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Keeping It Real 2012/06/16 20:07:49
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What's behind dissing of the president?

By Dean Obeidallah, Special to CNN

updated 12:20 PM EDT, Sat June 16, 2012

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  • Dean Obeidallah: A reporter from right-wing site heckled Obama as he talked about immigration
  • He says heckling from Irish-born reporter part of right's campaign to delegitimize Obama
  • He says incidents include Wilson's "you lie," Trump seeking Obama's grades
  • Obeidallah: Expect to see more disrespecting of the president as "the other" during campaign

Editor's note: Dean Obeidallah,
a former attorney, is a political comedian and frequent commentator on
various TV networks including CNN. He is the editor of the politics blog
"The Dean's Report" and co-director of the upcoming documentary, "The Muslims Are Coming!" Follow him on Twitter: @deanofcomedy

(CNN) -- A reporter from a right-wing media outlet
heckled President Obama -- not once, but twice -- on Friday as he was
unveiling a new immigration policy. If this shocks you, you haven't been
paying attention. This is simply the latest page from the right's
playbook to delegitimize Barack Obama's presidency.

Some may dismiss it as an
isolated incident, but it's not. It goes much deeper. Believe me, I
know hecklers -- I'm a stand-up comedian. If someone heckles me once, it
can be a mistake: too many drinks, overcome by emotion, etc. But when
you heckle twice, you have an agenda.

Neil Munro, the Irish born reporter
who heckled President Obama, was not just from some random publication.
He works for The Daily Caller, a right-wing website whose
editor-in-chief is the bow-tie wearing Tucker Carlson. (You may recall
Carlson as the guy who famously sparred with — and was taken down by --
Jon Stewart on CNN years ago.)

Dean Obeidallah
Dean Obeidallah

Munro's first heckle
occurred while President Obama was in midsentence, with Munro yelling
out: "Why do you favor foreigners over Americans?" Obama responded:
"Excuse me, sir, but it's not time for questions." Munro countered: "Are
you going to take questions?"

To which the president answered: "Not while I'm speaking."

Later, Munro again
interrupted the president in midstatement. Obama kept his cool; he
simply finished his statement. If I had been president, I would have
deported Munro back to his country of origin.

A quick perusal of Munro's Twitter feed
reveals he does not hide his contempt for President Obama. His tweets
range from claims that Obama is using NASCAR and country music to
attract "white non-college voters," to slams of Michelle Obama, to
allegations that Obama is racially discriminating against blacks in his
White House hiring practices.

But this is all not about
Munro -- he is just a small cog in the right's campaign to diminish the
legitimacy of Obama's presidency. I'm not talking about people
disagreeing with policies. I mean specifically the campaign to paint
Barack Obama as less than American -- as an "other"--as someone whose
presidency is not entitled to the same respect as that of the presidents
who came before him.

This crusade began in the
days before Barack Obama was even sworn in as president. Back then,
Rush Limbaugh, the radio host and self-described "entertainer," announced on his show that he hoped Obama would fail as president. Obama had not even made his first decision as president.

The campaign has
continued with the right's birther movement contending that Obama was
not born in the United States and hence should not be president. Some,
like evangelical leader Franklin Graham, have suggested that Obama is a Muslim (he is a Christian), which to many on the right would mean he's not a "real" American.

We have seen Republican Rep. Joe Wilson yell out at
President Obama, "You lie" while Obama addressed a joint session of
Congress in 2009. Can anyone remember the last time a U.S. president was
called a liar in a joint session of Congress? I can't.

Then there was Republican Rep. Joe Walsh, who last July called on President Obama to "quit lying"
in regards to the debt ceiling debate. Can anyone remember something
like this with previous presidents? I can't either. And, of course,
there's Donald Trump, not only periodically renewing the "birther"
fabrication, but also demanding to see President Obama's college grades, implying he doesn't think Obama is intellectually qualified to be president.

So you see, Munro is
just doing his tiny part. And no doubt some on the right will exalt him
for his "courage." His boss, Tucker Carlson, defended him by saying that no one was upset when then-ABC reporter Sam Donaldson heckled President Reagan. But Fox News' Chris Wallace recalled today
that when he was a White House correspondent with Donaldson during the
Reagan administration, no one ever heckled the president.

So, yet another lie. But
the truth doesn't matter to the far right. It's not about policy or
what is good for the United States of America. It's about delegitimizing
President Obama for political gain.

