Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Who Let the Angry Black Man in the White House?

Romney in Ohio yesterday,
"“This is what an angry and desperate presidency looks like. President Obama knows better, promised better, and America deserves better,”
I think you can say a number of things about President Obama, but angry?  What the hell does that mean?  Many of us have wished he would be angry, wished he would call out his critics who've called him a socialist, a Muslim, and rhetorically take them to the woodshed... but, he didn't.  In fact, I would argue he's failed every damn time he's trusted the Republican's to do what was right, he's bent over backwards to be bipartisan and everytime he's got his ass handed to him politically.

Charles Pierce has a really good piece in Esquire this month... that gets to this issue...

Black Like Him: Obama's Narrow Path to Reelection


Because those white people voted him into office, his primary job as president is to make sure his entire presidency is a demonstration of how far we've come as a nation on race, and that means he is not allowed to do anything or say anything that the white people who elected him can perceive to be divisive, because his primary function is to make them feel good about themselves. In theory, at least, all presidents are servants of the people who elected them. In the case of Barack Obama, it has seemed from the start that the idea as applied to him was more than mere metaphor. He is the first president in my lifetime whom the country felt obligated to remind that he know his place.







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