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. Jesse in DC

    I have one word for Michael Steele.....Hater!

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. troy

    pot meet kettle!!

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Shari, NY

    Please god, tell me I am dreaming! Anyway, this is Memorial Day Weekend and I plan to remember the folks who gave their lives for this country while forgetting the three ring circus that is Palin, Steele, Cheney.

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  4. Irene Adler

    Mr. Steele,

    I believe Mr. Obama was vetted by the voters of this country and 69,498,216 of them thought he should be president.

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  5. gmoney

    Wow,brother steele you still don,t get. Ha. your missing the most important part about our president, he was elected by the people for the people, not your selected few ha, ha, ha, wow.....

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Liz in Texas

    Typical Republican projection. Projecting what they are guilty of onto others. Michael Steele is only Chairman of the Republican Party because he is Black. Republicans rushed to vote in the first Black Chairman as an answer to Obama. Just like they did Palin as an answer to Hillary. The Republican Party is nothing but a bunch of reactionary jokers. It would be laughable if it weren't so pathetic.

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. Big Al

    Right on!

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  8. jj

    Uhhh, how does Mr. Steele think he got his job?

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Tee NC

    Oh please can we LET the "RACE ISSUE" go? Yes the media loves Obama but who did the Dems have to choose from...Hillary on no, Biden yeah right....Edwards come on another Bill?

    Obama has a fresh face and voice, Obama could express himself where people would stop and listen.....there is no real dirt on him. So Obama it is.

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  10. Josh

    Just replace "President Obama" with "Michael Steele" and I agree with everything he said.

    May 22, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. a southern progressive

    oh wow.. i know there is a racist comment in there somewhere...

    when will we get off of the page that obama was elected because he is african american. seriously.

    May 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Once You Vote Black

    If there was not Barack Obama there would be no need for a Mike Steele. You should thank you lucky stars they did not vet him Mike becaue you would be out of a job if they did. It is up to Obama's oppositon to make sure that he is vetted so shame on the war hero if he was beaten by someone not vetted. Take some responsablity.

    May 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Will

    "We could continue to ride around in our limousines and feel so lucky be alive and in an America with a black president"

    Seriously, Michael Steele. Seriously?

    May 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. Brent

    Not vetted? Who was the press digging around about regarding Jeremiah Wright, Tony Rezko, Bill Ayers, madrasas, birth certificates, etc. then? Can you say "backfire", Steele?

    May 22, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Steph

    Why does Steele sound a lot like Alan Keyes? Oh, I know...they are both CRAZY!

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Chad

    Kind of like you Michael Steele, right? I mean after he has only written a few top selling books President Obama has, and he has made himself more approachable than most political figures, he wasn't vetted wow, you might be on to something there, what does he have to hide, not to much is left to the imagination after the RNC tried to exploit him every way possible.

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  17. Owen

    Michael Steele quit acting like an Uncle Tom and give President Obama the respect he deserves.

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  18. Tim

    The stupid things Republicans are saying...wow...just stunning. Steele has zero brains.

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  19. ja

    Steele you are not but a fool.Republicans will use you and dump you.
    Please shut your mouth up!!!. I am a Republicans and I did vote for OBAMA and if you are attacking OBAMA our party will never win again.

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  20. Rob R

    is Steele stuck in a time-warp? This was the lame argument used prior to the "thumpin' ".....what a clown this guy is....

    May 22, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  21. olthia johnson

    I think Michael Steele is an idiot. He does not seems to amaze. What is his expertise. He does not make sense when he speaks.

    May 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  22. jj

    I mean if that isn't the pot calling the kettle black, then I don't know what is.

    May 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  23. FInally somebody courageous speaks

    Of course Obama wa snot vetted, Had he been treated the same as any white candidate, he would never had made it past the primary.

    Obama is the first affirmative action president, and you can blame the liberal media for this

    May 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  24. steve

    Michael steele,
    Unfortunately, the republican party are using you (a black man) as a puppet to launch their racist and vile attack on President Obama to give them a cover for not been accused of racism.
    You would be dumped very soon like a used rag. Sorry.

    May 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  25. Eddie Edwards

    "Hello kettle? This is the pot. You're black."

    May 22, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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