Category Archives: Barack Obama

Finding Me on Bartcop or Obama is a Fraud

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After a 2 week hiatus, it’s time to ease back into regular posting and I thought I’d start with publishing an interesting email I received yesterday. A gentleman named Neil, wrote me to both praise my work (thank you, Neil) and to express his complete disappointment in President Obama and the Democratic Party.

In a letter titled I Found you on Bartcop, Neil wrote:

I find your work brilliant, the best slamming of the Rethugs on the Internet.Unfortunately you, like Bartcop, believe that the Dems are the solution, and not, truthfully, part of the problem.

I voted for Obama once, but now I consider him a war criminal, and a fraud. I live in Mass, so I can vote for one of the few Dems with integrity, Elizabeth Warren, but I would have preferred that she had run as an Independent (like Bernie Sanders, Angus King) so that she doesn’t end up corrupted like most of the rest of the Dems.

Bartcop is the most partisan of Dems, even as every other paragraph of a posting is usually expressing frustration about the Dems.

Anyway, as I said, love your work. If you ever take a critical look at the Dems also, I’d contribute. But personally I have written the Dems off. I’m on SS and some of them, like Obama, are trying to do the “grand bargain” and cut what little I have and deserve for a life time of hard work. He’s a fraud. good luck, nice kids, work for their future.

I hear you, Neil, and I’m sure you’re not alone among liberals and progressives in feeling disappointment and a sense of betrayal by some of the actions of the President and Dems in Congress. In a more perfect world, I suppose, there would be no American troops in either Iraq or Afghanistan, Guantanamo would be closed, tax rates for the top 2 percent would be higher, implementation of a true universal health care system with a single payer system would be in place, comprehensive immigration reform legislation would be enacted, marriage equality in all 50 states would be a reality, the country’s infrastructure woes would be addressed as would the undeniable dangers imposed by climate change. These and every other item on progressive’s wish list would either have been dealt with in the last five years or be in the process of being dealt with, except that…

we don’t live in a perfect world, and…

democracy tends to get a little messy most of the time and…

getting everything you want is not a realistic goal even when you’ve won the White House and half of Congress in consecutive national elections, and…

Democrats are dealing with the most reckless, hostile opposition in the history of the United States.

That’s the reality, Neil. While criticism and frustration has been expressed by liberals and progressives toward some of President Obama’s policies, there’s not a hell of a lot of room to criticize a man who is trying to govern in what has to be described as the most obstructionist environment a president has ever found himself in. When forced to deal with an opposition who has made ‘compromise’ a 4-letter word and Republican policy is being dictated by a couple of billionaire brothers, Fox News, conservative hate radio and a small group of crazy, delusional baggers operating in an 18th century mindset, what did you expect?

Here’s the question I ask: If not the Democratic Party, then who? Imagine what the last five years would have been like if John McCain had won back in 2008. Troops would still be firmly entrenched in Iraq and Afghanistan and Americans would most likely be fighting a war in Iran. Or imagine a country with a President Mitt Romney and the type of “compassion”  and “understanding” he’s shown for the poor and middle class. Imagine that, Neil, and tell me who you’d rather have in the White House.

I love Bernie Sanders and most of the principles he stands for and American politics needs all the Bernie Sanders they can get…but, here’s the thing; Bernie Sanders will never be president of the United States. Never, and that’s because as much as you believe in the thoughts and principles that guide your thinking, at least one half of the country disagrees with you and Bernie Sanders. And while that same half would possibly be willing to cast a vote for a more moderate liberal, they would never vote for someone as far to the left of the political spectrum as Bernie Sanders.

That said, I’m not suggesting that you and other progressives don’t hold Dems feet to the fire and demand that they do the best they can in pushing for a liberal agenda – after all, that’s what elections are for. But let’s not forget what’s happening out there. For every good intention that Barack Obama might have, he can’t do it alone. He needs the support of Congress to get things done and sometimes, reality dictates that you take what you can and live to fight another day.

Finally, Neil, what you interpret as fraudulent behavior on the part of President Obama is, I believe, pragmatism coming from a president who is forced to operate in a world of complexity and nuance we can only begin to imagine.


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Something Tells Me It Wasn’t Just Because It Sounded Pretty

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Sometimes, comrades and friends, the right has to dig down pretty deep to find another reason to despise Obama.

It was once not uncommon in ‘captive’ communist satellite nations (subjugated to the USSR) to give your child a Russian name, mostly to show support for the Soviet system and provide them a leg-up in the commie world. But how many (esp black) Americans do YOU know with a Russian first name?

How amusing it is then that the Obamas’ last federal tax return revealed a fact not publicly known- that ‘Sasha’s actual legal name is ‘Nastasha’, which means ‘birthday’ in the language of the USSR. And something tells me it wasn’t just because it sounded pretty.

Of course it’s a family tradition with Obama- after all, his parents met in Russian language class at the University of Hawaii. And WHAT kind of people took Russian in America in 1961…? Outside of CIA spooks, Lee Harvey Oswald comes to mind…

If nothing else, wingers are an imaginative bunch.


