Obama's message to voters: White Males Need Not Vote Democrat in 2010

Louise Redington
In a video-taped message President Obama and the DNC have begun their push to get out the vote for the 2010 mid-term elections.

In the video Obama has called on young voters, Latinos, and women to come out in November and vote for Democrats in order to continue the Obama agenda of fundamentally changing America. However, Obama's message clearly leaves out a significant portion of American society - the older white male. Is this a purposeful directive, a thoughtful political strategy, a Freudian slip of political sorts, or a window into Barack Obama's vision of his "transformed America"?
From the beginning of Obama's entrance into national politics, his views on race in America were right out there for the world to read. In his book, "Dreams from My Father," Obama writes that as a college student he purposely sought out the company of minorities, Marxists, and feminists. [pg. 100-101] He paints the picture of his white grandmother as a "typical white woman" who feared young, black men. His 2008 presidential campaign sought the white vote with an invitation to participate in an historical event of electing a black man to the White House.

Yet, as the 2010 mid-term elections draw closer, Obama and the DNC have called out to all sectors of the American voter - except white males. So the way I see it, he wants my vote, a woman, but not my husband's, my father's or my uncles' votes; the votes of older white males. Clearly, in Obama's mind, this alienation of the white male vote is politically okay, politically acceptable, politically purposeful.

In his presidential bid, Barack Obama painted himself as the healer of the racial divide in America. Yet, for many of American voters, a new message is becoming clearer and clearer, "Older White Males Not Needed in the Democrat Party . . . Need Not Vote."


In a video-taped message President Obama and the DNC have begun their push to get out the vote for the 2010 mid-term elections.

In the video Obama has called on young voters, Latinos, and women to come out in November and vote for Democrats in order to continue the Obama agenda of fundamentally changing America. However, Obama's message clearly leaves out a significant portion of American society - the older white male. Is this a purposeful directive, a thoughtful political strategy, a Freudian slip of political sorts, or a window into Barack Obama's vision of his "transformed America"?

From the beginning of Obama's entrance into national politics, his views on race in America were right out there for the world to read. In his book, "Dreams from My Father," Obama writes that as a college student he purposely sought out the company of minorities, Marxists, and feminists. [pg. 100-101] He paints the picture of his white grandmother as a "typical white woman" who feared young, black men. His 2008 presidential campaign sought the white vote with an invitation to participate in an historical event of electing a black man to the White House.

Yet, as the 2010 mid-term elections draw closer, Obama and the DNC have called out to all sectors of the American voter - except white males. So the way I see it, he wants my vote, a woman, but not my husband's, my father's or my uncles' votes; the votes of older white males. Clearly, in Obama's mind, this alienation of the white male vote is politically okay, politically acceptable, politically purposeful.

In his presidential bid, Barack Obama painted himself as the healer of the racial divide in America. Yet, for many of American voters, a new message is becoming clearer and clearer, "Older White Males Not Needed in the Democrat Party . . . Need Not Vote."