President Bush, in a startling use of language last week, properly used a multi-syllabic word in a sentence. Describing newly declared Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama as "articulate," Bush successfully made the attempt to string together several words without bumbling. As it turned out however, supporters of Senator Obama, couldn't appreciate the historic occasion.
Appearing on Bill O'Reilly's The O'Reilly Factor, Angela Burt-Murray, Editor of Essence Magazine and Lauren Lake, a self-proclaimed social commentator, legal analyst, relationship expert, interior designer, musician and entertainer (even RWN can't make that up) fumed that President Bush dared to call Senator Obama "articulate." Each stated that President Bush calling Senator Obama "articulate" was an insult to Obama and all black men throughout the nation.
Explaining her point Burt-Murray postulated that Bush's comment was actually an over the top insult rarely found in humanity today. "Look, you don't need to call a black man articulate, just because he's articulate, that's like calling me articulate because I'm articulate. You understand, that's an insult!!!" When O'Reilly responded that he didn't understand, Lake thrashed in with, "In white America, nobody believes that a black man can be articulate, so to call one articulate is to perpetuate the myth that black men aren't articulate. It's another example of the man holding us down through imagery and stereotyping. Why do we have to call an articulate black man who is articulate, articulate? Saying nothing will do." O'Reilly pointed out that President Bush was in fact asked what he thought about Obama, when making the offensive statement. Lake nearly cursed and replied, "So what!? So Bush calls him articulate? Who is President Bush to call anybody articulate, it's just wrong, and shows that Bush doesn't like the blacks." O'Rielly blathered back, "Now that's just wrong! While I may be able to appreciate the irony of the President using the word articulate, saying he doesn't like blacks is out of line and wrong. Look at his relationship with Condi Rice!"
Oddly, neither Burt-Murray nor Lake, both Democrat stalworts, discussed Democratic Presidential candidate Joseph Biden's previous and more expanded commentary on Obama's cleanliness.
Said Bill O'Reilly, clearly confused, "Can you see why white America might disengage from this argument. We don't understand the rules. And the rules seem to change by the issue and with the person involved. And anytime we try to figure it out, someone goes hysterical, like you're doing now." Burt-Murray had no response, to her credit appearing to consider the point. Lake cocked her neck and chimed however, "I ain't hysterical and this ain't our problem no how, sheeeeeit." O'Reilly went to commercial and came back on air with Dennis Miller clearly cracked up about the previous piece.
The Burt-Murray and Lake interview has been purged from O'Reilly's website for fear of being accused of hate mongering. However, you can visit Essence Magazine for coverage on how to find a good black man.