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Barack Obama is the Political Equivalent of Bill Cosby

Let me start this post by making one seemingly outrageous prediction- a couple of decades from now, the legacy of Barack Obama will be widely seen as similar to that of Bill Cosby today. To be clear, I am not suggesting that Obama is going to be tried and sentenced in court for drugging and raping women as Bill Cosby was in 2018. Rather, Obama and his specific brand of neoliberal black respectability politics will elicit the same degree of revulsion and pity as the mention of Bill Cosby and his older brand of that same viewpoint do today. Some readers might remember my previous series on why the Obama presidency was a disaster for establishment democrats.

The parts relevant to this post are that Obama was, politically speaking, a Reagan-era republican whose policies either preferentially hurt the interests of black people (e.g during the foreclosure crisis after 2008) or did very little to help them (e.g. police brutality, drug decriminalization and criminal justice reform). But more importantly, he did all of this while claiming the mantle of black leadership- which is a fancy way of saying that he was a conman who advanced his career as the ‘great black hope’ while at the same time stepping over a large number of innocent black people. And he still received over 95% of votes by black people during his re-election in 2012.

But how does any of this make him similar to Bill Cosby? Well.. for beginners, Barack Obama and Bill Cosby, in addition to many currently serving black political leaders, are part of what is best defined as black respectability politics. In fact, the black backlash against Obama has already started to build as we can see in the NYT piece which correctly points out how Obama used the white fear of young black men to advance his career and make himself rich. I would go so far as to say that Obama is now seem more positively by white people than black people (except maybe older black women). But how does this make him the political equivalent of Bill Cosby?

To understand this, we have to go back to an era decades before most of us (including me) were born. Bill Cosby, you see, was one of the first black entertainers in USA who was both widely successful and considered respectable. His standup comic career started in the early 1960s, an era when many states in USA still had separate drinking fountains for white and black people and Jim Crow laws are still in vogue in the retarded.. I mean southern.. states. More relevantly, this was an era when every black person in showbusiness was either portrayed as either a slave, servant, stupid, subhuman or otherwise flawed. If you do not believe this, just check out any movie On YouTube with black characters from the pre-1960 era.

So how was Cosby able to succeed in that era? Well.. for two reasons. Firstly, he was able to put forth the image of an articulate, intelligent and harmless black man telling good but inoffensive jokes for his white audience. Secondly, his success with white audiences at a time when there were few universally famous black entertainers resulted in him receiving unconditional support from his black audience. Barack Obama was the first black politician with a national reach who successfully appealed to white voters tired of idiots such as Bush43. His popularity among the black community increased only after it became obvious he could beat HRC in 2008 primaries.

And this brings us to the question as to why Obama had a large white following before getting a similar black one. Well.. in case it is not obvious enough, the appeal of Obama to white voters was almost exclusively based in the fact that he portrayed himself as an articulate, intelligent and harmless black man who shared many of the beliefs about themselves and those ‘other undesirable’ people. Sure.. he changed his speaking style in front of predominantly black audiences and pretended to care about the issues affecting them- but let us face it, he never cared about them. While his pre-2004 political career in Chicago is rarely talked about nowadays, it is a well-known fact that he built it by colluding with all sorts of shady people and causes, including urban “gentrification”.

In other words, Obama was always willing to walk over multitudes of poor black people to further his own career. Ironically, he would then turn around and try to get them to vote for him because of his skin color. This is also why his rise in local Chicago politics was slow until a set of unusual circumstances allowed him to win a Senate seat in 2004, thereby giving him a national stage. Yes.. that is correct- if Jerri Ryan (of Star Trek fame) had not sued her then husband for divorce and revealed lurid details about their sex life, Barack Obama would not have been elected to the Senate in 2004. To make a long story short, he used his new-found visibility to position himself as a national-level black leader who just happened to more popular with whites.

But why did Obama’s popularity take off so quickly among white voters? Well.. for starters, he studiously avoided talking about the legacy of racial discrimination in USA- and when he did broach that topic, Obama tried to make it sound that most of it was in the past (at least when talking to whites). He was also clever enough to not support the Iraq War and generally take positions which looked good on paper but entailed no real sacrifice on his part. He portrayed himself as the political equivalent of Cliff Huxtable, and that does make Michelle Obama his Clair Huxtable. The LIEbral class in USA ate all that shit up because they could finally support a token black politician and tell themselves and others that they were not racist.

There is a reason why writers on SNL and rich white LIEbral actors still sing the praises of Barack Obama, in spite of the sheer mediocrity of his presidency- not unlike how Bill Cosby’s career took off in 1970s and 1980s, despite the mediocrity of his family friendly acts and shows. A lot of white people just wanted to make themselves and others around them believe that they were good people and not really racist. And there is one more major similarity between Barack Obama and Bill Cosby. Both were, and are, big proponents of the scam of black respectability politics. See.. according to proponents of black respectability politics, racial discrimination against blacks in USA was their own fault and could be totally corrected by embracing CONservative beliefs.

As it turns out, that bullshit does not work and racism against black people in USA is due to the perception of their skin color by white people- most of whom are incredibly mediocre. Sure.. black respectability politics can help a few black people (Bill Cosby, Barack Obama, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris etc) succeed, but they can do so only by screwing over many scores of people who look like them in order appease a few rich white people who might throw them some crumbs. Some might describe this behavior as treacherous, but that is what still passes for black misleadership (political and cultural) in USA. Hopefully this will change..

