A few thoughts on “not good enough”-ism

If you haven’t read The Obama Diary’s call out to Shaun King (here and here), you really should.

Shaun King has been passionate about the horrors occurring in Ferguson. I don’t fault him for that. I actually laud him for his efforts to keep a light shining on something too many Americans want to have swept under the rug.

The crux of Chip’s open letters to Mr. King was that his attacks on President Obama were not helpful to the larger cause. That they were shortsighted. That they were unfair. That they were, at heart, dishonest. They certainly seem to be done as a pro-forma exercise. Pres. Obama always has to be criticized, as not being “good enough”. (The book I’ve been hawking for 2 weeks, “Against Football” by Steve Almond, descends in its final chapter to such an attack on the President.)

It’s the “not good enough” which kills the progressive movement. It’s the “not good enough” which destroys social justice.

Another piece you should read is one by Twitter warrior ReignOfApril. President Obama Is Not Our Savior is a slap to the face of every disappointed lefty who feels that every “failing” by this president is a betrayal of deeply held hopes.

The problem is that these hopes were of their own making.

I followed Pres. Obama’s trajectory from presidential candidate to President. In all his campaigns, his main message was one of hope and change. But unless I’m grossly mistaken, he never assumed the mantle of Jesus, bringing God’s love down from heaven. “You” are the change. “You” are the hope. “I can’t do this without you.” These are the messages I have taken away from him. Yes, he’s our leader. Yes, we look to him for a direction. But when we look to him to take all of the world’s troubles onto his shoulders and fix them himself, we betray that message. He hasn’t betrayed the Left; the Left has betrayed him by positing him as a Magic Negro, the first black President who would bring a new dispensation to the country. It is another example of the infantilism in which this country wallows. It’s much easier to place faith in a savior, than to realize we are all our own saviors, that we have to save ourselves and each other. That requires work. That requires engagement. That requires the courage to fail.

Placing your faith in a savior figure absolves you of all responsibility. “I believed in Jesus. I prayed. I went to church. And my life is still awful.” Or, “I believed in Obama, he said he’d change things, and things seem the same. He lied to me.”

Barack Obama is a man. He’s a politician. He’s the President. He has a deep mind and an encompassing heart. But he is not the Messiah. He is not the anointed one. Too many people, however, don’t see this. They heard something he never said. And thus whatever he does or says in reaction to some national calamity is “not good enough”. Eventually they see him as “not good enough” in his totality, that all his initiatives are half-measures, all his words couched in politesse. That he has been able to achieve as much as he has in the face of opposition from his enemies and disappointment from his “friends” speaks to his character. But imagine how much more he could have done if those wallowing in disappointment had actually listened to him, not grafted their own meanings onto his words.

“Not good enough” is the lie that allows men like John Boehner to retain power. “Not good enough” is the lie which keeps the country bitterly divided. “Not good enough” is the lie which makes everything progressive that much harder to achieve. “Not good enough” is why the Right doesn’t fear the Left. Why should it? The Left is expert in eating its own, and handing power back to the Right.

And what will happen when he leaves office in 2017? Who will our savior be then? What will we do? Will we just curl up and die? Saviors have a shelf-life, and it’s not long. There will be no Church of Obama. We will be forced, kicking and screaming, to take up the work he started. Or, for too many of us, to give up, and hand the reins back to the dysfunctional Right, allowing them to finish the job of destroying the Republic.

A plea. Are you pissed off at Barack Obama? Fine. Be pissed off. It’s your right. But don’t just stop at your anger. Do something with it. Get involved in local issues. Attend council and county meetings. Go to town halls. Make your voices heard. And by doing this, you may come to a realization that this was what Pres. Obama wanted all along. An engaged citizenry. People who care about their lives and the lives of their neighbors. In that way, you will be honoring his true message, and be the change you’ve always sought.

127 Responses to “A few thoughts on “not good enough”-ism”

  1. October 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    And by doing this, you may come to a realization that this was what Pres. Obama wanted all along. An engaged citizenry. People who care about their lives and the lives of their neighbors. In that way, you will be honoring his true message, and be the change you’ve always sought.”

    Perfect, LL!!!

    • October 4, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Were people so caught up in the moment that they heard the “hope” and “change” but missed the part about “responsibility” for everyone? He didn’t say *I* am the change. He said *we* are the change.

