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Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican, said Monday that President Obama favors black Americans over whites -- and showed it when he sided with an African American Harvard professor after a confrontation last year with a white police officer.

"The president has demonstrated that he has a default mechanism in him that breaks down . . . on the side that favors the black person," King said in a discussion on G. Gordon Liddy's syndicated radio program. The remark -- coming from a four-term lawmaker known for highly charged comments -- prompted fellow Republican Cory Gardner of Colorado to cancel a $100-a-plate fundraising event for his House campaign, at which King was to headline, the Associated Press reported.
Rep. Steve King, Iowa Republican
Last year, Obama initially said he thought police in Cambridge, Mass., were in the wrong when they arrested Professor Henry Louis Gates after thinking he was breaking into a house -- his own home, it turned out. Obama backed off and invited Gates and the police officer, James Crowley, to the White House for a beer and conversation about the misunderstanding.

On the Liddy show, King also criticized Eric Holder, the first black attorney general, for a speech he made shortly after taking office last year. Holder had said that "in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards." King said it "looks like Eric Holder said that white people in America are cowards, when it comes to race."

He told Liddy he was "offended by Eric Holder and the president too, their posture." The congressman from western Iowa made similar remarks about the nation's first black president last month, the AP said. He also stirred controversy with his opinions on immigration and the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

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cjjanis2:02 PM Jun 15, 2010
He defended an friend over a cop who made a bad choice. The police officer had a choice, he could of ignored the angry home owner or waste everyones time.
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The officer didn't know who he was. He should ignore a report of a possible home break in?...

June 15 2010 at 8:41 PM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
atsheppard

Rep. King VS Dr. King
Rep. Steve King stands in stark contrast to Dr. Martin Luther King. Steve KIng believes that every Caucasion not only has the, "right," to be racist but they also have the right to inflict their beliefs on anyone they choose. He doesn't seem to understand that even though we have rights to free speech, we don't have the right to scream, "Fire!" in a crowded theater. He accuses the president of "race favoritism" yet forgets or chooses to forget that in this country the only people who have profited by a "Race Favoritism System" are people of Caucasion ethnicity and of pale color. Except for white males, everyone else has had to struggle mightily to achieve their rights. I wonder if Mr. King would hold the same views if he (all his life) was considered a second class citizen and kicked out of ethnic restaurants or movie theaters simply because he was white. Dr. King, on the other hand believed that all people are created equal and he dedicated and sacrificed his life championing this cause. I met Dr. King when I was a teenager in a chance one on one meeting while I was demonstrating and picketing for the right to work in a Supermarket that heretofore only hired white teenagers. I'll never forget the words that Dr. King said to me and I speak of this meeting in my book, "Talking Penny."
Shame, Mr. King, shame.

June 15 2010 at 5:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

President of any color or gender and race is a President for all people. Obama is walking that fine line of how and who does he identify with. I think America should cut him some slack being the first black President. However, his job performance is a whole diffrent matter. He is incompetent, arrogant and stubborn. He maybe whole lot worse tha Jimmy Carter when he is done.

June 15 2010 at 4:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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ernestvalerius

Started off reasoned and rational and worked in partisan talking points; plansmaker could could get a gig with Fox News.

June 15 2010 at 6:57 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
plansmaker

I believe President is doing all he can but his best efforts to contain BP oil spills an't good enough. How many million gallons of crude spills into ocean before damage could be contained? How many millions of unemployed Americans can find comfort of employment before its too late? I don't dispute Obama's sincerety to fix the major problems of our nation but his best efforts just not working and time is runing out for him and all of us.