To summarize, both Barack Obama and Bill Cosby are street-smart, but mediocre, men who built their careers by pandering to white liberals while simultaneously screwing over tons of black people and then demanded fealty from the very people they abused to make their benjamins.

what do you think? Comments?

  1. March 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    I’m really em-BARE-ASSEd here…

    we all voted for Trump thinking he woulda killed more darkie babies in the middle east but we woulda got a higher body count if crooked Hillary won, so, uh, us WN kinda lost that one.

    now would you please tell that disgusting little mulatto anima; t stop posting these everywhere, I am being laughed outta the alt-right…

  2. March 3, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    Yes – I never really thought about it like this before. But you’re right. Both Cosby and Obama (like these ineffective black CONservatives) set a lot of unrealistic expectations for black men in the USA. By perpetuating more “black respectability politics”. And a lot of blacks with low self esteem take that shit and run with it. Just like Cosby’s idiotic “poundcake” speech, Obama’s new speech against “toxic masculinity” (attacking rap music, black male sexuality and wearing “chains”) is another way of sustaining himself. Not because he gives a shit, because he doesn’t.

    However, Cosby’s brand of BRP is CONservative based. Obama’s brand of BRP is liberal based. Both of them are full of shit. But I doubt seriously we’ll catch Obama in a sex scandal in a Cosby sense. I’ve heard Michelle barred Kerry Washington from entering the white house because she threw herself at Obama. Obama is so ineffectual and washed up, a lot of people I know are accusing him of being gay… but that’s another story…

  3. P Ray
    March 4, 2019 at 6:39 am

    A lot of “toxic masculinity” is only toxic because the women don’t like the face of the man engaging in it. Which means, at the beginning, the regular/ugly men are being told to “clean up the mess of Chad Thundercock, by marrying the women he dumped”.

    It seems the toxic masculinity of rock stars, politicians, sports stars and film notables … only comes to light AFTER they can no longer attract the crowds.

    On the other hand though, regular/ugly men can and should always say no (or pump and dump) to women who only come around to seeing them as human beings after they have no other choice.

    This idea of Chad Thundercock and Barack Obama has a parallel:
    “I asked her out,” he said. “She refused. I kept asking. She kept refusing.”
    “I’m your adviser,” she said. “It’s not appropriate.”

    The “he”? Barack Obama.
    The “she”? Michelle, his future wife. –Oprah.com

    Also notice that the people participating in “Black respectability politics” have the right looks to tide them over.

    Try to imagine whether 50 Cent would be able to be congruent with such a presentation. That wouldn’t work, and we are now left with the truth that … if you have the cock, countenance and cash … you are “respectable” even if you plan on defrauding people.

    • March 4, 2019 at 3:42 pm

      No, you’re wrong. Black respectability politics has nothing to do with looks. In fact, a ghetto prolific womanizing type HATES black respectability politics as much as I do. BRP is about telling black folks that to get some crumbs or “diplomatic immunity” from white abuse they must wear suits and ties, kiss white ass and act as if life is a job interview. Every day. Forever!

      BRP is the equivalent of religious doctrine. Rap music is the disobedient child of BRP who won’t co-operate with authority figures (unless it’s their parents – LOL)!

      • P Ray
        March 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm

        … but you can only perpetuate Black Respectability Politics – if you “don’t look like a thug” – but the both the stereotypes of “thug” and “not thug” look is perpetuated by movies and music.

        Don’t know what more I have to add about how things play out, but maybe you should read what Jaylen Brown has to say about social stratification and distractions as a way to keep people engaged in a society that does not intend to benefit most of them.

      • March 4, 2019 at 7:14 pm

        Oh, I’m already aware of that. I’ve been aware. For years.

  4. Yusef
    March 5, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    But isn’t it problematic you’re comparing, on apparently the same level, a man who was a successful comedian and entertainer with a man who was elected to two terms as President of the United States?

    Bill Cosby was just a private citizen, entitled to his private opinions, not officially in any public office, writing laws, executing them, initiating or implementing public policy.

    “In other words, Obama was always willing to walk over multitudes of poor black people to further his own career. Ironically, he would then turn around and try to get them to vote for him because of his skin color.”

    This really can’t be said of Bill Cosby. There’s really nothing to back up the idea of his voicing of political opinions caused anyone to get walked over, whether you or I agree with those opinions or not. It’s also not clear to me Cosby’s voicing of his political opinions actually advanced his career rather than impeding it and I’m not one hundred per cent this persecution of him decades after the alleged incidents is justified and not part of the real campaign to keep a black man from getting too influential. At some point the white establishment will put a stop to things, even if the black person they are stopping served their interests in some ways.

    Powerful people were pulling strings behind the scenes on behalf of Obama in the Ryan affair you mention. It was not just a fortunate circumstance Obama was able to use as an opportunity. There’s nothing quite like that in the case of Bill Cosby. Their relationship to the white establishment must be seen as very different.

    I have to say I have had my concerns Cosby was being used, as was Obama, really. That’s a point of comparison, I admit.

    I’m pretty sure Obama is not a Reagan era Republican. His administrations were largely a continuation of Bush43, so he was more properly termed a Bush43 era Republican.

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