In one breath he does both. He calls for us to end vilifying each other and then he vilifies grassroots citizens as "sideshows and carnival barkers."
When Obama was elected his approval ratings were through the roof. On the day of his inaugural the country was unified behind him as his approval rating touched 65 percent. It is highly unusual to get 65 percent of Americans to agree on anything much less a political leader.
Since that day, Obama's practice of politics as warfare has torn the country apart. He has jammed unpopular legislation such as Obamacare down the voters' throats. He has expanded unpopular military adventures beyond Afghanistan and Iraq into Libya. But most importantly his stewardship of the economy has been erratic and detached. He has handed over most policy decisions to the Central bankers at the Federal Reserve and their allies on Wall Street.
Today Obama's approval has slumped to well below 50 percent, and his strongly unfavorable rating has soared from 15 percent at the time he took office to well over 40 percent today. Obama has alienated Americans because he cannot stop demonizing his opponents and polarizing the issues.
His refusal to send a short letter to the Hawaii Department of Health requesting his birth certificate for all these many months has undermined his credibility and created the perception that he is dishonest. It has also done immeasurable damage to the media that has slavishly protected him. Political figures lose when they refuse to be transparent and open.
Score one for the so-called "Birthers".