Or perhaps he's more interested in pandering to the Latino community. After all, he made his speech in El Paso to push for that comprehensive immigration bill that he's wanted for so long. With his re-election campaign underway, Obama knows he will have to count on specific racial groups rather than that broad coalition of Americans who voted for him the first time. And he's got some work to do there. Obama's approval ratings among whites now lag in the high 30s, according to Gallup. And even more surprisingly, his approval ratings among Hispanics have dropped precipitously, from 73 percent in January 2009 to 54 percent in April 2011.
Hence Obama's renewed interest in targeting white Americans. It's his go-to move when he's in trouble. He knows that moderate liberal white Americans are too racially guilt-ridden to abandon Obama -- that's why they voted for him in the first place. He knows that hard-core liberal white Americans love him. And he knows that independent and conservative white Americans have turned against him. There's no risk to bashing white Americans in order to pander to minority Americans.
That's why Obama now characterizes anti-illegal immigration voters, who are predominantly white, as kooks who want to feed Mexicans to alligators. That's why Obama has consistently enabled the Justice Department to discriminate on behalf of thugs like the New Black Panthers. That's why Obama sided with Henry Louis Gates over law enforcement and attempted to shut down the Arizona anti-illegal immigration efforts. And that's why he brought anti-white rapper Common to the White House this week. So much for unity.
Unity isn't Obama's strong suit, contrary to his campaign sloganeering. He's more interested in simple divide and conquer tactics. The only question now is whether minority Americans will recognize his obvious maneuvering, or whether they'll continue to buy into Obama's anti-white bigotry.