Why do so many people hate Obama?

One of the most wonderful things about America is our freedom to criticize political leaders and debate issues freely. Nobody feels the weight of those liberties more than the Commander in Chief.

Two days after he was re-elected, “Why do people hate you?” a fourth-grade boy asked Obama at a town hall meeting in New Orleans. “They’re supposed to love you. And God is love.”

Startled, “That’s what I’m talking about,” responded the President. He glanced at the crowd, then smiled.

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“First of all," he told the boy, "I did get elected president, so not everybody hates me. What is true is if you were watching TV lately, it seems like everybody’s just getting mad all the time. And. you know, I think that you’ve got to take it with a grain of salt. Some of it is just what’s called politics where, you know, once one party wins, then the other party kind of gets – feels like it needs to poke you a little bit to keep you on your toes.”

The boy nodded attentively, reports Matthew Jaffe of ABC News.

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“And so you shouldn’t take it too seriously,” Obama told the boy. “And then, sometimes, as I said before, people just – I think they’re worried about their own lives. A lot of people are losing their jobs right now. A lot of people are losing their health care or they’ve lost their homes to foreclosure, and they’re feeling frustrated. And when you’re president of the United States, you know, you’ve got to deal with all of that.”

But is this something new? Did the Democrats hate Eisenhower back in the 1950s? Did the Republicans detest JFK and LBJ in the 1960s? When did all this start? With Nixon – when his enemies forced him out of office? With Clinton when his detractors humiliated him with revelations about a blue dress and cigars? Geroge W. Bush certainly reaped his share of derision – David Letterman made no pretense of his intense dislike of the conservative Republican.

So, is this something new, or has it been building over the last half century – hatred for those who disagree?

“Let me finish tonight with something that’s been bothering me,” mused Chris Matthews on the liberal MSNBC recently. “Why do people hate this president so much?

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Rob Kerby, Senior Editor
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