You don’t want to seem like a racist, do you? You’re in luck then, because Salon’s Joan Walsh, author of “What’s the Matter with White People,” has published a handy guide for racist right-wingers who want to hide their true nature. You’re welcome to read the whole thing, but in short, your best bet is to not criticize the first family, especially about their spending habits. Walsh writes:

The theme of most right-wing stories on Sasha, Malia and Michelle Obama’s vacations and leisure-time activities seems to be that they’re entitled princesses, when they do exactly the same kinds of things other presidents’ families have done throughout history. There’s only one difference I can see.

Hmm … what possible difference could that be? The lavish vacations taken with the nation’s $16 trillion debt looming in the background? The nation’s recent dive over the fiscal cliff? Sequestration cuts that threaten school tours and military scholarships? Nah, just kidding.

Walsh also calls out right-wing journalists for not following the unwritten rule of first family coverage: “Reporters don’t write about minor first children except when they’re attending ‘official or semi-official events.'”

The inclusion of “minor” is important, because it frees Walsh from the need to defend her 2001 piece about the Bush daughters’ “partying.” “There’s no evidence either twin has a drinking problem,” Walsh wrote in a piece curiously headlined, “The first family’s alcohol troubles.” Mediaite helpfully pointed out the contradiction.

  • Brown Bear Mike

    How not to seem racist, for left-wingers: Stop being Whiny, Annoying, Lying, Smug and Hypocritical.

    • beebop1952

      Don’t forget patronizing and condescending — implying tha you can’t take care of yourelf and make intelligent decisions.

  • VerminMcCann

    Sorry slag, I don’t need to “seem” anything.

  • Love of Country

    My apologies for the double post … the first one was struck down for moderation so I re-posted. And then it never fails …. sometime later …. perhaps several hours go by … and then the original post pops up again even though it has long since been replaced.

    Again, my apologies. May I entertain you with a link?
    http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_mazgi2AtkR1rrqglzo1_500.gif

  • Clayton Grant

    RBPundit nailed it – “How is it not racist to treat, as you do, black kids differently than white kids?”

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      I loved the #Pastywhite hashtag.

  • Love of Country

    Joan’s best friend in the world is also the biggest racist in the world, IMHO, Chris Matthews.

    Her favorite network is the most racistly driven network in the history of the world, MSNBC.

    Her favorite and current Party affiliation, the DNC, is the Party of slavery_Jim Crow, the K K K, segregation and premeditated welfare addiction and all of its ensuing vices and dysfunction and poverty.

    Now Joan actually wants to preach to us about how not to sound racist to over-the-top racist stooges like Chris Matthews. How dumb and disingenuous is she, I wonder. Because according to Chris Matthews ….. if you simply utter benign words like golf or Chicago, and you’re a Republican, then you’re also a racist piece of garbage … according to him.

    Hmmmmn ….. So I do detect a good deal of irony here, Joan …. you willfully racist and hypocritical, finger-pointing, projecting buffoon.

  • TDWilson

    I am so tired of being lectured to by know it all left-wingers.

    • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

      well, you have to remember, they are the ones who have always lectured others about forcing their beliefs on people

    • b_truit
      • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

        TOTALLY NAILED IT! Alfonzo is the man.

      • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

        TOTALLY NAILED IT! Alfonzo is the man.

      • Paladin

        Love the ZO!

      • Paladin

        Love the ZO!

    • b_truit
    • digitalPimple

      No worries. ‘Salon’ is completely bankrupt now and is set to shut down soon. She’s just looking for attention and a new gig.

  • http://twitter.com/Newbet Newbets

    Wondering if Joan Walsh can tell me what to say to my friends/family (black & white) who voted for Obama and are now so so sad and embarrassed. Any suggestions?

    • nc

      Joan Walsh is sad and embarrassing.

    • Michael Rice

      It’s just the conservative media, teh vast right wing conspiracy, has made them think Obama is doing a bad job. He is really the best President ever. ask him, he’ll tell you.

    • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

      @joanwalsh If they voted for Obama, and now regret it, they are racists, according to Walsh.

  • http://www.freedomreconnection.com CO2 Producer

    Criticism of Obama is racist? We can cross yesterday off the calendar.

    • Scott Anderson

      Criticizing anything a leftist does is off limits.

