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An American’s View on a Canadian’s View on the disrespect of President Obama by Sean Breeding

I was strolling around the internets today, and happen to run across this opinion article about the disrespect Americans have towards President Obama. Normally, who cares about opinion articles, hell we are all entitled to them, and as the saying goes they are like assholes, we all have them, and they usually stink. Well I feel like showing my asshole about this particular asshole’s asshole column (see what I did there?).

I’m a non voter, I think I’ve described that before, I trust no politician, because they don’t believe in a true balance. It usually is about doing what is best for them and the party they represent. I believe in a balance, as hard as that can be. So why am I bringing this pointless example up? Its because I also want to make sure there is a little bit of a balance towards everything including opinion articles if possible.

This gentleman, states the following in the article:

“There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.”

Right off the bat I have to call bullshit. Without doing any research, I just knew this was wrong, because I remember all the shit talking going on during the Bush years, as well as the Clinton years. That was without even looking up a thing. In the mindset of proving my thoughts I decided to do a little research, and put to test how many articles there were against a President.. Bush was easy, there are still websites up calling for his impeachment, and arrest. There are articles, articles, articles, regarding his inability to lead, or stupidity. Hell lots of comedy and music careers had a blossoming period during the 2000’s by simply telling Mr Bush he was a dumb fuck.

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There are the accusations that he “Doesn’t care about black people”

Bill Clinton had his own troubles as well, as guys like Rush Limbaugh were able to create careers out of trashing him. There were calls, and it almost happened in 1998 when Clinton was almost kicked out for the Lewinsky scandal. According to the opinion article above though, no one ever talked shit about Presidents openly and publicly until Obama arrived. That is just not honest sir.

“Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon your country in order to further your own narrow political views is selfish, sinister and a tad treasonous as well.”

Rush has always looked out for his own interests. It’s what he does, everyone in that arena likes to rabble-rouse for their side, and as stated before, Rush was doing the same shit during Clinton’s Administration.

“Last spring, President Obama took his wife Michelle to see a play in New York City and republicans attacked him over the cost of security for the excursion. The president can’t take his wife out to dinner and a show without being scrutinized by the political opposition? As history has proven, a president in a theatre without adequate security is a tragically bad idea.”

You mean like the criticism George Bush got for his “time off” as depicted in Fahrenheit 911?

Look, I’m not standing up for Bush or Clinton, I really could give a shit about either of the two, but I do recognize that ALL Presidents get a share of shit from the public. Hell days leading up to JFK’s death there were pamphlets all over Dallas calling for his arrest and trial for treason.

People lost their heads in Dallas, and then Kennedy lost his..(please understand the joke attempt and not flood me with grief asshats)

If you are the leader of a free nation, no matter what, there will always be someone who doesn’t like you. There are also going to be psychos that call possibly for your safety to be compromised. That doesn’t mean it should happen. It just means people act like idiots, because we as humans are idiots. We still revert to dumb animal mentality when we rally against things we don’t like.

“Last month, a 44-year-old woman in Buffalo was quite taken by President Obama when she met him in a chicken wing restaurant called Duff’s. Did she say something about a pleasure and an honour to meet the man or utter encouraging words for the difficult job he is doing? No. Quote: “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.”

Lady, that was the President of the United States you were addressing, not one of the Jonas Brothers! He’s your president for goodness sakes, not the guy driving the Zamboni at “Monster Trucks On Ice.” Maybe next it’ll be, “Take Your President To A Topless Bar Day.”

Sir you are a lifeless curmudgeon. People also talked about how Bill Clinton was fuckable during the 90’s as well. Chill the fuck out. Part of being a charismatic leader like Obama is also means some people might think he’s attractive. Fuck the title, again, sometimes people revert to base needs, and this woman thought he was hot. So once again, chill the fuck out.

“In President Barack Obama, Americans have a charismatic leader with a good and honest heart. Unlike his predecessor, he’s a very intelligent leader. And unlike that president’s predecessor, he’s a highly moral man.”

So basically in a call to defend Obama, you prove my point and take a shot at Bush? HE WAS THE PRESIDENT BEFORE BRAWRAWRRAWR!! HE DESERVES RESPECT!! See how silly that sounds?

“America, you know not what you have.

The man is being challenged unfairly, characterized with vulgarity and treated with the kind of deep disrespect to which no previous president was subjected. It’s like the day after electing the first black man to be president, thereby electrifying the world with hope and joy, Americans sobered up and decided the bad old days were better.”

