When does President Obama forgive you for what you say? Apparently, only when he needs something.
Given the fact that Clinton’s wife is Secretary of State, Obama apparently gave Bill Clinton a pass for this gem: “A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.”
And don’t forget presidential candidate Biden, who said this about his eventual boss: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice looking guy.”
As the always-forgiving Jesse Jackson said regarding that Biden quote, “It was a gaffe. It was not an intentional racially pejorative statement. It could be interpreted that way, but that’s not what he meant.” Okay, Jesse Jackson does not “always forgive”. In fact, he organizes boycotts and protests. But with Biden, he was in a forgiving mood.
Following Jackson’s example, President Obama was equally forgiving with Harry Reid. The president has already forgiven Reid for this beauty: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid apologized Saturday following reports he had privately described then-candidate Barack Obama during the presidential campaign as a black candidate who could be successful thanks in part to his “light-skinned” appearance and speaking patterns “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
With that perspective, what did candidate Obama have to say when Don Imus stuck his foot in his mouth with an equally insensitive remark? Senator Obama demanded Imus lose his job!
Here’s what everybody outside of Washington sees when you slam Imus and forgive Harry Reid: hypocrisy and a double standard. If Imus was a Senator whose vote Obama needed, Imus could say anything and Obama would accept his apology. But he wasn’t, so Obama wanted him fired. Simple as that.