3/12/08

Geraldine Ferraro on Obama

Geraldine Ferraro may be correct when she says: "If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position. And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept."

--As it has been noted, Obama was a lightly experienced politician when he was selected to give a prime-time address at the 2004 Democratic convention. It may be true that a white man would not have been given that opportunity so quickly. And?

--Many people have various reasons for getting selected or highlighted for opportunities. Hillary because of her last name, Obama because of his race, Ferraro because of her gender, McCain for his military service, others because of where they went to college or who they know. Obama shouldn't apologize for the decisions that others made to highlight him. Obama may have been highlighted because of his race, but what he is doing with it is still extraordinary.

--It may have just been that Ferraro was shooting off her mouth. But I also suspect that it was just the latest attempt by a Clintonian to divide voters along racial lines. Here's an "if" for Ferraro--if a Republican had made such a comment, she would be accused of Jesse Helms type race baiting.

CJL

One more comment: Did Ferraro complain in 2004 about Obama getting a chance to deliver his speech at the 2004 Democratic convention?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ferraro is right....no first term woman senator or white man has a chance. Why when facts are spoken do folks get mad....Hillary did not go negative, she went factual. Ferraro said publicly what most folks are saying privately. Thank goodness she had the guts to say it out loud.

J. Underhill said...

Thank Ghu I'm not a Democrat. The paradox of "do I vote for Obama and prove I'm a sexist, or do I vote for Clinton and prove I'm a racist?" would make my head explode.

adept2u said...

Ms. Ferraro,

I am terribly disappointed. Your recent suggestion that Mr. Obamas’ success happened only because he is black is especially painful. To think that being black in America is a lucky thing strikes me as being inconsiderate.

I am a black person born the same year as Mr. Obamas’ wife 1964, and I can tell you at no time in my life was being black a lucky thing, or are you unaware of the sad and continuing legacy of American race relations. You disregard Mr. Obamas’ legitimate and laudable accomplishments by attributing them to one thing, and it’s the one thing Mr. Obama tries least to be – a man of race. Mr. Obama is a child of God, a husband, a father, a university graduate and a lawyer. Mr. Obama has been a stellar state representative of Illinois and he is currently a United States Senator, and great American. Somewhere probably in the high teens of the list of things Mr. Obama is would be black man.

The statements you have made and defend amount to making his race his primary attribute. You are playing the race card in a manner that is insulting, and quite frankly would be more expected from the kind of reactionary people America has hopefully outgrown.

In 1984 I was a student at the University of Southern California an institution with a traditionally conservative bent. I remember campaigning for and ardently defending a certain congressperson from New York as being more than just a woman, but a person regardless of gender worthy to potentially lead this country. I’m sorry to know now that I was wrong, and all the time any Gerard really would have sufficed.

Anonymous said...

Ferraro is gone. Good riddance. I don't see her as a racist. This is just typical Democratic rough-and-tumble politics.