June 21st, 2008
11:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Obama: 'They're going to try to make you afraid of me'


Obama: GOP will say ‘And did I mention he’s black?’" Photo credit: CNN.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida (CNN) - Barack Obama told supporters that Republicans will “try to make you afraid of me” in remarks he made Friday at a Florida fundraiser.

"The choice is clear. Most of all we can choose between hope and fear. It is going to be very difficult for Republicans to run on their stewardship of the economy or their outstanding foreign policy.

“We know what kind of campaign they’re going to run,” said the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee. “They’re going to try to make you afraid. They’re going to try to make you afraid of me. ‘He’s young and inexperienced and he’s got a funny name. And did I mention he’s black?’"

In similar comments at a Chicago fundraiser last Thursday, Obama told supporters that Republicans would try to portray both him and his wife Michelle as "scary."

"They’re going to try to make me into a scary guy,” he said last week. “They’re even trying to make Michelle into a scary person. Right?" And so that drumbeat – 'we’re not sure if he’s patriotic or not; we’re not sure if he is too black.'

"I don’t know, before I wasn’t black enough," said Obama. "'Now he might be too black. We don’t know whether he’s going to socialize – well, who knows what.'"

Last week, the Illinois senator’s campaign launched a Web site to directly respond to and discredit Internet rumors about him and his wife that have dogged his presidential effort.

soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Theresa

    Barak, has yet to answer to American public on why he said he's going to be tough on Nafta but said in secret to Canadian diplomats the opposite. Is he for or against American's interest? Is he going to help American's economy or Canadian's?

    June 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  2. Bill Bagwell

    The seal still doesn't tell us WHAT he wants to change !! It's voter's gullability that scares me !!

    Bill Bagwell

    June 20, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    They don't have to make me afraid of you.
    I'm already afraid.........

    pro abortion
    gun grabber
    tax raiser

    June 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  4. Loretta from California

    and we need only look at some of the post here to know that the GOP has been successful in their attempts to make you look scary.


    June 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  5. you people are stupid

    if you voted for hillary vote obama they send the same message and both would have made great presidents as soldier myself its time to come home and its time for a nation of unity and its time for people in the demecratic party to unite behind one man and that is obama

    June 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. john williams san diego, ca.

    Newsweek poll-up 15%...here's a clue, that magazine is Americas version of Pravda.

    June 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  7. Roger

    Obama CHANGE's his mind! Get it!


    That's FLIP-FLOP we can believe!

    June 20, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  8. Jonathan

    Republicans unfortunately do not think for themselves. They take everything Hannity, O rielly, and Rush say as scripture.

    Brainwashing the ingnorant is still #1 on the repubs plan to win. Seriously.

    June 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  9. Shannon

    Do the people who support Obama because of his smile know how he votes on issues....just wondering. I

    June 20, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  10. Danny

    Wow! Now Obama is guilty of having "recklessly divided the Democratic party". That's a new one I haven't heard before. Anyway, there's a lot you can do when it comes to trusting person –eitehr you do or you don't, and it doesn't matter what that person does to make you change your mind. So, if not trusting a person justifies giving the country to someone else whose only promise is to keep fighting "for victory" in Irak and bomb other nearby countries, then that explains why this country is where it is now. That's why Bush was re-elected and that's why the dollar is worth nothing all around the world. VOTE McCAIN AND GET MORE OF THE SAME. As if 8 years weren't enough.

    June 20, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  11. OMG He's a Fool

    You're Right Barry – I am afraid. Afraid that your total lack of experience will run this country further into the ground. Afraid that you are lying out of both sides of your smile. Afraid of a man who took 20 some odd years to realize that his church and pastor were spouting nothing but racial hatred to their congregation. Afraid that you let your children grow up in that environment. And mostly afraid that your sleazy wife will be right at your side. They didn't have to make me afraid of you – your actions and your acquaintances did that for them...

    June 20, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  12. SOGNON


    June 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  13. Jonathan

    Please let this one post. It is not offensive.

    I support Barack Obama mainly because of his views on foreign policy, the economy, and his environmental stance. His bottom up economic message hits home and his sincerity in finding alternative solutions to our energy crisis are at the top of my list.