      If nothing else, common sense should put some realism into the expectations of this President. Have we become so lazy and feel so entitled that we’ve stopped believing in working for the things we get?

      • October 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

        Obviously, swbluega, some did not listen; some did not want to listen. Fortunately, many did and those are the ones who are responsible for the considerable change we’ve been able to achieve because we worked for it, we supported our President when so many obstructed him, and we continue, together, in the struggle. Electing PBO twice was a shock far greater than the fact that we defeated the Confederates and ended slavery. Now we really need to shock’um again – #LandslideDEMS2014.

        #OWNthe114th … and accelerate the 3rd Reconstruction

        Yes We Can

  2. 5 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    President Obama outside the Oval Office early this evening.

    petesouza 2 days ago

  3. 6 forus50
    October 4, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    LL, Your words and Chips words make an effortless read and I wouldn’t be honest if I wasn’t a bit jealous. But more importantly, and to the point, THANK YOU.

      October 4, 2014 at 5:47 pm


  4. 10 Dee
    October 4, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    We are here to act, not sit here and expext someone to act for us without participation on our part

  5. October 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you LL for saying what I have been feeling and saying to these emo-progs and so-called “ride or die” supporters who quit after the first “I didn’t get what I wanted” moment…..gack. They make me sick with this nonsense of “never good enough” bs yet won’t go to a city/town hall/council meeting to do their “good enough”…

  6. 12 jackiegrumbacher
    October 4, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    Beautifully stated. One of your best. Having us become engaged as citizens has been the crux of President Obama’s mission since he first stepped out on the stage at the 2004 convention. A lot of people were dazzled by the words and image of Barack Obama and they didn’t really listen to what he actually said. He was asking us to love our country so well that we would work hard to change it for the better. He was engaging us in action, not adulation. And it was no accident that that was the same theme he repeated in his Second Inaugural. This week I shared the President’s speech to the Hispanic Caucus gala with a Latino friend and the sentence that stood out for him was “If you love this country, you can change it.” The most important word in that sentence is YOU. Those who complain that the president didn’t do x or y or hang the moon, look at you blankly if you ask what THEY have done to solve the issues that bother them.

  7. October 4, 2014 at 4:25 pm

  8. 18 jackiegrumbacher
    October 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    One other point: it is we, the people of the United states who are most in danger of ultimately disappointing President Obama and his luminous wife. The saddest thing that can happen to this country is having that remarkable couple look at of us one day and realize we were not “good enough.”

  9. October 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    “Not good enough” is the lie that allows men like John Boehner to retain power. “Not good enough” is the lie which keeps the country bitterly divided. “Not good enough” is the lie which makes everything progressive that much harder to achieve. “Not good enough” is why the Right doesn’t fear the Left. Why should it? The Left is expert in eating its own, and handing power back to the Right.

    LL, may I very humbly suggest, this is your finest essay yet. It’s exquisite.

  10. October 4, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you, Chips and LL for taking down the drama queen ShaunKing.

  11. October 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    • October 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      BTW, besides shedding a bit of light on various unfolding events, the primary reason I take the time to post about Libya, about the legitimate opposition in Syria, about the Kurds, Peshmurga, and now those seeking democracy in HK is simple – in each instance, these are movements of people who are DOING the work of CHANGING their destiny, shaping the future. They are doing so despite lethal repression and opposition.

      Their actions make the response to the whining, the ‘not-good-enoughists’ really simple – What Have You Done Today To Create The Change You Want, and do you have what it takes to keep at it, every day, no matter the disappointments and setbacks.

      Of course, that’s been PBO’s message since long before he entered politics.

      Once again, well done Chips and LL, and all those who have posted substantive comments.

      We can all thank Mr King for the opportunity to clarify for him and all like him what they have totally missed, as well as, the opportunity to dispel any notion they might have that folk can’t smell their ‘agenda’ …. miles away.

      #OWNthe114th …. nothing less is acceptable.

      Yes We Can

  12. 25 arapaho415
    October 4, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Here’s a couple of items on the President’s agenda for next week:

  13. 26 arapaho415
    October 4, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    Snow flurries in the Midwest, suffocating heat in Cali (it’s one of those days that it feels like an oven when you step outside — but a dry oven, LOL) and ABQ NM is having their annual #BalloonFiesta.

