July 23, 2024

Obama at Risk?

Doris Lessing, the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Literature, made what I consider an ill-advised statement today:

If Barack Obama becomes the next US president he will surely be assassinated, British Nobel literature laureate Doris Lessing predicted in a newspaper interview published here Saturday.

Obama, who is vying to become the first black president in US history, "would certainly not last long, a black man in the position of president. They would murder him," Lessing, 88, told the Dagens Nyheter daily.

While it’s certainly possible that Lessing’s prediction could come true – Obama’s risks are, I think, more substantial than those of the typical American president – I don’t think that there’s any justification for Lessing or anyone else to use words like surely or certainly when making wild speculations of the tabloid variety.

An individual whose opinion I respect recently told me that he couldn’t vote for a black man in the general election.  I was surprised, having expected more from his analytical mind, but then he is older than me and was raised in a different time.

Assassins, however, are another category of creature entirely and far removed from the world of people who make their radical decisions in the voting booth.  Too many ignorant bigots roam the highways and byways of this country to pretend that Obama isn’t taking a chance with his life in this election.  Even so, nothing is certain and I’d appreciate a little discretion from people like Lessing who ought to know how to use words more appropriately.

From my perspective, the race issue in this election has nothing to do with Barack Obama himself but rather with the expectations that many black Americans seem to have – questions about Obama’s "blackness" notwithstanding – regarding the presidency of a black man. 

However, if elected I think that Barack Obama would be a president for all Americans whose greatest failing would be his decided and unfortunate liberal bent.  I don’t believe that he would cater to blacks as president.  This would undoubtedly irritate black voters but would also ultimately help to heal racial wounds in this country. 

If only Obama were a fiscal conservative or even a moderate.  Then we might have something.  As it is he’s the least desirable candidate left in the mix.


Marc is a software developer, writer, and part-time political know-it-all who currently resides in Texas in the good ol' U.S.A.

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2 thoughts on “Obama at Risk?

  1. That was a most ill advised comment on Lessing’s part. Healing the racial wounds is a laudable concept and something that should be pursued as a top priority by politicians at every level of government. Obama however is so far to the left that I can’t imagine he would pursue the genuinely effective financial empowerment and stakeholder policies necessary to aid those of color escape the cycle of chronic poverty. Lyndon Johnson’s great society programs are a tribute to the failure of give away programs; socialism simply doesn’t work because it creates more dependence instead of offering the boot strap up to independence. Everthus, I honestly don’t know what to make of this election at this point. I hold no animus toward Obama, and in some of his debate comments he has struck me as considerably smarter than Hilary; Hilary evokes within me Clinton fatigue and I don’t see her as being able to shake of faded old ideologies that we’ve seen fail over and over again.

  2. “Clinton fatigue” is exactly the right way of saying it, Glide – those two little words explain so much.

    On the other side, Obama’s recent ad hoc speech does away with any perceptions I might have had of him being more capable than Hillary.

    Fatigued or not, I’d still rather see her in office, if a Democrat must be elected.

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