The Big Nausea: Waking Up With an Obama-Ache

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Who will defend the indefensible Obama? Answer: There will be fewer and fewer Obamapologists, as each day passes. “For the monumentally dysfunctional Black Misleadership Class, the winding down of the Age of Obama is cause for frantic repositioning, and for the revising of their own histories.”


The Big Nausea: Waking Up With an Obama-Ache

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Black folks have been forced to come to grips with the finality of Obama’s second term.”

The Obama Hangover has begun. The drunken delirium that descended on Black America after the pale Democratic caucuses of Iowa endorsed a brown-skinned corporatist just after New Years Day, 2008 – conveying white “viability” on a Great Black Hope – is definitively over. It’s the morning-after in Black America, a scene of economic and political ruin bathed in the searing daylight of Obama’s second term and umpteenth betrayal.

It would be easy to say that the Great Nausea of 2013 was occasioned by Obama’s blunt object assault on Social Security and the whole array of entitlements. However, the First Black President’s obituary is not written in his budget. The onset of post-Obamaism has more to do with the calendar than anything else. Since Election Day, November 6, Black folks have been forced to come to grips with the finality of Obama’s second term – the impending emergence from the dream. There is the sound of a finger snapping. “In a few moments, you will wake up.”

The awakening will be uneven and, for many, dreadful: a dreamscape dissolving into the rubble-strewn nightmare left by the Great Recession, a catastrophe that set African Americans back as much as two generations, but which was not subjectively experienced as such by huge segments of the Black community. Instead, reality was subsumed by the mere presence of a Black person in the White House.

The awakening will be uneven and, for many, dreadful.”

It was a narcotic effect so potent in Obama’s first term, African Americans imagined themselves to be better off than five and ten years before – when the truth was exactly the opposite. Black imaginations took flight amid the desolation. Studies by the Pew Research Center – substantially confirmed by other reputable pollsters over the course of Obama’s first term – showed that Blacks were the most optimistic constituency in the country regarding their personal and family prospects and those of African Americans as a group. Moreover, they believed that their condition was improved under the Obama presidency – coterminous with the debacle – when in fact Blacks had been hardest hit of all major U.S. populations. Meanwhile, every other ethnic constituency correctly understood that their economic situation had deteriorated.

Back in January of 2010, I wrote:

ObamaL'aid is a mind-altering substance, a hallucinogen. It makes Black people see progress when they are actually facing disaster. Obama-on-the-brain also behaves like an opiate, blocking out pain. African Americans’ ability to apprehend political and economic danger is compromised by Obama-induced delusion, while the opiate effect prevents Blacks from knowing where and how badly they have been hurt. That’s a fatal combination.”

Although African Americans contributed 19 out of every 20 of their votes to Obama’s reelection, there was no escaping that this was the last act in the ritual. One cannot blame the people for having their Mardis Gras – even if it is a five-year bacchanal. However, it is unforgiveable for so-called “leaders” to allow the whole town to burn down during the festivities.

There’s a lot of historical re-writing to do, if the poseurs are to include themselves in a movement from which they have been effectively absent for four years.”

For the monumentally dysfunctional Black Misleadership Class, the winding down of the Age of Obama is cause for frantic repositioning, and for the revising of their own histories. Black politicians and “movement” personalities who, for four years, could not bring themselves to articulate a single “demand” of the administration in power, now claim to be working on a “Black Agenda” – having discarded the old and unfinished Black historical agenda on peace and social justice in deference to the First Black President. Now that Obama’s days are numbered, these misleaders must hustle to readjust history to show that they have, indeed, been “on the case” since 2008, when the bottom fell out of the Black American economy. They must renew their peace and pan-Africanist credentials, having watched as Obama waged war against international order and deployed AFRICOM to militarily occupy the continent. There’s a lot of historical re-writing to do, if the poseurs are to include themselves in a movement from which they have been effectively absent for four years.

