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My thoughts on Barack Obama one week after he stepped down as US president:

President Obama was a huge disappointment: Drone Master, Wall Street water boy, Rented Negro, Deporter-in-chief. To get his attention Black people had to protest and riot in the streets. He was, in effect, Bush III, more than I thought any Democrat could be. What little good he did is now being swept away by President Trump.

It is good that the US had a Black president. In the long run I think it will help weaken racist stereotypes. Obama and his family were the picture of grace and dignity. You could not ask for better. But the shock proved too much for the nation, even with its ideas about Exceptional Negroes. And now we must live through the grotesque White blacklash.

Obama squandered his moral authority as the country’s first Black president. Like Lincoln, his words could have lived for over a hundred years, the sort schoolchildren – and therefore the nation – would be made to learn. Instead he called the Baltimore rioters “thugs” and stood where Martin Luther King Jr once stood, 50 years before to give the “I Have a Dream” speech, and mouthed lizard-mouth Reagan:

“Legitimate grievances against police brutality tipped into excuse-making for criminal behavior … And what had once been a call for equality of opportunity, the chance for all Americans to work hard and get ahead, was too often framed as a mere desire for government support, as if we had no agency in our own liberation, as if poverty was an excuse for not raising your child and the bigotry of others was reason to give up on yourself.”

But I am disappointed in myself too for having had such faith and hope in this man. Ralph Nader, who I voted for twice, warned that Obama would do nothing for Black people. Obama, right in his own book, “The Audacity of Hope” (2006), pretty much agreed:

“An emphasis on universal, as opposed to race-specific, programs isn’t just good policy; it’s also good politics”

It was not Republican obstructionism that stopped him. He was New Black, a colour-blind racist. It is not for the government to uphold equality before the law – no, it is for Black men to be better fathers.

I thought by voting for him I was voting for me. But when he became president he started doing stuff I would never do. I thought maybe power was turning him bad. No, it was not that. It was his mindset. He believes in American exceptionalism, meaning US exceptionalism. He believes Black people are held back more by their own pathologies than by racism. His White mother likely believed the same.

There were two huge red flags even before the 2008 election. First, he threw his own pastor under the bus, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Second, there was all the money he accepted from big Wall Street banks. The writing was on the wall but I did not want to read it.

– Abagond, 2017.

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  1. Excellent analysis.  I detest him:  pompous, out of touch and most of all ineffective. Singularly, his only achievement was the dignified manner in which he and his family carried themselves thereby saliently calling into question many negative stereotypes about the so-called “Black family.”  

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  2. thank you for voting for Nader and helping get us into the worst war in American history!

    Raymond Horton Composer, Arranger Minister of Music, Edwardsville (IN) United Methodist Church Retired Bass Trombonist, Louisville Orchestra, 1971-2016

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  3. on Thu Jan 26th 2017 at 20:42:26 ConcernedCitizen

    You offer a shockingly simplistic assessment of the entire situation for a man who is very astute and even brilliant on so many levels, Abagond.

    I think your expectations were way too high, just as the case with so many others who refused to grasp the full depths of white supremacy ideology.

    Abagond, you are a man of high intelligence and depth. Please take a closer look at the the inapproriateness of over-personalizing things as shown in this statement from you: “I thought by voting for him I was voting for me. But when he became president he started doing stuff I would never do.”

    Why would you even expect Obama to think like you, and how can you really claim he did things you “would never do,” since you have no idea what kinds of pressures to compromise, and other forced factors going on behind the scenes?

    Did it occur to you that Obama played the role he was supposed to play in history? Maybe it was his presence that was necessary on a national stage to help pull back the veil off of hidden, systemic racism that so many denied with seriously premature pronouncements of America being post-racial?

    Armchair critics are a dime a dozen. Most people would have committed suicide or homicide if they had to function under the ongoing threats and duress Obama had to face. Can you honestly say you would have handled things well under levels of obstruction that were unprecedented?

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  4. I wish I had been on the Internet in 2008. Maybe I would have seen it too. But, alas, I was benighted by my only news source, MSM. But when I did get on the Internet, around the time of Barama’s inauguration, it took me about eight months to conclude he was a fraud, after half a year of suspecting it. I was never impressed in the first place, BTW, and was a little mystified as to why people were. But by August 2009, I knew he was a fraud.

    nomadAugust 21, 2009 at 1:28 PM
    Up till now I have been taking a wait and see attitude towards Obama. Yeah he was surrounding himself with the same old oligarchy that has run things for past 2 decades, but I thought they might act as a kind of foil for the progressiveness he would inaugurate. But sellout on healthcare that seems to be in the works indicates that he is just what Rev. Wright said he was. A politician. Change we can believe in? Yeah, Wright.

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  5. Abagond, you forgot “Deporter-in-chief”, breaking up families.

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  6. yogibreeze
    “. Singularly, his only achievement was the dignified manner in which he and his family carried themselves thereby saliently calling into question many negative stereotypes about the so-called “Black family.”  ”
    It was the Cosby Show. A high powered husband and wife with cute kids. What casting!

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  7. Simplistic,immature, and myopic….WTF did you think would happen? It’s EASY to be POTUS at home on your laptop.

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  8. @ Concerned Citizen, thanks for being an ADULT!

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  9. “seriously premature pronouncements of America being post-racial”

    Obama was the poster boy for post racial. It’s so closely associated with him I wonder if he coined the term. It certainly was his philosophical outlook. Race was passe as far as he was concerned.

    “Most people would have committed suicide or homicide if they had to function under the ongoing threats and duress Obama had to face”

    Oh bull cakes. Can’t stand the heat stay off the throne.

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  10. Hmmmm….
    Isn’t it ironic? At the inauguration of Obama there was great euphoria, among many Americans. But especially black people. I remember screaming and signs declaring “We did it!”. A kind of hysteria. And here we are again eight years later. Another inauguration. Another hysteria. An opposite one this time. Fear instead of joy. Though the bookends of inaugurations represent opposite poles of hysteria, nevertheless. I must say this. How can I not? Hysteria repeats itself.

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  11. Obama did become a president for black people he became a president for all people and with a nation such as ours, he kept a delicate balance.

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  12. ” I remember screaming and signs declaring “We did it!”.”
    I don’t remember screaming. I remember people screaming.

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