I was surprised by this... although not entirely. I can see that he's pretty cool and under control most of the time so it's understandable that people think he's not angry.
The reason I began researching this was because I noticed some underlying anger when he was confronted in certain situations. I am not one of those people who thinks that Obama is NOT angry... I believe he is VERY angry and that if he is poked too hard, he may just explode and finally show us what he's really all about. Defending yourself is one thing... but there's proof out there in videos where he's getting angry at old ladies who dare to ask the hard questions or he gets angry because a group of people are at his rally displaying signs in protest (people who happen to be black... how dare they!!). You can see it in his face and you can hear it in his voice... this man is a well controlled missile of anger.
What will happen if he finally loses control of this anger missile as president? There have been plenty of presidents who got angry at different times, it's true... but how will Obama react when the pressure is REALLY on?
Quote: "The anger is real. It is powerful, and to simply wish it away, to condemn it without understanding its roots, only serves to widen the chasm of misunderstanding that exists between the races." - Barack ObamaObama's Anger - The few paragraphs below from this article relate a story wherein Barack commented that black Americans think they are owed and that as long as they do, they will go nowhere. I think he's right... and if he could stick with that story, it would show how much he really cares.
He was interested in my story, and after about an hour getting to know each other I asked him point blank why these Vietnamese refugees, with no money, friends, or knowledge of the language could be, within a generation, so successful. I also asked him why it was so difficult to convince young black men to abandon the streets and take advantage of the same kinds of opportunities that the Vietnamese had recently embraced.And yet... he has given speeches wherein he makes his skin color THE issue by telling us he's someone different than former candidates. Why do that if it doesn't matter to him? Because it does matter to him. He's too focused on being the first black president that he can't help but state it by "not" stating it (in other words, he spends too much time saying it doesn't matter that he's black... why even bring it up?).
His answer, only a few words, not only floored me but became sort of a razor that has allowed me ever since to slice through all of the rhetoric regarding race relations that Democrats shovel our way during election season:
"We're owed and they aren't."
In short, he concluded, "they're hungry and we think we're owed. It's crushing us, and as long as we think we're owed we're going nowhere."
Just like his fellow democrats and liberals who continue to say that IF their favorite candidate is somehow not elected, then it will be because he's black... why?... well because they totally and completely agree with his politics and therefore can't see any other reason why anyone would not vote for him. Oh... and they use it as an excuse and a way to make people feel guilty for not voting for a black man. They tell people that if they don't vote for Obama, then they are racist; I have read it in articles and in blogs. That's obsurd!! Skin is not the issue.
Obama's promotion of violence - I see this very subtle request for his supporters to get in the faces of those who oppose them as a request for violence. If someone were to get in my face and start arguing with me about what I beleive in... I would walk away and never speak with that person again. But there are those who would not take that and strike back... and be called a racist for doing it no matter what the differences were racially between the two individuals because the discussion would be about Obama. Fair? Doubtful.
Obama heckled... and his reaction - calm... cool... collected... and yet "let me finish what I have to say... alright..." they aren't harsh words at all and he's trying so hard to remain calm, I can see that. So a person can study videos all day long and always find some sort of something in a person's facial expressions or in their eyes. Is it really there? Well, I didn't study the video... it was something in those few seconds that radiated a hidden issue... I wonder how high his blood pressure rose.
Obama's "love" for white people - Quote by Barack "The point I was making was not that my grandmother harbors any racial animosity - she doesn't. But she is a typical white person who... if she sees somebody on the street that she doesn't know there's a reaction in her that's been bred into our experiences that don't go away, and that sometimes come out in the wrong way."
Obama's Anger - It isn't race, it's a mindset. I am putting most of this article here, but there is more if you follow the link.
A good test case for this theory is Katrina. Obama, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton and assorted white apologists continue to express anger and outrage over the federal response to the Katrina disaster. But where were the Vietnamese "leaders" expressing their "anger?" The Vietnamese comprise a substantial part of the New Orleans population, and yet are absent was any report claiming that the Vietnamese were "owed" anything. This is not to say that the federal response was an adequate one, but we need to take this as a sign that maybe the problem has very little to do with racism and a lot to with a mindset.
The mindset that one is "owed" something in life has not only affected black mobility in business but black mobility in education as well. Remember Ward Churchill? About fifteen years ago he was my boss. After leaving the fishing boats, I attended graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I managed to get a job on campus teaching expository writing to minority students who had been accepted provisionally into the university on an affirmative action program. And although I never met him, Ward Churchill, in addition to teaching in the ethnic studies department, helped to develop and organize the minority writing program.
