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Donald Trump has a thing about Barack Obama. Trump is obsessed with Obama. Obama haunts Trump’s dreams. One of Trump’s primary motivators is the absolute erasure of Obama — were it possible — not only from the political landscape but also from the history books.

Trump is president because of Obama, or more precisely, because of his hostility to Obama. Trump came onto the political scene by attacking Obama.

Trump has questioned not only Obama’s birthplace but also his academic and literary pedigree. He was head cheerleader of the racial “birther” lie and also cast doubt on whether Obama attended the schools he attended or even whether he wrote his acclaimed books.

Trump has lied often about Obama: saying his inauguration crowd size exceeded Obama’s, saying that Obama tapped his phones and, just this week, saying that Obama colluded with the Russians.

It’s like a 71-year-old male version of Jan from what I would call the Bratty Bunch: Obama, Obama, Obama.

Trump wants to be Obama — held in high esteem. But, alas, Trump is Trump, and that is now and has always been trashy. Trump accrued financial wealth, but he never accrued cultural capital, at least not among the people from whom he most wanted it.

Therefore, Trump is constantly whining about not being sufficiently applauded, commended, thanked, liked. His emotional injury is measured in his mind against Obama. How could Obama have been so celebrated while he is so reviled?

The whole world seemed to love Obama — and by extension, held America in high regard — but the world loathes Trump. A Pew Research Center report issued this week found:

“Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22 percent has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64 percent expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.”

Obama was a phenomenon. He was elegant and cerebral. He was devoid of personal scandal and drenched in personal erudition. He was a walking, talking rebuttal to white supremacy and the myths of black pathology and inferiority. He was the personification of the possible — a possible future in which legacy power and advantages are redistributed more broadly to all with the gift of talent and the discipline to excel.

It is not a stretch here to link people’s feelings about Obama to their feelings about his blackness. Trump himself has more than once linked the two.


Clearly, not only was Obama’s blackness in the front of Trump’s mind, but Trump also appears to subscribe to the racist theory that success or failure of a member of a racial group redounds to all in that group. This is a burden under which most minorities in this country labor.

Trump’s racial ideas were apparently a selling point among his supporters. Recent research has dispensed with the myth of “economic anxiety” and shone a light instead on the central importance race played in Trump’s march to the White House. 


For Trump, even plans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act aren’t so much about creating better policy as they are about dismantling Obama’s legacy. The problem with Obamacare isn’t that it hasn’t borne fruit, but rather that it bears Obama’s name.

For Trump, the mark of being a successful president is the degree to which he can expunge Obama’s presidency.

How A High School Reporter Scored An Interview With The US Secretary Of Defense
"Hi Jim"
By Talal Ansari

James Mattis, US Defense Secretary, rarely gives interviews to news outlets — and if he does, they’re not very long.

The retired four-star Marine Corps General pretty much dropped from the national spotlight as the Trump administration battles several investigations about whether aides colluded with Russia during the campaign. One official reportedly said, “He sees no value in having his name in the paper.”

The photo that revealed Mattis’ cell phone number.

So when he gave a student at the Mercer Island High School newspaper a 45-minute interview in late June that resulted in a nearly 6,000 word article — covering topics like ISIS and the differences between the Trump and Obama administrations — the big question was: How?

Teddy Fischer described the process to BuzzFeed News as “miracle after miracle.”

In May, Fischer, who will be a junior at the Seattle-area high school in fall, came across an article from the Washington Post about President’s Trump’s longtime bodyguard. The photo showed Trump’s bodyguard walking with a stack of papers, and on a yellow piece of paper was a Mattis’ cell phone number.

Fischer called the number. No one responded, and Fischer didn’t leave a message.

So he texted Mattis instead, stating who he was, that he was from Mattis’ home state, Washington, and that he was writing an article on US foreign policy. (Fischer wasn’t — at the time.)

Fischer saved the number in his phone as “Jim M.” A week later, while in his journalism class, Fischer looked down at his phone to see “Jim M’ calling.

"I didn’t think this would happen so when he called, I wasn’t ready. It was a little awkward because I think he was ready to do it right on the spot,” Fischer told BuzzFeed News.

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anonymous asked:

DUUDE, Obama follows you on twitter? That's so cool!

Yes, Barry follows me and 630,000 more of his closest friends. I guess it’s cool but it would be cooler if he answered my DMs asking for him and Joe to jump in Biden’s Camaro so we can go out for ice cream – or snow cones and shaved ice, which Obama prefers according to noted Presidential Ice Cream Historian @gohst-prncss-awez.

‘Please wake up, America’ …! 

So is the U.S  going to war with another country based on similar fabricate stories that took us into war with “Iraq” and “Libya” which caused millions death, unimaginable destruction of the infrastructure of both countries and millions of refugees and homeless..??
I thought “We’re supposed to be fighting terrorist groups, not countries”! This is at least what Trump said during Election…!

Now the question is how many more “wars” and “Regime change policy” is needed to make us learn from History and not falls for lies of a War-hungry System"..?!?

Early last Saturday morning, President Trump launched into one of his favorite pastimes — tweeting allegations with no evidence to back them up. His latest unfounded claims: an assertion that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower during last year’s elections. He accused his predecessor of “McCarthyism” and being a “bad (or sick) guy.”

