Barack Obama takes his magic show on the road. The Bush cards
featuring predominantly Islamic “terrorist” figures are gone.
But Obama has a deck of cards; he has a newly crafted
6, 2009, President Obama acknowledges “hard feelings over Iraq.” But it’s a new day, new beginning in the
of America. “So let me say this as clearly
as I can: The United States is not and never will be at war with
Islam.” The old deck of cards is out and the new Obama cards are
in. It may not be war with Islam, but there is an ideology, military
dominance, oil rich nations in the Middle
East, an agenda, and war!
say this as the president of a country that not too long ago made
it hard for someone who looks like me to vote. But it is precisely
that capacity to change that enriches our countries.” See the
newly crafted wand in action?
all a matter of skin pigmentation! Don’t look over there, where
the economic disparity between white and Black is at its worse
and Black Americans are nearly invisible. Look at me: I
am here representing the United
States as its head of state!
to me: You, Turkey, are an ally state. Religion is not the
issue. Remember my Kenyan father and his religion. I’m a friend!
I am one of you: European, African, Christian, and Islamic. I
a 100 college students at the Tophane Cultural Center in Istanbul
the next day, April 7, 2009, President Obama stands waving his
wand: There’s a “false message” out there about the U.S. “Sometimes
it suggests that America has become selfish or crass and doesn’t
care about the world beyond its borders…I’m here to tell you that’s
not the America I know.”
does Obama know?
are still a place where anyone who tries can still make it.” He
did! Look! Listen! If you should see or hear from Black
Americans and they are complaining about the “selfish,” “crass”
ways of white power in Washington
and on Wall Street - ignore them! They are a people who never
tried! Look at me!
a different style, but I think it’s effective,” a senior at Istanbul Technical University
told the Christian Science Monitor Istanbul.
by President Obama’s use of doubletalk - done well - white
liberals and progressives, his base, find themselves unable to
take their eyes off the magic show even while they are aware of
U.S. corporate rulers scrambling to develop a more
“effective” mechanism for control and dominance of the Middle
East. This class of liberals and progressives want to believe
in the America
Obama knows, that Obama believes in, that he wants the
world to know. They have linked their identity to Obama and his
cursory knowledge of America’s
historical origins and Dionysian rivalry in violence, on the one
hand, and to his adoption of the Black American liberation narrative
as a means of controlling and dominating its appearance and disappearance
at his convenience, on the other hand.
everyone loves an “entertaining” African or Black American!
North American editor calls Obama the “seducer-in-chief.” The
country’s last “seducer-in-chief” was Bill Clinton, an almost
“Black” president, (who did so much for poor Black American
Haiti, Rwanda, etc)! After the idiocy of the rough and
tough cowboy, wannabe-King Bush, the corporate world is putting
its windfall bailout money on Obama, who is proving to be an effective
magician or, if you will, seducer-in-chief - without the Monica
white liberals and progressives have no idea how to be critical
of Obama, for that would require them to be critical of themselves
and their role, particularly in the last forty years, in America’s repressive practices.
In the end, Obama is an ideal hero to them, as he is to corporate
class, for liberation (requiring the end of capitalism) of the
global oppressed peoples is not an option!
doing a lot of juggling here! How else is it possible to be complicit
with President Obama’s doublethink and, at the same time, denounce
the U.S.’s corporate-driven agenda against oppressed people in
this country and elsewhere, to be mesmerized at the State’s feet,
while others are beneath those feet?
the meantime, for the corporate rulers, the solution is not to
end this economic system that has expanded poverty across the
global, expanded the practice of slavery in the marketplace, expanded
the number of uninsured, unemployed, uneducated, expanded the
number of nation-states engaging in human rights violations, and
expanded the global climate crisis. The corporatists are expanding
capitalism through NATO.
said Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT on Democracy Now!,
has “a long standing imperialist mentality which says we have
to control and dominate, and particularly, we have to dominant
energy sources. That goes way back.”
did Obama say: “Sometimes it suggests that America
has become selfish or crass and doesn’t care about the world beyond
its borders…I’m here to tell you that’s not the America I know.”
