In his historic keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004, Barack Obama proclaimed, “There is not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America.” Like hell there isn’t! Even serious observers on the left acknowledge that “the divisions [in the nation]have gotten so much worse … since the beginning of Obama’s presidency … that it’s the most famous Obama line you never hear anymore.”
But Obama never believed this piffle about a racially unified nation himself. In an interview in June, he mused on how racism is “part of our DNA.” But actions speak louder than words, and what deed could be more revealing than the president’s having taken to his bosom one of the biggest race hucksters living, in his BFF Al Sharpton?
In any case, the lie he told to elevate his brand, ultimately paving the way for a (successful) White House bid was just the beginning. Another lofty stated ambition of his was to run the “most transparent administration in history.” A lengthy — and charitable — article in the Washington Post this past March assesses that pledge and finds that “the Obama administration’s record … suggests progress toward transparency, but it arguably falls short of what Obama promised.”
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