The photo to the left is a post I recently saw on facebook! I shot off this post on facebook as my status, “I saw a post earlier today that was a photo of FORMER President George W. and Laura Bush with a caption that read, “I had to post this because I almost forgot what a REAL President and First Lady look like….”! How DISRESPECTFUL! I am sorry America… but PRESIDENT Barack Obama and FIRST LADY Michelle Obama are REAL and he is PRESIDENT! Even if you do not agree with their divisive politics that help the poor have insurance and teach children about nutrition and exercise… at least have respect that they ARE the PRESIDENT and First Lady of the United States of America!! Even when the person you did not vote for wins….he (or she) is still winner and comments like above just show you are a SORE LOSER!”
I was ashamed and embarrassed for the person that posted it for so freely being disrespectful to OUR current President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama! True, not all Americans love the current President and some may even miss FORMER President George W. and Laura Bush. But for someone to infer that President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama are not REAL and deserving of our respect is a VERY SAD commentary of discourse in America. To disagree with the politics of the President is completely normal if you have differing views, but the growing acceptance to disrespect the office of President is alarming to me.
I did not want to mention it in the very first paragraph, but now I am one sentence into my third paragraph I will say it – I think it may, in part, be because he is black! But now I said it I will not dwell on it, but it does deserve mentioning. I find ANY white woman pointing in the face of a black man to appear racist to me. To see a sitting governor do it to a sitting President! WOW! I am not so naive as to think Obama is the first President to be disrespected, but to mention race one more time…. as a society, maybe this is a good place to start toning down the hatred, rhetoric, hyperbole – even if it is so we do not appear to be racist. Political discourse will ALWAYS be a part of politics, but it is possible to disagree without being so blatantly RUDE!
The following is a reply I recieved about my post, “We’ll just have to ‘Agree to Disagree’ on your post. Obama is NOT my president, and Michele will never be my ‘First Lady’. Disrespectful or not, what is disrespectful, in my opinion, is how fast Obama’s administration has managed to degrade and destroy what has taken millions of working-class families decades to accumulate. Perpetuating the ‘handout mentality’ of low and poverty-level Americans is like ‘keeping them in chains’, they might as well call it ‘Slavery’.” All I could say to myself was WHAT THE FUCK? I want to respect her opinion, but I am at a complete loss to know what she THINKS Obama has done? It is rhetoric that has NO fact to support it!
Yes… we (she and I) DO have to agree to disagree! I in NO way have seen him perpetuate ANY such policy – namely because Congress has done NOTHING to support ANY of his polices since ObamaCare. Even ObamaCare is not so much about entitlement for the poor (the poor already had Medicaid) but for people like me with pre-existing conditions like Multiple Sclerosis! I had no health insurance for 2
years and so YES, I supported ObamaCare… because now I have insurance and I am getting treatment again. But I feel conservatives only see he is a Democrat and does not understand that ObamaCare was built on Republican Bob Dole’s health plan that was the basis for Romney as a Republican Governor to also use. Even in an effort to gain bipartisan support, they tried to demonize the program that in Romney’s own suggested alternative (as Presidential candidate) to his own plan established in Massachusetts wants to keep the KEY provisions of ObamaCare! They FIGHT it just because it is a Democrat’s plan. But even as a Democrat… I never said or acted as if Bush were not MY President, because at the end of the day we are all still Americans and that even includes President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama! As all past Presidents, I feel they have represented America with ALL the best intentions that what they did (do) was (is) good for our country! I feel both the President and First Lady have represented America very well, with grace, poise and dignity – they are a GREAT First Family!
I have a disdain for A LOT of the Tea Party’s divisive politics and how they feel cooperation and compromise are an evil part of politics. Even
as a CHILD I was taught to share and play nice with others! A concept that escapes most Tea Party idealist. The Tea Partiers seem to ALWAYS go back to our “Christian” fore-fathers as their point of reference. They want to legislate their Christian beliefs in a nation founded on Christianity – NOT FREEDOM! The founders of our nation left England because the KING was basically “legislating” his idea of Christian beliefs . The founders intentionally left religion out of our constitution because they knew religion and government were separate entities. As a gay man in America, I am astonished at the idea that Christians (not all… but A LOT) in some way feel that if I am given equal rights and benefits of marriage, it in some way effects their marriage. They feel they have a responsibility to remove freedom in our nation and enact laws based on their beliefs.
Bush was MY President, Obama is MY president and even if Romney wins he will be MY President, because I am proud to be an AMERICAN more so than a Democrat (or even a Republican as I was most of my life)! People need to unite, love, support and encourage each other – not say things like Obama is NOT MY President… unless you have left the USA and surrendered your Passport & citizenship- He is YOUR President…. just maybe not who you voted for!
Thomas — great post! I think a lot of the opponents of Obama are, unfortunately, racist. I was slow to realize that. But when a white Republican says some of the same stuff, it is fine. When Obama says something much the same it is “socialist” or “liberal” when Obama is no socialist and no liberal either. George W. Bush crashed the economy and destroyed civilization and there is no problem with that?
I wish Obamacare were universal health care but I am happy it will provide some help for anyone who has hard times. Here are my thoughts on health care hypocrites like Michelle Bachmann and Miss. Congress critter Stephen Palazzo who wants to force his church’s medieval rules on the rest of us while he enjoys great Congressional health care.
Anyway, here’s my latest doggerel:
HEALTH CARE HYPOCRITES
Bachmann’s health care plan was this:
She decided to be Swiss.
Palazzo in a similar vein
Hopped on Congress’ gravy train.
They’ve got theirs. Too bad for you.
You can pray and say “boo hoo.”