This past weekend, the New York Times published an interview with President Obama. The whole tenor of it is disturbing with his attitude that he’ll just bypass Congress if they don’t give him what he wants. And I may revisit that. (And do feel free to read the whole thing, even if it is from the NYT.) But the following from Obama is particularly egregious. Speaking about the economy:
And everything that I am proposing and everything I will be proposing over the next three years goes right at that issue. And if that’s not what Washington’s talking about, then we will be missing the boat.
And racial tensions won’t get better; they may get worse, because people will feel as if they’ve got to compete with some other group to get scraps from a shrinking pot.
Now, yes, a bad economy can be bad for race relations. But for a President to come out and say that if his economic proposals are stopped, “racial tensions” may worsen is beyond inappropriate. It is more race-centered divisiveness from his administration, which includes the Justice Department going after George Zimmerman, treating Texas as if Jim Crow laws are still in effect, etc. etc.
Again, Obama started out with so much good will (though not from me admittedly). And, as my headline reminds, he was perceived as a post-racial uniter. He could have easily built upon his landmark election, which indicated how much this country had gotten past racism, and the ensuing good will to further improve race relations.
Instead, his race-oriented divide-and-conquer strategy is making "racial tensions" worse, much worse. It is shameful coming from a President no matter what his party and his ethnic background.