Obama Defends Joe Biden ‘Chains’ Remarks

by Noah Glyn

Obama, in an interview with Entertainment Tonight said:

You know, the truth is that what Joe Biden was talking about, again, is an example of a substantive argument, a substantive issue that the American people should be concerned about. His phrasing is a distraction from what is at stake. [ . . . ]

We don’t spend a lot of time worrying about the chatter and the noise and this and that,” the president says. “I’m making conversations with [people on the campaign trail] and, as you’ve seen, the country isn’t as divided with gaffes or some stray remark as Washington is. Most folks know that’s just sort of a WWF wrestling part of politics. It doesn’t mean anything, just fills up a lot of airtime. [Emphasis mine.]

On the homepage, former Obama supporter Artur Davis explains the true significance of Biden’s comments: “Every African American in the room knew full well whom ‘y’all’ referred to, and what chains meant — it’s one of the clearest codes in racial politics in the black community and has been for a while. At worst, the word ‘chains’ signifies a retreat to a society where a person’s skin color amounted to a prison. At the least, the word bluntly and outrageously equates ordinary conservatism with racial viciousness.”

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