Rush Limbaugh Slams Toni Morrison Medal of Freedom Award Over Clinton ‘First Black President’ Comment

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Rush Limbaugh slams Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Toni Morrison, calling her a Socialist and mocking her comments that former president Bill Clinton was the first black president, Wednes on his syndicated radio show.  It’s actually a little funny that she made those comments years ago, only to accept such an award from the first black president. Here are Rush Limbaugh’s words:

Here’s what Toni Morrison said: “White skin notwithstanding, this is our first black President. Blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetime. After all, Clinton displays almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy from Arkansas.”

That woman who said that, who wrote that, got the Presidential Medal of Freedom yesterday.  And she’s not even right.  She said blacker than any actual black person who could ever be elected in our children’s lifetimes.  Sorry, Obama came along and rendered her wrong.  Not going there, Snerdley.  You can say it all you want.  I’m not going there.  Snerdley wants me to zero in on the blacker than any actual black person, and he thinks the jury is still out on thisNo, no, no.  All I know is that all Bill Clinton had to do to qualify as the first black president is to display almost every trope of blackness.  Here is a civil rights leader and this is what being black is to her.  Single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald’s-and-junk-food-loving boy.  And you throw in from Arkansas.  And she wins the Presidential Medal of Freedom, along with Dolores Huerta. Source

The so-called love affair many blacks had with former president Bill Clinton ended during the 2008 presidential campaign when many perceived his “fairy-tale” remark about the Obama campaign as a denigration of then presidential-candidate Barack Obama. Toni Morrison’s comment that Bill Clinton was the face of the black experience in this country wasn’t completely wrong, particularly of those then and today who are growing up in a single-parent household and many born poor. There is nothing socialistic or racist about that.  Call Bill Clinton what ever you want, he knew what it was like to grow up poor. Lost on Rush Limbaugh is the fact that Toni Morrison has enriched many lives with her books and in her classes.

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Newsweek Magazine Calls Obama “First Gay President,” Playing on Toni Morrison Calling Bill Clinton “First Black President”

Newsweek Magazine Calls Obama "First Gay President," Playing on Toni Morrison Calling Bill Clinton "First Black President" (Newsweek)

OBAMA FIRST GAY PRESIDENT:  Newsweek published a cover article by openly gay political blogger Andrew Sullivan who described President Obama as “the first gay president,” playing on a popular quote by Toni Morrison who described former president Bill Clinton as “the first black president.” Um, doesn’t that honor belong to James Buchanan? Just saying….

Wasn't James Buchanan the First Gay President, Not Obama?

The interview changes no laws; it has no tangible effect. But it reaffirms for me the integrity of this man we are immensely lucky to have in the White House. Obama’s journey on this has been like that of many other Americans, when faced with the actual reality of gay lives and gay relationships. Yes, there was politics in a lot of it. But not all of it. I was in the room long before the 2008 primaries when Obama spoke to the mother of a gay son about marriage equality. He said he was for equality, but not marriage. Five years later, he sees – as we all see – that you cannot have one without the other. But even then, you knew he saw that woman’s son as his equal as a citizen. It was a moment – way off the record at the time – that clinched my support for him.

Today Obama did more than make a logical step. He let go of fear. He is clearly prepared to let the political chips fall as they may. That’s why we elected him. That’s the change we believed in. The contrast with a candidate who wants to abolish all rights for gay couples by amending the federal constitution, and who has donated to organizations that seek to “cure” gays, who bowed to pressure from bigots who demanded the head of a spokesman on foreign policy solely because he was gay: how much starker can it get?

My view politically is that this will help Obama. He will be looking to the future generations as his opponent panders to the past. The clearer the choice this year the likelier his victory. And after the darkness of last night, this feels like a widening dawn. Source

Well, I don’t think Obama’s “evolution” will cost him the presidential election, but it won’t win too many Independents. Blacks don’t agree with gay marriage, but they will agree to disagree with the president, and will still vote for him in November. I still think this was a calculated political move and it may have some backlash that will dissipate the closer we get to election day. Marriage is between one man and one woman, but that’s just my opinion. Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize winning Washington Post columnist, believes Obama’s stance on gay marriage is a return to hope. Um, really? Washington wrote, “he spoke out when he didn’t have to and took a stance that might hurt him in key states — reminding us how he can surprise and inspire.” Um, hope and change in the air again? It won’t be bought so readily the second time around. Just saying….

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