  • http://www.facebook.com/richard.jefferies.96 Richard Jefferies

    Oh, treat the Presidents daughters with respect you say. I wonder if you were incensed at Larry Flynt offering one million dollars for a naked picture of Barbra (daughter of George W Bush). In fact I think it was someone at Salon playing the free speech card back then.

  • traffic_robot

    I get, if the numbers don’t add up and you question it, you might be a racist.

  • http://www.facebook.com/138900508 Patrick Dennehy

    Isn’t trying not to be racist, racist in and of itself?? o.0

  • Scott Anderson

    If I criticize an action, and you hear racism, it isn’t me who’s racist.

  • Miss Clairee

    How not to seem like a horrifying, vile, butt-rash-ugly, left-wing liberal dipstick who probably only gets laid once every quarter century (with the lights off, of course) – Don’t Be Joan Walsh!

  • CR

    I can think of 16 trillion reasons why I hate Obama. Not one of them relates to him being black.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    Try treating the president’s daughters with respect

    ——————————

    unless, their last names are bush.

    i don’t recall the obama daughters being singled out for any criticism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brett.mcmicken Brett McMicken

    how now, white cow?

  • Squirrel!

    The only racism I ever see or hear is from these liberal folks, and they’re the only ones who ever bring it up! Project much?

  • http://twitter.com/terseobserver DL

    Joan’s suggestion of racism was quite a stretch. Still, her criticism of Boyle’s piece on the daughters vacation was legit. Direct criticism of Obama abounds.

    • beebop1952

      Maybe the graphics of closing the White House during spring break while sending your own children to a luxury resort is simply lost on those on the left? My nieces are in DC this coming week and will be spending the whitehouse tour hours else where. Maybe S and M should have stayed home and volunteered tours? What would have shut down the discussion faster?

      • http://twitter.com/terseobserver DL

        Maybe it is lost. For us on the right, that’s no excuse for lost focus. As carla5731 notes, Obama could lead by example. That however does little to improve America’s economic status. In other words, he might have led by example, but the situation in this country would be the same–thus, meaningless fruit. My criticism is about internal focus and unity, not coulds, shoulds and woulds that change little.

        • beebop1952

          I read your comment three times and it sounds like more 0bamapology to me. A leader LEADS.

          • SpinMeNot

            And leadership starts with two words, “Follow Me.”

          • beebop1952

            A president who leads understands that he is the president of ALL AMERICANS and tries to demonstrate why those who did not vote for him should trust him. Something BH0 does not do.

      • http://twitter.com/terseobserver DL

        Maybe it is lost. For us on the right, that’s no excuse for lost focus. As carla5731 notes, Obama could lead by example. That however does little to improve America’s economic status. In other words, he might have led by example, but the situation in this country would be the same–thus, meaningless fruit. My criticism is about internal focus and unity, not coulds, shoulds and woulds that change little.

    • carla5731

      It goes back to the election where at every campaign stop Obama demanded “economic patriotism” from others. He has no problem telling us that it is our duty to hand over more of our income; but when he could lead by example and reduce the First Family’s personal spending…he still thinks we should just pay more taxes and endure the havoc wrought by the sequester.

    • SpinMeNot

      “Hello, this is OnStar, we’ve received a notification from your vehicle that you’ve been involved in an accident and have suffered a head injury. Please remain calm until the paramedics get there. Do not attempt to move your vehicle, do not attempt to get out of your vehicle unless there are indications of a fire. We have dispatched help and they will arrive shortly.”

      If BHO is going to tell us to sacrifice and pay our fair share, he and his horrible offspring and wookie wife need to discover the staycation.

  • $45065723

    So I understand her point regarding the media treating the president’s minor daughters with kid gloves, as they are kids after all, but I don’t happen to see the connection to racism. Can one of you enlightened folks help me out?

    • TocksNedlog

      They are of a minority race, and therefore are off-limits for criticism.
      [Mind you, Walsh does not actually believe this; it’s just a convenient way to avoid accountability by demonizing any person that dares critique ‘her guy’ or his family.]

      • SpinMeNot

        I’m sorry, but by all accounts, based on the last election, 51.8% of the voting population are blithering idiots, and he’s their leader … that is a majority.

        What? Hang on, my Grand-daughter wants to tell me something …

        Oh yes, I see … My grand-daughter thinks you are referring to their African ancestry.

        NVM, sorry.