  14. 27 GGAIL
    October 4, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Ooooooweeee LL!

  15. 28 taiping1
    October 4, 2014 at 4:46 pm

    Excellent essay. You and Chips have highlighted the cop out and hypocrisy of faux supporters such as Shaun King. In the age of instant gratification people forget the history of progress in this country: decades of determined activism, centuries for some, from civil rights, to labor rights, women’s right. As our President always says, the road is long, with setbacks and false starts, but nothing can stand in the way of people determined to bring about change. “We are the change we seek.”

    Chips, so glad Danny found his way home. I can imagine your fears since I lost one of my dogs for a month. She had jumped the fence and got taken by someone. She eventually escaped, having chewed through 4 ropes used to tie her up. She was microchipped so Animal Services called me when they picked her up. She died 2 years ago after a full life of 15 years but I still miss her.

  16. 29 sjterrid
    October 4, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    LL, brilliant essay!

    Ediebeebop left a comment on the last thread after she posted the link to this post that I think should be brought here so other’s can see it. I would, but I don’t know how to do that. Thanks.

  17. 33 kfreed
    October 4, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    No, I am not pissed off at Obama. I see perfectly clearly what this President is up against, what he’s achieved in spite of it, and who is leading the charge. I see perfectly clearly the total lunacy the right-wing is invested in, and every day, watching the destruction of states controlled by the Tea Party/Religious Right/Koch Libertarians only makes me fight harder. I stopped hearing the lying hacks who claim to be “on the left” while attempting to blame the crimes of Bush on Obama. I’m behind this President, behind the Democratic Party, and I do NOT apologize to anyone for being on the side of sanity and compassion. Moreover, I’m not afraid to talk back:) It’s up to all of us and fortuantely, those of us in the trenches who understand the stakes, aren’t about to let up any time soon. As for Shaun King and Ferguson… how do you get to corrupt plice dept. to “Obama’s fault”? You get there by allowing Koch-ownded Libertarans to whisper in your ear: http://pando.com/2014/09/25/ferguson-is-our-libertarian-moment-but-not-in-the-way-some-libertarians-want-you-to-believe/

    • 34 kfreed
      October 4, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Correction: how do you get FROM corrupt police dept. to “Obama’s fault”? (See, NOW I’m pissed I can’t see the keyboard through the red).

  18. 35 africa
    October 4, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Excellent piece, LL!! Thanks for adding Chips’ pieces. I missed them.

  19. October 4, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    • October 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    • October 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

      “The U.S. and Arab allies’ campaign of airstrikes against al Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is a necessary step, but airpower on its own won’t be enough to ensure a military victory. To beat ISIS and extremist affiliates, the United States and its allies must work more closely with the groups that these terrorists most fear: the Free Syrian Army and Sunni Arab tribes.


      The fact is that ISIS has made it abundantly obvious that it sees its Achilles heel in both Iraq and Syria as the local populace. As airstrikes intensify, U.S. and regional military planners should take note.”

      I agree and have no doubt that President Obama fully comprehends …

      • 39 forus50
        October 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

        Bob, one thing I haven’t seen written much about is how long will it take to defeat them? It seems with 50 some countries going after them with drones and every type of air power available it wouldn’t be more than a year. Any thoughts?

        • October 4, 2014 at 5:51 pm

          Not comfortable speculating at this point, forus. If, over the next few weeks, we see Turkey truly enabling the Kurds/Peshmerga; we see increasing participation of Iraqi Sunni tribal forces; we see much improved coordination with the FSA; and we see a significant increase in Sunni cash flow to Daesh, they could collapse within months. We have to crush their command and control and that, as is noted in the essay I posted, requires the folks who should be ‘on the ground’ – i.e., not ‘Western combat troops,’ but regional warriors – getting at the core of Daesh and destroying it.

          BTW, what VP Biden said at Harvard, in substance, is well known to be correct. Erdogan’s government had been facilitating Daesh for more than a year – that whole ‘Sunni Salafi thing’ runs deep. But, Erdogan has appeared to wise up – Daesh is a monster that threatens everyone in the region – and his other agenda items, i.e., EU, NATO, etc were clearly going to suffer if he didn’t stop the flow of jihadist and supplies into Syria and stop the outflow of Daesh oil, out of Syria.

