Racism today is regarded as an attitude so odious as to make the accusation of it one of the most damaging that can be leveled. Fittingly, when the accusation is leveled falsely, the damage accrues to the accuser.
Thus President Obama’s claim in a recent New Yorker interview that his low job approval reflects hostility against the idea of a Black president was both strange and inopportune.
Here’s a hot tip for Obama spin-doctors: If you’re going to slander somebody, especially if you’re going to slander half the population of the United States, don’t do it with a lie readily demolished by a reasonably bright six year-old. Anybody with Internet access can look up the Gallup polling data from 2009 and see how Obama enjoyed 66 percent approval during his first month in office and how it held up for a remarkably long time.
Are we supposed to believe it took people five years to figure out he was Black?
Long-term witnesses to comings and goings in American politics could see from the beginning of Obama’s rapid rise that his Blackness was—and remains—an asset, not a liability. In fact, he acknowledged as much to the New Yorker. Undoubtedly, a great many White Liberals saw a vote for Barack Obama surpassing even indignation over global warming in its ability to confer plenary indulgences against whatever indiscretion, past, present or future, might otherwise mar the neighbors’ estimation of their character.
What was on display in the New Yorker wasn’t the supreme political genius many Americans had been conditioned to believe they elected. What was on display was the unmistakable signature of a pampered dilettante’s desperation, at its lowest, cheapest, and most self-defeating.