|With his family by his side, the youthful Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts, January 20, 2009|
President Barack Obama wasn’t always right but he was always decent.
Barack Obama is a more decent human being than I ever was or will be. He will be missed. Obama’s poise and rationality under undue withering criticism has been nothing short of remarkable. Indeed, Obama’s greatest mistakes have occurred when he has given his opponents too much credit for good faith. Obama is a brilliant guy but he has underestimated the inherent racism and ruthlessness of some conservatives.
This feels like a damned funeral. As I write I have Berlioz’s Requiem Op. 5, Grande Messe des Morts playing in the background. I doubt that tomorrow’s activities are going to be terribly uplifting. Not for me anyway.
I do not think that I will ever be able to say the words “President Trump” for he has proven himself to be an indecent sociopath and liar whose greatest success in life was to be born Fred Trump’s son. While he lost the popular tally by nearly three million votes, the Birther conned enough people (with the help of James Comey, Vladimir Putin and some white nationalists) to become our next president. It is not because I am vindictive that I do not regard Trump as my president. Rather it is my pessimism that he will ever earn my respect which is up to him, not me. So far it looks like we elected Mike Pence. Perhaps even that is less destructive than the prospect of a Trump presidency.
So far the goal of the incoming administration is to dismantle the outgoing administration’s accomplishments; erase the black man from history. Has anyone explained exactly why, for example, Obamacare is on the verge of being repealed? Over the years since passage, GOPers have done everything they could to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. They actively encouraged young people to not purchase insurance in order to concentrate the pool with older, sicker Americans. Republican governors refused to participate in the exchanges as well. Were the exact same plan called Reagancare would they be trying to get rid of it?
If Republicans are so incapable of improving Obamacare what makes anyone think that they can replace it with something better? It looks to me like the key objective is to blow it up. They are willing to fuck up health care for millions of Americans in order to damage Barack Obama’s legacy. They do not seem determined to propose a plan first. Do they not get the fact that people will die without adequate health insurance? Do they even care as long as the Kenyan-Marxist-Satanist-Muslim-Illegal Immigrant-Negro is marginalized?
President Obama has been a friend to the LGBT community. On marriage equality, Obama had the courage and decency to do something that few politicians ever do. He changed his mind and publicly said so. You might recall that in 2008 he ran on a platform of civil unions. So far every Trump appointee, with the possible exception of Tillerson, is openly hostile to LGBT citizens. We are likely to endure further pain with Trump’s picks for the Supreme Court.
I have a beautiful letter on my wall, personally signed by President Obama. It concerns victims of gun violence and public policy. I am so thankful, not for the letter, but for his best efforts to reduce gun violence. He has not succeeded but at least he has tried.
So thank you President Obama for everything that you have done and everything that you have tried to do. You weren’t always right but you always acted with sound judgment in accordance with the best interests of Americans — first, last and always.