The courage we desire and prize is not the courage to die decently, but to live manfully.
- Carlyle, Scottish Author and Philosopher (1795-1881)
The day after Barack Obama won the election, I remember going to a grocery store and I saw a black women there, and she was holding her head way up high, she held her head high as a Nubian princess in a procession carried by slaves, and it allowed me to step outside of my experience as the white man who voted for McCain and grasp what a proud and uplifting moment the election of a black president must have been for the black people of America, and I felt happy for her. And she wasn’t the only black person who looked uplifted and filled with pride on that day and even though my candidate lost, I was feeling good seeing the pride that was so obvious in my fellow Americans of dark colored skin.
That whole 2008 campaign, I rarely, rarely ever though about Obama’s skin color, so little did I think Obama’s being black that it shocked me to feel tears welling up in my eyes during the inauguration as I said to myself, oh my God, we just elected our first black president! It was really a thought that hadn’t occurred to me in all the months leading up – what a great moment this is! I was overcome with emotion, what a proud moment for the greatest country on earth! (Unfortunately, in my view, his presidency has been all downhill from there.)
The whole election, I couldn’t give a damn about Obama being black, except for that proud emotion when at the inauguration when it became a reality. So it amazes me and astounds me to be called a racist on a daily basis by the people on Twitter who think the only reason a person could ever disagree with Obama is from hatred towards the black guy. Truth is, I disagree with Barack Obama for the exact same reasons I think the election of a President John Kerry or a President Al Gore would have been a disaster as well.
Obama’s skin color doesn’t even make a top-ten list of things I notice about him as he reads off his teleprompter. To paraphase MLK, I judge this man by the content of his words and not the color of his skin. I’ll never understand liberals and their non-stop obsession with race. A perfect example was when Herman Cain became the GOP front runner for the presidential nomination, even that was attempted to be explained away by race-obsessed liberal lunatics like Janeane Garofalo as yet another example of GOP racism. WTF?
When you see people like Chris Matthews who TWO YEARS IN to Barack Obama’s presidency actually admitting with amazement on air that he listened to a Obama speak for an entire hour and never once thought of his being black. Are you kidding me? You sat and watched Obama speak for an entire hour and didn’t think of him being black and you’re amazed by this and you even admit it on the air?
I wonder what it sounds like inside the head of Chris Matthews during a Barack Obama speech? “Oh my God, he’s black! He’s a black man! He’s not the deepest darkest African black and maybe the palms of his hands are almost white, but every other inch of his skin is at least as dark as that cafe mocha I ordered at Starbucks this morning! Look at him, he’s just so . . . he’s so BLACK!”
By and large, the left is obsessed with race and the right just doesn’t give a damn. The right believes in a meritocracy just as sure as the owner of a baseball team is looking for the center fielder who’s going to bring the most to his team and couldn’t give a damn about his skin color.
You know what really gets me though, is all this PBO shit.
@kisaracats Doesn’t PBO rock?!And so do you?!:))
— Sherri Yeatts (@scyeatts) May 10, 2012
@oopsieee True.I smell some rats.PBO is going to unleash and expose in 2012
— Janice G Washington (@JaniceGW) May 10, 2012
PBO must win. If hes one term people gonna say – see, we tried the black guy amd it didnt work out. WE CANNOT LET THAT HAPPEN. VOTE!
— Larry K (@Getsmart4) May 10, 2012
@blackdragon8486 did someone call PBO an empty suit?
— Ray Tucker (@RayT2011) May 10, 2012
@utaustinliberalThe one black person at Romney rally says PBO should be on trial for treason. This does not pass smell test.
— Just Hussein Jo (@desertcronenm) May 7, 2012
New PBO ad. Go get em PBO! youtube.com/watch?v=R5e0Qo…
— Just Hussein Jo (@desertcronenm) May 1, 2012
When PBO was elected and the corps birthed the Tea Party I said they hated him so much he could ice OBL and they’d mourn OBL #nostradeptus
— adept2u (@adept2u) May 1, 2012
I know it’s been a long time coming baby, but can we please stop feeling compelled to add the title “president” every time you tweet his initials? It’s kind of pathetic. Are you afraid that dropping the “P” would give people the impression you were tweeting about “BO” as in what happens to dirty people who don’t shower or use deodorant? Are you afraid people will become confused you maybe be talking of Bo, the dog? You know, the dog Obama spared from the dinner menu and who Obama narcissisticly named after his own initials?
Seriously, when Bill Clinton was president, did anyone feel compelled to call him PBC?
Or how about the guy who Obama’s vying with now for the title of most inept president ever, did anyone resort to calling Jimmy Carter PJC?
The whole PBO thing smacks of insecurity to me. The man’s president. We all know that. His initials are BHO, Barack Hussein Obama. What, you have a problem with his middle name or something?
For the presidents who earned the right to be known by their initials alone, they were known as JFK, LBJ and FDR. No one ever called them PJFK or PLBJ, PFDR . . . these men made their marks on history in a way that’s undeniable, and all you had to do was speak their three initials and everyone knew exactly who you were talking about. Heck, JFK’s brother Bobby didn’t even become president and everyone knows who you’re talking about when you say RFK. No one tried to tack on an “S” for Senator in front of it and call the man SRK.
Did you ever hear someone tack on an extra “R” to KFC to make it clear they wanted to go to the Kentucy Fried Chicken Restaurant? There’s even a couple sandwichics, the PBJ and the BLT both of which which need nothing more than three initials to be understood. No one calls it a BLTS to emphasize the fact that you’re ordering a sandwich, so why all this compulsion for Obama-lovers to emphasize the obvious that Barack Hussein Obama is president by calling him PBO?
Just stop it with the PBO. His name is not PBO. His initials are BHO.