Once again, the lying, incompetent poseur who inhabits the White House has allowed us a glimpse of his true self. He must have managed to craftily avoid his handlers on Friday, July 19 when he appeared unannounced at the traditional Friday afternoon White House “press conference” and information dump and (without the presence of his trusty teleprompter) proceeded to sprinkle fuel on the heat generated by the national upheaval over the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman murder/manslaughter trial.
One can generally easily identify the race mongers such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson and, to a lesser degree, the politicians who have built a career around racial prejudice such as Marion Berry, David Dinkins, Coleman Young, George Wallace and Huey Long, just to name a few.
But Barack Obama campaigned as a great uniter and many naive voters were desperate to believe that a mixed race President was the answer to America’s racial divide. During his first term, Obama tiptoed carefully through the swamp of racism (despite his connections to the rabid Rev. Jeremiah Wright), aided in great part by an adoring media ready to cover up any minor slips that might suggest that this President was anything other than race-neutral.
But on this particular date, Barack Obama let it all fly.
Building on the earlier remark that Trayvon Martin could have been “the son that I never had”, a tight-lipped Obama alleged that Trayvon “could have been me 35 years ago.” Considering his relatively privileged upbringing by his grandparents that included enrollment in one of Hawaii’s most prestigious schools, that was a questionable comparison, but then Obama began to embroider his statement with the remark that “I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that doesn’t go away”.
Not content to let that matter rest, Obama continued: “once the jury’s spoken, that’s how our system works”, but could not resist “giving voice to the feelings held by many angered by the jury’s decisions”.
There’s a sense, Obama said, “that if a white male teen was involved in the same kind of scenario, that, from top to bottom, both the outcome and the aftermath might have been different.” Disturbing words from someone who promised to work to heal racial tensions.
Obama spoke “poignantly” about the distrust that shadows many African-American men, saying that they can draw nervous stares on elevators and hear car locks clicking when they walk down the street. “There are very few African-American men in this country who haven’t had the experience of being followed when they were shopping in a department store,” he went on. “That includes me.”
By this time it was unnecessary for Trayvon Martin’s parents to release a statement that pointed out “President Obama sees himself in Trayvon and identifies with him. This is a beautiful tribute to our boy.”
But I am sure that they did not meant to connect the use of marijuana by Trayvon and a youthful Barack Obama, nor bring out the antipathy shown by both against “the establishment”.
And to top it all off, the “President of the people” then went on to raise the “provocative question” of whether Martin himself, if he had been armed and of age, “could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk” and shot Zimmerman if he felt threatened when being followed, completely ignoring the facts brought out in the trial that clearly indicated that Martin had attacked what he considered to be an unarmed man. The President thinks that it might be appropriate to shoot someone just because they are following you?
We should, I guess, be grateful for this window into the mind of the man that currently holds the top leadership position in our nation. But to me it raises far more questions than it answers – and much more unease.