On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act that granted blacks the same basic rights that whites had, equality of a sort has finally arrived.
Quinnipiac University released a recent survey today that names Barack Obama the worst president in history, without regard to race, creed or color.
Finally, some people are getting the content of character thing that Dr. Martin Luther King spoke so eloquently about, rather than just the color of the skin thing that the Democrats have relied so heavily on.
“President Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II, 33 percent of American voters say in a Quinnipiac University National Poll released today,” says the brief accompanying the poll.
He beats George W. Bush by 5 percentage points.
On the plus side only 8 percent of voters think Obama is the best president ever.
"Over the span of 69 years of American history and 12 presidencies, President Barack Obama finds himself with President George W. Bush at the bottom of the popularity barrel," said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the poll.
Obama reached the high water mark in his presidency in June of 2009 with a 59 percent approval rating that again, was largely a measure of how badly Americans wanted the first black president in the history of the country to succeed.
And that’s the historic sin for Obama.
Obama never understood that he had a responsibility to treat the presidency with the respect that could leave a legacy for other black politicians to follow.
Instead he allowed an entitlement mentality to cloud his thinking.
What happened to the Barack Obama who on the campaign trail in 2008 wasn’t afraid to speak against some of the cultural ills in the black community caused by 300 years of degrading treatment of blacks in America?
First it was slavery, then it was segregation, and now it’s dependency.
And Obama of all people should be aware that the president sets the tone.
So here’s the answer. And again, it’s a kind of progress because it has nothing to do with race.
It’s not because Obama’s black that he feels entitled. It’s because he’s Obama.
He’s enjoyed advantages in America that have been afforded few black people. He’s enjoyed advantages that he wishes to deny other blacks.
And like politicians of any color, deep down he’s mostly an opportunist.
So the Obama who lectured the black community is the same Obama who now panders to the understandable anger that simmers in the black community.
One thing that I have noticed about politicians is as they, rise they become more and more just a caricature of themselves, often forgetting who they really were to begin with.
And if anything, the presidency makes the caricature personality become more pronounced, rather than less.
Obama was a caricature to begin with.
So what the hell do you do with that?
You end up with a failed presidency because the man, not the color, can’t rise to the expectations.
And so while today we celebrate one righting of historic wrongs, and see a kind of progress in rating Obama on the same scale his predecessors have had applied to them, we’re not out of the woods.
Because the comparisons to Obama for good or ill will continue as other black politicians reach for the highest office in the land.
Next time maybe the media will concentrate on content of character instead of selling us a caricature.