Jonathan Chait: “You Didn’t Build That” Resonates Because Obama Spoke in “Black Dialect”

Posted by on Jul 27, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Eventually, everything is racist. Glad they finally got around to this.

The key thing is that Obama is angry, and he’s talking not in his normal voice but in a “black dialect.” This strikes at the core of Obama’s entire political identity: a soft-spoken, reasonable African-American with a Kansas accent. From the moment he stepped onto the national stage, Obama’s deepest political fear was being seen as a “traditional” black politician, one who was demanding redistribution from white America on behalf of his fellow African-Americans.

Gee, is that what all “traditional” black pols do? Nothing like liberals helpfully stereotyping blacks.

Yes, it actually gets dumber.

The entire key to the rise of the Republican Party from the mid-sixties through the nineties was that white Americans came to see the Democrats as taking money from the hard-working white middle class and giving it to a lazy black underclass. Reactivating that frame is still the most mortal threat to the Democrats and to Obama. That is why Obama is reacting so urgently to reestablish himself.

It can’t be that he’s a failed president. It must be becasue of his skin color. So glad we’ve moved beyond race, arent’t we?

Via Drew.

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8 Responses to “Jonathan Chait: “You Didn’t Build That” Resonates Because Obama Spoke in “Black Dialect””

  1. nickless on 27/27/12 at 1:54 pm

    So…..shouldn’t the question be why the President adopts an affected patois for some sort of ‘authenticity?’

  2. Steph on 27/27/12 at 2:18 pm

    That wasn’t ‘black dialect.’ That was a phony, bumbling, histrionic, simpleton dolt from Hawaii impersonating, miserably, the black nomenclature he picked up from Soul Train, Blaxploitation films and the handful of blacks, composite or otherwise, he may have known in passing in the Ivy League rough and tumble.

  3. SteveAR on 27/27/12 at 2:19 pm

    “Nothing like liberals helpfully stereotyping blacks.”

    It shows liberals are the true racists.

  4. memomachine on 27/27/12 at 2:51 pm

    Kansas accent?? How did Obama get a Kansas accent? By birth? Can you get an accent through the placenta?

    Is Chait off his meds again?

  5. SpideyTerry on 27/27/12 at 3:38 pm

    “Nothing like liberals helpfully stereotyping blacks.”

    To say nothing of the fact that Chait is white, if I’m not mistaken.

  6. David Lentz on 27/27/12 at 6:09 pm

    Funny Doctor Howard Dean was leading the ‘Rat pack when he blew his stack. Dean’s melt down marked the end of his presidential aspirations.

    Presidents often lose their temper. The smart ones do it behind closed dorrs and away from open microphones. Was was reputed to be prone to swear like freaping noncom. Yet the public Ike never displaced a temper. Presidents are simply not afforded the luxury of losing their temper in public. We expect our President to act like leaders and leaders are supposed to stay calm and in control. Witness Forty-Three’s speech post Nine Eleven.

  7. Barack Obama on 28/28/12 at 9:41 am

    If you don’ vote fer me, isss cause yor racis or somthin.

    You dum white crakka.