Twelve years after making history by getting elected America’s first actual Black president on soaring promises of “hope” and “change,” Barack Obama is back to let you know he is very, very disappointed in you.
And this time, he is selling grim hopelessness and fear.
For eight years, Mr. Obama served as your lofty professor and virtue king, dancing with music stars and enthralling the world with his flowery speeches apologizing for America’s power and very existence.
And then you elected a dummy.
Of President Trump, Mr. Obama said: “For close to four years now, he’s shown no interest in putting in the work; no interest in finding common ground; no interest in using the awesome power of his office to help anyone but himself and his friends; no interest in treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show that he can use to get the attention he craves.”
This from the same guy whose administration launched a spying operation at the highest levels of the federal government into Mr. Obama’s political enemies in order to cancel a free and fair election.
This from the guy who held extravagant parties inside the White House with the royalty of Hollywood and converted his presidency into contracts with Netflix and book publishers for sweetheart deals totaling north of $100 million.
But back to Mr. Obama’s disappointment in you.
“Donald Trump hasn’t grown into the job because he can’t. And the consequences of that failure are severe.”
How severe, you ask? — “170,000 Americans dead.”
The bitterness. The venom. The hatred.
Now, for the millions of Americans who did not waste their time tuning into the Democrat Telethon this week, this sounds pretty bad.
No matter how foul gutter-sniping politics gets, never before in American history has a former president accused a successor of committing genocide. Even John Kerry and his ridiculous failed 2004 campaign did not accuse President George W. Bush of killing 170,000 people.
But this is Barack Obama. He really is this bad. And desperate.
Did you see the fear etched on his face as he spoke?
No wonder voters flung themselves into the arms of Mr. Trump after eight years of this sort of toxic political vitriol.
“Our worst impulses unleashed, our proud reputation around the world badly diminished and our democratic institutions threatened like never before,” he scolded.
As always, Mr. Obama’s dystopian portrait of America and its history stems from his inability view the country except through the lens of race.
“Irish and Italians and Asians and Latinos told to go back where they came from,” he said. “Jews and Catholics, Muslims and Sikhs, made to feel suspect for the way they worshipped. Black Americans chained and whipped and hanged. Spit on for trying to sit at lunch counters. Beaten for trying to vote.”
Barack Obama has become Ted Kacyzinski, but without the compelling Manifesto.
But he is not the only angry one.
Michelle Obama is also deeply disappointed in you.
“Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country,” she seethed. You stupid idiots!
To her credit, Mrs. Obama did go on to say that she does “hate” the whole electoral process by which we pick our political leaders. Before diving head-first into the very political gutter of lies and fear she professes to “hate.”
“They see our leaders labeling fellow citizens ‘enemies of the state’ while emboldening torch-bearing white supremacists,” she said. “They watch in horror as children are torn from their families and thrown into cages and pepper spray and rubber bullets are used on peaceful protestors for a photo-op.”
Hard to pinpoint whether she was being willfully dishonest or just hopelessly ignorant. Either way, it’s probably a good thing she hates politics.
• Charles Hurt is opinion editor of The Washington Times. He can be reached at email@example.com or @charleshurt on Twitter.
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