Burt Prelutsky

Barack Obama gave a speech that his disciples compared favorably to the Gettysburg Address and the Sermon on the Mount, but which I thought came a lot closer to Richard Nixon’s “Checkers” speech, a desperate attempt to keep himself from being relegated to the trash heap of history.

Coming in the wake, as it did, of all we had come to know about Rev. Jeremiah Wright, I thought Obama’s speech was far too little and much too late. Say, 20 years too late.

Frankly, I’m surprised that so many people, and not just liberals, were so willing to give Obama a pass. It’s one thing, after all, for this half-white fellow to join the Trinity United Church of (a Black) Christ in order to use it as a launching pad into Chicago’s scummy political scene. That’s just playing the game. But when one not only sticks around for two decades, but has the creep perform your wedding ceremony and baptize your daughters, and you then bring those children into church to listen to this demagogue damn our country and vilify white people, I really don’t understand why everyone isn’t as disgusted with Mr. Obama as I am.

The junior senator from Illinois first campaigned on the premise that he’s the one person who can put racial differences behind us, but when it’s discovered that he’s joined at the hip with Louis Farrakhan’s best friend, insists that he’s ready to engage in an honest dialogue on race. Well, I don’t believe he is, but I am. What’s more, I’m sure it’s not the dialogue he has in mind, which is just more of the same old dump-on-whitey bilge that Jesse Jackson, Charles Rangel, Maxine Waters and Al Sharpton, have been spewing out for so many long and profitable years.

It was back in 1964 that the Civil Rights Act was passed. In the intervening 44 years, this country has spent billions of dollars to compensate people who hadn’t suffered from Jim Crow laws for the simple reason that they hadn’t even been born yet. Be that as it may, the government continues to fund Operation Head Start; continues to use Affirmative Action as a means by which to leap-frog underachieving black students over, in most cases, better-qualified Asian students; and continues to favor black-owned businesses with low interest loans. But it’s never enough and God knows there’s no end in sight.

You’d like an honest dialogue about race relations, Sen. Obama? As Jack Nicholson’s Col. Jessep yelled at Tom Cruise’s Lt. Kaffee in “A Few Good Men”: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”