I recall the popular quote of those days “There can be no black man in the white house”, but the phenomenon was going to happen none the less. I bought two of his books about that time, “Dreams of My Father” and “Audacity of Hope” I devoured them, deeply captivated by the rich words and stories as he spoke about his birth, and the childhood in Indonesia. As I read, I imagined him in something close to a lorry travelling to see his grandmother in Kenya. I imagined his very black relatives who were not as light skinned as he was, celebrating their half cast brother. I was captivated when he spoke about his journey as a young man who needed to find his identity. I was deeply drawn into the story of how he became a community organizer in Chicago, how they organized to get the city to change the use of asbestos in water pipes (even though that confused me a bit, as I wondered how asbestos was found in pipes, I know in Nigeria we use asbestos for roofing sheet), anyway the story was still very interesting, and finally how he got into Harvard to study for a law degree. I was enamored by the story of his internship and how he met the lady that we popular have come to know as the FLOTUS, the intelligent, beautiful and scintillating Michelle Obama, and the enactment of their love story. How he was the intern attached to her at the law firm they both worked for, the firm where their paths crossed.
8 years ago, I was barely married for 3 years, had a thriving banking career and a young baby who was just about to turn one. So when I read Obama’s story of how on his way home from senate meetings, his wife would ask him to buy baby food, and how he would still get home and wash dishes, the story resonated with me. I had a banking career, and those days, my wife would call me at whatever time of her choosing and ask me to buy baby food and diapers.
I recall the night he became president. We stayed awake and virtually watched till dawn (well it was night in Nigeria but day time in America). We followed every story. How he came down from the presidential limousine to walk and greet the crowd against the advise of the security officials. I recall how one guy on CNN said it was his honour to be recording the inauguration of the First Black President of the United State. We reminisced on the black struggle, the struggle for equality by Rev. Martin Luther King and his cohorts including Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rev. Al Sharpton and John Lewis. In fact that night, I watched Jesse Jackson shed tears of joy as they inaugurated Barak Obama as the 44th president of the United States. Beyonce and Jay Z sang with serious swag, after all black people were in power. And of course, it was a time to celebrate a historic moment. For the first time, all the sufferings of the slave trade, all the struggle for voting rights, for a seat space in buses, for black and white integration, for white-black equality seemed to have reached a point of inflexion. We all celebrated because in our minds, the time of the black Americans had come.
I will not take away from the experience, the campaign slogan “Yes We Can” became every bit a reality. Sooner did he come into office that he captured and killed the notorious Osama Bin Laden and people began to say “Obama don kill Osama”. His speeches were made by master orators. His biggest gift yet is his gift of the garbs and his super swag. The word “Swagger” got a new notoriety when Obama came to office. We had the pleasure of comparing his slim athletic build to those of our pot-bellied African presidents. There was hope. Hope in America, hope for Americans, hope the black race in America and even in Africa. There was inspiration. Inspiration that anyone could be anything they dream to be. Finally we had someone who would defend the cause of the black man. He believed in the black cause, and had not made up his mind on the LGBT agenda.
So he won the second term and the story changed. He made up his mind about the LGBTQ story finally, and it seemed that as he made up his mind about that, he made up his mind for a lot of other things. He decided that one of the reasons that God put him as president was to drive the LGBTQ agenda. That simply because the biggest cause of his advocacy. He pursued it more that he pursed the education of Africa. He pursued it more than he cared about the problems of the black people, he pursed more that he pursed health and wellness across the world, apart from Obamacare. Once he made up his mind about the agenda, he became their biggest advocate. His core visions became “The right to abortion and the rights of LGBTQ”. He pursed every law and was willing to force the agenda down the throat of anyone that he came across. He met with Nigeria and of course threatened to remove aids to the country if the country does not legalize gay marriage. Of course the Nigerian National Assembly threw it out and legislated a 14 years prison sentence for homosexuality and sodomy of any kind, and true to his words, he remove all aids for treatment of HIV AIDS. He refused to sell weapons to the Nigerian government on the guise of human right repression in Nigeria even when Boko Haram was decimating a better part of the North East of Nigeria. His agenda was more important to him than the people of Nigeria and the lives of children and women who were dying everyday in the hands of BH.
In Kenya, his father’s homeland, with all the sufferings and economic troubles they country had, the biggest message he had for them was to legalize gay marriage. The President answered him well. He did not advocate for education, or disease control, or health or economic growth, he advocated for legalization of gay marriage.