Again, you are wrong, doom and gloom were on the horizon for most modern day Presidents too. Just because you feel like the midterms didn’t go your way (which is what I suspect because this is what usually happens during a huge change during midterm elections) doesn’t mean that the country is going to fall apart. It doesn’t even mean that Obama is getting needlessly pushed around. He IS our President, and should be able to take criticism, fair or otherwise. If he can’t then maybe he isn’t the man to do the job.

I’ll close with this last quote, because, I fell like I’m beating a dead Canadian horse at this point.

“President Obama may fail but it will not be a Richard Nixon default fraught with larceny and lies. President Obama, given a fair chance, will surely succeed but his triumph will never come with a Bill Clinton caveat – “if only he’d got control of that zipper.”

Uplift the current President by bashing the past ones, good job sir, good job indeed…

 

 

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4 Comments on An American’s View on a Canadian’s View on the disrespect of President Obama by Sean Breeding

  1. This was debated in Australia as well recently when the Prime Minister was booed at a funeral. It is true, however, that the press in the 1930’s rarely showed photographs of Roosevelt in his wheelchair or callipers or mentioned his rumoured love affairs. I don’t think a wheelchair-bound philanderer would last one day in the White House in 2014.

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    • There was a time when the press had respect for the office, I think with the late 60’s and 70’s (Watergate especially) press respect eroded away. Respect from the public towards US Presidents have always been with issues. Goes back to the beginning, even Washington, Adams, Jackson, etc were massively criticized at times. The point is just because he’s the current, doesn’t mean Obama shouldn’t be criticized. It just comes with the territory. You are probably right about a wheel chaired philanderer these days, half would say don’t criticize due to his handicap, others would say he should be able to be criticized regardless of his handicaps.

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  2. I agree with most of the points you make here, but I also think you missed one major point of Thomas’ article. No president can succeed if Congress refuses to work with them for irrational or dishonest reasons.

    Yes, all presidents take sh*t. It’s okay to throw it at them for being dumb, and for acting immorally or illegally. And we all have a First Amendment right to disagree strongly with the policies, actions and inaction of our government. But it’s not acceptable to oppose Obama just because he’s not white. It isn’t the only reason people oppose him, but I’m sick of how often other reasons given are obvious lies.

    When Obama presents ideas and initiatives that originated with Republicans, that magically become unacceptable only because he supports them, there’s an unspoken agenda with more than a hint of deceit.

    I’m not buying nonsense arguments like “What works at a state level can’t work nationally.” Nearly every nationally applicable law on the books faced an initial tryout out in some state.
    It also happens with his candidates for courts and other offices. People who held appointments under presidents of both parties become suddenly “unqualified”.

    Whether those behaviors are motivated by racism, obstructionism or both, they can’t be justified. However misguided or ineptly, Obama has been trying to do his job for six years. And Congress has tried in every way they could to NOT do theirs. They do have the power to bring about his failure. But they won’t be held accountable, I’ll pay for their inaction, and all the lies and excuses defer help for people in need that deserve it.

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    • I can agree with at least 4 years of having some major issues with getting things passed through the House without getting cockblocked by Republicans at every turn. There was however one point where Obama was President, and Democrats controlled the House and the Senate as well. Other than pushing Heathcare (which I neither support nor hate just pointing it out) there really isn’t much else that got passed that can be remembered.

      When the Republicans took control of Congress during Bill Clinton’s Administration, they thought that would be it, he was going down in flames. Clinton proved to be a good leader, and has a legacy because he worked with the people he despised in order to get shit done. Right now, as I see it, I don’t see much getting done because it’s like a relationship just before a breakup. Even if it would be in everyone’s best interest to work together, BOTH SIDES are fighting just because they are spiteful, and not being true leaders.

      I’m not saying Obama needs to turn over, or even Congress, but if there is going to be some kind of progress going on here, true diplomacy needs to be made through compromise. That is how America truly has made it through the years. Right now no one is being diplomatic.

      As far as Thomas goes though, he is right, as you are that it is hard for shit to get done when being blocked all the time, but again true leaders and people who wish to get shit done will find a way. That’s why they are leaders. Feeling ashamed for Americans to be disrespectful to a President is a statement more about Thomas and less about the American public.

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