Can we not?
Can we stop acting like Obama is DIRECTLY responsible for all the bullshit America has been doing long before it would have ever been possible to conceive of a non-white president?
Can we stop acting like he doesn’t have scores of advisors, a SECRETARY OF DEFENSE WHO OVERSEES ALL DoD-RELATED SHIT, and people in his camp that are probably misleading him into thinking approving this shit is in the better interests of America?
Like…the same people I see defending Obama from racist white folks who are blaming him for America’s downfall, are the same ones I see blaming him for…oh wait for it…everything wrong with America.
Can we stop acting like politics and how the chain of command works isn’t murky, sticky business?
Like…can. We. Not.
Yeah, he’s approved heinous shit and a lot of his policies and speeches are complete bullshit, but let’s stop acting like the man has time to cross-examine every piece of paper that comes across his fucking desk.
He’s probably gun-decking shit just to keep the machine grinding on, and probably at the behest of all the people that flutter about his office everyday.
Let’s stop acting like he’s literally plotting against people and the only one involved in America’s dark side, as if this kind of shit didn’t predate BOTH his terms.
I mean, yeah, he’s stepped up the drone program a ton since taking office. BUT he also got American troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan, and has never saber rattled about attacking Iran.
And really? Blaming Obama for the Guantanamo situation? He ordered it closed, and no Republicans or conservative Dems would let prisoners be transported to their prisons for trial! Congress has refused to budge on this issue EVER.
All valid points, but it’s a time-honored tradition in this country to blame the President for all of the country’s ills, irrespective of whether or not those things are actually said President’s fault. Some of the criticism is fair (drone attacks), some not (Gitmo).
Also, it’s exacerbated with President Obama because of his race. Yes, that’s a thing. Even if no one does it consciously, he is still held to a higher standard, and his margin for error/criticism is lower. It’s simply a reality of being a person of color in this country — even for the President of the United States.
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