Obama's race to nowhere
 
Part 1: Quantifying Obama's Blackness
 
In 2008, the most disgusting thing I heard about Obama is his percentage of race—his "Blackness," that is! For the first time, I heard that you can be Black to a certain percentage. Who knew? Since his mother was Caucasian, some people were trying to define him part White, part Black in terms of a percentage. Until then, I always knew (learned one of those US things!) that a drop of Black blood makes you a Black person—no chance of Whiteness there! As a matter of fact, there is a word for interracial child: Mulatto.
 
Recently, I am listening to this again! This time I heard something new: Obama is not a pure Black man. Some people are sure that Obama is not an authentic Black man, compared to Mr. Cain. The determinant factors are 1. Obama's father was from Kenya, 2. Obama's mother was White, and 3. Obama's ancestors were not slaves. On the other hand, Mr. Cain can fulfill all those requirements without questions.
 
I can only imagine what it will be in 2012! Maybe, we will hear something new in regards to that, who knows?
 
This year, we put a huge statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. in Washington, D.C. to honor him for his civil rights movement. Every year, in January, we get a holiday to celebrate his birthday. I wonder what would MLK say about Obama and his quantified Blackness if he were alive today!
 
It is like two rails competing against each other, where one is trying to go faster than the other! On one hand, we put up a memorial for MLK, Jr., and, on the other hand, we quantify Obama's Blackness with a calculator!
 
I can go on and on with this, but I am not going anywhere with this—Obama's race, that is! A race to nowhere!
 
I hope people stop defining Obama in terms of his race; rather they qualify him according to his performance for his second term.
 
Part 2: Qualifying Obama for his second term
 
Now, let us qualify Obama for his second term—the other race.
 
Should we allow him to lead our country for another four years? Has he shown such a leadership to deserve another term? Was he able to move the country a little forward since he took over his job?
 
I didn't expect him to do any miracles. When he came to the White House, in 2009, the country was a mess. Two and a half years are not enough time to recover from the hole we were in 2009. Having said this, here is my question: did Obama even sincerely try to pull the country out of the hole? I have a better question—did Obama even understand the magnitude of the problem this country had in 2009? Two and a half years may not be enough to clean up the mess, but it is certainly enough time to build a foundation for that. Unfortunately, he was unable to do that.
 
I don't think he was even qualified for the big job. He did not have any experience in running a local or state level government. He didn't have any business experience either. He was merely a senator for a couple of years. So, why did we vote for him?
 
Three factors that worked in favor of Obama
 
1. Bush - People were disgusted by Bush. They were ready to bring anybody, but anyone from Republican Party. People were literally sick of eight years of Bush administration.
 
2. Hillary Clinton - She was the only competition Obama had after John Edward got out of the race. The US was not ready for a woman to be the president. Despite Obama's lack of experience, a huge portion of the White population went for him—especially the educated White male with a college degree.
 
3. Hope - Obama, such a good speaker, touched people's hearts with the word change. People started to feel the hope for a change in Washington. Hope, pure hope, that he would bring long-wanted change for all of us.
 
He spoke; we listened. He talked; we believed in him. He talked about change—we were mesmerized. We were so vulnerable that we didn't even stop for a minute to assess Obama's capability to bring us the change we wanted. The 'shake' he was talking about, we didn't even think that he was not strong enough to shake Washington.
 
He failed, and he failed us, but could he do better? Yes, he definitely could do a better job than he has done in almost three years. Unfortunately, he does not have what is needed to do a tough job. The experience I mentioned before, he could have gained that while working at the oval office. You need determination, not a basketball to dribble whenever you get a chance.
 
You need a tremendous hunger to do well for your country. Obama didn't have that hunger. He thought everything was going to work automatically by itself for the wellness of the country. According to Washington Post, he was trying to surround himself with some of the President Clinton's aides, thinking that they would bring the necessary qualifications to do the job. Maybe he thought it would bring him luck!
 
The hunger and the sincerity—Obama does not have either of them. He has completely failed to lead the country in a tough time. He is facing problems with the Democrats as well as with the Republicans because of his poor leadership. If it were not for Vice-president Biden, Obama probably would have been the first president in the US who would have been forced out of the oval office. The media are not covering Obama properly. Media is divided in two parts: one that loves him, the other purely hates him. What about the truth? How about the truth? We are simply deprived of the true news.
 
At home and abroad, I cannot pinpoint anything that Obama has made a remarkable stand on in order to praise him. His healthcare plan is a complete disaster, which will be debated in the Supreme Court next year. His controversial behavior toward the corporations is putting this country behind. His poor leadership skills are causing more unhealthy sessions in Congress than ever before.
 
He should not even run in 2012, but we know it is customary in the US for the president to run for the second term. He should not win the second term and my audacity of hope is that he won't! I hope he leaves the White House in 2012 and writes a book called "Audacity to Change!"
 
Summary: It is my 'audacity' of hope for Obama not to win the second term, and for him to spend next four years writing a book called "Audacity to Change!"
 
(Was Published in September, 2012)

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Kumar Ghosh

Kumar Ghosh

Eceentric!!!
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