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BET Founder to Obama: ‘Stop Attacking the Wealthy for their Success’

‘YOU DON’T GET PEOPLE TO LIKE YOU BY ATTACKING THEM OR DEMEANING THEIR SUCCESS’ 

Another billionaire has added his name to the growing list of those who are calling on Captain Class Warfare to stop his attacks on wealthy Americans – for the terrible crime of success. BET founder, Robert Johnson – a black billionaire – says it’s time for Barack Obama to stop his relentless demonization of successful businessmen:

“You don’t get people to like you by attacking them or demeaning their success. I grew up in a family of 10 kids, was the first one to go to college, and I’ve earned my success. I’ve earned my right to fly private if I choose to do so. And by attacking me, he is not going to convince me that I should take a bigger hit because I happen to be wealthy.”

Johnson, who sold the Black Entertainment Network to Viacom in 2001, said that Obama should not be “demagoguing” wealthy people who have created success – for themselves – and others, as well:

“I went in business to create jobs, create value, and create opportunity for myself and my investors – and that’s what the president should be praising.”

Mr. Johnson also joked that it was like “the old Ethel Merman approach to life — I‘ve been poor and I’ve been rich and I happen to like being rich better. It doesn‘t mean I’m a bad guy.”

Here’s the deal, Bob – while you are 100% right in everything you said, you don’t get it: Were Captain Class Warfare to “praise” you, as you correctly suggested, he would alienate the bitter, envious left-wing loons who believe (with his help) that they are entitled to your fortune. You see, you have achieved your success – not through hard work, commitment, and belief in yourself – but on the backs, and at the expense, of those you stepped on, underpaid and took advantage of along the way to your selfish billionaire status.

Even worse? Barack Obama knows damn well that you deserve every dollar you’ve made, Bob. Hell, I’m sure he secretly respects you as a result. But guess what? You’re only one vote, pal. And your billionaire pals? There aren’t a pant-load of them either. You see, the Hypocrite-in-Chief is playing to the disaffected masses, Bob; it’s their votes he desperately needs – not yours.

So, is Bob Johnson a racist, too?

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