In case anybody forgot, Rush Limbaugh reminded his audience that the President of the United States is in fact black. Today on his radio show, Limbaugh accused Obama of using the black dialect while addressing the National Governors Association today at the White House. Limbaugh said, “Obama can turn on that black dialect and turn it off.”
Here is the audio courtesy of Media Matters:
After playing a snippet of audio where Obama mispronounced the word ask this morning, Limbaugh said, “This is what Harry Reid was talking about. Obama can turn on that black dialect and turn it off.” Later Limbaugh managed to get even more racist, “If I used the word axe for the rest of the day, am I going to get beat up and creamed for making fun of this clean, crisp, calm, cool, new articulate president? Maybe we should do it and see what happens?”
Limbaugh actually told his listeners not to pay attention to the content of what Obama was saying in order to pick up his slip up. This attitude in a nutshell sums up how the critics of Obama handle his message. They ignore it, and seize on a slip to remind their terrified white audience that Barack Obama is black.
Rush’s initial statement was bad, but he added to it by calling Obama clean and articulate. Not only was Rush Limbaugh once again trying fan the flames of racism, but he is criticized Obama while he spent eight years gushing over the most inarticulate president in the modern era, George W. Bush. Limbaugh also needs to understand that saying axe instead of asks, isn’t just an African-American thing. I have known white people who did it too, so someone needs to tell Limbaugh that his Klan hood is showing again.