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. Justin

    Michael Steele is an idiot.

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Bob in VA

    Wow. Mr. Steele has completely gone off the deep end in his pathetic effort to ingratiate himself with the Rush Limbaughs who actually control the Republican Party.

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

    In how many ways does he have to explain his views for you to understand them?

    May 22, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Brian in AZ

    Pow! Pow!

    Talk about going on the offensive!

    I wonder if a similar accusation will come right back. "Steele was only picked as RNC chair because he was the token black man of the week."

    It's interesting because it's the same racial politics we've had for decades, just a slightly different angle.

    May 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Adele

    What exactly do YOU stand for Mr. Steele, except being the black clown of the GOP ?

    May 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. Jeff

    Not quite sure what planet Michael Steele is living on, but he's doing a superb job of destroying the Republican Party from the inside. The more Michael Steele spews, the more vindictive and desperate the Republicans look. As a Democrat, I love watching them implode. As an American, I think Steele's attack is disgraceful, embarrassing and par for the course from a party with nothing important left to say.

    May 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. bj, Texas

    Steele is correct. The media became in love with Obambi only because he was black and the media did everthing to make sure he became president. They wanted and succeeded in warping the minds of the uneducated, namely speaking, the easily conviceable democrats.

    May 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. hallosev

    Mr. Steele - President Obama was "vetted" by the Democratic (and Republican, in some states) primary electorate. He also has written two memoirs that lay out plainly his ideological perspective and what it's based on.

    At the risk of being politically incorrect, Mr. Steele, were you sufficiently "vetted"?

    May 22, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. grammy11

    Hey Steele wake up and smell the coffee, The Americans have spoken.

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Jon

    This was a Republican strategy from the start. They now have a black man in charge, and only a black man can make statements as Steele has and not be charged with being a "racist" in any form. Idiots.

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Steve

    Steele simply stated the truth and he hit the nail right on the head!

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Jeff Fyke

    I think Steele is confusing Obama with himself.

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Steve (the real one)

    We don't need this nonsense, this from a conservative!!!

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Tim

    Okay, this is just too crazy. Shut the hell up Steele. Everytime you open your mouth I hear the toliet flush!!!

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Lisa

    WOW Steele, That's a remarkable assertion! Tell us how you really feel. If you really believe that nonsense, are you angry that you weren't the chosen token black guilt salve? Oh right, if the American public wanted to continue the administration of corruption, lies, building big government (and covering it up in the budget) illegal war crimes etc... they would have voted Republican.

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. libby

    SHUT UP! Michael Steele!

    May 22, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Mr. No Nonsense

    LOL, Michael Steele can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?

    May 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. Malcom

    Absolutely Mr. Steele, absolutely. No on dared say anything truly negative or truly vet/look into the background and philosphies of this man because he is black. Why did Colin Powell vote for him? Because he's black. Why did most black people vote for him? Because he's black. It had nothing to do with policies or positions. It was so everyone could feel good and say they voted for America's first black President. As a black American I find it disgusting and don't trust Obama one bit.

    May 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. ???

    A complete idiot!!

    May 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Michael M, Phoenix AZ

    Did Steele get "vetted" before he became the head of the RNC? Now he's using the "race" card. What an idiot!

    May 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Franky

    Actually, they did in fact vetted him...you just didn't read that book by that doctor from your boy, LOL!!!

    May 22, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Michel H

    This is the exact reason why the republicans are out of power.

    May 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. markens from NY

    I m black but i m not a racist. I don't like white republicans. give me white democrats all the way.

    May 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  24. KJ, CA

    Be quiet already!

    May 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. BIGFREE NORFOLK VA

    america, this is the kind of foolishness that we have to put up with, coming from our so called leadership. fussing and acting like a bunch of jr. high school kids on the the play ground. this is the stuff that makes me feel insecure!

    May 22, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
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