BET Founder Bob Johnson. Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.
FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The billionaire founder of Black Entertainment Television says Barack Obama wouldn't be his party's leading presidential candidate if he was white.
Hillary Clinton supporter Bob Johnson has revived comments previously made by Geraldine Ferraro, telling The Charlotte Observer,
"What I believe Ferraro meant is that if you take a freshman senator from Illinois called 'Jerry Smith' and he says I'm going to run for president, would he start off with 90 percent of the black vote? And the answer is, probably not... Geraldine Ferraro said it right. The problem is, Geraldine Ferraro is white. This campaign has such a hair-trigger on anything racial ... it is almost impossible for anybody to say anything."
Ferraro stepped down last month as an adviser to the Clinton campaign after she said something similar.
Obama's campaign calls the latest remarks "just one in a long line of absurd comments by Johnson and other Clinton supporters who will say or do anything to get the nomination." They say the American people are tired of this kind of politics.
Johnson also says Obama is likely to win the nomination and that he has the support of the "liberal media."
He stirred up controversy earlier in the campaign when he referred to Obama and "what he was doing in the neighborhood." Many took that as a reference to drug use, although Johnson later insisted he was talking about Obama's time as a community organizer.
Here’s my question to you: What is your reaction to BET founder and Clinton supporter Bob Johnson saying Barack Obama wouldn't be where he is if he were white?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
CJ from Texas writes:
It saddens me that people like Mr. Johnson don't have more productive commentary to add to the political process. He has every right to support whichever candidate he chooses. However, I would like to remind him that the only reason the media is even concerned with his comment is because he is an African-American "leader" sharing that sentiment. The comment was inappropriate when Ms. Ferraro said it and it is no less inappropriate from Mr. Johnson.
Mike from Syracuse writes:
Jack, Of course he's right. Obama and Clinton are splitting the traditional Democratic voters right down the middle except for blacks, who have gone overwhelmingly for Obama. How can anyone say that Obama's race isn't a factor in that? Take away the black vote and Obama probably would have won about 2 states. Why is it that anyone who points out this fact is branded racist?
It is sad that we are back to race again, thanks to the Clinton supporters such as Bob Johnson and the likes. Let us all concentrate on the issues and ignore the Clinton machine mentality of a win by any means necessary, which is so troubling for this election process. America, do you really want more of the Clintons with all of their baggage? Or do we want a clean slate candidate who can carry this country in a new and decent direction, who is not a career politician?
John from Tennessee writes:
Jack, He is simply telling the truth. If Hillary had done the racist and dirty things he has done, the whole nation would be outraged. But he gets a free pass, especially from you in the news media, because he is black.
John from Chicago writes:
Jack, Does everyone think the black race is somehow hoisting Obama on their collective shoulders alone? What Bob Johnson (and Geraldine Ferraro before him) seem to be missing is the incredibly large number of white people who support Barack Obama. Including me. If Barack's name were Jerry Smith and he were white, I would be voting for Jerry. They just don't get it.
It's deja vu all over again. Nothing has stuck to Barack so now they've gone back to square one: the race card. If that's a fair question about Obama, I have a question about Senator Clinton. Would she be where she is if her last name was Smith?
Same as all the other excuses the Clintons and supporters give. They can't ever admit that they are at fault or that they have any responsibility in any thing that happens. They always blame someone else. They blame the media for covering the stupid lies they've said. They blame a "vast right wing conspiracy". They blame everyone and everything but themselves.
She even blamed Al Gore for losing the 2000 election as why she failed to provide the jobs she promised to the state of New York when she was running for the senate. They can't admit that they are losing simply because people don't like them as much as they like Obama.
Bob Johnson needs to go and sit down. He just wants to hear and see himself on TV, oh yea, he wouldn't have to say stupid things like this to get on tv if he would have kept BET (Black Entertainment Television). His bitter and we are over him.
Bob Johnson- you are the weakest link! Good bye!!!
Kristy, Richmond, Virginia.
A President who has a brain and guts, and a Congress that will help him fix this mess we find ourselves in.
Bob Johnson is absolutly 100% on the money.
If Obama wasen't black, the african americans would all be voting for Clinton. If Obama were white and all the skeltons were coming out,
the media would be turning on him like they are on Clinton.
I am glad there is one African American that has a brain and knows how to use it.
I am not surprised Johnson is saying this. I just wonder how is it that Ferraro and Johnson can say that if Barack were a woman of any color, he would not be where he is. Hillary is a woman. What does that mean? Johnson has long been out of touch and clearly is looking to continue his reveling days with the Clintons. As a man of color he should be the last one suggesting that Barack is where he is because of his color. We should be quick to acknowledge this man is simply an outstanding candidate and will likely win the nomination because of his above the fray campaigning and clear and refreshing ideas and policy and not due to any affirmative action gift or pass from the media. I think it's fair to say Barack has been vetted and is clearly able to hold his own. Johnson, on the other hand, continues to be a disappointment, trying to stir up trouble where there is none. What a loser.
Ok... I've had it with this: Sen. Obama is where he is because of the "Content Of His Character"... When does this stop...??? When do Black Americans White Americans & Americans of Color Grow Up..??!!?? I am soooooooooooo sick of this issue being used to "keep them in their place"...
He's right. Nobody can deny the fact that Obama's race is consistent with the theme of "Change." It's not a bad thing to recognize this, it's just reality and people need to accept it and move onto the issues.
I am voting for Barack Obama because of his decision-making. If his name were Jerry Smith, I would vote for him because of the way he thinks. Here is a guy who has raised more money from more people, has the most votes and won the most states and has the most delegates. If he is running his campaign like THIS, imagine what he can do with the United States of America. I am tired of the same old way of doing business. Because of Barack Obama (or Jerry Smith, if you prefer), more people are coming out to vote and register to vote. People are getting involved. Concidence? This man has the ability to change things.
Mysterious Johnson in Chicago
First of all BET founder Bob Johnson wouldn't be where he is if he didn't have black supporters. Furthermore, Bob Johnson has the right to support Hillary but he doesn't have the right to make a racial attack which implies supporters of Obama are voting race. He apparently has a very narrow view of who Obama supporters are and why.
Jack, I disagree with Mr. Johnson. Obama has come at the right time – when America needs him most – and there is a large percentage of the population who couldn't care less what color he is. What we care about is what he stands for – freedom from the tyrrany of the Republicans and their corporate-run government, and hope for change.
Mr. Johnson is only a black man on the outside. Clearly he has adopted traditionally white policies in order to line his bank account. This makes me wonder what the Clintons have promised him, power-wise. Being a Billionaire certainly limits him to the upper eschelon of society.... and they call Obama elitist!
Krista, San Diego
I am a proud black American, and I agree with Mr. Johnson and Geraldine Ferraro 100 percent. Johnson is telling the truth, but the media, who support Obama, like you, Jack, are going to disagree and cancel out Johnson's argument as ludicrous.
I'd guess he owes the Clintons a favor and he's just doing as he's being told by the Clintons.
This from a man that owns a network that does absolutely nothing but reinforce the negative stereotypes about African Americans! If the type of programming he promotes was done by a White person there would no doubt be cries of racism if not a full fledged march! In response, I say to you Mr. Johnson; You would not be where you are today, if you were White!
mr. johnson is absolutely right. obama's lack of experience and his history is being obscured. just because he has charisma and a good speech writer does not mean he is qualified to be president of the u.s. of course if white people say that they get tagged as racists by the obama-bots who can only think if their leader tells them what to think. i personally am sick of being told i have to vote for obama or it means i am a bigot.
I am black and I totally agree with him.
The fact is that people are afraid to offend so any comment about race (no matter how correct) is seen as a racist statement.
It's demeaning to Obama and he knows better. Obama can't change his skin color just as Hillary can't change her gender or the fact that she is married to an expresident. If a major Obama supporter said that the only reason Hillary got this far is because she is a woman who is married to an expresident you would never hear the end of it. Obama has gotten this far because he has hit a nerve with the people that Hillary doesn't even know is there.
The comments may b true but not helpful and unfortunate.
