Personal Insult?? [Opinion]
In a recent address to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation President Obama said the following.
"I will consider it a personal insult, an insult to my legacy if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election, you want to give me a good send-off, go vote."
I have never heard a more racist and narcissistic comment from a sitting president of the United States in my lifetime and I’ve lived through 13 presidents.
This community? My Legacy?
That one statement sums up his legacy. It’s all about his legacy — nothing is more important. It’s me, me, me and not the American People.
But to threaten an entire race of people (this community) that he will be disappointed and “personally insulted” if you don’t rubber stamp him and his party is beyond the pale.
Lipstick On A Pig
You can dress up the comment with all manner of innuendo and hyperbole but the message still rings loud and clear.
All anyone heard is the personal insult phrase.
You will pay a price if you vote any way other than how I want you to.
He didn’t make the case for Trump being a bad candidate because that wouldn’t resonate with the population of that room.
They are already convinced before the talk that Trump’s a bad candidate.
No — if you court my favor you will ignore all other options.
Why even bother with this rhetoric — is there something to fear that blacks might jump ship?
Now the last time I looked the voting booth is a private environment. No one really knows how you vote.
So I assume if Trump gets 10 percent of the black vote that the president will just not speak to every 10th black person he happens to encounter because of the personal insult to him?
Its People Not Parties
I have no interest in which candidate you select. That’s a personal decision.
Something this president has a hard time with.
But his legacy takes precedent over anyone thinking for themselves.
In the 2012 election the president garnered 51.1 percent of the vote — hardly a mandate and down from the 52.9 percent in the 2008 election.
Slightly more than half were enraptured with his policies after his first four years.
As of today, blacks included, a larger percentage, 63.9 percent of those polled believe the country is on the wrong track.
Some Final Thoughts
Can you imagine Bush or Romney or even Trump making a statement that the white community should turn out for Republicans?
All I needed to do to find endless stories on this was to Google personal insult or my legacy.
I agree with go vote but is black America better off than they were eight years ago or even sixteen years ago? You do the math.
To paraphrase Michelle Obama, "For the first time in my adult life I'm not proud of my president."