On July 14th the NAACP passed a resolution condemning the racist elements with in the Tea Party movement. Needless to say that didn?t go over well with the Tea Party or the conservative movement in general.
Now, I’ll be honest, I haven?t read the text of the resolution, but I find it hard to believe that the NAACP was actually condemning the entire Tea Party Movement, and was instead just targeting the racist fringe elements, elements that tend to exist within all most any political movement. Elements that most Tea Party leaders themselves have been trying to remove.
So, on the 19th, Andrew Brietbart dug up some video clips from an NAACP awards dinner in March where Shirley Sherrod, USDA Georgia Director of Rural Development gave a speech, edited them to remove any context, and posted them on his site Big Government in an attempt to prove a point. Using editied video to undermine your political opponents has exploded thanks to the advent of the YouTube era.
Yesterday on CNN?s The Situation Room, former first lady Laura Bush, defended President Obama?s speech to students that he will give later today. She told Zain Verjee,
I think that there is a place for the President of the United States to talk to school children and encourage school children, and I think there are a lot of people that should do the same, And that is encourage their own children to stay in school and to study hard and to try to achieve the dream that they have.
Also this morning, Newt Gingrich spoke on the Today show. While he criticized the Presidents Health Care plan, and made a comment that makes sense to me about the bill (I will talk more about it later), he did say that he read the speech that was posted by the White House and hoped that every American school child could see it.
H/T: Below the Beltway