Chicago Sun-Times columnist Laura Washington is hypocritically fretting over the "disrespect" shown to President Barack Obama, ignoring the mote in her own eye.
As Eric Kohn succinctly explains in his Illinois Mirror piece, "Disparaging Politicians Is Pretty Darn American," Washington forgets (more like ignores) the heaping serving of insult and manure dumped on President George W. Bush. Naturally, she brings Oprah Winfrey who brings race into it, suggesting the Obama doesn't deserve criticism because he's black.
Just how far she had to reach is aptly demonstrated by her remark:
Some critics refuse to address the president by his title, instead sneering lowly pronouns, like “he” and “him.”
Those things that some people call Obama--e.g. incompetent and, dear Lord, mistaken and wrong--are true. Sure, Washington is correct to point out that every president deserves respect, and that includes George W. Bush. But the number of bungles by Obama are impressive. Foreign policy? A hash. Domestic policy? Obamacare (excuse me, the ironically named Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) that Obama had to unconstitutionally change a law passed by Congress. I could go on. (Here's a list of his scandals.)
Truth is Obama came to the White House without any administrative or executive experience, and it shows. Add to that the impractical and unrealistic liberal policies that he brought with him.
Bush deserved some criticism and he got it. Time for Obama's blind minions to grow a thicker skin.
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