My Problem with Barack Obama Isn’t That He’s Black…

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My problem with Barack Obama is that hes a white liberal.

All right, Ive cracked this joke at least twice before once in Welcome To Obamaland and once in 365 Ways To Drive A Liberal Crazy but its always worth repeating for at least two good reasons. 1. Its true. 2. It annoys the hell out of all those liberal-lefties who love to pretend that attacks on their pet president are racially motivated. As, predictably, many of them did below my last blog post OBama? Oh puh-lease!

Heres one of the paragraphs they found so offensive:

Except, when he’s in Africa, of course, when he disappears into the dry ice and re-emerges with a grass skirt and a bone through his nose and declares himself to be Mandingo, Prince of the Bloodline of the Bonga People, Drinker of Cattle Urine, Father of A Thousand Warrior Sons, Keeper of King Solomon’s Mines, Barehanded Slayer of Lions, Undaunted Victim of the Evil Colonial British Empire.

Is this racist? Id say not. Id call it satire. But then, one of the clever things about the term racist in its modern, catch-all sense is that its a bit like witchcraft in the 17th century: denial just constitutes further proof of guilt. Thats why liberals like Twitterer DCPlod who branded me yesterday with the hashtag racistpig so enjoy deploying the deadly R word against their ideological opponents. It enables them to play judge, jury and executioner without having to go through any of the tedium or intellectual challenge of offering their antagonists a fair trial.

For the record, though, I probably am a teeny bit racist. For example, I have to confess that I have a slight bias towards black conservatives and libertarians over white ones. Its harsh and unfair, I know. Poor Rush Limbaugh and Mark Steyn and Dennis Miller and G Gordon Liddy and PJ ORourke and all the other right-wing whiteys I like are probably never going to get over the fact that I dont respect and admire them quite as much as I do, say, Thomas Sowell. But Im afraid thats just the way it is. Sowell is black and the fact that he is black makes him that little bit more impressive in my eyes because in order to become one of the worlds greatest right-leaning economists and commentators he had so much more baggage to overcome. Any black person can be a liberal-leftie; indeed as we saw from voting patterns in the last US presidential election its almost de rigueur. To be a black conservative, on the other hand, now that requires some cojones.

Consider the case of Pastor CL Bryant on fiery form in this video. (H/T Julie Erickson; Breitbart TV)As he admits in the course of his speech to a tiny audience, he could have been one of the great black contenders. After all, he had all the right credentials: 25 years ago he was radical leader of the Americas most powerful race-based caucus groups the National Association For The Advancement Of Colored People (NAACP). His rabble-rousing grievance-mongering, identity-politicking could have carried him to the top, perhaps even as high as the presidency itself. But then Bryant had a personal revelation: if he carried on playing that game he wouldnt really be advancing the cause of black people at all; rather he would be doing the work of their slave masters white liberals.

Hes quite right, of course. Ill wager a good deal of money that the vast majority of those commenters who branded me with the r word yesterday were not black people who felt insulted by my obviously flippant pastiche version of Africa, but white liberals taking umbrage on their behalf, as white liberals so often do in it that superior, patronising way of theirs. Its as if they think black people are far too stupid and inarticulate and helpless to stick up for themselves, so they must therefore step in to help them and nurse them at every turn, be it through welfare handouts or affirmative action or special events directing them how best to celebrate their culture.

Take Black History Month: was there ever an event more patronising? Black people runs the subtext, Are so dumb, so preoccupied by skin colour, so prejudiced and so hypersensitive that they cannot take their history served to them straight. It has to be adapted to their special needs. A whole month has to be put aside in order to big up a few minor-league historical players not because what they achieved was necessarily that notable (if it were, they wouldnt be Black History, would they? Theyd just be History) but because they happened to come from the appropriate minority background.

This approach is a nonsense. In fact its so demeaning to black people Id say it qualifies as racism. It implies that they are not free-thinking individuals capable of a range of nuanced views, career options, intellectual achievements and lifestyle choices but a lumpen mass defined largely by their skin colour.

