Let me say at the outset that I did not arrive at this path easily. In all honesty, I was one of President Obama’s biggest supporters. No need to go into all the details, but I will match the hopes I invested in Obama up against ANYONE not to mention the work I invested to get him elected. Let’s just say that my endless contributions to the Obama campaign in 2008 led me to some pretty submlime moments as I worked like a serf in order to get the first “black president” elected. Refer at the bottom of this article for a “historical tidbit” that connected me to Obama’s election in ways I would never have imagined.
It was precisely because I was so vested and found my identity in politics that I looked the other way for years as he did the very same things which I used to rage about over Bush. For even longer, I blamed the Republicans for all his impotence while praising him for his empty gestures and token nods.
It’s only after life crashed in on me and I became one of the statistics and realized the true nefarious nature of his policies that I got mugged into clarity about this duplicitous snake in a blue suit. So now I judge him exactly for what he is, a shyster who leveraged his skin to get power and used the pains of those who suffered to gain status. Goes to show, skin does not make one kin.
Let’s talk about race for a minute, since it seems the racial wounds of America are forever being torn open by pernicious folks on many front. It was this same “first black president” who had no problem throwing his congregation under the bus and his entire church he attended for almost a decade into Michigan lake when the time came for him to choose between principle and power. Imagine that, Reverend Wright warned us that he was a con artist, I just chose to look the other way because Obama spoke to my grievance when in reality he was using our hopes to attain his ambitions.
He also threw his own grandmother under the bus, the same woman he cited as being a loving woman who raised him in “Dreams of My Father” was all the sudden a “racist” as he chose to use her as a human shield in 2008. His whole presidency nothing but empty symbolism as he threw crumbs our way to represent advancement as he was setting all of us back with his malicious economic policies. A token mannequin, he was selected to obfuscate the true powers who run this nation.
So let’s talk about his economic policies for a minute:
1) $14,000,000,000,000+ to Wall Street by ways of bogus monetary policies. Quantitative Easing, Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP), bailouts bailouts bailouts, all of it was nothing short of the biggest theft in the history of mankind as he directly transferred money from the 99% to the wealthy few who live like royalty while the rest of us are ground into dust. All of us were mad about Bush’s $400 billion dollar tax cut because it was a “giveaway” to the 1%; Obama gave away 25 times as much and we look the other way! Now here is the thing, all the hubbub about Republican’s fault, baloney, Democrats and Republicans, Obama and Paul Ryan and all the scums in DC in between are colluding to fleece us all along. Notice there was no “gridlock” when it came time to give away the store to Wall Street; how serendipitous that the paralysis sets in when it comes to the issues that we care about.
It’s all smoke and mirrors, Republicans get to blame Democrats for nothing getting done to their schmuck base, and Democrats do the same to their schmuck base. Meanwhile, both parties are bought and paid by the 1% and they do exactly as the oligarchs tell them. The rich got their bonanza, what did we get, the rest of us Americans? Nothing, zip, zilch. The same pricks who bled us in 2007/08 get bailouts; the rest of us get the hammer dropped on us. Not one Wall Street criminal was indicted let alone locked up for committing the biggest larceny in the history of this planet, meanwhile tens of millions of people lose their homes and millions become homeless. Take a look around next time you are in the city nearest you, if you have a heart go talk to some of the homeless folk, most of them became homeless AFTER 2008. Yeah yeah it was Bush’s fault, bullshit, this man has been in power for 8 years and we are still blaming Bush? What then was the purpose of his election if we are to just excuse Obama as a fragile dolt who can’t get anything done?
2) Wars wars wars. All of us were up in arms over wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Well Obama outBushed Bush as he has been initiating countless wars throughout the world. From Yemen, Syria, Libya, Somalia, I can go on and on about wars that Obama, the fraudulent Nobel Peace Prize winner, has initiated. And that’s not even talking about the tyrants he supports and arms to the teeth on behalf of the military financial complex.
