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How Do You See President Obama?
by Milton Lee Norris   
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Last edited: Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Posted: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

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This article begins with its title, which is a question. In answering how some people might feel, it exposes what is still felt and seen in this country. Racism is shown to expose what some people have been taught and how this prevents one from seeing others clearly. It delves into how McChrystal’s actions were destructive and how his arrogance showed lack of respect. It speaks of brainwashing and the effect that it has on people not just in their daily life, but through all aspects of their lives, even in the political structure of the government in which they live. As in some families, a government can be seen as dysfunctional because of the disparaging differences and how they act on them. President Obama is working to mend this political dysfunctional system of the United States of America.

In a recent article that I wrote entitled, “President Obama, A Unique Black Man,” I said that,… “How America Thinks of You is Exactly How America Sees You.” This was taken from my book, “Born In The Wrong Country,” which on one hand depicts some of the issues of unwelcomeness from a country who bought and stole Africans from their homeland and forced them into slavery. A similar statement can also be used when referring to people, whether they are White, Black, Asian, Indian, Iraqi, English, Pakistani, African, Israeli, Norwegian, Russian, Chinese or Afghanistan people; the same holds true . How people think of you is exactly how they see you. These are strong statements, but it goes back to when Black people, African-American People of Color were enslaved by the former colonies, which became the United States of America. Whether one wants to believe it not, much of this has been carried over and still holds true today, especially in politics.


Before reading any further just think about those statements for a moment; think about how you’ve thought or think about someone who is not like you. Think about how you think of them and how you see them. After you’ve done that, think about how you see people in your own life, close friends, parents, and siblings and see how you’ve talked about them in certain ways, but later came to regret what you said, mostly because you got caught. Did you really regret what you said, or did someone expose what you said about certain people or groups? If the latter is true , if someone exposed what you said, outed you for your comments, and now you’re saying that you have regrets of what you said, then you’re really not sorry; you’re sorry that you got caught, and that is not being remorseful. You intended to say exactly what you said, and probably had done so many times before.


Now think of certain groups, different ethnicities, organizations, religions, races, and groups that differ from you in their sexual orientation, such as lesbians, gay, bisexuals and transgender people. Think of what you’ve thought when you’ve encountered these various groups of people, and then ask yourself how do you see them? Perhaps what you said was not so nice, but you didn’t get caught or maybe some of you did. When you say things that aren’t nice, you’re responding to exactly how you think of these people, so if you say that you’re sorry, you’re being hypocritical. You say these things thinking that no one will hear you or repeat what you said because you’re a coward, but you know that if you do get caught, you can always fall back on I’m sorry, and some people will believe you. You see Gen. Stanley McChrystal was probably thinking, I’ll just say that my words were inappropriate and offer my resignation; he probably thought that would be enough. Did Gen. Stanley McChrystal apologize to the President or did he just offer his resignation? It is said that he should apologize to the military men and women in Afghanistan.

“Ultimately, Gen. McChrystal should publicly apologize to the military men and women who are left behind to carry out their duty in Afghanistan.”

It is also said that he offered a public apology.,0,3114733.story

….“McChrystal offered a public apology Tuesday. He also met with Karzai, Holbrooke and Eikenberry and privately apologized.”… It is also said that Gen. McChrystal apologized to for the article.


Apologies to others included were cited in an article on the following website.

“Although McChrystal issued a public apology and telephoned all those who were the objects of his scorn, except the president, it did not carry much weight.”


Let’s be very clear, a General that offers his resignation to the President is not the same as a General offering his apology to the President; the two words have two distinct meanings, neither is even similar in word origin.


Many people don’t want their comments divulged because they are cowards, and they really would rather not have to eat crow and apologize. In essence they’re just like the KKK, the White Supremacist Group here in America; it is evident that they don’t want to be outed, otherwise they wouldn’t hide behind those white sheets.


Look at the rapists you see in the headlines; you see their faces and once you see them as being marked as being a rapist, whether it is true or not, it is hard for you to get that out of your mind. Look at the pedophiles; there is even a National Sex Offender Registry where one can find out if any sex offenders are living in their neighborhood.

If they’re found to be innocent later, it really doesn’t matter; they’re lives and or reputations are ruined. We can go on with murders, liars, thieves and so on; their reputations and lives can be ruined because the way that you think of them is exactly how you see them.


The same holds true for the way some people look at African-American People of Color, Black people in this country, who have become doctors, lawyers, judges, a Supreme Court judge and even our President of the United States; there are so many White people in this country, who still visualize Black people as being subservient to White people. You can’t get the thoughts of our servitude out of your minds and or the fact that we were once slaves in this country; you see how you think of us is exactly how you see us. This is called racism because so many Whites from earlier generations were taught that they shouldn’t associate with Black people because they were lower them. There was a time when Black slaves were only thought of as being 3/5 of a person.

