(Barack Obama by Tim Kelley, licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0)

I believe that presidents set the tone for the nation and this was true under the Obama era.

Obviously you can’t blame the President of the United States for every tragedy under their time in office. Even though the sarcastic saying of “thanks Obama” gets a laugh out of me every time. I admit it’s not accurate.

What is accurate is that the president has the power to change the mood of the country, for better or worse. The president is the representative of the country, he sets the agenda and tone.

In 2008, I was ten years old in the fifth grade. My family moved into a townhome community neighborhood and the neighbors next door, a family with kids around my age, were black. It was election season, and like many other African Americans, they were rooting for Obama. I knew absolutely nothing about politics at the time but understood that my family wanted McCain to win.

I asked them one day why they liked Obama and their reply was he’s awesome, the typically response at our ageA first black president was something the country was ready for and desperately clung to.

Two factors led to Obama’s decisive victory in 2008. Number one: John McCain was simply just another typical republican after the abysmal Bush years. Number two: Obama had the charisma and the prefect skin color.

Everybody was excited about Obama. Blacks finally thought they found their voice in government and democrats made him out to be the second coming of FDR. The press, celebrities, everybody loved him.

His message was somewhat populist. Stop the wars, end the spying and close Guantanamo Bay. Little did voters at the time know that none of those promises would be kept and everything wrong in the Bush years would be expanded during Obama’s.

Nobody dared question him. Never mind the fact that he’s simply a community organizer. Forget about his connection with Frank Marshall Davis and the Communist Party USA. Simply deny his former radical “pastor” Jeremiah Wright and his hatred of America.

Shepard Fairey’s propagandist Hope poster was everywhere, the entire nation was fooled and idolized the first term unknown senator.

(hope by Craig Cloutier, licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0)

This may seem completely anecdotal, but I have to set the record straight on the mood of the last eight years. (Before the leftist revisionist history sets in.)

I grew up in, and somehow, survived the Obama era. As a survivor, here’s how it felt living under his reign:

Racial Tensions Became Front and Center

The nation’s first African American president. That’s a big turning point. A sign of progress right? You’d think so, but not in the Obama era.

Now that Blacks and other minorities felt they had power, it was time to flex their muscles. Under Obama the notion of “white privilege” has absolutely exploded. Now that we elected a president due to his race, it was about time to talk about race.

Concepts of white supremacy and systemic racism are nothing new but never before have they been so openly mainstream.

If you’re a not a straight white christian male, suddenly you’re now empowered. You’re now empowered because the system is stacked against you and white male supremacy is holding you back.

If you are a straight white christian male, you’ve probably been wondering lately, what the hell did I do?

The universities, the media, Black Lives Matter militants and Obama are all to blame for the rampant hatred of whites that is now so open in society.

Is this America or some third world country? This looks like anarchy.

(Ferguson Day 6 licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0)

With the Obama era came the likes of Loretta Lynch, Eric Holder and Al Sharpton. All left-wing partisan hacks that use racial discrimination to their advantage.

And exactly how does the president set the tone for this absurdity? He contributed to the growing problem.

Comments like,“If I had a son, he’d look like Treyvon,” are specifically meant to be divisive. Even Obama himself joked when his supreme court nominee was a white guy.

Race relations haven’t been this bad since the 60’s. Barack Obama is the first black president; he was supposed to be a symbol that we had gotten over this crap.

But no, the country’s inner, deep, withheld racist thoughts only came seeping out to the forefront during his presidency.

The Rise of Black Lives Matter and the Myth of Police Brutality

Police brutality. Real? Yes. As bad as its made out to be? Absolutely not.

In the Obama era, blacks and other minorities now believe they’ll get shot by any officer they have an encounter with.

There was a time in America when law enforcement was respected, but not now. In the Obama era police were the enemy, not defenders of freedom in the homeland.

Police brutality is nothing new, and this country has been outraged before with the likes of Rodney King. However, now since phones are everywhere, everybody sees the injustices perpetrated by police. Nobody is reporting on the good that police do, only the bad.

The false narrative of systemic police brutality has been shoved down our throats from the lying mainstream media ever since the Treyvon Martin case. Follow that with the Michael Brown case and now you essentially have the new Black Panthers, “Black Lives Matter.

Based off the false narrative of “hands up don’t shoot,” they’re just another black radical terrorist group. Yes, these thugs are terrorists in my opinion. And that piece of scum Colin Kaepernick (who takes a knee for the national anthem and wears socks depicting cops as pigs) is just as disgraceful.

Black lives don’t matter to Black Lives Matter. If they did, these idiots wouldn’t burn their own communities. They’d try to stop the war-zone violence in “gun controlled” Chicago, where black lives are lost everyday at the hands of other blacks.

But no, that’s not what these morons do. They blame the police and instead of admitting all lives matter, they blame the white man and want reparations

Every night there’s a new shooting. Race-this and race-that. They’ll never show the hard working respectable police officers. How can these biased hacks not see how insane they are? I’m sick and tired of hearing about race in Obama’s society of deranged lunatics.

Right Wing Talk Radio and the Age of Paranoia

The Obama era produced an age of paranoia. Who was this relatively new unknown first term senator that used to be a community organizer?

As politically aware as I was growing up, I consumed anything and everything politics. Including right-wing talk radio.

Rush Limbaugh, Micheal Savage and Alex Jones were the greatest in business (still are). If you were a kid like me growing up (hopefully you weren’t) then you would’ve been paranoid as hell listening to these guys.

