131 Responses to ““It’s about time we got a First Lady who looks like a First Lady…””

  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    August 30, 2012 at 10:56 am

    Good Morning Chips

  2. 3 Proud Former White House Intern
    August 30, 2012 at 10:57 am

    What the hell is that supposed to mean?

    • August 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

      My heart has been aching since last night over the hate and vile racism from these Republicans. If they are not fully repudiated in November, then I really dread what comes next, if this is how they think they’re appealing to people for votes. The GOP are everything that is wrong with America, and it pains me to think that the First Lady and President Obama have to plead for people to select them instead of this low caliber of Republicans. It’s just shameful.

      • 5 Debz
        August 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

        After all our POTUS and FLOTUS have done for this country, it breaks my heart to see them working so hard for votes, while all Romney has to do is say “vote for me I’m white.” We really don’t deserve this wonderful President, I hope the majority of voters are not as ignorant and racist as what we have seen at this klan rally in Tampa.

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

      Only a white woman can be a proper First Lady, I’m assuming. Morning Proud.

      • 7 daisydem
        August 30, 2012 at 11:11 am

        Now my heart aches …. I wish someone could tell me that a Republican or anyone for that matter did not say those words. How hurtful! How hateful! How racist. We have the most beautiful First Lady who looks stunning, and conducts herself with the utmost decorum, is warm, approachable, caring, loving … and to have this comment made. And Ms. Ann ??? … don’t get me started!

      • 8 utaustinliberal
        August 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

        They’re all despicable. I’m gonna be wearing one huge grin when we win on November 6th because I know the racists will be writhing in their filth.

      • 9 Proud Former White House Intern
        August 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm


      • 10 anniebella
        August 30, 2012 at 3:09 pm

        No need to assume Chipsticks, that’s what the racists witch meant. Dam racists idiots. I wonder if the racists bigot who made that comment even look like a lady herself. I am dam proud of Mrs. Michelle Obama, she is great First Lady, and she will be for four more years. Please excuse my English.

    • 11 yardarm756
      August 30, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Yeah, What’s up with the banner line. Does it imply there is something wrong with the current FLOTUS or what?

      • 12 yardarm756
        August 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

        I just went back up top and heard the piece. Sorry to say it but that bitch doesn’t deserve to continue to use any more oxygen.

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Seriously. That’s the question I posed on twitter. I think I know, but I’d like to hear it from her.

  3. August 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Good morning Chips and everyone …

    To that I say …

    And, btw, for those who may not know – I’m a 65, as of Sat, white male with an ancestor who signed the Declaration of Independence. The message is not ‘all white males’ the message is just exactly what it conveys.


    • August 30, 2012 at 10:59 am

      “Women, It’s YOU”

    • 16 theo67
      August 30, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Happy 65th birthday, Bob!

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

      Bob, belated congratulations! Were you too shy to tell us? 🙂

    • 18 Roberta in MN
      August 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

      HAPPY BRTHDAY bobfr. I sometimes wished I was 65 again. 🙂 Balloons flying in the air for you and Have a GREAT DAY Saturday.
      Love all you do. My ancesters came by way of Quebec, a little TeePee in there someplace. 🙂

    • 19 Claire
      August 30, 2012 at 11:06 am

      Hope you have a wonderful birthday Bob. You know your tweets make my day!! If you have a wife, I hope she knows what a treasure you are. I love your strong support of women’s rights!

    • 21 LaDLove
      August 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Happy (soon to come) Birthday, Bobfr! And many, many happy returns. I will turn 62 later this year and knowing that one of my techno-politico heros is my cohort gives me hope.

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:15 am

      Thank you everyone!!! Appreciate the kind greetings.


    • 23 yardarm756
      August 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

      You tell ’em Lootenant. When does the celebration start? It’s gotta last at least a week, eh?

    • 25 jackiegrumbacher
      August 30, 2012 at 12:05 pm

      Bob, did we miss your birthday or is it coming this Saturday? In any case happy belated or advanced birthday. And congratulations, you now qualify for Medicare!!

    • August 30, 2012 at 12:36 pm

      Happy birthday Bob. It’s great to find that you continue to fight for our founders’ beliefs.

    • 27 Mae who love our CIC
      August 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm

      Happy Birthday Bob! I appreciate you and your efforts for a better Anerica.