This is personal to me, because this fraud Obama backs tyrants in my native land Ethiopia, where endless lives are lost on a regular basis as the ruthless TPLF government destroys people using American armaments. You want to know who the biggest terrorists in the world are? It’s the monsters who arm terrorists in the name of profiteering as they use “national security” to obfuscate their intentions. Guess who sits at the head of that table? Our boy Obama. He is a neo-con’s neo-con; fitting, a con man really is a new con artist. More like a neo-coon really, a continuation of servile house negroes who do the bidding of their masters in order to retain the status of being a “special negro”. An overseer who uses teleprompters and rhetoric as a whip and symbolism as chains to enslave the middle class into working class and the working class into a life sentence of poverty.
To be honest I can go on all day, I can talk about the state surveillance he was supposed to end as he instead exponentially expanded it. I can talk about the fact this cobra came in promising to reduce America’s nuclear arsenals; in reality he dedicated $1 trillion to enhancing America’s nuclear capacities—the biggest increase in nuclear weapons funding since the Manhattan project. Obama has done the unthinkable, he has set as precedent that our government can extra-legally murder US citizens without a hearing or habeas corpus? Where is the “liberal outrage”; the mob was up in arms over Abu Ghraib, well dear leader is now assassinating people without hearings and the response I hear is “well they were terrorists anyway”.
Just because the government says it is, it must be? Funny how those on the “left” refused to believe our government about WMD but now all the sudden the left tars people who question authority as being unpatriotic. I feel like I’m in bizarro world as “Republicans” embrace Russians while maligning the CIA and Democrats are now war hawks acting like Joseph McCarthy .
Let me press on; you think the economy has recovered, do you know that the overwhelming number of jobs “created” under his watch were part time or seasonal jobs? Obama has normalized monetary terrorism against the middle class and meager wages as the new American dream for most of us. I’m not in the game of ranking presidents, that is a foolish venture because as far as I’m concerned these presidents have been the lackeys of corporatism for as one can remember.
Thus Obama is a continuation of Bush and a continuation of Clinton and a continuation of Bush going back to Woodrow Wilson. Barack is a fraud who inverted the dreams of his father into a nightmare for his dad’s continent and the rest of us. He used his slick tongue and his shuck and jive antics to give cover to greed and abject profiteering. Ironic, Barack means blessing, Obama means bent in Swahili; he bent his blessings to break all of us. Just wait, cognitive dissonance will hit as you keep struggling to pay your rent and you shake your head in disbelief when you can’t get fast food for less than $10. That would be monetary theft kicking your behind by means of fiscal chicanery and inflation.
This is the Roman empire all over again, bread and circus distracting the populace as a bunch of politicians incestuously fornicate with each other in ivory towers while they screw all of us. Republicans and Democrats just two factions of the same broken ideology of crony capitalism and Obama is the titular head of this mafia government which is taking more and more from us—the gap between the wealthy and the rest rupturing into a chasm that is swallowing the citizenry indiscriminately. As if Obama’s duplicity was not enough, we are now about to get a supposed billionaire oaf who made his fortunes by declaring bankruptcies and screwing everyday Americans. From the pan to the fire; a society more infatuated with videos of kittens and enamored with taking selfies while paying lip service to injustice will get a government that treats it accordingly.
Nowhere to be found in any of this is a fourth estate which is supposed to check authority and be the conscience of society. Instead, the media—monopolized by a few oligarchs—has morphed into peddlers of yellow press sensationalism. News aborted and transformed into an outrage factory whose sole aim is not to edify us but to monetize pain, suffering, and sophism as a revenue source. Gone are esteemed journalists of the past; what we have before us are a bunch of infantile and vacuous suits who chase retweets on social media instead of hunting down corruption and malfeasance.
Now some discard his policies and keep focusing on the superfluous things that have nothing to do with our lives. I don’t give two bits about his class and grace or how good he sang Al Green’s song or that he invited the equal toady Jay-Z to the White House. That is our problem as a society, always focused on flash and never focused on substance. Who cares if he was a good father, that is not why he was elected, he was elected to lead this nation not to be a symbolic Bill Cosby. Besides, I’m pretty sure Idi Amin and Pol Pot also had redeeming qualities and might have been beloved by their children as their policies were silencing and nullifying lives and Mussolini made the trains run on time. You think it’s too much I compare Obama to these tyrants? Well tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Syrians who perished, the tens of thousands of Libyans who were murdered, and the countless victims around the world who are broken at the hands of our conglomerate government.
