Former President Barack Obama lately gave a speech by which he attacked the critics of “identification politics.” On the June Copenhagen Democracy Summit Obama stated: “I’ve little sympathy for reactionaries who cynically condemn identification politics or cancel tradition when actually all they’re doing is attempting to protect present privilege or excuse entrenched injustice, or bigotry. I imply, the unique identification politics is racism and sexism and homophobia. That’s nothing if not identification politics, and it’s carried out much more hurt than some tweet from an aggrieved liberal.”
Sure, that might be the identical Obama who burst on the nationwide scene by giving a rafter-ringing keynote speech on the Boston 2004 DNC conference the place he denounced identification politics.
Then-Illinois state Sen. Obama stated: “There are those that are making ready to divide us, the spin masters and detrimental advert peddlers who embrace the politics of something goes. Properly, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America—there’s the US of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the US of America. The pundits prefer to slice-and-dice our nation into purple states and blue states; purple states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. However I’ve acquired information for them, too. … We’re one folks, all of us pledging allegiance to the celebs and stripes, all of us defending the US of America.”
Days earlier than he introduced his race to change into a Democratic nominee for president in 2008, Obama gave his first “60 Minutes” interview:
“60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft: “You assume the nation’s prepared for a black president?”
Kroft: “You don’t assume it’s going to carry you again?”
Obama: “No. I feel if I don’t win this race, will probably be due to different components. It’s going to be as a result of I’ve not proven to the American folks a imaginative and prescient for the place the nation must go that they will embrace.”
At a 2007 speech at Brown Chapel AME church, presidential candidate Obama talked concerning the black wrestle, how a lot had been achieved and that which remained: “The earlier technology, the Moses technology, pointed the best way. They took us 90% of the best way there. However we nonetheless acquired that 10% in an effort to cross over to the opposite aspect.”
That is the Obama the American folks assumed they’d employed in November 2008. Hopeful, constructive, a liberal Democrat, to make certain, however a black man who may serve, on the very least, as a racial reconciler, keenly conscious of how far America has come.
When he entered the Oval Workplace the third week of January 2009, his approval ranking approached 70%. A January 2009 ABC Information ballot discovered that 58% thought race relations would enhance underneath Obama. However by October 2016, one month earlier than the presidential election, a CNN/ORC ballot discovered 54% thought race relations worsened underneath Obama, together with 40% of blacks and 57% of whites.
Obama, as president, peddled—with little proof—an ever-growing record of race grievances. The record included “the Cambridge police acted stupidly”; racism is “nonetheless a part of our DNA that’s handed on”; “if I had a son, he’d appear like Trayvon (Martin)”; holding up Ferguson as a microcosm of racial strife in America; inviting race-hustling incendiary the Rev. Al Sharpton to the White Home over 70 instances; and embracing the Black Lives Matter motion, an activist group based mostly on the false narrative of police “systemic racism” towards blacks.
Obama not often missed a chance to be the conciliator People thought him to be. He is aware of that racism has by no means been a much less vital issue as an impediment to American success. His very election and reelection stands as a testomony to that fact.
Obama gained the presidency based mostly on a lie. He entered the presidency as an articulate, even-tempered racial unifier and left as an articulate, even-tempered racial incendiary. Immediately he performs the race card from his $12 million bunker in Martha’s Winery.
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