President Barack Obama took the presidency in 2008. Breaking the glass ceiling and disrupting years and years of racial biases and prejudices in the voting process doesn’t come easy and/or void of backlash. The amount of disrespect shown to president Obama is beyond politics. You can disagree with the president while respecting the position. I have compiled my top 5 disrespectful moments towards President Obama since 2008.
5. Hank Williams, Jr. compares Obama to Hitler: On October 3, 2011, Hank Williams, Jr. compared this summer’s so-called golf summit between Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.” He continued with, “It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu.”
4. Pat Buchmann referred to President Obama as “boy”: During a conversation with Rev. Al Sharpton, on MSNBC, Buchmann said that Sharpton’s “boy” Obama got “whipped” by Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Stunned, Sharpton responded with, “he’s nobody’s boy — he’s your president.”
3. Congressman Doug Lamborn compares President Obama to a “tar baby”: Rep. Doug Lamborn said, “now I don’t want to even have to be associated with him. It’s like touching a tar baby and you get, you get it, you know… you are stuck and you are part of the problem now and you can’t get away.” The term “tar baby” is a reference to 19th-century Uncle Remus stories about Br’er Rabbit but has taken on a negative connotation towards African-Americans.
2. Joe Wilson yelled out “you lie” during a speech: Joe Wilson interrupted President Obama’s 2009 Health Care speech with “you lie” when President Obama said the legislation would not mandate coverage for undocumented immigrants. Watch the video.
1. John Boehner rejects President Obama’s date and time for speech: In a surreal volley of letters, each released to the news media as soon as it was sent, Mr. Boehner rejected a request from the president to address a joint session of Congress next Wednesday at 8 p.m. — the same night that a Republican GOP Debate is scheduled. In an extraordinary turn, the House speaker fired back his own letter to the president saying, in a word, no.
Of course there are numerous moments that are just as disrespectful (i.e. Newt Gingrich calling President Obama “the food stamp president”). The disrespect shown to the president over the years isn’t politics opposition. It isn’t a matter of bipartisan this or tea party that. No other president would be referred to as a “tar baby” or your “boy”. It just doesn’t happen, whether it is intentional or not. Given the history of this country, racial colloquialisms shouldn’t be taken lightly and should be heard with a critical ear.