For once I agree with Olbermann. Oprah Winfrey may be a lot of things, but to say that her success was due to race is just stupid. The far-Right loves to promote the idea that anyone, regardless of race, color or creed, can achieve the American dream through hard work and dedication, but then bigots like Rush Limbaugh come along and dispute everything they claim to be about.Returning champ Rush Limbaugh clinched last night’s “Worst Persons” trophy on Countdown, but while Limbaugh had received the dubious award many times in the past while only enduring the requisite ridicule, he offended Keith Olbermann so much last night that he prayed to Oprah Winfrey to descend from the heavens and smite “this schmuck” for his comments.
What did Limbaugh say to cause such distress? The short version is that, according to Olbermann, he believes it is easier to succeed in America as a black person than a white person. His actual comment was that “if [President] Obama weren’t black, he’d be a tour guide in Honolulu or he’d be teaching Saul Alinsky Constitutional Law, or lecturing on it in Chicago.” He then attacked Oprah along the same lines; Olbermann fleshed out the argument:“The United States is tilted in favor of black people. We have made it so easy that human beings inferior to the great Rush Limbaugh… inferior creatures like Obama and Oprah Winfrey have been made wealthy and big and famous and so forth… Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama and presumably every other black person in this country has not succeeded despite the fact they are black… they have succeeded because they are black, and only because they are black.”Olbermann then concludes with a plea: “Oprah, please, crush this schmuck.”
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