The clock is ticking on those who have put the political fortunes of a Black corporate schill in the White House above the interests of African Americans and the global human community. What will the misleaders do with their wagons when there is no Obama for them to circle around - or when he has totally discredited himself even among his most loyal constituency, as with his stance on entitlements?

Revisionism becomes the order of the day. Yesterday’s cheerleaders for Obama are now scrambling to find harmless niches of simulated protest from which they can rebuild their resumes as defenders of the people’s interests. Previously compliant members of the Congressional Black Caucus will decide that it’s time to regurgitate, rather than swallow, Obama’s “Satan Sandwiches.”

But some of us have kept a record, and kept the faith. And we will not forget who did what in the Age of Obama.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at [email protected].



Outstanding summation

One can only say, "Nuff Said."  Brilliant post and much thanks..

You speak elegantly for MILLIONS who endorse or condone White House policies anathema to their interests and welfare.  I hope there is a spark. 



You are so right

"There will be fewer and fewer Obamapologists, as each day passes". you are so right. Obama doesn't protect the rights of the black community in the States. He is not doing anything for us. magazine

Don't know Glen

Like you and many of us here, we see what bo is about. The 90 odd percent who voted for him will blame republicans, say social securtiy and medicare need reform and cuts, blame racist democrats, etc.

Many black supporters will forever treat bo as as their cult leader. They are in-love.

Just like in Star Wars

The similarities between the U.S. and the Star Wars' Old Republic era is startling. In both cases, corruption and decay ate away at the legal and moral infrastructure, rendering the original intent of the founders moot.

Today, you have the pseudo 'war on terror' and the 'war on drugs' corresponding to the ruinous Clone Wars.

Both feature charismatic leaders who purport to act on the people's behalf, but are in actuality drawing more and more autocratic power unto themselves.

Whether Obama eventually declares himself to be the Emperor, like Palpatine did, remains to be seen, but pretty much nothing would surprise me at this point.

Well people keep bringing up

Well people keep bringing up that 90% of blacks voted for BO, but that was only 90% of those who voted. If I'm not mistaken black voter turnout in the 2012 election was just over 50%, which is hardly an overwhelming endorsement of BO's programme. 

10% voted for someone else and the other 40+% of eligible black voters didn't vote. Furthermore, the reports I've read suggest that Obama would have won without the black vote, so if you wanna blame someone for Obama, I invite you all to look elsewhere. 

Those who want make more productive use of their time may prefer to turn their attention to the mass of black people (almost 50%) who feel unrepresented by this political system.

Anyone like to speak to THEM? 


Excellent Observation

But it doesn't negate our (Black Folk's) accountability.

To buttress your facts, less than 33% of Black voters in Detroit, which has approximately an 80% Black population, voted in the Mayoral elections, I can't speak to State or National turnouts, but surmise the low numbers are similar.

What is the explanation for Black Voter Apathy DEMANDS analysis as you say.  (Keeping in mind that White voter apathy is rising too).  Can we speculate that increasing numbers of Americans of a multitude of colors and political stripes believe the political process has failed them?  Favorability ratings of Congress & Senate seem to answer that question?

Among many other factors, one can fairly assume that it's due to a disconnect between the exercise of the vote and the belief that it does not translate into real, meaningful changes in circumstances.  I've participated in voter reg. drives-- years ago even when I wasn't voting my damn self-- and in addition to confronting the "felon issue" I encountered apathy way back then... and frankly I understand it.  

I did not vote in the last election and frankly don't intend to spend much time voting in  future ones. Hell frankly in 50+ years on this planet I've voted in less than 10 years of that period.  Too many self-serving, stupid, fraudulent, psychologically unstable politicians (and public too).

And $$$ and the egos and self-service of the politicians rule the roost.

We can talk about undemocratic, "dictator EMs" in Detroit all we want, but hell; look at national polling, and national voting patterns as they relate to specific issues and compare it to national policy and legislation--pick the policy, doesn't matter--and you will see naked disregard for the MAJORITARIAN will of the people.  Be it issues of Social Security, taxation, bank or financial reform, foreign policy.. you name it.