I'm voting for Barack Obama because I think he is intelligent, has excellent ideas and the ability to see them through. The fact that he is African American like me is just icing on the cake. If Hillary moved me the way Barack does (the way she did in 1992 when I voted for her husband because I liked her so much) then the fact that she is a woman like me would be icing on the cake. Get over it, I made a choice and I wouldn't care if it were purple!
Whats wrong with Americans?? Did nt Al sharpton, Alan Keyes and Jesse Jackson all ran for the presidency? Were nt they black while running? Obama is simply a phenomenon and if he contested for the presidency of many countries here in Europe, He would win by a landslide and not because he's black rather he's got something up there and can inspire people including Non Americans... Wake up Americans,,, This is 21 st century. He is winning because he is Obama and not because he is black
To understand Bob Johnson, you need only look at BET's programming. Rather than inform the black community, BET caters to the lowest common denominator and presents an image that no self-respecting black person wants to see on TV. Bob Johnson has no standing to critique Barack Obama. The question should be, why is this man shilling for the Clintons?
Bob Johnson doesn't think Obama would be "where he is" if Obama where white? Where does Mr. Johnson think Hypothetically-White Obama would be?
when i watch obama,i don't see any color,i don't see any elitism,i don't see any signs of negative campaigning coming from him,i only see an american,who is honest,who has run a beautiful grassroots campaign,funded by individual voters,with a positive message,for all americans who are ready for a better federal government.
Johnson is where he is because he is black. If he was white, he wouldn't be in that position.
A very large number of support for Obama comes from the Africam American vote. With all of the obvious exposure proveing that he is inexperienced, arrogant, and NOT ready to be President, he is still in the race on the most part because of this fact. If he becomes the Democratic nominee he will not and can not beat McCain on that fact alone.
Well if that isn't the pot calling the kettle Black! Literally!
am surprised he did not say hillary is where she is today because she is a woman!
Mr. Johnson is wrong. Obama didn't have 90% of the black vote when he started. Clinton had more support from the black community than Obama did this time last year. Clinton lost the black vote all by herself or should I say she lost the black vote because of surrogates such as Johnson and her hubby. Excuse after excuse won't make Clinton president. Evidently, neither will African Americans.
Mr. Johnson promotes a disengagement of the general public with the Black community, and his political opinions are no different.
Anyone who is worth their salt is well aware of the fact that Johnson and BET have done nothing but relegate Blacks in popular media to loud-mouthed, insubordinate, sometimes thuggish whiners who only propagate stereotypes.
This is stupid he wouldn't be here if he was not Black a main reason people fell he shouldn't not be the presdient because he is black so don't try to make it seem like because he is Black he has had a easier time becuase I am Black and in America Being Black in a White Workforce is harder I don't care where you from. He just set the African American Communtiy Back 10 Years. But Hilary want to talk about Eltist when all of her friends are billionaires or 100 millionaires just like the Clintons. The American Public is not stupid
This is amazing. I am black and I don't want these kind of politics. America is moving forward due to bigger challenges than someone else color. I think when you have money, it's not always that you smart at all. Obama has archived something I admire and I want even my children to witness this history. Johnson is seem very like Clintons mind. Obama is electable and has proven more over this. I always want someone to encourage me and show the way so many people who think they can have this kind ability and strength. Now, I conclude America has problem like any other democracy in this world but it's different kind of politics.
Dude – you got it all wrong. People like Obama because of his message not his color. When are you people GOING TO GET IT!
Speaking of out of touch :(
He, along with Tavis Smiley & Kathy Hughes of BET has all said racially motivated comments towards Sen. Obama – and (myself) being a person of the Black/Hispanic community (T. Smiley) has always acted like (for those who can't take the quote) An Uncle Tom from the beginning... and Johnson said in the past that Obama being black is why he's here... Hughes has said for Blacks to not vote for him because he's Black (same as Tavis)... I would not have voted for Jessie Jackson because he was black & I didn't feel that he was ready for the WH... along with the other blacks who have run – but Obama is genuine & I think it's horrible for these 3 Knuckleheads to try and force thier opinions on People like they are (Blacks, Whites & Latinos alike).
!Si Se Peude!
It's kinda like WET... you know, White Entertainment Television. 45 years later and MLK's famous line "not being judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" is as far away from becoming a reality as it ever was. Let's wake up!
The same question goes to Hillary Clinton: If you take a "Jenny Smith" who isn't the wife of the former president for 8 years, would she be where Hillary Clinton is today?
The answer is not probably not, but most certainly not.
If the view of Johnson is that Obama profits from his skin color than Hillary profits from her last name.
The Titanic went down because of "weak rivets". Johnson, Ferraro, and unfortunately Gloria Steinem are Clinton's weak rivets. She is sinking Jack.
Bob Johnson and Geraldine Feraro have it completely right! Barack Obama is an extremely intelligent, articulate and inspirational speaker. He engages most who hear him and has enchanted the media. But he IS just a freshman Senator who would have been 'watched' as a rising star, while he proved his legitimacy to first the Dems and then the press. Except this freshman Senator is a black man, and the possibility of a black president is so enticing to the American people that the rising star became a shooting star. Unfortunately, if he was just a freshman Senator, not THIS freshman Senator, then he could have become more seasoned and astute to the words he uses having meaning and he wouldn't have gotten himself in the trouble he is in now.
BET – Black Entertainment Television?
Bob Johnson and the Clinton have something in common. Lots of Money. So the working class Americans – black, white, hispanics, asians and others, are not Entertained by Johnson's outrageous remarks.
As a black woman, I feel fully competent and qualified to label Bob Johnson an Uncle Tom and an Oreo. He is nothing more than a crab in a barrel who sits there in waiting to pull any other crab back into the barrel should any other crab elect to climb out of the barrel.
I totally have absolutely no respect whatsoever for Bob Johnson and anything he represents. As a wealthy black individual, he has the financial means and the public recognition to assist in bringing forth a racial healing in this country. Yet, he persists in creating greater racial division.
His words are unconscionable and speak to his own, personal low self-esteem. Money doesn't buy self-esteem, it's something that comes from within. Shame on you, Bob Johnson!
I am tired, real tired of this. So he's black – an unknown person from Chicago, yet he is able to beat the Clinton machine, a known establishment. What if Hillary's last name was Smith, would she be where she is today? or does this argument work on one side.
And Mr. Johnson, if not for your black audience and support, you would not be a millionaire today.
There is nothing wrong with a black candidate receiving overwhelming support from the black community, after all they have been voting for the white male candidates till now. Johnson needs to get over his nonsense comments because Obama is going to be president whichever way the Clinton supporters try to spin it.
Mr Johnson is one million persent correct
I would like to know whay black america and white america was not outraged that Mr Obama brought race into it when he said about his grandmother (Typical white woman) I think that is more offensive than saying he wouldn't be were he is today if his name was jerry smith.
Mr Omana also brought race in frisco when he said that
(white working class men do not want to work.... do not want to vote for a black man)
Everyone picked up on the bitter part of his speech and the word clinging.
Why did no-one in the media or on these blogs ask why he said those racial remarks in frisco. Why it is because a white person can not even hint Mr Obama is were he is due to 95% of the african american vote, not for any other season. But that would be considered racist.
He on the other hand can say and do just about anything.
I don't know Jack, but is he (on the flip side) trying to say or imply Hillary is where she is because she's the wife of a former president?... or the fact that she has been running around telling people "LETS MAKE HISTORY"? ....hmmm... "i dont know."
Jan wrote April 15th, 2008 2:36 pm ET
Bob Johnson is absolutly 100% on the money.
If Obama wasen’t black, the african americans would all be voting for Clinton. If Obama were white and all the skeltons were coming out,
the media would be turning on him like they are on Clinton.
I am glad there is one African American that has a brain and knows how to use it.
Well Jan there is more than one Black American that has a brain but that sounds about right coming from a Clinton supporter.
Johnson is in the position he is in because of Black people. How mant White do you think was watching BET?
It's no secret that a few "establishment" black people such as Bob Johnson are jealous of Obama's incredible rise and success. Obama is not the first black person to run for president, but none has enjoyed such universal support that transcends race, culture and even beyond American borders. It is an insult to suggest that all of these people are suddenly seeing a black man for the first time, fall in love with him and decide to make him president of the United States.