    • 29 carolyn
      August 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm

      You are not alone Bobfr…….my husband is a white male who is 81, and he respects and admires PBO and has since 2004! My son, and son-in-law, are younger, and they feel the same way. In fact I know many who do. However, the white male is getting tarred with a brush now, like other races are used to having done to them. One size does not fit all. Congratulations Bob, now you get the wonderful Medicare!

      • 30 HZ
        August 30, 2012 at 4:41 pm

        Bobfr Happy Birthday. I hope all of your celebration on your special day was as wonderful as you are to your TOD family here as our “Very Special and Brilliant Man of the Tweets.” HZ

    • 31 nathkatun7
      August 30, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Happy 65th birthday, Bob! For a senior citizen you do such an amazing job with all your tweets! Well I say that not to demean senior citizens because I am one of them. I am only a couple years older than you and I am absolutely clueless when it comes to using new technology. Any way, I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Thanks for being such a fearless worrier on our behalf.

  4. 32 Roberta in MN
    August 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    Darn just lost all I was posting. Sometimes I hit the wrong keys. 🙂 I almost had a BP problem listening to this shit. Thank you Chips for all you do and the safe and sane place to come to. ((((hugs))))

  5. 33 overseasgranny
    August 30, 2012 at 11:01 am

    That video left me speechless. So ugly.

    • 34 Brian
      August 30, 2012 at 11:04 am

      Me too. The best antidote is to go back to the last thread and rewatch the Letterman videos. Now THERE’s a First Lady!

      • 35 Nena20409
        August 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

        Now you all Know what Ann Romney meant when she said: It is OUR Turn…..to Diane Sawyer in April of this year.

        Many of the TBGOPers see the Pres and Mrs. Obama as unworthy. Remember what the two who threw nuts on the Black Woman Camera TeaNN employee? They said this is How we treat animals. That is the same comment and affront they fear and see in the pres Obama’s term. That is why No matter what the pres does…..to them, it comes from unworthiness. therefore, it never happened and must be denied emphatically. It is not done in a vacuum. Their hate is an emotional retardation. That is why they would deny every thing that they hate about Romney and they will vote for him.

        We Must and will defeat them. They are a dying breed. Nature will take care of them. After Nov 6, 2012. With pres Obama’s victory…..they will get madder. It is always darkest before the Dawn. The Nov 6, 2012 elections will finally drive then to a place where the current TBGOPers will be a minority party for a long time. They will Not stop until, they are truly defeated. And TODweb Villagers. Defeat them we will, make No Mistake about it.

        • 36 theo67
          August 30, 2012 at 1:30 pm

          They teach their kids this racism. I was stunned when I saw Chris Matthews interviewing college kids on Tuesday of the Convention, and there were a bunch of them who were singing the praises of the GOP. I can’t help but question the character of anyone who is still associating themselves with this version of the GOP. I have no problem with someone being conservative in their values. But, to be a member of this racist, lying, vile, hateful Republican Party is to be one of them. I have a friend who “liked” Romney’s page last week, and I am having a really hard time seeing her the same way after that. The same goes for Condoleeza Rice and Susana Martinez – it takes a certain kind of self-loathing and inferiority complex to associate yourself with a group of people who currently embody the Republican Party, a group of people who have been so despicable in their attitudes towards minorities and women. The vision that Condoleeza and Susana spoke about last night has zero to do with what their party is offering the people of this country – and their obfuscation of that truth only serves to broaden the dishonesty being fed to Americans. These Republicans are diabolical.

          • 37 Mary
            August 30, 2012 at 1:46 pm

            Either the people who support them are so strongly disapproving of PBO’s policies that they hold their nose for the rest of it, or they believe that this stuff is just being said to win and if the party wins all this stuff will go away, or they are being reinforced in their own beliefs.

            • 38 theo67
              August 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm

              I’m not sure how they’re deluding themselves with the idea that the extremism is only for show, when the GOP have been enacting legislation to go along with their extremist views. It’s not for show.

            • 39 nathkatun7
              August 30, 2012 at 5:06 pm

              Mary, I am not sure what you intended to convey by this comment. You seem to be making an excuse of those who support racists.

  6. 40 dotster3
    August 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Could that woman (not a lady) possibly be racist, by any chance? She cannot stand to look at President Obama and wants a first lady who looks like a first lady. She seemed to be overly obsessed with what the Obamas look like, for some strange reason. Racism—–it’s an epidemic in this current ignorant Republican Party. Too bad there’s not a vaccination for that.