In addition to your significant point about the need to study voter apathy, I'd suggest that we also inquire into: "Why are we not discussing how to channel the SAME ENERGIES AND DOLLARS WE COLLECTIVELY WASTE ON CANDIDATES AND CAMPAIGNS to other sources and uses?

$6 Billion to elect a corporatist, Fascist president regardless of donkey or elephant?  Come on now.

I get frustrated because first of all I CARE, but secondarily because we hamstring our conversations with no solutions. (And I'm speaking to all races, beliefs, ethnicities and sexual orientations)  And I realize and appreciate BARs role and resources are confined, but the blogger's aren't.  Why do we keep conversating within the lines?

That's all I'm asking us collectively?

Does anyone of us see a better future, things improving given the current trajectory?  If we discern but don't act then we really ain't helping ourselves by not exploring the alternative, whatever and however the alternative manifests, I'm just saying it damn sure ain't the status quo.

Great post LifelongStudent.

I get irascible at times, but it's only to push debate,.  I've posted on BAR since 2008 and most who know me know I'm incorrigible in that regard.  LOL

p.s.  To make a point about "trajectory" the FBI visited the home of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects weeks before on of them TRAVELED TO RUSSIA.  I don't suppose they discerned the "trajectory" huh???  Wonder if they stopped tracking the suspects bank accounts BEFORE and AFTER they purchased the bomb materials, perhaps their was a "lull" in the surveillance???  Do you suppose they were busy monitoring malcontents at BAR?

It's THOUGHT, not corrupted, bullshit, stale, inert POLITICS that's revolutionary and subversive.  Nobody cares if we debate "in our lanes." 

Its the same old story

The mother told RT that the FEDS controlled that guy for about 3-5 years. Judging by past events, maybe they were given the stuff so there was no need for purchases. There were reports by people that there were drills going on preceding the incident. The city was then put under marshall law...

Febuary 3rd 2008:

"Obama Campaign Linked
To Chechen Terrorism"

Grant Of Taxpayer-Funded U.S. Asylum For Chechen Terror

Envoy Gave Obama Foreign Policy Guru Zbigniew Brzezinski 'One Of The Happiest Days Of My Life'

By Webster G. Tarpley

This has entrapment written all over it

But her biggest suspicion surrounding the case was the constant FBI surveillance she said her family was subjected to over the years. She is surprised that having been so stringent with the entire family, the FBI had no idea the sons were supposedly planning a terrorist act.

They used to come [to our] home, they used to talk to me…they were telling me that he [the older, 26-y/o Tamerlan] was really an extremist leader and that they were afraid of him. They told me whatever information he is getting, he gets from these extremist sites… they were controlling him, they were controlling his every step…and now they say that this is a terrorist act!Never ever is this true, my sons are innocent!”


 Who's word can really be trusted? I don't trust the MSM(haven't for years) but Tarpley makes a whole lot of claims and I never see any sources in his writings.

Fear? the War on Terror, 9/11, and racism already has this country shook. Since the suspect is a light skinned male, crackdown on people who resemble him won't happen. I will be keeping an eye out on new laws being proposed in Boston, in the coming months to see how Disaster Capitalism will rear it's head.

My question is then, who will benefit from this?

Beyond Boston

 "I will be keeping an eye out on new laws being proposed in Boston, in the coming months" 

I don't think you will have to wait that long.  Listen to the comments of Sen. (Dickhead) Graham, of S.C., (one of the finest Facists in the Senate) DURING the so-called manhunt.  

Here's three modest predictions:

(1) Miranda Warnings (and what's left of the Constitution) will be further eviscerated, and

(2)  Americans on U.S. soil will be declared Enemy Combatants (Enemies of the State a la Will Smith), and

(3)  Drone surveillance and tracking will become routine.