As a successful black man himself, Johnson should know better what it takes to succeed as one.
This guy is a clown and it's amazing that what he says is even news worthy. His greatest accomplishment is the channel BET which represents everything that's wrong Black American Imagery...
I've been taught that ANY American can succeed if they work hard enough regardless of race or gender. To suggest that something as important as the job president of the United States is "easier" because Barack Obama is black is belittling and totally discounts his lifetime of achievements and qualifications. I find it sad that a self-made black billionaire like Bob Johnson would suggest Barack Obama (another self-made man of color) has been awarded his opportunities primarily on race.
Hillary and her surrogates continue bring the democratic party down like the GOP could only dream of doing.
This election is literally making me sick!
Shame on Bob Johnson. Shame on on him. Barack Obama had to earn the votes of all people – whites, black, and etc.
The more people get to know him, then the more they like him.
No one says that "after losing 11 straight contests, Hillary was not ignored by the media because she is a Clinton."
The worse part of of this all is that the kitchen sick strategy is destroying the Democratic Party. Why waste all this money on running for president, when the Democrats can use all the money to pay off the national debt?
Arent most women voting for Hillary?
Its a comfort vote for someone you share a common thread with.
He has a new message that we have never heard before, thats why we like him.
Get over it.
Im a white male and voted for Obama because i like who he is.
Quit trying to stir up trouble, the only person your helping is McBush.
If Mr. Johnson's fictitious "White freshman senator Jerry Smith from Illinois " would have (among other things) done the community organizing, spoken at the last Democratic convention, and produced as an articulate commentary on race relations in America as Obama did... perhaps good old "Jerry" would be doing just fine.
Shame on you Ron Johnson! If I follow Ron's logic, then I guess he is saying that he got where he is based on his race. I am Black and I do not like anyone devaluing my opinion or my accomplishments based on my race! Blacks get where they are based on their hard work and character. Is Hillary an candidate because of her gender or because she is a former first lady? Obama is where he is because we are demanding a change in this country and do not want the same old Washington politics that the Clintons bring. We want someone with character and the ability to bring change! These are things that Ron obviously lacks!
I am so disappointed by these comments no matter who they come from. Especially, in light of all of the facts. Obama's first big win didn't come from Black Americans voting along racial lines.
The first win came in IOWA! If we used Mr. Johnson's logic he would have ended up dead last because there were only 2% or “his kind” of voters there.
He did better than anyone else in Iowa and 29 other states for a reason. He speaks about change that we can all believe in. He strives to unite us using things we all care about, like health care, childcare and our economy. Additionally, he started out by reaching out to not only those that have been life long democrats, but those of us who have been on the outside. That's Change! And judging by numbers he has put up you have no choice but to believe it!!!!!!
The truth of the matter is that we'll never know, and it seem such a sad waste of time to ponder it. Obama is shaped as a person by the fact that he is partially black. he is also partially white. and his leadership skills and vision might come from characteristics he got form both of his parents, along with their skin color. But to say he might not be where he is were he not in part black ignores the possibility that he, like other greater leaders in the past, just might be a truly dynamic, gifted visionary with amazing command of our english language. and isn't that a refreshing change. perhaps one we don't know what to do with.
Obama has been playing the race card from Day 1 – when it suits him. Just another thing he refuses to own. Looks like the "chickens have come home to roost".
The truth hurts. Of course the Obama cult will re-spin the truth as a devious plot. Hard to argue with a conspiracy theorist.
See this is rediculous. Bob should have kept his big mouth shut this is a totally useless statement. Well I want to know one thing if Hillary Clinton was not the ex-first lady would she be getting the support she has now. I supported her senate bid because I liked her husband and I figured she can't be all that bad. Much to my surprise she is "horrible". She moved to New York just to be the senator from New York. Many women are voting for her just because she is a woman. I made my decision based on other things like the "real issues"What Hillary is doing to the Democratic party is a shame and that is what Mr. Johnson should have commented about. What a jerk!
Jack, First I need to know if Jerry smith was black or white. On second thought, what if Jeri smith was a woman. Maybe Jerry Smith's name is D. Jerry Smith? So many possibilities, so little differences....
I believe what he said is very true. The only reason people (especialy black people) called ferraro's remarks races was because shes white and for a black man to say it is a whole different story. People are just afraid to speack out b/c they dont want to hurt peoples feelings but the truth is the plain truth. And i know some black people are mad about Mr. Johnsons comments but he sticks up to what the truth is hes not going to stick for someone (barack obama) just b/c hes the same race as he is. Me being a mexican american doesnt mean ill stick to Bill Richardson only b/e hes the same race as me. I voted for HILLARY CLINTON and im proud of it.........wait let me rephrase that im a young mexican american voter who voted for HILLARY CLINTON
Obama would be John Edwards. I think Mr. Johnson helps Obama with White voters. The numbers make Blacks look more bigoted than Whites. The fact some Black leaders have the courage to make note of the point is a good thing. I think 100% of the Black vote would turn away every other ethnicity away. I think Travis Smiley knows tough it was for Whites to be called traitor during the fight for civil rights.
Just because Clinton throws a BLACK man out there to make this statement again dos not make it any less racist. That's right Hillary, keep stirring the pot. Eventually the whole thing is going to tilt over.
I am black and this is a racist statement!
He is right… you and the rest of the media have delivered Obama as our candidate… no muss … no fuss. This is too important Jack… pretty words of “HOPE” don’t make a good president. To me there are empty words…empty promisses we heard before… DO YOU REMEMBER THE “UNITER”?
Out of all three candidates he is the weakest link and I for one will not be responsible on the disaster path we are in and I tell you for the first time of my life I am willing to vote Republican if he is the candidate….
We are comming out of 8 years of the Bush hell and Obama or anyone for that matter will sound good.
What do we care about Mr. Johnson's views on race when he got ahead exploiting it?
I think if Obama were white, he would have been called John Edwards and would have lost the nomination by now. You can't deny that getting up to 90% of the black vote in the southern states gave him a huge boost. The problem is most of those same states are solidly Republican. In the Southwestern states, especially Calfornia, Hillary has been put over the top by Asians and Latinos. Why, if Obama is such a uniting force, has he not been able to connect with Latinos, the largest minority in the country or any other minority besides blacks?
Bob Johnson's comments are demeaning to the very people who supported his network and made him a billionaire. Maybe, just maybe Mr. Johnson, black people are supporting Barack Obama because they feel he's the best qualified candidate. How many voters would be supporting Hillary if her last name wasn't Clinton?
Barack Obama probably would not be who he is, if he were not the product of an interracial relationship, raised by a White woman, but seen as a Black man. Geraldine Ferraro took criticism for the same reason that Bob Johnson has taken criticism in the past related to Obama. They focus on one component of Obama's appeal. Race is certainly an element, but there is more. He comes off as a different type of politician because he wrote a book telling things about himself that no other politician would. The other issue, is that Bob Johnson does not consider that the reason Clinton is getting such an overwhelming majority of white women over 45, is because one component of their vote is because she looks like we do. Geraldine Ferraro has as much as admitted it. This is why it angers her–it is destroying her chance at seeing a woman in the White House. That is not Obama's fault– you have a viable female and Black candidate in the same race. It is something to be celebrated, but to an extent, both groups see this as their only opportunity. I would like to believe that this is an important turning point in American history.
Clinton has what? An extra 20% in the female vote. Given the much higher percentage of women in this country than black people, it has an equally great effect.
These two candidates are practically in a tie because of Obama's lack of experience. He's likable, and If he had more experience he would have locked up the nomination by now. This contest drags on because people are afraid he doesn't know enough stuff.
Wow! I'm African American and people on my job said the same thing about me when I was promoted to management years ago. I guess ignorance exist on every economic level. Shame on you Mr. Johnson.
Valecia. Dallas TX
Jayne in NH ,
I love your comment, and I agree with you 100% on that one. Enough of those; this election is about issues that we're facing in this country, such the economy and the war in Iraq. I'm sure that Hillary has asked him to say that.
