Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Dec. 21

Many judge Obama on his actions, not race

Leonard Pitt’s article (“Poll numbers show widely dissimilar views of Obama”) takes poll data of Obama’s approval rate and spins it into an issue of racism.

Pitts writes that according to the Gallup poll, 91 percent of blacks and 70 percent of Hispanics approve of Obama. He also writes that among white voters “Just 39 percent gave the president a passing grade.”

Pitts also writes that “one wishes, for our own sake, we could learn to see past our well worn racial narratives.”

Continuing on, he writes that “the gap between them (whites and blacks) is less a measurement of a president’s performance than of a nation’s enduring irresolution.”

These two statements imply that Pitts believes that white voters disapprove of Obama simply because he is black.

Leonard Pitts fails to acknowledge that many white Americans disapprove of Obama because of his policies and administration. Personally, I don’t care that Obama is black. If Obama was white, I’d still believe him to be a poor president.

While I acknowledge that there are some racist whites, many white Americans judge Obama simply on his actions. Pitts turns the poll data into an argument that if you don’t support Obama, you’re a racist.

But what do I know? I’m just a young, white, conservative Christian.

ZACHARY DUNCAN, Tumwater

Proud to support president

When the news of the acceptance of the Nobel Peace Prize by President Barack Obama came out, I was, of course, glad.

Then in nearly the same breath, the newscaster said that many were saying he didn’t deserve it.

The doubtfulness (which the president has obvious difficulty posing a defense to) is not where his proficiency lies. What he does well and deserves his prize for is the way he excellently expresses his thoughtfulness and the careful choice of words when he does speak to us.

I am glad to support this president.

ROBERTA C. LOEBS, Tumwater

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