This isn’t the first time Trump has blasted out such uncorroborated claims on Twitter, in national interviews and elsewhere — and gone on to ask for an investigation into them. A slew of “alternative facts” — in the words of Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway — have been perpetuated by the Trump administration since taking office. It’s par for the course for the reality TV star, who rose to political prominence after questioning whether Obama was born in the U.S.

Here’s a rundown and reminder of some of the other things Trump has incorrectly stated since taking office.

A Conspiracy A Month? Trump Calls For 2 Investigations — With No Evidence

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anonymous asked:

What Trump is doing is really fucked up but it rings a little hollow when Democrats (not you, in general I mean) act outraged about it while they said nothing when Obama began illegally bombing Syria in September with Congress authorisation or when Hillary said she would bomb Syria’s airbases.

President Obama ordered airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria; President Trump ordered airstrikes on Syrian military targets. There’s a big difference between bombing terrorists operating out of Syria (terrorists who were themselves battling the Syrian government) and bombing Syria itself. It’s important to note the differences – and that’s not even a criticism of Trump’s orders because I’m withholding my judgment on these recent actions until we see what steps the United States takes next in the region.

It’s also very important to note recognize that President Obama sought Congressional support for attacking the Syrian regime back in 2013, but Congress refused that support because they felt it was more important to try to score political points and hopefully make Obama look weak as opposed to taking dynamic action against a brutal Syrian regime that was slaughtering its own people.

Like I said, the Trump Administration’s actions weren’t necessarily wrong – something has needed to be done in Syria against the Assad regime – but it’s ridiculous for GOP members of Congress to completely lay the blame for inaction on President Obama when Congress desperately punted away Obama’s 2013 attempt to take action against Syria with Congressional support. 


“…I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.” – President Barack Obama to ABC News’ Robin Roberts, May 9, 2012.
During the heated 2008 presidential primary campaign, then-Senator Barack Obama distinguished his position on LGBTQ-rights from other Democratic candidates by calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in its entirety, whereas other candidates generally called for the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA, which barred federal recognition of same-sex marriages, but not the repeal of Section 2, which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.
In 2011, during President Obama’s first term, his Justice Department announced it would no longer defend DOMA, a crucial step in the legal fight for marriage equality. Nonetheless, President Obama avoided the direct question of whether he supported marriage equality, famously repeating that his views on the issue were “still evolving.”
On May 9, 2012, five years ago today, President Obama’s evolution on marriage equality came to an end, when, in an interview with ABC’s Robin Roberts, he became the first sitting president to voice support for same-sex marriage.
The day before the interview, North Carolina voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex unions; when asked on May 6 about the impending North Carolina vote, Vice President Joe Biden told NBC’s David Gregory that he was “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage and that same-sex couples are “entitled to the same exact rights” as opposite-sex couples. While many believe Biden’s pronouncement to have been a gaffe, there are those who view it as having been a weather balloon for what, at that point, was President Obama’s inevitable announcement. #HavePrideInHistory

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Trump gets annoyed with questions about Obama, ends CBS interview: 'That's enough'

this should be required reading/listening for every US citizen to fully understand their president and his thinking:

…on trump’s false claim that Obama wiretapped him.

Dickerson: But you stand by that claim?

Trump: I don’t stand by anything. I just—you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly and everybody’s talking about it and frankly, it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it’s a very big topic. And it’s a topic that should be number one, and we should find out what the hell is going on.

Dickerson: I just wanted to find out though, you’re the president of the United States. You said he was ‘sick and bad’ because he had tapped you.

Trump: You can take it any way you want.

Dickerson: But I’m asking you, because you don’t want it to be fake news. I want to hear it from President Trump.

Trump: You don’t have to ask me.

Dickerson: Why not?

Trump: Because I have my own opinions, you can have your own opinions.

Dickerson: But I want to know your opinions. You’re the president of the United States.

Trump: Okay, it’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.

anonymous asked:

Any chance of Melania making the jump from First Lady to maybe head of the U.N. or maybe even VP? Do you think she's qualified?

Well, she’s Constitutionally ineligible to be Vice President, so that’s not even a possibility, and no, she’s not qualified to be VP or Secretary-General of the United Nations. Then again, her husband isn’t qualified to be President and he is, so “qualified” doesn’t matter anymore. But, as of this moment, the Constitution still matters, so she can’t be VP. I don’t see anything that leads me to believe that she would want to do any of those things, however. She barely wants to be in the White House, but we know why that is.

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I just went off on some kid who tried to claim that Michelle Obama was too uneducated and inexperienced to run for President. Like child, I realize that your weak and sensitive white male ego is still recovering from the shock that a woman came so close to being our president and the thought of a black woman scares you even more, but what the actual fuck? To claim First Lady Obama, who graduated from two Ivy league schools, implemented multiple programs in the past 8 years, and just an all around class act, is as he said “uneducated and inexperienced” is just beyond ridiculous. Go home child you are drunk. 

anonymous asked:

Is Faith Spotted Eagle the first Native American to earn an electoral vote?

Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President (under Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933), was one-eighth Native American. He spent some of his early years growing up on a Kaw reservation in Kansas, was a member of the Kaw Nation, and he spoke the Kaw tribe’s language. Vice President Curtis was not only the first Native American to win an Electoral vote, but the first Native American or mixed-race candidate to win a national election – and the only other mixed-race candidate to win a national election is Barack Obama. Curtis was also elected to seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, four terms in the U.S. Senate, and served as Senate Majority Leader (1925-1929) and briefly as President pro Tempore of the Senate in 1911.