Barack Obama says he’s not America’s savior & ‘you are right to be concerned’

Barack Obama attends a Panel discussion in Berlin

New York Magazine recently did a lengthy article about the disappearance of Barack Obama from the public sphere. Obama’s retirement from public life has left a huge, gaping hole in Democratic Party politics, and many people want Obama right there, on the front lines, fighting Trump on a daily basis. The point of the New York Mag piece was that Obama was never going to do that and he’s not going to do that in the future, for a mix of reasons. For one, he gave us eight years of intelligence, compassion and thoughtful leadership only to see voters reject him and his thoughtfulness for an unhinged fascist buffoon. Obama was reportedly just as shellshocked and angry as all of us in the wake of the election, and he saw Trump’s ascendancy as America’s direct rejection of his leadership and policies. Maybe Obama was right to feel that way.

Anyway, Obama is back at work for the party. Politico has a detailed report from Obama’s appearance and speech at a Beverly Hills fundraiser for the party yesterday – go here to read the full piece. Honestly, Obama sounds like he’s run out of hope. Maybe I’m projecting, but there just seems to be a vein of disgust in his comments. Some highlights:

He’s not your savior: Obama warned of a country and world on the brink — “you are right to be concerned,” he told the crowd — but said they’d flub their chance to change that if they kept pining for a magical savior. “Do not wait for the perfect message, don’t wait to feel a tingle in your spine because you’re expecting politicians to be so inspiring and poetic and moving that somehow, ‘OK, I’ll get off my couch after all and go spend the 15-20 minutes it takes for me to vote.’ Because that’s part of what happened in the last election. I heard that too much. Boil it down. If we don’t vote, then this democracy doesn’t work.”

His regret: “I’ll be honest with you, if I have a regret during my presidency, it is that people were so focused on me and the battles we were having, particularly after we lost the House, that folks stopped paying attention up and down the ballot.”

He didn’t say Trump’s name, but spoke about the Trump regime: “Fear is powerful. Telling people that somebody’s out to get you, or somebody took your job, or somebody has it out for you, or is going to change you, or your community, or your way of life — that’s an old story and it has shown itself to be powerful in societies all around the world. It is a deliberate, systematic effort to tap into that part of our brain that carries fear in it.”

He doesn’t like all the kvetching: “All these people that are out here kvetching and wringing their hands and stressed and anxious and constantly watching cable TV and howling at the moon, ‘What are we going to do?,’ their hair’s falling out, they can’t sleep. The majority of the American people prefer a story of hope. A majority of the American people prefer a country that comes together rather than being divided. The majority of the country doesn’t want to see a dog-eat-dog world where everybody is angry all the time. They’re mad even when they win.”

[From Politico]

The only thing I take significant issue with in Obama’s speech is the “kvetching” part – I realize that he’s speaking to Democrats and even more so to Democrats currently in an election cycle: he’s telling them to come to the voters with a message of hope, of inspiration, of positivity. But the problem is that there’s nothing to be positive about, because we’re not just “kvetching” and “wringing our hands” over nothing – children are being put in cages, neo-Nazis are on the march, reproductive rights are the chopping block and the Supreme Court is about to get a hard right-wing majority which will end the Republic as we know it. We’re over as a country. So of course we’re going to freak out about it.

As for the rest of it… it’s sad that people still need Obama to come out there and tell them that he’s not going to save them, and that Democrats need to get back to the nuts and bolts of policy and building the party.

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    We must save ourselves. Kudos to those 500 + women who got arrested at the Hart Senate building yesterday

    • mia girl says:

      Yes. Those women were brave. Inspiring.

      I just shared this on the Stewart post but bringing it here in support of those women and give us all some wise perspective. We need to be the change. We have more numbers than them. Let’s keep making noise.

      “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
      Rep John Lewis

      • Pineapple says:

        mia girl … exactly!!! “Do not get lost in a sea of despair.” Exactly this. They win that way. They win. It is fine to be realistic, not pessimistic or defeatist. It is not over yet.

    • homeslice says:

      Women are ultimately going to save the world!

