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Fri Feb 26, 2016, 03:51 PM

Note to Detractors: Black Presidents matter. Tina Dupuy / Cagle Cartoons


President Obama is a radical socialist ... as evidenced by none of his policies or anything he’s ever said. He’s a radical because his opponents call him a radical. They dubbed his signature market-based health-care law a government takeover of health care. It’s not. It’s RomneyCare, the most milquetoast of all the Cares. Still, Congress has voted to repeal it more than 60 times.

According to Obama’s detractors, everything he does is either unprecedented, weak or disrespectful. Early in his first term, the president was photographed putting his feet on his desk in the Oval Office. The reaction was apoplectic. The forward your granny sent you asked, “Does this photo taken in the Oval Office convey anything to you about attitude and arrogance?” Then the slideshow of every president in the history of the republic putting his feet on his desk surfaced. Sure, he was the first black president to put his feet on the desk. It was different. No one could quite put their finger on exactly why. It just was.



Imagine if Bernie Sanders were a black man. Bernie’s policies are actually radical. He also gets to be angry and it’s not seen as threatening whatsoever. Bernie really does want a government takeover of health care. He really does want to give people “free stuff.” He actually refers to himself as a democratic socialist. Imagine the terror it’d evoke if he said all this while also having black skin. Bernie gets to be a radical and still considered a contender for the White House because he’s a white dude.

Imagine if Trump were black. If he was off the rails and saying whatever he wanted: using profanity, insulting other nations, calling Megyn Kelly a bimbo, being publicly lustful and saying America is no longer great. (See: Rev. Wright’s “god damn America.”) If white people were getting beat up at his rallies — if a black Trump were calling for torturing detainees, banning religious minorities from entering the country and retweeting black supremacists, he’d be a goner. His fascistic rants would be dubbed a national security threat. He’d be ostracized and marginalized. We’d stop hearing about him.

White men get to misbehave, have extreme views and put their feet on their own desk without question.


To those incensed Obama is going to pick another Supreme Court justice, that he’s not just going to serve three-fifths of his term, those still lamenting that he’s so arrogant/uppity/radical and yet still president, I will quote the late Justice Scalia when he was asked about Bush v. Gore: “Get over it!”


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