Since Arizona has made racial profiling fashionable again, let’s do our part and admit that the faltering Presidency of Barack Obama is a failure in affirmative action.
When you go back to the heady days of the 2008 Presidential campaign and take a hard look at the hoopla, you start to realize that race did — indeed — play a huge role in catapulting an inexperienced junior Senator from Illinois into the White House.
With Republicans determined to self-destruct by pinning their hopes on a faltering Senior citizen from Arizona, Democrats saw a chance to make history and felt they could have it with either a woman or an African-American.
Hillary Clinton tried to turn Obama’s inexperience as a less-than-one-term Senator into a political liability but her experience as a second-term Senator and former First Lady was nothing to brag about so Democratic voters in the primary had a choice of two relatively-inexperienced candidates who would make history.
So they opted for the charismatic black Senator from the Land of Lincoln and crossed their fingers, hoping he would be up to the job.
Sadly, he wasn’t. The White House is not a place for on-the-job training. George W. Bush proved that point.
I doubt seriously if a white, male first-term Senator could have made it past the primaries, much less win the Presidency. Voters were blinded by Obama’s rhetoric, his state presence and his ability to deliver the sound bites that played so well in our pop culture.
Obama was often compared to a rock star but let’s face it — who wants a rock star as President? His Presidency is riddled with mistakes but he has, for the most part, received a pass from the media and public. I wonder if a white, male President would have received the same deferential treatment from the media.
Is voter unrest spotlighted in recent polls stand, Obama and the failed Democratic leadership in Congress will lead their party to a humiliating defeat in the midterm elections.
Obama’s Presidency is turning out to be so bad that he may do the impossible: Actually salvage the tarnished reputation of his predecessor: George W. Bush.
If that happens, it will be greatest failure of Obama’s tenure in the White House.
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