And this, disgracefully, is exactly the kind of game President Obama plays, and why I was inspired the other day to satirise his pathetic attempts at being the worlds Great Race Chameleon, with his amazing ability to change his identity in accordance with the audience hes addressing: an Irishman for the Irish; an African for the Africans; a Muslim for the Muslims; and so on.

Can he really not see how much damage this does? Does he not get that this approach plays into the hands of some of the worlds nastiest extremists: the Islamists who believe every single Muslim in the world should owe his loyalties not to his host culture but to the Umma; the white (and black) supremacists; the separatist terrorists from Ireland to the Basque country to Chechnya to Kashmir?

The truly great black people are not those who play the race card, as Obama so frequently does, but those who choose to forego the easy path of identity politics and strive after what is true rather than settle for what is expedient. Im thinking of people like the marvellous Allen West, who I hope one day will campaign for the White House, not on a ticket representing black Americans but simply Americans; and on this side of the Atlantic of people like Katharine Birbalsingh and Tony Sewell. And, of course, of Thomas Sowell who transcended his humble beginnings to graduate magna cum laude from Harvard, not because anyone saw the colour of his skin and felt sorry for him but because hes a clever guy who works hard and knows how to use his brain.

Heres a sample of Sowell at his considerable best: (H/T Eureferendum)

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8 thoughts on “My problem with Barack Obama isn’t that he’s black…”

  1. Gordon Rabon says:27th May 2011 at 3:40 pm“Cattle urine, bongo bongo” Give us a break Delingpole, you’re just a pure and simple hate merchant dressing up as satirist. A clueless one at that too. No doubt your loyal lemmings will get hard on over this new article…
  2. JimmyGiro says:28th May 2011 at 12:51 pmI’ve got a hard on.
  3. Andrew Ryan says:28th May 2011 at 2:12 pmReducing a whole continent down to dancing around with a bone through your nose is equivalent to reducing Europe down to Nazism, or reducing Catholicism – or even the whole of Christianity – down to pedophile priests.Would you consider it clever if someone reacted to David Cameron and his wife visiting a church by sneering “Oh, I guess they abused a few children while they were there!”. If the Queen said she felt proud to be British, would you think it accurate to say “Britain, as in Europe – where they killed all those Jews?”.Yes, you can use the defence of satire, but you arguably deserve a place in Pseud’s Corner to claim kinship with Jonathan Swift with such blunt stereotyping.
  4. Andrew Ryan says:28th May 2011 at 3:09 pmJames Delingpole: ” It enables them to play judge, jury and executioner without having to go through any of the tedium or intellectual challenge of offering their antagonists a fair trial.”If so then it appears to have exactly the same ‘deliciously un-PC’ function as calling someone a ‘libtard’, or indeed accusing someone of being ‘PC’, painted as being the worst thing in the world, or at least equal to racism.Once you’ve responded to any accusation by calling your opponent ‘PC’, then you are shutting down debate in precisely the manner you say the ‘R’ word does.
  5. Gordon Rabon says:29th May 2011 at 4:36 am@Andrew Ryan“Reducing a whole continent down to dancing around with a bone through your nose is equivalent to reducing Europe down to Nazism, or reducing Catholicism – or even the whole of Christianity – down to pedophile priests.”Andrew, didn’t you know, to quote a famous libertarian, Africa is just a country to them.
  6. Gordon Rabon says:29th May 2011 at 4:39 am@JimmyGiro“I’ve got a hard on.”Hey Jimmy, glad to hear Delingpole is servicing you well.
  7. Steve says:30th May 2011 at 7:53 pmKeep it up man, love your articles and blogs. At least someone isn’t afraid to speak the truth. Liberals do not understand truth, if you prove them wrong then they will respond with anger.
  8. Velocity says:8th June 2011 at 11:56 pmthe problem with Obumma is he’s a progressive (closet Marxist) …the 2nd problem is he’s a puppet of the most corrupt political system in the world (no Yank can even run for office without vast sums of patronage for their campaign)add those 2 facts together and it’s no wonder Obumma is the worst President in American history amongst a field of non-stop corrupt puppets

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O’Bama? Oh Puh-lease!

