Obama: “I`m a Desi”. But are “Desis” American?

Barack Obama was proving irrefutably on Sunday night that he is Big Money`s candidate: Obama one day record haul: $7.8 million at San Francisco big donor fund raisers By Lynn Sweet Chicago Sun-Times August 18, 2008 (John McCain raised only $1.75 million in Atlanta the following day: McCain`s Atlanta fund-raiser takes in $1.75 million, By Aaron Gould Sheinin, Journal-Constitution, August 18, 2008)

But Obama showed something else too: he wants to be, and apparently is, the candidate of the Indian immigrant community. We learn from Obama reaps big bucks at S.F. fundraisers [by Carla Marinucci, San Francisco Chronicle, August 18, 2008]

a crowd of about 200 deep-pocketed supporters at a VIP reception for South Asian and Pacific Islander supporters at the Fairmont Hotel…wrote checks for as much as $14,000 for the special Asian-Pacific Islander VIP reception filled with CEOs, executives and spouses–a few in elegant saris–that included a meeting and individual picture with Obama.

(“Pacific Islander” in fact seems to mean Indians from the Pacific Islands such as Fiji where they comprise the business elite)

Obama laid it on thick in the traditional sycophantic way:

Obama told the group–which included many Indian and Pakistani immigrants–that he is not only familiar with their cultures–but also proud of his lifelong association with them.

“Not only do I think I`m a desi, but I`m a desi,” he said, using a colloquial term that describes South Asian immigrants.

To applause, he said he became an expert at cooking dal and other ethnic dishes, though “somebody else made the naan,” the trademark Indian bread. “I have an enormous personal affection for the people of South Asia.”

A thought experiment: Will one day Obama tell white America how much “enormous personal affection”he has for the people who built the society and (misguidedly) established Affirmative Action without which he would be nobody?

Of course, most politicians will make spectacles of themselves in the presence of rich donors. The question is, why does this notoriously rich and entrepreneurial immigrant minority display such enthusiasm for this socialist mongrel?

Could it be that color–anti white hostility–transcends economics?

Karl Rove, call home