“I want to talk today about a controversial word. It’s a word that has been with us for years. And like it or not, it’s indelibly printed in the pages of American history. A word that was originally intended as a derogatory term, meant to shame and divide and demean. The word was conceived of by a group of wealthy white men who needed a way to put themselves above and apart from a black man, to render him inferior and unequal and diminish his accomplishments," she began.
“President Obama has been labelled with this word by his opponents, and at first he rose above it, hoping that if he could just make a cause for what he’d achieved, his opponents would fail in making their label stick. But no matter how many successes that he had as president, he realized there were still many people for whom he’d never be anything more than that one disparaging word — a belief he knew was held not just by his political opponents, but also by a significant portion of the American electorate," she added.
“And so he decided if you can’t beat them, you’ve got to join them. So he embraced the word and made it his own, sending his opposition a message they weren’t expecting: ‘If that’s what you want me to be, I’ll be that.’
“Y’all know the word that I’m talking about. Obamacare! That’s right! I said it and I’m not ashamed, and neither is President Obama!”
Harris-Perry continued her screed by claiming people called the president "Obamacare" in order to diminish his accomplishments.
“I mean, what do you call the president who rescues the U.S. auto industry?” she asked sarcastically. “Obamacare!"
"What do you call the president who finally eliminates Osama bin Laden?" she asked, apparently forgetting that it was the men of Seal Team Six who actually shot bin Laden. "Obamacare!"
As usual, Harris-Perry got her history wrong. As it turns out, the phrase was first used, not by a group of wealthy white men, but by a woman discussing politics and elections.
The Daily Caller's Brendan Bordelon said it is unclear who coined "Obamacare," but a Google search revealed that a lobbyist named Jeanne Schulte Scott first used the term in an analysis of the 2008 election.
"The many would-be candidates for president in 2008 are falling over themselves offering their own proposals. We will soon see a 'Giuliani-care' and 'Obama-care' to go along with 'McCain-care,' 'Edwards-care,' and a totally revamped and remodeled 'Hillary-care' from the 1990s," she wrote.
That, The Atlantic said in 2011, is the first "real" reference to Obamacare found in Lexus-Nexus. Other stories may have the term, but they are incorrectly dated, the Atlantic Wire noted. Had Harris-Perry -- or anyone at MSNBC -- spent 15 seconds on Google, they would have learned that.
Unfortunately, we now live in a country where liberals see racism in everything -- even a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It is also unfortunate that facts are meaningless to networks engaged in over-the-top propaganda.
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