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Dr. Boyce Watkins; President Obama Reaches a New Low on Black and White Political Support…

August 15, 2011 by  
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(ThyBlackMan.com) President Obama received some bad news this week:  A recent Gallup Poll found that the approval rating for the president has dropped below 40 percent for the first time ever.  A full 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job the president is doing.   This revelation puts President Obama into George Bush territory.  Bush’s approval rating dropped below 40 percent in early 2006 and never recovered after that.

I would hope and expect that President Obama can recover from his political slide, but it’s difficult to move the country forward when the economy isn’t giving you the political engine that you need.  Bush’s extreme drop in popularity was also connected with the decline in the economy and pending  crash in the banking industry, but the former president helped things along by simply being an incompetent leader.

Barack Obama is not an incompetent leader, just a weak one.  Americans who went to the polls believing in the carefully-packaged marketing gimmick called “Hope and Change” are now wondering if Barack Obama actually has the courage to pursue the kind of political change he sold to us in 2008.   Rather than the bold leadership our country needed and expected, we’ve seen compromise to the point of surrender, and an administration that has rarely shown any willingness to take meaningful political risks.

You can break Obama dissidents into two “Hope and Change” categories:  Those who hope that we are going to change presidents, and those  who hope that Obama himself will change leadership styles.  It’s hard to build bridges to nowhere, when the man across the table from you has been given a blank check from his constituents to get you out of the White House at any cost.  The friendly white folks that President Obama hung out with at Harvard University have been replaced by ruthless gangster-hillbillies who will scorch the earth to get what they want.

As expected, Republicans smell blood in the water and are seizing their chance to take over the White House.  But any intelligent person can see that the Republicans have been a key reason the president hasn’t been able to get anything done – they are no different from the man who murders a woman’s boyfriend and then tries to go on a date with her after the funeral.

Republicans have also shown that their racist disdain for President Obama is even stronger than their love for America.  By threatening to drive the nation off an economic cliff during recent debt negotiations, Republicans have made it clear that they will destroy heaven and earth to get President Obama out of the White House.   None of this reflects the patriotism needed to make our country a better place, and it also represents a step backward in our quest for true racial equality.

The job for President Obama is going to become even more difficult, since getting out of recessions costs money.  The original stimulus package in early 2008 was not only too small, it was targeted toward the very same Wall Street bankers who caused the crisis in the first place.  As a result, Wall Street executives were the first to recover economically, and many of these bankers are back to getting their multimillion dollar bonuses.  The Obama Administration can only blame themselves for much of this, because too many members of Obama’s economic team came right out of Wall Street themselves.

I’m sure there are top secret reasons that the Obama Administration appears to maintain more loyalty to corporate America than to the rest of us.  But the president’s political aspirations may go down bloody and burning because of his willingness to play the political game instead of trying to change it.  Using the title of one of the president’s books, I have the audacity to hope that President Obama has learned some political lessons and will allow his leadership to evolve over time.  I truly wonder, however, if he himself has the audacity to believe he can do it.

Even more sinister is whether or not Hillary Clinton is lurking in the background, waiting to pounce on an opportunity to steal the Democratic nomination away from President Obama.  I can hear the quiet little “I told you so,” from the woman whose face possesses the seasoned wrinkles of someone with more than her share of Washington battle scars.   At this point, the temptation to replace President Obama with a Republican is less appealing (to most) than the idea of replacing him with a more ferocious Democrat.   Personally, I hate hate the idea of concluding that the Black man wasn’t the best fit for the job, so a better version of Obama would be preferable to the same old Hillary Clinton.

Mr. President:  You can’t spend your life trying to make your enemies comfortable.  True leadership requires sacrifice and courage, almost none of which you’ve shown, especially on the issue of racial inequality.  America needs a strong Commander-in-Chief during difficult times.   Refusing to stand up will ultimately mean that the Republicans are going to keep knocking you down, and America won’t tolerate a weak leader.

Staff Writer; Dr. Boyce Watkins

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition. For more information, please visit http://BoyceWatkins.com.


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2 Responses to “Dr. Boyce Watkins; President Obama Reaches a New Low on Black and White Political Support…”
  1. "Mzee" Leonard Tate says:

    I hate it, but I must agree 100% with Boyce Watkins’ analysis. He has hit the nail on the head, in my view. Now what? If the Repubs get back in, its REALLY curtains for fairness, labor, youth, education,public administration, and even hope. We need a Democrat in the White House for the next 4 to 8 years, if for no other reason than to make sure we don’t get any more facists on the Supreme Court!! We need to find a way to kick Pres. O in the ass, and reelect him at the same time, and tell him to quit bein a punk!! I still think there is hope…but what about the “AUDACITY?!

  2. Elizabeth says:

    The problem isn’t Obama’s leadership style. The problem is the content of his policy ideas. He has broken all of his campaign promises. And there is absolutely no secret as to why he acts so beholden to crony capitalists. He IS beholden to them. It’s that simple. Obama cannot seem to understand that the Keynesian economics that is driving all of his policy decisions at this point is intellectually bankrupt. What he does understand is that it is making his big banker friends, the ones who will contribute millions of dollars to his campaign, a whole lot richer. Someone said 20 years ago or so, “It’s the economy, stupid.” I have actually begun to wonder — considering that Obama seems to do nothing but continue to throw good money after bad by following the advice of polemicists like Paul Krugman thus driving our economy further and further into the toilet — whether what we all thought he was capable of was just a mirage, and that he is an empty suit.

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