One of Barack Obama's major victories was his success for Obamacare. Many articles discussing his presidency forget to include the positive effects of his presidency. About 18 million people benefited from Obamacare. According, Matthew Borsch and his team from Goldman Sachs.
Barack Obama was elected the first Black President of the United States on January 20, 2012. He made history when he was elected.
His victory might allowed people to believe that racism no longer exist in the United States. However, many racial social media sites became more active while he was president.
His presidency was considered to have happened in a post racial America. This proved not to be so and presented challenges to the American society.
Media biases of Black Americans were highlighted even more while he was president by the appearance of more stereotypical images portraying African Americans in black face, animalistic symbols, and portrayal of black people being evil and angry.
The images of African Americans highlighted in black face portrayals over emphasized and ridiculed the facial features, personality traits, and diets of African Americans.
The Obama's were depicted as radical Muslims in the New Yorker Magazine in 2007.
During the campaign and while he was president media coverage often focused on negative perceptions of President Obama and his family.
Negative media biases included negative doubts about his reliability, experience, and rumors about his citizenship.
Some medial sources created negative imagery around his child hood, faith,ethnicity and up bringing. The media associated him with terrorism by highlighting his middle name, Hussein. He was viewed as a radical Muslim by associating him with radical groups.
His family was also depicted negatively. Michelle Obama was often described as a militant Black lady.
Many of the biased groups spread hatred towards blacks and women by targeting the Obama's with racist and sexist rhetoric.
Political groups targeted the president's administration on partisan issues and final decisions. They hated President Obama for many reasons. Some disagreed with his position on issues such as universal health care or were angry about how he handled the BP Oil spill.
Some of the hate groups publicly made hate statements about his race and why he was not fit to be president.
Political Facebook hate pages included captions that highlight his campaign slogans negatively.
Many of the comments in his Facebook page were negative and slanted his views on many of the issues. For example, one posting encouraged members to comment on why they hate President Obama at a Facebook page called "I Hate Obama."
Similar media targeted Michelle Obama's exercise program. The hate groups called her a hypocrite and discouraged her "Let's Move Program.'
Michelle Obama did not fit their view of a first lady inspire of the positive platform she influenced.
Politically motivated groups often spread negative comments about his entire family with racial slurs. One example included Mr. Obama holding a can of Welch’s grape soda and wearing stereotypical garb.
Photo depiction of the Obamas were often negative with animalistic comparisons. These photo's are still prominently displayed on the Facebook pages even after his presidency was complete.
The emergence of the racially charged groups re-introduced racism to a new group of Americans. The idea of a non-racial society in America was shattered with the emergence of the slurs and negative comments about African Americans.
Although plagued with negative comments, he continued to be positive and promoted the programs he thought were important to the country.
President Obama even with many criticisms turned his attention to solving the problems facing the United States. These include the economy, unemployment and health care.
During his second term, the two most important areas were growing the economy by creating jobs and health care.
Many of his opponents fought hard to not have a health care bill that he would sign into to law for the United States. The repeal of the health care bill seemed very unlikely with the win of President Obama for his second term.
During his second term the two most important areas were growing the economy by creating jobs and health care.
Many of his opponents fought hard to not have a health care bill that he would sign into law for the United States. The repeal of the health care bill seemed very unlikely with the win of President Obama for his second term.
President Obama ended his two terms as a successful president, and when he left held his head high because he had made significant history and advances for the United States of America.
His administration’s legacy, even with the negative political climate, will be one seen as an important part of the United States history.
- References : Moody, Mia, “New Media-Same Stereotypes: An Analysis of Social Media Depictions of President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama”, Baylor University, Summer 2012, Volume 8, Issue 1. http://www.ibiblio.org/nmediac/summer2012/Articles/obama_facebook.html
- Jones, Clarence B. ”Barack Obama Critics: Words of Caution to the Supporters of Barack Obama’s Re-election”, Huffington post, Dec 10, 2011, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/clarence-b-jones/obama-reelection_b_1003734.html.
- Gottlie, Scott. “How Many People Has Obamacare Really Insured.” Forbes.com. May 14, 2015.