      • Jan90067 (aka imqrious2) says:

        My friend’s daughter and niece flew from LA to DC to be a part of the Sit-In, and were both among the 600 women arrested (they’re both in their late 20s). I told my friend, who was proud but worried that the arrest could come back and haunt them in years to come: “Just like in the 60s/70s, kids who stood up for “right” didn’t regret what they did; they know it had to be done. Sadly, we’re at a point in history where we have to take a stand for what is “right” again. And stepping up takes a lot of bravery. But how would they/we/you feel if we did nothing, and descend into fascism again?” I could hear my friend take a deep breath, sigh, and then agreed with me.

        I will be (with family and friends) at the March tomorrow in Downtown LA (it’s at City Hall at 11 am for any in the area who want to join in). We plan to Metro downtown and march and chant our heads off! NOW is the time for action!!

    • Lua says:

      Thank you!!!

  2. tara says:

    RME. Russia hacked us on his watch and he did nothing, just assumed that HRC would win and it wouldn’t matter. Look how that turned out. He also had one foot out the door at that point and didn’t want to take on Putin. Never thought he was our savior but thanks for confirming it, Obama.

    • Nic919 says:

      McConnell stopped him from going public about the Russia investigation. The big 8 met about it and McConnell said that if Obama went public he would turn it into a partisan accusation to help the GOP. I think we really need to look at how dirty McConnell is here. There are politics and there is party over country to install a Russian puppet.

      • homeslice says:

        Yep. Obama was damned either way, but I still think he didn’t have it in him to play dirty, he is just too moral and decent. We needed someone like Bill Clinton to play a nasty political game. Dems need to get angry and fight like hell.

      • Lightpurple says:

        McConnell is filth and his wife got a job in the Trump administration as payback for his machinations.

        Also, prior to the RNC convention, Ryan was anti-Trump to the point that he was openly holding meetings to discuss rule changes to block Trump’s nomination. Suddenly, that all stopped about a week before the convention. We know Russia hacked their servers too. Putin got something on Ryan.

    • Anniefannie says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to say he did nothing. He confronted Putin personally and grimly told him to knock it off.
      I think it’s fair to say we know much more about the interference now then we did prior to Nov 2016. Can you imagine if he went public with the little info he had and appeared to be influencing the election in Hillarys favor? That could triggered a true crisis in our democracy as Trump was already salivating to accuse the dems of rigging…

      • Bridget says:

        Telling a leader to knock it off IS nothing. I punish my 4 year old more sternly than that!

    • D says:

      That isn’t remotely true. Obama had the leaders of the intelligence community go out and tell the American people this was going on. The media and FRANKLY the citizens decided to ignore that and focused on the Access Hollywood tape.

      Obama also went to the party leaders to issue a joint statement and McConnell and Ryan said no. That if he said anything they would come out and say it was politically motivated thus confirming Trumps ranting about the election being rigged. So to protect people’s faith in the election he had the IC say something.

      After the election he sanctioned Russian, shut down their embassies and kicked hundreds of diplomats out of the US. He also worked with our ally nations to make sure they didn’t have it happen to them.

      So what exactly did you want him to do? Bomb Russia? Seriously he didn’t do nothing! Facts.

    • Veronica S. says:

      “Doing nothing” is an interesting description of an intra-agency government effort to look into, verify, and identity what kind of Russian interference was going on while trying not to release information that would support a demagogue’s candidacy claims that the election was “rigged” against him. The partisan takeover we see here started long before 2016, back in the mid-term elections that gave Congress a Republican majority. Gerrymandering has been going on for decades without people looking at it seriously. The reason we’re in this mess is because people a.) actively supported Trump and voted for him, b.) indirectly supported him by not voting or voting third party because they didn’t take the threat of his administration seriously. That’s it. That’s the primary reason we’re in this mess. And even with Russian interference, he won only by electoral majority. Elections matter. The people of American wanted to pretend otherwise, and the people of America hold the responsibility for it. Not one man, one politician, or even one party. Democracy takes vigilance, and we were asleep while on watch.