Heil Obama and the Congress!

p.s.  A "fourth" will be Americans, especially, White ones, will remain scared of their shadows as we rape and pillage the planet.  They comprehend blowback, they just can't accept it with their American Exceptionalism Bullshit."  If one "Little Timmy" get's taken out we need to declare WWIII, but kill and maime some non-white kids, it's just collateral damage.  Even our "Black" President does this.  Record murders in Chicago last summer, nothing said, Lil Timmy's and Suzy's mowed down in Connecticut and we need federal gun legislation.  

It's the Godfather writ large


Terrorist Plots, Hatched by the F.B.I.



Published: April 28, 2012

The money graf:

But all these dramas were facilitated by the F.B.I., whose undercover agents and informers posed as terrorists offering a dummy missile, fake C-4 explosives, a disarmed suicide vest and rudimentary training. Suspects naively played their parts until they were arrested.

EC:  As the mother of the suspects said:  "This is a setup."

Note:  Observe how all of the MSM national security/terrorist "EXPERTS" inform the public of how ARTIFICIAL walls impeded the FBI surveillance.  e.g. one government stooge claimed if one of the boys went to a foreign internet cafe and opened an account to get kissy-faced with terrorists, monitoring such action would be MORE DIFFICULT, and less effective.

Really?  I thought Google, Facebook, and the Telcom whores were being quite COMPLIANT WITH AUTHORITARIAN REGIMES as it relate to internet freedoms or government monitoring??? (It's just a business decision yall).

(Never mind that they could have put a tracking device--LEGALLY-- on his "sh*t.)

This piece, despite what you think of Infowars or Alex Jones is a good, objective, factual historical summary of false flags through the ages.  It's worth reading.

IF, the government cannot track suspects they had under surveillance for years, whom they suspect of being terrorists or loose cannons....THEN WHY IN THE F***K are we not only RELINQUISHING OUR FREEDOMS, but adding insult to injury, PAYING FOR SOME BULLSHIT "PROTECTION/SECURITY" no less?

Think about it, we are suppose to think a Trillion Dollar Enterprise couldn't connect the dots, when Sheriff Barney Fife in Whatsamatayou County America has his or her sights set on "Suspect A, B & C" from jumpstreet.  Watch the Current/ID/48 Hour channels if you don't believe me (or check out a more scholarly product like the Innocence Project).

Is the US government and NATO the Barney Fife of the world watching Otis?  Or is Aunt Bea just as loving and naive as always?

The War on Terrorism and the provision of Security pertaining to it outstrips the dope game, or prostitution in terms of a hustle.  

The more I think about it the more I appreciate why Americans--myself included-- enjoy Mafia and gangster-type movies.  WHO better than we appreciate the protections racket???

To get paid for a MoFo being scared?  Priceless. What's in your wallet?



I didn't drink that ObamaL'aid

Personally, I didn't drink that "ObamaL'aid. For some reason, I knew Obama was gonna be bad.

 I feel it’s our (Black people) fault that Obama and other politician ignore us. Blacks don't practice group politics. We don’t have an agenda for elections. Although there's a always a big push for Blacks to vote, we don't ask for anything in return for our vote (quid pro quo), like other groups (GLBT, Latinos/Hispanics, Jews, etc.) do. Dr Claud Anderson has an example of group politics in his books "Powernomics" and "White labor, White wealth." Before an election, other groups and their organizations come together and they come up with a agenda for an election. If the candidate supports the groups agenda, that group will support the candidate. If the candidate don’t support the groups agenda then the group is not going to support that candidate. A good example of a group that practices quid pro quo is for the GLBT community. “Don’t ask, don’t tell” was got rid of also Obama was supporting Gay Marriage after the 2012 elections. Also immigration talk came up after the election for the Latino community.

Black people can’t ask for anything from Obama or other politicians now (After the elections) Obama and others got the Black vote for free. They didn’t have to promise anything to Blacks, like they do with other groups. Maybe we might get some crumbs down the line!!!!

After this Obama ache, hopefully Black people can learn something from Obama being president and Black peoples role in it. Not to vote for someone because they are Black for one, what did it get us? Find some way to unite Blacks during an election, come up with an Black agenda that is specific toward Blacks, and hold candidates accountable. And other things A old cat told me once that "when you screw up , you learn."

