It’s time for them to take the criticism they so richly deserve.
I heard only two weeks ago about a grandmother in New Orleans, Linda Frickey, 73, who was carjacked in March after taking a break from work to put something in her car. When the carjackers rushed the car and drove off, Frickey got tangled in the seatbelt and was dragged for one block as her clothes were being torn off.
According to witness Leanne Mascar, after a neighbor frantically screamed to let her go, the carjackers “slowed down and opened the door to kick her out.” Naked and with her arm severed, that grandmother bled to death in the street.
This happened as the blood of vicious murdering and random violence spills from its usual purlieu to just about everywhere in America. As anti-policing policies infect the country with gut-churning insecurity, in August monthly civilian gun sales exceeded 1 million for a recording-breaking 37 consecutive months.
A day after a 27-year-old California woman’s head was found under her car, severed with a sword by her ex-boyfriend in broad daylight; the same week jogger Eliza Fletcher’s body was found after being randomly kidnapped and raped; and the same day deranged Memphis teenager, Ezekiel Kelly, livestreamed his massacre on Facebook – the Obama’s unveiled their portraits at the White House.
The two uttered calm, “mostly peaceful” speeches atop Biden’s wreckage of record inflation, record border crossings, record crime, record racial and political division, and full-blown generalized anxiety over the deliberate torching of America’s load-bearing institutions. The Obamas gave every indication that they have no earthly idea about what’s happening in the real world.
“Joe, it is now America’s good fortune to have you as president,” Obama said in the speech, partly meant to atone for overshadowing Biden on his last visit. “You have guided us through some perilous times. You’ve built on and gone beyond the work we all did together to expand health care, to fight climate change, to advance social justice, and to promote economic fairness.”
And then he said it.
“Thanks to your decency and thanks to your strength, maybe most of all thanks to your faith in our democracy and the American people, the country’s better off than when you took office …”
In what world is that true? A make-believe one, of course.
More than a century after slavery was abolished, over a half century after the end of legal discrimination, and when blacks in America – despite it all – have become the most successful in human history, Barack and Michele Obama remain the king and queen of an enchanted Neverland where the unicorn dreams of “social justice” and “economic fairness” produce a perpetual crop of endless grievances.
But paying homage to progressive policies makes sense when you think that it was Obama, who ran on a platform to “fundamentally change the United States of America,” opened the political can of worms that has, today, made America unrecognizable.
Biden’s catastrophes are the rotten fruit of Obama’s policies.
It was Obama, in 2009, who spent his first 100 days apologizing for America’s sins on three continents. In France he said America “has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive” of Europe. He poetically seethed, in London, that the world’s financial system was created through decisions made by “just Roosevelt and Churchill sitting in a room with a brandy.” And when asked if he believed in American exceptionalism, he said yes, but in the same way “that Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks in Greek exceptionalism.”
In the end, his confessions diminished America but earned nothing from jealous friends and avowed enemies.
It was Obama who, while in Turkey that same year, said the U.S. no longer believed itself to be a Judeo-Christian nation.
“Although, as I mentioned, we have a very large Christian population,” said Obama, “we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation.”
It was Obama who repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the military in 2010 and, in 2011, refused to defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as only between a man and a woman.
After the Supreme Court ruled DOMA unconstitutional in 2013, and in 2015 ruled that the Constitution protects same-sex marriage, it was an unusually giddy Obama who celebrated the decision by lighting up the White House in the colors of the rainbow.
After admitting he didn’t have all the facts, it was Obama who said that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” in arresting his friend Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., and in 2013, took sides in the highly publicized Trayvon Martin case.
“You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son,” Obama said at a press briefing. “Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago.”
After saying that he, like many black males, had been followed while shopping, heard people locking their car doors as he walked down the street, and that he saw a woman clutching her purse “nervously and holding her breath” on an elevator until she got off, Obama said the justice system is racially biased.
“The African-American community is also knowledgeable that there is a history of racial disparities in the application of our criminal laws – everything from the death penalty to enforcement of our drug laws.”
Black Lives Matter was created that same month, a group that Michelle Obama fully supports to this day – after the riots, after the random violence and destruction, and after the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict.
“Many of us still live in fear as we go to the grocery store …” she told Gayle King in a 2021 interview. “Like so many parents of black kids … the innocent act of getting a license puts fear in our hearts. … I mean, all those Black Lives Matter kids, they’d rather not have to worry about this.”
With no more offices to run for, it’s sad to see that the Obamas have become completely irrelevant in the real world as they fully embrace their role as king and queen of perpetual black grievance. Despite the mayhem and death young blacks create in Chicago, New York and Memphis, and no matter how much their own lives contradict the deeply flawed narratives they push, the Obamas strut in the accolades of cheap royalty, with stupid pride.
“For me, this day is not just about what has happened, it’s also about what could happen,” she said at the unveiling. “Because a girl like me, she was never supposed to be up there next to Jacqueline Kennedy and Dolly Madison. She was never supposed to live in this house, and she definitely wasn’t supposed to serve as first lady.”
Your extremist policies of climate change, social justice, and economic fairness are creating real victims – in the real world – who couldn’t care less about your bleeping color. They’re suffering and dying, for God’s sake.
It’s long past time for the Obamas to either abdicate the throne or grow up and take whatever criticism they get, and which they so richly deserve.