When Barack Obama was elected to office in November of 2008 I was only in the 6th grade and didn’t really have any political opinions. Since elementary school I had always been very interested in American history and current events but it wasn’t until I was getting ready to enter high school that I had come across the likes of Mark Levin, Glenn Beck and began to really study our founding documents and the principles they promoted, that I found myself developing a conservative worldview.
I remember being in lunch where the administrators played his inauguration address on the big screen and all the teachers had emphasized the history that was unfolding before our eyes. They told us that Barack Obama would bring the nation together. Eight years later, the nation is far more divided on racial issues than when he first took office and I cannot stand him.
I now find Barack Obama to be completely detestable for a bevy of reasons. He is a man who comes from the hard, radical left, who rejects the principles this country was founded upon. He has eviscerated the Constitution in many ways. On top of his constitutional violations, he has decimated and turned the military into a social experiment, empowered the fascistic LGBT movement that crushes dissenting, traditional values and has exploded our national debt and unfunded liabilities to astronomical proportions.
All that being said, the thing I resent him the most for goes back to what some of my teacher’s told me in the 6th grade about his ability to bridge the so-called racial divide. Not only did he fail to do that, he poured gasoline on the fire and has made things significantly worse. It is with this issue that I hold such resentment towards President Obama because it simply didn’t have to be this way. He could have been a uniter and a healer that history would have judged fondly but he came with a different agenda in mind. Instead, he wanted to divide up the electorate, pit people against each other, and usher in an era of extreme identity politics. Let’s recall some of the racial lowlights during his time in office:
- In 2009, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates was arrested for disorderly conduct after police received a call of a possible home invasion at his house. All Gates, who was having trouble getting into his house, had to say was that it was a misunderstanding and it was his own home but he refused to cooperate with the police which is what led to his arrest. Once the situation was resolved, the charges were dropped and he was promptly released but that did not stop Obama from weighing in and saying the police acted “stupidly”.
- Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman on second-degree murder charges against Trayvon Martin, President Obama called a news conference where he doubled down on his remark that Trayvon Martin could have been his son but went further saying that Trayvon Martin “could have been me” and proceeded to ramble on about the racial discrimination he feels in his own life, despite the fact that he’s the President.
- The myth of “hands up, don’t shoot” and the subsequent birth of the Black Lives Matter movement arose due to Officer Darren Wilson shooting Michael Brown, a black man, in a suburb of St. Louis. Initial reports said that he was an unarmed black man who had, according to eyewitnesses later discredited by the Justice Department, put his hands up and Officer Wilson proceeded to shoot him anyway. The facts later came out that Brown had robbed a convenience store and that Officer Wilson identified Brown, who was walking in the middle of the street, as the suspect in the robbery. Wilson approached him in his police cruiser and a fight ensued through the window. Brown then fled and Officer Wilson pursued until Brown turned around and charged the officer where he then shot Brown. In other words, a criminal charged a police officer and the officer defended himself. Of course, facts not mattering to President Obama, he said of the shooting, “In too many communities around the country, a gulf of mistrust exists between local residents and law enforcement, too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.” He also said the shooting exposed the racial divide in our justice system and that it, “Stains the heart of black children.”
- Following the assassination of five Dallas police officers, President Obama was invited to speak at a memorial for the fallen officers and, as expected, gave an embarrassing and disgusting speech. To my surprise the first six minutes of his address were very thoughtful and touching but his remarks proceeded to devolve into a pathetic campaign speech.
Remember when Donald Trump said a judge of Mexican descent wouldn’t be able to be impartial in a case against him? Remember the outrage (which was justified) that he would say that? Where are those same people now? The President of the United States essentially just said the reason whites in the south like him and didn’t vote for him is because they’re racist. Let me help you out here Mr. President, the reason many whites in the south didn’t vote for you is the same reason they didn’t vote for John Kerry in 2004; it’s because both of you are liberals and the vast majority of them aren’t. See how this works?
It got worse from there. He went on, “So are there folks whose primary concern is that I seem foreign, the other….absolutely”.
This guy is such a disgrace, he literally writes off the legitimate, honest concerns of millions of Americans implying that the only reason he is opposed is because of his race. Not because of any policy concerns, it’s just because these white people are so backwards and uncultured that they can’t see how brilliant and incredible he is.
I have a question, if America is so horrible and racist towards minorities, if cops are mowing down minorities in the streets, if the justice system is systematically biased against minorities then why do people of all colors from all across the world try so desperately to come here? I mean, haven't they heard our president speak to how awful our country is to him in spite of the fact he was elected president twice? Imagine the discrimination a person of color who isn’t the president must face being here.
It is this racism, this race-baiting from President Obama that I view as his most shameful legacy as president. He really had a unique opportunity to bring the country together and he chose instead to light a match.
He is a miserable failure in many respects, but it is the worsening of race relations during his two terms that is his greatest.
Follow this author on Twitter @NYanakas