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Saturday, November 16, 2013


While in the UK to promote her factually-inaccurate movie "The Butler", Oprah Winfrey decided to let the British people know a little bit about how things are here in the Colonies.  While on the BBC, Oprah blasted the American people.  According to her, the criticisms and falling poll numbers for Obama are the result of.....drum roll please.....racism.

Over at NRO Corner, Victor Davis Hanson takes apart Ms. Winfrey.  In part, he writes:
Aside from her historical ignorance, Oprah Winfrey has increasingly turned to the race card to explain the president’s plummeting polls. In her race-obsessed world, Syria, Benghazi, the NSA, IRS, AP, and ACA messes do not explain why a reelected president crashes from a recent 60 percent approval rating to less than 40 percent in less than a year.

Instead, in Oprah’s no-win, racialist world, to the degree that Obama is popular, Americans are considered for the time being as not racist; to the degree that he is not, the country suddenly is collectively under suspicion (e.g., “everybody’s thinking it”).

That Obama might be utterly inexperienced in the manner of Jimmy Carter, less than veracious in the manner of the impeached Bill Clinton, or suffering the same second-term blues of Ronald Reagan during Iran-Contra or popularity crash of George W. Bush after Katrina simply cannot for Oprah be true of an African-American president, who for some reason must not suffer the same fate and treatment as almost all who have held the highest office. Instead, in this raciallyobsessed world of Oprah, that Obama is faring no different from his predecessors is now the country’s fault. And as remedy, he must be given deference if the country wishes to avoid the latest therapeutic rant from Oprah.

In fact, Oprah has no record of worrying about the level of disrespect shown the office. If she did, she might have said something a few years ago when her president was routinely being compared to a Nazi, and often by her own fellow celebrities, writers, politicians, civil-rights activists, and filmmakers. That she said nothing then, but now says a lot, explains not America’s problem with race, but her own race obsessions, which have blinded her to her own prejudices and hypocrisies.
Hanson calls it "The Moral Decline of Oprah".  I'll be a bit more direct.  It's the reverse racism of a privileged liberal who sees racism everywhere except in the mirror.

Read the whole NRO piece HERE.  And VDH has a regular column at PJ Media, Works and Days, which can be found HERE.

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