“President Obama’s divisive approach to governance has weakened us as a people and paralyzed our political culture.”

Ouch.

President Obama’s Inaugural was a hopeful day, with an estimated 1.8 million people on the National Mall celebrating the election of America’s first African-American president. The level of enthusiasm, the anticipation and the promise of something better could not have been more palpable.

Yea, well, you fools bought that? You thought that a guy who was a “community organizer”, who had done nothing but campaign for president during his prior leadership experience, who attended Rev. Wright’s church, who wrote two books (basically) about himself before he even did anything, you thought HE was the next great hope?

While those on the left were (and still are) busy telling us we were racist for not supporting Teh One, the right was mostly occupied attempting to figure out what kind of president Obama might be. He’s pretty much what we figured.

Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship.

No duh.

I’m reminded of Michele Catalano and her essays on the 2008 election.

The atmosphere was one of excitement. You could feel an electricity I have never felt on any previous election day, not even in the divisive 2004 race. People were talking animatedly about who would win and how close it would be. No one talked about a specific candidate; instead there was a camaraderie present that reminded me of waiting in line for concert tickets.

The man on line in front of us was clearly excited. “This feels different,” he said. I asked how and he replied “It’s the first time I remember everyone wanting to vote. I don’t know anyone who feels complacent this year and I don’t know anyone who is staying home instead of voting.”

Well great, ya numnut. Elections aren’t about FEELINGS. And once he was elected?

Of course, we elected Obama the man, not just the black man. We elected his ideals, his vision, and his hope. We elected him because we wanted change. And now that the time for change is here, we need to embrace it, all of us.

Let’s embrace that change. Don’t you feel all tingly?

As Obama said in his acceptance speech, America is a place where all things are possible.

It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled. Americans who sent a message to the world that we have never been just a collection of individuals or a collection of red states and blue states.

We are, and always will be, the United States of America.

United. Are we united? Can we prove to the world, after this election, that we are a united country? That is part of my hope.

No, we are not “united”. That was never anything but so many words intended to get him elected. Obama is a POLITICIAN, and he said and did what he had to in order to get elected. All that feel-good hopey-change was nothing more than an unelaborated campaign promise. The hows were never discussed, were they? You know why? Because he had no fucking idea how to implement such an ethereal idea on a political level. It was merely his ploy. His strategy.

And enough Americans fell for it.

Obama has divided just about everyone in America, with his “acted stupidly” and “get a mop” talk.

You guys fell for it, and now Obama is too busy playing golf to give a shit.

Victor David Hanson on Obama the uniter:

Had Eric Holder not accused the nation of being cowards, had the president not appealed to voters in a recent video on the basis of race, had the president not intervened to stereotype the police in a minor matter at Harvard, had the Supreme Court justice not suggested racial background can make a better judge, had both the attorney general and the president not implied, before reading the bill, that 70% of Arizonans were intent on racially stereotyping, we would not quite be where we are — in which a bankrupt country in the middle of two wars is obsessed over the NAACP calling the tea party veritable racists and the dropping of charges against a fringe crack-pot group like the New Black Panther Party.

I say “quite,” because Mr. Obama’s campaign itself had always been characterized by one too many racial Macaca moments to suggest that the media image of a healer was quite right — from Rev. Wright, to typical white person, to the clingers of Pennsylvania, to Michelle’s various editorials on a downright mean country to never been before proud, etc. I realize to review this well-trodden ground is to earn a bullseye on the left-wing NY-DC list or its successor to come, but the truth is that the administration deliberately gambled that by playing identity politics they could galvanize the base vote (it worked when over 95% of African-Americans voted along racial lines) without offending centrist devotees. But they did not quite comprehend the ugly nature of the genie they had unleashed. And now we are reduced to suicidal calls from the left to appoint more administration officials solely on the basis of race, and to become even more overt in racial referencing.

There’s more at that Hanson article. Read it all, as they say.

Obama cannot both trump the race (or class or partisanship) card AND claim to be a uniter. Well, I mean, he obviously CAN since that is exactly what he’s done.

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