Monday, December 10, 2007

Hillary ‘blacker than’ Obama? Let’s go down to the barbershop...

Well, I saw Oprah in Iowa on C-SPAN Saturday. Did y’all?

To be quite honest, she didn’t make my skin tingle. Oprah’s stump-style rhythms and inflections were a tad bit forced. And she talked the fuzzy talk of “feelings” and “inspiration.”

Obama himself didn’t rock me either. Like others among you, I think he should’ve kept his powder dry until, like, 2016.

But Sen. Obama has a first-rate campaign operation going full-tilt. And that’s cool to witness. I am impressed by everything I’ve seen on YouTube so far from Team Obama.

Two months ago, they put up this 4½-minute video... shot in a South Carolina barbershop. I don’t think we’ll be seeing Hillary Clinton hustling votes in any black barbershops any time soon. (Frankly, I’d rather not hear her do her “no-ways-tired” routine in any more black churches either.)

And if Barack Obama doesn’t seem 100 percent at ease in a black Southern barbershop, I’ll bet he’s a lot closer to it than Shelby Steele would be.

7 comments:

Ben Hur said...

Come to the Dark Side!

Ben Hur said...

The Lizard Army calls......

Undercover Black Man said...

^ Ummm... oh shit...

Should I be frightened? I frighten easily...

Render said...

lol.

Hang on to yer hat UBM. Welcome to the bigs.

YER
UP,
R

rikyrah said...

I don't know why Obama wouldn't be comfortable in a Black barbershop. He's been going to one, and I mean a REAL one, not one of these modern, unisex, multi-cultural shops...a BLACK barbershop for nearly 20 years.

rikyrah said...

Sorry, I misread. You said Black Southern barbershop...is that different from a Black Northern barbershop?

Undercover Black Man said...

Rikyrah, maybe I'm over-reading it, but I just detected a little try-too-hardism, like when Obama was cracking on that guy's alligator shoes.

I was speaking more of a class discomfort than a racial one. (And still, very minor at that.)