The liberals over at CNN still refuse to understand why the American people rejected President Obama’s Big Government agenda. They cannot see the failures of progressivism and conclude that any opposition to the nation’s first black president must have everything to do with his race — and nothing to do with his politics.
As Nicholas Fondacaro writes at NewsBusters, CNN’s two-hour long special, “The Legacy of Barack Obama,” speculates that opposition to President 44’s agenda was “fueled by a deep-seated racism.”
Right from the beginning, CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria asks, “Did race play a role in the brick wall of Republican resistance to Barack Obama?”
The first segment of the program was titled “America In Black And White,” in which Zakaria detailed the President’s upbringing and his struggles with race. It gave way to a joyous scene at Obama’s 2008 acceptance speech, but things turned dark quick according to Zakaria. “It seemed like a fairy tale beginning but at precisely the moment the first couple began swaying on the dance floor, the central crisis of the Obama presidency was already taking shape,” he said as the festive sound track turned.
“Within half a mile of where Obama and Michelle are dancing and celebrating their great victory, his Republican opponents are wining and dining and plotting his defeat,” claimed The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. Zakaria built off of Lizza, proclaiming, “15 of the most powerful Republicans in Washington made a pact that night,” as if they were a coven of witches.
Zakaria goes on to interview a who’s who of former Obama administration officials-turned-liberal pundits who more than willingly go along with the “race” talking point in regard to the Republican opposition the past eight years.
“It’s indisputable that there was a ferocity to the opposition and a lack of respect to him that was a function of race,” said David Axelrod, political commentator for CNN and former chief strategist to the president.
Van Jones, once known as the green czar of the Obama administration, noted that Republicans seemed to disagree with the president on every issue. “I can't name one thing that this Congress supported this president on in eight years,” he said. “You have to have an extraordinary explanation for this level of obstruction.”
Zakaria picks up that narrative with President Obama himself, who makes no attempts at finally fulfilling the promise to be the great uniter, healer, and post-racial president that helped sweep him into office.
“I think there is a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in northern states are very different from whites in southern states,” the president said.
As Zakaria narrates, he recalls the 2009 incident in Cambridge, Mass., where police arrested a black Harvard professor outside of his home in a misunderstanding gone wildly wrong. President Obama said the police “acted stupidly.” In Zakaria’s telling, this incident was a catalyst for a racially motivated tide against Obamacare:
“The timing of the [Henry Louis] Gates arrest is important. It was the first time Obama had addressed a racial controversy as president. But it was also at the height of his health care fight. Rage over Obamacare was turning to race.”
Well, racism is certainly one explanation for opposition to President Obama.
Another explanation could be that in the eight years of Obama’s hard-left presidency, the economy did not recover, the labor-force participation rate hit record lows, the Affordable Care Act made health insurance significantly more expensive, our immigration laws were not enforced, the war in Iraq was lost, a power vacuum was established in the Middle East (which was filled by genocidal terrorists), the United States forfeited global diplomatic leadership to Russia, religious liberty was and remains under assault, and the rule of law? Completely absent.
The left-wing radicalism of Obama’s progressive policies were the catalyst for Republican opposition each and every time over the last eight years. But liberals who work in the mainstream media refuse to recognize that fact.
And because they’ve refused to recognize why so much of the American populace has opposed Barack Obama, Donald Trump is now president-elect-of the United States.
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations: @ChrisCPandolfo