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. Hamburgler

    Does this guy just say anything to get in the news? I think so. Obama was vetted by a country in the lead up to the election. I think Steele needs to be vetted. Someone might have noticed he is a nut job.

    May 22, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. ShaU

    Republican Party = IN ABSOLUTE CHAOS
    Chairman of Replican Party = RACIST
    Republicans = SORE LOSERS

    May 22, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. jaye

    Michael Steele is an idiot – a plain and simple idiot.
    He's making a complete fool of himself and making the entire republican party look like the Nazi Party.

    May 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  4. Skip, a black man

    Attack, attack.......is that all you 8th graders have to do? Put the crack pipe down and go to work.

    May 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    President Obama was in the 24 hour news cycle for a period of about 2 years from the time he announced he would run for President. If that is not sufficient time for public vetting I don't know what is.

    May 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. sene

    Is this guy serious?????

    I mean he has to be joking right??

    I have no further comments for this moron.

    May 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  7. Sheila

    "We don't know his political background, we don't know his political philosophy, the ideology that shapes his thinking on policy." What? Mr. Steele, he actually wrote a book about all of that stuff. It's called "The Audacity of Hope." I read it before the election. Apparently you did not.

    May 22, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  8. Oregon calling

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    CNN wll probably not post:

    Give me a freakin beak!! As if you were vetted?!?!!? What was all of the trash talk then when, NOW PRESIDENT OBAMA, was running for office? Pot meet kettle!

    Sorry to any person of any political party if I have offened you. I support our President!!

    Peace 🙂

    May 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  9. Informed Voter

    When is the RNC going to give this clown his walking papers? He is a disgrace to them, and to the African American community at large.

    May 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  10. Real Change

    This is a little like being called "shorty" by Tom Thumb.

    Mr. Steele sir...you have demonstrated time and time again your utter lack of competence for the position you now hold. You're making a fool of yourself.

    May 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  11. toohip

    A thrill a minute, you can VET, but you ain't seen nothing yet!! Is this man insane (Steele), or is he just continuing his audition for a stand-up comedy act??

    May 22, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. kd

    What in the world is Steele talking about ?!? Obama wasn't vetted?!?!? He ran for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!!! You don't get any more under the microscope than that.

    What a dope this Steele guy is.

    May 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  13. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    ... and who vetted you, Mr. "I open my mouth and prove I'm an idiot" Steele?

    May 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  14. Susan

    but you were Mr Steele..........
    u r being used.

    May 22, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  15. caldy

    Stockholm syndrome – google it

    May 22, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  16. mike

    Yeah, he only wrote two books about who is, where he came from, and what he stands for. Maybe Dick Steele should learn how to read.

    May 22, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. JT

    Completely incompetent and idiotic – and yet – One of the GOP's best.

    RIP GOP.

    May 22, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. J.P.

    How dare someone disagree with our lord and savior Barack Obama!

    Quickly!

    Stone the nonbeliever!!

    May 22, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  19. Bob

    LOL!!! "Steele" is melting!!..............

    May 22, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  20. Verna McKain

    Michael Steele, you are so stupid and you don't even know it. Build a bridge and get over it. you idiot.

    May 22, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. LIBERAL FOR LIFE

    Good one, James. I love it!!

    May 22, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Fnord-a-saurus Rex

    Is this an examlpe of. . . .

    1. Sour grapes
    2. being a hater
    3. being a cry baby
    4. too much time on your hands

    May 22, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Republicans are the American Taliban

    Soon people will start receiving envelopes with white powder in them ....addressed left handed ....with Steele's fingerprints and dna on them ....

    May 22, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. steve

    I can think of one black man that the press wouldn't have automatically fallen in love with, can you Mr. Steele? Talk about being out of one's depth!

    May 22, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Eunice

    Humm,

    Steele sounds like he is writing or making a movie, "Diary of A MAD Black Man" ... you are the most pathetic person I seen in a long time and you don't even classify as Black. Maybe colored but not Black.

    May 22, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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