‘Stop Assuming The President Is God’ and 5 Other Tips for Properly Engaging PoliticsNovember 26th, 2010
By: Anthony Jerrod, Contributor, The Atlanta Post
Is he “The One,” as Oprah Winfrey once exclaimed with a sense of awe? Is he the secular messiah that has come to save the mighty American empire from crumbling into pebbles of shameful despair? Or, is he, as some right-wing extremists have condescendingly declared, “The Magic Negro,” who has come to wave his wand to cure all of America’s ills left over from the previous eight years? Who exactly is Barack Obama? He is the 44th President of the United States who has been given the responsibility via the expressed powers of the Constitution to be the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, to ensure that U.S. laws are properly carried out, to make treaties with foreign nations, to appoint ambassadors, Supreme Court Justices and Cabinet members, to veto certain legislation, when necessary, etc.
Is President Obama God? Obviously the answer to this extraordinarily extreme question is, “No!” But, one has to wonder whether certain individuals believe that President Obama, as well as former presidents, should fulfill the role of the sovereign, majestic, and mighty Creator. With nearly 200 accomplishments in two years, comments such as, “I’m tired of defending him” and “He should have reversed all of our problems by now” bespeak of this unattainable belief that President Obama or any other president can simply snap his fingers to fix the economy and other enormous issues that evolved years prior to his presidency.