President Obama Continues to Divide Americans

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Phoenix Awards Dinner on September 17, 2016 in Washington, DC.

By Michael Brown Published on September 19, 2016

It is no secret that America is deeply divided today, due in no small part to the words and actions of our president. Unfortunately, rather than drawing us together as we approach the 2016 elections, President Obama continues to divide us.

First, there was his appeal to African Americans, insinuating that if they didn’t get out and vote (meaning for Hillary Clinton) it would be a personal insult to him and a blemish on his legacy.

Next, there was his claim that the only reason Americans would not vote for Hillary was that they were sexist, not wanting a woman to lead the country, a woman who, in his eyes, was infinitely more qualified to be president than Donald Trump.

As reported by the UK’s Independent, “During an impassioned speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, an organisation that carries out research on issues affecting African-Americans, Mr Obama said it would be an ‘insult to his legacy’ if the black community voted for Donald Trump — or refrained from voting at all — in the upcoming election.”

The president said, “I will consider it a personal insult — an insult to my legacy — if this community lets down its guard and fails to activate itself in this election.

“You want to give me a good sendoff? Go vote.”

Once again, this is a divisive tactic and a slam on the American people.

So, black Americans who choose not to vote because they cannot, in good conscience, back either candidate, or worse still, black Americans who have had it with Democratic policies and feel that Trump is their better choice, are personally insulting the president.

And what about the many black Americans who are disillusioned with the president himself? Perhaps they’re not thinking about a sendoff. Perhaps they’re thinking about change. And perhaps the insult is in the president’s comments, as if this is all about race, not policy, as if Americans need to vote based on skin color rather than character and policy. How utterly divisive.

Viewed in that light, President Obama’s comments are borderline racist (or even blatantly racist).

Shades of Hillary Clinton’s “deplorable” category!

As for dividing on gender lines, Breitbart reports that, “President Barack Obama suggested at a New York fundraiser that American society is sexist, which is why Hillary Clinton is struggling to beat Donald Trump in the polls.”

He said, “There’s a reason why we haven’t had a woman president — that we as a society still grapple with what it means to see powerful women. And it still troubles us in a lot of ways, unfairly, and that expresses itself in all sorts of ways.”

And in the president’s judgment, while the election looks to be close, it ought not be, since Hillary is so much more qualified than Trump: “She’s been in the room where it happens, repeatedly. And her judgment has been unerring, and she has been disciplined, and she has been extraordinarily effective in every job that she’s had.”

It is a terrible shame that our president chooses to make this a matter of race and sex.

Once again, this is a divisive tactic and a slam on the American people. Of course there are abundant reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton.

Of course there are abundant reasons to distrust her integrity, to question her honesty, to lack confidence in her ability to lead — and none of this has anything to do with her being a woman. It has to do with who she is (or is perceived to be) as a politician, as a leader, as a human being.

We could just as easily argue that the reason people hate Trump is because he’s a man. After all, look at all the deals he has made! Why would anyone vote against him unless they were sexist? That would be an equally ridiculous argument, yet it is an argument (in reverse) that the president is making.

And does President Obama really believe that if we had the equivalent of a Margaret Thatcher running against the equivalent of a Jimmy Carter that Americans would not overwhelmingly vote for Thatcher just as they voted for Reagan?

The reality is that many Americans of all colors and sexes have strong reasons not to vote for Hillary Clinton (or even to sit out the presidential election entirely). It is a terrible shame that our president chooses to make this a matter of race and sex.

He is, sadly, proving to be divisive to the end.

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  • timotheus1

    It should be an insult to all bible believing Christians.

  • Barbara

    Why won’t Evangelical pastors and leaders get off the fence, considering what’s at stake, and endorse the only candidate a Christian can conscienably vote for : Donald Trump? This isn’t about a love fest for Mr. Trump. It is about the Supreme Court, abortion, and religious freedom, among other course altering issues. Take abortion, at least the equivalent of the holocaust. If you could have done something then, Dr. Brown, had another leader come along that might have stopped Hitler’s slaughter, would the minutiae have mattered insofar as your support was concerned? With all the opposition Mr.Trump is facing from people like President Obama and his press corps, CNN, MSNBC, etc., Planned Parenthood, Hillary Clinton and her sycophants, in addition to well intentioned leaders such as Max Lucado, it will take a unified force of the Evangelical vote, coupled with Supernatural favor, to put him over the top. I’m FLABBERGASTED that even one Christian leader would question his qualifications considering the alternative, and would not verbally endorse him. If God has given you a platform, sir, please use it to help save this nation from the downward spiral we are already in and which will only be exacerbated by a Clinton presidency.

    • David Marshall

      I’m glad they don’t. Trump is a very bad human being, and while he may not be as bad as Hillary (or he may be worse), it is better that the Church not be too closely associated with him. The man is a constant liar, demagogue, self-idolator, seller of vice, adulterer, and often just plain nasty. Do you really want the Gospel to be identified with such a person in the eyes of the world? We’ll drive many sincere seekers away in droves.

  • Gary

    I would never be happy living in a country with laws that Obama and his supporters like. And they would never be happy living in a country with laws that I like. We are incompatible and will always be.

  • truthforce57 yehoshuamk

    Anybody who places faith in a politician, in somebody who is running for an office, is either stupid (due to propaganda)or has fallen into the mindset as created by the political machine, to vote for the lesser of two evils. What Americans cant seem to get into their heads is that no politician gives a hoot about them, despite all the rhetoric. They simply do as told by the elite rich, and line their wallets, while passing legislation that only benefits the rich. There was a real good message to politicians through the Kennedy assassination, and when the public finally get what the politicians did then, we will not vote at all anymore. Statesmen are simply puppets to do the will of our real rulers. Did you not notice that we had a “choice” between HIllarycare, Romneycare, and Obamacare? All the same. It doesnt matter who is put in office, the will of the elite will prevail. The best message we can give now to politics (the entertainment division of government) is to not vote at all. No change can happen within the system. It has been designed to allow only the rich and powerful to be in charge, and to make those who “Serve” become rich. Do lawyers really have any scruples or do they manipulate words for money?? Politicians are mostly lawyers. We must change the system from without, not within.

  • Patmos

    Wisdom eludes him.

  • Tony Hubbard

    Was our country sexist in 2008 when it was Obama in Trump’s shoes? Nooooo…of course not.

  • gramdaisy

    Frank Marshall Davis taught Barack how evil and racist Whitey is and nothing will make him change this mind. It is his goal to put Whitey and imperialist US in it’s place.

  • Hans Gunn

    Continues is right. I’ve watched it for years. We’re going in the wrong direction.

  • David Marshall

    No Drama Obama should also be “credited” with the present hate-fest against the police, and the hundreds or thousands of blacks who have already died because of the harm Black Lives Matter has done to society. Obama encourages the lies and propaganda upon which BLM is based, rather than stand up against it and try to calm things down, as a respectable leader would do.

  • floyd44

    Saul Alinsky must be proud. And to think he’s got another disciple right behind Barry.

  • donney149

    Say what you will about who to vote for…I know Donald Trump loves this country. The other, not so much.

  • Crystal

    I may not be crazy about Trump, but at least I don’t have to worry that he will surround himself with others that hate America, God and Justice for all! Hillary… Ginormous concern there!

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