    • Aiobhan Targaryen says:

      Go sit down somewhere. And while you are sitting there, go read up on what actually happened from sources other than fox white opinion station. Other than that this happened when he was president, everything else is wrong. It is almost as if you believed that he was a king who could do everything by himself and that there weren’t two other bodies of government controlled by people who hated him for various reasons other than political party. And it is starting to look like the entire GOP conspired with Russia to take down Hillary, wrestle control of the courts, and dismantle everything Obama did.

      He did a lot to go after Russia-including kicking out their diplimats and putting huge sanctions on them.

    • C says:

      Tara, you’re right!

    • norah says:

      by that logic why didnt people actually go out and vote instead of wasting their votes for bernie or jill stein? always blame the black guy

  3. Veronica S. says:

    I think kvetching was actually a very calculated and critical comment – everything going on now has its roots in events that the privileged among us didn’t think were worth examining. For minorities, this is the America they’ve always known. It’s the just the rest that are waking up to the reality. Apathy toward our responsibility as voters is what got us here. Sitting around crying instead of ultimately reconciling ourselves with the reality and leaning into the fight is what’s going to allow it to go unchallenged.

    • hoopjumper says:

      Totally agree. He said, “people out here”, but he meant “people in here”, ie, in this room, in Beverly Hills.

    • Lala says:

      THANK YOU VERONICA!!!! You hit the NAIL on the HEAD! There is a way out of this…vote consistently…each and EVERY election for Dems that are progressive…and in 5 years…things will be DIFFERENT…no matter who is sitting in the White House…or Capitol Hill!

      • margot t says:

        why vote isn’t mandatory in the us? i honestly don’t know this as in my country you get fines and all id you dont do it.

      • Veronica S. says:

        margot t -

        Because it benefits conservatives to have as few people invested in the voting process as possible. Minorities and women in America have always had to fight for their vote because it meant giving them a measure of power. If anything, America does the opposite of mandatory voting – intentionally suppressing, limiting, and actively stripping people of their right to vote.

      • Esmom says:

        Yes, he was also spot on when he said people stopped paying attention up and down the ballot. I have been heavily involved in local politics for a long time, which is plagued by voter apathy, and my fellow progressives and I were screaming for years about how the Tea Party and other far right wingnuts were infiltrating, all to no avail. They positioned themselves as moderate to get elected then started unleashing agendas that aligned with Fox. They helped pave the way for Trump. People do indeed have to vote Dem in every single election if we want to turn this around.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Very true, Esmom. Pretty much the only reason my state hasn’t completely gone to the dogs is that most of our local and state positions are Democratic – with the exception of the state legislature, which the Republicans gerrymandered to hell in the 90s.

        That’s the one thing I agree with traditional conservatives (the real ones, not the neocon branch) – state rights are *integral* to maintaining democracy because they can stand against the federal government.

    • lobbit says:

      God, YES! All this talk about “America is dead” is unreal to me because all the issues that have come into our national consciousness recently (neonazism, mass gun violence, the dismantling of women’s reproductive rights and civil rights protections, etc) have been going on FOREVER. Don’t cry – fucking VOTE.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Yes! He says in another section, that if people are crying that everything is coming a part, but they aren’t spending their time, energy and money to change things, then either they aren’t doing enough or the sky isn’t really falling.

      We all need to do more (myself included). One friend of mine who had been supportive of Clare McCaskill online, has now pledged to donate 3 hours of work per week to working on her campaign. We need to move our efforts from online critiques to real world action.

      • Veronica S. says:

        Yes, I recently looked into the leftist branch where I live to get more involved. I’ve always been somewhat sociopolitically active, but I’ve been so busy the past few years, that I’ve cut down on those extracurricular activities. Time to stop pretending it didn’t ever matter. That was my white privilege informing my position that this couldn’t get this bad. Well, now I know I need to do better by others – and myself.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I had a very similar experience. I volunteered during Obama’s first campaign, but just donated during the following elections. My lack of effort during Hillary’s campaign had consequences, and others will suffer those consequences far more greatly than myself because of privilege. I feel like I was “engaged” during Hillary’s campaign, but it was a lot of online squabbling that did NOTHING productive.

        What I remember most from my work with the Obama campaign is that there are things we can actually do that will help. Nothing makes feelings of futility go away like productivity.