The job paid most of my bills, but what I witnessed there was absolutely horrifying. The students were encouraged to write essays attacking the white establishment from every conceivable angle and in addition to defend affirmative action and other government programs. Of the hundreds of papers that I read, there was not one original contribution to the problem of black mobility that strayed from the party line.
The irony of it all however is that the "white establishment" managed to get them into the college and pay their entire tuition. Instead of being encouraged to study international affairs, classical or modern languages, philosophy or art, most of these students became ethnic studies or sociology majors because it allowed them to remain in disciplines whose orientation justified their existence at the university. In short, it became a vicious cycle.
There was a student there I'll never forget. He was plucked out of the projects in Denver and given a free ride to the university. One day in my office he told me that his mother had said the following to him: "M.J., they owe you this. White people at that university owe you this." M.J.'s experience at the university was a glorious fulfillment of his mother's angst.
There were black student organizations and other clubs that "facilitated" the minority student's experience on the majority white and "racist" campus, in addition to a plethora of faculty members, both white and black, who encouraged the same animus toward the white establishment. While adding to their own bona fides as part of the trendy Left, these "facilitators" supplied M.J. with everything he needed to quench his and his mother's anger, but nothing in the way of advice about how to succeed in college. No one, in short, had told M.J. that he needed to study. But since he was "owed" everything, why put out any effort on his own?
In a fit of despair after failing most of his classes, M.J. wandered into my office one Friday afternoon in the middle of the semester and asked if I could help him out. I asked M.J. about his plans that evening, and he told me that he usually attended parties on Friday and Saturday nights. I told him that if he agreed to meet me in front of the university library at 6:00pm I would buy him dinner. At 6pm M.J. showed up, and for the next twenty minutes we wandered silently through the stacks, lounges, and study areas of the library. When we arrived back at the entrance I asked M.J. if he noticed anything interesting. As we headed up the hill to a popular burger joint, M.J. turned to me and said:
"They were all Asian. Everyone in there was Asian, and it was Friday night."
Nothing I could do, say, or show him, however, could match the fire power of his support system favoring anger. I was sad to hear of M.J. dropping out of school the following semester.
During my time teaching in the writing program, I watched Asians get transformed via leftist doublespeak from "minorities" to "model minorities" to "they're not minorities" in precise rhythm to their fortunes in business and education. Asians were "minorities" when they were struggling in this country, but they became "model minorities" when they achieved success. Keep in mind "model minority" did not mean what most of us think it means, i.e., something to emulate. "Model minority" meant that Asians had certain cultural advantages, such as a strong family tradition and a culture of scholarship that the black community lacked.
To suggest that intact families and a philosophy of self-reliance could be the ticket to success would have undermined the entire angst establishment. Because of this it was improper to use Asian success as a model. The contortions the left exercised in order to defend this ridiculous thesis helped to pave the way for the elimination of Asians altogether from the status of "minority."
This whole process took only a few years.
Eric Hoffer said:
"...you do not win the weak by sharing your wealth with them; it will but infect them with greed and resentment. You can win the weak only by sharing your pride, hope or hatred with them."
We now know that Barack Obama really has no interest in the "audacity of hope." With his race speech, Obama became a peddler of angst, resentment and despair. Too bad he doesn't direct that angst at the liberal establishment that has sold black people a bill of goods since the 1960s. What Obama seems angry about is America itself and what it stands for; the same America that has provided fabulous opportunities for what my black friend called "hungry" minorities. Strong families, self-reliance, and a spirit of entrepreneurship should be held up as ideals for all races to emulate.
In the end, we should be very suspicious about Obama's anger and the recent frothings of his close friend Reverend Wright. Says Eric Hoffer:
The fact seems to be that we are least open to precise knowledge concerning the things we are most vehement about. Vehemence is the expression of a blind effort to support and uphold something that can never stand on its own.
Michelle Obama - she has tried to control it but her anger seeps up to the surface until it itches it's way out and she just can't help but get into everyone's face to let them know exactly what she's all about. Do I want an angry first lady... especially one who obviously will be influencing Barack's political career? No... I don't. Michelle Obama has shown her quiet and controlled side just like her husband but the truth is in her eyes... she can't stand anyone who doesn't think the way she does and I don't want to be under her angry thumb. Seems to me, she wears the pants in the family (that should anger someone).
(1) want him to get angrier - by the way, there are a few videos in this link that I found interesting... one of Ronald Reagan getting angry when someone wanted to turn off his microphone and he said "I'm paying for this microphone!!" The other video is of Barack Obama in Elko Nevada during an interview (below)... the last minute of this interview actually showed him "connecting" and being honest about his chances about being elected and the fact he claims if he isn't elected he will NOT blame it on the fact he's black; too bad his politics aren't as smooth as his words.