Fanatical Obama dissenters, Limbaugh, Beck, and their like, take any opportunity, whether they bother to check the facts or not, to disparage President Obama. The latest is the cost of Obama’s Asia trip.
The other day, I read Tom Friedman’s New York Times article, ” Too Good to Check .” Friedman says CNN’s Anderson Cooper “did the country a favor” by exposing the falsely reported cost of Obama’s Asian trip. Adding, “… it also showed that there is an antidote to malicious journalism – and that’s good journalism.”
Friedman writes about Cooper’s interview with Republican Representative Michele Bachmann. Cooper asked her the question, “You talk about cutting costs — but what programs are you willing to cut?” She answered, “Well I think we know that just within a day or so the President of the United States will be taking a trip over to India that is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day.”
It was a false news story that has been traced back to an anonymous Indian government official. I would expect a congressperson to be able to with fidelity state factual and accurate information. Unfortunately, the story quickly saturated the news and conservative talk shows.
Limbaugh, said a caller had a good question: “Is he coming back or fleeing to exile?” He said that he had no idea why the President was going to India. “But the idea that you’re going to take 3,000 people and you’re booking over 500 rooms in a hotel and you’re taking 40 airplanes, what that tells me is that you have a guy and a family who thinks this nation owes ’em. And while they’re in a position to, they are going to live off of this country as much as they can. They are gonna get theirs. “… this is somebody that says, ‘It’s my turn. My turn, our turn to get what has been denied us all these years.'”
These pejorative references to a “welfare queen,” — coined by Ronald Reagan, describing a woman from Chicago’s South Side who milked the government’s welfare program to live a lavish lifestyle — and reference of an affirmative action president — the redress of discrimination through measures to ensure equal opportunity — are perceived racial stereotypes.
America is worse off because of folks like Limbaugh, Beck, and Bachmann, who spiel false information before they check their facts and spew their hate. Limbaugh seems uninformed; the purpose of Obama’s Asian trip is clear. Moreover, I think there is an undercurrent of de facto racism towards a black man who had the audacity to run and win the Presidency of the United States of America. At least here, within Limbaugh’s statements, it seems obvious.
Tom Friedman, Too Good to Check , N. Y. Times
John Avlon, Rush and the Wingnuts’ Absurd New Obama Theory, The Daily Beast
AC360 Newsroom, Video: Bachmann sounds off on spending, won’t identify specific cuts, AC360 Blog
Press Trust of India, US to spend $200 mn a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit, NDTV.com
Rush Limbaugh, Story #10: Obama Family Feels Entitled to Lavish India Trip, The Rush Limbaugh Show
Wikipedia, Welfare Queen, Answers.com
James Lewis, The Lesson of an Affirmative Action President, American Thinker