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Why Obama Is No Jackie Robinson

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Harvard Law professor Randall Kennedy likens President Obama to an immortal baseball hero as a “Jackie Robinson figure.”  The professor told the New York Times: “Jackie Robinson breaks the color barrier and encounters all sorts of denigration, people spitting on him, and because he was a pioneer he had to be above it all.”

This comparison makes no sense for two reasons. First, which  prominent politicians or pundits ever “spit” on Barack Obama, or denigrated his racial background? Major criticism of the president has always centered on policy and performance. Second, the great Jackie Robinson rose “above it all” through magnificent achievements as a ball player, with his greatest seasons coming years after he broke baseball’s color line. But Obama’s mixed record in the five years since his historic election hardly qualifies him as an All Star presidential player.

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  1. Bryan  •  Aug 9, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Jackie Robinson was praised for his performance, and was criticized for his race. Obama is praised for his race, and criticized for his performance. A more accurate summation is Obama is largely unlike Robinson.

    • Greg  •  Aug 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      Well said, Bryan.

  2. Sal  •  Aug 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Jackie Robinson was a true American hero. He proved himself not as a black man but as a great American no matter what color he was. When I think of Jackie Robinson I don’t see color but a truly great man. When I see Obama I don’t see color but a man who is destroying the United States of America as it once was. It is under his watch becoming the United Socialist States of America and that scares me. Barack Obama is no Jackie Robinson. It wouldn’t matter if he were black, white, brown or red. The color of man’s skin doesn’t matter but as the great Martin Luther King said. It’s the content of his character. Jackie Robinson proved he was a great ball player and also proved to the world he was a great man. I will leave it at that. You can draw your own conclusions.

  3. Michael L. Kailing  •  Aug 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Performance speaks greater volumes than mere political proclamations. Reading aloud from a teleprompter is not to be compared to extemporaneous speech coming from the heart. Our current make-believer in our White House is a paid performer with no original thoughts within himself. He speaks as he is scripted to speak; act as he is told to act; not one original thought or act comes from the heart of the man. His beliefs have been scripted; his book has been ghost written. In summary, he is a manufactured man in a paid government position doing the bidding of those behind the scenes who bought and paid for him. His promises are pathological lies; his policies are anti-American; and his character is so pathetic as to be labeled utterly disgraceful. The obvious is so apparent yet no one acts – stunned by the enormity of this secret impostor posing as the President of the United States of America, more interested in golf and TV entertainment shows than being the Leader of the once-greatest country in the world. A living tragedy to the honor of the U.S.A.

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