In the coming months, as
we get closer to Election Day, you may see many more of these kinds of
attacks. While they may disgust you, they should never surprise you.
It's all in the playbook.


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  • Soylent Green is people!!! 2012/06/18 07:28:01
    I don't think the article substance is right on point
    Soylent Green is people!!!
    I say this author has an agenda, it was not objective by any means. I truly believe that the Obama administration is as corrupt or probably more corrupt then the Bush administration!!! He's not a compassionate idealist. He is a true believer in socialist dogma, but the press simply will not vet him as they would a republican, and even how much the press is already putting Mitt Romney through and Bush before him!!! The press is protecting their guy...the press has had a communist bent since before Edward R Murrow!!! Anyone who is willing to see the truth can plainly see this. It is not rocket science, but you have to love truth above all else. Truth above any political party.

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  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/17 21:46:10
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/17 20:11:18
    prayer warrior
    You are right but if these were anchor babies then there would be no need for them to have amnesty. They were born before they got here.
  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/17 21:46:48 (edited)
    Gives people INCENTIVE to illegally bring their young children here then doesn't it?
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/18 03:05:42
    prayer warrior
    I think they are coming for themselves not their children. What did you think about my comment about the muslims born here and raised in the middle east ? But if I remember Bush also offered amnesty. Again how is the amnesty affecting the economy since they are already here and some already have jobs ?
  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/18 04:04:43 (edited)
    Again the same. Our immigration policies NEED to be enforced! What about the Muslims born here and raised in the ME?
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/18 04:20:44
    prayer warrior
    They are Americans citizens and can enter this country whenevr they want.
  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/18 13:02:31
    Yes I know - there are many 'hidden" maternity wards that specialize in this.
  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/17 17:38:29
    Right now we have a WORSE problem than what Governor Romney did or didn't do.
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/17 17:56:38
    prayer warrior
    Well if he uses the same policy that he used in Massachuettes you have not seen anything yet. He stated basically he will raise tariffs if he does that what do you think willl happen ?
    He wants to layoff fire,police and teachers what do you think will become of public safety and education ?
    You think it's bad now just let that happen. I lived in a city where fire and police were laid off belie me you don't want to live in that situation.
  • jeane prayer ... 2012/06/17 18:06:12
    Being President will be a lot different than being governor. We are on a train wreck right now. If we don't get off - things will only get worse.
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/17 20:09:56
    prayer warrior
    You are correct and if you can't run a State what makes you think you can run a country. We might have total free fall with Romney. Only time will tell and may God Bless this country.

    It has been nice discussing the possiblities with you and I don't have any answers. Thank you for being nice with your view points and not a raving lunatic.
  • prayer ... jeane 2012/06/17 20:06:44
    prayer warrior
    But if he is the republican canidate it becomes a current problem . And it will matter more then you realize.
  • the_old... jeane 2012/06/17 17:38:55 (edited)
    I love how you always speak truth to power, Jean. Keep on keeping on.
  • jeane the_old... 2012/06/17 17:42:29
    Hey Coach - how are you doing?! good to see ya
  • the_old... jeane 2012/06/17 17:51:29
    Still standing, Jean! Oy Vay, it's good to see you too, hahaha!

    i stand with israel
  • Bob S prayer ... 2012/06/17 17:57:43
    Bob S
    The cost so far has been the ruination of the American peoples confidence in Obama.
  • prayer ... Bob S 2012/06/17 18:04:19
    prayer warrior
    There might be a little truth in that but it is still to be seen. Some people have gotten angry about it and becaome Obama supporters but I can't give you figures just saying what a few people have stated.
  • Alan 2012/06/17 01:41:06
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    this article for sure hits the nail on the head let us also remember the Watergate scandal with Former President Richard Nixon & what happend with that but I for sure agree with the article thank you for sharing it with me
  • Jeremiah 2012/06/17 01:22:46
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    People on the right have treated Barack Obama as if he is not qualified to be president, to live in their White House, since the day he announced for the office. This is only the latest example of a mindset that it is OK to interrupt this president, to heckle him while he is speaking, to completely disrespect him as somehow unfit for the office. It does not surprise me that Tucker Carlson is behind it.

