In a surprising rebuke of Barack Obama, a new poll from Quinnipiac University has 33% of respondents naming our current chief as the worst post-war president, a bit of news that can’t come as a welcome message at the White House.
Surprisingly, Obama managed to even top George W. Bush, who only attracted 28% of the scorn. Showing just how sick the country must be getting with Obama’s weak, liberal agenda, Ronald Reagan sat atop the mountain as the best president since the war, scoring 35% of the vote. Is the country finally coming to their senses?
Maybe it’s not quite time for a bonfire. History shows us again and again that unless it’s a time of remarkable prosperity or patriotism, Americans tend to dislike the man in charge. Furthermore, it takes a while for a president’s true place in history to outgrow the political fighting. It will be impossible to really reflect on Obama’s legacy for a number of years, though it’s difficult to imagine how it could recover from what we’ve seen thus far.
There is a shame in all of this, and it goes beyond the current state of the union. Whether he should stand for the African-American community or not, the fact is that Barack Obama will forever be known as the country’s first black president. His failures will inevitably echo throughout history with that label taking the worst of the tarnish. Obama’s ridiculously poor leadership shouldn’t hold the country back from electing a black president in the future anymore than Clinton’s disgrace of the White House should hold back whites. Unfortunately, it may do just that.
Contrary to what the left would have us believe, most conservative voters have no problem electing a black man to the highest office in the land. I saw plenty of right-leaning young people get in line to vote for Obama in ’08 just for a chance of being on the side of history. That may be taking it a little too far, but the good news is that there are plenty of strong, black conservatives who would make fine presidents. If they managed to erase the tarnished legacy left by the groundbreaker, so much the better. Tim Scott, Condoleezza Rice, and Ben Carson are but a few respected African-Americans who could fly the elephant banner high as they brought honor to the White House.
Is it important that the GOP put a black man into office? Perhaps not immediately, but Obama’s two victories proved that the black community has a lot of sway at the polls. It would be disingenuous to assume that the community voted for Obama only because of his skin color, but it would be equally foolish to pretend like it didn’t matter. The sooner the Republican party can make the black community understand that liberals don’t have their best interests at heart, the sooner they can shore up that demographic. Plus, wouldn’t it be nice if the second black President was someone we could look up to?