Barack Obama continues to hog the spotlight of American politics.
Most former Presidents fade into the background, but Obama is actively remaining front and center.
Now Obama is blaming his administration’s failure on something truly mind-numbing.
Instead of riding off into the sunset, Barack and Michelle Obama are doing everything they can to remain at the forefront of politics.
They signed a massive deal with Netflix to produce films and television series, and now the former president has a podcast with Democrat mouthpiece Bruce Springsteen.
During their discussion, Obama explained why he couldn’t fully enact his agenda.
He told Springsteen, “[W]hat I saw during my presidency was the politics of white resistance and resentment. The talk of ‘welfare queens’ and the talk of the ‘undeserving’ poor. And the backlash against affirmative action . . . All that made the prospect of actually proposing any kind of coherent, meaningful reparations program struck me as, politically, not only a nonstarter but potentially counterproductive.”
This is absurd on many levels.
First, slavery reparations are a terrible idea for several reasons; it would be impossible to determine who should get them and who should pay them.
And “white resistance” and “resentment” are not what fueled opposition to Obama.
He wouldn’t have won a mandate in 2008 over John McCain and re-election over Mitt Romney without strong support from white voters.
Americans bought into his message of hope and change.
Instead, they got more foreign wars, the slowest economic recovery in history, more NSA surveillance, harassment by the IRS, and a deterioration of race relations.
When Obama first ran for president, he spoke the language of a moderate, but slowly showed his radical stripes as more time passed.
Obama doubled the national debt and cynically used race to divide the country in order to defeat Romney in 2012.
Then-Vice President Joe Biden famously said to a group of black constituents, “[Republicans] are gonna put y’all back in chains.”
Obama cared about expanding the power of the executive in the progressive tradition of Woodrow Wilson, and millions of Americans were not on board.
In 2016, Donald Trump got a higher share of the black vote than Romney did in 2012 despite constant media smears, and in 2020 Trump got the highest GOP share of the nonwhite vote since 1960.
It wasn’t Obama who passed criminal justice reform or increased spending on HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities); it was Trump.
Americans of all colors were fed up with the policies of Obama, and a podcast with Springsteen can’t paper over that fact.
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