Good Points

However, remember it ain't "cool" nor "politically correct" to be about a Black Agenda.

As you point out, it was Black folks as much as any group that SQUELCHED a Black Agenda (which in reality is simply a working man's agenda) with their: "He can't be the President just for us, he gotta be the President for everybody."

So it turns out, he's the President for EVERYBODY except us!

Black folks been brainwashed (and "managed" by paternalistic White Liberals) not to speak their mind, we just go along to get along, don't upset the apple cart, to be not "too Black." Look at the national scene right now, you got Negroes whopping and hollering about gay marriage or immigration reform when one has little impact on our collective lives and one has detrimental impact on our daily lives.

 And the reward?  The reward is that we get our illustrative Black Misleadership Class.  They look like us, they talk like us, they worship like most of us, but they don't lead or fight for us.  The apple don't fall far from the tree, Black handlers won't allow it.

We Black folks may not practice group politics, but we damn sure practice group-think.

Obama is a dream come true for the kinder gentler fascists

As an errand boy for Wall St and the MIC I agree that Obama is trying his best and is accomplishing quite a bit. Is it okay to call this the Hopey-Changey version of incremental Blue Team fascism? Not much different than the Red Team fascists if you look at the records.

Here are some of the other achievements from the Democrats during Obama's "Lesser Evilism Reign of Terror Traveling Road Show."

Here are some facts though the list is not exhaustive by any means and it's only recent history:

Obama used an Executive Order to create a Cat Food Commission stacked with anti-Social Security / Social Program corporatists.

Obama's White House was opposed to bringing back Glass Steagall.

*WARS fully funded and EXPANDING- see AFRICOM.

*Trillion Dollars given to friends and campaign contributors on Wall Street.

*Military Spending INCREASED.

*Trillion+Dollars given to the Health Insurance Industry.

*Kill the possibility for a REAL “Public Option” or REAL Universal
Health Care for at least another generation, and begin the “Entitlement
Reform” defunding of Medicare (-$500 Billion).

*Block ANY re-regulation of BIG BANKS and Credit Cards.

*Protect the Bush War Criminals and Torturers from JUSTICE.

*Expanded Drone Assasinations.

*Reinforce the worst Police State provisions of the Patriot Act.

*Expanding government surveillance.

*EFCA (Employee Free Choice Act) killed in the crib

Free Trade Job Off-shoring.

Supports De-regulation (see: Clinton & Death of Glass-Steagal)

NDAA / Expansion of Government Power.

Bernanke, Geithner. Holder.

Monsanto @ FDA.

Linking Social Security to the Deficit via the Payroll Tax “Holiday”

Coordinated the crackdown on Occupy via Obama’s Homeland Security.

Attacks Whistleblowers, a-la Bradley Manning & WikiLeaks.

Shielded BP for its Gulf Disaster

Pushes through the Trans Pacific Partnership

Obama Promotes Surge in State Terror

Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

Obama education plan boosts privatization, victimizes teachers

Obama Puts Pesticide Pusher in Charge of Agricultural Trade Relations.

Obama indefinitely imprisons detainees without charges


-- embraces militarism, imperial wars, and lawlessness like his predecessor;

-- keeps looting the federal Treasury for Wall Street;

-- targets whistleblowers, dissenters, Muslims, Latino immigrants,
environmental and animal rights activists, and lawyers who defend them;

-- illegally spies on Americans as aggressively as George Bush;

-- backs so-called reform that will ration care and enrich insurers, the drug cartel, and large hospital chains;

Obama's promotes the Militarization of Mexico

Obama supports the Permanent War Budget

As a senator, Obama's voting record told all, that he supports power,
not progressive change, but few took the trouble to check it:

-- he backed Homeland Security funding that, like the Patriot Act, violates constitutional rights by centralizing militarized law enforcement under the executive;

-- he voted to reauthorize the Patriot Act in July 2005 and did again as president;


Despite earlier and current rhetoric, Obama supports permanent wars
and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan with no withdrawal timetables;

--advocated adding 100,000 combat troops to the military at a time America has no enemies;

-- opposed an amendment capping credit card interest rates at 30% and still does; and

-- backed George Bush's "No Child Left Behind" scheme to destroy public education and now has his own.