Turkey season is in full swing around the country. A smart hunter would just follow the Clinton's around to see an assortment of struttin', loud, mouthy gobblers ready to gobble up more millions of $$ if they can get her elected. Whether it be Bob or Bill or one of her other millionaire friends, they're all doing it for the same thing. MONEY! Bob is just part of the good ol' boys network, trying to get Obama to mess up and hand Hillary the nomination.
john,nc. , . . . .Senator Obama connects with everyone. Perhaps you are just refusing to listen.
si se puede
There is a truth to Barak wouldn't be in his position if he wasn't black. But that's only half of the story. Barak wouldn't be Barak if he weren't black. If he were white, he wouldn't have had to a need to become comfortable with his "blackness" after having been raised by his white family, including listening to anti-white/anti-American rhetoric of his former pastor as a way to empathetize with the experiences of the majority of black people in the U.S. If he were white, he wouldn't have been subjected to being treated like or feeling like an outcast because of his skin color, including being "too black" for white people and "too white" for black people. He wouldn't have felt the need to reach out and to help lower class, mostly black, people in Chicago's South side, even though his Harvard education would have positioned him to join some the most prestigous law firms in the country. It is every experience Barak Obama has had in his life, including his race, that makes him Barak and enabled him to be in the position he is today.
In this century , it is absurd for someone to still be thinking that someone is successful because of his skin color, i think Mr Johnson of all people should know better than that......
If Senator Obama was a white man he would be in the same position he is in now. It's not the color of his skin it's him. A very caring, honest and trustworthy person. If the founder of BET was a white man he would not be in the position he is in. Go Figure.
If Barack Obama was white, the race for the democratic nomination would be over. 90% of the black vote doesn't compare to the number of white voters who secretly are NOT going to vote for Barack, because he's black. Likewise, the race would be over if Hillary Clinton were a male. Her strength is clearly coming from all of the female voters.
$10 trillion in national debt, a war 70% of Americans are against, 12 million illegal aliens, uncontrolled borders, jobs going overseas, individuals going deeper and deeper into debt, a tax code that is absolutely ridiculous, and we have people casting their votes based on race and gender. Keep praying.
Art – Williamsburg
I think race is a bad word for politicking in this regard. Senator Obama is where he is todag because of who "he" is, a bright senator with a vision for the USA. He isn`t a traditional politician that will sweet-talk people on anything to get their votes. Moreso, his was always a possitive campaign contra Hillary Clinton. He is loved for his personality and not his being black as trouble seekers would have it. A lot of people forget the fact that being passive is retrogressing. They fear the unknown and would never want to get out of their haven. They point fingers and would wanno believe there always is a fishy reason for the progress of others. Nopp, americans and others around the world loves this senator simply for what he stands for, CHANGE.
i would suggest that people such as MR. BET are the worse of the worse. To incite racial dis-harmony is simply a cheap trick along the lines of those already being used by HIllary and BIllary. i would suggest at the end of the day both Hillary and Billary have been on MR. BET's payroll. From a race prospective it is these types of blacks whom continue to slow the pace of racial harmony and final unity. A shameful and pathetic attempt at political disruption. At the same time it suggest that the majority of American who have voted are stupid since that is whom has voted for Mr. Obama. in the end the truth will pervail and MR. OBAMA will be the nomination.
Johnson is right. Obama wouldn't be where he is right now if he weren't black. If he were white, he would have already sewn up the nomination.
And it's insulting to black people to say they support Obama only because of his race. Clinton had a lead in the black vote when all this started. She lost it through her and Bill's own doing.
Obama has had to prove himself to voters and earn their respect. People who support Obama see that he "gets it" and we see that he's not so entrenched in Washington politics that he owes everybody and their brother favors.
Sometimes you need a fresh face and fresh ideas to get beyond the mentality of "We don't need to change it. That's the way we've always done it."
I didn't know he was black. Interesting, I just thought he was the best presidential candidate to come along in a while.
His message seems to appeal to all colors. I guess history and the civil rights movement have helped some of us better than others through the color thing.
Incidentally, the founder of BET, how would it spin if he were white?
Let's get on with the business of fixing the Country
These kinds of foolish comments by the Bob Johnsons of this world never cease to amaze me. And this from a man who has made millions from portraying the most degrading images and stereotypes of African Americans via BET. How does this kind of statement lift America up? The fact is that there were black candidates before Barack Obama who did not capture the imagination and support of the majority of voters, at least in the Democratic party as Obama did. The fact is that it was Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama who started off with the majority of African American support. Bob needs to be reminded that the consensus in America today is that it is the content of the person's character and not the color of his or her skin that matters.
He is coming out with this because the Clintons told him to. Remember they have finished throwing the kitchen sink and now have started with the outhouse. Wonder what favor he owes to the Clintons? He's one example that you can have a whole lot of money and still be a dummy.
BET founder is correct. Jerry Smith might not have as many black votes, but if he had the same forward thinking ideas and the ability to bring people together as Obama has, he'd have a lot more white votes due to the presence of a different alternative to BILLARY.
I think Mr. Johnson is correct. I wish this country could have an honest discussion about race and sex rather than jump all over people who are just telling it like it is. I also agree with Geraldine Ferraro – she understands that she was nominated for VP partly because she was a woman. Shirley Chisolm said that hands down it was harder to run for President as a woman than being African-American, which she was both. I wish that would be discussed more honestly. This country is still very sexist and it is pervasive in our society.
"The numbers make Blacks look more bigoted than Whites."
Every other racial group is more bigoted than Whites. Whites are the only ones who don't put themselves first. Where's the Black or Asian equivalent of a Buffett or Gates?
"Why, if Obama is such a uniting force, has he not been able to connect with Latinos, the largest minority in the country or any other minority besides blacks?"
He's not a uniter. Anyone with two brain cells to rub together can see that. The only ones he unites are blacks and guilt-ridden whites.
Maybe if the Black population would listen what Bill Cosby has to say and clean up their own house and be respectable and account abkle for theire own actions, we would have to listen to more of this racial garbage. Welfare and free handouts are not the way life should be lived. Working hard and trying to better youraself is the way.
If Obama were white, yeah, the media wouldn't have bought into his story as much. That said, regardless of skin color, he makes damn good speeches. That is a huge part of the reason why he's done as well as he's done.
And, by the way, if Obama was white, he'd be Bobby Kennedy.
I cannot figure out Bob Johnson. I believe that the former BET founder has lost something. I think that he agrees with what Geraldine Ferraro said about Senator Barack Obama simply because for him, only a white person, male or female can rule America.
He derides Obama in the process. This is where he crossed the line and I disagree with what he said.
This is a demonstration of a slave mentality persistent with some black Americans in an era when white Americans are moving away from the race-based opportunity focus of the past, and showing a change towards a race-neutral opportunity focuss for all americans.
During this exciting Domocratic primary, Americans should not let their votes be swayed by fear, malicious distortions of the truth no matter how tenacious and media commentary . Let the true story be told without prejudice.
This time, the world is watching Americans moving along to creat a changed future world leadership profile that says "America is truly a fitting example a of world leader in every thing including equal opportunity for all".
Yes, and aren't we lucky that he is. Think of the others who have been unable to overcome the barriers erected against them.
This is not a racist statement this is something a lot of people feel.
Jack, I am sick and tired of hearing about this race thing.
Its time to STOP filtering everything in America through race. Guess what – Europeans are 80% in favor of Obama and they are predominantly white!
I am a white 58 year old male. I support Barack Obama because I take vision over "experience", leadership over "same old". I support the man not the color. Get over it America. It is simply about who will make the best president. Period!
I don’t think he would have gotten a high percentage of the white vote if his skin was darker. He is an intelligent man, but he should have waited four years to get more experience in National and International affairs.
Bob Johnson, you are truly showing your horns and your A_ _. No other black presidential candidate has ever received 90% of the black vote.....ummm could it be that we believe in the message, character, and hope that this particular candidate brings to the table? I am tired of the media and the so called political analyst trying to tell me what I should think, feel, and vote and why.
Bob Johnson, SHUT your trap and as far as the media, stick to the old school responsible fact base reporting....Wolf, you do a good job!!!
It's such a waste of time to talk about this. There are tens of millions of black men in our country and there's only one Obama, so it seems more than a little disingenuous to say he wouldn't be where he is right now if he weren't black.
