Dear President Obama,
I have to admit that I didn’t vote for you in November of 2008, but I wasn’t really a big fan of John McCain at the time either, so I was willing to give you a chance.
In general, I didn’t support many of the democrat’s policies, but I also recognized that electing our country’s first African-American president was a significant event. You could see everywhere how proud so many of our Black brothers and sisters were that a Black president could get elected. A lot of Whites and Hispanics had to vote for you as well in order for you to win. Maybe this was an indication that race was becoming a side note to character.
There was admittedly a lot of hope, potential and possibilities when you took office in January of 2009.
I think that election actually was a high point as far as race relations goes. But sadly, it all went downhill from there. Those of us who were disappointed that your actions didn’t match your words were immediately labeled as racists. Although race, honestly, had nothing to do with it.
First we got the “stimulus bill,” which was really only a big pay-back to the unions and government workers that supported you.
You decided to look the other way regarding the immigration issue and your promises in that area, putting it on the “back burner” again.
Then you and your friends shoved ObamaCare down our throats, preceded by a bunch of out and out lies to the American people. “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor. If you like your plan you can keep your plan. Period.” Do you remember saying that over and over again? Did you really believe that was the truth?
Along the way, it seemed like whenever a racial incident arose, you chose to open the wound further rather than try to heal it. Race relations definitely got worse during your tenure, in my opinion, and that is sad.
Later we learned that the IRS was used unfairly against conservative organizations. Do you remember Lois Lerner sitting there, lying to Congress and everyone and getting away with it? Do you remember her boss, and your head of the IRS, smugly testifying to Congress, while seeming to question anyone’s right to question him? Do you remember denying that anything improper happened here? Did you really believe that?
You used the federal government against your political enemies. This is not the American way, but you got away with it.
There were the disgraceful problems over at the VA, the appeasement of ISIS (or ISIL like you prefer to say), the Syrian “red line” that wasn’t a “red line,” the sale of uranium to the Russians, Benghazi, Hillary’s emails, and the pathetic Iranian nuclear deal, which only ended up funding more terrorism in the Middle East, thanks to your arranging for billions of dollars in cash to be flown there in the middle of the night, in an unmarked plane. Again, you got away with it.
You used the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) to seize property from Americans, and the proliferation of regulations under your administration forced American business to operate with both hands tied behind their backs, in many cases. Also, you almost managed to put the whole coal industry out of business. And what about the Keystone pipeline? Do you really believe it is more dangerous to transport oil via a pipeline than it is to transport it via the railroad or trucks?
Let’s not forget your embarrassing “apology tour” either, when you travelled around the world and bent over for any country or world leader that was gracious enough to accept your apology for our awful behavior in the past. It’s a good thing you got elected so you could set all of that straight.
We also had the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Even though Sgt. Bergdahl deserted from his unit and was a traitor, upon his release by the Taliban, you chose to bring him to The White House and treat him like a hero. For some reason you chose to participate in a “cover-up” in his case, hiding the truth, and allowing him avoid prison time for his crimes. I still haven’t figured this one out.
You then took it upon yourself to open up our border with Mexico, instructing our agents to “look the other way,” while choosing to not inforce our existing immigration laws. Was that actually legal, or just something else you managed to get away with?
I would also like to mention that I really didn’t appreciate being “talked down to” all of the time either. I would respectfully suggest that it was not your place to scold us treat us as inferior to you if we chose to disagree with you. You weren’t elected to be our “daddy,” you were elected to represent us and act in our best interests.
Now, to top it all off, we are learning about how departments in your administration, either with or without your knowledge, chose to spy on the Trump campaign and are trying even now to undermine his presidency. The spying, of course, wasn’t anything new for your administration. In 2013 it was learned that your Department of Justice spied on reporters from the Associated Press and Fox News who were not particularly kind to you.
I feel as if I have sufficiently made my point(s), although there are some that would say I just scratched the surface.
I’m sorry Mr. President, but I feel it is actually a real shame that the administration of the first Black president was also such a misguided one. With all due respect, you really frittered away a great opportunity in my opinion.
You took the oath of office (twice) and you said (with you hand on The Bible), “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
I suppose that “with the best of my ability” part does leave you some wiggle room. Having been a professor of constitutional law at the University of Chicago though, you really should have known better.
Note: To anyone else who may happen to read this letter, if your first inclination is to try and defend President Obama because he is Black…, well then maybe it’s you who are the racist. Just sayin’.