Obama supported:

-- medical providers in wrongful injury cases;

-- the right of mining companies to strip mine everywhere, including on government lands;

-- the Bush administration's 2005 Energy Policy Act in spite of critical
campaign rhetoric; it was secretly drafted and provides billions in industry subsidies;

-- vastly expanded nuclear power; lax industry regulation; billions
in subsidies, and numerous other benefits to promote a dangerous

-- repressive immigration legislation targeting Latinos, including
militarized borders, police state raids, roundups, imprisonments, and

20,000 Airstrikes in the President's First Term Cause Death and Destruction From Iraq to Somalia.

Signed the NDAA into law - making it legal to assassinate Americans w/o charge or trial.

Initiated, and personally oversees a 'Secret Kill List'.

Waged war on Libya without congressional approval.

Started a covert, drone war in Yemen.

Escalated the proxy war in Somalia.

Escalated the CIA drone war in Pakistan.

Maintained a presence in Iraq even after "ending" the war.

Sharply escalated the war in Afghanistan.

Secretly deployed US special forces to 75 countries.

Sold $30 billion of weapons to the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia.

Signed an agreement for 7 military bases in Colombia.

Opened a military base in Chile.

Signed the Patriot Act extension into law.

Deported a modern-record 1.5 million immigrants.

Continued Bush's rendition program.

Obama sends U.S. troops to Niger to set up drone base

Obama OKs $50 million to assist France in Mali

Warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, Indefinite detention without charge or trial, Targeted killings of suspects by drone, without any pretense of due process (even if they are US citizens), I could go on all day. These are not opinions these are ordinary facts- if it smells like fascism...

The Hits just keep on coming

As the songwriter said, "Ba ba ba Baby, you ain't seen nothing yet."

Obama Accused of Nuclear U-Turn as Guided Weapons Plan Emerges

Plan to spend $10bn on updating nuclear bombs goes against 2010 pledge not to deploy new weapons, say critics

by Julian Borger, diplomatic editor



Uh You forgot L.Summers, Killary, Rahmbo, A.Duncan & Bob Gates

You named Bernanke, Geithner but forgot Larry Summers who along w Geithner, 'Rob' Rubin & Greenspan spearheaded Slick Willie's team that torpedoed Glass Steagal.  FYI: Summer's the guy that wrote that infamous memo at the World Bank hyping as 'sound economic practice' the dumping of industrial waste in Africa & the 3rd World! 

If there was any doubt the O-bomber's tenure was an extention of Slick Willie's- He then makes Billary / Killary / Hitlery his Sec of State. 

If there was any doubt O-bomber tenure was going to keep the Bush Jr /  Cheney / NeoCON's phony Global War on Terror going- He kept Bush Jr's Sec of War Bob Gates & promoted Bush / Cheney's Surge Master Gen Betray-us & JSOC's Hit-man Gen McKrystal.

If there was any doubt Obama would curb Bush Jr's NCLB- He made his basketball chum Arne {'Katrina's the best thing to happen to N.O.'s Schools'} Duncan [who's only qualified to be a Jr Hi-school basketball coach / PE teacher] as his Sec of Ed to hype his 'Race to the Bottom' [aka RTTT] {mis}Education {of the Negro} deform scheme.

Then There's Rahmbo. When Obama picked Rahmbo as his Chief of Staff it clearly indicated the Corp / Wall St Dims were running the show. Then Obama hyped Rahmbo for Chicago's Mayor. Based on Obama's say-so- Black's voted overwhelmingly for Chi-Town's first Jewish Mayor vs Carol Mosely Braun [the 1st & thus far only Black Woman US senator. So Rahmbo then repays Chicago's Blacks by closing 55 - 60 CPS schools- all in Black neighborhoods!

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