Dog Wags Tail? Obama to Speak on Race, Class as Syria Strikes Loom

by bisonmessink

In what could be an odd reversal of typical wag the dog scenarios, Barack Obama plans to use a Wednesday speech to talk about race and class, a topic that could distract attention from the looming military intervention in Syria, which is supported by fewer than 30% of Americans, according to a poll from Reuters:

Politico reports that Obama plans to use the Wednesday address, given in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, to call attention to MLK’s oft-forgotten economic message, in the hopes of bolstering his own economic policies. It is unlikely that Obama’s MLK speech will be able to stir American hearts and minds enough to turn the tide in his ongoing economic battle with Republicans, but in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict and the Christopher Lane murder, race may be the one and only topic that could keep military intervention in Syria from dominating Americans’ TV sets.

It’s a strange climate in American politics when a sitting President would rather focus the public’s attention on the nuances of race and class in America than on the will and might of the American military.