Limbaugh would make me hate Obama as president. Savage would make me feel as though the culture is lost at this point. Infowars always spoke of World War III on the rise and made me want to find some old Cold War bunker to hide in.

Sadly, there’s some truth to be found in all those statements: Obama was terrible, the culture might be a lost cause and we were at war during all eight years of the Obama administration.

Conspiracy theories were rampant. While Trump pointed to Obama’s fake birth certificate, Dinesh D’Souza’s film 2016: Obama’s America pointed to his anti-colonialism.

I heard and read all the time that America would never recover under his regime, and that eventually he’ll just declare martial law. Yes, plenty of conservatives over-exaggerated, but now that we finally found a more incompetent president than Jimmy Carter, wouldn’t you? A long eight years under terrible leadership does that to people.

He’s Hitler. No, he’s Mao. No he’s flat out Karl Marx! Born in Kenya, his real name is Barry Soetoro and his father was a Muslim communist. Secretly, he too was a Muslim.

Boy did right-wing talk radio get me paranoid at times.

Growing up as a republican in the Obama era was rough, for political reasons and peace of mind. He was a Marxist slowly leading the nation to full blown authoritarian communism.

He’s destroying the country! Or at least that’s what they made him out to be doing. Which, honestly, was sadly true.

Leading from Behind and Lack of Leadership

Boy did we look weak as a nation in the Obama era.

Say what you will about George Bush, (and believe me, I was absolute no fans of his). At least Bush had the guts to attack back and show the world who’s boss. I didn’t like how he handled his messed up war, but he never lead from behind. Bush was many things but he was certainly not weak.

Then comes along Obama, an unknown community organizer that bows to foreign leaders. You read that right, bows!

This country was a laughing stock during the Bush years, we didn’t need more of this crap.

He drew a red line in Syria and told Assad to knock it off or the United States will act.

Newsflash: Assad didn’t knock it off and the United States didn’t act. Well, except for starting a proxy war by arming “moderate” rebels. All of this chaos in the Middle East was started by Obama and Hillary’s “Arab Spring.”

War should be last resort, but don’t draw a line if your not willing to act when it’s crossed. Especially as the President of the United States.

Putin invaded Crimea because he basically called Obama’s bluff. He did it because he could get away with it. Obama’s not a real leader of a president anyway. Obama lead from behind.

This “president” negotiated with terrorists in order to get back traitor Bowe Bergdahl, and released five terrorists from Guantanamo Bay into the hands of the Taliban. Yes, that’s a perfect strategy. Gives us our traitor and you can have your savages back that want to murder us.

Iran vows to wipe Isreal off the map and chants “Death to America.” Yet we give them $150 Billion in that Nuclear Deal? Pathetic John Kerry was too busy falling off his stupid bike and kissing the feet of the Iranians to even attempt to make a decent deal.

Not only do we not know for certain if they will keep their end of the deal, but we didn’t even get our hostages back. Later Obama had to send them $400 million in cash for the five hostages, but that’s basically ransom!

This is a president that visits Hiroshima (the first of any) and subtly apologizes on behalf of America. Was that the reason he wanted the office? So one of the first things he’d do was his world apology tour, and apologize for how bad the Americans are.

In politics we often demonize one another, but I don’t care when it comes to Obama. No sane person that genuinely loves the country would’ve acted the way he did while in office.

You thought Bush made us look bad? Everything is completely backwards in the Obama era.

The Era of Terrorism, Home and Abroad

Radical Islamic terrorism was not simply a thing of the past. It grew rapidly during Obama’s regime.

All of these indirect wars and giving away weapons and money is ridiculous. This is just a continuation of our failed policies in the Middle East. Trump didn’t mince words and was unfortunately correct in his statement that Obama founded Isis.

When we left Iraq we left a vacuum. These savages want to impose Sharia Law on us and want nothing but revenge for their holy book. There was no reason for Obama to be this stubborn.

What a genius he was. Pull out of the Middle East and let a new radical group come to power. Don’t worry though, we’ll use drones unconstitutionally and kill innocent civilians while arming terrorist affiliated groups that we have no clue about.

Simply incompetent. Obama was terrible at everything, but his foreign policy was by far the worst.

He couldn’t simply mutter the words “radical Islamic terrorism.” Why? Conservatives aren’t claiming that by saying three words the entire problem goes away, we just want honesty and real determination about this problem.

We fought the fascists. We fought the communists. Now it’s time to fight the radical Islamic terrorists! Oh wait, never mind we aren’t even allowed to call it by what it is. Not in the new age of political correctness.

Not only did his policies leave behind a scorched earth, but radicalism was a problem here at home as well.

This narcissistic ass also boldly claimed there had been no terrorist attack on US soil under his eight years of insanity. Really? The terrorist attacks in Fort Hood, the Boston bombing, Orlando and San Bernandino were all made up?

Growing up in this era was scary, honestly. You turn on the news and there’s either a BLM riot or a terrorist attack. I remember distinctly watching the terrorist attacks in Paris as it unfolded.

Obama is one of the worst presidents in US history. I honestly don’t know how we survived his reign. The Obama era was one of paranoia, civil unrest and the rise of terrorism. I couldn’t be happier that the man is finally out of office.

I simply grew up in the wrong times, God must’ve made a mistake. Why couldn’t I have been an 80’s kid in the Reagan era? Why was I stuck with incompetent Barry and his socialism?

Many conservatives claim he didn’t accomplish enough. Believe me, this man accomplished more than enough of his agenda. Too much in fact.

Don’t say Obama didn’t bring change. He not only changed the direction of the nation, but also the mood and atmosphere. While none of us had “hope,” he did deliver his “change.”