    • wwbdinct

      Smug and condescening lefty troll. I will make it a point to make sure everyone knows that when you post here.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    The Bush twins turned 20 the year their father took office. They weren’t minors and in fact never lived at the White House as they’d been in college for a couple of years by then. As cruel as the right-wing press was to Chelsea Clinton and Amy Carter, they never endangered their lives by publishing their whereabouts when they were away from their parents. I’m with Walsh, can’t see any difference here except one.

    • TocksNedlog

      There’s definitely no difference here ^^^

    • beebop1952

      Oh, right, because like, we like, say so. Sorry …. you guys opened the Pandora’s box and now the fact that it comes back atcha must really suck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      What is this ‘right wing press’ of which you speak?

      Besides, I thought you lib dems were supposed to be ‘tough.’ You all cry like little b*tches when someone points out your hypocrisy and double standards. Quit being such a little wuss and man up.

      • disqus_e2F2oUH6C7

        Well said.

    • wwbdinct

      There was no “right wing press” when Amy Carter was in the White House with her father. In fact, the only people who were “cruel” to her were the writers and original cast of Saturday Night Live. That goes for Chelsea Clinton as well until Shrillary put the hammer down on the press. Don’t let facts get in the way of your hate though. #Libtard

    • SpinMeNot

      Sorry, but with all the references BHO makes to “his girls” and “his daughters” and the opportunities that they didn’t have because of their race, they are fair game.

      He wants use them to score political points, they are fair game.

      Until the progressives respect the life of unborn children, the children of a progressive are fair game.

      Get over it.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    Matthew Boyle will just be lucky if Sen. Menendez doesn’t sue him into oblivion.

    • Angie

      Yeah, your grasp of libel law for public figures is about as good as your grasp on racism.

      • JoeMyGodNYC

        I think paying prostitutes to claim they’d serviced Menendez exceeds the regular limits of libel regarding public figures.

        • Angie

          Stop thinking — you’re not good at it.

        • GoSellCrazySomeplaceElse

          I can see you’re inflicted with mental libness. You know there are also prostitutes in the states that have been ‘Menendez’d’. I don’t think he’s got a third leg to stand on…er, libel-wise.

        • Garth Haycock

          Well, you’re wrong. As Angie noted, you lack knowledge of tort law.

        • Garth Haycock

          Well, you’re wrong. As Angie noted, you lack knowledge of tort law.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      Wrong thread, buddy.

  • TocksNedlog

    Yeah but, but, the Bush daughters are WHITE!

    #MakesAllTheDifference

  • TocksNedlog

    Did nobody here receive the Matthews memo?
    She is a perfect wife, and they are perfect daughters.
    Rather than punish them with a baby, we must reward them with some killah taxpayer bling!

  • QBallBrazil

    Walsh, Joan (December 2, 1990) [ “Asian Women, Caucasian Men.”] “San Francisco Chronicle.”

    Stereotyping since 1990.

  • DrSamHerman

    The criticism about the presidential family vacations is the stupidest thing Joan could whine about, because she is one who constantly pushes the mantra about “optics” and how supposedly tuned in Obama is to the country. How does it look to Americans who are struggling to pay their utility bills that the Veep spent half a million on hotel bills alone (why couldn’t he stay at the US embassy?) and when Michelle can’t be bothered to take the same plane as Barry and it costs hundreds of thousands to fly her separately with her own entourage? Hint: it doesn’t look good.

  • beebop1952

    Yawn. Another leftists hack trying to define your freedoms. Imagine that ….

  • stellatruman

    She’s another one I have never heard of, except here on Twitchy.

  • rennyangel2

    Joan Walsh looks white to me: automatic racist–just ask any white coll. prof./prog.

  • TonyMitch

    Would any lefty lib have the guts to write a piece labelled “what’s the matter with black people?”

  • JR48

    The problem with the vacations is not because of the first family’s ethnic background, it’s because we’re 17 trillion in debt and the Obama Administration are doing things like closing the White House to the spring break tours of public school kids to make political points about the sequester, and meanwhile, they’re spending millions of tax dollars jetting off to wherever. THAT is the issue.

    What does that have to do with ethnicity? If our economy was booming, some folks might still grumble about the number of vacations but they wouldn’t be taking as much heat.

    This subject doesn’t exist in a vacuum. You cannot take the economy out of the equation. They’ve raised our taxes, increased government spending exponentially, are cutting services and want to raise taxes MORE, but yet for some reason, THEY aren’t cutting back on their taxpayer sponsored spending on themselves.