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All It Takes Is A Handshake To Get The Right-Wing Pissed Off

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Okay, so President Obama is in Johannesburg attending Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, and gives a stirring speech in front of world leaders where he says:

“…in America, and in South Africa, and in countries all around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not yet done.  The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality or universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important.  For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger and disease.  We still see run-down schools.  We still see young people without prospects for the future.  Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs, and are still persecuted for what they look like, and how they worship, and who they love.  That is happening today.”

How’s that for lecturing the world’s despots and tyrants on the importance of equality? Predictably, it was not enough to keep Republicans and conservatives from yet another bout of Obama bashing. Before giving the speech, President Obama did the unforgivable – he shook hands with – horrors! – Cuban President Raul Castro. Let the rage begin.

Marco Rubio, the Tea Party’s golden boy:

“If he was going to shake his hand, he should have asked him about those basic freedoms Mandela was associated with that are denied in Cuba.”

Republican Rep. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida.

“It is nauseating.” and “Sometimes a handshake is just a handshake, but when the leader of the free world shakes the bloody hand of a ruthless dictator like Raul Castro, it becomes a propaganda coup for the tyrant.”

In response, let me just quote a TPM reader who cuts through the bullshit in one fell swoop.

Clearly funerals are the happenin’ place for confrontations between world leaders. Obama was raised in Kenya, so he missed the civics class where this is explained. This will be the most outrageous thing possible for 24 hours, until the next most outrageous thing possible happens.

Kevin Drum.

I guess this is going to be the right’s shiny new toy for the week.



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Ruby Bridges and the Black President

Fifty-three years ago today, Ruby Bridges became the first black child to attend a white Southern elementary school. The following is a re-post of a piece I wrote a couple of years ago.


The above image is Norman Rockwell’s “The Problem We All Live With” which graced the cover of Look magazine on January 14, 1964. It commemorates the story of Ruby Bridges who, at the age of 6, was the first African-American child to attend an all-white school in the South – an iconic moment in the history of a country which has struggled with racism for its entire existence.

As soon as Bridges got into the school, white parents went in and brought their own children out; all teachers refused to teach while a black child was enrolled. They hired Barbara Henry, from Boston, Massachusetts, to teach Bridges, and for over a year Mrs. Henry taught her alone, “as if she were teaching a whole class.” That first day, Bridges and her adult companions spent the entire day in the principal’s office; the chaos of the school prevented their moving to the classroom until the second day. Every morning, as Bridges walked to school, one woman would threaten to poison her; because of this, the U.S. Marshals dispatched by President Eisenhower, who were overseeing her safety, only allowed Ruby to eat food that she brought from home. Another woman at the school put a black baby doll in a wooden coffin and protested with it outside the school, a sight that Bridges Hall has said “scared me more than the nasty things people screamed at us.”

I write this because of a great post I read by Dennis G. over at Balloon Juice. Ruby Bridges met with President Obama this July to view the Rockwell painting which currently hangs on a wall just outside the Oval Office. The event moved Dennis to write the following:

There is something celebratory about Ruby Bridges standing next to our Nation’s first Black President and viewing a depiction of an ugly moment of her childhood that made her into a icon of courage for the ages.

And yet, there is a bit of sadness when one considers how far we still have to go to confront racism in America. For it is racism and the fear of losing white privilege that animates most of the Tea Party and—I would say—most of the irrational rage at all things Obama. Others will disagree (especially those suffering from Obama derangement syndrome), but nothing I have seen in the last three years has led me to question this view.

Racism is a fact of life for this President. It is just another thing to overcome. And something that can never be far from Barack Obama’s mind. Every time he walks to his desk he passes this image of courage in the face of hate and the word “Nigger” scrawled on the wall.

I’ll think about that the next time some dumb ass whines about how weak he is or how he doesn’t give a shit about progressive values.

I have no idea what a black President thinks of each and every day as he passes by a painting with the word nigger prominently displayed on it. Nor can we know the thoughts of the many visitors who see the painting as they walk the corridor leading up to the Oval Office. But whatever those thoughts might be, I suspect that Dennis G.’s comment can not be far off the mark. I’m reminded of an email I received on the night of Obama’s victory in 2009 from a white Southerner expressing dismay and wondering what it must have been like for Joe Biden, a white man, to have to hug and congratulate a black man who was now his boss. I could only shake my head at the racist remark as I hit the Delete key.

In the midst of an economic crisis and an opposition battling this president on every front, it’s easy for Americans to forget what it is Barack Obama has accomplished in becoming the first black President in U.S. history. He is the end result of Ruby Bridges’ walk on that day on November 14 1960. And while his skin color does not give this President a free pass (there’s an understatement), it does help put his presidency into perspective and is a reminder of much of what lies beneath the hate and distrust of Barack Obama.


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If Only The President Wasn’t So Black, There’d Be No Shutdown

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As every good racist will tell you, American presidents are supposed to be white. Just ask Newt Gingrich who gave this reason for the government shutdown.

“The big problem is that President Obama refuses to behave like an American president,” Gingrich said. “This President puts himself above the Constitution and that’s very dangerous for our freedoms.”

(wink, wink, nod, nod…”American president” = white president…get it?)

Can you imagine Gingrich or any other Republican referring to a past president they disagree with on policy as refusing to “behave like an American president”? It wouldn’t happen. There’s something unique about the current president that makes him illegitimate in the eyes of Republicans.

President Barack Obama is black…and it’s driving a good number of conservatives to unprecedented levels of insanity.


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