Rockfeller: Some oppose Obama because ‘he’s the wrong color’

May 7, 2014 by Dave Boucher

U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., attacked obstructionists in Congress for not wanting any legislation to pass with President Barack Obama in the White House because they think “he’s the wrong color.”

The man sitting behind U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., reacts when he hears the senator say some oppose President Barack Obama because they think "he's the wrong color."

The man sitting behind U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., reacts when he hears the senator say some oppose President Barack Obama because they think “he’s the wrong color.”

Rockefeller made the impassioned speech Tuesday about two hours into a Senate Finance Committee hearing on federal transportation funding. He lamented Congress’ inability to send money where its needed most and offered a few reasons why he thinks it’s happening.

“I don’t understand why that is. I understand part of it has to do with for some, it’s just ‘we don’t want anything good to happen under this president because he’s the wrong color,’” Rockefeller said.

He also pointed to the Tea Party or those in Congress afraid to act because of the potential affect such an action could have on their chances to be re-elected.

“There’s nothing sadder to me than a Republican or Democrat who doesn’t dare do something or vote for something that he or she believes in and we know that he or she believes in it, but they’re afraid of what it might do to their close election,” Rockefeller continued.

The comments from the retiring senator garnered considerable attention, with web-based political site Politico , Vanity Fair magazine, Huffington Post and other publications writing about the comments.

A Rockefeller spokesman declined to elaborate on the senator’s comments.

Rockefeller made the statements in the context of continuing to fund infrastructure improvement projects. Ensuring the structural survival of the country is more important than someone winning or losing an election, Rockefeller said, adding he wishes he made similar comments before now.

“It infuriates me at myself, at myself,” Rockefeller said. “Why haven’t I been more upfront about this in previous sessions? We’ve all seen this coming.”

He goes on to cite the need for continued investment in West Virginia infrastructure, particularly pointing to ongoing problems with bridges forced to hold large industrial trucks.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin doesn’t escape unscathed, either. Rockefeller mentions the recent state decision to cut millions in funding for social service programs while signing a bill that potentially provides millions in tax breaks for The Greenbrier.

“That kind of mentality scares me terribly about the future of our country. And I think I better stop talking,” Rockefeller said.

Tomblin’s spokeswoman didn’t respond to request for comment.

Before he stopped, he also forecast little policy work from the Senate leading up to the General Election in November.

“I’ve used up all my time in asking my question and making my speech but I feel very good about it,” he added.

4 Responses to “Rockfeller: Some oppose Obama because ‘he’s the wrong color’”

  1. Clint Anderson says:

    Jay Rockefeller’s true colors are coming out. Since he has announced that he is not running for reelection, he has made many comments like these. Citizens of WV are finally realizing that Rockefeller never really represented WV’s values.

  2. Rhonda says:

    And THESE types of ignorant, arrogant stupid comments from democrats is exactly why myself and others are NOT voting for these whining, childish children. Good riddance to Rockefeller. I stopped voting for him decades ago. Democrats have shown just how vindictive and insane they truly are over these past 5 years especially. They will get exactly what they deserve in November!!!

  3. elmer ray spence says:

    Way to go jay now if some of the other men and women grow a pair an do the same, maybe some of them may member their supposed to help the people and this nation needs it more than ever. thanks

  4. elmer ray spence says:

    Not surprised another one from the other side of the isle. Put your name on the ballot but if you get elected what will do. Jay has been a great senator helped thousands in jobs miners blacklung pensions all bills passed best I member covers black, white, brown democrats, independents and yes republicans. Thanks

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