Thursday, April 30, 2015

CNN: How Rand Paul learned to talk to black people

Tone deaf Rand Paul, who seemingly appears incredibly unfamiliar with any customs, religions or cultures beyond a five mile radius of Fountain Square in Bowling Green, Kentucky, did manage to get out of Brooklyn with at least not blurting out to the gathered at the National Society for Hebrew Day Schools that they make good hot dogs.

But trouble has followed Rand, as just a day later, he was asked to comment on the riots in Baltimore.

CNN senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson reports on Rand's latest adventure beyond Fountain Square:
How Rand Paul learned to talk to black people

Rand Paul's intensive effort to redeem himself -- and the Republican Party -- with minorities seemed to be on the verge of cratering.

He joked Tuesday to conservative radio host Laura Ingraham that he was happy his train didn't stop in the riot-scarred city of Baltimore. It was exactly the type of tone-deaf remark the Kentucky senator's group of black advisers urged him to avoid as he seeks to expand the GOP's outreach to minorities.

They immediately knew Paul's comment would pose a problem. They checked with other African-Americans to see how it was being perceived.

On Wednesday afternoon, Paul spoke for about an hour with black advisers who told him what they were hearing. The Republican presidential contender told them he understood the concern and expressed regret for his words.

"He said 'OK, I understand what everyone is saying, you're right. I shouldn't have said it that way,'" said Elroy Sailor, a senior adviser and director of strategic planning for Paul. "He recognizes that people listen and hear things differently. Certain words resonate with different constituencies.'"
It is not difficult to picture in one's mind that the train Rand is referring to is a train that Rand was on becasue he was heading back to Washington D.C., after telling the National Hebrew Day School Society that he respected the Hebrew tradition represented in Schindler's List, a film that is actually based on a novel written by the gentile, ordained deacon, Mick Keneally of New South Wales, Australia.

It's like bouncing from one absurdity to the next, with Rand.

For those enjoying the adventure, more is sure to come.

The Rand camapign has set up for the eye doctor a "major" fundraiser in Atlanta in the black community.


1 comment:

  1. I have gone to some of the most preeminent doctors in Los Angeles and Phoenix under various circumstances, and best ones will listen to you if they feel that you respect their knowledge and experience. Rand reminds me of the type of doctor who will cut you off in mid-sentence because he is elevated far above the mundane concerns of patients seeking his help.

    The best doctor patient relationships evolve over time, and a sense of trust develops because of exposure to each others honest communication. Once in a while fortune smiles on you and a doctor relates to your history right off the bat.. In one instance I had gone to Ronald Reagan's ENT for several years without making a real connection, and by chance a different doctor saw me one day and changed my life immensely. The critical difference was that he listened, and diagnosed immediately what the father and son duo had missed completely.

    Doctor Randy Paul respects only two things, the moistened finger he raises in the air to guide him, and the disembodied voice he hears in his head.