  4. homeslice says:

    God I miss that man and his leadership so much.

    I wanted to ask yesteday, but are you all Pantsuiters??? I feel a kindred spirit here, it helps :)

    • Delta Juliet says:

      **raises hand**

    • Nibbi says:

      hi! :) raises hand too.
      where i am, local members of ‘pantsuit nation’ turned into a branch of “Indivisibles” after the whole kerfluffle with the founder of pantsuit nation trying to limit the name’s use- and became an active political group organizing our local women’s marches, ‘no ban, no wall,’ and tonight a “candlelight vigil” in solidarity with the ‘families belong together’ marches. (because of location and time change, here it conflicts with Pride, so that’s why we’re doing it at night.) we try to canvass via phone and register americans abroad to vote and stuff like that. if nothing else, it has done me a world of good to connect with other women here and try to fight the good fight and feel some solidarity. i’ve made some truly important friendships and connections this way – i suppose it’s the only silver lining since the nightmare began in November 2016.
      we’ve gotta stick together, chicks, wherever we are in the world.

  5. Raina says:

    Whether or not I agree with Obama’s stance to back away some, I definitely believe it’s time to stand up as individuals and keep fighting this regime. We are our own saviors.
    And, yes, I also felt Obama’s comments had a tinge of disgust. He’s pissed at the voters who voted for Trump and at the voters who didn’t vote at all. And he’s right.
    If this pathetic party of hate taught me anything, it’s to vote and encourage all thise around me to vote. Unless they vote Republican. In that case I hope their truck with the Trump stickers breaks down before they can get to a voting booth.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    Preach.

    He owes this country nothing. He spent 8 years trying to lead the country in a positive, sensible direction and the reward was 8 years of racially motivated obstruction plus at times, complete lack of support from his own f*cking party. And then to add insult to injury, the country not only elects a fascist, they constantly give him passes on stuff Obama would have been vilified for. That he’s out there speaking or stumping for anyone is way more than this country deserves from him.

    He wasn’t perfect. But he still deserves a private life away from weighing in on things that no one wanted to listen to him about before.

    • Sedanos says:

      This. THIS!
      He owes us nothing.

      I’m going to Michael’s now. Sign making today. Tomorrow we are canceling the apocalypse.

    • Susannah says:

      If Obama’s out there raising money for Democratic candidates, he IS doing a lot. That’s how we’re going to try and right this capsized ship, with Democrats in the majority in both houses of Congress. Those races are going to need a lot of money to win so his money raising capabilities are really needed. I’m so glad he’s out there willing to still help considering how his legacy has been treated.

  7. Coco says:

    Him getting too involved at this point would just rile up Trump’s base. They hate him. Hannity blamed the newspaper shooting yesterday on Obama for f’s sake.

    • Rapunzel says:

      And Maxine Waters.

    • D says:

      Hannity did what? I am taking a bit of a twitter news break while I prepare to march on Saturday.

      But Obama is smarter than most people in the world he also gets people and knows that if he speaks he will give Trump someone to fight with and his base and the republicans a common enemy.

      If he spoke about Healthcare then it wouldn’t be about the issues and what people stood to lose it would be about Obama’s government take over. RME.

      He has to be smart and think it through. Also I feel like this gets lost repeatedly in the “Obama speak” crap- he did prior to the election! He said it throughout his term that ELECTIONS MATTER, and not for nothing democrats ignored him. They didn’t show up to the mid terms and look what happened the GOP was able to hold Garland’s seat because we ignored 2014, then he said it again in 2016 “don’t boo vote” “Elections have consequences” and a lot of people just weren’t inspired, or wanted Bernie so they took their ball and went home. And we are now suffering because people didn’t value voting.

      Hopefully liberals have learned their lesson and will never sit out an election again. It isn’t hard to vote and honestly it is a privilege to get to. People died for the right to vote.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Hannity is such a piece of shit. He made those accusations before any information came out, and lo and behold, turns out the guy had a vendetta against the paper from years back that had nothing to do with politics. Maxine Waters has been fielding death threats for days now. And why? Because she told people to refuse to let themselves be ignored by the administration? As is their LEGAL RIGHT TO DO AS CITIZENS?

