Miss Pearls: 'The Obama White House Is Too White'

07/26/2010 09:56 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Taylor Marsh Political writer and cultural voyeur, author and speaker.

Jesus H. Christ on a biscuit, it doesn't get richer than this.

Miss Pearls opining on the whiteness of the Obama White House. Only in American politics would the New York Times publish such drivel. That Dowd has the gall to invoke Bill Clinton after all the trashing and thrashing she's done to his reputation represents the height of insufferability.


From Dowd yesterday:

"The president's getting hurt real bad," Clyburn told me. "He needs some black people around him." He said Obama's inner circle keeps "screwing up" on race: "Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to pigeonhole him or cost him support, when a lot of people saw his election as a way to get the issue behind us. I don't think people elected him to disengage on race. Just the opposite."

Whether it's Dowd or others, now all of a sudden President Obama needs more "black people" around him because of the Shirley Sherrod screw up. Honest to God, people. It was a political implosion because the numbskulls under Rahm's tutelage were scared crapless of Glenn Beck. Hey, but I'm all for having "black people" in Obama's political shop, though unless they can save Obama and themselves from making an amateur political mistake by not knowing Wingnut 101, which is that Andrew Breitbart is a race-baiting character assassin, I'm not sure color would have saved the White House.

Embarrassingly, however, it is obvious no one knew the significance of Sherrod or had a clue her husband was a legendary civil rights leader. On that there can be no doubt. So, Obama could have used someone steeped in "the ideological battles that we fought during the '90s that were really extensions of battles we fought since the '60s."

I know. There's that phrase again. Getting sick of it yet? Yeah, me too, but I was sick of it the first time candidate Obama uttered it. But it's where the problem lies. Not in whether the Obama White House is too white.

Taylor Marsh is a political analyst and writer out of Washington, D.C.