May 21 2013
This is how the President of the United States described life in these United States to young African-American men who have completed college and now will be going out into the world to make their way:
Hispanic Americans know that feeling when somebody asks them where they come from or tell them to go back. Gay and lesbian Americans feel it when a stranger passes judgment on their parenting skills or the love that they share. Muslim Americans feel it when they’re stared at with suspicion because of their faith. Any woman who knows the injustice of earning less pay for doing the same work — she knows what it’s like to be on the outside looking in.
That is from President Obama’s commencement speech at Morehouse College in Atlanta, the alma mater of Martin Luther King and many other distinguished leaders. Obama spoke about how racism and discrimination “still exist.” Inspirational, huh? It was a speech fraught with irony, much of which was captured by Jeannie DeAngelis at the American Thinker:
Moving right along, Obama chose to transport the graduates back to a time when "Jim Crow culture told [them] every day that somehow you were inferior," and that despite their ability to pay $40K a year in tuition, "the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation" has not "vanished entirely."
Barack Obama reminded the grads that, even though "someone who looks just like [him] can somehow come to serve as president of these United States of America," or become a zillionaire like Jay-Z, Tiger Woods, and Sean "Diddy" Combs, "racism and discrimination [still] exist."
According to the president, Morehouse Men "[w]ield something even more powerful than [a] diploma ... and that's the power of ... example." Wait! The president should probably disregard the four Morehouse Men arrested earlier this month for raping a Spelman student.
Broaching job creation and blacks having to "work twice as hard," hardly working Obama covered crime- and gun-violence reduction, the security of health care, and educating children. What he didn't mention was his need to console a public school-educated child who couldn't comprehend two minus one. With plans to grant amnesty to 30 million illegals, the president saying that "subtraction is tougher than addition" suddenly makes sense.
A financially fortunate Barack Obama certainly enjoys an extravagant lifestyle and thinks nothing of spending oodles of taxpayer money. Yet he still ridiculed "fancy jobs ... nice houses[,] and the nice cars."
We as a society have produced more prosperity, upward mobility, and equal opportunity than any society on the face of the earth. Sure, there have been blots on our reputation. In the nineteenth century, the United States fought a great and bloody war to remove one injustice. In the twentieth century, we gave more lives and treasure to save the world from tyranny.
I don’t know about you but I’d like a president who acknowledges the gentleness and greatness of the United States.