So here we are embarking on another election year and the time when people just be saying stuff. I don’t need to regurgitate all of the ridiculous claims that have been spewed all over the media for the past several months….I’m sure we’ve all had our fill of that! What I’m referring to here are the comments regarding President Obama. I’ve heard numerous times that President Obama has been the worst President in the history of the United States. President Obama has been a divider not a unifier. President Obama has caused our economy to be in the worst shape that it has ever been in. President Obama has cost people jobs and increased the cost of healthcare. Oh and my very favorite…President Obama ain’t black enough, hasn’t done enough for the black community, and he’s a sellout…WHOA!!
Well, I don’t know what measuring tool was used for determining President Obama as being the “worst President in the history of the United States” but it couldn’t have been Watergate, Sex Scandals, falsified documentation for starting wars, or a failed economy that sent the housing market spiraling and thousands of job losses, if so, I must have been living in a different United States for the past 8 years. I don’t remember seeing any of the above situations happening during President Obama’s tenure. Also, I don’t remember a President who has not only had to endure the harshest of criticisms from the other political party, but the backlash from some in the black community has baffled my mind. Now, I’m not saying that just because he’s black he should be automatically embraced by the community. But I am saying that just because he is black, he shouldn’t be expected to do more for the black community than any other President has been expected to do. The President of the United States is elected to represent ALL people and not be partial to a certain group, however, unless this person is a robot without preconceived biases, there are always going to be preference of some groups over the other. What I don’t understand is why President Obama has been held to a higher standard in the black community than any of his predecessors just because he is black. Is there some black code that he violated by not being a “brutha?” I mean, damn, he danced to “Hotline Bling with Usher,” sang “Let’s Stay Together at a political rally,” sang “Amazing Grace at a funeral,” and “dropped the mic at the last White House Correspondence Dinner” yet he is still not black enough. Hell, I’ve seen less blackness in my neighborhood! It’s really disheartening that we (black folks) couldn’t even come together to at least celebrate the historical nature of President Obama’s election (TWICE) rather than find ways to cut him down even though the white folks (CONGRESS) were already doing a damn good job of that! I get it…opinions are like assholes….everybody has one and you are surely entitled to do what you will with yours, but there is a fine line between opinions and criticisms and I find that people are much quicker to offer the latter when they themselves wouldn’t dare step foot in the shoes of the person they are criticizing.
Just a final word…the attached video from 2008 is a reminder of what was and how we need to WAKE-UP and take control of our rights as a people and a nation regardless of color. Of course, that’s just my opinion.