Sean Hannity's "Bomshell" Draws Yawns - Huffington Post
See what I did there? I made it out like it was something big, when actually it was something that wasn't big nor a surprise. Kind of like what Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Newt Gingrich, and the rest of Fox News, with some help from Drudge and the Daily Caller, did yesterday when they made out like they had some exlusove evidence of epic proportions that our President, Barack Obama, engaged in some racially devisive rhethoric. "THIS COULD BE A GAME CHANGER!", they all alluded.
Here's the truth, though....it's old news. This is a video from 2007. Not only is it old news, it isn't even exclusive news as it has already made it rounds throughout the news and social media. Nice try, Hannity and Co., but this is a been there, done that.
One of the main issues that Hannity and Carlson made is that President Obama *GASP* spoken differently (in a different cadance and accent) when he was talking to a room full of African Americans than he gives speeches to a more diverse group. Wow! Is this the game changing news? That a person may use a different dialect when with certain people?
Let me give you all a bit of a back story. I loved in Port Jervis, NY, a little town 60 miles outside New York City, for the first 16 years of my life. Now by no means did I have a "New Yawk" accent, but being that close and watching many of my news and afterschool shows from New York City based channels, I had the dialect in a toned down suburban way. Then I moved to rural Tennessee when I was 16 and lived there for almost 10 years. I picked up the Southern drawl in a matter of a few years. I now live in Northern NY near Canada and have been for 18 years. My accent is now a blend of almost everything, but here's the thing....when I talk to my New York friends, I tend to sound like a New Yorker, and when I talk to my Southern friends, I may slip into my Southern accent. I am not the only person on the planet who does this, and it isn't a shock to mostly anyone that it happens....unless, of course, you are Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson.
So Barack Obama sounds like a black man when he is in a room with black people? Big Deal.
I am just going to throw this out there. There are many people out there that have a problem with our President simply because he is a bi-racial man. Have Hannity and Carlson, along with the others at Fox, Drudge, and the Daily Caller ever considered that the reason President Obama speaks differently when he is in his political and diplomatic capacity is because he understands this? Stay with me, people. What if President Obama gave his State of the Union Speech in the voice he used in his 2007 speech? You guessed it, the closeted (or not so closeted racists) would lose their minds. President Obama knows this, just as he know that when you address a room of African American Baptists, the "preacher" voice is more familiar and comforting to them. It's called being a politician, and a damn good one.
So, Fox. I'm a little interested in your next move. It should be a hoot.