As a politically independent "minority" man, I may not agree with Obama being the president (when there could have been someone better than him, McCain and Romney) or care for him but he certainly wasn't the very worst president that we've ever had yet the vast majority of Americans act as if he is. There were other US presidents in the past that were actually worse than Obama and they were forgotten already by now.
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I think there are two aspects to this. First of all, I wouldn't agree that the vast majority of Americans use Obama as a scapegoat for all the bad stuff that's happening. If you look at Obama's approval rates throughout all the years that he's been in office so far and you compare those approval rates with the ones of former US presidents, you will see that Obama is in fact an exceptionally popular president. When Bush was at his worst (in terms of approval rates), he was down to about 21%. That's really, really bad. Obama didn't even come close to this number. I am convinced that the people who do use Obama as a scapegoat for everything compose a small - but unfortunately very loud - minority. Think of Bill O'Reilly and all these other nutcases at Fox News. Nobody takes them seriously apart from some uneducated hillbillies. Even decently educated and smart conservatives will tell you that O'Reilly is just some idiot who should visit a therapist. Yet, this guy loves to yell and scream and he has his own TV channel to do that. Unfortunately, too many loudmouths and loonies get a voice in the US while many smart people who are too poor or part of an ethnic minority etc. do not (at least that's my impression as a foreigner).
On the other hand, I think the reason why Obama makes for the perfect scapegoat is very, very simple: he's black. Let's be honest, Americans love to lie to themselves when it comes to this topic. You guys have this ridiculous euphemisms such as "N-word" and I'm sure a lot of people think that's a sign of living in a tolerant society. If even rednecks are scared of the real word, there can't possibly be any racism, can it? Well, sadly, the reality looks very differently. Racism in America is just as present as it has ever been. All that has changed is that people are now polite about their racism. It has become less obvious (at least in some occasions). But it's just as strong as it was 50 years ago. If you look at all this stuff that has been going on in the southern states for the past half year (white police officer shooting innocent black teenagers etc.), you could easily confuse it with the civil unrest that was going on when Martin Luther King was still alive. And practically all the Republican candidates love to speak in racist codes as they used to a few decades ago. The problem nowadays is simply that much of the normal conservatives don't understand this code anymore. You've got to spell it out to them.3