What do you do when your most idolized politician comes under heavy scrutiny for doing a terrible job? If you’re a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, you blame racism.
“This is probably the toughest presidential term in my lifetime,” said Angela Rye, Executive Director of the CBC, yesterday. “I think that a lot of what the president has experienced is because he’s black. You know, whether it's questioning his intellect or whether or not he's Ivy League. It's always either he's not educated enough or he's too educated; or he's too black or he's not black enough; he's too Christian or not Christian enough. There are all these things where he has to walk this very fine line to even be successful.”
What does any of this have to do with racism? Nothing. But according to the CBC, only doddering morons would disagree with Barack Obama’s policies – and thus, only racists would disagree with Barack Obama’s policies. Actually, says Rye, even those who call the president “cool” are racist. “They weren’t asking if Bush was too cool, but, yet, people say that that’s the number one person they’d love to have a beer with.”
Perhaps that’s because George W. Bush never tried to be cool, as opposed to President Obama, whose entire presidency has been built around his supposed cool demeanor and hip persona. But to suggest that would make his critics racist, of course.