July 27, 2010
Obama's White House Is 'Too White'?
According to Maureen Dowd, Barack Obama's latest problem may be because he isn't black enough: The Obama White House is too white. It has Barack Obama, raised in the Hawaiian hood and Indonesia, and Valerie Jarrett, who spent her early years in Iran. But unlike Bill Clinton, who never needed help fathoming Southern black culture, Obama lacks advisers who are descended from the central African-American experience, ones who understand "the slave thing," as a top black Democrat dryly puts it. Dowd continues:The West Wing white guys who pushed to ditch Shirley Sherrod before Glenn Beck could pounce not only didn't bother to Google, they weren't familiar enough with civil rights history to recognize the name Sherrod. And they didn't return the calls and e-mail of prominent blacks who tried to alert them that something was wrong. Dowd then collects quotes from several aging veterans of the 1960s civil rights era -- John Lewis, James Clyburn,...(Read Full Article)