Not long after the election, Barack Obama outgoing president Obama said something interesting in an interview in Rolling Stone . And by interesting I mean remarkably stupid and repulsive. While speaking of many Americans who didn’t vote for Hillary, he painted them into the most insulting and ignorant stereotype:
[A] cohort of working-class white voters … turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And I think that part of it has to do with our inability, our failure, to reach those voters effectively. Part of it is Fox News in every bar and restaurant in big chunks of the country.
How quaint. Obama believes what working-class whites hang out in bars and restaurants, where Fox News is always played. Fox News and its zany right-wing brethren, as we know from the same interview, are always “peddling in the most vicious of insults or lies”. These bar-hopping voters are unreachable by Democrats, who I assume hang out in airports, where CNN is always played.
It reminded me that this was not the first time: it seems he is always playing to crude and simplistic stereotypes.
Them Flyover People
In 2008 at a private event, he spoke of Rust Belt voters hit hard by diminishing industrial jobs:
They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.
So these people don’t have legitimate fears, don’t have hopes and dreams for their families. Of course not. They revert to their innate racist, nationalistic impulses.
Each of the following, and throughout the article, are direct quotes from Obama:
- John McCain and other Republicans publicly supported free market-based cap-and-trade bills to slow carbon pollution just a few years ago—before the Tea Party decided it was a massive threat to freedom and liberty.
- The point I was making was not that Grandmother harbors any racial animosity. She doesn’t. But she is a typical white person..
- The United States is and can be a great force for good in the world. But because we’re such a big country, we haven’t always had to know about other parts of the world. If you’re in the United States, sometimes you can feel lazy and think we’re so big we don’t have to really know anything about other people.
Cops: Bullies With Badges
- The Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home. . . . What I think we know — separate and apart from this incident — is that there is a long history in their country of African-Americans and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately, and that’s just a fact.
- Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness.
- And also saying that there are problems across our criminal justice system. There are biases, some conscious and unconscious that have to be rooted out. That’s not an attack on law enforcement. That is reflective of the values that the vast majority of law enforcement bring to the job.
America [Sucks] First
Even America itself is a stereotype: an imperialistic bully.
- In America, there’s a failure to appreciate Europe’s leading role in the world. Instead of celebrating your dynamic union and seeking to partner with you to meet common challenges, there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.
- The United States is still working through some of our own darker periods in our history.
- But I also believe that all too often our government made decisions based on fear rather than foresight; that all too often our government trimmed facts and evidence to fit ideological predispositions.
- While the United States has done much to promote peace and prosperity in the hemisphere, we have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms.
Christians Have the Evil Market Cornered
Because we are rednecks, apparently. And racists.
- Unless we get on our high horse and think that this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.
- In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.
It’s as if….
It’s as if Obama is incapable of thinking of people as individuals. No wonder he has trouble grasping the concept of individual liberty.
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