A Further Perspective

One More Reason to Dislike Him

Now he's playing the race card big time.

By 1.21.14

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In a wide-ranging interview with the New Yorker, President Obama characteristically saw fit to cast aspersions on those who disagree with him. Obama told David Remnick:

There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who really just dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President.

Now it’s true that Obama went on to say that there are many voters, both black and white, who give him the benefit of the doubt on account of his race. What this indicates is a man who sees everything in terms of race. Or put another way, Obama views the world in black and white.

As I write this, it is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. My dislike of President Obama isn’t a matter of the color of his skin, but rather because of the content of his character or lack thereof.

I dislike President Obama because of his petulance. What other President would tell the opposition party in his first meeting with them, “I won. I’m the president,”? What other President would intervene in a local matter and declare that its police department had “acted stupidly” while admitting he did not have all the facts? What other President would make the Dalai Lama leave the White House through a side entrance with a big pile of garbage awaiting him? What other President would tell the Prime Minister of Israel to let himself out of the White House? What other President would unceremoniously return a bust of Sir Winston Churchill to the British? What other President would while traveling abroad describe his country as “arrogant, derisive and dismissive?”

I dislike President Obama because of his prickly disposition. For most of his public life, President Obama has faced a media which fawns over him. But when a TV reporter from Dallas would not bow before Obama and had the temerity to question him about his margin of defeat in Texas in the 2008 election, the President tersely told the reporter to let him finish his answers in the future. Our President is also quick to challenge those he believes are questioning his patriotism, but has no qualms about questioning the patriotism of others as he did with those in Congress who demanded to be consulted about our mission to Libya in 2011.

I dislike President Obama for his lack of humility, unlimited capacity to overestimate his capabilities, and delusions of grandeur. Obama believes he knows more about Judaism than any of his predecessors including John Adams and James Madison, both of whom read Hebrew. Yet such a boast is consistent with someone who thinks he is a better speechwriter than his speechwriter or a better political director than his political director; consistent with someone who thinks he can play on LeBron James’s level; consistent with someone who likens his plight to that of Gandhi and Nelson Mandela and consistent with someone who likens his presidency to that of Lincoln, FDR, and LBJ.

I dislike President Obama for his disingenuous disposition. It has been nearly three years since Obama told Americans to talk to each other “in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.” Obama, however, gave himself and those working for his re-election a waiver from this edict. When Stephanie Cutter, his deputy campaign manager (now a co-host for CNN’s new version of Crossfire), suggested that Mitt Romney had committed a felony concerning his departure from Bain Capital, Obama not only didn’t condemn Cutter’s statement but called it “entirely appropriate.”

So it’s not surprising that President Obama considered it “entirely appropriate” for Latino voters to “punish our enemies” before the 2010 mid-term elections and the following year considered it “entirely appropriate” to say that Republicans want Americans to have “dirtier air, dirtier water” and “less people with health insurance.” Well, with the way Obamacare has been implemented there will be fewer people with health insurance.

Having mentioned Obamacare, I dislike President Obama because of his dishonesty. Now I should mention I thought Obama’s honesty was questionable when he claimed he had no idea Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man he knew for 20 years, presided at his wedding with Michelle and baptized his children, held anti-American views. Alas, a majority of Americans were prepared to give Obama the benefit of the doubt in 2008 over Reverend Wright. A majority of Americans were also prepared to give Obama the benefit of the doubt in 2012 when he repeatedly declared, “If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it.”

Well, in the 120 or so days since the implementation of Obamacare, millions of Americans have found out the hard way that they cannot keep the health insurance that they like. If the employer mandate is not delayed again this year then millions more will join their ranks. Over the past 120 or so days, more Americans have come to dislike Obama, including many who voted for him not once, but twice. Late last November, CNN/ORC International released a poll indicating that 53% of Americans do not believe Obama to be honest and trustworthy while 56% of Americans believe that Obama is not someone to be admired. These numbers represented an all-time low for President Obama. None of this has anything do to with Obama’s race.

Indeed, why should anyone dislike Obama because of his race when there are so many other good reasons to dislike him?

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Aaron Goldstein writes from Boston, Massachusetts.