Barack Obama: Still a Racial Incendiary

Former President Barack Obama recently gave a speech in which he attacked the critics of “identity politics.” At the June Copenhagen Democracy Summit Obama said: “I have little sympathy for reactionaries who cynically condemn identity politics or cancel culture when really all they’re doing is trying to preserve existing privilege or excuse entrenched injustice, or bigotry. I mean, the original identity politics was racism, sexism, and homophobia. That’s nothing if not identity politics, and it’s done a lot more harm than some tweet from an aggrieved liberal.”

“Reactionaries”?

Yes, that’s the same Obama who burst onto the national scene with a riveting keynote speech at DNC convention in Boston 2004. DenouncedIdentity politics

Then-Illinois state Sen. Obama said: “There are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who embrace the politics of anything goes. Well, I say to them tonight, there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America—there’s the United States of America. There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America. The pundits love to cut and dice our country into red states or blue states, red states for Republicans and blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. … We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.”

Days before he announced his race to become a Democratic nominee for president in 2008, Obama gave his first “60 Minutes” interview:

“60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft: “You think the country’s ready for a black president?”

Obama: “Yes.”

Kroft: “You don’t think it’s going to hold you back?”

Obama: “No. I think if I don’t win this race, it will be because of other factors. It’s going to be because I have not shown to the American people a vision for where the country needs to go that they can embrace.”

At a 2007 speech at Brown Chapel AME church, presidential candidate Obama talked about the black struggle, how much had been achieved and that which remained: “The previous generation, the Moses generation, pointed the way. They got us 90% of the route. But we still got that 10% in order to cross over to the other side.”

This is the Obama that the American people believed they had hired in November 2008. He is optimistic, positive, and a liberal Democrat. However, he is a black man who can serve, at the minimum, as a racial mediator, acutely aware of the progress America has made.

His approval rating was close to 70% when he entered the Oval Office in the third week of January 2009. A January 2009 ABC News poll revealed that 58% believed race relations would improve under Obama. However, a CNN/ORC poll showed that 54% of respondents thought race relations would improve under Obama. This was just one month before the presidential election. WorseningObama included 40% of blacks and 57% for whites.

Obama, as president, peddled—with little evidence—an ever-growing list of race grievances. The list included “the Cambridge police acted stupidly”; racism is “still part of our DNA that’s passed on”; “if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon (Martin)”; holding up Ferguson as a microcosm of racial strife in America; inviting race-hustling incendiary the Rev. Al Sharpton to the White House over 70 times; and embracing the Black Lives Matter movement, an activist organization based on the false narrative of police “systemic racism” against blacks.

Obama never missed an opportunity to be the conciliator Americans expected him to be. Obama knows that racism is a significant obstacle to American success. His election and reelection are a testimony to this truth.

Obama won the presidency on the basis of a lie. Obama entered the presidency as an articulate and even-tempered, racial unifier. He left as an articulate and even-tempered, racial incendiary. Today he plays the race card from his $12 million bunker in Martha’s Vineyard.

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