What exactly did Karl Rove say in a recent interview about Obama?
Q: Do you see the elitist thing in other ways?
Rove: Obama is coolly detached and very arrogant. I think he's very smart and knows he's smart, but as a result doesn't do his homework.
Rove and the Christian conservatives are all about religion — who has it and who does not. So when his “Obama is arrogant” streamed across the net I knew it was a case of religion colliding with interpretation. And interpretations abound. Rove got it right. But in his article in the Huffington Post, John Ridley got it wrong when he translated it as "uppity". Rove chose his code carefully — “arrogant.” Wow, elegant and to the point. What does it mean?
It means that the war of words over faith has begun with the first shot fired by Karl Rove. The “arrogant elitist,” God forbid, need not be black to get busted on his driving ego-trip. He thinks too much of himself. His pride unfounded, anti-Christ, un-Christian all rolled into one. This scary side of Obama will grow as we get closer to November. He, however, is trying to combat this spider of deceit with a website to fight the smears! John Ridley's title changes "arrogant" to "uppity", but is that right? When was uppity first used? Was it by blacks or black slavers who sought to describe out of control behavior by slaves? I could not come to any conclusions. In any case, it is a word that was born out of social necessity.
"Arrogance is perhaps the most socially acceptable form of sin in the church today,” writes, Kinnaman. We have forgotten that God says that he “opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble,” (James 4:6, NIV). 2 Cor 12:20 suggests that arrogance is a group vice, or at least aided by groups. The passage also suggests that arrogance is a verbal vice (one side of its personality).
If this religious interpretation has merit, it might follow that if Obama is arrogant, rude, and prideful, then blacks (or those around Obama) possess the same character flaw. In fact, while looking for the origin of "Obama brand" (called by one the cliche of the year), my Google search lead right to Obama insiders as the source!