President Barack Obama: The Most Criticized American President
Throughout the two-hundred year of the American Presidency, there have been a handful of American presidents that have been truly criticized for making ill decisions and prominent choices to make the world a better place, especially for the lowly people here in America. Starting back with the sixteenth president Abraham Lincoln, who was solely criticized for signing the Emancipation Proclamation to end the Civil War and to abolish slavery in the Deep South once and for all. Although President Lincoln is a Republican, he fought to help mankind especially Black people get free from bondage. Lincoln received extreme hatred from his Republican colleagues from the Confederate South.
Another American president who has been scrutinized so much will be Lyndon Johnson who fought for the passage of both the Civil Rights and Voting Rights Acts of 1965. Lyndon Johnson was hated by White people in the Jim Crow south for siding with Blacks to end discrimination in the hard southern states in America followed by President Clinton in the 1990’s for extending the social safety net programs aimed to help poor people in America. Out of all these three American presidents, they weren’t dragged through the mud; they weren’t called names or shown hatred as much as President Obama is shown hatred right now today.
Even though President Obama is a Democrat, the fact remains. President Obama is the first African-American president to ever sit behind the desk in the oval office in the white house which was built mainly for the past forty presidents starting from George Washington. Ever since President Obama was sworn into office, radicals in the Republican Party and throughout the deep southern states have risen up and shown its ugly head of bigotry and racism.
It appears no matter what President Obama does to make the country better or move it into a different direction he is constantly battling with Republican Tea Party politicians in Washington, D.C. For starters, I have never seen a sitting president being hammered over repeatedly as to where he was born. Extremists on the right of the GOP are trying to make President Obama’s birthplace a big issue trying to declare he’s not an American. The fact remains, President Obama understands where he was born even if his mother is a white woman from Kansas and his father is from Africa.
There are some GOP naysayers calling President Obama degrading names such as “dumb” “stupid,” and that “he doesn’t understand American politics.” Truth of the matter is this, President Obama is a smart, intelligent man who entered Harvard Law School and understands how government works, not just for the wealthy, but also to help those who are in need. In the midst of the presidential election last year, there were calls from the Tea Party GOP in Washington calling for President Obama impeachment. There were cartoons of President Obama drawn up as a monkey, placing pictures of his face on Adolf Hitler’s body, and most of all calls to assassinate the president a few dozen times last year from the Klan.
Everyone believed by electing the first African-American president it will heal old wounds of racism, yet it sped up racism. My only hope is that some of us will continue to pray over the president including his family from the traverse idiots of the GOP.