From my vantage point (white American), it doesn't seem that black males have a lot of advantages. In fact, it's the opposite; more poverty than the average American, less education, more incarceration. To get to where he is, Obama undoubtedly had to work harder than his white counterparts.
When I used to think of Hillary I thought she would be a good President one day. Now that she is running, I would never vote for her. I would be embaraced to let anyone know I did such a thing. Bob Johnson is just stupid.
Is Bob Johnson implying that if he was white he wouldn't be a billionaire right now? Because everyone knows 'White Entertainment Television' would have never had a chance! Surely he's not saying that he'd be a nobody if he was white.
It's a shame that even an African American billionaire cannot sit back and realize that maybe, just maybe, this black man really is something.
Shame on you, Mr. Johnson, for implying that black men only get ahead because they are just that-black men.
Yaa right and where would he Johnson be if he were white! disgusting when will we start discussing issues like the economy or the war instead of skin color! the last time i checked BET was still spewing trash ! Johnson go educate the young people thru BET and stop making a bigger fool of yourself! how many voters will vote for Clinton now that you have delivered your AHA moment on Obama! Disgusting and waste of press to say the least!! next......
Sometimes the plain old truth is more timely than all the feel-good and "politically correct" remarks. We seldom get the news -but we are inunddated with opinions from the media of what was meant instead of letting the words speak for themselves. Never before have I seen such manipulation of the news as is evident from these talk shows. Mr. Johnson from BET had the courage to say the truth . Don't insult our intelligence by telling us what we really heard.
Jack, Hillary and her surrogates have been pounding away at Obama all weekend over this nonsense story about elitism, and now Bob Johnson pulls out a transparently racist (and false) talking point accusing Obama of depending on his African American heritage to be competitive. I'm a little confused, though: Is Barack Obama a rich, out of touch elitist who is only winning because he hobnobs with rich, white, San Fransisco elites, and has all the right media support, or is Barack Obama an unexperienced, poorly skilled politician who is only winning because of the color of his skin.
It seems to me that Clinton wants to have her cake and eat it too. A pity that she feels the need to trash the Democratic Nominee in the process.
Search the word elitist in the dictionary and I am sure you will see a photo of Bob Johnson, Hillary & Bill Clinton sitting back talking about how they got over making millions off the American people.
The wheels came off HRC campaign soon as it started. The Clinton’s are not trustworthy and their intentions are to destroy Obama even if it’s “taking down the Democratic Party”. Bob Johnson should have defended Geraldine Ferraro as soon as her story hit the street. Their shameless effort to overcome Obama has become intolerable
Obama didn't start out with 90% of the black vote..........
Please think before opening mouth.
Mr. Johnson is entitled to his opinion but I don't buy his view. Exactly what has Obama gotten away with. Hillary has called him an elitist, he's been accussed of being a Muslim, non patriotic, etc. He's stll in it and his race has litte to do with it. When Hillary gets white woman's vote, what is that???? By the way, where is Hillary today?
You know everybody scared to say the truth in U.S because everything you say or even think about there is somebody will turn it to race.
Johnson and his BET network is a prime example of what is wrong with America. And I am black, too. BET is off limits in my house, period. It's fair to say that Johnson wouldn't be where he is with his trash network if he were white! And that's a fact. You can take that to the bank, Johnson.
Bob Johnson – – what a sad commentary! Not only is he a disgrace to Black America he is a disgrace to America period. Mr. Johnson has been one of the single most architects in contributing to the demise of black communities. Mr. Bob ‘Billionaire’ Johnson has done ABSOLUTELY nothing to assist in educating, inspiring or motivating his core viewer ship – which sadly enough happens to be young African-Americans whom are BITTER and don’t realize and/or understand why.
What Mr. Billionaire Johnson can do is open up his narrow mind and attempt to differentiate between Black men with real substance versus those performing in a rap video with gold teeth disrespecting Black women.
Americans (White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, etc…) are voting for Senator Obama because they are definitely “bitter” and frustrated with the government. It’s time for a change.
Shame on Mr. Johnson and his elitist attitude…
As an African American, I find Bob Johnson's comments insulting.
I am sure there are some people who are voting for Obama because he is black, I am equally sure there are people voting for Clinton because she is a woman.
People vote a certain way for many different reasons. To insinuate Senator Obama is in this position only because he is black, is a flat out untruth. While Obama may be getting the majority of the Black vote, he had to earn it. If you remember when the campaign season started, it was presumed that Hillary would receive the Black vote.
If Obama were white, there wouldn't be a three hour analysis after every primary on which race voted for who. If Obama where white we wouldn't be having this discussion because there would be so much talk about how he is the reincarnation of John or Bobby Kennedy. There would be elaborate stories about how he is the long lost love child of JFK and some mystery mistress! Back to Bob Johnson, according to most estimates blacks only make up 12% of the population, are telling us that this little 12% are the only ones voting for Obama or are AMERICANS voting for him. Please, can all the media (liberal or conservative) outlets stop compartmentalizing AMERICANS and embrace that this guy is a great candidate!!!
Jack, He is correct. Obama has had a free ride and anytime something he says or has done is questioned; the new s media and press blame it on Hillary. They treated Gore the same way as they have done Hillary; and just look what we got. We need someone with experience, not on the job training.
Here we go again. Another racist remark like Geraldine Ferraro's a few weeks ago. This time it's from a black man. Shame on Mr. Johnson for saying this about a man who is showing real leadership and running on his own campaign platform that's about real issues instead of participating in Rovian divisive politics. Why does Senator Clinton feel it necessary to trot out her minions to say what she really feels? I used to admire Senator Clinton. Not anymore.
Mr. Johnson would not be where he is today if he was white. His primary source of income was products for Black Americans.
If you look back to how Johnson got his start, he was a high paid cable LOBBYIST that started the BET channel with backing from other high-profile media moguls. They only needed his black face to front it. He is a pawn. It doesn't surprise me that he's backing Clinton...she loves lobbyists...more Washington business as usual.
Nicole from Houston
Mr. Johnson is quite comical. Remember when Barack Obama was not "black enough" for the black community? Obama did not start out with 90% of the black voters' support. He earned it away from Hillary. Go figure.
He is absolutely right!!!
Mr. Johnson has a right to support any one he wants.But why make a fool of your self doing it.
What wrong with Ben Johnson?
I really think he lost his marble , it' not worth talking about him, simply ignorant.
Where would Hillary be if she weren't a woman and if she hadn't been married to a president? I am a white female, 54 years old. Race and gender are both issues of this election and that is undeniable but I am not voting for Hillary–I'm voting for Obama. I look at the candidate and not the gender or the race. And how would it look if Obama pulled all the "gender" trips that Hillary has such as her crying melt down before NH and her theatrical antics in OH where she was yelling "how dare you Obama" and many other things that a man would be totally out of the running if he pulled. She does not represent a person that I want to be a president regardless of race or gender.
Bob Johnson is just jelous that Obama is about to achieve something that he himself cannot dream of even with the billion dollars that he has. Obama could run for president in just about any country and win big.Here in Canada he can run as a conservative, liberal, new democrat or as an independent and still win with a land slide. Americans will never grow outta this nonsense about race. The gut is brilliant in politics live with it
I would vote for Obama if he was White, Native American, Latino or any shade of GREEN! He has great charm and dignity. He looks presidential. People are drawn to his message of hope and change.
I voted for JFK. My virst time to vote and Obaama has the same appeal.
I am so turned off by Hillary that I change the TV channel when she comes on. And will vote for McCain iv Hillary steals this nommination from Obama.
How can I a good, live long Democrate vote republican? Easy. Hillary can't manage her campains finances, how can she manage the country.
I think that Mr. Jonhson , has been called in to "stir the pot" by the Clinton people.
They are going very negative now, but I think the good people of Pennsylvania are smarter than she gives them credit for being. North Carolina is not easily led either, and, yes, some of us are bitter when our jobs were moved out of the country.
Jack Good Question
But it's sad that we are living in time that people look down on another person because the color of their skin. Nobody was giving a choice to choose their color. Obama is consider to be black just as I am black but that does not make him or any other color person any less human.