Today there are certain so-called religious sects that teach this same kind of exclusion of the (LGBT,) Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people. Again how you think of someone is exactly how you see them; whether you think it on your own or whether you have been taught how to hate, the same holds true . The brainwashing of our psyches will have a great effect on how we see others.


When someone says things like Gen. Stanley McChrystal, it is quite evident that he meant exactly what he said when speaking about President Obama and his administration; there are no misstatements here and even though he doesn’t deny those statements, there are some people who will believe that he misspoke. Had he not visualized President Obama as he thought of him, he would have never said those words. In my opinion he thought and resented the fact that this African-American Person of Color was not only the President of the United States, but was his boss. Simply put, he decided to show his arrogance, and as I say in my book “Born In The Wrong Country,”…… “Arrogance is not a friend of mine; to me it is almost the equivalent of someone showing their a.. to you in public”…; his display wasn’t a pretty sight. Perhaps he thought that he could possibly get away with this, so he offered his resignation in advance; perhaps he thought that his boss would not accept it because there was no one to take his place. Wednesday, June 23, 2010, Gen. Stanley McChrystal got a rude awakening.


I believe that McChrystal decided that his ego and arrogance were more important than doing his job. I also believe that he didn’t have any respect for his Commander and Chief and our President of this United States of America. Though President Obama has gained respect worldwide, and has been building America’s image back up after it had fallen because of the Bush administration. This President who he refused to respect was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize because of his Nonproliferation of Arms agenda and bridging the gap to all people of the world including Muslims. Unfortunately there are some people who resent that the fact that President Obama is being hailed a world class leader as he continues building bridges where ever he can.


Stanley McChrystal was called down earlier on Air Force One by President Obama because of his attitude, and things that he said regarding Vice President Biden; he should have taken that as a warning, but decided to continue to temp fate.


McChrystal gave more than one odd statement; why would he make such an odd statement before going to a French Dinner even if he didn’t really want to go? It is said that he said,… "I'd rather have my ass kicked by a roomful of people than go out to this dinner," McChrystal says.  He pauses a beat.

"Unfortunately," he adds, "no one in this room could do it."

With that, he's out the door.

"Who's he going to dinner with?" I ask one of his aides. 

"Some French minister," the aide tells me. "It's f…… gay."

Statements like these show a man that is dwarfed by his own ego, who doesn’t have respect for others or his job.


He and his staff also dismissed Vice President Biden with a rude remark, saying, .…

 "Are you asking about Vice President Biden?" McChrystal says with a laugh.

"Who's that?"

"Biden?" suggests a top adviser. "Did you say: Bite Me?" ……


These statements sound like they might come from a mimicking buffoon, high on some drug, more powerful that his ego; they shouldn’t be part of one of the top ranking officers in the United States. McChrystal acted as if he didn’t have to answer to anyone; why else would he be so crude, rude and dismissive of the Vice President of the United States and now the President of the United States of America, especially after being forewarned? I believe that he really thought that he was invincible, believing this he offered his resignation.


This is one time when a White man didn’t get away with talking about the President and his administration; perhaps it’s a first time that a White man was fired for saying something they so often have gotten away with when speaking against his boss. In the work place of yesterday, Whites were able to say things against their bosses or to their bosses and get a way with it, but when a Black person said the same thing he was reprimanded and perhaps fired. Just as I said in my book “Born In The Wrong Country,” when speaking of who had free speech and what White people could say that Black people couldn’t say. … “We also realized that they had free speech; they were able to say things that we could never say just because they were White.  For instance, if they became angry and cursed at their supervisor, many times they were never even reprimanded, but you let a Black person do the same, and they would not only be reprimanded, but they would probably have been fired on top of it.”


In the final analysis I guess Gen. Stanley McChrystal isn’t a good poker player, and if he was playing Russian roulette he lost; President Obama showed him exactly who is boss. By firing him, President Obama showed him and others what he would not tolerate as President of the United States and as Commander and Chief of the Armed Forces; there would be no game.  Bravo Mr. President, bravo President Obama for the way that you continue to teach America; thank you for letting the world know that you will not be played for a fool, and that you will not stand for insubordination from anyone.

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Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/9/2012
Reviewed by Paul Kogel 6/29/2010
WOW - You sound like a man who sees a racist behind every tree, and when he looks closely behind those trees, he see his own face staring back at him. Stop with the racism already. You really need to get beyond it.
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