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. jean

    i voted for Hillary, because of her experience. She is the only one i trust to fix our economy. But I will never vote for Obama even if Hillary will run for VP.

    I was going to stay home and won't vote because I was so disappointed of how Democrats treated Hillary. But I won't waste my vote to bring Obama to presidency. Choice between Obama and Mccain: I am for McCain, so I can stop Obama to Presidency. He claims to be a Christian, but he was born a moslem and he has a lot of sympathy for moslems. Open your eyes people... have your forgotten 9/11?

    June 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  2. MLH

    Obama is black? Really?

    Who CARES? I don't care if the man is purple, and he gets that about the American people. That is one of the things that I love about him. He gets that for a majority of Americans his color or ethnicity don't matter. Most of us have family members who are a different shade then we are, and you know what? They aren't scary people. But I have gotten the e-mails that whisper about his name, about his 'secret agenda', blah, blah, blah. It is brilliant and totally in keeping with the man that he faces this stuff head on when he has to AND is able to defuse it with laughter.

    Obama '08

    June 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  3. E. Scarano

    The seal is a show of arrogance. His proposed policies and unexplained solutions are frightening.

    June 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  4. obama=underhanded liar

    What a snake oil salesman you are . You are such a liar but you sure are slick. The only people who can't see through you are the fools who believe you and hang on to every word. You've got the makings of a fine dictator but the fools can't see it.....they don't believe it. Lucky you.

    June 20, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. Monica for Obama in Indiana

    I like the logo!

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |

    I have never been more scared of anyone in my entire life than how scared i am of John McCain.

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  7. DJ, LA, CA

    Oh really? Why do then GOP supporters issue racist buttons, post bigot, hate-filled comments here, or try to claim Michelle said the W word in a so called audio type.

    The only people that are arrogant fools are the lunatic right wing fringe of the GOP that has hjacked the party. It's obvious all you have to do is read the comments posted by all the Operation Chaos nutjobs that post here.

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  8. April S

    Nothing the "republican machine" says can make me fear Barack Obama. I fear John McCain, the republican party, and their supporters when it comes to my future, my children's future, and our countries future at the present time. I will speak to everyone I know and try to educate them to ensure they don't support John McCain in November 2008, I warn them of the big mistake they would be making.

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  9. Rachel

    Way to let them know Obama! Fear is the reason we are in Iraq RIGHT NOW and our economy is going down the drain. Pay attention to what got us here, and let's figure out a new strategy to get us out of where we are and make us the most powerful nation we once were.

    The presidential seal was GREAT!! The bald eagle is our nations symbol what a better way to show who has the potential to be a great leader.

    Obama '08

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  10. Generation X

    Operation Chaos = PUMA (Poor uneducated miserable adults)


    Brian TN = President
    Charlotte = VP
    Belle = nothing
    Hillary or McCain = stupid
    fred = very stupid



    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  11. Thelma Heywood

    As a matter of fact, I don't think Republicans can complain about Obama's seal. After all, since the flag-waving, flag-wearing, Republicans have stolen my flag, putting it on paper plates, cups, picnic tablecloths, etc. (a violation of Section 41 of the U.S. Statute that says you shall not make money from the U.S. flag, nor should you wear it...). I tell the violating Republicans, I love Old Glory, but I wear the red, white, and blue in my heart, not on my sleeve. Also I advise them that when they wear it and buy their flag paper items, it will inevitably wind up in the garbage. It hurts me to think of how many times I have seen the flag in the streets after the Fourth and how many times I've seen people using its remnants for cleaning purposes or to make a purse. You are supposed to follow specific flag rules and upon its demise, you should either burn or bury our flag.

    I know what I am talking about. I was born in D.C. as was my daughter. I come from a Federal family. My mother worked as a teacher for DoDDS, my father was a Federal attorney, and I worked for an agency head and detailed at one time for The White House.

    June 20, 2008 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  12. TREP

    I wish that the HRC crowd (Brian from Knoxville and others) would come up with something new. The same old routine is tiring. Obama did not play the race card in SC. It was Clyburn (a long time Bill Clinton supporter) who spoke about the Clintons playing the race card. I am sorry your candidate lost. MIne did too (Edwards and Richardson).
    If all you HRC people want vote for McCain, fine. It makes no sense, but it is your right to do so. He stands for almost nothing that your candidate stood for. Obama does not have as much experience as McCain (or HRC), but there is very little that can prepare anyone for POTUS. HRC has an idea from being First Lady, but McCain has zero. Obama is clearly brignt and a quick study. I trust him to put smart people around him, who will give him good advice. That is what presidents do. I am more comfortable with the pool of people that Obama would pick from than the pool that McCain would pick from.

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. Concerned Independent

    McCain is not intelligent enough to be President of the US. He can't use a computer and he can't read a teleprompter. Are you serious John McCain?! Drop out, the country is moving forward.

    A vote for McCain is a vote to send America to hell.

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. erica

    ...race-baiting, race-bating, race-baiting...

    Oh, wait!

    He's black!

    He can't race-bait.

    Silly white me.

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  15. jean

    a lot of soldiers died for the flag. Vote for Obama to be the Commander in Chief? Noooooooo!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  16. Unity for all

    Obama is no fool, he is not arrogant, he is a decent man he has good judgment and 20 years of good political experience.

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  17. carol

    don't be fooled by republicans, jst think for yourself.

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  18. Kansas for Obama

    They can try but they will never succeed. Obama has won everyone over, including myself-a former Republican voter- on his own merit.
    I did not get to respond to the seal, but I love it. Where can I get a political button like it?

    June 20, 2008 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  19. michael

    What i'm afraid of is a President that won't listen to his advisors. Obama already said he doesn't care what the comanders on the ground say he is going to start pulling troops out even if it puts the rest of the troops in moer danger. I do like how he is already playing the race card in the General election though. Obama does remind me of another leader from history though but his name was Hitler. Gave great speaches about changing what was going on in Germany while he rose to power. Even played the race card like obama is doing now.

    June 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  20. obama for life

    Obama is the right person for this country. Lets us do not set and lets McChain fool us. McChain need to retire and go to vagas and rest

    June 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  21. No substance comments

    Some of these comments in here have no substance especially the one by Buckeye 12 and Anonymous. The logo a candidate has will keep you from voting for him or her because it looks similiar to another one? Come on, who you trying to fool!! Stop hiding behind the democrats and reveal the true republican in you.

    June 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  22. mk

    What if John McCain went around claiming Sen. Obama is going to somehome scare everyone into believing they should be afraid of him because he adopted a child of a different race? Come on. How is he getting away with this sort of political deception?

    June 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  23. Jenna

    Barak and his values and character make me afraid. I didnt vote for him the first time becuase of this and I wont vote for him in the General Election either.

    June 20, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  24. Agnes

    EXPERIENCE: George Bush

    Where is this country? McCain will give us the same thing.

    VOTE: McBush

    GAS: $10.00 a gallon.

    A FAILED ECONOMY: Priceless

    June 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  25. Sandy

    Is it November yet? I think both candidates need a summer vacation!

    June 20, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
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