Bill Cosby Blasts Obama Haters Un-American Behavior

In two different interviews that aired today, Bill Cosby called out Obama haters, their motivations, and labeled their behavior as un-American.

Here’s the video:

Transcript from CNN:

CROWLEY: I wanted to talk to you a little bit about politics before we talk about this amazing theater.

You know that there has been some disappointment in the African- American community, some disappointment in the lesbian-gay community, some disappointment for those sort of on the lower end of the economic ladder, that the president hasn’t done enough, that he got into office and went too middle of the road. Do you find anything that he has done that disappoints you?

COSBY: I’m disappointed that people who don’t look at the woes and the trouble given to this man, people blatantly speaking out against his color, wasting time, starting up new stories about whether or not he was born here, saying things that they can’t prove.

And this man — I feel sometimes — not all the time — that it’s like watching — his job is — people want to make it as difficult as the one that Sisyphus had.

And then when you see that he made promises and said things, the people who were supposed to be working with him didn’t. The people who are supposed to be working — even for another party — didn’t care about the American people. They wanted to get him.

When people make statements like, “I hope he fails,” you can’t color that any other way except the way it’s said. And yes, OK, gays, lesbians, blacks, illegal aliens — pardon me — people like that are right. It didn’t happen. But look at why it didn’t happen. It’s a man trying to go about doing his job, and a ton of other people voting against him and regardless of what he says.

CROWLEY: Isn’t that kind of, though, the definition of politics and how —

(CROSSTALK)

COSBY: No, no —

CROWLEY: — Washington doesn’t always work with the parties?

COSBY: No, this was worse. This was worse. And everybody knows it was worse. And I think that this second term is one where we are really going to see a man who gets it, knows it. And it’s going to be better, period.

CROWLEY: So you’re confident there will be a second term?

COSBY: I am more than confident because he knows now who to say no to. He knows now who to say, I don’t care what you say, this is going to happen. And I believe he is for the people.

In a segment filmed for NBC’s Meet The Press, Cosby’s remarks were even stronger.

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When David Gregory asked Mr. Cosby about President Obama he said, “I see Obama as Sisyphus in the first four years, and nobody would speak about the size of the rock, or the elevation of the hill. All you hear people talk about is what he didn’t do. To come from what he has asked to take over and do in the time, to behave as an American, to put up with those, who were, in my estimation, acting very un-American to get rid of those people, it took longer than patience should allow, but he tried to bring us together, even to argue with radio hosts and people who have nothing to do with anything. It’s important that this man has had to fight a similar battle of a black person in America. Hundreds of thousands and millions of people still behind him, but people who are very quietly acting like they have no idea what he inherited. It’s as if he had the surplus, when he moved into office, and this is — this is sad. And it’s sad about them. Because they know that they have misbehaved. They know they’ve taken America and slowed down the progress, and there are statements that are very clear in saying as much. I don’t want this man to succeed. Well, why, said the brown fly?”

Bill Cosby was stating nothing more than millions and millions of Americans believe. His sentiments aren’t limited to African-Americans. Polling has shown a definite trend that the majority of Americans believe that Republicans are intentionally trying to tank the economy in order to defeat President Obama.

The feeling that Mr. Cosby echoed that the Republican hatred of Obama is worse than it has been between previous presidents and the opposition party is given credence by the examples that he used. Never have we had a president’s very legitimacy questioned. There has been no other president that has had to deal with claims that he wasn’t born in this country. No other president has had to deal with the persistent and never ending attempts to delegitimize him. Yet, Barack Obama keeps working hard and trying to do what’s right for his country every day.

The Republican behavior has gone beyond political opposition. They have used a personal political hatred as fuel for the destruction of the legislative branch. Our system of governance is as strong as ever, but too many of the elected representatives in the system are overtly sabotaging its function. Notice that Bill Cosby didn’t refer to the Obama haters as un-American. He labeled their behavior un-American. There is a difference. Many of these people love their country, but have decided to put partisan politics ahead of the nation.

