpit. He has to say that, as a biracial young man with no community roots, attaching himself to Rev. Wright and the Trinity congregation was a shortcut to move up the ladder in the Chicago political scene. He has to call race-baiting what it is, whether it comes from a pulpit or calls itself progressive politics. And he has to challenge his supporters, especially his black base, to be honest about real problems at the heart of today’s racial divide – including out-of-wedlock births, crime, drugs and a culture that devalues education while glorifying the gangster life.

Mr. Obama also has to raise the bar for how political criticism is handled in his camp. Step one is to acknowledge that not every critic is a racist. His very liberal record and his limited experience, like his association with Rev. Wright, is a fact, not the work of white racists. Just as he calls for the GOP not to engage in the politics of fear over terrorism, Mr. Obama needs to declare that he will refrain from playing the racial victim, because he understands such tactics will paralyze political debate and damage race relations.

Only by admitting to his own sins can Mr. Obama credibly claim that he has seen the promise of our country, in which Americans of all colors work together. Only then can he convince dubious white voters that he is ready to move beyond racial antagonism and be their president. (The Wall Street Journal)

One. When did Obama, the candidate who avoids talking about race like R. Kelly avoids prison time blame race or play victim for anything? He’s supporters often cry foul, but the word is mum from the Obama camp. All I ever hear from the O-man is peaceful racial platitudes. Not “They see me rollin’. They hatin’. Patrolling. They tryin to catch me ridin’ dirty.”

What campaign has Juan been watching?

Two. Challenge people? I thought this was a race for president. Not therapeutic reality show “Starting Over.”

Why do I think this is horrible, no good, very bad advice? Well, for one … this would help Barack how? The man is trying to become president. I don’t know if Juan noticed this, but politicians have to do this thing called politicking. Even if Juan is right in his assumptions that Obama hopped on the back of Wright when it was expedient, then explained him away when he was inconvenient, what would be the benefit of Obama publicly saying, “My politics aren’t based in any ideals or truth, just what will get me to the top fastest.” Because, seriously Juan, being an unabashed, ruthless opportunist did wonderful things for the campaigns of Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Hillary Clinton.

As for confronting black people about social issues, Obama has discussed this at townhall meetings and in stump speeches. What would Juan like him to do? Go on Jay Leno ripping up a picture of Lil’ Wayne? Don sunglasses and go on a speaking tour with Bill Cosby?

Once again. He’s running for this thing called “President of the United States.” People running for president must finesse their way around such land mines, not toss up a prayer and pounce right on them.

This would be like asking John McCain to confront his past infidelities, boozing, wine, women, fighting and flaws and give a speech clearing up his cheating on his first wife with Cindy McCain, then going into an in-depth self-examination of the Savings & Loan scandal he was knee deep in as a member of the Keating 5 during the ’80s. This would help him how???

The man could barely bring himself to untangle from his own “crazy” minister, John Hagee, until he started insulting Jewish people.

Politicians address controversial issues as they come up or when they’re forced to or to stem the tide of negativity. Not to reignite a debate that has somewhat died down. And Williams tries to use the coming onslaught of attack ads featuring Rev. Jeremiah Wright, aka “The Straw Man,” as the excuse why this is needed.

There is NO speech Obama could give that would change the minds of people who were wary of him in the first place. And there is no speech that can erase “GD America” from our collective memories. Once the YouTube Pandora’s Box is opened you can’t go back. It’s done and there is no speech that could repair the damage of that.

9 thoughts on “Time For Bad Advice With Juan Williams

  1. There goes Juan Williams, yet again, displaying his disconnect with Obama and his campaign. Juan, we got it: You dont like him. Thats cool. This is American, you can like or dislike anyone you want. But, please, for the love of God, shut up. Youre only making yourself look bad.L

  2. Hi Snob,Am I the only one that (occasionally) thinks Barack ought to just pull out of the race rather than to deal with all of this crap? I mean we all know that the Rev. Right/ Minister Farrakhan thing is about race. Otherwise every time the media talked about Rev. Wright they would mention Hagee.I wonder what would happen if Barack held a news conference and said he was pulling out because he was sick of dealing with all the racial crap.Monie

  3. monie: It is a pain in the ass to watch people go over pontificating pastors looking for shards of black radicalism in Obama. But I knew this was going to happen. Racism is a sickness. I’m not enjoying any of this, but I suppose if he can run in this environment the least I can do is squirm through the bigotry. lola: And I totally don’t get Juan’s deal here. I mean, let it go. I know he’s not that naive. He can’t think a second speech that would make Obama out to be a liar and an opportunist would win him respect or votes.

