01 Dec 2008

Obama’s Epidermal Legitimacy

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Mark Whitaker, NBC News Senior Vice Presideny, recently, on the Chris Matthews Show, repeated a sentiment often heard from the left during the campaign. Contrary to Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech, to the mainstream media and the liberal establishment, what really matters isn’t the contents of someone’s character, it’s the color of his skin.


The number two man at NBC News believes Barack Obama’s skin color gives him more legitimacy around the world than possibly any American leader in history.

For those unfamiliar, Mark Whitaker is the Senior Vice President that succeeded the late Tim Russert as NBC’s Washington Bureau Chief, and currently oversees national and international reporting for all the network’s news programs including the “Nightly News,” the “Today” show, MSNBC, and “Meet the Press.”

As part of the panel on Sunday’s “The Chris Matthews Show,” Whitaker said the following about Barack Obama:

    I think it goes beyond the Middle East, and I think it’s a bigger phenomenon which is the leader of the biggest democracy in the world is now a person of color and that is going to give him what political scientists would call a legitimacy in the street around the world that I don’t think an American leader has had, ever perhaps.

Imagine that. Because Obama is black, before he even steps into the White House and accomplishes one darned thing he already has more legitimacy around the world than possibly every American president that came before him.

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If true, an interesting article would be an analysis why this is the case. Likely something to do with the historical image, right or wrong, of white people, and in Obama’s case, white America. Maybe objective insight from another white guy.

Scott D

The rest of us poor white folk will have to go on proving our worth with accomplishments. I wonder if this applies to gender, too. Since much of the world does not respect females as authorities, does this remove Hillary’s legitimacy as Sec of State? Was Condi Rice legitimate because she was black, or not because she was female? And Obama is not really black, but of mixed race, so perhaps he is only semi-legitimate. Oh my, we need a special UN commission to publish the rules here.


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