    • America Chavez says:

      We need to STOP worrying about ‘riling up the neo-nazi base’. News flash: anybody who resists these traitorous filth, in any way, riles them up to foaming-at-the-mouth levels. Take and use your (diminishing) freedom without apology. SAY WHAT YOU WANT, VOTE FOR WHO AND WHAT YOU WANT REGARDLESS OF WHAT THOSE WHO HATE YOU THINK. To hell with them. Eyes on the prize, and fight to the bitter end.

  8. Rapunzel says:

    Obama is still on Trump’s mind. As is Hillary. Both of them need to stay far away from the conversation. They are grist for the right wing hate mill. We need new leaders . Kamala Harris. Joe Kennedy the third, Tammy Duckworth, etc.

    • Sedanos says:

      Cory Booker
      Elizabeth Warren
      Sherrod Brown
      Maise Hirono
      Pramila Jayapal
      Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

      We got this.

      • nicole says:

        Love Cory Booker, listened to him on Don Lemon CNN last night, I think he is someone good for the future for the Democratic side, I can see him going places.

    • America Chavez says:

      “We need new leaders”
      Who will in turn become grist for the right wing hate mill. Stop. Caring. What. They. Think. They are fascist scum and they will never ever be your friends.

  9. aang says:

    I understand Obama at this point. I can only vote once, and as someone with money and a successful business I usually vote against my own economic interests because I am a social and economic leftist. At this point poor people and socially marginalized people are going to have to step up and vote. I know so many people that just don’t vote, and they are usually the ones harmed by regressive economic and social policies. I can send my daughter overseas for an abortion, I can provide resources for my trans son to set up a life in another country, I can pay for a surrogate if my son isn’t allowed to adopt, I can pay for private schools if the public ones go down the toilet, I have great but expensive health care, I own investment real estate so skyrocketing rents are just making me richer, I can filter my water, buy food not laced with toxins and full of corn syrup, in short I can protect myself and my family from some of this destruction. People need to vote for what is good for themselves and not for what they think is bad for Mexicans and African Americans. And not just every four years for president. There is little the rest of us can do if others don’t vote.

    • lobbit says:

      “At this point poor people and socially marginalized people are going to have to step up and vote.”

      I’m not sure that it was your intention to imply that socially and economically disadvantaged groups (of which I am a part) aren’t doing their part, but that’s the way this comes off.

      When I think of all the barriers there are to voting when one is poor in this country–from getting time off from work to vote to finding transportation to far-flung polling places–reading this makes me very angry. And when I consider the way black women in Alabama, for example, put their fucking backs into last year’s special election, reading this makes me want to scream.

    • eto says:

      Hi! Rich people also voted for Trump en masse

      • Aang says:

        I’ve written the rich off as Republicans and trump is helping the rich, it’s the people he’s hurting that aren’t voting.

      • lobbit says:

        Yeah, you mean the poor, right? The poor people in this country who are being disenfranchised by the SC’s gutting of the Voting Rights act?

        “Overall, 23 states have new restrictions in effect …13 states have more restrictive voter ID laws in place (and six states have strict photo ID requirements), 11 have laws making it harder for citizens to register, six cut back on early voting days and hours, and three made it harder to restore voting rights for people with past criminal convictions.”

        Yeah, those annoying poors just aren’t voting while good and privileged people are out here fighting the good fight. SMH

      • Aang says:

        Lobbit those restrictions were put in place at some point under some leadership that was voted in by someone. All I’m saying is that every 4 years isn’t enough. Every person has to vote every time. Period. Even if it is hard or inconvenient. I had a conversation at a Super Bowl party in 2016 with a young guy just hired to be a letter carrier at the USPS. He wasn’t registered to vote and was adamant that both parties were the same and he would never vote. Now trump wants to privatize the post office and he is busting public unions. This is what I mean by people hurting themselves by not voting. Why should I worry about his prospects if he won’t?

      • lobbit says:

        @aang – but you are not just saying that “voting every 4 years is not enough.” You have very clearly indicated (2x) that “poor and socially disadvantaged people” aren’t doing enough to better their political outlook. You’re ignoring the fact that the MAJORITY of lower income Americans voted democrat in 2016–despite the fact that republicans have been mobilizing to disenfranchise them.

