Once again my friend Herb Shane has posted something on facebook that is so well done that I am compelled to cut and paste it into a post on this site. Thanks Herb.
Open letter to the Obama Haters:
To your distress, for most of the rest of your life, you will bear this:
That Barack Obama, whether re-elected or not, will always be President. He will always be the man from a mixed race background that became the President of the US, he and his wife will be welcomed throughout the world by nations and their leaders, the most influential members of the arts and sciences will be their acquaintances and companions. He will be regarded and honored as the President who entered office during a deep recession and two wars and turned the country around.
You will always justify your lack of achievement on the unfairness of every system, your lack of success on the government or regulation, your failure to accomplish anything in a country where impoverished immigrants with limited language skills are succeeding around you on the liberals or the communists or the elites.
The small satisfaction you garner while spouting derisive comments here only exists in your self-delusion and is a pale comfort compared to the reality that exists around you.
You can try to salve your bitter existence with theories of international Kenyan plots or document fraud, whatever.
But that is your future.
Your world will always be limited by your small-mindedness, your associates only those that are as poorly adapted to the world around them, your accomplishments non-existent and your life a bitter existence.
It’s time to move on.
In your journey into denial, you’ve already sacrificed your conscience and whatever claim to character you had.
Your pretense at a deity derived morality is mocked by your myopic hatred of the ‘other’.
Your concept of patriotism is waving a child’s flag on the sidelines as others defend your liberty.
Bush 41 and spouse are living into their nineties.
The Obama’s will too.
You’ll see them at the inaugurals, your TV will tell you of their lives and that of their daughters; of their successes and their trips and the books they write and their accolades.
Make it easy on yourself.
Take a deep cleansing breath and just let go, make the best of your situation. Whether re-elected or not, he will always be the 44th President of the US, and your children and their children will read of him in their history books, the first black man elected president of the US. If not re-elected, he will be healthier and wealthier than he is as President, but he is willing to make that sacrifice for you.
You still live in a free country made more safe and prosperous by your President, and he, the First Lady and their children will always have you in their prayers.
Taking America forward instead of taking America back.