I was not excusing his “moronic” statement. I was just pointing out that the, sort of, outrage that people have about his commit may be a little overreacting. And as I read the story in the attachment of this post it seemed to me that she was a little overly dramatic about her “poor girl” story using Ryan as a reason to tell everyone why she is so offended by his comments. By now, we should be used to Politicians making comments that offend one side or the other. That’s not to excuse them but they seriously do not live the real world. I was pretty poor as a kid growing up in the slums of Dallas S. Oak Cliff but I’m not trying to compare my story to his misguided attempt of making a point that flopped. I was just saying I doubt he meant it to come out that way- and I would not be surprised if he back-steps on that comment sooner than later.
As far as asking black men who don’t dress like thugs about their experiences being real…I have no doubt that the event he was speaking of is real for many black men. My comment was not meant to minimize the fact that people experience prejudice. I just felt that for that situation, the Presidents story was disingenuous, because partly he did not grow up in a black community or family that I’m aware of, so while he may have experienced some form of prejudice in his life I’m not sure it would have compared to what trayvon’s life was. At any rate; I felt he used a volatile situation to make some inappropriate comparison to pull the heartstring of some people during a time when the country was already split racially over a very unfortunate event. I feel, in his position as President that he should have refrained from being “black” at that very moment and took the opportunity to just be the President and try to unite the country. We did not need to know that Trayvon could have been his son or how he understood the issues of being black. He is the President and he could have taken that situation in a different direction. I don’t believe any other president, Democrat or Republican, would have brought their ethnic culture into an already heated situation (I could be wrong) to make a point. In part, between his little comments and the NAACP race batters a lot of other people not involved in that case were beat-up and hurt because of their race. Was that the President's intension? I'm guessing not.
So I was stating an example of a Politician’s (Obama) story that was not appropriate for that speech, different situation from Ryan but similar because of the timing, in a time when we have close to 50 million people on food stamps and government aid, maybe it’s not the right time to talk about their children and their lunches and who loves them; some people are just trying to get by these days. Ryan was insensitive and thoughtless and not helpful. But like the President I don’t think he meant it to be for evil and I thought calling him an “asshole” was a little of an over reacting description regarding that comment. Just my opinion.