Reported at NewsMax:
Black Republicans Demand Obama ‘Bus’ Apology
By David A. Patten
Black Republican leaders are demanding that President Barack Obama apologize for what they consider a racially insensitive remark that he made on the campaign trail this weekend.
During a campaign swing the president said, “We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for a ride, but they gotta sit in back.”
Dr. Timothy F. Johnson, the black Republican who heads the National Black Republican Association, told Newsmax in an e-mail Wednesday that Obama should immediately apologize for the offensive reference to the Jim Crow era.
“Once again the president is perpetuating the racism that exists, and [is] portrayed by the so-called Civil Rights organizations and their leaders,” Johnson stated.
“Americans are sick and tired of these divisive statements the president continues to make,” he added. “Our first objective is November 2, 2010.
“Next is to find the next president of the United States, and retire President Obama to Chicago, Hawaii, or Kenya in Nov. 2012,” stated Johnson.
Johnson is not alone in finding the president’s “sit in back” remark offensive.
What if a Republican president had made such a remark? asked Fox News contributor Monica Crowley. She said it would have triggered an uproar from Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson.
“I think after the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, riding in the back certainly does have some Civil Rights and racial overtones to it, and you can’t tell me the president of the United States wasn’t aware of it when he said it,” Crowley said Wednesday on Fox News. “I found his comment there appalling [and] I found his refusal to address it in a straightforward way also appalling.”
The “sit in back” remark is part of a pattern of increasingly divisive rhetoric from the president in the run up to the midterm elections, Crowley said.
In one recent example, on Monday President Obama urged Latinos to “punish our enemies” during a Univision broadcast.
“If Latinos sit out the election,” Obama said, “instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us,’ if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election, then I think it’s gonna be harder . . . ”
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I am increasingly alarmed at the vindictive and violent tone of the presumptive president. We all know about the bully pulpit that the President has at his disposal, but this is a powerful Bully trying to use his pulpit to scare people into doing his bidding. Phrases like “punish your enemies” directed at people many of whom are not even legal citizens, lengthy allegories which portray a whole party of people as… sipping slurpies, kicking sand in ‘our’ face and driving the economy into a ditch, then declaring that those people if duly elected by the voters will have to “sit in the back”. All of these are inflammatory, some hearken back to a long past blight on the nations conscience. One which has received the full attention of the people through reparations, scholarships, affirmative action, welfare, housing projects, work training programs, ad nauseum, but it will never be enough. Those who choose to hate, to hold grudges to blame others for their lack of accomplishment and those who believe they are intitled something for nothing will always be ripe for the manipulation of evil men who promise to fulfill their endless desire with other people’s money.
Mr Obama, you should be ashamed of yourself! If your ideas are not sufficient to stand on their own merit, if the American people reject your policies, you should be man enough to accept their decision and smart enough to be able to change course and do the will of the people. You are, after all, a representative of We the People, not King.