November 27, 2013

None Dare Call It "Racial Profiling"

Or at least they don't when The Smartest President Evah does it:

...per WH transcript: "just looking at faces, I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they were born here."

Of course this is a guy whose mental powers are so advanced that he reads the minds of purse clutching women in elevators. He knows they're clutching their purses because he's half black, not because (for instance) they're alone in an elevator with a young man. Or they've read one of the many articles that advise women that holding their purses tightly is the best way to deter purse snatchers of all races.

This is a guy who snootily described his own grandmother - you know, the woman who took him in and raised him - as a "typical white person"... apparently not realizing that the existence of racial types implies there's such a thing as "a typical black person", too. This, of course, is nonsense because we all know that assuming things about total strangers based on their race or ethnicity is bigoted and wrong: the kind of thing typical white folks do to be divisive and establish their Otherness.

Fortunately, our President is just too brilliant to meet performance bars designed for inferior beings:

Two statements explain the huge failure of Obamacare. One is by President Barack Obama, the other is about him.

The first was made in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the end of the 2008 primary campaign, when candidate Obama predicted that generations would look back and see his nomination as “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Couple this with the assessment of his closest aide, Valerie Jarrett, about his exceptionalism. “He knows exactly how smart he is,” she told Obama biographer David Remnick. “And he knows that he has the ability -- the extraordinary, uncanny ability -- to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them.”
Obama “has never really been challenged intellectually,” she went on. “He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Or what an ordinary president does, for that matter. A chief executive less bored than Obama would have stayed on top of his signature legislation. Those upset that he didn’t are bedwetters, the White House says, nervous Nellies who can’t comprehend the larger picture of health-care reform that will, in due time, emerge. White House spokesman Jay Carney intones the mantra that the president “is focused on delivering the access to quality and affordable health insurance” and isn’t concerned “about the politics of that.”

The thing is, Obama is - by his very nature - Exceptional. Which is nothing like American Exceptionalism, because we all know that's arrogant and elitist. It only serves to reinforce our differences and magnify the things that bring nations into conflict rather than emphasizing the things we have in common. No, Obama's unique brand of egalitarian exceptionalism is so limitless that it embraces and reconciles a multitude of mutually exclusive traits. He's superior without arrogance or condescension, detached and impartial without lacking empathy, half-Black without being half-White, elite without being better than the rest of us, in charge without being accountable or personally involved, dedicated and community-focused without feeling accountable to those he leads.

When good things happen, he deserves the credit for being the architect and prime mover behind success. When bad things happen, he was off doing more important things and is not to blame.

Truly, he is a man of almost as many contradictions as he has faces. And always, through it all, hope hangs deep inside of him.

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