I love these “intellectuals” who believe that America is going to the voting box in 2012 to vote for Barack Hussein Obama’s color. Trust me, other then the 90% of Blacks that always vote Democrat the only thing people will be voting for is deliverance of the hellhole this Country has become. You Sir Are No Gentleman, You Are A Racist.
The problem Mr. Obama poses for Republicans is that there has always been a disconnect between his actual performance and his appeal. If Hurricane Katrina irretrievably stained George W. Bush, the BP oil spill left no lasting mark on this president. Mr. Obama’s utter confusion in the face of the “Arab spring” has nudged his job-approval numbers down, but not his likability numbers, which Gallup has at a respectable 47.6%. In the mainstream media there has been a willingness to forgive this president his mistakes, to see him as an innocent in an impossible world. Why?
There have really always been two Barack Obamas: the mortal man and the cultural icon. If the actual man is distinctly ordinary, even a little flat and humorless, the cultural icon is quite extraordinary. The problem for Republicans is that they must run against both the man and the myth. In 2008, few knew the man and Republicans were walloped by the myth. Today the man is much clearer, and yet the myth remains compelling.
What gives Mr. Obama a cultural charisma that most Republicans cannot have? First, he represents a truly inspiring American exceptionalism: He is the first black in the entire history of Western civilization to lead a Western nationâ€”and the most powerful nation in the world at that. And so not only is he the most powerful black man in recorded history, but he reached this apex only through the good offices of the great American democracy.
Thus his presidency flatters America to a degree that no white Republican can hope to compete with. He literally validates the American democratic experiment, if not the broader Enlightenment that gave birth to it.
For someone whom I have paid attention to and enjoyed his writing, Mr. Steele is WRONG here, white guilt?, you betcha, in 2012? no way. The only plus Barack Hussein Obama has going for him is the lefty media and in case Shelby you didn’t note, no one respects them nor listens to them. The American voter will be voting their pocketbook and there isn’t a speechwriter alive that can put those dollars in the American employees pocket. There is no commercial that can explain away their loss of disposable income because of the skyrocketing gas prices. You, Mr. Shelby Steele, as will the rest of the 95-corridor elite writers, will find you have absolutely no idea how We The People feel about this President!