Barack Obama plants a tree at the Presidential Residence in Dublin (Photo: Reuters)

Barack Obama plants a tree at the Presidential Residence in Dublin (Photo: Reuters)

Ah Bejaysus and Begorrah! Oi’ll be swearin’ boi the auld shrine to the Vorgin with the shamrocks growin’ round it next to the hill where Cuchullain slew the Great Leprechaun of Kildare on St Patrick’s Day that Barack Seamus O’Toole Flaherty Joyce O’Bama is the most Irish US president that ever set foot on the Emerald Oisle, so he is, so he is.

Except, when hes in Africa, of course, when he disappears into the dry ice and re-emerges with a grass skirt and a bone through his nose and declares himself to be Mandingo, Prince of the Bloodline of the Bonga People, Drinker of Cattle Urine, Father of a Thousand Warrior Sons, Keeper of King Solomon’s Mines, Barehanded Slayer of Lions, Undaunted Victim of the Evil Colonial British Empire.

And in the Middle East, where he is Al-Barak Hussein Obama, Protector of the Holy Shrine, Smiter of the Kuffar, Lion of the Desert, Tent-Loving-Aficionado-of-the-Oversweetened-Coffee, Chomper of Sheeps Eyeballs, Restorer of the Caliphate.


Tony Blair used to do this trick too, his accent mutating from broad Glaswegian to genteel Edinburgh to Mummerset to Estuary to Richard E Grant to Sarf London Grime often in the course of one Downing Street reception the better to persuade his target audience that he was their kind of guy. And it is, of course, the hallmark of an unutterable charlatan.

I’ve argued before that Tony Blair and Barack Obama have an awful lot in common. Both are lawyers; both are snake-oil-salesman; both claim to be post-partisan, and Third Way and consensual; both play the acceptable, moderate-seeming public face of a regime chock full of Communists, class warriors, single issue rabble rousers, malcontents, communitarians and eco-loons hell bent on destroying every last vestige of what once made their country great. And both do (or did) the things dodgy political leaders always do when the going gets tough at home and their domestic audience finally wises up to how totally useless they are: they hop on the plane and pose as international statesman instead.

My colleague Damian Thompson appears to be under the impression that Obama is a great guy because he said nice things about the Queen. Look, I think the Queen’s great too, but did it really not occur to my distinguished colleague (and editor) that there might have been a hint of an ulterior motive here? Obama can’t stand Britain (his wife likes us even less): he made that clear enough when he sent back Winston Churchill’s bust and dissed our Prime Minister with those dodgy DVDS. He blames us for what happened to his grandfather during Mau Mau. He doesn’t believe in the Special Relationship. Are we honestly supposed to believe in that during the subsequent year in office, Obama has since acquired such wisdom and insight that he suddenly realises how special we are?

Of course he hasn’t. Obama is just doing now what all bullies and losers start doing when they realise how unpopular they are and that everyone is abandoning them. They suck up to anybody and everybody. They whore themselves piteously before enemies they once considered beneath their contempt. Fain will they fill their bellies with husks that swine eat but which no man will give them: and serve them jolly well right, too!

By all means let us enjoy watching Obama smarm and grovel and ingratiate himself like some presidential Uriah Heep. But for heaven’s sake let us never give him the benefit of the doubt. He’s a cold fish and would certainly never show any mercy towards us were the roles to be reversed.

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25 thoughts on “O’Bama? Oh puh-lease!”

  1. David Donald says:24th May 2011 at 10:39 amDear James,
    Superlative,-but I think he could be the new St paul ,if we are not careful.
  2. Neil says:24th May 2011 at 10:44 amHear! Hear! we, your American cousins heartly agree!
  3. Paul Herrmann says:24th May 2011 at 10:48 amnothing more to say, other than AMEN…
  4. Mac McKenna says:24th May 2011 at 11:51 amJust read your blog. Laugh…………………..I nearly pissed myself, and that is something when you are on dialysis!!!!!!!!!!!!! To the point and never a true word spoken. No doubt he’ll tell the Queen that he has found out he has English roots dating back to the 17th Century. A whippet breeder from Salford, called T’old Barmy Barry from dow’nt road next tud pennines cafe, Ye knows, twon that looks like he’s bin dow’nt mines.
  5. Mac says:24th May 2011 at 1:25 pmJames, it’s nice to see there is at least one real Brit left across the pond. I spent many summers in England during my youth, dividing my time between my grandparents in London and my Aunt in the IOW. I haven’t been back for some time, but I was deeply saddened on my last trip to see how much the country has changed in the last 30 years. It’s as if some sort of slow malaise has crept across what was once the best country in the world. Everyone is so concerned about being tolerant, they are blind to the loss of their heritage and culture.

