Obama Aims to Keep White Voters on Board

Laura Meckler and Carol E. Lee, Wall Street Journal, August 17, 2011

President Barack Obama’s Midwest trip this week has allowed him to address a central challenge for his re-election: His popularity has slumped among white voters–particularly young, poor and working-class Americans–as Washington has struggled to help boost economic growth.

On the first two days of his bus tour in rural Minnesota and Iowa, Mr. Obama has pitched a basket of long-discussed ideas, promoted small changes the administration can make on its own and promised to put forth a “very specific plan” in September to boost the economy, create jobs and control the deficit.

The moves are targeted at voters who supported the president in 2008 but now are shying away from him. That problem seems particularly acute for the president among white working-class voters, whose support was shaky in the last election and whose allegiances are traditionally dictated by their pocketbooks.

White working-class voters rarely favor Democrats, and Mr. Obama lost this group by 18 percentage points in 2008. But the Republican advantage widened to 30 points in 2010. Mr. Obama will need to narrow that gap to win re-election.

Other segments of the white vote are also moving to the GOP, according to the surveys by the Pew Research Center, including young whites, those with less than a high-school education and voters earning less than $30,000. The latter group favored Democrats by 15 points in 2008; they now back the GOP by four points.



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  1. Question Diversity August 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Rush is jokingly calling Obama’s Upper Midwest bus tour “White Like Me.” Meanwhile, Maxine Waters is fit to be tied that the tour won’t be stopping in any ghettos — For good reason — Obama has the black vote. Meanwhile, one working middle class white person in a swing state has a lot of leverage over who is sworn in as President on January 20, 2013.

  2. bitterly clinging to my white privilege August 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I remember that Jared Taylor said the election of Obama was the first time when a majority of voting Whites could not elect the candidate of their choice.

    Predictions for 2012:

    Absent massive and DOJ-protected voter fraud, Obama won’t be re-elected.

    The great controversy then will be over the racial breakdown of election results. The numbers will show that Whites overwhelmingly voted for the White, while minorities went 90% for the black.

    That a “disturbing and frightening” majority of Whites would prevent a black from a second term will become the next war cry of the left. “We must do more. We must institute mandatory race, class, and gender studies for all children, and White children must be given extra training in the shame of slavery, segregation, and ongoing systemic bias and institutional racism. We must force them to recognize that they will be held to account.”

    There will be calls by leading blacks to implement the same European policies that outlaw “hateful” political parties. The Tea Party will become the K in everybody’s mind, and it will dwindle to nothing but a faded bumper sticker.

    Folks, each step we’ve taken since 911 has been another marker along the way toward the inevitable Day of Racial Reckoning.

    The lines are becoming more clear, the Tea Party is becoming more angry, the NAACP is become more empowered, and the DOJ is become more anti White.

    The economy will get worse, and Whites will be justified in their utter hatred for Affirmative Action and Diversity is our Strength mandates.

    We are approaching a flash point, tipping point. We are never going back to normal. The new normal will be constant strife, chaos, and bloodshed. The blacks have too much power now to allow any of it to slip away from them without a full out race war. It’s been predicted for years, and the failure of a sufficient number of Whites to vote for Obama in 2012 will be proof to the blacks they have more to gain through violence then through outdated non violent social change.

    Transcend diversity, embrace Whiteness, beware and prepare, because you really do know what’s coming next, you see it in your worst nightmares (and in the evil eyes of your White daughters black boyfriend), and you are extremely right!

    In other words, go out into 2013 in your imagination. How louder, shriller, and strident will be the black demands for slavery reparation when that’s the only civil discourse left for their frustrations?

  3. Jupiter7 August 17, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    I am sure other people here have had the experience of waiting on line somewere..a deli for example..and out of the blue the White Guy in front or back starts to complain bitterly about Barack Obama.