Obama’s language of compromise, which drove the left insane, was done for a reason. By offering to work with Republicans, he was able to separate himself from the partisan muck that has mired Congress. The American people like compromise, and they are now rewarding President Obama in the polling for his previous efforts.

Mr. Cosby is right. A second term Obama won’t be the same as the first four years. In part because like any new president Barack Obama has learned from his first term mistakes, but also due to the fact that Republicans will have nothing to gain from obstruction. Their stated goal has always been to make Obama fail so that they can beat him in 2012. A victory by Obama will only stoke the flames of hate on the right to new highs, but the political dynamic that began to change in 2011 should continue to evolve after the election.

Bill Cosby understands now what historians will appreciate later. President Obama has had to overcome unprecedented challenges during his presidency. He is the Jackie Robinson of politics. He has broken through the color line to the White House, and those who have tried to stop him through racism and hate have created a shameful black mark on our nation’s history.

The whole 30 minute Bill Cosby interview is definitely worth the watch. Check it out, if you have time.

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44 Replies to “Bill Cosby Blasts Obama Haters Un-American Behavior”

  1. Cosby has always told the truth, and been an astute observer of America.
    Thank you Bill, for speaking out.

  2. Many on the left have assisted the Republican race-based hate campaign against this President. I’d like to think they did so because they are genuinely unaware of the hurdles the first half-black President faced; but when they climbed aboard every right wing attack against this President and stayed silent as a Southern white congressman yelled out “you lie!”, I can’t quite sell myself on the notion that they did not know. Rather, they chose to ignore it because it wasn’t part of their experience or agenda, and let’s face it, it wasn’t what the “cool kids” wanted to talk about.

    Ironically, these same folks spend a lot of energy talking up civil liberties of others, while ignoring the very tenets of civil liberties for all. And yes, contrary to the strawman argument, it is possible to hold a president accountable while not engaging and/or supporting a racist based hate campaign against him.

    I encourage people to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes before they demonstrate their clueless privilege by dismissing widely acknowledged and proven hurdles.

  3. Obama thinks years ahead. And I doubt I am wrong here but gays, blacks and other minorities have a far better chance with him than with anyone else.

    The minorities bemoan and whine that they didnt instantly get what they want. I am for gay marriage, full equality as citizens for minorities, and I am also close to the point of saying screw them.

    Advances in what they need and rightfully deserve have been made. Not enough most certainly, but we also have a dem congress and senate that is at least 60% totally worthless

    The people in their minorities must do what the rest of us have to do. Beat down the doors of their representatives. If you haven’t figured out by now that Obama cant do it alone, then you probably will go on whining and wondering why you dont get what you deserve. Get busy and start writing and calling.

    And vote these useless miserable excuses for representatives out in November

  4. I agree 100% with Bill Cosby’s take on the hatred that so many have for this president that they are willing to tank the economy and make millions suffer needlessly for political reasons. It’s long past time for others to speak out publicly in the same way, and it’s also time for those in the Democratic party who either agree with the right-wing nonsense or don’t want to have this president’s back to take a permanent hike. Anyone who cannot see that the current GOP is working against the interests of anyone but the rich, and that the president has been pro-active since he took office but has had to deal with this kind of opposition, is delusional.

  5. We cannot relax at this time if we want the President to win a second term. The Haters will try any means possible to discredit him and the support of the voters has to come out en masse to get their message out that we will nor allow our country become a plutocracy, a theocracy it will be a democracy with a capital “D”. The Bush taxcut, the two unfunded wars is cause by the Republicans and we should not forget it and all must make sacrifices and the 1 percent has not contribute, they would rather punish and exploit the rest of the population. This has to stop and as soon as possible. It is time the voice of one becoming the voice of many using the social network to be heard and the GOP will have to respond to it properly rather than denying it’s existence like it has for the last forty years. The Status Quo has to stop the leaching off the US government and listen the teaching of the Bible. “Cast your bread upon the waters and it will returned to you a thousand fold”. “Love thy enemy and you would love yourself”. This to me means help the poverty stricken, the sick and the weak, love others different than you treat them like your friend. It is obvious to me the Republican’s actions is contrary to the teaching of christ, they have become intolerance, spiteful and consume with hate and bigotry and may GOD help us if President Obama loses the election.