    I heard more Farsi than English the last time I visited London. The only resistance I saw to the plague of political correctness came in the form of a rather gruff Scot. He marched down the stairs of a number 52 bus (the last one that evening) and came to the defense of a man who had sprinted to catch it and has being berated in barely intelligible English by the Pakistani ticket man. Myself and another American stood up and supported him and the man got to stay and catch his ride home. What amazed me was the shock on the faces of the other Brits – they were actually embarrassed that the Scot had dared to say something to the Pakistani. Sad, really.

    Furthermore, it seemed like everywhere I went people were actively defending this slow decline into mediocrity. Even in Wales (unbelievably), there was blatant kowtowing to the new world order. I was able to actually locate some old school Brits in Salisbury, and felt like I’d gone back to 1968 or so. So I know there are probably some over there yet.

    For the past 10 years I’ve watched the signs here in the USA. We are headed down the same path as you lot, and we haven’t bothered to consult history. Our cities are becoming third world mini-nations, and what was once a melting pot has become a salad bowl. Otherwise intelligent people are buying into the socialistic rhetoric and there doesn’t seem to be any way to stop this decline.

    Obviously, the blame falls squarely on the hippies. I was just a kid in the 60s, but even to me it was obvious the world was changing.

    Keep up the fight.

  6. Jane Franks says:24th May 2011 at 1:59 pmRight on! I’m an American and share your views as do a growing number of our citizens. Thank you for being honest about our undesireable president, and be assured there are many true blue Americans who are honest and truly love Britain for Britain. And many of us have “true” roots in your country!
  7. Dave Edwards says:24th May 2011 at 3:51 pmThank you for having the courage to say what the American press refuses to!
  8. Cardinal Mazarin says:24th May 2011 at 4:23 pmThis is nuts. There’s no analysis, no perspective, no facts – just a raw howl of hate for Obama. What’d he do to you? Run over your dog?
  9. An American Admirer says:24th May 2011 at 5:22 pmMr. Delingpole, this blog is brilliant, witty and so refreshing. Thank you and keep it up!
  10. JimmyGiro says:24th May 2011 at 6:53 pm@ Mac,

    Where on the IOW?

    I too was a child of the 60s, and regard the Island as a cultural paradise at that time. The Island has NEVER returned a socialist MP, and I think the absence of that religion had left us in that sublime state.

    These days however, the change by political subversion is painful to witness, like the ravishing of the shire, in middle-earth; there were 8,000 votes for the socialist candidate in the last election here! Total treachery.

  11. Nancy says:24th May 2011 at 8:03 pmAs an American, I have to say bravo to this very funny and brilliant column. I agree with Mac – I visited London in 1978 and 2010 and I couldn’t believe the difference. For one thing, I could hardly even find a native Englishman in 2010 – everyone I met seemed to be from somewhere else! Are all these foreigners trying to adopt British culture, or are they just trying to preserve their separate little cultures under the cloak of “diversity”? The tour guides in 1978 were proud of their country and heritage. The tour guides in 2010 were just making jokes about Americans – which I didn’t mind by the way, some of them were pretty funny, but I did not sense the same pride in British culture and accomplishments. And we as Americans are caught in this same political correctness/diversity madness. Before someone out there accuses me of being racist, I am a member of a minority group in America, but I consider myself “American” before anything else. Yay for the Royal Family for not inviting our President to the wedding – he and his wife have shown contempt for our British friends.
  12. Mac says:24th May 2011 at 8:08 pm@JimmyGiro

    Back then I stayed mostly in Shanklin, where my aunt and uncle had a small bungalow. They moved around over the years, but never left the island. I remember collecting sand at the Needles, and as a teenager walking down to the ferry (in Cowes, I think) to watch the Swedish school girls arrive. I spent much more time in London, wandering around Shepherds Bush Market, the Serpentine, and Holland Park – and riding the tubes all over creation.

