It’s amusing to see all these crestfallen white liberals post “The News Conference” expecting POTUS Obama to channel Denzel’s Malcom X doing a HAMILTON Battle Rap. Truth be told this post, like most of my writing here, was a Facebook response to all the sickening dismay I read from usually reasonable white liberals I follow. It’s so hypocritical. A friend posted that famous Samuel L. Jackson GIf from Snakes on a Plane. — “I’m sick and tired of all these Motherfucking snakes on this Motherfucking plane!” Because that’s what you want from him now?
See, it’s not up to him, he told you that. A good friend Michael Kasdan, I hope doesn’t mind me borrowing his brilliant observation about Obama’s Press Conference —
Dramatic Reenactment of the Obama #PressConference.
“But you’re going to fix it, Papa, right?”
“If I could, I would take it all away. And I really wish I could. But there is no quick fix. And its not up to me. You’re going to have to do this by yourself. It’s going to be hard. But I believe you can do it. Goodbye.”
“Goodbye. I have to go now. On vacation to Hawaii. And then to kill Putin. Loveyoubye.”
It’s really brilliant and highlights who he is. A sober, thoughtful scholar who trusts the American People enough to fend for themselves. If something’s not right? It’s up to US to fix it. He remarked once that’ “ If you think education is expensive, wait until you find out how much ignorance costs.” Well, we are about to find out. But as “weak” as they think his response was, Liberals I have followed for years that have done fuck all before the election, now are filled to the brim with righteous indignation or tears. The Shaft in Africa, trash talking, Dashiki sporting Patrice Lummuba you want Obama to channel isn’t going to happen. He’s a Constitutional scholar. He knows the stakes. And, he knows it’s not up to him.
Two things, First, this is not who he is. He’s “No Drama Obama”. He’s done fine with his agenda to this point, one of the most progressive agendas of any modern president. With a monumental head wind. I’m not going to cite all his accomplishments because you have access to the same Google I have. Plus, he did it all while Black.
Second, this is not who I want him to be. And if you think about it, you really don’t want him to be that either. Barack Obama is the ONLY President my kids have ever known. They like him as is. He’s intelligent, sober, cultured, proud of his Kenyan and Kansan roots. Has a beautiful wife as academically as accomplished and just plain nice and caring a parent as he is. He’s self deprecating and a bit of a nerd. She’s admittedly maybe a little tougher than her husband (she did grow up on the South Side of Chicago) He’s not Sam Jackson, or Dolomite, or Shaft or any Black male caricature you need to comfort you in your time of crisis.
Don’t get it twisted. To accomplish what he’s accomplished in America as a black boy and grow into a man named Barack Hussein Obama? He’s Superhuman. He’s not full of bluster or talks tough with nothing to back it up. You see, he’s a real man. A true leader. He’s a father and husband with zero scandals, affairs, allegations or law suits. He pays his taxes. He cries with the parents of slain schoolchildren. He makes tough decisions that put people’s sons and daughters in harms way. But tempered with reason, balanced with intellect & compassion. He’s a strong black man who doesn’t need to shuck and jive with peacock displays of what weak men see as strength. He has no need to make others look small so he appears big. He doesn’t grab women by the pussy. That’s not his wheelhouse. And if it were, you’d turn on him. You see, he wouldn’t get a pass for being the “angry black man” and most certainly not if he were a sexual predator. Only wealthy White men get to break the law, act the fool and be rewarded for it in America.
Author Ti-Nashi Coates said it best –
He’s himself, on his terms. He goes high when they go low. That’s how he should end his term. I’m glad he is.
Besides, how many times must a black man clean up your mess? This fuckery is your own. You had a perfectly sane, intelligent, adult white lady that was a shoe in for the job. Half of you had visions of Bernie-Plum Fairies dancing through your heads, the other half was acting like it was a foregone conclusion she’d win, because…….Americans haven’t done stupid shit before? The bad guys caught you napping and pulled a fast one. You acted like well, shit wouldn’t affect you. Though you may not get deported, interred or shot by the police, everybody has skin in this game.
Don’t look for the Electoral College, Kanye, Spider-Man or whoever else you think is coming to save the day. Not gonna happen. Be your own hero. That’s the point I think the much maligned “community organizer” was trying to make. If you don’t like the way things are going? Change them. Don’t wait on anyone else.
As ill-equipped as you are. As pampered and privileged as you may be. If you give two shits about this fucked up situation do what you didn’t do before.
Get off your ass!
YOU are the resistance. God help us.
This piece was originally posted at the authors Medium.com Satarical Political Blog The Maquisard
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