  6. You cite winning the payroll tax issue as evidence (“political dynamic” link) that Obama will go on a winning streak after re-election. I’d use it to question just what kind of winning streak he’ll go on. What did those payroll taxes pay into? That’s right: Social Security. That ‘victory’ exacerbates the pseudo-crisis of SocSec (and the real one of Medicare) — and those are issues the Obama administration has been repeatedly signaling wanting a ‘grand bargain’ about after the election. November 2012 feels increasingly like tails they win, heads we lose to me.

  7. Does Barack Obama Deserve the Black Vote in 2012?
    by Robert Oliver

    Many blacks who voted for Obama felt he would be sensitive to Black American issues.

    In 2009, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D- CA), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) said of Obama after he was inaugurated: “His agenda is our agenda.” But was the CBC on the President’s agenda in the first place? Not one member of the CBC is working in Obama’s administration. I don’t recall any member even being invited to work in the administration.

    Dr. Boyce Watkins commented: “We expected too much and thought that one man can change 400 years of nasty racial history. We thought he could make life better for us in one swoop, only to find that he plays the game just like any other president.

    Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Parish in Chicago said in an interview: “Where is the man that I voted for…I feel like I lost the man I voted for…He is not the man I knew as State Senator. I see him now sitting in the chair of the Emperor and acting more like the Emperor than the man who wanted to change the whole empire.”

    Harry Alford, CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, who not only voted for Barack Obama (“The worst mistake I ever made in my life.”) but supported Obama’s 2009 $787 billion stimulus legislation, said: “The Stimulus Bill ended up being a nearly $1 trillion spend fest and black business got virtually none of the contracting. The Broadband Deployment grants totaled $7.4 billion yet despite notable black firms applying for these grants not a penny went to them. During Fiscal Year 2010 there were 64,880 Black owned firms in the federal procurement data base. Only 3,990 received any type of contract activity.

    Black Obama supporters are more loyal to him than to ourselves, our children, our principles and values. “I urge you; don’t put your race before your principles, before the truth, before your family, and before your country.”

    Dr. Boyce Watkins: “I would rather see the African American community consider the evidence as it stands and make their own decision about whether or not the Obama Administration has enhanced their lives. If one can easily and logically argue that black folks are better off since 2008, then there is nothing to criticize. But if people of color are worse off than before, with no signs of improving, then there is little reason for working class black people to be excited about any president of any color.

    http://www.eurweb.com/2011/06/does-barack-obama-deserve-the-black-vote-in-2012/

  8. AlWaysThink over at Politicalgates reminded me that Candy Crowley at CNN is owned by Time Warner who is associated with ALEC.
    Rather biased in her attitude and opinions… of course. She also tried to CREATE a controversy by the way she asked Cosby the questions.

  9. I’d like to observe that it’s incorrect to think that this sort of hatred has never been directed at any other President. There were a great many people who called Bill Clinton the antichrist.

    It’s really very simple: it doesn’t matter who is in the White House. If he (or she) is a democrat, the Republicans will hate him or her. Whoever the incumbent is, he’s in “their” chair, and they want it back, and they will do anything to get it. So naturally he’s hated, and any measure to remove him is going to be tried.

    Look what happened under Roosevelt. According to General Smedly Butler, Wall Street actually set about organizing a coup to oust him.

    Nixon in 1968. There is strong evidence the Republicans met with the North Vietnamese to scuttle peace talks that year, to make sure the Democrats would not have a chance of winning in November.

    And Jimmy Carter. The Republicans conspired with the Ayatollahs to keep the Iran hostages prisoner until the election was over, specifically to make sure they would win.