    • 41 Claire
      August 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

      That was my immediate take on her comments too.

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

      If she got Ann Romney that’s about all the VA would ever get from that point on. Ann wouldn’t life a finger to stop the Romney Ryan budget from decimating the VA. This First Lady and President have done more for veterans than some previous administrations combined.

  7. 43 0388jojothecat
    August 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

    This President has done MORE for veterans than ANY american president in decades. I know that her sentiment is not the norm so I am not concerned. VA is where there are a lot of Gov’t contractors who are not happy for the cuts and these companies have been laying off.

  8. 44 collegekay
    August 30, 2012 at 11:08 am

    I don’t even want to listen. The headline alone makes my blood boil. History will not be kind to these hateful, ugly, wretched human beings.

  9. 46 symmetry11
    August 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

    She should have just come out and said “White First Ladies” only.

  10. August 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Inoculation for Chicken-little right here:
    Al Giordano
    This is not a convention. It’s a wake. I’ve seen state party conventions with lots more enthusiasm than this one. The preseason football games played by backup squads seem to have more on the line than the Republican National Convention tonight. It is only quick fix of schadenfreude that keeps the TV turned on. There is not a person at that podium – not Huckabee, not Condoleeza – whose facial expressions and body language suggest they really believe they can win. They’re going through the motions. That’s all. And all I can think of is a throw-away one-liner from the same event four years ago: Lipstick on a pig…
    Like · · 12 hours ago ·

    Laura Poyneer and 11 others like this.
    Al Giordano: What’s more, is the shifting blue background behind the speakers evokes the Melancholia planet about to slam into theirs…
    12 hours ago · Like · 3
    Allen Young: Are you really so certain of an Obama victory. I wish I could be so optimistic.
    12 hours ago · Like
    Al Giordano: In two words: Yes, and Yes.
    12 hours ago · Like · 3

  11. 58 Ladyhawke
    August 30, 2012 at 11:09 am

    “You’re not entitled to your own facts” vs. That’s your opinion. Kiss my ad.

    BY Professor Jay Rosen – New York University School of Journalism


    The lines are usually attributed to Daniel Patrick Moynihan: “You’re entitled to your own opinions. You’re not entitled to your own facts.”

    But suppose there arose on the political scene a practical caucus for the opposite view. We are entitled to our own facts, and we will show you what we think of your attempt to “check” us. If that happened, would the press know what to do?

    We hear quite a bit about the partisan divide in Washington and around the country. We hear a lot less about the divide around Moynihan’s famous lines. Those who think you’re not entitled to your own facts vs. those who dispute the statement. Or feel unbound from it. Or they simply run right over it trying to win today’s battle or deliver today’s news.

    “Hey, you’re not entitled to your own facts…” vs: That’s your opinion. Kiss my ad. Read my poll.

    Evidence that others at least know what I’m talking about came from David S. Bernstein of the Boston Phoenix (an occasional critic of mine) who recently sent this plea out over Twitter:

    Dear media critics: OK, entire news media called Romney’s welfare attack a lie. Campaign still pushing it. Now what?

    I don’t know the answer. I do know that it’s troubling to other journalists sifting through the 2012 campaign. Two weeks ago a bureau chief wrote to me for comment on a story he was doing about the same development. My reply:



    • 59 theo67
      August 30, 2012 at 1:58 pm

      Good article. Didn’t agree with some of it, and I noticed that the only actual examples they gave were those on the Democratic side, which could actually be argued as being truthful. They just suggested that the GOP have actually worse examples, but didn’t list any of them. All in all, I’m glad that the media is questioning their silence – they created this mess, first by enabling the lies from the Bush administration which led to the deaths and maiming of so many and the downfall of the global economy; to now allowing a criminal like Condoleeza Rice (as well as her Bush Administration cohorts) to parade themselves around this country as though they are not pariahs, fearful of leaving the country because other countries want to arrest them and hold trials in the Hague for their war crimes.The media is the problem.

  12. 60 Roberta in MN
    August 30, 2012 at 11:10 am

    Was there an actual video of that person saying that about the First Lady? Alos, there was a post on Twitter about an magazine in Spain that did an awful picture of the First Lady in slave wear. Man this world is coming apart at the seams. Looks like that is what the Rpublicans wanted and they are getting. I Pray for First Family all the time. Bobfr, was your BD last Saturday or this one? If it was last Saturday, Happy Belated Birthday. 🙂

    • 61 Oxfarm
      August 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

      If you listen to the linked NPR report, there is a sound clip of a woman interviewed at an event expressing her disdain for the Obamas. She is an event attendee and not an elected official.

