IJReview: The Most Divisive President In Modern History Can’t Understand The "Meanness" in Politics

Originally posted at IJReview.

During an address before the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday, President Obama bemoaned the “meanness” in politics.

And he says it’s worse now than ever.

“The one thing that gnaws on me is the degree of polarization. This has gotten worse over the last several years. And I think that in those early months, my expectation was that we could pull the parties together a little more effectively.”

Speaking of polarization, earlier this month, Gallup found that Americans view Obama as the most polarizing president in modern history.

He has compared Republicans to hostage-takers and Iranian hard-liners.

During a recent visit to a U.S. mosque, he said:

“It has been a transparent strategy on the part of Republicans to play on people’s anxieties, to target religious minorities, to advance their political ambition.”

In January, he criticized Republicans who fear America has grown weaker under his presidency:

“It’s not true when you hear folks talking about how America’s so weak. It’s bluster. It’s not serious. There’s another word for it that starts with a ‘b’ — it’s baloney.”

He has mocked GOP members of Congress who fear ISIS may infiltrate Syrian refugees coming to America:

“Apparently they’re scared of widows and orphans […] At first, they were too scared of the press being too tough on them during debates. Now they’re worried about three-year-old orphans.”

In response to charges of bias during the GOP debate on CNBC in November, he said:

“Have you noticed that every one of these candidates says, ‘Obama’s weak’? “And then it turns out they can’t handle a bunch of CNBC moderators at a debate.”

Several years ago, he ridiculed Republican concerns about protecting the border with Mexico:

“They’ll want a higher fence. Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they want alligators in the moat. They’ll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That’s politics.”

Last, but not least, during the 2008 campaign, speaking to a group of wealthy donors in San Francisco about “Midwesterners,” he said:

“They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”

This, from a man who said in a soaring speech during the 2008 campaign, he didn’t want to “pit red America against Blue America” — he wanted to be the “president of the United States of America.”

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12 Comments

  • Millie Singerline says:

    February 16, 2016 at 12:21 PM

    I cannot even comprehend how this piece of crap Obama is still sitting in the White House while people are making comments that he has every entitlement to elect someone to take A seat in the Supreme Court when Obama is a fraud and shouldn’t even be a president of United States and it continues by his minions doing to insist he has a right as the president he has no right to be president he has no right to elect anyone he has the right to get the fuck out of the United States of America and never come back and hopefully drop dead

  • JAMRPB says:

    February 16, 2016 at 12:48 PM

    This so-called POTUS has been a TOTAL FRAUD from the beginning of his fraudulent Presidency. He PROMISED America that his Administration would be the most transparent in U.S. history, but has been anything but. He has had his personal records “sealed” from before his campaign even began, but the questions will always linger about who exactly this guy REALLY is. Forged Birth certificates, both…fake Soc. Security number from Conn. even though he’s never lived there one day, fake Sel. Service Registration number, sealed Occidental College & Columbia Univ. records…I could go on & on, but bottom line…We, the People have been SCAMMED BY THE BIGGEST LIAR-IN-CHIEF EVER TO ILLEGALLY OCCUPY THE WH. He believes he has gotten away with this, but…JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL, if not sooner then later. GOD, Almighty is NEVER MOCKED!!!

  • ALPHAOMEGA says:

    February 16, 2016 at 12:50 PM

    This so-called POTUS has been a TOTAL FRAUD from the beginning of his fraudulent Presidency. He PROMISED America that his Administration would be the most transparent in U.S. history, but has been anything but. He has had his personal records “sealed” from before his campaign even began, but the questions will always linger about who exactly this guy REALLY is. Forged Birth certificates, both…fake Soc. Security number from Conn. even though he’s never lived there one day, fake Sel. Service Registration number, sealed Occidental College & Columbia Univ. records…I could go on & on, but bottom line…We, the People have been SCAMMED BY THE BIGGEST LIAR-IN-CHIEF EVER TO ILLEGALLY OCCUPY THE WH. He believes he has gotten away with this, but…JUSTICE SHALL PREVAIL, if not sooner then later. GOD, Almighty is NEVER MOCKED!!!

  • Gary McClatchy says:

    February 16, 2016 at 1:17 PM

    Classic idiot musing from Obummer. He’s the one doing the polarizing, and he can’t be persuaded to believe it. That’s how sadly misdirected he is. He allows himself all the glitz and glamour of the presidency, yet cannot fathom the depths of his own power to destabilize the country. He has allowed the ethics of his radical upbringing (largely based on the once illicit and demonic radical leftist teachings of others gone before, such as Saul Alinsky, and the dynamic duo of Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven) to shape a machismo to cancel out the shortcomings of his own personality, only to then turn and face his own selfless image in the mirror each day, proud of himself for getting so far down the road toward his vision of eminence and achievement. He has no clue how badly those of us born and raised here hate what he has done, and it’s doubtful he ever will. The America we knew back then is now even scorned by today’s youth in our schools, and the idea that they are the ones who will be tasked with control of it after we are gone is the final nail in the coffin for so many.

  • Joellen Wortham says:

    February 16, 2016 at 1:41 PM

    It amazes me that Obama thinks he done anything good while being president. He has showed the world he’s a coward. He has never done what the people wanted. He blames everybody but his self for making Americans hate him.Hes prejudice and encourages prejudice. He has dishonored the military and police officers.Not to mention went against our Constitution and constitutional rights.He is the worse president that with hope he will be erased from all history I do not want my kids grandkids or any future loved ones to remember this part of government ever existed let it be removed from their sight to never be brought up again once he leaves office.

  • janet says:

    February 16, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    what malarky, Dinesh, i agree with some of what your right, this is unmitigated propaganda, to say the least. Obama is the least mean president we have had for a while. How dare you, especially since you whitewash the GOP congress who have even destroyed and demonized their own, more moderate and intelligent members, driving some from the party. The tragedy, is you are believed, so when you write something valuable i will be inclined not to share, as i doubt your credibility. Obama has handled the onslaughts against him by the far right and the far left, with grace and courage. You may disagree with his policies or stands, but talk about meanness, you are like the bully who blames the target when he finally stands up for himself.

  • Chris Kutyn says:

    February 16, 2016 at 6:42 PM

    Dinesh Keep up the great work. Love the book. ‘Dining out’ on the story of who owns the flute. People relate to it. Watched you speech last week. You commented about Christian Apologists. You should be aware of ravi Zacharias and RZIM. They get around, offices around the world speaking to Hollywood and Bollywood, academia, government and other areas of influence. RZ is fellow east Indian, now based in Atlanta. I feel, Ravi is the brightest guy on the planet. Bless you Chris Kutyn

  • Mike LaSalvia says:

    February 16, 2016 at 7:32 PM

    I go back to the very first meeting he had with republican congessional leaders when he dressed down McCain. Obama owns it all.

  • Kevin Jordan says:

    February 16, 2016 at 8:01 PM

    The repugs are the biggest crooks but I guess your readers have drank the kool-aid like you, that is why you all practice willful ignorance!!!!!!!!!

  • Dean Belmont says:

    February 16, 2016 at 11:48 PM

    When you’re an ego-maniac you never see any wrong doing in your actions. To sickos like Obama everyone else is the problem and he is the genius that knows better than you. A superiority complex at its worst.

  • ragekingindustries says:

    February 17, 2016 at 9:50 AM

    Someone needs to deport Durka Durka D’Souza back to whatever mud hut shithole he crawled out of.

  • Don says:

    February 17, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    To say that he is the worst president in American history is GROSS understatement!
    He may be one of the worst national leaders in the history of the world….