Many people say he's not qualified, some says he don't have enough experience to be president.
There has never been a white man that became president for the first time had experience to be presiident. Some had two terms and still didn't KNOW how to be president (BUSH).
So because Obama is black he don't have enought experience it that the REAL reaseon you saying he is inexperience?
Hillary never been president but many she have the experience. the only experience Hillary have is LYING, LYING, AND MORE LYING.
Many of you all the experience one need is to be is WHITE.
It is insulting to black people to say they support Obama because of his race. When white people votes on one say they only voting for them because they are white. I am voting for Obama because he is qualified for the job. not because be is black
Well lets start it off this way ,Obama is white, and black and his names is not Mr. Smith. To say america has sympothy and the media will give a easy road to a man name Barack Obama is insulting. In the words of Ophar Whinfrey the man is brilliant that is why I,m voting for him.
Bob Johnson is a racist pig who has made over a billion dollars trying to ensure the status quo is maintained.
I would not listen to anything Bob Johnson has to say. In fact this is a bit of the field-slave v. house-slave attitude that Johnson displays. He has now piped in because he has been requested to do as much as he can by the Clintons.
Given the choice between taking advice from Colin Powell or Bob Johnson who would you listen to!!
Bob Johnson crawl back under your rock, based on your logic Jesse Jackson should have received far greater black support. Also if Johson thinks his logic it true and African-Americans are as stupid as he implies then why dosn't he run for President????
Go Barack '08/12
Kate, IA April 15th, 2008 3:51 pm ET
"I think Mr. Johnson is correct. I wish this country could have an honest discussion about race and sex rather than jump all over people who are just telling it like it is. I also agree with Geraldine Ferraro – she understands that she was nominated for VP partly because she was a woman. Shirley Chisolm said that hands down it was harder to run for President as a woman than being African-American, which she was both. I wish that would be discussed more honestly. This country is still very sexist and it is pervasive in our society."
Yes Kate this country is still very much racist and sexist, but I'm sorry white women have benefitted more from Affirmative Action than any other minority. Obama is where he is because he worked his butt off and no one should try to minimalize his success.
Jack, He's a elitist, Why not a JR Senator JFK didn't have much more than that, what's the different Hilary is only in the middle of her second term. And we can say that without Bill she wouldn't be where she at either. J. MCcain must be loving this he's going to be the President without even trying.
Is there any rational thinking on race issue in this great democratic country. I do not think so if people like Bob Jhonson are there in AMERICA. This great country getting teared by Hillary surrogates.We are sliding back to few centuries back.
Bob Johnson is an uncle Tom trying to inject himself back into the media with something other than the disgraceful programming he allowed through his media madd television project BET which did noting to uplift the African American culture..Cathy Hughes is a better stewart of what Black America media is...I know that as a member of the Carlyle Group, Bob Johnson is just another wannabe trying to position himself to make another BILLION DOLLARS as the sell out he is.. he is a Pawn For for the Clintons and RICH LOW CLASS,So called Elitists!!
And AS the Congressman would say!!
And that's Just The WAY It is!!!
Jack, Bearing on what I see on BET, I am not suprised with Johnson's comments. His comments betray common sense. Obama would have defeated Clinton by higher margins if he was white. That is common sense. Please support Clinton but do not pull Obama down.
How can a man that 'seems' intelligent make such ignorant statements! I am NOT supporting Sen. Obama because he is African-American! And if the choice was between Hillary and another Democrat, I would vote for the other.
I don't like Hillary, never have. There is something dishonest about her, something that's sharp and mean...... and we have had enough of mean!
I am supporting Sen. Obama because I want CHANGE! We need a new voice, EVEN an inexperience one!
FYI: Bob Johnson, I will NOT vote for ANYONE WHO got us into the war in Iraq, they are RESPONSIBLE FOR OUR ENORMOUS DEBT AND THE DEATHS AND INJURIES OF COUNTLESS SOLDIERS and Iraqis!
This is a real shame....I wonder how Dr. King would feel about all of this? I am 39 y/o white RURAL AMERICAN. I am embarrassed about all of this nonsense, Obama is a vision for my teenagers future. Race means nothing........
I am very disappointed in Bob Johnson for injecting race again into this race. While there is room to question whether Obama's high black vote is the result of his ethnicity, Bob Johnson speaks as if he has the ability to deem what is appropriate for African Americans. I challenge this ability when BET, while under his leadership, was cluttered with misogynistc and violent music videos that were less than edifying to the Black community. One must be cautious when questioning another person's ability to improve the social conditions of American society when there abilities are questionable.
(moderator - this post has Aaron's quote intact. Please use this one and delete my other post)
"according to most estimates blacks only make up 12% of the population, are telling us that this little 12% are the only ones voting for Obama or are AMERICANS voting for him."
First off, we’re talking Democrats only, here. Remember what Fritz Hollings said: “In the South, the Republicans are a white party, and the Democrats are a black party.” Second, the heavy weighting of states with large black populations early in the campaign gave Obama his initial stepping stone. This initial “momentum” was largely an illusion, but eventually became manifest as people started to see him as a “winner.”
“… it doesn’t seem that black males have a lot of advantages …”
Like the advantage of having a father who actually sticks around to raise them?
AND WHERE IS JOHN EDWADS>????????????????
Didn`t " whites" help him make billions ?
It`s time for " pay back ".
Anyone, white or black, who views Obama or ANYONE running for office in light of their race rather than by the content of their character, is a racist. Ferraro, or Johnson, it makes no difference. Racists come in all colors.
Jack, his comments are ridiculous. If Barack Obama were white, he would have already wrapped up this nomination by this point.
This idiot is correct. If Barak Obama were white, he would not be where he is. He would be a hell of lot furhter ahead. The Democrats would have a nominee. And come November, they would have the White House.
Instead, they are letting one shrill, lying, BITTER woman pull the whole party into the toilet, and the rest of us will get at least four more years of Bush by proxy.
It is hard to argue with the truth. If he wasn't black he would be another John Edwards and we all know how the media ignored him in their frenzy to make this a race between a woman and an African American.
Bob Johnson is shilling for Hillary Clinton. What a shame!
Desperate people take desperate measures. The whole Clinton bunch is doing the same thing. Talking about herself doesn't work (she fibs) so she and the campaign take desperate measures by parsing Obama's speeches.
Bob Johnson is no longer a part of the Black community no more so lon Bob.
Jack, as an African American woman I will agree with the BET founder. REGARDLESS if he won the overwhelming support of white voters the point IS because he is black he has the overwhelming support. Even Barack said that he has to prove he could win in order to get the support but the bottom line is "we" support him because: "Okay, so this guy is for real, I'll go ahead and support my fellow black man". What Bob Johnson said was the absolute truth and people need to wake up and stop with this Barack Obama love fest.
Isn't it interesting... when a white lady said this it was racist. When a black man said it, it was just absurd. Instead of dealing with the subject, the Obama campaign, once again, changed the subject and used the opportunity to make a negative attack on Clinton.
Mr. Johnson is 100 and 10% right! if Obama was a scott Kleb from Nebraska (white) running for President no one would vote for him.
Being African American must be a huge advantage considering how many other black presidents we have had Mooresville NC
I think Obama is where he is in spite of the fact that he is black, not because of it. I agree that the Clinton campaign will say or do anything to win. I started out this race as a Clinton supporter, but have been totally turned off by the way she and her husband have conducted themselves.
Sugar Grove, WV
Bob Johnson is absolutely right. Senator Obama has gotten by with very little criticism and people like you – Jack – paint every attempt to point out the obvious as "racist". Ask the average black voter who is supporting Senator Obama what he stands for on any specific topic and they won't be able to tell you. It has become a matter of feeling entitled to the presidency. It is about time for people to look at Senator Obama's record in the Senate. I watch C-SPAN2 – and it has always appeared to me that Obama is just filling a seat... He is hardly ever in attendance and he hasn't sponsored any meaningful legislation.
I completely agree. I have yet to hear Senator Obama say what he was going to do for this country. All he preaches about is change, hello? what is he going to change except the fact that racial tensions will grow in this country. He has the black vote for no other reason than the color of his skin.
