The following story, "No, White Friend — You Weren't 'Embarrassed' by Barack Obama," was originally published on JohnPavlovitz.com.
I remember the day after the Election, a friend of mine who happens to be white, remarked on social media that he "finally wasn't embarrassed of America and our President."
I sprained my eyes rolling them and they have never fully recovered.
Since then I've heard this sentiment echoed by more white folks than I can count, especially in recent months; supposed relief at once again having a leader who instills pride.
Since I don't have the time to ask each of the individually, I'll ask here:
So, you were embarrassed for the past 8 years, huh?
What exactly were you embarrassed by?
Were you embarrassed by his lone and enduring twenty-five year marriage to a strong woman he's never ceased to publicly praise, respect, or cherish?
Were you embarrassed by the way he lovingly and sweetly parented and protected his daughters?
Were you embarrassed by his Columbia University degree in Political Science or his graduating magna cum laude from Harvard Law School?
Maybe you were embarrassed by his white American and Black Kenyan parents, or the diversity he was raised in as normal?
Were you embarrassed by his eloquence, his quick wit, his easy humor, his seeming comfort meeting with both world leaders and street cleaners; by his bright smile or his sense of empathy or his steadiness — perhaps by his lack of personal scandals or verbal gaffes or impulsive tirades?
No. Of course you weren't.
Honestly, I don't believe you were ever embarrassed. That word implies an association that brings ridicule, one that makes you ashamed by association, and if that's something you claim to have experienced over the past eight years by having Barack Obama representing you in the world — I'm going to suggest you rethink your word choice.
You weren't "embarrassed" by Barack Obama.
You were threatened by him.
You were offended by him.
You were challenged by him.
You were enraged by him.
But I don't believe it had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office — because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You're perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who's managed to offend all our allies in a few short months. And you're okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he's finished with it.
None of that you're embarrassed of? I wonder how that works.
Actually, I'm afraid I have an idea. I hope I'm wrong.
Listen, you're perfectly within your rights to have disagreed with Barack Obama's policies or to have taken issue with his tactics. No one's claiming he was a flawless politician or a perfect human being. But somehow I don't think that's what we're talking about here. I think the thing President Obama did that really upset you, white friend — was having a complexion that was far darker than you were ever comfortable with. I think the President we have now feels much better.
Because objectively speaking, if what's happening in our country right now doesn't cause you great shame and doesn't induce the continual meeting of your palm to your face — I don't believe embarrassment is ever something you struggle with.
No, if you claimed to be "embarrassed" by Barack Obama but you're not embarrassed by Donald Trump — I'm going to strongly suggest it was largely a pigmentation issue.
And as an American and a Christian committed to diversity and equality and to the liberty at the heart of this nation — that, embarrasses me.
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He is the 44th president of United States of America and the first African American president. He was born on 1962 and was raised in a middle-class family whereby his father was a Kenyan and his mother was from Kansas. This is none other than Barrack Obama who managed to finalize his college with the aid of scholarships and student loans whereby he was able to finalize his degree from Chicago University and attend Harvard Law School. Besides that, Barrack Obama is a husband to Michelle Obama and a proud father of his two daughters Malia and Sasha.
According to white house and congressional reporter of the Huffington Post, Jennifer Bendery, the President banned the federal government from issuing some military equipment like armored vehicles, grenade, launchers and bayonets to the police departments. In addition to that riot equipment’s and explosives will henceforth be taken to the police on condition that additional certification will be given and assurances will be kept.
Obama is among the most successful Presidents in the United States of America. He has played a great role in various areas such as the economic, political, health, and security sector among others. For instance, in the economic sector, the United States has never recovered fast from an economic recession as fast asduring Obamas current reign in history. Compared Bush reign where only 800,000jobs per month were created Obama has managed to create and sustain 2.1million jobs and improved the economy by about four percent.
In addition to that during Obamas reign the United States of America has never been under attack like that of 9/11. Besides that he has created a more sophisticated and better approach to handle international nuclear threat. Also, he designed the first strategy which helped to defeat al Qaeda and removed most troops in response to Afghanistan and Pakistan calls thereby rebuilding Afghanistan.
Furthermore President Barack Obama made more trips to other countries and met more global leaders during his first six months after he was sworn in than any other United States of American president. Through this, he has restored Americans reputation globally and established peace with other nations.
Critics of Barrack Obamas Reign
Like any other President, Obama’s reign has had some shortcomings in various sectors. For example, Obama care which was supposed to be effective and cost friendly has lead a higher federal expenses. According to the National preview, he failed to keep his word concerning the Obamacare which proved flawed and yet he enforced its functioning.
Lastly, Obama has skipped various anniversaries which are attended widely such as the Battle of Gettysburg and liberation of Auschwitz. He has really been somewhat different from former American presidents.