Reluctantly imagining a presidency without Obama

By Wayne Dawkins

An interviewer asked whether Black America would be devastated if President Barack Obama is defeated Nov. 6. The interviewer from the non-USA Western Hemisphere appeared stunned by the interviewee’s humble opinion: No, Black America – if such a phenomenon even exists in the 21st century – would not be devastated, like our parent’s generation might have felt psychologically in the 1960s, or grandparents in the 1930s [the interviewee was a 50ish baby boomer].

Actually, America in the mainstream might take a bigger psychic hit.

If Obama is dispatched, voters might realize they were lucky to have him 2009 to the present. Obama’s policies staved off an economic depression, he stabilized the nation that was freefalling, and he kept promises, like ending costly wars and providing national health insurance.

If Obama is dispatched by Mitt Romney and his plutocrats, the 44th president is liberated to make big money on the speech circuit, or channel his natural community organizer and do global good deeds.

The interviewer from over the border was also stunned by this observation: many blacks will go out and vote again; some may skip this election, but most will be motivated. Publicly, the motivated were quiet, but privately, they seethe. The office of the first black president was routinely insulted and impugned in ways not imaginable since the Lincoln presidency, and back then there wasn’t Twitter, YouTube and three cable news networks to capture the vitriol.

At this writing, the presidential race is a dead heat. Romney and Obama are fighting for a small number of voters in five battleground states [Ohio, Virginia, Colorado, Florida and Nevada].

Who will be the last man standing Nov. 6 is a coin flip.

If the earnest, trustworthy incumbent is not selected, his world and black Americans won’t be devastated, but the USA in the mainstream could be signing up for accelerated misery.

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