    His foresight to vote against an illegal war is huge for me as I understand the constitution and the United Nations charter. The numerous violations of this charter have harmed our reputation around the world measurably. His charisma and candor will and is resonating around the globe and his willingness to use diplomacy instead of brazen arrogance is a sure indicator of what kind of character he is. A leader we can be proud of. A leader who made the Harvard law review and taught constitutional law. A leader who will look to advisor's but use his own judgment. A leader with strong morals.

    A leader who will deliver our country to the forefront of the movement to improve the world as a whole while rebuilding our reputation as the shining bastion in the west we once were. A leader with caliber.

    I support Barack Obama because I believe in hope.

    June 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  14. robert

    obama just defaced the American Logo, is anyone going to call him on it? guess not....just like no one called him on using the race card in the primary election....now it looks as though he is up to his dirty tricks again, injecting race into the general election. I don't recall Sen McCain saying anything about his blackness? buy trying to nip this in the bud, so to speak, I'm afraid that obama is the one using the race card....again! I really hope to god that he loses.

    June 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Danny

    I meant to say there's not a lot you can do when it comes to trusting person -either you dó or you don't....

    June 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. arrogant elitist


    It is your lying and pandering and insincerity that cause us to dislike you.

    It makes you the worst kind of hypocrit.

    June 20, 2008 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  17. Democrats Need Another Candidate

    How arrogant. Same playbook he used against Clinton. Make race focus of campaign. If you not for him, then you are a racist.

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  18. rl

    You know it scares me that yet still, a large percentage of our country can be easily guided to vote for anyone regardless of their record, as long as that vote against an African american. I've never voted or approved of someone because of their race,gender, age, sexual preference. Hate, intolerance, ignorance, indifference, are not base in skin color.
    As long as we continue to vote for ignorance we will continue to be well on our way to becoming a third world country seen by the rest of the world as a super power from the past. The age of McCain is irrelevant. The color of Obama is irelevant. Let's learn to not vote for wheat we see, but instead lets focus on the issues that effect us wether you're a rep or dem.

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. sarah

    no sen we are afraid of your ulra leberal left wing political stance, your arrogance and your spineless wimp idea of chatting with terrorists. want some coffee with that chat? we'll call starbucks for ya

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    the pundits already are attacking him for such frivolous things, and have been since he was elected to the senate.

    everyone's moaning about the use of his own symbol transposed onto the POTUS symbol, while a few months ago they were moaning about how he wasn't draping the flag all around him as some other politicians like to do in pandering shows of patriotism and arrogance.

    he's going to be the president, the first black president, he firmly believes it as do a significant number of americans. the ones who don't believe it seem to be the ones who thought hillary could still win the primary in may. even rupert murdoch believes he'll win.
    is he expected to also be modest about this?
    modest people rarely become president.

    if you're looking for salt of the earth folk in your elections, try getting involved in your local ones. you won't find small egos at a national level.

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  21. WH

    Race card = fear and it's definately being played. If you don't vote Obama you are labeled a racist becasue he's black. Forget though he is only black by birth but was raised in an entirely white family. The seal logo is arrogant and indulgent. He better stop that swollen head before it bursts. There is no fear becasue he is black, becasue he is young.........it's becasue he doens't have a clue on how to run this country except to pull out the (Bill)Clinton playbook and ride their coat tails. He has not one idea that is his alone. Except for maybe that seal logo and surely someone should have told him only an idiot would have done that.

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  22. J.Hungerford

    So is Sen. Obama using the race card with his statements today? We did see its ugly face used indirectly against Sen. Clinton. Is he calling McCain a racist? I guess this is the type of dirty politics will see over the summer!

    J. Hungerford

    June 20, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. NO SPIN

    THE RACE CARD AGAIN? Oh, Barry can you think of something new?

    June 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Get used to it!

    Wake up Repulicans and Hillary cry-babies! Barack Obama is our next president. PRAY ABOUT IT! SUCK IT UP! GET USED TO IT! and DEAL WITH IT!!!

    GO OBAMA!!!!!!!!1

    June 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Ricky

    Arrogant? Not like he invaded a country, or changed the laws to allow tortue.... I don't get all you H supporters that say O screwed her over. H is the one who taught O how to be an activist. They are 95% the same. One does a discredit to H's activism by voting for McCain. Can you keep the back door bigotry at home?

    June 20, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
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