  13. August 30, 2012 at 11:12 am

    Ok, DELURK!!!!!!!!

    All I’m gonna say is that the bitch who said that above just wrote a check her ass can’t cash. Lets beat these assholes in November folks.

    • 63 Mary Gray
      August 30, 2012 at 11:48 am

      OH MY, ypu expressed my feelings better than I can. Ha Ha … Check her ass can’t cash. Don’t think anything has made me madder than this. Did anyone clearly get her name?

  14. 64 itgurl_29
    August 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

    You know, I’m at the point where this kind of stuff doesn’t even anger me. That woman has no power over me or anyone else here. And what she says certainly doesn’t matter to the President of the United States and his wife, the First Lady.

    She is filled with hatred and I feel sorry for her. A year ago, I probably would have been mad to the point of tears. But this woman is a sad bitter waste of a human body. Her spirit and soul are corrupted and evil. She’s a racist, one of the lowest lifeforms on planet earth. To get mad or upset over anything this “woman” says is sort of like getting upset with bacteria.

    If we get out and vote, we win. Period. Let’s make sure we do that and hopefully this “woman” will be so heartbroken when President Obama is re-elected, she’ll die soon after.

    • 65 vcprezofan2
      August 30, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      Happy to say I’m on board with you on this, Itgurl. Well, except the ‘die soon after part, 😉 ;). I would prefer her to be around to see the progress the country makes over the next years under Pres O’s continued leadership. Other than that, neither she nor her comment register on my anger meter.

    • 66 nospin
      August 30, 2012 at 3:31 pm

      Me either itgurl_29. This stuff doesn’t even faze me at all. Let them expose themselves to the sunlight so the “bacteria” will be destroyed.

      We win by stepping up the vote in November and continuing to push education for our children. Everything else is noise.

  15. 67 cluny
    August 30, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Oh I could just punch that woman I’m so mad. What a sad and hateful person.

  16. 68 Ladyhawke
    August 30, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Six Budget Proposals Side-By-Side


    August 24, 2012

    Every spring in Washington, Republican and Democratic members submit their proposals for the following fiscal year’s budget to the House Budget Committee. The chart below contrasts “The Path to Prosperity” plan proposed by Republicans — championed by House Budget Committee chairman and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, and approved by the House of Representatives on March 29 — with the Democratic Party budget submitted by the budget committee’s ranking member Chris Van Hollen. Also included are proposals across the political spectrum from other interest groups that have created alternative budgets, hoping that some of their ideas may make it into legislation.

    This comparative budget chart focuses on programs that affect the nation‘s safety net — access for low-income families and the unemployed to jobs, food, housing and health care. Some of the proposals include actual amounts and percentages, listed by budget categories, while others only address priorities, so the comparisons may at times be a little difficult. Nonetheless, we thought highlighting them side-by-side would be interesting and useful, and you can click on each of the plans to read them in their entirety if you wish to dig deeper. If you would like to compare them with our current budget, check out this nice snapshot from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.



  17. 69 Oxfarm
    August 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

    If you listen to the linked NPR report, there is a sound clip of a woman interviewed at an event expressing her disdain for the Obamas. She is an event attendee and not an elected official. Headline is a bit misleading over image of Sarah Palin. Careful.

    • August 30, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I never said she was an elected official Oxfarm, she’s a Republican because she supports the Republicans, just like most people here are ‘Democrats’. Where’s the image of Palin?

      • 71 donna dem 4 obama
        August 30, 2012 at 11:40 am

        I see no image of Palin either???

      • 73 Oxfarm
        August 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Initially when the page loaded there was a YouTube image with a still keyframe of Sarah Palin in it.

        In my comment I tried to summarize the position of the speaker as accurately as I could. And I said “careful” because I did not want folks to attribute a statement to Palin or an elected person erroneously. Now all that said, the statement is still horrible, and that should be the focus. The “careful” is for all of us as we analyze and share information.

        • August 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

          Thanks Oxfarm, don’t know where that image of Palin came from, she doesn’t feature in the video at all – unless you were looking at an earlier TOD post on a reblog?

