On A Promised Land by Barack Obama
It only took 4 years of self-appreciation for former President Barack H. Obama to come out with a tell all new book “A Promised Land” which places blame first on Governor Sarah Palin because Senator John McCain chose her as his running mate in the 2008 election against him in his successful bid for the presidency. Notice he didn’t blame McCain, but Palin. Interestingly enough I remember back in the day when the media contrasted the comparison of Obama and Palin, instead of Obama and McCain. I was hoping that the RNC would have nominated Palin for president and she someone else as HER running mate, but that never happened.
Obama blames Palin as the conduit of “dark spirits” lurking on the edges of the Republican Party leading to xenophobia, anti-intellectualism, paranoid conspiracy theories and an antipathy toward Black (capitalized) and brown (not capitalized) folks. It’s a shame because the hopes and dreams of a better future for America lay smack dab in the middle of his hands at the time. Obama missed a golden opportunity to show want Americans were made of and we gave him 8 years to do so. What he didn’t address is probably the many letters like mine where I told him that HE could put conspiracy theorists to rest by simply producing his birth certificate, just like we do when we apply for identification cards or government assistance. He never acknowledged any of my concerns in his presidential form letter response. In fact it was during Obama’s 8 years in office that minorities were marginalized and taken advantage of by the Obama administration, with his full knowledge and consent. So laying the blame on someone who unsuccessfully challenged his bid for the highest office seems rather petty.
Obama wrote that his presence triggered a deep-seated panic, how dare he feel he was that all important. It wasn’t so much as panic but disappointment in how he executed the duties of the office of the President and presented our country during his apology tour throughout around the world. A strong leader knows his limitations and doesn’t have to prove himself as he does what is right because it is the right thing to do.
Obama further wrote that Donald Trump appealed to white (not capitalized) Americans in the Republican Party who had reservations about a Black (capitalized) president. He obviously hadn’t stood in our shoes or remembered his own tainted past. Trump initially appealed to nobody, left right or center upon his entry into presidential politics. In fact to quote Trump, “I wouldn’t be president if it wasn’t for Obama/Biden doing such a lousy job”. Trump wasn’t even a politician, yet he knew the politicians he had dealt with over time and they in turn erroneously thought they knew him.
Obama wrote that Republican Party leadership “understood that it didn’t matter if what they said was true.” And he added “the only difference between Trump’s style of politics and theirs was his lack of inhibition.” Still playing the blame game as his Democratic Party followers do today. They lie, cheat and steal, then accuse their opposition of doing exactly what they are doing but it’s A-Okay.
Over the past 4 years after leaving office Obama once said his administration had no scandals that embarrassed them. Notice he didn’t say they had no scandals, but none that embarrassed them. I guess the guns of Fast and Furious didn’t embarrass him, nor the Benghazi attack of 2012 didn’t embarrass him either. There were more but no embarrassments. Not even picking up his Nobel Prize awarded for what he could do as president, but never actually did.
I have no intention of spending my hard earned money on Obama’s book, or reading it even if it was offered online for free. What I and what America expected from a President Barack Obama was a president who was proud of our great nation and what we have become in the past 200 years and more. Instead we heard how unproud the royal first family was of actually being a part of the most racist country in the world. It was Obama’s weaponization of his administration and their attacks on conservatives that would leave a lasting impression and after his participation trophy all we have of the Obama legacy is…….well nothing of substance.