Our complicated relationship with Barack Obama – goodbye Mr President

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We loved Barack because of his incredible oratory, because he voiced the vision of what we all believed we wanted America to be.

And he’s gone.

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United states steps aside after 8 years.

We loved Barack because of his incredible oratory, because he voiced the vision of what we all believed we wanted America to be.

He succeeded in dramatically lowering unemployment (despite many millions leaving the work force), he put together a health plan that helped some but was far from universal and he wept lots about gun violence while being able to do nothing about it. He won marriage equality and killed Bin Laden. He danced with Ellen and Michelle became the coolest person on the face of the planet.

He failed to reign in the racist American Police who murder blacks with a regularity that is sickening.

He bailed out the corporate banks in 2007 and 2008, rewarding their greed and never recovered from the anger of the ordinary people who ultimately paid the price for those bankers greed. Their revenge came last year when they elected Trump.

Internationally, he signed up to a Paris climate change agreement that meant nothing, he finally forced America to be an adult about Cuba, he failed to close Gitmo, he increased drone strike assassinations, he green lighted the arrest of Kim Dotcom in an attempt to extend US jurisdiction into cyberspace, he tried to push through the TPPA which would see American Corporate Hegemony grow, he empowered the 5 eyes for more mass surveillance and he couldn’t stop the military industrial complex from continuing with its regime change butchery.

Ultimately, Obama showed us that no matter who you put in charge of the death machine that is America, you can’t change the horror that it is.

Obama humanised that death machine but with the election of a fully fledged fascist like Trump, that mask has slipped and reminded us of how truly murderous it is and can be.

So farewell Mr President, your words were remarkable and you allowed us all to hope that you could change Amerika. That hope lays still born as Trump crushes it with his boot and he stomps towards inauguration.

This is America, and it’s what it always was.

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27 Comments

  1. Siobhan says:

    “One month before the presidential election of 2008, the giant Wall Street bank Citigroup submitted to the Obama campaign a list of its preferred candidates for cabinet positions in an Obama administration. This list corresponds almost exactly to the eventual composition of Barack Obama’s cabinet.” wikileaks emails, Podesta, Oct. 6, 2008

    Get that, ONE MONTH BEFORE. Thats what I call ‘remarkable’.
    There never was any ‘Hope’.
    He was quite the salesman, and who doesn’t like a pretty face.

  2. CLEANGREEN says:

    Good riddance to pure sleaze, as they worked on Obama and he was a perfect “stool pigeon” like Jon Key both adapted to suit the role all so well, so next we will see Obama & key on the Golf course next eh?

    • e-clectic says:

      Indeed, it’s a good cop bad cop thing.

      And, remember it’s the good cop you have to really watch out for.

  3. tom says:

    Another sly prick promised lots but sold out ……… shit now its another retard with even worse hair……..!!

    • I don’t see it as the way you do..
      Obama started out with great intention but was stymied in all directions.

      Mostly it was because he did not have the numbers in congress or senate, the Republicans had control and no way was Obama going to get his policies through, they were, and still are plain ignorant shits.

      But also, the American political system got at him, the CIA and the Pentagon especially.
      It is them that control the USA, any President is a puppet to the System.

      Obama could have been one of the great Presidents, but in the end it wasn’t to be.
      But he did try hard.

      • You must be the only one willing to give a muppet a pass mark

      • Blake says:

        I disagree with you and Martyn on a few points. I get frankly tired of the constant U.S. bashing. America – ” a horror and death machine ??? ” Yes those in charge have annihilated the country but the people have been lied to, manipulated and poisoned and that is not their fault. I am a dual citizen and I am proud of my beautiful second country, America, but loathe those in control of the govt. and the media. Neither Clinton or Trump would have helped the country / people and voters are not in charge of who gets to be president. It is all a sham and America was meant to be destroyed long ago.
        Obama, like the Clintons and Bush’s etc. are all psychopathic liars and some of the biggest terrorists around — ( along side with Britain and France )

        Obama ( and baby Bush ) were intentional puppets for the criminal elite : the Rothschilds Khazarian Mafia; the Cabal ; the upper 1% criminal corporations – all of whom call the shots. They were all set up to mislead the people and lie to them and he ( Obama ) did not much for them but sure served his corporate bankster elite buddies who put him in office. Now Trump will carry on the legacy but on steroids. Obama destroyed Hillary’ s chances and this was all set up long ago. The people are not in charge in the states and never have been but boy have they been brainwashed.
        Trump is the choice for the criminals in charge and that is who was meant to be president.