    I like the Tolkien reference, but it sounds like we need to skip to the chapter entitled “The Scouring of the Shire” and clear out Saruman (who do you pick to play him?) and company. My wife is half-British as well (Welsh to my English) and we had planned to spend some of our retirement years there as I am eligible for dual-citizenship. However, now it seems positively dismal, and horrifically expensive. I might be able to rent something in a caravan park, but that would be the only way I could afford it. I will, of course, have to come and inspect things personally but I’m afraid of completely spoiling my memory of it.

    My most recent visit was in the mid-90s and it was to attend my Nan’s funeral. Things were getting grim in London by then but I had hoped the countryside would still be free. Regrettably, it sounds as though even the archetypical British village is a thing of the past.

    BUT, I have seen the EDL at work and I have to give them some kudos. Maybe if enough people wake up soon enough, the “Politically Correct” crowd can be cowed and some semblance of Anglican society can be saved.

  13. Joe King says:24th May 2011 at 9:28 pm(Disclosure: I’m American.) Bravo! Replicate yourself, and send some of the clones over here. You have opened my eyes about Tony Blair. (I already knew about Obama.) It makes sense. Regarding this Obama trip, I noticed that there was no condescending pat on the queen’s shoulder by Michelle O this time around. You are right that Obama in reality has no use for the UK, at least not as long as it’s a country of greatness and its people take pride in their tremendous heritage. He feels the same about the US. I would like to see the bust of Churchill returned as soon as possible. This is not pleasant to say, but from the sound of things, the Brits could use a bit more of ol’ Winston themselves. (After reading this article, I believe that just maybe you really are always right.)
  14. JimmyGiro says:25th May 2011 at 12:13 am@Mac,

    All my childhood was in Newport, though as kids we walked freely as far as our dinner would carry us.

    I too remember the Swedish girls; they were later joined by Danes, even Spanish and Japanese. All part of the ‘EF’ exchange scheme. Then a Danish child was raped by a man from the mainland, and that pretty episode of summer ebbed away.

    The Island which had its very first armed robbery in the 80s, is now littered with CCTVs, and the police force from Hampshire, prides itself on being the most gay friendly. They are also fairly expensive to run, and thanks to ‘elf and safety, they insist that the little festivals and carnivals that made up the Island’s summer culture, are well policed or not allowed. And the cost is shared by the organizers, who naturally can’t afford them, thus the Island gets duller and more neurotic.

    The wild life has changed also, not so many little birds, but lots of sea gulls; or should they be called gutter gulls, since they seem to have given up on the sea?

    The local council are the only growing business on the Island, and I suspect they fill their coffers by accepting lots of mainland city overspills, thus the Island is becoming a dumping ground for lost souls. They’re building 6,000 new cheap homes, to become next decades slum estates no doubt. This is on top of the fact that at best there are 10 JobSeekers for every vacancy on the Island; with a high spot of 50 JobSeekers to every job opportunity in January 2010!

    Who plays Saruman, he comes in many guises, but he always leaves with a golden “fuck off”.

    It would be worth visiting the Island, not for a golden quiet and charming holiday, but more for an anthropological object lesson in the vagaries of social engineering, by self serving shysters.

    All the best from the sunny IOW.

  15. Mac says:25th May 2011 at 12:39 pm@JimmyGiro

    You paint a very bleak picture, my friend. Perhaps it is sadder still, in that many of my relatives on the IOW seem as oblivious to these changes as the proverbial frog in a pot. These are professional and intelligent folk who fail to realize their peril and view opinions such as ours as alarmist. I tend to agree with them but that doesn’t make the alarm a false one.

    I will return to the island and see for myself. I used to know some of the Hampshire Constabulary and it pains me no end to hear that the police are complicit in this PC nonsense. My great grandfather and his father were both London Bobbies. They are likely rolling in their graves.

