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New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd, who has grown increasingly critical of President Obama, was back at it again today, hitting the President for the way he has handled race relations in the aftermath of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.

Dowd, who has criticized Obama in the past for his handling of Benghazi—calling it “unworthy of the greatest power on earth”—and more recently for his frequent golf outings, says she finds it “oddly regressive” of him to hand over race relations to a man known for fomenting, not healing racial divides:

But the one thing it was impossible to imagine, back in the giddy days of the 2009 inauguration, as Americans basked in their open-mindedness and pluralism, was that the first African-American president would outsource race.

He dealt boldly and candidly with race in his memoirs, “Dreams From My Father.” “In many parts of the South,” he wrote, “my father could have been strung up from a tree for merely looking at my mother the wrong way; in the most sophisticated of Northern cities, the hostile stares, the whispers, might have driven a woman in my mother’s predicament into a back-alley abortion — or at the very least to a distant convent that could arrange for adoption. Their very image together would have been considered lurid and perverse.”

Now the professor in the Oval Office has spurned a crucial teachable moment.

He dispatched Eric Holder to Ferguson, and deputized Al Sharpton, detaching himself at the very moment when he could have helped move the country forward on an issue close to his heart. It’s another perverse reflection of his ambivalent relationship to power.

He was willing to lasso the moon when his candidacy was on the line, so why not do the same at a pivotal moment for his presidency and race relations? Instead, he anoints a self-promoting TV pundit with an incendiary record as “the White House’s civil rights leader of choice,” as The Times put it, vaulting Sharpton into “the country’s most prominent voice on race relations.” It seems oddly retrogressive to make Sharpton the official go-between with Ferguson’s black community, given that his history has been one of fomenting racial divides, while Obama’s has been one of soothing them.

The result has been predictable. With Sharpton fanning the flames in Ferguson—just like he has every time he has injected himself into a racially charged situation—Obama is left with an even bigger mess than when he started.

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  • johnholliday

    Obama and Tawana Sharpton are really the same kind of people

  • If Ms. Dowd cared to *see* aka Obama’s Truth, she’d understand that Al Sharpton was selected, coached, and mobilized to be Obama’s Race-Baiting Pit Bull by rabid socialist Dr. Fred Newman of New York CIty – who just happens to be Obama’s Uncle Fred.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    I think it’s great that Maureen Dowd is showing signs of disillusionment. I pray that repentance might be near. I prayed for her sometime back after sending her an email, that she might find true salvation. I’m not talking toward the Republican Party, but with the Lord Jesus Christ.

  • sarah godwin

    Tawana Brawley told the truth the first time, but like too many females in this world, was punished for her own rape! The same thing Could have happened in the Louima case, but for One courageous policeman’s conscience that led him to tell the truth about the vicious sodomizing – by another New York Policeman – of a black Male in custody!

  • sarah godwin

    Dowd’s just miffed because President Obama justifiably (though jokingly) called her out for her silliness during his brilliant standup routine at the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner. Did I mention that was brilliant? LOL It’s the same reason Trump went berserk after Obama brilliantly pegged HIM at an earlier WHCD (in 2011).LOLOL

  • sarah godwin

    What are you -and Dowd- on about? Everybody and his SISTER know that Al Sharpton was a Civil Rights spokesperson long before most people knew Barack Obama existed!

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Maureen is a liberal, she’s always “miffed” about something. But she knows her opinion matters to the Insecure in Chief or she wouldn’t do it. Is it a coincidence that he returned from vacation after HER scathing Op-Ed? He’s a momma’s boy, it’s obvious to everyone. Who is his closest advisor? Valerie Jarrett. A girl. He’s not a man’s man. He struggles with the reality. That’s why the need for the boy’s day out on the golf course. He knows he is a girly man, that he submits to girls. He sees real men all around him and he’s dealing with the conflict, the insecurity. He’s the most insecure president this nation has ever known.

    Marxian theory has so many holes in it, I don’t know why people follow it, other than to rebel against authority. It’s a great tool for that, tearing things up. God has an order to things. Man can try to subvert God’s order, but it will always leave man empty.

  • susan

    ‘brilliant’ ? you’ve got to get out more.

  • susan

    obama is the biggest disappointment these past 5+ yrs. he had a great campaign but it was all smoke & mirrors. he has proved himself intelligent, but foolish; charming but a liar; smooth but divisive. very disappointing.

  • susan

    hello…tawana brawley admitted she & her mother made up the whole debacle. she is a despicable human being. sharpton never apologized for leading the lynch mob either. another jerk.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    It amazes me that so many Americans are so blind.

    (He’s toward the end)

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Or stay inside.