posted on Aug, 3 2009 @ 04:41 PM
US President Barack Obama's support among white voters has plummeted, imperilling his ambitious political agenda.
His support among white voters fell to below 50 per cent for the first time in his presidency following his accusation the police "acted stupidly"
in arresting a black Harvard professor,
A Pew research poll found that 53 per cent of white voters approved of Mr Obama's job performance before his prime-time intervention in the furore
over whether Sergeant Joseph Crowley, a white officer, was right to arrest Henry Louis Gates Jr, a black studies professor.
This dropped to 46 per cent in just two days as many white supporters reacted with dismay to Mr Obama's statement, which he tried to rectify by
arranging a "beer summit" at the White House in which he and Vice President Joe Biden sipped their chosen brews in the Rose Garden under the gaze of
the media. www.telegraph.co.uk...
Amazing stuff. This fall in popularity is really about Obama's ill judged comment over the Crowley and Gates incident.
While most of us are accustomed to obnoxious news items of police behaviour, whether it is accurate or not; because Obama commented on the matter,
there is a disproportionate reaction. Obama is the president and is tackling immense problems, he should have brushed off the query made to him in the
press conference as a police and legal matter and left it at that.
He didn't because this kind of thing is part of the AfroAmerican experience in very real terms but by no means unique. It was a case of a middle aged
academic and a police officer issuing conflicting stories. The academic happened to be black in a culture with endless stories of black people being
railroaded by law enforcement.
While Obama should have remained above this problem, the reaction proves there is a lack of trust despite the good will of so many white people voting
for him. People forget that Obama's loyalty is for America and think that a sophisticate like him would carry a concious disregard for white
citizens. This is not the nature of power, harbouring such thoughts is a hindrance and the occupation of the ignorant.
If America can suffer the likes of Dubya Bush, they can certainly tolerate a misjudged comment coming from a new president reflecting on his
I am not American and don't care whether an American is black or white. You are all Yanks to me.
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