Obama is not looking none too good these days. The media is doing its level best to crucify our first black president. And it appears that his circle of advisors aren’t advising him properly, because they aren’t advising him to take African Americans seriously. In his short time as the President of this US of A, his administration has thrown a number of his black supporters “under the bus”. Starting with his former pastor, the Rev Dr. Jeremiah Wright. Obama appears to be a turncoat, and a traitor to those who have supported him. And an ass kisser of those who don’t. Harsh, I know. I could be wrong.
But what happened? Things looked so good back in November 2008 and the months previous to that date, when he was campaigning. He was so convincing. So handsome, so winning and charismatic! He was a fresh breeze that America needed. We were so excited about what change he promised to bring. Especially in Black America. But it all appears to be a farce, and that breeze seemed to have turned to a blast of hot air. The magic is already gone. Is Obama our King Saul of the Bible?
King Saul was a man’s man. Tall, a head and shoulders above the rest. Good looking, there was none better looking in all of Israel. He LOOKED like he should be the King, and the people of Israel wanted to have a king, just as the other nations that surrounded them had kings. So they petitioned Samuel, and he annointed Saul King over the people of Israel. But not too far down the line, Israel’s King Saul started showing weaknesses. His integrity for one. He would lie for expediency’s sake. His quick temper for another. His jealousy of another “man after God’s heart”. (Ironically, Saul wasn’t too far off in his jealousy, because David was later annointed King of Israel.). All of King Saul’s personality quirks started working their way out to expose themselves in public. Because of King Saul’s lack of integrity and wisdom, he made a series of wrong choices as leader of Israel that lead to his downfall. It all culminates in his committing suicide by falling on his own sword after he was injured in the midst of a battle.
The people chose him based on his looks and his charisma, but because of his character, he was later rejected.
Now I’m not saying that President Obama is just like King Saul of the Bible, but we all were expecting a bit more from the man as black people. We did vote him in there, not just because he’s good looking and charismatic. We are hurting in this economic downturn and we want to be respected and paid attention to and we want our needs to at least be looked at with concern.
We just had our midterm elections and they say that black voter turnout was low this time. Was it because they didn’t put enough emphasis on getting out there and pressing flesh with black voters? I’m just asking. I could be wrong. Look, no one was hyping President Obama up as much as I was back then. I was DOWN for the brother, big time!! I even likened him to Superman!! Talk about ____- riding!
I’ve read too many bloggers who follow all of this much more closely than I do that are close to being disillusioned. I understand that it’s only been two years. But two years of unemployment, homelessness, and hunger is two years too long!
There is a solution. If Obama put the concerns of black people on the front burner, all will be quickly forgiven and forgotten. And I’ll take down this post as well.