Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 48 hours (and in the Southeast that might have been a good place to be) you know that President Obama and the White House finally produced a birth certificate, or Certificate of Live Birth, Wednesday morning. It was another glorious moment for Donald Trump and whether you love him, hate him, or just wish he would change his hair, he did in fact make it happen. Trump is well-spoken with just a hint of “I told you so” in almost every conversation. The press did their job and tried to coerce him into saying something, anything, they could make a big deal about. Well, they got it.
In the midst of Trump’s concerns about the economy, OPEC, Libya, Afghanistan, and China, he made the comment (loosely translated), “Obama needs to stop spending his time playing basketball and start focusing on OPEC, getting those prices down.” And there you have it. The press went wild. Trump is now being touted as a racist for using the name ‘Obama’ and the word ‘basketball’ in the same sentence. Racist? Really? Obama has had a basketball court built onsite at the White House since taking the Oval Office. He’s played host to a number of NBA players on that same court since the onset of his presidency and he is the first president ever to hang out with the ESPN folks on live TV while predicting his final four.
Donald Trump didn’t address him as a ‘brother’, which Michelle Obama did in recalling the first time she met Obama and went on a date with him. Trump didn’t suggest that Obama was more qualified to play basketball than run the country because he’s black (yes, I said it, he’s black). Nor has he ever disqualified Obama to serve as president simply because of his race. Quite honestly, I’m sick to death of every word that comes out of a white man’s mouth being twisted into something racist (and yes, I said it, they’re white).
To quote John Stossel, “Give me a break!” If out of Trump’s entire press conference this is the only thing they could come up with to stir the political/racist pot, maybe they should put down their iPads and go work up a sweat on the basketball court themselves.
Or spend an hour with Whoopi Goldberg on The View.