    And then the trumped up investigations of Clinton, the accusations of murder plots that were seriously pursued for years. The right-wing conspiracy that Hillary cited, that was ridiculed at the time- and then confirmed by the gleeful participants when Bush 2 was in office.

    And then the stolen election of 2000.

    Republicans will stoop to anything. For them to hate Obama- what is required is for everyone to understand that these people are just not like the other party. They can and will stop at nothing. They can and will subvert democracy, use courts to steal elections, and will conspire with enemies of the United States in order to achieve power.

    That they would “merely” tank the economy is the least of their crimes. It’s only because they don’t have any foreign enemies handy with whom to conspire.

  10. “…if people of color are worse off than before, with no signs of improving, then there is little reason for working class black people to be excited about any president of any color.”

    It’s this kind of thinking that sets my hair on fire. President Obama inherited an economy in free fall. Republicans voted lock-step against everything he proposed, and the Blue Dogs all too often went along with them.

    Think it doesn’t matter who is elected to the presidency? Under Republicans we can kiss goodbye to: Social Security, universal health care, Medicare, Medicaid, the U.S. Postal Service,public education, environmental regulations,financial regulations, women’s reproductive services and family planning–to name only a few of the things that affect the quality of the lives of all people, regardless of color.

    What I’m trying to say here is that Dr. Watkins is asking the wrong question. It should be: If Republicans win this election, do you really think you’ll like living in Somalia?

  11. As I posted earlier it seems some minorities think they are the only people around. Very very few of them but they are the most vocal. What about meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

    I think those very few have little real understanding of our government and its failings

  12. Before the 08 Election…my son called to say, “Mom, you must vote for this new guy, Barack Obama”. The first thing I said was, He’s Black…that’ll be a hard-row-to-hoe, I don’t know if America’s ready for a Black Prez! Wow, that was that an under-estimation. The hatred toward this man has been devastating, right from the start.
    “Don’t Re-Nigg in 2012”??? Never dreamed it could possibly go this far.
    Hoping other ‘well respected’ American’s will come forward with similar words.

  13. All right. You don’t like Obama. Maybe you don’t like getting old, either. But you just consider how you’d like the alternative to either one.

  14. You’re right that the ascendant Republican cadre will even commit treason to get and keep power, but this President’s race is something they are using as a weapon to “other” him and to stir up stochastic assassination attempts. You don’t believe me, go read what’s out there in the oligophrenisphere.

  15. 100% agree. I keep saying we really need to be aware, that there are those who will stop at literally nothing to get what they want. We’ve got singular 10 million dollar donations to Super Pac’s with the sole intent on defeating President Obama. We’ve got Rove, et.al whose purpose is the same. Behind the scene machinations intended to fulfill an agenda. It’s seriously scary, people don’t believe me when I say this but think about it. Romney’s a puppet who will say/do whatever he’s told.

  16. so grateful Bill said it. I’ve been saying that all along — its amazing the mess this man inherited yet it seems everyone keeps forgetting that…. and inspite of it he got tons done for average people not the least it being ObamaCares which finally gives a safety net to the average working Joe, something Presidents have been trying to get done for 100 years now… it helps real people — any of under 65 who may get a pink slip between now & then — & yet NO kudos from the Left wing, zero, NADA. Im more enraged at the left wing of this country than the ignorant right wing.

  17. Spot-On, Duglarri!
    Republicans will no longer allow a Democratic President to govern!
    They do this every time and it’s now absolutely escalating out of control!
    What can we do about it?

  18. Bill Cosby is a communist and an America hater! He’s the real problem with racism in America. People like him just have to go out of their way to point out racial problems that exist. If racist as*holes like Cosby and other Muslim liberals would jsut stop pointing out how racist racists really are, then racism would not be a probelm at all in ths nation.

    Leave it to unAmerican liberals to make problems where there are no problems until they make problems.

  19. Bill is on point on this. Barack took a lot of heat on both side to do whatever he could with the power he had to keep the country from imploding. The HATERz know that when Obama is reelected they are gonna rue the day they crossed swords with this man.

