If you remember, AIG and some other financial institutions had to be bailed out because they were considered “too big to fail.” It was though that the consequences of allowing them to go under were great and horrible for it to be allowed to happen, and so the federal government bailed them out.
So…Is President Obama – America’s First Black President – protected by a similar set of fears. Is President Obama too Black to fail? Are the consequences of America’s First Black POTUS failing perceived as being so horrible that Blacks, Liberals and the Mainstream Media (MSM) will refuse to say anything against President Obama no matter what he does or fails to do?
This isn’t an idle question. Even Wanda Sykes alluded to the phenomenon during what passed for her comedy routine at the recent 2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
This is amazing, the First Black President – I know you’re biracial – but the First Black President! You’re proud to be able to say that – The First Black President. That’s unless you screw up. Then it’s going to be,‘What’s up with the half-white guy, huh? Who voted for the mulatto, what the hell?’
— Wanda Sykes
2009 White House Correspondents’ Dinner
Sometimes both children and the insane speak wisdom and truth. Blacks might feel the need to separate themselves from Obama if Obama fails, lest Obama’s failure be seen as the Blacks’ failure and return them to the outskirts of American national politics.
It may well be that President Obama will continue to be America’s First Black President only so long as he maintains a certain level of popularity. Direct reference to his White heritage may be allowed, and even encouraged, if he doesn’t do so.
The election of Barack Obama is good for black people in a way that it is not so, necessarily, for whites or others: it liberates blacks from the debilitating mindset of seeing themselves as victims in America. Obama’s victory enables blacks to be, in the words of Martin Luther King Jr., “free at last.” Free to be Americans stripped from the legacy of second-class citizenship. Free to be seen in the eyes of one’s fellow citizens as inherently as capable as others without the historical restrictions imposed by skin color. While it may also be said that the election of Obama is good for whites in that it ends what many characterize as “white guilt,” ending black victimology is without rival with respect to the good that instantly came to blacks with the election of Obama.
— Ward Connerly
Founder and Chairman, American Civil Rights Institute
But what happens to those Blacks who are “free at last” and to those Liberals who relishing the lessening of their “white guilt” if President Obama is a failure or is perceived to be so?
Will Blacks, Liberals and the MSM “bail out” President Obama by refusing to acknowledge any of his errors or the negative consequences of his administration because he’s too Black to fail?