As did many of us, I had the opportunity to hear the President speak several times this past weekend, on the Sunday morning news and editorial network broadcasts. What I was watching for was response to the recent remarks by former President Jimmy Carter, in which he said that many of the President’s political and media adversaries were more than slightly motivated by racism. That has been my contention for some time.
As to the multiple interviews, I found one particularly interesting. On This Week, in an interview with George Stephanopoulous, the two men seemed to be more clashing than might have been predicted. One might conclude that Stephanopoulous was trying to avoid being viewed as consistently liberal. Recently on that program, George Will has moved to a considerably more conservative point of view than he had previously maintained. I enjoyed the President's final statement on the ACORN Issue, in which he said words to the effect that that's not really one of the most pressing issues of the day. More accurately, “You know, if — frankly, it’s not really something I’ve followed closely.”
Getting back to the point of this article, former President Jimmy Carter had the courage recently to accuse the President’s critics of racism. Interviewed by NBC's Brian Williams on Tuesday, September 15, Carter said:
I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African American. I live in the South, and I've seen the South come a long way, and I've seen the rest of the country that shared the South's attitude toward minority groups at that time, particularly African Americans. And that racism inclination still exists. And I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of the belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country. It's an abominable circumstance, and it grieves me and concerns me very deeply.
I have suspected such motivation myself. Following an election which was defined by promises of reaching across the aisle, it seemed and still seems that the Republicans and many powerful persons in the media and business are defying reason with their utter lack of objectivity. It occurs to me that in this new era of transparency and accountability, some individuals and groups may be feeling a financial pinch. Such a pinch may be quite a motivator.