          • 75 Oxfarm
            August 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm

            No reblog, nope, was this page. Sure you have all your security dux in a row but might be a good time to check in with some IT-minded friends. These are mean times and yes, I did see the lovely response from some who have been reblogging your content. Sheesh. Keep up the good fight. 🙂

    • 81 carla4obama
      August 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

      OXFARM…Where are you seeing/hearing anyone saying this “person” is an elected official? This is an audio clip from NPR, where are you seeing a picture of Sarah Palin? What are we suppose to be careful about!

      • 82 Oxfarm
        August 30, 2012 at 11:52 am

        See above. When today’s web page first loaded and thread had 32 comments, there was a YouTube image with a keyframe of Sarah Palin in it. NPR link was below the image. NPR link went to the clip that is now playing.

        The woman interviewed in the NPR clip saying the first lady bit is an attendee at an Repub event for veterans, and she is NOT an elected official. And this is why I say careful. A bad URL, website caching while you correct stuff, a snippet from a post forwarded, and boom!

        • August 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

          To repeat, I never said she was an elected official, so I don’t know where you got that from. The video makes it clear – through what’s said and through the image used – that the woman was an attendee at the American Legion convention. And I have no idea how you saw a Palin image, unless you’re viewing the post on an edited reblog.

  18. 84 squarepeg
    August 30, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Son of a bitch. WEnt to Youtube, and smack dab on the front page, this HUGE ad from Americans for Prosperity with a pic of Obama

    I SINCERELY HOPE OFA is raising enough money to MEET these challenges!

    • 85 donna dem 4 obama
      August 30, 2012 at 11:56 am

      Republicans are outspending us 2-1 in the battleground state ads. You see they don’t have OFA type offices all over the country like we have. They have some Republican Campaign offices but nothing like we have. Partly because their base are better voters than we are. We have to be pressed, convinced and in some cases hand held to the polls. With the help of Conservative radio and all the bazillions of PAC money Repubs will get their base to the polls. We have a lot of money but a lot of it has to be spent on boots on the ground to GOTV.

  19. 86 sherijr
    August 30, 2012 at 11:23 am

    EFF ’em, all the nasty trashy racists. Cannot wait to vote our FLOTUS & POTUS back into the White House for another 4 years.

  20. August 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Democrats are having a Press Conference, on Robney and his lies.
    If you listen to the News, they think the Democrats don’t even exist.
    Very disappointed in MSNBainC, that No Democrat can get on Tv.
    I just have a feeling, during our Convention, that the Republicans will be able to get on Tv any tine they want.

    • 88 Lovepolitics2008
      August 30, 2012 at 12:23 pm

      On one side, I’m happy that dems are holding a Press Conference. On the other side, it gives a way out for journalists. They won’t debunk the lies THEMSELVES. They’ll simply report the dems response. And for the average listener, it’s not as effective.

      The lies have to be debunked by people considered as independent observers if we want the truth to have an effect on low-info voters.

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  22. August 30, 2012 at 11:29 am

    • 91 carla4obama
      August 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

      I listened to the clip…I can take “people” bashing our President, but when I heard that “person” say “It’s about time we have someone that looks like a first lady and acts like a first lady.” I started crying…and I can’t stop. We don’t deserve this first famliy, they are a rare gift to us, my only hope is love overpowers HATE.

      • August 30, 2012 at 11:42 am

        Mine as well, Carla, mine as well. We will prevail because of people like you and the millions who cherish our First Lady and President Obama.

      • 93 Lovepolitics2008
        August 30, 2012 at 12:31 pm

        Maybe there’s an upside. The vast majority of americans are repulsed by this ugliness. If the republicans are seen as the racist party, I think they will be rejected. Remember the horrific display of racism at Palin rallies four years ago ? It discredited the republicans in the eyes of many independents.

    • 94 cluny
      August 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      Happy birthday for Saturday Bob!

  23. 95 FiredUpInCA
    August 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

  24. 96 Ladyhawke
    August 30, 2012 at 11:30 am

    RNC Backfire: Familiarity Breeds Contempt for Romney and the Republicans

    By: Rmuse


    Some people believe learning more about someone or something will lead to greater understanding and affection, but often, humans like other people less the more familiar they become with them unless they are close family members, and even then it is not always a guarantee there is genuine fondness between two individuals. One of the goals of the Republican convention in Tampa this week is to allow more Americans to “get acquainted” with Willard Romney and the Republican Party, but after the first day of the convention, it is safe to invoke the old idiom that “familiarity breeds contempt,” and the GOP gave the American people sufficient reasons to hold them in contempt. Obviously, they appeal to a certain segment of the population, but between their draconian platform, lies about President Obama, and apparent racism, most decent human beings find them angry, mean-spirited, and contrary to everything that made this country great.

