I don’t have respect for the office of the presidency. I didn’t under Bush, and I don’t under Obama. We should be absolutely firm in our denunciation of race-based attacks against Obama and his family both personally and politically; that is to say, attacks Obama as a Black man and also the fallacious argument that he represents some nefarious “Black agenda.” However, that does not change the fact that the office of the presidency in its essence is one antithetical to social justice and people-power.
Anyone who is president of the United States is president of an empire, and by definition must promote capitalist, imperialist, and by extension racist, politics. The belief that not just Obama, but anyone, could create real change from that position is in my view incorrect. Obama is obliged by the nature of his job to attack other countries that oppose U.S. foreign policy. He is obliged by nature to prioritize the demands of the rich over the demands of the people. And he is obliged by nature to ensure that this wretched capitalist system continues forward unencumbered by those who demand a better world.