  20. Lets pray for our president, and also make sure we get the Dem voters to cast their ballots to reelect him. We need him.

  21. I am more disgusted how the left have not stood up for President Obama. They know the tremendous mess he inherited. I feel like they are betrayers.

  22. I remember Pelosi and Rangle coming to the defense of Bush. BUT they are silent when President Obama is being attacked and disrespected. I have lost all respect for them, and other Dems who are silent, and do not stand up for President Obama.

  23. Democrats as a whole are so used to being shamed easily by the right that they buy into this notion that it’s better to stand up for your opposition than for your own party; it shows true values that are not conditional. Of course, that is only true if the person in your party did something unworthy of defending.

    I suspect Obama may have directed some of the Dem leaders to NOT bring up race in a public forum — as the GOP would love to have made that a central issue even more than they have, thereby distracting from the real work and achievements of this President. But there are other ways they could have had his back. MANY of them.

  24. As a lifelong Democrat, I am very disappointed with Obama. I will not be voting this year. Our president has proven himself to be a very weak president, and is very difficult to be proud of him, especially when the race card is constantly played to cover over his inadequacies (as has been done again in this article). It’s embarrassing.

  25. “As a lifelong Democrat…I will not be voting this year.” JustinA

    Good for you, JustinA. I approve of fools not voting, but in my world, if you don’t vote, then shut your yap. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. But, thanks for concern trolling, eh.

  26. BRAVO, Shiva. I’ve been saying this since the midterms. There’s been more progress for many minorities with of course a lot more to go. But what in the world do they expect from the opposition? Are they crazy? The GOP didn’t do anything for the Gay population for example. Why put all this stress on our President? Put some of the stress on the Congress and the Senate. And don’t forget the role of the Supreme Court. That makes the President’s role as a Democrat even more important. DEMs need to quit whining and start supporting and campaigning for our ideals as a whole and fight the big bucks of the GOP who are trying to steal and buy an election and destroy President Obama and his legacy. They have put the very economy and the well being of our country up against their need for power and greed.

  27. Exactly. Those statements are infuriating. It means there’s no sense of the entire picture and what the President walked into and had to deal with. And if they think for a second that not voting or voting GOP would bring them a better life, then we’re really in trouble.

  28. Nonetheless, you haven’t disagreed with my comment that our President is a mediocrity. The Democratic party can do much better.

  29. I pray everyday for our country, our people and President Obama. It was frightening this weekend with what happened with the scandal of the Secret Service. These men are hired to protect our President. I know they’ve had a great reputation in the past but this is really scary. Why are these men jeopardizing our national security? Why weren’t they focused on the international job at hand. Why weren’t they concerned about the potential international embarrassment? What were they thinking? Who is really behind these acts? How close are these people to the President’s protection? Is there a conspiracy against the President taking place here? With all the hate and guns out there, I’m concerned. President Obama needs to be able to trust the Secret Service around him.

  30. Thanks so much for this post and many thanks to Bill Cosby for having the courage to challenge the biased pundits and speak the absolute truth. This country could be so much different and better if we had more courageous citizens like Bill Cosby. BRAVO BILL COSBY!

  31. Amazing, that the Right wingers and the extremists, continue to spew their intense hatred for President Obama. They are totally afraid that the times are changing. The population is taking a different turn and they can’t seem to appreciate or acknowledge it. All the talking points can be stated, in any form and it wouldn’t matter. We will be seeing and experiencing a different era.Unfortunately, the CONservatives still refuse to work together, while the country is in a deep hole, but they could only care for the 1%. They continue to distort the important issues. It is truly pathetic!

  32. JustinA, no one disagreed with your comment, because it was merely an unsubstantiated opinion.

    No different than if I were to offer up my opinion that Mitt Romney suffers from a mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome. How could you intelligently disagree or agree with me, unless I told you my reasons for believing this to be true?

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