    The politcal situation in “America” is becomming exponentially polarized. Whites openly voting racial..nonwhites openly voting racial. We are rapidly arriving to the point where nonwhites will elect their own kind…it will be the end game for White Liberals. Everything will out in the open…and Everything will be about race. There will be no doubt anymore:”America” has broken up into several hard-core race-based nations.. America will no longer exist. So when the point in time arrives and no one can deny the obvious anymore, the question will arise:”What will Native Born White Americans do?” When this day arrives, it will be the “Toto..I don’t think we are in Kanasas anymore day”..the day when the fate of Native Born White Americans will be completely in the hands of millions of hostile,high fertlity post-1965 nonwhites. This situation can not be reversed through DC Beltway Bipartisan snooze poltics of numebersusa.com,FAIR,CIS and the vdare.com moratorium.

    The gasoline has been poured to the brim in the basement of “America”…the match has aready been tossed in..and it is making its way mercilessly towards the gasoline.

    Wat Tyler had the right idea in 1381….

  4. Ian J. MacDonald August 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    Why would any self-respecting white person vote to give Barry Soetero a second term?


    A few days ago a racially conscious white friend of mine said he thought that America hadn’t quite learned its lesson regarding the poisonous cult of “diversity” and all that, and thus a second Obama term was indicated. I shudder to think of the consequences, especially if Obama gets to make more Supreme Court appointments.

  5. W74 August 17, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    Could it be that all those idealistic college kids who voted for him in 2008 are waking up to reality now that they still live at home (marriage and family not being in a young man’s best interests the way the courts are), can’t find a job, and are already massively in debt with loans to the bankers?

    With houses still out of reach, apartments expensive and blacks and “new Americans” moving in around them what’s to look forward to for young (particularly male) White Americans, both college educated and working class?

  6. alex dihes August 17, 2011 at 8:24 pm #

    “We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black communities. We don’t know that,” Waters said.


    With the topic of the article comes the beautiful question to which I, fortunately to the too smart lady, has the answer.

    Dear noble lady Waters, Obama has all black voters in his pocket. In any case where Sir White is vs. Sir Black guess who the black voter will vote for? 100%. Automatically!

  7. Question Diversity August 17, 2011 at 8:42 pm #


    I remember that Jared Taylor said the election of Obama was the first time when a majority of voting Whites could not elect the candidate of their choice.

    I don’t remember reading those words on his part. Maybe he did state that. But I do know that Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democrat Presidential candidate to get either a majority or plurality of the white vote. This means that every Democrat that has won since then was a matter of the non-white vote swinging the difference in the face of a divided white vote.

  8. sbuffalonative August 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

    President Obama is walking a tightrope.

    While he needs whites to win, any attention he gives to whites is attention he’s not giving to blacks.

    While I do believe black anger and resentment is growing towards President Obama, blacks are solidly behind him and he knows it. He can ignore them and they will still vote for him regardless of what he does.

  9. Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    To suggest that Obama needs to have special appeals to White voters to keep them on board is racist. When a Black man comes to me and tells me that I have “special needs”, I’m insulted. I know that I’m as good as any Black man.

  10. Jimbo August 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm #

    If Obama fires his racist attorney General,outlaws all affirmative action programs, secures the borders and begins a massive deportion of illegals than he will win the support of millions of White voters and secure a second term. It’s that simple.

  11. Istvan August 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

    I have two thoughts on the 2012 election:

    1) Any Republican will, hopefully, make better Supreme Court appointments than Obama. The Supremes serve for at least a generation, and since so much of our federal government power has been turned over to the SC over the last 60 years this is an important consideration.

    2) On the other hand a second Obama term might just bring the whole house of cards tumbling down that much quicker, which in my estimation is a good thing since the real America is dead and gone and not coming back, ever.

    I want the game to end and to live long enough to see my progeny regain their independence and pride. As much as I will admit the civil war scares me I also understand that it has become a necceasary evil. I need to know my children will not live the nightmare that has been joyfully planned for them by the Johnsons, Carters, Clintons and Bushes. I do not believe the riots that will erupt, should the Obamas be dethroned, will be enough to wake up White America. The press will spin it and most White Americans want to believe their “fellow” Americans are deep down just like them. I know too many people who do not believe the flash mobs are a) nation wide and b) rascist in nature. There are still Whites in Zimbabwe who believe that some how things will work out for them despite 20 years to the contrary! After the riots end a Republican President will grovel before the NAACP, et. al. begging forgiveness. It will be OUR fault.

    Maybe deep down I just fear it is over.

