President Barack Obama enjoys the celebrity and uniqueness of being America’s first black president but loathes the accountability that comes with the job. Since day one, Obama has cried racism as the cause for his inability to work with Republicans in Congress or basically get anything meaningful done in five years of his presidency.
The very thing that got Obama elected, his race, is the very crutch he continuously uses to eschew criticism for a job poorly done. So, it was no surprise to read in the New Yorker's sweeping interview with the president that he blames the failures of his presidency on racists.
“There’s no doubt that there’s some folks who just really dislike me because they don’t like the idea of a black President,” said Obama.
Granted there are and will always be white people who will never get comfortable with the idea of a black president. But the reason why Obama’s approval numbers have tanked to a record low of 39% is because whether he’s black, white, gray or purple, he’s turning out to be one of the most ineffective presidents in modern times.
What the American people don’t like the idea of is a president who thinks public relations, giving speeches, media interviews and excoriating the political opposition is leadership. America is arguably in the worst shape of her history at home and abroad since the Great Depression.
At home our unemployment rate has remained persistently high and the only reason it’s dipped below 7% is because millions of Americans have given up “hope” they will ever find a job. The labor participation rate, which measures the number of people who are able to work, is at 62% the lowest in 35 years. Obamacare, the president’s signature legislation, which Democrats in Congress passed without a single Republican vote, is turning into an unaffordable, un-implementable nightmare for many Americans that the administration is unilaterally postponing portions of the law monthly it seems.
Rogue nations like Syria and Iran are dictating how America, the defender of democratic principles, should treat them. Allies like Israel have given up on us defending them against an Iranian nuclear attack. Our standing in the world has diminished because Obama would rather negotiate with our enemies than stand on principles of freedom and greatness.
In the very next breath of the New Yorker interview, Obama acknowledged his race was also the reason many people, including the mainstream media, have given him a free pass on accountability.