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Old 11-13-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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Rahm Emanuel's father in racist outburst

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Rahm Emanuel apologizes for father's disparaging remarks about Arabs

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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel apologized to an Arab-American group on Thursday for comments disparaging Arabs made by his father.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee sent a letter to Emanuel calling on him to distance himself from remarks made by the elder Emanuel in an interview with an Israeli newspaper following his son's appointment last week.

In the interview, Benjamin Emanuel was reported as saying: "Obviously, he will influence the president to be pro-Israel. Why wouldn't he? What is he, an Arab? He's not going to clean the floors of the White House."

While some political analysts have said Rahm Emanuel, a veteran Democratic congressman, should not be held responsible for the actions of his father, there was also a sense that an apology was unavoidable.

Rahm Emanuel apologizes for father's disparaging remarks about Arabs - Haaretz - Israel News

Hmmm. Let's see if this will get as much attention on FYM as if a prominent Republican's father had made a similar statement. My guess is, no.
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I don't know that he has to apologize for his father.

But his father sounds like a racist pig, for what it's worth.
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I would also like to say that aside from sounding like a racist pig, his father also seems to be very stupidly furthering the notion of the "Jews control America from within" line of thinking.
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no Mel Gibson-like defense yet ... not sure what the issue is.
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no Mel Gibson-like defense yet ... not sure what the issue is.
So that makes the comments ok??????
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So that makes the comments ok??????


yes, it makes them entirely okay.

his son is a Democrat, that means he can say whatever he wants and i'm going to fall over in justifications.

is there anything else you'd like this evening?
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yes, it makes them entirely okay.

his son is a Democrat, that means he can say whatever he wants and i'm going to fall over in justifications.

is there anything else you'd like this evening?



The comments were made by the father of the Chief of Staff of the President elect of the United States of America, whereas Mel Gibson is some actor with no political position.

It is by no means unreasonable to suspect that the father has influenced the son with regard to political outlook or, as in this case, racist attitudes - as you yourself have alleged with regard to Papa Gibson, now that I think of it!
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The comments were made by the father of the Chief of Staff of the President elect of the United States of America, whereas Mel Gibson is some actor with no political position.

It is by no means unreasonable to suspect that the father has influenced the son with regard to political outlook or, as in this case, racist attitudes - as you yourself have alleged with regard to Papa Gibson, now that I think of it!


OMG! the double standards! you've exposed the left-liberal hypocrisy in startling terms! wow!
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I would also like to say that aside from sounding like a racist pig, his father also seems to be very stupidly furthering the notion of the "Jews control America from within" line of thinking.
Yep. Unfortunately, it's not uncommon for Israelis of Benjamin Emanuel's generation (b. Jerusalem 1927, to Russian-Jewish refugees; emigrated 1953) to hold these kinds of particularly crude prejudices towards Arabs.
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no Mel Gibson-like defense yet...
Right; Mel Gibson repeatedly refused (when asked point-blank) to repudiate or criticize his father, and went on to have a racist outburst of his own.
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Yes, doubtless Rahm Emanuel has a history of abducting, chaining up and clubbing political opponents to death, and that's why Obama picked him.
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"Today, Rep. Emanuel called Mary Rose Oakar, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, apologized on behalf of his family and offered to meet with representatives of the Arab-American community at an appropriate time in the future," a statement from his office said.

The committee, in a statement on its website, said Emanuel told Oakar it was unacceptable to make such remarks against any ethnic or religious group.

"From the fullness of my heart, I personally apologize on behalf of my family and me. These are not the values upon which I was raised or those of my family," the group quoted him as saying.

Oakar welcomed the apology, saying: "We cannot allow Arabs and Muslims to be portrayed in these unacceptable terms."
He apologized and repudiated his father's remarks. What more would you like him to do?
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Yes, doubtless Rahm Emanuel has a history of abducting, chaining up and clubbing political opponents to death, and that's why Obama picked him.
That gave me the loudest laugh Inteference has given me in weeks.

And I thank you for that.
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He apologized and repudiated his father's remarks. What more would you like him to do?
I think he needs to stop attending his father and find a new, less radical one.
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Haha, we liberals and our media. This will never be a big story! Ever! We are in control!

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I think he needs to stop attending his father and find a new, less radical one.


he sat in his father's house for at least 18 years and never once said anything.

his father will probably be there when his children get married.

heck, his father was probably there when he got married.
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