President Barack Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus’ Awards Dinner in Phoenix last Saturday evening and the following is a part of what he had to say in addition to telling the audience he’d consider it a “personal insult” if they chose not to vote for Hillary:
“My name may not be on the ballot but our progress is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Democracy is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Good schools are on the ballot. Ending mass incarceration, that’s on the ballot right now. And there is one candidate who will advance those things. And there is another candidate whose defining principle, the central theme of his candidacy is opposition to all that we have done. There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter. It all matters, and after we have achieved historic turn-out in 2008 and 2012, especially in the African-American community, 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!”
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If you have been hesitant to get behind Donald Trump, maybe this will give you that little nudge necessary to be able to cast your ballot for a change. We know that Hillary is simply more of the same, and I suspect many of us recognize that our country can ill stand more of the same. In fact, Hillary might even be worse than “more of the same” since she sees herself as sorely in need of a lasting legacy for which she can be remembered when she sails off into the sunset. She has done little if anything to build that lasting legacy to this point and we citizens are the better for that. We need to help end her government career and doing so by refusing to advance her to the Oval Office is the appropriate remedy.
Now, as to President Obama’s haughty self-assessment, whatever legacy he is about to leave behind does not impress me other than by way of making me thankful his reign is coming to an end. He was our first black President. He had ample opportunity to make more of that achievement than I believe he has managed to date. His reign over the past nearly eight years was far more about him and his legacy than it was about us and the country and our standing on the world stage.
He did his level best to advance the cause of liberalism. He perfected the art of looking down his nose at us citizens as he moved toward more and more liberal positions. He did not prove himself to be comfortable or accomplished on the world stage. He seriously impacted our relations with Israel by his back-handed handling of a meeting (or meetings) with Benjamin Netanyahu, and his obvious dislike for the overall relationship between our two countries.
His impact on the world stage actually resulted in a corrosive effect upon our country’s standing on that stage and it added to Russia’s status even though that was likely not intended. The policies he followed involving Iran were ill-thought and Hillary Clinton had a very decided hand in that as Secretary of State.
Barack Obama will obviously go down in history. I suspect that time will bring a certain reality to the record and that, while he will be celebrated as the first Black President of our country, he will not be seen as one of the titans of power in this country’s history…much as that was his goal from day one.
Obama’s backing of Hillary’s bid to replace him is certainly expected but it should serve as the final reminder for us that we cannot vote for her.
That leaves us with two choices: we can vote for Donald Trump or we can pout, stay home and not vote. The latter is unacceptable.