In addition, Obama’s education policy unleashed more market forces that closed hundreds of public schools for charter ones.
The top 1% got nearly two-thirds of the income growth in eight years even as child poverty, especially black child poverty, remained astronomical.
Labor insurgencies in Wisconsin, Seattle and Chicago (vigorously opposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a close confidant of Obama) were passed over in silence.
In 2009, Obama New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg an “outstanding mayor”.
Yet he overlooked the fact that more than were stopped-and-frisked under Bloomberg’s watch.
Along with Carl Dix and others, I two years later for protesting these very same policies that Obama ignored when praising Bloomberg.
Yet the mainstream media and academia failed to highlight these painful truths linked to Obama.
Instead, most well-paid pundits on TV and radio celebrated the Obama brand.
And most black spokespeople shamelessly defended Obama’s silences and crimes in the name of racial symbolism and their own careerism.
How hypocritical to see them now speak truth to white power when most went mute in the face of black power.
Their moral authority is weak and their newfound militancy is shallow.
The gross of US citizens with no due process after direct orders from Obama was cast aside by neoliberal supporters of all colors.
And Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning, Jeffrey Sterling and other truth-tellers were demonized just as the crimes they exposed were hardly mentioned.
The president’s greatest legislative achievement was to provide healthcare for over 25 million citizens, even as another 20 million are still uncovered.
But it remained a market-based policy, created by the conservative Heritage Foundation and first by Mitt Romney in Massachusetts.
Obama’s lack of courage to confront Wall Street criminals and his lapse of character in ordering unintentionally led to rightwing populist revolts at home and ugly Islamic fascist rebellions in the Middle East.
And as deporter-in-chief – nearly 2.5 million immigrants were deported under his watch – Obama policies prefigure Trump’s barbaric plans.
Bernie Sanders gallantly tried to generate a leftwing populism but he was crushed by Clinton and Obama in the unfair Democratic party primaries.
So now we find ourselves entering a neofascist era: a neoliberal economy on steroids, a reactionary repressive attitude toward domestic “aliens”, a militaristic cabinet eager for war and in denial of global warming.
All the while, we are seeing a wholesale eclipse of truth and integrity in the name of the Trump brand, facilitated by the profit-hungry corporate media.