    It is difficult to find the exact words to accurately portray Republicans and their supporters, but one thing in particular stands out; they hate this country, gays, minorities and especially women. The Republican platform gives Libertarians reason to celebrate and it is not surprising since they have embraced the notion of privatizing the government for ages.



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  26. August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Michael Shearer interviews the President aboard Af-1-


    Time cover has the President on it.

  27. August 30, 2012 at 11:34 am

    GM TOD! I can’t believe the audacity of morning joe.

    • 103 Lovepolitics2008
      August 30, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Well, with this kind of rule, Joe himself would have been thrown out of his own show a long time ago.

      MSNBC viewers should make a tempest over this. E-mail, tweet. Tell them that if Joe can yell at guests, why don’t they give Chris the RIGHT to CONFRONT a LIAR ?

  28. August 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    My point was that these ignorant, mean, and racist people have been getting away with so much with no push back from the media. So, they are testing the limits. It just ticks me off.

  29. August 30, 2012 at 11:39 am

    According to Lis Smith, the Democrats already gave their Presser. However, if you google it, their ate mo writeups, no press reports, no pool reports. It’s like the Republicans only want their side of the story told!

  30. August 30, 2012 at 11:41 am

  31. 114 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 30, 2012 at 11:43 am

    So glad my job has blocked all YouTube (if that’s what this is). The title of the post is enough to turn me off. I still have the memory of my sparkling First Lady on Letterman tonight fresh in my head. Woot! 😀

    • 115 theo67
      August 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Same here. It’s enough to see the headline.

      Many years ago while living in newly independent Zimbabwe, I was watching a documentary about racists in South Africa (25-30 years ago), and a white woman was standing outside her manicured mansion talking about how much she hated black people. She said that if she was dangling off a cliff, and the only hand available to her was a black hand, she’d rather fall than have that hand touch her. I was an impressionable teen at the time, and living in Southern Africa. I spent a lot of time talking to freedom fighters (not much older than myself) and hearing their stories of struggle and strife, even though I lived a very cushioned life, myself. I was deeply emotional at this age, and incredibly angry at the injustice. When I heard this woman say what she said, it cut me to the center of my heart. I couldn’t understand how someone could harbor that much hate, over skin color! It took me a long time to get over it – and many white South Africans were put in my path after that to try and make me get over my own anger. At this age now, I see people like that with a deep sense of pity for what they’ve done to themselves, and how empty and dark their lives must be. They can’t live fully. They are in their own prison.

      It’s painful to be exposed to that vile, putrid hate spewed by racists. But, the truth is that it’s eating them up alive. It’s a constant companion, and as the world gets more diverse, they get more fearful. They talk tough in their packs of racists, but the truth is, they are complete cowards. That day that I saw that video, my Dad came home to find me packing my bag to get on the next train to South Africa, to go find that woman and take her to that cliff and prove her claim. To see if she would rather fall, instead of taking the help of a black hand. I was irrational, and consumed with fury. My Dad calmly said he would drive me to the station, but feared I’d be slaughtered before I even left the station, since I couldn’t speak the language, didn’t know my way around, and I was a teenager with no skills to fight or support myself. He advised me, calmly, to stay in school, study hard, get a skill, and contribute to society. I’d do more to avenge the horror of that woman by succeeding, than using my method. I unpacked my bags and stayed. When I finally made my way to South Africa, I was an educated woman in my 20’s, and apartheid had been eradicated, and I was glad to see people living amongst each other in a fairly civilized way. No sign of that woman.

      This RNC convention has brought back all those old feelings – last night was the worst. Seeing this headline brought back all those feelings from that day with the woman and her cliff. But the lesson still remains. These people exist. We can’t really fight them on their turf, because we’re not skilled that way.We have to do it our way – truthfully, constructively – as painful as it is. They don’t represent the whole – just a rotten, nasty part. We need to raise awareness, and someday in the future, we’ll be in civilized company and there will be no visible sign of these horrific people.