          • 41 forus50
            October 4, 2014 at 6:06 pm

            That makes a lot of sense – thank you for the education on it. I saw where VP Biden called Erdogan to apologize – seems Biden did that for face-saving for Erdogan back home. Just one question. Did you mean a significant decrease in Sunni cash flow to Daesh?

    • October 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Essential reading ….

      “ISTANBUL — My generation of Turks grew up hating Kurdish separatists. Instead of questioning why Kurds weren’t allowed to speak their own language, live in their own villages or sing their own songs, we blamed the Kurdistan Workers Party, or P.K.K., which had been waging a guerrilla war against Turkey since 1984, for all of Turkey’s woes. Kurds were responsible for the death of our soldiers, we said. They were guilty of tearing up the country, draining our resources and siding with our enemies. In the mainstream press, they were simply “baby killers.”

      Over the past few decades, that view started to soften as the history of human rights abuses committed in Turkey’s Kurdish regions was revealed. An ongoing peace process with the P.K.K., and the Turkish government’s post-2010 rapprochement with Iraq’s Kurdish region has begun to heal the rift between Turks and Kurds. And Iraqi Kurds, landlocked and alienated in an unstable country, started seeing Turkey as a key ally — reciprocated thanks to Turkey’s commercial appetite in the oil-rich region.


      A few years ago, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who was then foreign minister, said “Turkey has two options ahead; we’ll either shrink or expand. We’d rather expand hand in hand with the Kurds.”

      He was right. But Turkey cannot be a neutral bystander in this battle. To preserve our borders, as well as our democracy, we must take bold steps now to save the Kurds. At the end of the day, it’s the only way to save ourselves.”

  20. 46 carolyn
    October 4, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    LL……how in the world did you hit two such magnificent home runs in two days!!! I am thrilled with this one. You expressed what has been building up in me, and obviously, in many others…..for six years!

    Remember how people laughed, and still do, when he said “We are the change we seek.” They never have figured that out……that is profound, and expresses his faith in us, and the importance of being a citizen. We keep looking for a Messiah…….grow up left wingers…..YOU be the change you seek!

  21. 50 africa
    October 4, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    • 51 GGail
      October 4, 2014 at 7:23 pm

      africa, I’m so glad to see that you’ve joined us! Yes, phone banking is very empowering. Keep up the good work!!!

    • 52 whatisworking
      October 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

      Congratulation Africa, so proud of you and grateful for all your efforts. Florida will really improve under Crist’s leadership.

  22. 53 africa
    October 4, 2014 at 5:16 pm

  23. 54 africa
    October 4, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  24. October 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Ok folks, off to watch “Match of the Day”, because football is life. Keep chatting!

  25. 56 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 5:22 pm

  26. 59 forus50
    October 4, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    During the World Cup young kids got to walk out with the players and the players held signs against racism. Here in the US it’s adoration of the military industrial complex and Christianity every damn game. It would be great if they just played the game or honored teachers and nurses and kept the symbolism of guns, wars and religion for their allotted holidays.

    • October 4, 2014 at 6:14 pm

      Not in regards to the second one and I watch a lot of sports.

      • 61 forus50
        October 4, 2014 at 6:20 pm

        I watch pretty much all sports and “God Bless America” is sung now at a lot of pro football games, pro hockey games and during the 7th inning stretch or before the start of baseball games (before or after the National Anthem).

        • October 4, 2014 at 6:25 pm

          That doesn’t mention Jesus’ name. The God Bless America has been going on for so long but it never bothered me one way or the other. I wouldn’t mind some Stan Kenton during the 7th inning stretch but that’s just me.

          • 63 forus50
            October 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

            I understand and don’t disagree entirely. It’s just that I think most Christians in the US think it’s “their” song and the idea of it in what is considered a public event of sorts just continues to blur the line between church and state. When I was young that separation was well understood across all party lines but since the 70s the Religious Right has worked hard to moralize their way into every corner of the public square. So, while I actually like the song I don’t think it belongs as part of the sports event.

  27. 67 Ladyhawke
    October 4, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    LL, Thank you for yet another brilliant and insightful post. You are such a gifted writer. I would love to see a compilation of all your essays published in a book. That would be a great read.

