As a progressive I don’t shy away from the fact that I’m a supporter of President Obama. While I know he’s far from perfect, I do believe that history will look back upon his eight years in the White House as some of the most successful of any president who’s ever held the title of President of the United States.
Unfortunately for this president, he’s dealt with three things that no other president in our nation’s history has ever had to endure:
- Taking the Oath of Office in the midst of the worst economic recession in almost a century.
- Inheriting two wars he didn’t start.
- Being the first president to suffer the full wrath of social media.
And make no mistake about it, that last one is every bit as important as the first two. If there’s one thing we should have all learned by now about social media, it’s that it has unfortunately given a voice to some of the most radical and crazy amongst us. While presidents have always been scrutinized, social media has brought our petty scrutiny of everything our Commander-in-Chief does to a whole other level.
That being said, I do wish that President Obama would call Republican idiocy out more often than he has. While I understand that he had the lofty goal of being some sort of uniter when he was first elected, it was blatantly obvious from the get-go that Republicans, no matter what he did, were going to oppose anything and everything he supported. I don’t believe there’s ever been a president in our nation’s history who’s had to endure such blatant sabotage and obstruction as this one has had to deal with.
Well, during the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House on Tuesday, President Obama went a little “off script” while taking a direct jab at conservative “Christian” hypocrisy.
“On Easter I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian I am supposed to love,” Obama said. “I have to say that sometimes when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians I get concerned. But that’s a topic for another day. I was about to veer off. I’m pulling it back.”
“Where there is injustice we defend the oppressed,” he continued. “Where there is disagreement, we treat each other with compassion and respect. Where there are differences, we find strength in our common humanity, knowing that we are all children of God.”
I’ve long maintained that one of the biggest issues conservatives have with President Obama, aside from his race, is that he’s simply too intelligent for them to understand. The typical conservative is very simplistic in their ideology, while history shows us that those who often bring about ideas that are different from what we’re used to are shunned by many of those in society. Nearly every major progressive step we’ve made in this nation (ending slavery, giving women the right to vote, ending segregation, the Civil Rights Act, same-sex marriage) has been met with fierce opposition. It’s happened time and time again and each time history reflects back upon those who opposed that progress negatively.
And when all is said and done, I fully believe that these conservatives who’ve so vehemently opposed President Obama, and the progress he’s tried to bring this nation, will be reflected back upon much in the same negative light as we do those who’ve stood in the way of other progressive movements we’ve seen in this country.
Watch Obama’s comments below via the Associated Press: