The NBA athlete calls the president a “divider,” but what did Obama do that Lebron so admired?
Lebron James was downright giddy over the demonstrations that swept across the NFL last Sunday, when scores of players “took a knee” to protest the racial injustice that allegedly pervades the nation which they very clearly hold in low regard. “I salute the NFL, the players, the coaches, the owners and the fans … it was unbelievable,” the $400 million hoopster said about a majority-black league whose players earn, on average, $1.9 million per sixteen-week season — more than the average full-time American worker earns in an entire lifetime. “There was solidarity,” he raved. “There was no divide, no divide even from that guy that continues to try to divide us as people.”
“That guy,” of course, was President Donald Trump, a man whose name Lebron can't even bring himself to utter. Trump's persona and values are indeed a far cry from those of Barack Obama, the president whom Lebron revered for eight years. You may recall that when Obama left office, Lebron recorded a personal farewell video message thanking the “unbelievable,” “one-of-a-kind” president for “standing tall every single day,” “leading our country,” and serving as “a true inspiration” to “everybody … who got dreams.” And when Obama turned 56 years old last month, Lebron tweeted him a happy-birthday message stating: “Yes we do love you! Thank you! Enjoy your day.”
Lebron, you see, views Obama as the anti-Trump: a uniter, not a divider. And perhaps he has a point. After all, who could ever forget the love of unity that Obama displayed by spending 20 years in the pews of a Chicago church pastored by Rev. Jeremiah Wright, one of the most vocal anti-American Jew-haters in living memory? It's hard to imagine how anyone could have unified America-haters and anti-Semites more effectively than Rev. Wright. And Lebron, being the keen judge of character that he is, can instantly spot uniters like Obama and Wright from a mile away.
Similarly, who could forget how Lebron's beloved President Obama further demonstrated his talents as a uniter by making Al Sharpton — a man whose entire career as a public figure has been founded upon his unparalleled ability to portray whites and Jews as detestable predators — his leading adviser on racial matters? Remember how your heart swelled with patriotic pride a few years ago when Obama called Sharpton “a voice for the voiceless and ... dispossessed”; when he praised Sharpton for his “commitment to fight[ing] injustice and inequality … across America”; and when he lauded Sharpton's “dedication to the righteous cause of perfecting our union”? No wonder Sharpton visited the White House more than 70 times during the Obama years. Al Sharpton's voice has long been a unifying force for black racists and Jew-haters from coast to coast, and Lebron James can well appreciate the sagacity of a president who takes pains to harness the power of such unity.
Perhaps you also recall when Lebron's favorite ex-president exhorted Hispanic voters to resolve to “punish” their “enemies” at the ballot box on election day; when he characterized his political opponents as “bitter” individuals who childishly dealt with “their frustrations” by “cling[ing] to guns or religion, or antipathy to people who aren't like them, or anti-immigrant sentiment”; and when he mockingly caricatured people who favored border security as nothing more than simpleminded racists who would not be satisfied until “a moat” stocked with “alligators” was constructed along America's southern border, so as to keep out brown-skinned Mexicans. As Lebron James well understands, nothing unites Americans as effectively as telling them that they're a pack of “uneducated,” small-minded bigots. That's what “one-of-a-kind” presidents — and loudmouthed, know-nothing ballplayers — apparently tend to do.
And remember how Lebron's revered Uniter-in-Chief repeatedly invited Black Lives Matter activists to the White House to meet with him and his administration officials? Presumably, nothing advances the sacred cause of “unity” like laying out a red carpet for a black supremacist movement that was founded by Marxist revolutionaries who proudly revere Assata Shakur, the legendary black cop-killer who has spent decades as a fugitive in Communist Cuba.
Not long before the NFL's current “take-a-knee” campaign had gained a head of steam, Lebron also criticized “the guy that’s the so-called president of the United States” for his reaction to the recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, where a group of detestable white nationalists had clashed with a group of equally detestable Marxists and anarchists affiliated with the openly violent Antifa movement. When President Trump condemned “the egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides” in Charlottesville, Lebron was outraged that “the so-called president” didn't direct his criticisms toward the white nationalists alone. We can only conclude that in Lebron's estimation, the white Marxists and anarchists of Antifa are as noble and blameless as the black supremacists and racists who comprise Black Lives Matter.
Oh, if only President Trump could have shown even a fraction of the grace and aplomb with which Barack Obama — being the masterful uniter that he was — had invariably responded to tragedies and crises during his presidency. Recall, for instance, how Mr. Obama dealt with the July 7, 2016 catastrophe in which a black gunman in Dallas murdered five police officers and wounded six others during a Black Lives Matter protest. Delivering the eulogy at a July 12 memorial service for the five dead officers, Obama talked mostly politics — informing the mourners that the “African American community … feels unfairly targeted by police”; that the effects of “centuries of racial discrimination, of slavery, and subjugation, and Jim Crow” are still very much alive; that “no institution is entirely immune” from racism, “[including] our police departments”; that “African-Americans from all walks of life” feel “a growing despair over what they perceive to be unequal treatment” in the criminal-justice system; and that the proper prescription for all this would be to funnel rivers of taxpayer dollars into the bottomless pit of an ever-expanding Nanny State: “As a society, we choose to under-invest in decent schools. We allow poverty to fester so that entire neighborhoods offer no prospect for gainful employment. We refuse to fund drug treatment and mental health programs.”
Meanwhile, Obama chose not to utter even a single unkind word about Black Lives Matter. Not a syllable, in fact. Not even a breath. But hey, that's how uniters operate. Right, Lebron?
And then, the very next day, the president hosted … yes, yes, you guessed it … three Black Lives Matter leaders at a lengthy meeting in the White House. Also in attendance that day was … yes, yes, you guessed it again … Al Sharpton. Hooraaaay for unity!!! Hip-hip, hooraaaay!!!
While Lebron James is busy smearing the “divider” who currently occupies the White House, he is pathetically blind to the fact that former President Obama, whom he lionized for eight years, was the most calculating, unrepentant divider in the history of American politics. You'd have to be a pretty big dimwit to miss that, but Lebron James is more than up to the task.