Published On: Sun, Nov 20th, 2011

Why Doesn’t Barack Obama Like Us?

In 2008, Barack Hussein Obama was the first Democrat to be elected to the Presidency of the United States with a majority of the vote since Jimmy Carter in 1976. While Carter barely eked out a majority of 50.08%, Barack Obama received 52.87% of the popular vote and 67.8% of the Electoral vote. You would have thought that this vote of confidence from the American voter would have endeared the American people to the newly elected President, but something in Barack Obama’s mindset prevents him from liking us.

In Barack Obama’s first trip abroad as President, he was asked if he believed in “American exceptionalism.” His reply was I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism…” One can not help but wonder if there is anything at all to the concept of exceptionalism if everyone is considered exceptional.

Then in a speech made to college students from Germany and France at Strasbourg, France, Barack Obama told the audience that “In America, there is a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” France is certainly an odd location to be bemoaning American “arrogance,” since the nation of France is well known for the arrogance of it’s population. Why Obama picked that location to denounce American “arrogance” is unfathomable, unless Obama just doesn’t like our country. Or perhaps he believes that it was arrogant for those young American men to have stormed ashore uninvited at Normandy on June 6, 1944.

Now it is certainly true that Barack Obama’s first three years in office haven’t been a picnic, and Obama has much to complain about, but it does him no good to be constantly blaming the American people for his travails. It was particularly unseemly to choose a San Francisco fundraiser to scold us with the charge that “We have lost our ambition, our imagination, and our willingness to do the things that built the Golden Gate Bridge.” What makes that charge so egregious is that, prior to the 2008 election, it was also in San Francisco that Barack Obama said of  small town Pennsylvanians; “So it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Obama could just be pandering to the prejudices of San Franciscans, but it is more likely that he believes that he can safely express his true feelings before a San Francisco audience. And Barack Obama’s true feelings do not seem to be very complimentary of the American people.

Then came this:

Barack Obama is now telling the entire world that the US has grown “soft.” What exactly does he mean by that? Does he mean that the American people can’t balance their budgets? Does he mean that American families cannot control their spending? Does he mean that the American people cannot control their debt? Well, none of that is true of the American people, but it is certainly true of the American government headed by Barack Obama. So, exactly who is it that is soft?

Next, the President of the United States, at a summit in Honolulu, in reply to a question about the need for more investment  in the U.S., said, “we’ve gotten a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades. We’ve kind of taken for granted” that “people will want to come here and we aren’t out there hungry, selling America and trying to attract new business into America.” Who’s gotten lazy? Who is taking things for granted? Perhaps Barack Obama should look in the mirror for the answers to those questions.

It was Barack Obama who chose to delay a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. The construction of this pipeline, designed to bring Canadian oil to the US, would have created tens of thousands of jobs in the United States. It was Barack Obama who chose to postpone shale drilling in Ohio for six months. That delay will mean that some 20,000 jobs will not soon be available in that hard pressed state. Did Obama make these decisions because of laziness or were they hard political calculations made to cater to the environmental extremists whose enthusiastic support Obama will need for his re-election effort?

Barack Hussein Obama was sold to the American people by the hustlers in the Democrat party and their willing accomplices in the main stream media as the first post-partisan and the first post-racial president. It was a myth. The myth about post-partisanship was disproven early in the Obama term as he imperiously declared to Republicans who were negotiating with him on the stimulus that “I won.” Not exactly a post-partisan attitude.

It also didn’t take long for the myth of a post-racial president to be dispelled. That happened when Barack Obama, without having the facts, declared that the Cambridge Police Dept had “acted stupidly,” in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates at his home. The firestorm over the Presidents’s remarks led to a meeting of the parties involved at the White House in what was labeled a “beer summit,” but the damage to race relations in this nation had already been done.

So, we have had almost three full years to watch Barack Obama in action. One can not help but come away with the idea that Barack Obama has little use for the American people. He seems contemptuous of us all and it seems that he believes that we are deserving of the hardships we are experiencing because of our many failings. It would perhaps be best if Barack Obama and the American people were to come to a parting of the ways come November 2012. It would be unfair to expect that Barack Obama continue to suffer the indignity of having to be President of such a bunch of unambitious, unimaginative, unwilling, soft and lazy individuals that he obviously believes us to be.

About the Author

- Paul Bianco, retired from a career in sales, now spends his spare time as a gadfly on the many political blogs. Paul says he is just going through a phase, but that phase seems to have lasted two decades. Paul's conservative political philosophy was formed well before conservative talk radio and Fox News came along. Paul remembers the days when conservatives like William F Buckley Jr were voices in the wilderness "standing athwart history, yelling stop!" From time to time Paul contributes some of the insights he has gained from observing politics for so many years, and hopes that readers will be entertained and perhaps even enlightened.