On his MSNBC show Politics Nation, (the, uh, Reverend) Al Sharpton lavished praise on the departing president, using language that would have been best reserved for a private love letter. Best for everyone, really.
“I am so proud of President Barack Obama, not just because he was and is my color, but because he was America’s kind,” Sharpton said on Sunday. “He helped this country like no president I’ve seen in my lifetime. We should thank God we lived in the age of Obama.”
We should thank God we lived through the age of Obama, quite frankly. For one, there was a Trump-sized pot of gold at the end of this dark rainbow. For two, it’s a wonder our economy didn’t implode in the years after the recession. Finally, the Second Amendment survived Obama’s assault, which we can only credit to divine intervention.
But Sharpton wants us to know that America has never been as great as it was under the nation’s first black president.
“Barack Obama, president for eight years, turned around the economy,” Sharpton said. “Took it when it was on the brink and turned around an economy that was bleeding 800,000 jobs a month.”
He also praised Obama for shoring up criminal justice reform and passing the Affordable Care Act.
“He did what presidents before him failed to do,” Sharpton said. “He passed a healthcare law that was able to benefit over 20 million Americans. He also dealt with concrete steps around climate change.”
Starting now, Democrats will be working on only two things: Opposing Donald Trump…and enshrining Barack Obama’s place at the top of the presidential heap. The first will take priority, of course, but they will be working on the other whenever they have a spare moment. In fact, they will likely find as many ways as possible to link the two goals, thus seamlessly making their efforts that much more efficient.
From the moment Obama was elected, it was inevitable that his presidency would be an unqualified success…even if it was anything but. All of this was preordained. The history books will read like fiction to anyone who lived through this man’s presidency – but then, the news reports have largely read like fiction throughout, so we’ll be used to it. There was never a chance that liberal America would let the first black president be a failure.
Even if he was.