Rick Santorum: Obama Doesn’t Have a ‘Love of This Country’

June 27, 2010

(ChattahBox)—Former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum has practically taken up residence in Iowa of late, as he has been openly campaigning for a 2012 presidential run. And in an interview, before appearing as a speaker at Iowa’s Republican convention on Saturday, the right-wing homophobe and intelligent design advocate previewed a new line of attack against President Obama, providing a peek into the conservative narrative for 2012. Because of Obama’s early upbringing in Hawaii and Indonesia, he “doesn’t identify with the average American,” said Santorum. Playing on the racist fear-mongering used by tea party members and the birther fringe, Santorum is advancing the meme that Obama, our first black president is the “other” and not one of us white folks.

During an interview with the Iowa Republican, Santorum repeated the right-wing’s knock on Obama, that he appears unengaged and not emotionally attached, during times of crisis. And why is that? Because he was raised in Hawaii and spent time as a child in Indonesia. Obama is not a real American, opines Santorum. Apparently conservatives didn’t get the memo about Hawaii being part of the United States:

“Obama is detached form the American experience. He just doesn’t identify with the average American because of his own background. Indonesia and Hawaii. His view is from the viewpoint of academics and the halls of the Ivy league schools that he went to and it’s not a love of this country and an understanding of the basic values and wants and desires of it’s (sic) people. And as a result of that, he doesn’t connect with people at that level,” said Santorum.

Santorum isn’t bright enough to come up with all of that nuanced race-baiting nonsense on his own. He was channeling a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed casting Obama as an “alien.”

And Santorum even recommended his supporters read the xenophobic hysterical piece written by Dorothy Rabinowitz, the right-wing doyenne of the paper, entitled “The Alien in the White House.”

Here is a little taste of Rabinowitz’s Obama the alien rant:

“A great part of America now understands that this president’s sense of identification lies elsewhere, and is in profound ways unlike theirs. He is hard put to sound convincingly like the leader of the nation, because he is, at heart and by instinct, the voice mainly of his ideological class. He is the alien in the White House, a matter having nothing to do with delusions about his birthplace cherished by the demented fringe.”

So, if you’re keeping count, Obama has now been attacked as a Socialist, Nazi, Marxist, Facist, Communist, Maoist, and alien. Underlying it all is pure unadulterated racism.

H/T Right Wing Watch


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