If after seven years as president that is all he is -- a token -- then he was not a very good president. And Maraniss knows it, but he made the case as good as he can be.
Oh, we have had plenty of lousy white presidents too. It's just we all hoped for better.
Stop comparing Obama with the president you thought he might be, and deal with the one he has been.Well, OK.
If you insist.
On race relations, Obama has brought division. Time after time, he has sided with the worst elements of black supremacy. He has ignored every 150th anniversary of importance including the Gettysburg Address and Lee's surrender at Appomattox, rather than acknowledge the great sacrifice of more than 300,000 white Union soldiers in the emancipation of slaves. This is in keeping with the academic revisionism of American history, which portrays white people only as genocidal maniacs. He gives young black men not a role model, but an extension on that crutch in which one blames all of one's failures on racism.
On health care. Despite a filibuster-proof Senate, Obama was unable to get that socialist medical system he wanted, which rations mediocre medical care for the masses. Think VA. Instead, Obama agreed to a hybrid concoction that would have left Rube Goldberg confused. But I must laugh, because even after forcing all Americans to buy health insurance or pay a fine, insurance companies went broke on this -- with subsidies. Private industry can match government when it comes to incompetence.
On national security. America's secrets are now known to the world thanks to Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Hillary Clinton, and a host of hackers around the world.
On the war on terrorism. Obama killed Osama bin Laden, and that ended the war on terrorism. Unfortunately, the other side just hasn't acknowledged that yet.
On the war on Iraq. Obama withdrew our troops and that ended that. Again, the other side just hasn't acknowledged that yet.
On international relations. Not a single ally trusts us, not a single adversary fears us.
On the economy. One in five families have no one employed.
This is sad. Is there anything he got right?