Darn it! I missed it!

I must admit that, due to an immediate surgical emergency, I missed the last State of the Union address by our President Obama. I had a severe hangnail that required my total concentration. Of course, I am being facetious but honestly I’ve heard everything that I need to hear from Barack Obama. In a pre-address interview he fell back on blaming George Bush for the calamities that he feels he pulled us out of. I thought that the blame-game was over, but apparently we have yet another year of it.

But if I am disappointed in Barack Obama, I’m curious as to how black people feel about him? Admittedly, he is only half-black (or make that half-white) but I’m sure that black folks must have felt some pride in his being elected. And, it was a phenomenon, no question about it. When the black population of the U.S. is less than 20%, to have even a semi-black person elected to the highest position in the free world must have been a source of pride for our black citizens.

So how do they feel now that his term of office is drawing to a close? Are they still proud? Or, more importantly, are they better off now than before he took office? Can they point with pride at the achievements, if there were any, of the first black to take that office? I’m serious when I say that I sincerely would like to know the answer to those questions. And it is not an issue of me being “whitey” gloating over what I perceive as a complete failure of Barack Obama fulfilling the duties of the presidency. Honestly, I would have been proud that our country could have a black president, if he had (in my opinion) taken the job seriously and done good things for our country. By contrast to Barack Obama, I feel that a black person such as Ben Carson would be someone I, as a white person, could really say, “Hooray, he’s good for America. What difference does the color of his skin make?” Is there anyone, black or white who can find any comparison between Carson and Obama that doesn’t find Obama the loser?

When history looks back on this past eight year period what can they really say that is complimentary about B.O.’s presidency? Every day he was on Air Force One going somewhere to make a speech about something. It was as if the election never ended. He seemed to be campaigning forever even though he already had the office. And, as I understand it, he used his last major address to the nation to denigrate the candidates who are running for the Republican nomination. No, he didn’t mention them by name, but his references were obvious. And while he was reading his TelePrompTer, the Iranians had American servicemen and women, kneeling with their hands behind their heads. I guess that event occurred so close to air time, his speech writers didn’t have time to put it on the prompter. I can’t imagine any other president not addressing that embarrassment and humiliation, and taking the Iranians to task for it.

As an American, I am just TIRED of Barack Obama. He has beaten us down and worn us out. I never want to wish my life away, but I cannot wait for this year to end and the Obama reign to be over. It will be like a waking up from a nightmare.


About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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