That’s Right. He’s ‘A Cool Rocking Daddy In The U.S.A.’
A Commentary by Doug Draper
Posted September 16th, 2016 on Niagara At Large.
We’ll there we have it folks. One of the most perplexing questions next to one that has dogged humankind through the ages – “why are we here?” – has finally been answered.
Barrack Obama, whose most egregious crimes according to many of the more right-wing, evangelical members of America’s Republican Party are that his middle name is Hussein, that his late father was black and was born in Kenya, and that he is a Democrat who had the audacity to run for and win the office of President of the United States, was actually born in the United States.
So now Obama can take the stage at a political to the music of Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born in the U.S.A’ with more bounce than he ever has before.
And why? Because Donald Trump who has spent the better part of Obama’s last seven and a half years in the White House, claiming that was not born in the U.S.A., finally conceded this September 16th that he was, that’s why.
But not before Trump’s campaign team circulated a statement reminding Americans about the great “public service” the Donald had done for the country he wants to make great again by demanding years ago that Obama produce a copy of as birth certificate showing that he was born in the State of Hawaii.
And, as Trump claimed during his brief concession address this September 16th, it was some of Hillary Clinton’s supporters who started the whole so-called “birther” debate involving Obama when she was running against him for the Democratic presidential nomination eight years ago.
Of course, we had to know that Trump wasn’t going to concede anything without take credit for “making” Obama produce his birth certificate and without blaming his opponent – “crooked Hillary” – for starting the whole birther thing. Anything less might leave him looking like one of those “weak losers” he rails against all the time.
I can’t help but wonder how so many of his ardent followers showing up at his rallies, yelling the word “nigger” at the mention of Obama’s name, are going to deal with Trump coming down from the mountain like Moses carrying tablets chiselled with the words; “Obama was born in the United States.
Anyone who’s been watching Trump’s reality show version of a presidential campaign over the past 15 months knows that his faithful followers would never question him if he told them Mexicans were invading their country in taco trucks and Canadians are responsible for climate change. But Obama – born in the United States?
That’s got to upset just about everything the Tea Party rallying cry; “We want our country back,” stands for – the good ol’ days when you could turn on the TV to ‘Happy Days’ or ‘Andy of Mayberry’, and everyone from Andy and Barney and Opie to Ritchie and Fonzie and Al the malt shop owner were white, and there were no black people in the White House except mostly for cooks and dishwashers.
And speaking of the Tea Party, Trump’s concession could not have made for a very good day for the clown princess of the Tea Party, Sarah Palin, who always appeared to be as convinced that Obama was born in Africa as she was that Africa (or ‘A-fur-ka’ as she pronounced) was a country rather than a continent.
What is going to become of all those posters and signs people brought to her rallies showing a Bugs Bunny cartoon version of Obama looking like an African medicine man or showing him wearing a Hitler moustache.
How dare Trump and his supporters like Palin and white supremacist and former Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke slam Hillary Clinton for calling half of those who cheer Trump on at rallies a “basket of deplorables” as in racists and the like.
Trump attracts racists like dog dung attracts flies and there is no getting away from the fact that the only reason that, as polls show, more than half of those who call themselves Republicans either don’t believe Obama was born in the United States and therefore qualifies to be president, or aren’t sure, and that they feel that way because he is black.
It is a deplorable attempt by a basket of deplorables to disenfranchise the first African American to become President of the United States.
I will leave the last words to one of my favourite progressive voices, the now retired Congressman from Massachusetts Barney Frank, who you can view in the following video, confronting a room full of right wing bigots holding up pictures of Obama with Hitler moustaches drawn on them and shouting out that he was born in Africa at a town hall meeting six or so years ago.
.Or maybe I should leave a few more final words on Trump to Obama himself –
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