“Afghanistan,” Chomsky explained,
“is right in the middle of this system.” What system? The same
“system.” It’s the one teacher, philosopher, and activist Paulo
Freire called a “fatalistic ideology” which convinces “submissive
economies,” as it does oppressed people within them, “that there
is nothing to be done about it except to follow the natural order
of the facts. It passes of this ideology as natural or almost
We’re friendly now.
a market-driven system, a one-track-mind system, eyeing Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,
and India (TAPI) and the pipeline at the end of the road. “There
have been longstanding plans for a pipeline from Turkmenistan,
Pakistan, and India,” Chomsky said.
isn’t in Afghanistan,
but the country, particularly its Taliban and its Head of State,
former Unocal consultant, Hamid Karzai, are troubling. Never mind
their brutal regime and their repression of women. Karzai and
the Taliban are obstacles on the road to the pipeline.
week, Obama toured European countries starting with the G-20 in
London and later arriving in France
where he suggested - with a wink - that they get aboard this new
American roadster, headed for even greater prosperity for all.
France joins NATO after a
50 year absence. And then it’s on to Turkey.
the U.S. and
Europeans collapsed the Soviet Union, NATO
should have closed shop, Chomsky said. But the 28 nations of NATO
under the leadership of the U.S.
and Great Britain
have supplied military support for a number of atrocities (Turkish
atrocities against the Kurds, the illegal bombing of Serbia,
massacres in Indonesia).
should have been dissolved but just as failed CEOs, military contractors,
corporatist lobbyists, and Clinton
cabinet and foreign service diplomats always secure employment
in the government, NATO has been given a new life and a
new task! Obama is charming European and Islamic souls for the
further expansion of NATO.
the magical disappearance of “race” and “religious” differences
and the magical appearance of a new American history is Obama,
wedding the Wall Street gurus to European governments, a whitened
and Christian reality that is “friendly” to cooperative nation-states
with different races and ethnicities and religions. Surrounding
Obama’s promise of a new form of capitalism is the necessity
to solidify U.S.,
European, and Islamic military might against uncooperative nation-states,
particularly in the Middle East. Imagine
those pipelines and all that oil - all those profits, allies and
partner states! At the end of this last and grand, break-the-bank
venture for the U.S. Empire and its satellite ally states is oil!
road to the pipeline is in NATO - a smoother, passenger-friendly
vehicle - for white supremacy!
the style of the Roman Emperors, the commander-in-chief appears
in Iraq to visit the troops.
Fine. He tells them they’ll be home soon. “It’s time to transition
to the Iraqis.” And the troops cheer him. To the Iraqis, he says,
you “have to take responsibility” for your “own sovereignty.”
Of course, Obama doesn’t say this among the Iraqis who
have been invaded and occupied or to the many exiled in refugee
camps and other Arab nations. But unlike Black Americans when
they have heard Obama deliver this coded imperialist message about
“responsibility,” the Iraqis answered back with protest and a
dose of reality: 55,000 U.S.
troops to remain in Iraq
and the world’s largest embassy. The Iraqis are not so admiring
of Obama’s magic show!
back home, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, White House Economic
Advisor Larry Summers, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke
are stuffing the fragmented carcass of capitalism into new faces
on Wall Street.
work. They hope!
remember the Obama administration can hear you by phone or read
your email if you do start to grumble. Black Americans can tell
you how that practice of “wiretapping” and “eavesdropping” feels.
tells us that the road to creating a “new rebellion” is built
on the “ethics of human solidarity,” an ethic that “feels itself
betrayed and neglected by the hypocritical perversion of an elitist
purity, an ethic affronted by racial, sexual, and class discrimination.”
Such an ethics “demands” that “change be not simply rhetorical,”
Freire states, but change “that makes a difference” in the lives
is the “new rebellion” built on the “ethics of human solidarity”
in President Obama’s agenda?
hasn’t felt betrayed or neglected by the hypocritical perversion
of an elitist purity, an ethic affronted by racism, sexual, and
class discrimination.” America has been
very, very good to him because his narrative disappears
its sins! That’s the America he knows! He’s not been the “darker
one” sent to eat in the “kitchen when company comes.” He’s not
been the one who said “I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.”
He’s not been the one to say we must “dare everything” for change
or there’ll be “the fire next time.” He has forgotten, if he ever
heard, the Martin Luther King who pointed to a cruel practice
of racial and economic injustice at home and who charged America with being the greatest purveyor of violence
around the global. In short, white supremacy has never betrayed
or neglected President Obama or his admirers!
conservatives and liberals, love the dream - the origins of all
BlackCommentator.com Editorial Board member, Lenore Jean Daniels, PhD, has been a writer,
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cultural theory, and short stories with a Marxist sensibility
to the impact of cultural narrative violence and its antithesis,
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behind the walls of academia for the last twenty years. Dr. Daniels
holds a PhD in Modern American Literatures, with a specialty in
Cultural Theory (race, gender, class narratives) from Loyola
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