  28. 69 forus50
    October 4, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  29. 70 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm

  30. October 4, 2014 at 6:40 pm

    #TrustBarack …. #TrustYourself


  31. 74 yardarm756
    October 4, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Another flaw in the human character is that everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance.
    Kurt Vonnegut,

  32. October 4, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    are there any pics of the President and Flotus having a date night for their anniversary

  33. 77 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  34. October 4, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    TOD ROCKS!!!

    Get out and vote!

    Organize voter registration!

  35. 79 a4alice
    October 4, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    thanks for writing this LL. I have people in my life who are “progressive” who are “dissapointed” in President Obama. I have “conservative” people in my life who think President Obama is the Antichrist. I’m so sick of both sides I throw my hands up. You’re a breath of fresh air.

    • 80 hopefruit2
      October 4, 2014 at 8:22 pm

      LL’s fine essay basically speaks for many of us, the silent and not-so-silent majority who are NOT disappointed in our President and have always had his back.

      Many of these fair-weathered “supporters” jumped on the Obama bandwagon when they felt it was cool to do so and would get them recognition in the blogosphere and other media outlets. They were not about accomplishing real change, they were about advancing themselves personally and feeding their egos.

  36. 81 JER
    October 4, 2014 at 7:45 pm

  37. 83 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    • 84 carolyn
      October 4, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Eddie and Mark…….they were both a little bit busy yesterday, working for us! A day late is no prob…….they are together, and celebrating. Don’t lots of people put off special dinners until the weekend, so they can relax? We do.
      So glad they’re going to be together this evening!!!
      Much love and thanksgiving to them both.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        October 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm

        Mark Knoller clearly was clearly tweeting for his Teabag followers…they’re busy defending him….

      • 86 hopefruit2
        October 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        I don’t think Eddie meant it in the same way as Mark. Her tweet was more matter-of-fact, while Mark’s was clearly intended as a slur.

        • 87 carolyn
          October 4, 2014 at 8:36 pm

          hf…..I think you made a good distinction…….but why even bother with the distinction. Today is their anniversary dinner full stop.

    • 88 arapaho415
      October 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  38. 89 hopefruit2
    October 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm


  39. October 4, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    LL, at the end of the day when you summarize everything, you do so brilliantly!

  40. 94 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    “Not good enough” is the lie that allows men like John Boehner to retain power. “Not good enough” is the lie which keeps the country bitterly divided. “Not good enough” is the lie which makes everything progressive that much harder to achieve. “Not good enough” is why the Right doesn’t fear the Left. Why should it? The Left is expert in eating its own, and handing power back to the Right.

    An engaged citizenry. People who care about their lives and the lives of their neighbors.

    Well said, LL.

    Yup. No more mcdonalds mentality. Even in effing places where there are no mcdonalds.

  41. 95 forus50
    October 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

  42. 97 desertflower
    October 4, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Anyone know the date the CIR from the Senate was sent to Boner’s House to collect dust? I’m about ready to slam someone that thinks it’s PBO’s fault that we don’t have CIR…stupid, stupid people!

  43. October 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm

  44. 103 FoxfireTX
    October 4, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Wow, what a day on TOD! Chips and LL your pieces are incredible. Thank you! Chips, so glad Danny is back home with you safe and sound. For those of us crazy about our dogs, it is haunting when they are missing. Bob, thanks for all the info, but the hell is happening in Iraq?

    “The fall of Kubaisa jeopardizes the strategic Ain al-Asad military base, which allows Iraqi forces to send troops and supplies to defend the Haditha dam further west where a small number of Sunni tribes and government forces are fending off Islamic State forces.”

    If the Iraqi army can’t hold Daesh back with all of the Coalition firepower, how are they going to be stopped? What a waste of blood and dollars we spent there. Hard to believe this is a “trained” army. And Iraq was supposed to be the best bet! Yikes!

  45. 105 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:37 pm

  46. 106 Inswinger
    October 4, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    I post rarely, but in any case a few observations:

    He is President Obama, not “Pres.Obama”, “Obama”, and the like. In addition, references of “Magic Negro” one way or the other are inappropriate. If we, his own (supposed) supporters, refer to him this way why should we be taken aback when his opponents do so and worse?

    Also, we keep having tweets of Mark Knoller posted here which are at best cynical, mostly sarcastic and, at worst offensive. This happens on a near-daily basis. I’ve never understood why. It is almost certain that Mark Knoller, his tweets and, his like, are never going to change, at least not while President Obama is still in office. Why do we have to be subjected to this constant cynicism, sarcasm and offensive (im)material?