        America is a beautiful country with tons of wonderful and loving and caring people and great things happening to promote PEACE so stop with all the slagging off of what you are unaware of.
        Point the finger at those who deserve the exposure. Why is TDB not focusing on the ROTHSCHILDS ; THE KHASARIAN MAFIA and the rest of the
        maggot criminal psychopaths behind the curtain trying to destroy American and any other country that gets in their way of greed and war mongering domination ?

  4. jax says:

    He also destroyed Libya which was the richest African country and secular leaving it over run by ISIS, supported Al Nusra and the many rebel factions in Syria who fought against their own people, supplied arms to Saudi Arabia to carry out the killing of over 10,000 Yemen civilians and leaving 500,000 children suffering malnutrition, jailed more whistle blowers than all other US presidents put together, and droned thousands of innocent civilians through collateral damage, instigated the coup in Kiev to topple a democratically elected leader and unleashed the Stuxnet cyber virus on Iran . I can go on Martyn but I guess you get that I’m pleased to see the back of this bastard.

    • Blake says:

      Hillary ordered the murder of Kaddafi through NATO.
      Kaddafi was a wonderful leader and a truly great man and most are completely unaware of this. What he did for his country was truly good and honorable and he stood up against the U.N. and other ugly greedy forces that wanted to rape his country.

  5. Afewknowthetruth says:

    ‘We loved Barack because of his incredible oratory’

    No we didn’t. We saw through him from the beginning -a war monger and professional liar in the service of the military-industrial-financial complex……that is when he wasn’t enriching himself or playing golf.

    Obama certainly changed America: he made life there a lot worse for most of the inhabitants -which is why America is on track for collapse, and very likely another civil war.

    • I always wondered about that. How does an urban community activist from South Chicago who spent his childhood in poverty come to be a golf aficionado? For a guy who supposedly wanted to change things, it’s weird that he aped the most common trope of plutocracy: taking up golf.

    • Blake says:

      Yet again, you hit it the nail on the head. No one in my circle loved Obama in the states. He was nothing but a lying puppet ( much like Key and Bushs )
      and a great orator for his handlers, those in charge of his every move and every word. He was groomed long ago and brainwashed and used to further the destruction of America. All part of the same plan that I go over and over and have posted many links about.
      Rothschilds; Cabal ; Khazarian Mafia etc. ! ! Dig deeper and expose more.
      Thanks again — AFEWKNOWTHETRUTH – you are one of the main reasons I keep coming back here. Wish I knew the name of the book you wrote.

  6. exkiwiforces says:

    Martyn,

    Sorry to nick pick, You have a French Aircraft carrier not a US Navy one

  7. David Stone says:

    Watching videos at CNN it’s pretty obvious that the military/neolib establishment were infinitely happier with Obama than they expect to be with the Donald.
    I give him only 70% chance only of making it to inauguration , and no more than 50% chance of living through the next 12 months if he gets inaugurated.
    Cheers D J S

  8. Chris Gee says:

    FYI The Aircraft Carrier pictured is French, and weighs only 42000 tonnes… Even if it was a photo of an American Carrier it would way 102000 tons maximum. I’m down with the sentiment of the article, but these days, more than ever, accuracy is paramount. The very people you need to convince will not get any further than the obviously mistaken image, and will write off everything you say afterwards.

  9. countryboy says:

    The USA is clearly what you get when the psychiatry of the craving for money by the few, who, by definition of that dysfunction, create a desperate shortage of $’s for the many. The wolves in polyester clothing are, of course, the Banks who prey upon that evil system. ( I don’t mean in the God bothering sense. )
    Most worryingly for me personally is that the creative elements that define us as a species are being erased, purged and left to rot and die because unnecessary costs get in the way of profit.
    Many of the great artists and extraordinary personalities died last year. Who, do you see, will replace them? Justin Bieber? Any of the other syrupy bump-N-grinders being excreted out of the cheap sphincter that is More FM?
    The USA is the personification of the tyranny of the masses. And the masses are frankly just dumb, ugly fuckers who think monster trucks and Carl Jr burgers is the zenith of life.
    The USA now has a dark genius who can, and clearly enjoys, exploiting the Masses for fun and profit.
    The Masses should be very, very concerned because history shows us that when the Masses are no longer required for their mindless input are then sent to paddocks to be lit up like Christmas Trees. But Hey ! “ Brawndo ! Makes stuff grow dumbass’s! “