  12. To QD August 17, 2011 at 10:28 pm #

    American whites are not quite as eager as the South Africans were. In the November 4 election, only 43 percent voted for black rule—pardon me, for Barack Obama. Fifty-five percent of whites wanted John McCain to be their president but it was blacks and Hispanics who got the president they wanted, not whites. Every year, as the number of non-whites increases, whites will have less say about who rules them.


  13. Fiscal Conservative August 17, 2011 at 10:52 pm #

    Even if by some remote chance B.O. gets re-elected, that doesn’t mean he’ll finish out his term. (Just a thought to cheer you). I just spoke to a young veterinary assistant today who voted for B.O. in ’08 and who is NOT voting for him in ’12. She said she is going for somebody who’s conservative with money and isn’t afraid to protect our borders. Amen and amen!!

  14. Richard August 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    Does not matter. He will still be re-elected in 2012.


  15. Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 11:04 pm #

    5 — W74 wrote at 7:57 PM on August 17:

    ‘Could it be that all those idealistic college kids who voted for him in 2008 are waking up to reality now that they still live at home (marriage and family not being in a young man’s best interests the way the courts are), can’t find a job, and are already massively in debt with loans to the bankers?

    With houses still out of reach, apartments expensive and blacks and “new Americans” moving in around them what’s to look forward to for young (particularly male) White Americans, both college educated and working class?’

    Great canned opine presented here, congrats. But the Republicans have nothing but worse to offer young people. Don’t be so sure that the old, “best of bad choices” won’t put Obama back in for four more.

    I listen to Obama and see what he’s done and smirk to myself, “I knew it!” But I listen to these Reps and I just shake my head at the same old jokes.

  16. Anonymous August 17, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

    “I don’t remember reading those words on his part. Maybe he did state that. But I do know that Lyndon Johnson in 1964 was the last Democrat Presidential candidate to get either a majority or plurality of the white vote. This means that every Democrat that has won since then was a matter of the non-white vote swinging the difference in the face of a divided white vote.”

    That election was the death knell for White America. LBJ was a murdering SOB who was the only one to benefit from the assassination of JFK. The Vietnam debacle and the ” Great Society” were the beginning of the end for America. May be burn in HELL.

  17. EugeneLane August 18, 2011 at 12:35 am #

    what has become evident to me since the wisconson fair race riots of august 4th and subsequent flash mob activity is the local police are unable to control these mobs and seem understandably scared for their own welfare. with the level of organization that these attacks seem to have locally and internationally i am wondering if they are going to become more frequent and focus more on larger retail stores that have more valuable merchandise, especially since the police response thus far has been middling and focused on downplaying and excusing the behavior which will make it worse.

  18. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 2:27 am #

    It certainly seems it’s time to go out, CONFIDENTLY, telling all and sundry that Obama is Kaput.

    Let’s stop our understandable discouraged grumbling now, and kick this schlubb out, and HARD!

    I hate republicans too, but frankly, folks, I regret not voting for MCCain the traitor. Once in, he would have been a RINO, and not a black Panther.

    Let’s either back a solid third party AMERICAN, or an “establishment Republikan”, and knock Obama out of this park on a grand slam, leaving him about 50 electoral votes: Such a devastating defeat that even the Libtard supremes slunk into their garage and take off those goddarned creepy Obama bumper stickers, out of SHAME.

    (Even if it is in favor of a bootlicking Republican. Remember they believe in NOTHING, so once in power, they will turn any way the wind bends them. And we can EXPLAIN IT TO THEM, which way to go).

    When Whites show Rebublikans that whites are the only way to power, RebubliKans will do as we say. After all, they want that paycheck and that summer home…

    Seriously, let’s smash the Democratic left, the whole lame coalition of black/brown antiwhite racists and marxists.

  19. Southern Hoosier August 18, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    I believe it was Rush that pointed out the Black Caucus was complaining about all the white faces in Obama’ photo ops. Maybe the Blacks are starting to realize that Obama is a white man with dark skin.

  20. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Too bad the illegal reds thing didnt work out and they got citizenship and a vote.

  21. john August 18, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I suppose one thing that will have changed by the 2012 elections is that many whites who voted for Obama, apparently thinking that voting for a black man was a highly moral action in and of itself, will have outgrown this silly notion.

