There’s been a great deal made by the right-wing press and blogosphere denying that there’s a strong element of racism motivating US and foreign conservatives’ criticism of Barack Obama.
Whatever my disagreements with (every single one of) his policies, I have to agree with the 44th president’s supporters on this one issue.
If a white president had:
Presided over the whitewash of armed and uniformed racist thugs intimidating voters at polling stations;
permitting the large-scale export of firearms to the gangs of a friendly country in order to promote gun control legislation in the USA;
Returned the gift of another friendly nation and active ally’s greatest war leader;
Made a public gesture of self-abasement to the head of government of an intolerant extremist theocratic state;
Led the US into unprecedented levels of indebtedness and allowed the downgrading of its creditworthiness from AAA for the first time ever…
… then it’s perfectly obvious that the conservative movement in general and the GOP and the Tea Party in particular would have gone along with every deed.