    Here’s what I think we Kiwi/Aotearoans should do.
    Foreign banks ? Gone.
    Tax haven zones for small, rural towns and after we asset strip the criminals who took our stuff and things like worms from special needs chickens and we have that money back to re invest? We should, indeed must, put that money into rejuvenating our rural hinterlands. Each provence should have a polytechnic to teach animal husbandry and horticulture etc to people who’re too far gone to work in some fucking awful factory for shit money.
    The Earth’s tanking and there’ll be millions of people starving to death. Do we want to be spilling out of Auckland with degrees in economics?
    One more thing. When the shit does hit the fan? I’ll be there, shouting “ Told ya so! “ such is the confidence I have in my own opinions.
    By the way?
    Why do you think Little Bill’s in the UK squeezing skin? He’s there to try and re kindle interest from our traditional trading partners in the UK and EU. His crooked mates have made their billions and billions of dollars by robbing the farming sector blind for years and now? New waves of scum bags are eager to play the same game.

    • Robert Atack says:

      When the shit does hit the fan? I’ll be there, shouting “ Told ya so! “
      Alas I wont be around for my ‘told ya so’ moment, and if I was there wouldn’t be anyone alive to tell (

  10. jay says:

    Obama The War Criminal Butcherer of Women and Children

    Paul Craig Roberts

    There is no doubt that US President Barak Obama is a war criminal as are his military and intelligence officials and most of the House and Senate.

    Obama is the first president to keep the US at war for the entirety of his eight-year regime. During 2016 alone the US dropped 26,171 bombs on wedding parties, funerals, kid’s soccer games, hospitals, schools, people in their homes and walking their streets, and farmers tilling their fields in seven countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan. http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2017/01/05/bombs-dropped-in-2016/

    What does the administration have to show for eight years of illegal military interventions in seven countries, none of which comprised a danger to the US and against none of which the US has declared war? Terrorism was created by US invasions, no wars have been won, and the Middle East has been consumed in chaos and destruction. Worldwide hatred of the United States has risen to a record high. The US is now the most despised country on earth.

    The only purposes of these crimes is to enrich the armaments industry and to advance the insane neoconservative ideology of US world hegemony. A tiny handful of despicable people have been able to destroy the reputation of the United States and murder millions of peoples, sending waves of war refugees to the US and Europe.

    We call these “wars,” but they are not. They are invasions, largely from the air, but in Afghanistan and Iraq from troops on the ground. The invasions by air and land are entirely based on blatant, transparent lies. The “justifications” for the invasions have changed a dozen times.

    The questions are: If Trump becomes president, will Washington’s massive crimes against humanity continue? If so, will the rest of the world continue to tolerate Washington’s extraordinary evil?

    http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/2017/01/11/obama-the-war-criminal-butcherer-of-women-and-children/

  11. Iain Mclean says:

    Martyn;

    This deserves to be included – An Epitaph:

    The Men Behind Obama by Webster G. Tarpley
    http://www.voltairenet.org/article158865.html

    Cheers.

  12. Barry Soetoro was an insufferable hypocrite, and his Nobel peace prize a deeply offensive joke. Shilled for empire, opened up new hegemonic fronts. Promoted and assisted Islamic extremists in Libya and Syria, empowered Bandera-worshipping neo-nazis with a fascist coup in Ukraine.

    I’ll leave the final word to John Pilger:

    “Described by the Guardian columnist Owen Jones as “funny, charming, with a coolness that eludes practically every other politician”, Obama the other day sent drones to slaughter 150 people in Somalia. He kills people usually on Tuesdays, according to the New York Times, when he is handed a list of candidates for death by drone. So cool.”

  13. grumpystilskin says:

    He was a figurehead to please the masses, nothing more. There was supposed to be a woman next but seems that didn’t happen as planned. oops.

    • Blake says:

      Wrong – it was and never has been about pleasing the masses.
      Dig deeper and find out who is in charge of which president gets in and why.

    • elle says:

      Yes Helena the air will be cleaner with Trump. There will be less trying to stir up racism by Obama on behalf of his cabals,purely to cause trouble ,and turn people against each other,a people divided are easier to control.
      Martyn has never liked Trump, Martyn is more of a Democrat or Communist with the call of comrades in TDB. Comrades being preferable to Democrats who try to disrupt everything because they cant accept losing,they are jealous whiners who think they are entitled to lead America, the last eight years have shown how Democrats have failed.now its Trumps turn and he won the right to show how much better he can be.
      Martyn reads MSM and obviously takes his comments from them.
      Shame because Martyn is usual more on the ball.