I think Pierre Thomas of ABC News put it best on Election night when he noted that the large turnout of minority voters was more than simply “voting for the Black Guy.” In essence, he said the Black community in particular was offended deeply by the amount of disrespect shown to the President. That disrespect started with the “You lie” comment that was uttered at Obama’s first State of the Union address and continued to grow bolder and louder in the four years since.
I’ve read and heard in the media how dismissive those on the right are of any discussion regarding disrespect. Well I agree, that subject should be dismissed and here’s why;
No one on the right seems to remember Obama’s attempts to reach across the aisle to the GOP the week after he took office, nor the numerous times he swallowed his pride to try to work a deal with an increasingly emboldened lower chamber. Then after the midterm elections and the arrival of the Tea Party, the heretofore subtle digs at the President became louder and more vicious. Yet, no one on the right urged or asked for restraint and respect for at the very least – the Office of the President.
Flash forward to the last week in November, a few weeks after the election. We now see a President who knows his support for the middle class has been rewarded and the openly hostile feelings toward him personally have now been rejected by a smarter Electorate than the pundits and racists gave them credit for.
In the midst of their disbelief and horror at the prospect of another four years of Obama, the right is now faced with a President who is now free to get things done. So, when the offer came down that both Senate and House GOP leaders initially laughed at, it suddenly dawned on them that hey – this guy is serious !
But wait, there’s more…
Now the GOP is crying foul, screaming that they have been publicly undercut by Treasury and the Administration and – of all things…disrespected!
So now this Black guy, this pretender to the Presidency, this, this Kenyan has the audacity to tell us what to do. Who does he think he is…The President?