Lynn Sweet, a columnist at PoliticsDaily.com, was the reporter who set off the two-week firestorm about Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates sassing a Cambridge policeman when the cop mistakenly arrested him inside his own home. Insults were exchanged, and President Obama managed to put his foot in deepest doo-doo when Sweet asked his opinion of the incident at a press conference ostensibly about health care reform. Sweet's was the final question of the day, and it was definitely off-topic, but it managed nevertheless to rivet the nation for days, given that Obama unwisely replied that the police behaved "stupidly" for arresting a man in his own home.
Today, I happened to read by chance a little column written by the self-same Lynn Sweet about how Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, is moving to Washington from Hawaii for several months, to take up her new duties as an appointee to the President's Commision on White House Fellowships. Her husband, Konrad Ng, a professor at the University of Hawaii, will become the scholar-in-residence at the Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Program. They have a new baby. An innocent enough story, or so you'd think.
Until I also read the commentary that followed. Suddenly I felt a familiar wave of nausea, followed by an unshakeable dread embedded deep in my bones: a sense that some terrible fate lies in wait for our country from the pied pipers of racism, whose guns are already cocked. As I have said before in these pages, we have a serious cultural pathology in our midst, a gathering crescendo of incendiary hatred (worse than any economic disaster) that could bring our country down at any time, if ever these folks decide to leave their private grottoes. Watch how disrespect and vileness spread like a toxic cloud:
7:18AM Aug 1st 2009
Really doesn't shock me at all. Just another member for ACORN and that's another vote
7:24AM Aug 1st 2009
THEY GOT PLENTY OF ROOMS IN THE WHITE HOUSE AND US TAXPAYERS KEEP ON GIVING!@
7:39AM Aug 1st 2009
Can you spell "Nepotism" Seems like he's either moving them into the White House where our tax dollars will support his relatives, or he gives them jobs. Do we even need a commission on White House Fellowships, and what does it do? Sounds like one of those commissions that need to be done away with to help lower our deficit. I'm also assuming she'll get a cushy salary and health care benefits that we, the people, will get screwed out of if Obama's plan goes through...
HORSUN 4 TJS
12:04PM Aug 1st 2009
DEBBIE I ONLY HOPE ALL WHITE TAX PAYERS READ YOUR EMAIL IT IS RIGHT ON AND MAYBE COMRADE OBAMA WILL READ IT. PLUS HE HAS A BROTHER LIVING IN A SHACK, THE WHITE HOUSE COULD USE ANOTHER GARDNER, I HOPE THEY OUR NOT ALL USING THE SAME CHI-TOWN ALTERED BIRTH CERTIFICATE.
8:44AM Aug 1st 2009
When is the bro going to bring his tribe from Kenya over? Obama going to run the taxpayers house into Motel 6??? When is the women from the slums of Boston moving in, at tax payer expense???
9:38AM Aug 1st 2009
Why hell weve gone this far,. Why not just send planes and ships and bring the town of Lagos Nigeria on over. We can make some room for them over in old Joe Biden's state. The rest can find some standing room in south central LA if the illegals will just scoot over a mite. Me and Mich-hell will take a few here in the white house with us. Give her mama and the kids something to play with I reckon. My people over at ACORN will need to help these new brother an sister clean up their act and know who to thanks for all this. Yes Sir,...gona be al-right
8:42AM Aug 1st 2009
Well shucks you gotta make hay while the sun shines. The nation's fawning fascination with all things Obama has pretty much subsided. Actually, she's a bit late to the party. Probably should have started hitting the daytime talk show circuit a couple of months back. But better late than never.
No doubt she won't be the last half-sibling, sibling-in-law or third cousin twice removed to show up for a short ride on the gravy train.
"Change" sure looks a lot like the same old, same old, doesn't it?