June 16 2010 at 10:16 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Grand Master

Bush was blamed on all things bad concerning Katrina from blowing up the dike to not wading into N.O. quick enough. Those of us who endured the endless blame game that was shrugged off on him are just returning the favor and so when Obumbles doesn't run down to LA quick enough or doesn't act like the position he was chosen to act, or claims America is a Muslim nation, we are there, waiting on the dude to stump his toe.
I mean, it's not like he even acts like he is part of this country, always giving the ol crotch salute when the troops pass in review or the National Anthem is being played.
WE ARE WATCHING! And believe me, we do have something to say about it
S

June 15 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse +10 rate up rate down Reply
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jolynns9

Good point. We just go back and forth. I don't like your team, or quarterback, you don't like mine. Kind of unproductive isn't it? But it's hard to shake because we are so used to it.

June 15 2010 at 4:54 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
flkewlkid00

if ever i hear a positive word or sentence being uttered by a republican i will the agree with boehner,we are approaching armageddon.these extremists are sure great role models to children everywhere.........if you dont get your way or you lose just condemn,criticize,and ridicule.it is high time we all step up to the plate and help this president to get us back to being americans and not some partisan gang member!

June 15 2010 at 3:44 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
Jorli

And white President don't represent white citizens? It is time the idito rightwingers stop with the racism. They are such rabid racists, that they are trying to make it look like Obama is a racist, by saying these idiotic remarks. How many black peope has Rep.King invited to dinner in his home? How many black people has Rep.King vacationed with? The problem with King's lie is this..it is more than likely a white President does more for whites than he ever would for blacks, latinos and people who are not white. It is time America stopped with the names, labels and lies, and save this country from the racist Republicans who side with big corporations to enslave all of us. Don't fall for the lies and propaganda..the republicans are not to be trusted.

June 15 2010 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -13 rate up rate down Reply
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ettu

Obama was wrong, the police were right. Obama did a knee jerk, and ended up in a bad light, in the middle of a brouhaha of his own making. The police did exactly what they were supposed to do, and if the pompous Mr Gates had not charged out of his house yelling at the police, he would not have been arrested. Old news, and truly not an issue you want to bring up in defense of the POTUS. It can't come out good for your guy.

June 15 2010 at 3:49 PM Report abuse +16 rate up rate down Reply
rastalif

carlton and others..you guys are so full of it

carlton if the police came to your house and accuse you of breaking in..you showed all your ids and the police still push the issue that you broke in...wouldn't you get mad...

all you white people on here..you do not know how it feels to be black or spanish..try living in my skin for a month..

June 15 2010 at 3:31 PM Report abuse -8 rate up rate down Reply
Bagcap

The police were wrong how do you get arrested for breaking into your own home? It was stupid.

June 15 2010 at 3:19 PM Report abuse -16 rate up rate down Reply
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carlton

No, they weren't. Gates REFUSED to co-operate when asked to present his identification. HE created the controversy by behaving like an idiot when all he had to do was show I.D. verifying his address. Gates imagines racism behind every corner and Obama chose his side strictly based upon his(Obama's) racial preference.

June 15 2010 at 3:35 PM Report abuse +14 rate up rate down Reply
Richard

I have to agree with Carlton --- this sounded very much like a pompuous college professor trying to pull rank (written by a not so pompous one!)

June 15 2010 at 4:00 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
truthforfreedom

You have to listen to the entire interview, before making an opinion on this. After I listened, it wasn't racist in the least. Rep. King goes into detail about his view and explains it very precisely and succinctly. No misunderstandings in what he's saying.

This article is only a small sampling from the interview with Liddy.

I think, planarguy1 said it very well too.

June 15 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse +12 rate up rate down Reply
glers

Do Republicans ever have anything to say? I never hear 1 republican speak of the great job they have done! all they do is finger point

June 15 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse -20 rate up rate down Reply
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jpjgamas

Rebublicans like Abraham Lincoln, General Eisenhower or Ronald Reagan? Republicans don't have to flaunt their achievements, they let their achievements speak! Dems are the ones that flaunt their underachieving like Jimmy Carter or the skirt chasers all the Kennedy's and Clinton.

June 15 2010 at 4:23 PM Report abuse +13 rate up rate down Reply

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