Obama And Oprah
November 21, 2013 by Ben Crystal
Life plays rough. Today, youâ€™re on top of the world. Tomorrow, you may well be knocked off your high rise perch by an unforeseen financial hit, sudden illness or even someone in a Federal Emergency Management Agency windbreaker. And Iâ€™m hardly a pessimist. Hell, I still think America can recover from this loathsome era to which future history texts will refer as â€śthe President Barack Obama Yearsâ€ť in the same gloomy tones they currently employ to describe the Spanish flu.
Lest you think youâ€™ve spent more than your fair share of time at the business end of lifeâ€™s cruel twists, consider this: It could be worse. You could be Oprah Winfrey. While youâ€™re trying to solve mundane problems like making your mortgage payment after some Obama cronyâ€™s â€śgreen energyâ€ť boondoggle went belly-up and left you jobless, Oprah is fighting against prejudice in the European fashion retail industry. While youâ€™re contending with an Internal Revenue Service audit because they saw your name on a Tea Party mailing list, Oprah is struggling to make sure the â€śrightâ€ť celebrities have a sympathetic ear to which they can turn when the movie-going public gets tired of their self-important ranting. And while youâ€™re pawning the watch your grandfather left you in order to pay for your kidsâ€™ Christmas presents, Oprah is playing defense for that poor victim of evil racism: Obama.
According to Winfrey, Obamaâ€™s endless series of scandals stem not from his comic incompetence, nor from his seemingly pathological mendacity. Much like poor Winfrey herself, Obama is stymied by that old serpent: racism. While in England to promote her latest big-budget blockbuster â€śThe Butler,â€ť Winfrey faced BBC interviewer Will Gompertz. Naturally, Gompertz asked Winfrey about Obamaâ€™s struggles. And naturally, Winfrey doesnâ€™t think her good friend is to blame for his Administrationâ€™s issues.
“I think that there is a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he is African-American. There’s no question about that. And it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.â€ť
According to one of the worldâ€™s most important women, Obamaâ€™s string of face-plants isnâ€™t a result of his own dishonesty; itâ€™s a result of people who wonâ€™t tolerate his lying because theyâ€™re racists. Supplicating himself to terrorists — not to mention to Russian President Vladimir Putin — isnâ€™t a failure on Obamaâ€™s part; objecting to it is a failure on yours. Using the IRS as a baton upside the proverbial skulls of his countrymen isnâ€™t Obamaâ€™s character flaw; refusing to lie down for the beating is yours. And lying about Obamacare at least as many times as he did about Benghazi, Libya, doesnâ€™t mean Obama isnâ€™t worthy of the Oval Office; but decrying it means youâ€™re unworthy of him. The poor guy! If only I had known how hard it is to be President of the United States, I might have been more forgiving of Obamaâ€™s legacy of deliberate failure. No wonder Winfrey feels it necessary to ride to Obamaâ€™s rescue; heâ€™s having almost as hard a time enjoying free golf and Las Vegas fundraisers as she has trying to get special personal shopping hours at the Paris Hermes store. Horrors!
I donâ€™t deny racism exists; even in this boyâ€™s America. The Democratsâ€™ attacks on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Army veteran and former Congressman Allen West or former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice have settled that question. Whatâ€™s worth noting is that Thomas, West and Rice have not paid much attention to the liberals who decry them simply because of their race. Those three — and many others — recognize that the Democratsâ€™ tendency to assault people solely based on their skin color is as silly as the Democratsâ€™ tendency to defend people solely based on their skin color. West is no more a bad guy because heâ€™s black than Obama is a good guy for the same reason. Of course, West can take the heat, whereas Obama runs and hides behind race-baiting pseudo-intellectuals like Winfrey.
By the way, Winfrey did grace us with a solution to that racism her good buddy Barack must battle: “There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die.â€ť
By Winfreyâ€™s reckoning, thatâ€™s a lot of people. If youâ€™ve voiced opposition to Obamaâ€™s excesses, sheâ€™s probably including you in that group. Winfrey wants you dead. Nice knowing you.