    As to privlege, it absolutely is happening. A pair of kids jump onto a private jet…while others are standing and facing a locked door to government buildings. And they’re doing it every month. Sorry, there are no other children in this country doing this. I can’t think of a single president and his family that have done this many big vacations during their tenure in my lifetime.

    It would be different if ‘Dad’ was merely taking the family with him to travel when he was going around the world doing his job. (Like the Clintons taking Chelsea with them to Vietnam.) There is a huge difference between taking them to Israel when he’s there on official business versus them jetting off to Aspen or the Carribean.

    It’s the economy, stupid. It matters. We’re paying for all of it. We don’t want to pay for any of it, but a certain amount makes sense. Beyond that, it’s about just taking advantage of the situation.

    Btw, I don’t blame the kids at all. Children are at the mercy of their parents. It’s the judgement of the Obamas as a pair of parents that I question.

    • JR48

      I would also add, as a public school parent of kids who’ve been known to raise money to go places as part of a school trip, I would be LIVID if this happened to mine.

      I also put myself in the shoes of our President and think that it’s the height of sheer nasty to shut the doors in the face of school kids. If the sequester cuts at the White House were real and not political maneuvering, I could see myself looking at my spouse and saying “we’re not going to let this happen’.

      And then it wouldn’t. Even if that meant I was turning down the heat at the White House and wearing a sweater, ala Jimmy Carter and I’m not joking one whit. There is no way as a mother that I could look at the faces of those little people and say ‘you can’t come to the White House’. It’s a special sort of mean that I never would have guessed that Obama was capable of.

      Nasty political fights between adults are something that I don’t like, but at least there is a level playing field. Putting school children in the middle of it is unconscionable.

      • Sons Thunder

        Agree completely! It was unconscionable of Matthew Boyle and Breitbart.com to put to grade school girls in the middle of a political fight among adults.

        • JR48

          Notice how you don’t mention the public school kids that spent a year raising money for a field trip to DC, only to be turned away at the White House.

          Yeah, they don’t count. You just proved my point.

          I wouldn’t do it to ANY child.

          • Sons Thunder

            You are such a clear phony! You said Obama’s actions were unconscionable because it involved children in politics beyond their control. I pointed out that’s exactly what Boyle was doing at Breitbart.com

            Instead of acknowledging that Boyle’s actions were unconscionable, you introduce some garbage about me hating on PS kids.

          • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

            Boo-hoo.

        • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

          Grow up, sissy boy.

      • Sons Thunder

        Agree completely! It was unconscionable of Matthew Boyle and Breitbart.com to put to grade school girls in the middle of a political fight among adults.

      • Grumpa Grumpus

        You never would have guessed Prez!Dingleberry capable of?

        It is a hallmark of his dealings! From authoring and cheering-on a bill to allow the abandonment of newborn abortion survivors to his vindictiveness, his prior proclaim the pus-filled canker of a personality that is this husband-wife team.

        How could anyone miss it? I still don’t understand.

        • SpinMeNot

          *Puts his fingers in his ears, and sings la-la-la-la as he waits for the Morlocks to put out the evening meal*

          Well, that’s how I think they do it …

          Just sayin’ …

    • JR48

      I would also add, as a public school parent of kids who’ve been known to raise money to go places as part of a school trip, I would be LIVID if this happened to mine.

      I also put myself in the shoes of our President and think that it’s the height of sheer nasty to shut the doors in the face of school kids. If the sequester cuts at the White House were real and not political maneuvering, I could see myself looking at my spouse and saying “we’re not going to let this happen’.

      And then it wouldn’t. Even if that meant I was turning down the heat at the White House and wearing a sweater, ala Jimmy Carter and I’m not joking one whit. There is no way as a mother that I could look at the faces of those little people and say ‘you can’t come to the White House’. It’s a special sort of mean that I never would have guessed that Obama was capable of.

      Nasty political fights between adults are something that I don’t like, but at least there is a level playing field. Putting school children in the middle of it is unconscionable.

  • JR48

    The problem with the vacations is not because of the first family’s ethnic background, it’s because we’re 17 trillion in debt and the Obama Administration are doing things like closing the White House to the spring break tours of public school kids to make political points about the sequester, and meanwhile, they’re spending millions of tax dollars jetting off to wherever. THAT is the issue.

    What does that have to do with ethnicity? If our economy was booming, some folks might still grumble about the number of vacations but they wouldn’t be taking as much heat.