    Never mind that Obama won the 2008 election with more than 69 million popular votes, an all-time record for any election in U.S. history. To the small minds on the right he is somehow not a legitimate president. One wonders if they will still act this way during his second term, after he has received more than 70 million votes, another new record.
  • umapathy Krishnamurthy 2012/06/17 01:13:00
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    umapathy Krishnamurthy
    I agree with article
  • JoLost 2012/06/17 01:02:17 (edited)
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    The conservative far rights agenda... I think Eddie Murphy said it best as Axel Foley in Beverly Hills Cop... "I am your worst f'n nightmare I'm a n*gger with a badge".

    Obama just happens to have a bigger badge...LOL
  • jeane JoLost 2012/06/17 17:24:39
    I think you are right Axel Foley and Obama remind me of each other.

  • kudabux 2012/06/17 00:41:31
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    Of course it is on point. It has always been the right's agenda--disrespect him, call him a liar, accuse him of being foreign born, etc. It is a very sad day when a US President is treated so badly by his constituents.
  • ETpro 2012/06/16 23:54:34
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    All the incidents have the common talking-point theme, "Obama's the other." He's the liberal, the socialist, and what they are really getting at is he's the n***er.
  • Mel 2012/06/16 23:45:30
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    and being a person of mixed culture with black features and his name also add feul to their fire
  • bob h. 2012/06/16 23:18:40
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    bob h.
    The GOP is on the way out. They're an embarrassment to the USA, and people are starting to catch on.
  • kudabux bob h. 2012/06/17 00:32:04
    I hope you are right.
  • Sissy bob h. 2012/06/17 12:10:20
    The GOP of today is hopefully on the way out bob. It certainly isn't the kind of Party that the writer's of the Constitution envisioned, that's for sure. I want the 'old' GOP back. The Party that had respect for those thinking differently than they did and discussed, debated and compromised on issues important to all of our Americans, not just the very few.
  • John Hall 2012/06/16 22:33:59
    John Hall
    The reporter should have waited and asked obummer questions after his bullshit speech .
  • Keeping... John Hall 2012/06/16 22:38:15
    Keeping It Real
    Don't be so hard on yourself!
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/06/16 22:16:43
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT CONS
    It is ALL part of the GOP playbook. They can't win on the substance of their ideas. They have no new, positive ideas so they do what comes natural to them.
  • Pat 2012/06/16 22:01:02
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    Yes, "they" have been after this President since the day he took office. McConnell said that his sole mission was to make Obama a one term president. Shouldn't McConnell's one mission be to do the business of the American people? They have hated Obama from the day he was elected. I don't know what their motivation really is but they are afraid of him. They know that his one purpose is to make this a better America for every person and that means interrupting the sweet deals some in Congress are getting from their backers like the oil companies and others whose only objective is to get laws that are favorable to big business and the upper 1% in this country. Let's see. Is there a current presidential candidate who might fit their requirements? Hmmmm.....
    ROMNEY MAYBE!!!?? You bet. That's why Obama MUST win in November.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/06/16 21:44:22
    I definitely think the article substance is right on point
    The POTUS is a major target of the Conservative Disinformation Network (see http://kaleokualoha2878577.ne... ).
  • Sissy Kaleoku... 2012/06/17 12:12:02 (edited)
    I'm afraid ALL democrats are the "target" of the conservatives. Distortions, lies, intimidation are all they know now and they have been given the ability by this pathetic supreme court to buy elections. What next?
  • sockpuppet 2012/06/16 21:34:00
    I don't think the article substance is right on point
    I think somebody's prejudiced against Irish people. You'd think that such racism would be a thing of the past by now, but certain Democrats haven't learned to accept people for what they do, rather than what they look like.

    It's appalling. Bigots.
  • Keeping... sockpuppet 2012/06/16 21:49:04
    Keeping It Real
    It's okay to JUST SAY NO IN GLITTER
  • sockpuppet Keeping... 2012/06/16 21:58:32
  • Keeping... sockpuppet 2012/06/16 22:28:48
    Keeping It Real
    I bet your mamma wished there was birth controls back in the day, because you're a perfect example of why it's imperative that women always have access to them.
  • sockpuppet Keeping... 2012/06/16 22:40:05
  • Keeping... sockpuppet 2012/06/16 23:17:00
    Keeping It Real
    Not at all because I get a pure kick out of your kind rhetoric, it helps to sharpen my smack down skills. Keep them coming RWNJ! laughing cartoon in glitter

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