A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

The Fifth Column


America – He’s Your President for Goodness Sake!

By William Thomas

There was a time not so long ago when Americans, regardless of their political stripes, rallied round their president. Once elected, the man who won the White House was no longer viewed as a republican or democrat, but the President of the United States. The oath of office was taken, the wagons were circled around the country’s borders and it was America versus the rest of the world with the president of all the people at the helm.

Suddenly President Barack Obama, with the potential to become an exceptional president has become the glaring exception to that unwritten, patriotic rule.

Four days before President Obama’s inauguration, before he officially took charge of the American government, Rush Limbaugh boasted publicly that he hoped the president would fail. Of course, when the president fails the country flounders. Wishing harm upon…

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3 thoughts on “A Canadian’s View On Our Disrespect Of President Obama’s Presidency

  1. Ah, Jen… First time I think I’ve ever seen anything here that could be considered political.

    I’m glad to see it (and I loved your rocks, too). This recent election was mighty depressing for a progressive liberal like myself.

    But I think what we’re seeing these days is beyond “political”; it gets into the moral, which your poster recognizes. When someone (was it Boehner?) says, as someone did yesterday or today, that the President should be “careful” about what he does, because if he “plays with fire, he could get burnt,” I am absolutely appalled. Not only is that “disrespectful,” it makes me wonder why they don’t just go ahead and put the burning cross out there on the White House lawn… This is how “Massa” talks to the house slave he thinks is getting a little too uppity, not how one “national leader” speaks to another.

    We have friends from the UK and Canada, whom we usually see for a few weeks a year during the winter, and they cannot BELIEVE the sort of crap that goes on in this country – how little the populace actually knows, the amount of paranoia and fear we seem able and content to incorporate into our lives and take as “reality,” and our lack of concern for our fellow citizens, let alone the rest of the world.

    Every voice, like yours, that reminds us of our humanity, of our place – and our responsibilities – on this beautiful planet, and the things of true value, really matters.

    Thank you!



    1. Going “political” always makes me feel…dirty? mean? So I tend to shy away. (Though I have very clear opinions on the subject if asked). It’s just one of those topics that can’t be resolved or reconciled – never will be – and I’d much rather spend my time talking about the things we can do individually to improve the world: love each other, love nature, love art and books. But a big part of “love” is respect…and I appreciated what this article had to say about that. As long as we bad-mouth each other’s politics, religions, opinions, lifestyles…we can’t (truly) love. And that goes for either side. Quite honestly, I would be remiss to note that I had no more respect for Bush than folks today have for Obama. And as long as I – as long as we – continue that kind of opinionating on behalf of our opinions, we get no where. And we especially don’t get love.


  2. i admire President Obama and am appalled at the lack of support for him and what he has tried/is trying to do to help our country move forward – he won the election twice, yet so few Americans sing his praises… i voted for him both times and would vote for him again, but he has gone through enough and should be proud of his accomplishments – thank you for sharing this sobering article that i plan to “like” and “share” on Facebook (something i rarely do with political topics)! now, back to nature, books, art and (most of all) LOVE!


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