You’d think. You’d be wrong. Nope, before our man Barry bounces back to Grant Park, he wants to ensure we remember him as a bitter man who has some unresolved issues with white people. And when Obama sat for a game of softball with Jann Wenner, the billionaire publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, Obama eschewed burnishing his own legacy for a chance to whine about how poopy everything has gotten.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat it. There are consequences to elections. It means that the next Supreme Court justice is going to be somebody who doesn’t reflect my understanding of the Constitution. It means that the work we’ve done internationally and domestically on climate is going to be threatened. It means that the Affordable Care Act, which has provided 20 million people with health insurance, is going to be modified in ways that some people are going to be hurt by.”
So what if those are some of the precise reasons America just repudiated his entire regime? He’s worried, you guys! More importantly, he’s worried about the people who did the repudiating.
“(T)here is a cohort of working-class white voters that voted for me in sizable numbers, but that we’ve had trouble getting to vote for Democrats in midterm elections. In this election, [they] turned out in huge numbers for Trump…whatever policy prescriptions that we’ve been proposing don’t reach, are not heard, by the folks in these communities. And what they do hear is Obama or Hillary are trying to take away their guns or they disrespect you… in these rural or predominantly white areas, particularly in the Midwest. It’s going to be harder to do in the South…”
Not just “voters,” but “working class white voters.” I guess the rich white people are ok with the president. It’s those rednecks in the South and rubes in flyover country; they’re the real problem. Evidently, it hasn’t occurred to the originator of the infamous “bitter clinger” epithet that shrieking at gun owners every time some thug commits a crime with an illegally-obtained firearm hasn’t proven particularly effective. It also seems to have escaped the Great Uniter that habitually pigeonholing people by skin color is also known as “racism” in some parts.
But Obama doesn’t just think “working class white voters” are racist trash. He also thinks they’re all morons who would be much better off if they would trust people like him to do their thinking for them.
“Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country… One of the challenges that we’ve been talking about now is the way social media and the Internet have changed what people receive as news… The whole movement away from curated journalism to Facebook pages, in which an article on climate change by a Nobel Prize-winning scientist looks pretty much as credible as an article written by a guy in his underwear in a basement, or worse. Or something written by the Koch brothers.”
Right. If only there was a way to keep people from hearing things Obama doesn’t want them to, then Obama wouldn’t be such a sad clown. And it never occurred to him that a president with a nearly unprecedented track record of dishonesty, whining to a magazine publisher who’s about to write some big checks for his own rag’s version of “curated journalism,” might be part of why he can’t turn that frown upside down.
Presuming Obama is right, and the Democrat Party’s problem is one of miscommunication, not their near-criminal disregard for everything from Constitutional limits to basic human decency, then it would follow that Obama should use his post-presidential time to help re-establish those lines of communication. Instead, he’s complaining about stupid white people and duplicitous billionaires to Wenner; a stupid, white, duplicitous billionaire. While Obama’s mewling might seem undignified, or even a bit sad, I fully endorse his continuation thereof. Let him wallow in his miserable sty; blaming silly crackers and their television-watchin’ foolishness for the mess he left behind.
— Ben Crystal