        And you clearly have no idea what “hard and inconvenient” means for people outside of your income bracket. It took me a half hour to vote in the primary in my state and there were at least 3 polling places within a 2 mile radius of my home. But in counties in Arizona, for example, where polling places were cut, you had people standing in line for up to 5 hours to vote at the only polling station around for miles. Being a privileged business owner, you can easily spend an entire work day waiting to vote, but that is simply not the case for the working poor who literally have to choose between casting a ballot and getting a paycheck.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Eh, that’s not entirely true. A lot of the problem is disenfranchisement and active gerrymandering of electoral districts. Voter ID laws, election roll purges, distant voting locations, refusal to turn election days into national holidays, lost voting rights for convicted felons, etc. – all of those target the lower economic classes because they’re the ones most strongly affected by them. In general, the poorest Americans voted Democrat in 2016. So did minorities. It was white Americans, the very wealthy, and men who contributed the most to handing Trump this election.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      “There is little the rest of us can do if others don’t vote.”

      That’s not true. Many factors prevent lower and middle income people from getting to the polls. There ARE things that we can do to help overcome some of these obstacles:

      1. Help register people to vote
      2. Help confirm that voter registration is still valid
      3. Confirm correct polling location
      4. Sign people up for absentee ballots
      5. Help provide transportation to and from polling locations
      6. Help with childcare needs on election day
      7. Help with obtaining IDs required in some states.

      You can do all of this at one time. Here’s your voter registration application. You’ll need help with transportation on election day? We’ll make a note in our system and reach out to you near the election to hook you up with a carpool. Or we’ll elect an absentee ballot on your registration, etc.

      • Aang says:

        In 2016 I signed up to drive be people to the polls. County wide. I got 0 calls.
        Last summer I canvassed my town for the dem town supervisor candidate.
        I call my reps weekly.
        I had my kids hang fliers for my neighbor running for town council.
        I participate.
        I’m sure the low income people who voted for dems, but how many didn’t vote at all? How many working class like the kid I talked to could have easily voted and didn’t? You are ignoring my point about voting your interests instead of against someone else’s. Which is what very many working class and rural white voters do time after time. They vote, just for the people that want to hurt them.
        At some point a poor farmer took his hunting rifle and fought the British or the confederates.
        Voting seems easier to me.

      • songbird says:

        Who does one contact / where does one go to help in these ways that you listed?

      • Esmom says:

        songbird, I did some of that stuff for Hillary’s campaign in 2015-16. You could see online what was going on in your area of the US and sign up. She partnered up with a senator who was running for re-election not too far from me and we hit the streets, canvassing and offering rides to the polls. It was very organized.

      • freespeech says:

        Exactly this! Primaries are happening now, then the Mid term elections. People are not voting because there has been a targeted misinformation campaign to depress and suppress people voting, especially in primaries and mid term elections.

        We have to help people understand their voting rights and the process. We have to make sure they have the correct information about all the races for elected officials and what their policy platform is so they vote, but do not vote against their own interests.

        We need to understand this and HELP EACH OTHER!

  10. Gigi LaMoore says:

    100% What Obama said.

  11. Nev says:

    Word Obama. WORD.

  12. Sara lynn says:

    Listen, as much as it’s more comforting to believe, trump didn’t win bc of Russia, there was no voter fraud found. He DID win because the media wasn’t covering the support accurately and the dnc threw Bernie under the bus to support a candidate that wasn’t very likable. The sooner we are honest, we can move on from here.

    • mthrfckr says:

      Amen!

    • Betsy says:

      They never actually proved that.

      Granted: far too many people voted for Trump or third party or didn’t vote at all to make it possible to change the votes credibly, but we have not had it proved that they didn’t change any.

  13. Skylark says:

    As someone looking in, I can so understand and empathise with Obama’s barely-disguised rage and disgust at the portion of America that lazily and blithely took so much for granted until its dark underbelly impacted upon them.

