Obama Accuses Voters of Bigotry

Carol Platt Liebau
Posted: May 16, 2012 9:02 AM
At least give him credit for honesty.  Appearing on "The View," the President attributed his struggles with re-election to the bigotry of the American electorate.  His exact quote?

"When your name is Barack Obama, it [election]'s always tight".

Really?  Always?  After all, this is a man who was elected with 53% of the vote -- in fact, with the largest majority for any Democrat since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. That means he won a significantly larger percentage than either Democrat with the white-bread, "all-American" names of "William Jefferson Clinton" or "James Earl Carter."  He's a guy who enjoyed a sky-high approval rating at the time of his inauguration -- only JFK enjoyed higher ratings early in his term.  He's also a guy who won his US Senate seat 70% to 27% despite having an opponent with the far less unusual name of "Alan Keyes."  (Obviously, it's impossible to track other statewide or national electoral experiences for the President, since he has none).

For the President's slur on the American electorate to have any truth, former Obama voters would only now having to be digging deep to find formerly-untapped reserves of racial or ethnic animus that they somehow suppressed in 2008 . . . rather than simply being citizens who are tired of the manifold failures of the Obama presidency.

But what's most unsettling about the President's wholly-unwarranted, knee-jerk resort to accusations of racial bias is what it tells us about his thoughts and his character . . .  a manifestaion of a victim mentality unbecoming in a US president.

In fact, it would be far more accurate to say that "when your name is Barack Obama, it's never tight" -- at least until now, when he's finally stayed in an elected position long enough for voters to assess his performance there.