    Perhaps you could pop over to Avalon and wake Arthur. I fear it is time.



  16. Andrew Ryan says:25th May 2011 at 3:37 pm“He’s a cold fish and would certainly never show any mercy towards us were the roles to be reversed.”

    I don’t understand what ‘roles’ James is referring to here. Does he mean ‘If Obama was the one with the power rather than, say, David Cameron’? If so, this strikes me as bizarre. Does James see the UK as the ‘dominant partner’ in the Special Relationship.

    And if Obama is being a slavish suck-up by visiting the Queen, does that mean that the Queen is too? Does she get the same criticism when she’s on state visits?

    Finally, the very fact that James needed to exaggerate so much about Obama’s actions in Ireland and Africa lends a clue that he didn’t actually have much to work with. Obama spent a day or say in Ireland, he had a Guinness in a town where he genuinely DID have an ancestor… and that’s about it. He didn’t adopt an Irish accent, put on a green hat, tell Irish people that he was one of them.

  17. Widdershinnz says:26th May 2011 at 4:01 pmWhat a racist jackass. I hope carnival barkers piss on you.
  18. Evan Marks says:26th May 2011 at 5:49 pmThis was the first article I’ve ever read by you. Fantastic! In fact, it was read on the air by a talk host on one of the usual talk radio stations i regularly listen to. I will be following you from now on. So few writers, media wonks, or even office workers have the courage to criticize Obama, or should I say O’Bama, for fear of being called a racist, Even if the criticism is unrelated to race. God help us all around the world if this guy is re-elected. Thanks for a very entertaining article.
  19. David Arnett says:26th May 2011 at 9:00 pmVery good work. I featured a preview and posted a link on to you. We are the oldest (est. 1996) independent (owner/operator) local news service on the Internet (years before Al Gore even invented the thing). Not really a blog as we pay writers statewide, we hosted 2.5 million page views in 2010 and are now running at about 1,000 unique visitors per day which is not bad for a local site of general interest. It may not that big a deal, but I wanted you to know that here in the heart of America (what some call “fly-over” country) we appreciate your work.
  20. Gordon Rabon says:27th May 2011 at 3:17 pm@ Andrew Ryan

    “Finally, the very fact that James needed to exaggerate so much about Obama’s actions in Ireland and Africa lends a clue that he didn’t actually have much to work with.”

    Don’t expect too much from James. His comedic performance on the Horizon documentary shows the only information he works with are from his own opinions. Won’t be long before he starts advocating the return of the Confederacy in the US and Nazism in Europe. Judging by this piece, James could even be the star columnist for Der Stürmer.

  21. Mac says:27th May 2011 at 5:17 pm@Gordon and Andrew, did you guys take a look at the top of the page? It says BLOG, from which you should infer that anything written is “opinion” unless otherwise cited.

    As to your liberal hyperbole, turnabout is fair play. If you look in the mirror you might just catch a glimpse of Goebbels.

  22. Gordon Rabon says:28th May 2011 at 9:27 am@Mac

    Mac, opinion is what I wrote. Looks like you make about as much sense as your grand master Delingpole. Unfortunately for some of you, his opinions are taken as fact.

  23. Andrew Ryan says:28th May 2011 at 2:30 pmMac, I DID take it to be opinion. That’s what I reacted to – his opinion. If you want to argue that his opinion is completely divorced from any reference to facts, then go ahead and make that argument. Otherwise, as Gordon points out, your post doesn’t really make sense. All my points stand, none of which you addressed.

    David Arnett, I’m afraid that Al Gore’s work in creating (not inventing) the Internet precedes the establishment of your site by almost two decades.

  24. Mac says:31st May 2011 at 1:04 pmGood God. Have they stopped teaching History, English, and Social Studies altogether? If this is an example of the new liberal world order we really are doomed.
  25. Frank Tavos says:1st June 2011 at 5:28 pm@ Mac:

    Are you really that surprised? Surely you know that the left has always had its head firmly lodged up its @rse. That’s the only way to explain how they can believe in the codswallop they’re continually spouting.

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