I personally don't care what race he is. We need a president that will lead america into a new direction not one that is going to take us back
and try to make up for the wrongdoings of our ancestors.
Mr. Johnson take a trip to Atlanta and go to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library and find out more about him and ask yourself "What would Dr. King Do" you do remember him don't you, go get in touch with your history it seems like you have forgotten it.
Bob Johnson, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, all ELITE multi-millionaires or billionaires are so hypocritical. What difference does it make if Barack Obama is black or white? It's the intelligent message he's delivering, talking to us as adults, telling it like it is.
It will take all of us to make this country great again.
Would Hillary be where she is if she wasn't married to a former President ?
People had a choice of lots of white men who had years of experience. If that was what they wanted, there was more than enough available. Biden, Dodd, Richardson (who could have satisified the minority/racial theme)
So I believe Obama is fairly where he is now. He has rasied money like nobody in history and mostly from grass roots/internet individuals.
I think anyone who is black in this country has far more to overcome than a comparable or even more experienced white person .
Jack ,I am sick and tired of these statement that people like Bob Johnson conntinue to make.( it's absolutely rubbish)
Frankly, if he want to continue his journey on "the 'sinking tittanic" he is free to do so, but he needs stop underminding the intelligence of the voters.
The way Hillary has conducted her campaign is shameful and nasty and it dosen't seem like there is any end in sight. I don't know about you Americans, but I sure wouldn't want to see her in the white house.
Michelle , Toronto
If Bob Johnson was white he wouldn't have started the Black Entertainment Television network. – or least it would've been a joke to the black community to have the first national network devoted to their demographic owned and operated by a white man. So what's his point again? And does he really want to answer the follow-up question that we all have? You know, if Hillary Clinton wasn't married to a former president, would she be running for that same office? Nope. Would she have been elected senator of New York, ah NO! So what's his point again?
Robert Johnson the one who had a great idea of starting a black tv network but then sold his soul to get rich off of some of the most vile symbols of rap music and the denigration of young black women? Who gives a damn what he thinks...
Mr. Johnson has been watching too much BET and not enough actual news. Turn the TV off Mr. Johnson and carefully consider your words prior to making such a statement.
As Barak would say, "Shame on YOU Mr. Johnson!". I guess everyone has a price. As an African-American woman I am appauled that a fellow African-American would sell his soul to continue to perpetuate such racist commentary at the expense of yet another!! True colors have been unveiled, the nerve of him to claim to be "Understand" HIS culture, and after having founded a (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELIVISION)....but then again, he SOLD that too, didn't he???????????
Would Jerry Smith have 12% of the country think he was a muslim? (although as far as i know, that's not a crime)
Would Jerry Smith have the unique experience of being frequently called by the name of our nation's greatest enemy, Osama?
Would Jerry Smith be questioned on his ability to draw the latino vote?
If Mr. Johnson will be so non-PC to appreciate the novelty of a democratic presidential candidate who is black, he should also be honest enough with himself to appreciate the difficulties and drawbacks that novelty brings as well.
The fact that it has never been done before speaks for itself.
Those who have overcome gender, racial or financial barriers in the past deserve credit for their achievements. Obama does too.
Bobs comments only shows that because you got money you don't have to be smart. Tell Bob Johnson he would not be where he is at if, he did not runs programs that denergrate african-americans, Promote shows that keep young african-americans in fantasy landp and condones music that is degrading to african-americans, especially young women dancing half naked. I'm talking about Rap Music here.
Now isn't that the skillet calling the kettle black. What an idiot!!
I'm far too busy to write on your paranoia about Mrs. Clinton. I have been baking a gigantic humble pie for you and "the best political team on TV". The biggest piece is for you Jack. Enjoy!
I'll try this one more time:
It's a sad state of affairs we are in when we have to discuss this. Senator Obama has proven himself beyond the color of his skin.
Now, since we are going to study this territory a bit, here are 2 more questions worth considering:
1. Would Senator Clinton be a viable presidential candidate if she was a man?
2. Would Senator Clinton be a viable presidential candidate if her husband had not been president himself??
Has anyone ever thought that the media is the real winner in this seemingly endless game of taking sides on whether Obama benefits in the presidential race because of his race or in spite of it? The media profits by keeping this question front and center. They make money by offering up Ferraro and Johnson as fodder for air time to stir up the electorate: basically, a narrative that works because of its deep psychological resonance. It allows people–black and white–to muddle through questions of race in America that strike at issues of competency, racial allegiances, white racial guilt, and utopian aspirations for a society free of racism and classism. The question forms a curious dynamism among the latter issues–one that stokes the currency of character and coffers.
By the way Bob Johnson, he is WHITE (half).
I believe that the statements by both Ferraro and Mr. Johnson are at least partially correct. Barack Obama's race is actually an advantage in this case – if he was not black (actually, mixed black and white) he would not have all of the support he currently has. Anybody who argues otherwise is ignorant, or deluding themselves, or just no being honest.
That said, it obviously takes a lot more than just being black to get where Barack Obama is today. The man is definitely very intelligent, a gifted speaker, and very charismatic. Unfortunately, I disagree with his politics (I disagree with Clinton's as well), so I won't be voting for him.
Also, when people have asked "what has Barack Obama accomplished to make him qualified to be president", I have to ask myself "what has Hilary Clinton done to make her qualified to be president, other than being married to Bill Clinton?" Seriously. She doesn't have any great accomplishments as a senator, or any other government office. I do have to give Barack Obama credit for one accomplishment – he has given the Clinton political machine quite a bit of competition, which is actually quite an accomplishment even if he doesn't end up with the Democratic nomination. Seriously.
Don Johnson is right. Obama would not be in the race if he wasn't a "Black" man. Barack Obama has a celebrity persona. The public is blinded by his image. They fail to see that Obama lacks substance and dangerously naive. The people who see Obama's flaws aren't allowed to be critical because anything said about him is called racist by Obama and his supporters. The other candidates don't have that luxury. If Barack Obama were Jerry Smith, he'd still be unknown by the majority of the American public. As a black person, I was thrilled to have a "black" person run for president, but soon after discovering who Barack Obama really is, I proudly voted for Hillary Clinton. I wish other people, especially blacks would open their eyes.
Mr. Johnson is wrong when he suggests that Sen. Obama began with 90% of the black vote. The polls indicated that Sen. Clinton had the majority of the black vote prior to campaigning in South Carolina. Additionally, Sen. Obama won states with extremely low populations of African-Americans and it is numerically impossible for Sen. Obama to be leading in pledged delegates and the popular vote without significant support from other nationalities.
The problem I have here is that it doesn't matter whether Barrack Obama is white or black. What he should have said was if Hillary Rodham Clinton's last name wasn't Clinton or former first lady she wouldn't have a shot either. As an African American woma I'm offended that he would say something stupid like that as if to say Obama isn't an intellectual. What does experience in politics have to do with anything when we have an idiot like George W. Bush running this country. Shut up Bob Johnson!!!!! You are pushing for Hillary like you are going to be Secretary of State or something. Tell me something??????? What is it that you owe the Clinton's?????????
Would there be a BET if Johnson's name was Smith?
Don't think so. The subject goes both ways for him.
Unfortunately, there is something our elders call an "educated fool." That expalin who Bob Johnson is.
Here are two simple questions for Bob Johnson:
(1)If Hillary Clinton was Harold Clinton, would he be a leading democratic presidential candidate?
(2) If Bob Johnson was David Duke (the White Supremist) and founded Black Entertainment Television, would he be Billionaire from that venture.
Bob Johnson, you're an educated fool!!!!!!
I'm just afraid that more of this distracting retoric will result in focus being removed from issues desperately needing discussion by the candidates and result in a clean sweep by McClain into the White House. We no longer have a society with a surplus, internationally and domestically we have "issues". The "Change" referenced by Obama – deserves to be defined in far greater detail prior to the election – no matter what church he attends or the color of his skin. Enough – 'basta' – with this time consuming babble and back and forth chatter. We need a leader in a time of crisis.. and the rattling of favored/priviledged citizens in support of this or that really isn't worth paying attention to – we've got bigger and more important problems that must be addressed before we go to the polls – other than "why" Obama is the candidate...We need to know more about what he will do once he is elected, period.
