Obama: “Look Under the Hood”

Did President Barack Obama obliquely compare MA Republican Senatorial candidate Scott Brown to a Klan member today in Boston as he tried to fire up floundering Democrat Martha Coakley’s base? After lauding Coakley as being independent, he stated, “I hear that her opponent is calling himself an independent. Well, you got to look under the hood.” After a slight pause, the crowd laughed heartily and some audience members behind him looked at each other and appeared to exchange knowing looks.*

To be fair to the President, thereafter, he continued, “[B]ecause what you learn makes you wonder. As a legislator, he voted with the Republicans 96% of the time, 96% of the time. It’s hard to suggest that he’s gonna be significantly independent from the Republican agenda.” It is quite possible that the President was using the trope “under the hood” a la Ross Perot as to checking out someone or something as one would an auto.

N.B. The President’s health care plan, other items of his ambitious agenda, and even his future legacy may all be at stake in this special election in one of the bluest states of all. In fact, Brown has promised to be the 41st Senate vote to sustain a filibuster to block the Obama’s signature legislation. Liberal MA U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D) acknowledged, “If Scott Brown wins, it’ll kill the health bill.”

Just eight days after absolving House Majority Leader Harry Reid (NV-D) of extolling Obama’s chances of electoral success because he was a “‘light-skinned’ African American ‘with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,'” let us hope that the President himself is not succumbing to such an abhorrent racial calculus.

FNC: Live broadcast of speech (01/17/10) – @4:15 p.m. ET

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2 Responses to “Obama: “Look Under the Hood””

  1. Al Says:

    -Did President Obama make KKK comparison?-

    No, and that question is nonsensical. Sen. Brown’s pick-up truck has been a feature of his campaign, and that a senatorial candidate would even drive from campaign stop to campaign stop in a simple GM truck has almost become a rallying point for supporters.

    Mr. Obama’s statement was nothing more than an attempt to deflate the tires of that truck, and it was probably a jab that fell flat in that it reminded the voters which candidate is closer to the people.

  2. jakeho Says:

    Al, “nonsensical” that a pol might use a double entendre with racial overtones in a “must-win” race where the minority needs to be energized (acc. to Juan Williams)? Hm.

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