  4. Hmmm…What a bizarre way for Juan Williams to seek publicity–by latching on to the Wrong black guys’ coat tails.Just giving the guy your endorsement wouldn’t have worked, Juan? Ya had to go remind nonblacks of Obama’s colour, didn’ ya?

  5. He’s not called Crabby McCrab for nothing. He’s a Handkerchief Head. Period. Hearing him talk about it on the air; the disingenuousness was so prevalent. He’s a ‘ hater’. Plain and simple.

  6. I know Barack’s MO and so does Juan but I guess Juan is not taking it as well as I am. So you get this. I don’t have to squirm around my White Conservative friends or my White Liberal Elite co-workers and friends. Juan probably does. He probably is doing a lot of explaining. Me…I already told them that Barack was playing Black People’s pathological needs and Barack is wrong for BENEFITING from the take. But then, he is not wrong. We…our people…we give him the power. We allow him to be the victim when he does not cry it himself. Those are our dysfunctional pathological tendencies to tie ourselves in a relationship to him when we know he does not requit THE SAME FEELINGS for us.I think that is what Juan is pissed about in that the con’ is working on dumb Blacks and dumb Blacks are fine with the terms of agreement. He feels he must explain this away to the Gatekeepers and absolve this rouse. That is not necessarily Obama’s responsibility in the gamble though. We gave it away freely to him. We allowed ourselves to be fooled. That is not Obama’s fault for our collective stupidity to see what we want to see when clearly he does not and has not delivered.I think Juan is uncomfortable around The Gatekeepers he is around. I like this. I like how all of this is playing out.I hope Barack wins so we can see more and Blacks will finally learn to stop dreaming and believing without asserting themselves as constituents who know their terms and not just their fantasies.And as for Whites that are upset, so be it. It’s not so much that Blacks will be winning anything but I do that it is poetic justice that some Whites are fit to be tied right now of equilateral justice dispense in knowing what fair-unfairness feels like. It is clear that Barack is shrewd and he played Blacks and he played Whites but Whites are pissed now that Blacks are too stupid to see they are being conned. They never cared before now. They assisted in our pathological manueverings in how we think. We have created such dysfunctional mindsets as a result of trying to sustain some sensibility in this country for hundreds of years in forcing ourselves to be backwards and in forced lethargy as a safeguard to maintain survival among them. LMAO!!!

  7. If you take him at his word, Juan Williams better not ever run for political office! Because he seems to be horrible(!!!) at strategizing! Let Obama and his camp continue to do what they do because they seem to be winning without his advice.But if Mr. Juan is not as silly as his seems great way to bash Obama by disguising it as “helpful advice”. It’s more than obvious that he does NOT support Obama.

  8. It’s not like McCain doesn’t have the same preacher creatures in his closet. Not only did Hagee call the Catholic Church “the great whore” but he insulted Jews, women, homosexuals, and hurricane Katrina victims. Will it REALLY be that much of an issue or is the media playing it up and we’re buying into it? I think McCain will let that particular sleeping dog lie.And no, I don’t think Obama should just pull out because of adversity. Did we ever think it would be easy? Nothing worth having ever is. Where would we as Black people be if we pulled out of situations because of adversity? We wouldn’t eat, have jobs, or purchase anything. God knows, driving or walking while Black can be as adverse a situation as they come. We deal with this crap all the time and survive. We are stronger than we realize and Obama is definitely stronger than he shows the public sometimes. He didn’t get where he is by today pulling out.

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