May 22nd, 2009
02:16 PM ET
8 years ago

Steele: Obama wasn't vetted because he's black

Michael Steele said Friday that President Obama 'came out of no where.'

Michael Steele said Friday that President Obama 'came out of no where.'

(CNN) - Days after announcing an "aggressive new approach" in confronting President Obama, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele said Friday that the president hadn't been properly vetted because he is black.

"The problem that we have with this president is we don't know him. He was not vetted, folks. He came out of nowhere," Steele told listeners to Bill Bennett's radio show Friday morning. "....We don't know his political background, we don't know his political philosophy, the ideology that shapes his thinking on policy.

"He was not vetted, because the press fell in love with the black man running for the office. 'Oh gee, wouldn't it be neat to do that? Gee, wouldn't it make all of our liberal guilt just go away? We could continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky be alive and in an America with a black president,'" said Steele. "Okay, that's wonderful - great scenario, nice backdrop. But what does he stand for? What does he believe?

"And that's why I keep going back to the point, the missed opportunity was dissecting and understanding Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright," he added. "It wasn't about Rev. Wright, it was about the philosophy that emerged and the directions that he was given, the lessons he learned at his knee. We never got a chance to understand that. People got lost on what Wright said about America instead of focusing on what Obama understood from what Wright was saying, so that you could understand and track that political philosophy. So we don't know. We just don't know."

Steele - who said last weekend that "like a bad diet, liberalism will kill you" - told GOP leaders this week that the era of Republican "apologizing" was over.


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soundoff (275 Responses)
  1. Brook E. Mantia

    Was he looking in the mirror?

    May 22, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. Chicago Zak

    Keep throwing stuff at the wall. Something has to eventually stick, right?

    May 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Jeff

    Steele is a great comedian. He's always good for a laugh...but I am unsure how he'll help the Republican image....from criminals to bafoons!

    May 22, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. Vivian Morgan

    Steele is a complete idiot and an embarrassment.

    May 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. mike

    Carville was right when he said that he said this guy is a clown. He's is just trying to get attention, and using some of the lowest ways to get it. shame on you MR. Steele!

    May 22, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Nick Masero

    When, exactly, did the era of Republican "apologizing" start?

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. Bob of Lompoc

    Did Boss Limbaugh approve this message ?

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Steve

    Pot, meet kettle

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  9. shakespeare

    "When you're in a hole, stop digging." This guy just went out and rented a back hoe.

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  10. Bea from Texas

    CNN needs to stop posting this garbage........what happened to quality news from CNN?

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Cynthia - Arkansas

    Steele has obviously lost his mind. What grade are these people in? Grow up. You are referring to the President of the United States. You lost the election to the most qualified candidate. GET OVER IT! You are only making yourselves look more ignorant by the day.

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  12. ron

    Unfortunately we know Michael Steel and he's a moron.

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  13. Shasta

    Give it up already.

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  14. Barbara - Atlanta

    What in the hell is wrong with Steele?

    May 22, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  15. DERRICKBENNETT

    where did the gop get this joker we the people take him for a joke just like his own party.

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Bea from Texas

    so is steele saying that the President did not undergo a background check? That is a lie from hell.....

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. rachel

    Steele you are a funny funny man.

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  18. geri

    Mr. Steele does nothing except daily reiterate how stupid and ignorant he is.

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  19. Steve from St. Louis

    If there was ever a bigger moron than Michael Steele, I'm not sure who it could be. He must be a plant by the Democrats. How could anyone (other than Rush Limbaugh and Dick Cheney) help the Democratic party more?

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Vivian Morgan

    Thank God I am not a Republican. At least he is embarrassing them and not us. Where did the Republicans get this Clarence Thomas clone?

    May 22, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. jim - chicago, illinois

    I would love to engage Mr. Steele in a battle of wits, but I make it a habit not to fight anyone who is unarmed.

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. TomJay

    Is this like the pot calling the kettle black? Or is this just the set up for the "Uncle Tom" name calling?

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. Hannah

    Does this man think that that is not racist just because he is black? And just because he did not study the candidates before voting does not mean the rest of us did not. If he did not do his homework before voting that is his problem, but to assume that everyone else did not do their research is just plain ignorance.

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. Krista

    Ok, I think it's official that Michael Steele has completely lost his mind..or at least all of his communication skills. It seems as though there are certain Republicans that are setting the stage for a split w/in the party. Maybe the formation of a 3rd party? Won't that make things interesting (insert sarcastic inflection here)?

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  25. markens from NY

    steel, for me, you are not black. you think you can change my mind to vote for white republicans, so you are wrong. I vote only for white democrats because they are not part of kkk.

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
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