Saturday, December 26, 2015

Attack of the Bitter Clingers

Are you kidding me?

President Obama said in a radio interview airing on Monday that Donald J. Trump, a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination, is exploiting the resentment and anxieties of working-class men to boost his campaign. Mr. Obama also argued that some of the scorn directed at him personally stems from the fact that he is the first African-American to hold the White House.

I stand aside to no man in my disdain for Mr. Trump, but oh good grief. The people who elected and reelected him are again suspect in their motives?

Apparently, we have failed out president:

The really maddening thing, though, is that President Obama thinks the reason he isn’t perceived as being especially good at his job is that we yokels aren’t smart enough to understand how spectacularly spectacular he is. Barack Obama is a man almost entirely incapable of self-criticism, and in the NPR interview, he repeated one of his favorite claims: He has had trouble with public opinion because he didn’t explain his awesome ideas well enough. That’s a very politic way of saying: “These rubes don’t get it.”

Yeah, our president is right. Americans are bitterly clinging to memories of prosperity at home and foreign policy strength. Dog whistle codes for bigotry, no doubt.

How unreasonable of us. Clearly, our president deserves a better class of citizen.