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OPINION

Barack Obama Throws Grandma Under the Bus

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Politicians aspiring to the presidency are ambitious. It comes with the territory. But there are politicians with honor and those without honor. There are those who will do anything to get elected and those who won't. And Barack Obama, for all his blather about ushering in a kinder, gentler politics of unification, is a politician who will do anything to get elected. He is a politician without honor.

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Barack Obama will throw his own grandmother under the bus if it helps him get elected -- and he has. After the mainstream media finally caught on to the fact that Obama attended a black radical church for two decades, Obama made a speech in which he compared his America-hating pastor to the white grandmother who raised him. "I can no more disown (the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.) than I can disown my white grandmother, a woman who helped raise me, a woman who sacrificed again and again for me, a woman who loves me as much as she loves anything in this world, but a woman who once confessed her fear of black men who passed by her on the street, and who on more than one occasion has uttered racial or ethnic stereotypes that made me cringe." Also, a woman Obama will knife if it helps him in the polls.

Here's the story of Obama's "racist" grandmother: She brought up a daughter who married a black man, then raised their mixed-race son when her daughter took off. Here's her supposed Bull Connor moment: Obama rips on her in his bestseller, "Dreams From My Father," for harboring fears about an aggressive black panhandler who accosted her at a bus stop. Not exactly the stuff of which Simon Legrees are made.

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Here's the story of Jeremiah Wright Jr.: He was Obama's spiritual mentor for 20 years. He also says 9/11 was a case of "America's chickens coming home to roost." He thinks the U.S. government created AIDS and distributed it in the black community. He believes America sentences crack cocaine dealers more harshly than regular cocaine dealers because of racism. God, he avers, should damn America, not bless it. He is, in short, a tremendously racist, despicably anti-American rabble-rouser.

For Obama to attend Wright's church is disgusting enough. For him to compare his grandmother to Wright is simply sickening.

Even Obama recognized that tagging his own grandmother as a racist before the nation was problematic. And so he justified himself by tagging every white person in America as a secret racist. "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn't." Obama said after his speech. "But she is a typical white person, who, if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away and that sometimes come out in the wrong way and that's just the nature of race in our society."

Lest we forget, in this quote Obama is indicting all of white America because he was caught in a church run by a lunatic, who essentially believes American whites are responsible for every ill that has befallen the world in his lifetime.

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Which begs the question: If Obama is truly an opponent of Wright's bigotry, why does he reflect that same bigotry in condemning all of white America for its inherent racism? Why does he see racism in the woman who raised him? Why doesn't he simply disassociate from Wright?

Either Obama is a disciple of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s extremism -- in which case, his defense of Wright makes sense -- or he is one of the most ambitious, sleazy, manipulative politicians in the history of presidential politics. Either way, he doesn't deserve to be president.

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