    This subject doesn’t exist in a vacuum. You cannot take the economy out of the equation. They’ve raised our taxes, increased government spending exponentially, are cutting services and want to raise taxes MORE, but yet for some reason, THEY aren’t cutting back on their taxpayer sponsored spending on themselves.

    As to privlege, it absolutely is happening. A pair of kids jump onto a private jet…while others are standing and facing a locked door to government buildings. And they’re doing it every month. Sorry, there are no other children in this country doing this. I can’t think of a single president and his family that have done this many big vacations during their tenure in my lifetime.

    It would be different if ‘Dad’ was merely taking the family with him to travel when he was going around the world doing his job. (Like the Clintons taking Chelsea with them to Vietnam.) There is a huge difference between taking them to Israel when he’s there on official business versus them jetting off to Aspen or the Carribean.

    It’s the economy, stupid. It matters. We’re paying for all of it. We don’t want to pay for any of it, but a certain amount makes sense. Beyond that, it’s about just taking advantage of the situation.

    Btw, I don’t blame the kids at all. Children are at the mercy of their parents. It’s the judgement of the Obamas as a pair of parents that I question.

  • peteee363

    until i become a democrat, and lose my mind i will be called a racist. i am fine with that, i am not going to fall for the racists in the democrat party.

  • peteee363

    until i become a democrat, and lose my mind i will be called a racist. i am fine with that, i am not going to fall for the racists in the democrat party.

  • $46661540

    Can someone tell me why Twitchy didn’t report Obama’s daughters vacation? This is the perfect outside the LSM story that probably could have been found in a couple of Tweets from admiring subjects also in Atlantis. We know the LSM won’t report it, why didn’t you report it Twitchy?

  • $46661540

    Can someone tell me why Twitchy didn’t report Obama’s daughters vacation? This is the perfect outside the LSM story that probably could have been found in a couple of Tweets from admiring subjects also in Atlantis. We know the LSM won’t report it, why didn’t you report it Twitchy?

  • kateorjane

    Jon Gabriel hits the nail on the head – progressives see Obama as “the BLACK President” rather than “the President.” Somehow his status and by extension the First family is more worthy than that of any previous president. Unfortunately once again we see that liberals view most things thru the prism of race.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Don’t forget the liberal’s motto: “Rules are for thee, but not for me”

  • BlueStateRepub

    Joan the Red is truly one of the scariest of our Communist Overlords. Just look in those cold, dead eyes. She’s one of those Red Guard types who would gladly send her friends, neighbors and family members to the death squads in return for a snazzy armband and the eternal thanks of her Dear Leader. Look at her eyes. You know it’s true.

  • tamara1964

    seems to me that anyone who continues to bring up race, no matter what the original subject is, is the genuine racist. i was called ‘racist’ because i wouldn’t vote for obama and had to point out that i had the same dim view of pelosi, reid, clinton, kerry, boxer, feinstein, and a whole bunch of other liberal royalty. didn’t matter….i was still labeled ‘racist’. race only matters to a racist.

  • tamara1964

    seems to me that anyone who continues to bring up race, no matter what the original subject is, is the genuine racist. i was called ‘racist’ because i wouldn’t vote for obama and had to point out that i had the same dim view of pelosi, reid, clinton, kerry, boxer, feinstein, and a whole bunch of other liberal royalty. didn’t matter….i was still labeled ‘racist’. race only matters to a racist.

  • gregg

    Joan Walsh wrote a book called WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH WHITE PEOPLE. 1st of all Joan you act like you are guilty for being born white. 2nd you should have wrote a book that’s called WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH LIBERALS STEALING ALL OF OUR MONEY.

  • gregg

    Joan Walsh wrote a book called WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH WHITE PEOPLE. 1st of all Joan you act like you are guilty for being born white. 2nd you should have wrote a book that’s called WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH LIBERALS STEALING ALL OF OUR MONEY.

  • wyatt81

    Walsh is an arrogant hypocrite-the MO of left wingers.

  • SpinMeNot

    It is very easy to not be a racist — don’t be a progressive. It also avoids having your immortal soul roasted like a Cornish game hen for all of eternity, so that’s a big plus.

  • Anderson

    I just love hearing/reading pasty white progressives lecture about blacks. It really shows that they don’t have a clue because they live in a gated community (to keep out the riff-raff; aka blacks) so they project all of their racist views/beliefs onto others.