In America, all hell broke loose. Soldiers were fired from their jobs for holding bible scripture on their computers while gay men were celebrated with medals of honour for coming out as gay. LGBTQ became the biggest success key in America – Ellen became mega rich, every movie had a gay or lesbian interaction, even children cartoons were beginning to be infiltrated. Coaches were sacked for praying with their football teams. Pastors who had served their country and their communities for years were labeled as haters just because they would not be muzzled to call bad good. They sent IRS after pastors and church organization to repress them and beat them into conformity. The good people were labeled as bad and people who commit abomination became the good thumbs. A county clerk was put in jail because she would not sign a gay marriage certificate. A florist was charged to court for refusing to make floral decors for a gay wedding, a baker was fined heavily for refusing to make cakes for a gay marriage. It became so bad that churches could no longer preach against a sinful moral code that was an abomination before God. There was a full time advocacy to gag the church and the people of God. Finally the toilet law came out and the Obama government chose their transgender agenda over the rights of children and the mass of the people to a life of choice. The Government told the states, "comply with the toilet rule or risk losing all federal support for schools in your state". They even told church and Christian organization to compulsorily comply with paying for abortion treatment whether or not it was against their tenets, and they had also started pushing for churches to also comply with the toilet rule for transgender people.
The Obama administration created a war for the moral soul of America. It was a war between the LGBTQ agenda and those that believe in traditional values, a war between abortion right and pro-life, a war between conservatism and extreme liberal on the left. Their goal was to redefine what was moral or immoral. They raised the argument that the word of God could not be the moral code of the nation, that they must sever church and state at whatever point of interception. Those who asked for a right to stand away from their agenda were labelled haters of the people and the state. They derogated them to second class citizen while gay people became the super stars. He gave them medals of honour, and raised their lifestyle and choice over the lifestyle and choice of majority of the people. He called anybody who dared to oppose any of the ideologies as intolerant, only themselves were tolerant, see how tolerant they are. Meanwhile, the black people in American suffered more than ever before. Every other month in the last 2 years had a story of a law enforcement officer shooting an unarmed black man. This happened under a black president. Black neighbourhood became repressed and oppressed, black schools were so challenged with gang activities and school shootings while the Black president was busy advocating for whatever agenda and rights were important to him.
He chose Iran over Israel. Iran was an enemy state since the revolt and take-over by Ayatollah Komeini, but Obama chose to give them a 10 year plan for uranium enrichment even when Israel kicked against it on the basis that he was granting them access to nuclear bomb. He gave Iran $150B for the release of four American, even though he claimed that was not the reason. He considered Iran’s threat to Israel overrated and of course, the threats have continued to come. Afterward, he chose to divide Israel and allowed the UN seed East Jerusalem to Palestine. He decided that Israel’s enemies were more important than Israel and preferred them.
The war he started ran into the presidential campaign of Clinton and Trump. Everyone on the side of Trump was classed into a basket of deplorables. They classed evangelicals as haters and racists and bigots. For me that is what intolerance is made off. When people disagree with your point of view or vote against your opinion, you call them names and discredit them. In their manner, the administration and their supporters worked hard to discredit the church and whoever had conservative principles. They assumed only themselves to be superior and their opinion superior. It was so bad that for the first time in the history of America, the Democrats did not pitch the church for any vote. Trump did, and the rest is history. He won, and they lost. They lost so bad they have not been able to get over it.
They had projected that it was impossible for Trump and the conservatives to get 270 electoral votes. They made polls and polls to strengthen their own arguments. They had classed the Church as second rate and thought they had been cowered, they were too weak to matter, but they made a mistake. The Church saw and understood the war. They knew it was a fight for the Supreme Court, a fight for the moral soul of America and the world, a fight for the right of a foetus to life instead of being aborted. They read the records, over 60million children aborted since 1980 in America (that is about 5 or 6 West African nations put together). The church they had relegated to the background stood up and voted. Trump won, Clinton lost.
What is Obama’s rating? The same polls that said Trump will lose and Hillary would win and missed it miserably are saying Obama’s approval rating was over 60%. Do I believe them? But had he done half as much for the black people as he did for LGBTQ, he would have achieved a lot more. Had he done half of what he did for Iran, for Israel, he would have been a better president. So while I celebrate him for his personal achievement of being POTUS 44, I am glad he and the democrats are leaving government at least for the next four years, let’s have some relief!
I am glad the tenor is ended, and I am glad the Democrats lost everywhere – The Presidency, the House of Rep and the Senate. I am glad Republicans won, particularly Trump, and most importantly, I am glad how the fight for the moral soul of America went.
Goodbye Obama, welcome Trump. I pray that God will bless the Trump government and use it for his glory, in Jesus name.