    Absent these delusional whites, Obama will be broomed out handily.

    BTW, there are plenty of potential black candidates I’d happily vote for were they to enter the presidential race. Unfortunately, none of them seems inclined to do so.

  22. Anonymous August 18, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Don’t you just wonder if the material will explain to White students that if their parents vote against Obama, that their home life is “planting seeds of hate” in their hearts?

    And what about the blacks who know that Whites voted against Obama in 2012? Won’t they feel justified to beat the White Privielge out of Whiteys before “virulent and hateful racism” runs amok?

    Aug. 18, 2011

    Dear Friend,

    You may have seen the shocking video on CNN of an African-American man in Jackson, Miss., being run over and killed after he was viciously beaten in a motel parking lot. Prosecutors say the white teens responsible had come to Jackson looking for a black person to attack.

    Some might think that such crimes couldn’t happen outside the Deep South. But, as SPLC President Richard Cohen explains in this special CNN commentary, no area of the country is immune from the plague of racial violence.

    That’s why our nationwide hate-monitoring work and our Teaching Tolerance projects are so important. As this school year begins, we’ll send free educational materials to students across the country to help prevent the seeds of hate from taking root in their young hearts.

    I hope you’ll read Richard’s piece and remember that no matter where you live, we must all remain vigilant against the forces of hate in our communities.

    I’m grateful to you for making our work possible.


    Morris Dees

    Founder, Southern Poverty Law Center

  23. Question White Privilege August 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    We are inclined to vote for Obama if he keeps the Sect. 8 voucher program going that sends much needed Diversity into maj. White communities.


    Because maj. White communities are no explicit in their desire to be Whites Only, it only happens implicitly. Until Whiteys start declaring themselves as openly against Diversity, we just don’t care that they get submerged.

    Most Whites in nice neighborhoods are hording their White privilege while using their positions of power to foster Diversity and help minorities at their churches, schools, civic organizations, and businesses.

    They get status point by embracing Diversity, and they openly hurt those of us with barely enough White privilege left to survive.

    We welcome anything that levels them down to our condition, and flooding their White neighborhoods with Diversity’ros is a good idea.

    Why do we favor increased taxes? Because most rich Whites are liberal elites who sell us out any chance they get. Anything that relieves them of some of their unjustly used White privilege is good.

    Unless we can all enjoy ample White privilege, none should be allowed an excess. No HORDING OF WHITE PRIVILEGE ALLOWED. Diversity can help us get Equality with rich Whiteys who don’t help their own blood kin White Humanity. They send money to Haiti, so let’s vote for Obama so he can send Haiti to them.


  24. Fer de Lance August 18, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    His popularity has slumped among white voters.

    Obama and those who control him will NEVER give whites what they want and will continue to work AGAINST white interests:

    *An immediate end to Third World Immigration

    *A reduction of welfare illegitimate births

    *Abolition of Affirmative Action Programs

    *Ending of forced integration in neighborhoods and schools

    *Reduction in the size of government

    *An America-first trade and foreign policy

    *More self-determination for white Americans

    Until these issues are addressed, AFAIC, Obama has NOTHING to say to me or any other white.

  25. Jim says August 19, 2011 at 6:30 am #

    all of you must know the the elite and the big money is behind our black president. He will win the next election.

  26. Anonymous August 19, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    Fiscal Conservative @13: This is the key. First, you introduce people, especially swing voters, to true Conservative web sites, with in-depth News and videos. Be ready to hand these people flyers with columns of web sites for them to investigate.

    Second, once they become more Conservative in their views, you can then add the Nationalist component to your discussion. Here is where you give them the web sites for AmRen, and the A3P.

  27. Un-Indoctrinated August 21, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

    Ian J. MacDonald- I am by no means an Obama fan. But if you think that the current Supreme Court appointees are in YOUR favor, you must own the majority of Wal-Marts in the US. Or be the mouthpiece for the new fiscally irresponsible wing of the GOP. Those people (if you can call them that) blike Scalia, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, they are NO FRIENDS of middle class White Americans. They are the type of people who would love Brazil. Gated communities right inside of a drug-infested barrio.