This is a very interesting predicament. You can say anything you want about white people, call them names in comedy sketches (cracker ring a bell with anyone), talk about the goold ol' boys club, blah, blah, blah. But as soon as you bring anything perceived as negative whatsoever about someone who is black you are immediately identified as a racist and shunned. I'm a Republican and I support Ferraro on this one. I dont' think anything she said was meant to be malicious, racist, or anything else. I simply think she was stating a fact that happens to be common among all ethnic, religious, or gender lines. If you're a white Republican male you will, by default, get almost all the votes from NRA member, Pro-lifers, etc. If you're a woman you will draw women's votes, and if you're black you will draw black votes. This has nothing to do whatsoever with that person not being qualified but I think most people are simply not fully educated on each candidates views on every issue and therefore vote based on some kind of comfort level. They feel since Obama is a black man that he will look out for the black community and therefore should be elected based on that fact alone.
You might not like it but if you disagree then you're a hypocrite. I'm tired of so many people talking about NRA always voting Republican, or whatever. You are what you are.
Monte Brown; you are so out of touch with your comments! Ignorance is bliss I guess.... Bob Johnson wouldn't be where he is today if it wasn't for his people supporting his damn station. Obama has come at a time when people need change... We are sick of the old way of doing things... AND for those of you who say Obama has not done anything or sponsored meaningful legislation do some damn research......
Mr Johnson – You actually don't have your facts right. He did not start out with 90% of the black vote. If I remember correctly, he wasn't "black enough" at first. BTW – I don't think Iowa is a predominantly "black" state. He won the very first primary. What you stated and what Ms Ferraro stated actually demeans black and white alike. You demean Senator Obama by stating that his "work" prior and in this primary had nothing to do with where he is now. You also demean whites by saying that a "white" man with the exact same qualitites as Senator Obama wouldn't have a chance. How condensending is that.
Jack – why don't you follow up with the same question about Senator Clinton. Would she be where she is if she wasn't married to Bill Clinton? What other way would she have won the Senate from New York and didn't live there? What specific legislation has she sponsored. Most people can't even answer that question from the Senator or Congressman from their own state, much less someone from another state. And what does sponsoring legislation have to do with being the Presiden? Mr Johnson, please get a life.
If the democrats cannot solve a "Black & White" problem, How will they beat the Republicans?
I Guess Bob would know, after all, Bob woudn't be who he is today if he wasn't black. It's so funny top ear the the pot calling the kettle black.
I lost all respect for Bob after such racist comment.
Mr Johnson, has the right to say what ever he likes about BO. The truth of the matter is Mr Johnson and Ferraro have benifited from thier race and gender. Now they would like to insult others. she and he are old enough to remember the days when they would only be a nurse and a janitor. Shame on them!!!!!!!!!! clearly it is okay for them to try to improve thier situations but BO. NO!!!! Mr. Johnson that is called Black HATE!!!!!!
Bob Johnson is the last person who needs to comment on race, after filling the airwaves with some of the worst behavior and stereotypes of blacks in the latter have of the 20th century with BET. He has done more damage to the image of blacks and the sense of blackness for young black men and women than almost any racist can be said to have done. His comments on Obama are worthless.
Lord, God, here we go again. The race card again, please spare us.
Obama would have finished her off a month ago if he was white. For every vote he got from an African-American because of his ethnicity he lost one because of the same reason, maybe more.
Listen CNN, people will still watch the news when the primaries are over and it really is over now.
has anyone with such little experience ever won? i douth it? race is always going 2 b an issue ? skin color is just that skin colour? means nothing towards who you are as a human being ' people have to look beyond colour and more towards there character and personnality just remember there human just like you and i cut them you'll see both will bleed and i assure you it will be red.
Why would Bob Johnson be dumb and go on national television and repeat something that was said by someone else. He should just go sit down in a corner and think before he opens his mouth. When will they just stop bickering and talk about the issues.
I wasn't really paying attention. Was that supposed to be his positive or negative treatment that Barak Obama is recieving because he is black? Like his mentioning how some Americans are bitter and turn to God and guns because they face severe personal economic problems? Is the low opinion some people have for him because he said those things would have been the same if he was white?
If Geraldine Ferraro and Bob Johnson want to convince other people that Obama shouldn't be the party leader, then they should find a better reason than just his race.
As an african-american marketing executive, I find Bob Johnson's comments infuriating and depressing. There are more pointed words I would use to describe him in "closed company". Here I'll refrain and just remind him yet again how damaging and insulting his racist musings are to all americans, especially ones who face real or perceived hurdles in achieving their dreams. He clearly has a personal motive in making them, and something tells me it involves padding his wallet. He's tiresome, sad and pathetic.
Bob Johnson is absolutely ridiculous and has zero credibility whatsoever. What was Bob Johnson doing while Barack was a community organizer? He was making money off of the black community (and others' interest in black culture) just because his station happened to be called "Black Entertainment Television". It's been responsible for more negative stereotypes of African-Americans than any other source. The only reason that he supports Hillary is that Bill Clinton did him a personal favor to purchase the Charlotte Bobcats. I wish everyone would get off of the experience train. Experience is not the only factor one should consider when choosing a Presidential candidate. Some of our best Presidents, including: Abraham Lincoln, Chester A. Arthur, Thodore and Franklin Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Dwight Eisenhower, and even Ronald Reagan had less experience in elected office than Barack Obama. If elected, Barack will be roughly the same age at inauguration as a certain little known Arkansas governor about 16 years ago, and Hillary thought he did just fine. Most folks have got it backwards, and that's due to the truly subconsicous prejudicial nature of this society. Experience is only an issue when the candidate is black. Otherwise, the person is viewed as being youthful, energetic, and full of new ideas. This country has a mighty long way to go.
to say obama would be the democratic nominee if his name was j.smith shows just how much in denial we are as a county the man has only promised us the world . kind of reminds me of the kid running for class president who offers all day recess if elected
This country is in the shape it's in because of two families, Bushes and Clintons, for the last 20 yrs. Enough is enough! Period!!! No More!!!
I see the race for the presidency essentially as a job application, albeit a long winded one. If I was an employer and had to hire one or the other based simply on their "resume" I would go with the one that has more experience solving problems. Project Managers know that not every project comes out the way they expect so it is incorrect to say that because Hilary failed once or twice on some major projects (health care, approving funding Iraq with a lack of good "intelligence") her experience is worthless. Would we want to be judged so harshly, or would we want to be given credit for trying and learning? Experience is invaluable. Barrack would have been a great candidate, 8 years from now. Like Shakespeare's characters, Obama is an ambitious man, but ambition alone is not enough. I am afraid he has alienated many a democrat and caused division within the democratic party. Let us hope we do not end this spectacle in tragedy.
This man should step down and never be allowed a public platform like CNN to voice such a rhetorical statement. Obviously, if anyone, including Mr. Johnson, or Mrs. Ferraro, was any color other than what they are they would have a different life experience. How about this; Sen. Clinton would be a good presidential candidate if only she were a man? Sounds familiar.
Its absurd that Bobby keeps on encouraging this white/black nonsense. Let's not forget, Bobby – you owe this to whites and blacks.
1) Black people made you who you are today!
2)We know that you also wanted to run for presidency with the help of uncle Bill. Please get yo sh*t together and be quiet. Obama beat you to the spot and now ya trippin. GET A GRIP dawg.
Mr. Johson is Hillary where she is because she is a woman or the wife of a former President?
Hillary can spin and spin as much as she wants, but America wants change and Obama is our man.
Mr. Johnson go and run BET.
So what, Who really cares. Thats just his opinion. Why is it that the media cares about his opinion but they don't seem to care about Obama's relationship with Bill Ayers, or Mr. Resco. How about the media and candidates focus on the real issues facing Americans everyday.
Hillary Rodham Clinton would have had no chance to run for President if her surname was not "Clinton".
She would have been forced out of the race already if her surname was not "Clinton" because, it is a forgone conclusion that Obama has won the nomination!!!!!!!
Bob Johnson can get away with saying what Ferraro can not, same as Bob Johnson can start a Black Entertainment TV network while Ferraro or any other white person can not start a White Entertainment TV network.
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