    As I posted here a while back Change is hard and unless we embrace it fully we risk squandering the psychological gains of the last 6 years.

    • October 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm

      I’m sorry, but “Pres. Obama” is a perfectly valid abbreviation. you may disagree with my using it, and that’s your right, but so far you’re the only one to do so, and I’m going to continue to use that abbreviation. And in the instance when I used “Obama”, there was context to that.

      As for “Magic Negro”, if I can’t use the descriptions others ascribe to him to mock them, then I may as well hang up my stylus.

      I don’t know who you are, as you said you comment very seldomly. But if you’re going to rake me for my word choices—choices I made for effect—as your only comment, while not commenting on the content of the piece, perhaps there’s a reason you don’t comment much on here. Please, feel free to start your own blog.

    • 109 Sara
      October 5, 2014 at 2:46 am

      I also rarely post, but I am compelled to support the above comments. I do not think it is especially relevant that I support her/his opinion. I think it is quite rude that you suggest she/he start a new blog. There are obviously thousands of people who regularly return to Chipsticks forum because we treasure the outstanding contribution she makes to support our President. It is a balm to my soul. I appreciate hearing from a new voice, especially one that is so respectful of the much loved President Obama. If Chipsticks does not object to her post then I think you should cease and desist.

  47. 110 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:46 pm

  48. 111 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:54 pm


  49. 112 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  50. October 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    Night all.

  51. 114 Inswinger
    October 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    LL, this blog doesn’t belong to you. It belongs to Ms Chips. I will only stop posting here, even if rarely, if and only when Ms Chips asks me to. I have posted here since the Summer but been on it since its very early days.

    Secondly, making an observation about your use of terminology is not “raking” you, as you put it. If you can’t take observations to your posts that are not flattering then you are very thin skinned.

    For what its worth, I have been an avid supporter of President Obama since the fall of 2003, long before most people knew or had ever heard of him. I said as much in one of my earlier posts.

    • October 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm

      It’s just odd that you only came on here to make “observations” without dealing with the meat of the essay. That’s your right, and it’s my right to explain myself and defend my work. I don’t expect unadulterated adulation. Neither do I expect pedantry.

    • 116 Sara
      October 5, 2014 at 3:07 am

      Thank you for your comments. I suspect forums like this have a silent majority. We do not read it religiously to follow the personal disclosures of the “core” group, but to keep informed re President Obama’s triumphs and travails. I doubt any regular reader has been able to help but fall in love with Chipsticks and Danny and AMK and NerdyWonka and BobFR and quite a few other humorous and insightful contributors. I am sorry you were subjected to a personal attack and AMEN, and I just want you to know there are also others who respect your opinion and your right to a voice, and do not find you pedantic.

  52. 117 MadameSoph
    October 4, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    LL, I agree with other TODers: this could very well be your best piece yet!! Thank you, Thank you for saying this!

    It’s funny, the so-called anarchists/left libertarians supposedly believe we should not look to leaders, but govern ourselves. So often these are some of the very people who complain that PBO has not waved aside the three branches of government and the constitution and decreed that all their far left dreams come true. I have come to realize that these types are actually a different form of totalitarian. They don’t have a problem with rulers (revolutionary dictators, etc.) as long as the rulers enact THEIR agenda. They are not about democracy and definitely not for the people. As I’ve said before, Noam Chomsky did not get me affordable health coverage. President Barack Obama, the organizer, got that accomplished.

    Thanks again, to you and Chips, for your epic responses today.

  53. October 4, 2014 at 10:35 pm

  54. 119 amk for obama
    October 4, 2014 at 10:38 pm

  55. October 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm

  56. October 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    He’s been there, he knows of what he writes ….

  57. October 4, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I imagine better videos will emerge … but still, quite moving ….

  58. 126 jacquelineoboomer
    October 4, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Well-rounded guy – he’s a riot!

  59. 127 Nena20409
    October 5, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    “Not Good Enough” is now an echo repeated 24/7…….No matter what.

    That is It, LL. Nailed it.

    That is the same as Expectations, Double, Triple standard as demanded by Many from a person of color no matter how educated, capable, well rounded, etc that person is.

    Look at the Scale pres Obama is judged by the Media when compared with the previous treatment by the Media on the 43rd Former POTUS’

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