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Since 2008 I have watched with sickening awe the depth of hatred President Obama has endured. I am not talking about hatred of his policies or hatred of his ideas, no, this is hatred of the man himself. I was discussing this with Brian last weekend and he said something to me that startled me out of my astonishment that the President could be so despised. He reminded me of my seething hatred for George Bush.
He is right of course. I had and still have such a hatred for this soulless little man that it pains me to even see an image of him. During the eight years he was president, I developed a few techniques to deal with my revulsion whenever he would appear on television. If I was in my recliner, I would position my foot to block my view of him. If I was in an upright position, I would shut one eye and adjust my middle finger in front of the other until he was hiding behind my big fuck you. So the truth is, I do understand how deeply hatred can flow towards a President of the United States.
We may share the same intensity of emotion, those Obama haters and me, but the wellspring of our reasons for hating couldn't come from a place more different. The grounded in fact realities of what Bush brought on our country can only be described as despicable. I hate him for manipulating the national tragedy of September 11th into a tool to further his geopolitical wet dreams. I hate him and all his Administration for lying us into a war that unnecessarily killed so many people. I hate him because for eight years, whenever I was on foreign soil the only thing people wanted to talk to me about was just what the hell was wrong with Americans. For the sake of my blood pressure, I will leave it at that.
The people spewing their bile towards President Obama are pinning their hatred of him on the many things they have been told he is. He is a Socialist. He is not eligible to be President because he is foreign. He is a Muslim. He is in bed with terrorists. He is a traitor. He is a homosexual. He is the anti-Christ. And so the conspiracies go. No matter how many times he shows his birth cetificate, or how many reaches across the aisle he makes, or church services he attends the lies that have been spoon-fed into their week minds will never be jarred loose. The truth is, if they don't outright celebrate their innate racism, they need any one of these excuses for self-delusional cover. I just have to wonder, when they are alone with their thoughts, if they ever allow themselves doubt about the real reason for their burning hatred. If they ever allow a little ray of reality to slip through the cracks and admit to themselves what really galls them about this man. It is painfully clear they really hate him because, in their world, a black man puts his feet up on a whites-only desk.