So then which is it, if you condemn Bush for his nefarious ways, then how are you going to condone Obama’s identical policies? If you say that Obama is just a president and he can only do so much, then why are you up in arms over Trump’s idiocy. Can’t have it both ways, situational morality and dependent outrage needs to end; it is precisely because we are getting fractured by these malignant politicians in DC that injustice seems to fester. So if you stand against injustice when Republicans commit them, do the same when duplicitous confidence men like Obama do the same. Likewise to Republicans, will you be mum all the sudden as Trump rips apart the constitution and continues the executive overreach of Obama? Will your rage over Benghazi be nullified as Trump wages immoral wars in the name of profiteering and stealing the wealth of other nations?
I don’t take any pleasure in writing this nor do I derive any pleasure from tearing a man down. But I see things for what they are, we are being led by the nose with separable grievances by shifty politicians, pundits, and personalities so that we attack each other instead of understanding the source of our anger. We are becoming a society of crabs clawing at each other instead of clawing at the barrel of injustice. We get diced and sliced as a society by race, gender, faith, orientation and endless forms of isms and a spokesperson is propagated to whisper to these grievances. We are getting shattered in order to divide and conquer us; as long as we are fighting, the few can run roughshod over the many.
It would be easy to join this circus, to speak to the mob instead of speaking against it. As a writer, I am committing business malpractice by speaking to our common humanity, the surest way to fame and acclaim is to be a small minded pain peddler like our current president Obama and our incoming president Trump who also spoke to the grievance of his followers. What is needed desperately are people who speak to our common aspirations and our better angels. So I’m asking you, as you read this, to please stop being deceived by these gnomes in DC who live to fracture us and instead forbear much and forgive more to your fellow neighbor. Obama was a sham, change by means of scripts and gestures and Trump will be no better. It will be up to us, the people, to be the change we want to be or forever reside fractured and suffer hopelessness as we count the change in our pockets.
Spread this article far and wide, Obama once uttered with splintered tongue about change starting from the bottom. Well let us, from the bottom, repay his rhetoric with our two cents and then get to work in coming together as a people. Forget bipartisanship, both Democrats and Republicans are morally bankrupt, let’s be one as a people and get away from both poisonous parties. Let’s work on the notion of unity and togetherness instead.
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This picture below is a screen shot of a “speech idea” that I submitted to my once fraternity brother Mike Pitts who happened to live in the same neighborhood as the Obama’s while Barack was still a senator. The speech idea made it’s way to Obama’s special adviser Valerie Jarrett and Obama’s sister. They loved the speech idea and it would later be incorporated into the South Carolina Primary victory speech in 2008. Let this be an evidence of sorts, the entirety of Obama’s presidency was nothing but a sham. His speeches written for him by people like me, his teleprompter served as his master, and it was plutocrats who were ultimately his masters. Obama will one day go down as one of the biggest frauds in the history of America. Consider this article as one of the two tablets that is thrown at the false idol and the farce that is Obama.
Watch the video below to see how both Democrats and Republicans, from Bush to Obama to now Trump, play us for suckers.
For those who insist on talking about the “style and grace of Obama”, let me just put it this way in closing. If thief mugs you and in the process beats the hell out of you, you won’t mind as long as the thief sings Al Green’s song as he is blugeonging you? Well that was Obama’s presidency in a nutshell, an empty suit who was all style but his substance was feeding the middle class to the wolves of Wall Street and feeding the world to the wolves of the military-financial complex. There is a reason I mentioned a thief singing Al Green’s song….
Obama, borrowed words and broken promises, a man who turned the dreams of his father into a nightmare for the world #ObamaDeception
Teodrose was born in Ethiopia the same year Emperor Haile Selassie was deposed by the communist Derg junta. The great grandson five generations removed of Atse (emperor) Tewodros Kassa II, the greatest king of Ethiopia, Teodrose is clearly influenced by the history and his connection to Ethiopia. Through his experiences growing up as first generation refugee in America, Teodrose writes poignantly about the universal experiences of joys, pains and a hope for a better tomorrow that binds all of humanity.
Teodrose has written extensively about the intersection of politics, economic policies, identity, and history. He is the author of "Serendipity's Trace" and newly released "Soul to Soil", two works that inspect the ways we are dissected as a people and shows how we can overcome injustice through the inclusive vision of togetherness.