      • 116 PoliticalJunkessa
        August 30, 2012 at 3:03 pm

        What a beautiful post, theo. Thank you for sharing that with us — it’s so deep. I am with you totally when you say “I see people like that with a deep sense of pity for what they’ve done to themselves, and how empty and dark their lives must be. They can’t live fully. They are in their own prison.” It’s similar to what I said a few nights ago: I’d rather be us than them. What a miserable existence. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    • 118 Ahero62
      August 30, 2012 at 2:54 pm

      Me too PoliticalJunkessa. I can’t view any YouTube at work but I can read all the postings! The title made me so mad but realize we have to work harder and get PBO re-elected.

  32. August 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

    Chelsea Clinton showed up at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. The former first daughter — who’s a Democrat like her mom and dad — was spotted in Google’s lounge.

    “Some of you may be surprised to learn I’m not the first Clinton to attend a Republican National Convention!” she wrote on Facebook earlier today. “My mother attended the RNC in 1968 to support Nelson Rockefeller.” Why write this on facebook?

    • 123 Lorraine
      August 30, 2012 at 11:55 am

      I don’t doubt there is a method to her “madness.”

    • 124 Lovepolitics2008
      August 30, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      Wow. Just wow. Just wow. Is she implying she supports Romney ?

      If she was there simply as an observer, would she have talked about her mother supporting Rockefeller? Wouldn’t she have been very clear she wasn’t there as a republican supporter ?

      What… the… hell…. is going on ??

      Mainstream media making a big deal out of this in 3…2…1…

    • 125 57andfemale
      August 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

      Well she is a hedge fund manager. A great career choice.

  33. August 30, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Here we go, the Democratic Presser is happening at Noon-

    Thank Goodness. Let’s see if they cover it?

  34. 127 Lorraine
    August 30, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Well this lovely lady better get ready to look at his face for another 4 1/2 years as will as his gorgeous wife’s. These are definitely the times that try men’s (and women’s) pure souls. I really feel sorry for her because unless she repents of her hate she won’t be seeing the Lord in peace.

  35. 128 kathryn kivett
    August 30, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    I’m a white, 69 yr old, female from NC whose ancestor signed the Constitution….in all of my 69 yrs, I have never been exposed to such Vile, Hateful, racist, evil, mean spirted, unpatriotic, disrespectful, irresponsible, dishonest ,dangerous, unChristian behavior. I wish I was a “Good” person and could say, “Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do”…unfortunately, I think they know exactly what they do. Obviously, I have lived a sheltered life.My heart is heavy,….I know, I know….Don’t Boo..VOTE!……but it’s HARD not to be appalled and nauseated and very, very angry. This has gone way beyond Political……thanks for letting me vent!

    • 129 veryslowwriter
      August 30, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Understand completely. My background is like yours. I’ve lived in Canada since 2004 though I’m still an American citizen and I vote in federal elections.

      “Vile, Hateful, racist, evil, mean spirted, unpatriotic, disrespectful, irresponsible, dishonest ,dangerous, unChristian behavior”
      Me too. I was shocked (so naive of me). I was pretty sheltered too. Before moving to Canada we lived in the San Francisco Bay Area. I am not a Christian but I have noted that the people who talk loudest about how Christian they are seem to be the most likely to make headlines after being found driving drunk with a hooker/underage kid/drugs in the car.
      This election is very very important. I have no doubt that the President will be re-elected but getting out the vote is CRUCIAL. The republicans will try to steal the election and a landslide is the only way to shut them up — even if only temporarily.

    • 130 jackiegrumbacher
      August 30, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Kathryn, I’m with you. We are about the same age and therefore witnessed much of the same US history, although I was born in New York state. The only thing that comes close to this level of as you say, “vile, hateful, racist, evil mean-spirited, etc” was during the George Wallace campaign in the sixties. His was a fringe party in those days. But this, now, is one of the two major political parties in the country. This is a time of great shame for the Republican Party, whether they know it or not. I hope future leaders will look back on this and say, Never Again will we sink so low.

  36. August 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    With all the hatred and vile coming from the republican Party we can take solace in the fact that between the free information of the internet, the fact that non-whites will soon be in the majority and nature will take it’s course and eventually ALL of our offspring will be of mixed heritage and mixed opinions. The racists are like cornered, wounded, dying animals. They fight the hardest when they are most afraid. Their time is past. Even the children of most of them (not the romneybot boys) know better. Thru the internet and travel they are being exposed to the real world.
    It may take a few years….but their time is OVER, OBAMA/BIDEN…4 MORE YEARS!

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