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What's Behind Hatred of Obama?

jo254 Wrote: Aug 01, 2012 10:53 AM
First of all, Carter wasn't hated, because he was/is a decent, honest man, trying to do his best (in a way that didn't work, much as socialism never has worked). Clinton lied constantly, and was immoral. He used his political position to habitually abuse women. Obama campaigned as a moderate who would reduce the size of the federal government, stop wasteful government spending, and never sign any legislation containing earmarks. (He actually said those things, not once, but repeatedly in 2008.) He also promised to unite our nation. Now I ask you, can you figure out why anyone who voted for Mr. Obama in good faith would be furious with him?

What drives Barack Obama's "doubters and haters"?

So asks Obama biographer David Maraniss in a recent op-ed article for the Washington Post. By doubters and haters he means the people who think Obama wasn't born in the U.S., that he's a secret Muslim or that he's a closet socialist.

He has an answer: "Some of it can be attributed to the give-and-take of today's harsh ideological divide. Some of it can be explained by the way misinformation spreads virally to millions of like-minded people, reinforcing preconceptions. And some of it, I believe, arises out of fears of demographic changes in this...