  14. K says:

    He’s saying whining about it as you sit on your butt in front of the endless cycle of bad news helps nothing. Saying that “we’re over” might feel true, but it wounds, it doesn’t help. Do something instead, be empowered to act for good somehow–but to act requires some degree of hope, not giving in to total despair. He’s saying don’t wait around to be saved by him, (because he did try and was unfairly attacked and rejected) and he might also be subtly addressing the “hopes and prayers” crowd who would rather hide behind Jesus than take any accountability as a citizen when horrible things happen.

  15. Yes Doubtful says:

    He is absolutely right. None of it matters unless citizens VOTE! Now if we could just get rid of that outdated/unfair electoral college…

  16. ladida says:

    Establishment dems have done nothing but kvetch since the election. They’re busy tearing down Trump when most Americans just want to hear about new economic policies that will help the middle and lower class. I don’t want my elected officials participating in protests. THEY ARE THE LAW. The public gets to protest because they are the victims of these policies. I want the DNC to get their act together and dems to build policy agendas that resonate with people. Please everyone just vote, and continue to vote even when things get comfortable.

  17. mthrfckr says:

    That’s right Obama…you did nothing to help America except incite racial tension and division!!!

    • Arwen says:

      @mthrfckr (classy name) How? Give actual facts that are from unbiased sources. I’ll wait

      • mthrfckr says:

        Why don’t you tell me what he did do! BTW stole the name from your mother..hahaha!!! I really don’t give a flying f&%k what you or anyone else on these stupid blogs think. Just trying to rile things up-having fun with my free time. Enjoy reading the stupidity that runs rampant in this strange era of life.

  18. j says:

    He’s right. Republicans have stayed enraged and engaged. Democrats have wallowed in self pity. indifference, and destructive points of discernment (aka voting third party or not voting at all on “principle”).

    • India Rose says:

      I’m not sure who you’ve been hanging out with, but it’s not the same crowd as me. In fact, check the online news today and see the huge marches around the country. That’s not wallowing, friend, that’s showing our power, our values and our understanding: we’ve got to show up to help each other out. And keep pushing these crowds in the streets into the polls this November. Never, ever give up hope.

      Obama was saying not to look for a perfect candidate with a snappy slogan. He was saying show up to vote in every election. He CAN’T save us if we don’t save ourselves. And we do that by voting and holding our representatives accountable.

  19. Why? says:

    The worst thing that Obama and the democrats did were that they underestimated the Russians. Putin wanted America and he was willing to do anything to get it. I don’t buy that the Dotard thought he was going to lose because his kids, friends, and campaign staffers were working with the Russians the entire time. Plus the Dotard said that the election was rigged, the press and Obama misinterpreted and thought he was saying it was rigged in Hillary’s favor. Would things have been different had they been more vocal at the beginning about how our elections were being hijacked?

    It’s going to happen again because the Democrats are underestimating the Russians. It also doesn’t help that we have Democrats (Nancy Pelosi and Schumer)arguing for civility and trying to censure any Democrat who tells people to hold the Dotard and his staffers accountable for their actions. It also doesn’t help that we have Democrats voting for whatever the Dotard wants because they are afraid of the Dotard’s base who lives in their districts. It’s like the Democrats have given up. It’s like we are moving backwards.

  20. Arwen says:

    @mthrfcker. Nice try. Not only are you pathetic with your juvenile try hard insults but you just proved you have nothing to back up your claims. #sad.

  21. Betsy says:

    You know what? I sat and pondered this article over the last few days, and while I generally agree with the underlying thesis – that black people have done enough without getting enough back and we white liberal Americans should not expect them to save our sorry behinds – I disagree with the fact that Obama is necessarily a part of that. He’s not some random psychiatrist in Manhattan or a professor on a leafy Midwestern campus. He’s our former president. I understand the arguments that he was hamstrung by politics; I’ve made those same arguments myself and I agree with them. But he did not do enough. He left us dangling. He left us dangling without request an audit of the vote (leaving that the Putin-backed loon Stein begging money for “a recount”). He just…. he’s not just a regular guy.

    And I am worried and I am afraid. I am registered and I am going to vote in the upcoming midterms, as I have in every single election bar one where I moved too close to Election Day.