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.
“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.
“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?
Matthews then cited a number of criticism that have aired, concluding, “Whatever comes along, like the CBO report yesterday, becomes another way to find a way to explain hating the guy.”
Of course, that CBO report was the one that said 2.5 million Americans would lose their jobs because of Obamacare. What were the phony GOP “reasons” for hating Obama, according to Matthews?
“Republicans had their chance to modify the health care plan,” said Matthews. “It was they who decided to sit back and let the Democrats do it all alone.
“And all this other stuff, the obscure IRS story that’s not gotten tied to any of the Obama political people.
“The Benghazi brouhaha that was discredited by the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee that basically squared the Obama claims with the evidence showing it really was a spontaneous attack probably triggered by a Cairo attack and that dumb anti-Islamic movie out of Los Angeles.”
“Well,” muses Matt Hadro “in regards to the IRS, e-mails just surfaced tying the former IRS chief to crafting new rules for investigating Tea Party groups.” And reports keep surfacing that Obama is using IRS as a hit-squad, selectively pursuing conservative groups
while ignoring abuses by liberal organizations.
“And,” continues Hadro, “the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded that the Benghazi attacks were indeed ‘deliberate and organized.’ This is not the first time Matthews has tried to stick up for the White House in an untenable situation.”
Give Obama a break, laments Matthew Lynch at the liberal Huffington Post: “It seems we have forgotten that when Barack Obama assumed the presidency, he was charged with resolving the nastiest set of problems and issues of any incoming commander-in-chief since Franklin D. Roosevelt took office on March 4, 1933. What did he do in response? He immediately jumped into action and orchestrated an unprecedented stimulus package, the auto bailouts, and a major health care bill. Under President Obama’s watch, America is experiencing something that it hasn’t experienced in ages — genuine progress. Although we have many more miles to go, we have to remember that Rome was not built in a day. The issues that continually plague our country took decades to develop and will probably take several more decades to fix.” Obama in New Hampshire ( Marc Nozell/Wikimedia)