Former President Barack Obama made history when he was the first person to identify as a Black person to be elected president of the United States. While many considered it to be a landmark occasion, and there was much rejoicing by the left, many conservative people of color were less delighted, including (now) conservative commentator Candace Owens.
The former president lived up to many conservatives fears, and since his eight-year tenure in the White House has cashed in on not only his former office but distrust within his party of the current Republican president’s job.
Part of his cashing in was in the form of a book that is slated to come out next week, entitled “A Promised Land” which he will speak about on a new “60 Minutes” interview this Sunday. While he’s expected to speak about his VP, Joe Biden, potentially becoming the 46th president of the United States, he’s also going to speak about “The Promised Land,” the first of a two-volume memoir that will chronicle his political career.
In a statement on the new book, Obama said: “There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one.”
He continued “I’ve spent the last few years reflecting on my presidency, and in ‘A Promised Land’ I’ve tried to provide an honest accounting of my presidential campaign and my time in office: the key events and people who shaped it, my take on what I got right and the mistakes I made, and the political, economic, and cultural forces that my team and I had to confront then — and that as a nation we are grappling with still.”
Owens, however, was unimpressed, both with Obama’s presidency and with what he is doing with his retirement.
“The language that he’s using, the rhetoric that is coming out of former Barack Obama’s mouth is nothing short of absolutely despicable in my opinion,” Owens told Hannity of the book’s treatment Republicans according to the Daily Mail.
“This is a man who ran on the American dream,” Owens went on. “Everyone remembers where they were the night Barack Obama won. There was a kinetic energy on the ground it felt like we finally had arrived at a place in this country where we could put the past on the past. He ran on that image. He didn’t run on race, he didn’t run on denigrating half of Americans,” she added.
The conservative commentator also pointed out that the large majority of the United States is White and “Barack Obama became the president of the United States because white Americans supported him.
“Rather than sow some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turned his back on the country and he said look at this despicable country, it’s broken,” Owens said incredulously.
“He is the first president to have ever sat in the White House and come out of the White House hating America and that is what I believe about Barack Obama today.
“It felt like we finally had arrived at a place in this country where we could put the past in the past,” she said. “Barack Obama became the president of the United States because White Americans supported him. And rather than show some unity, rather than show some respect for this country that gave him literally everything he has, he turns his back … and says, ‘Look at this despicable country. It’s broken.’”
“He is the first president that has ever sat in the White House and come out … hating America,” she added.
Owens postulated that Obama was a stark contrast to the current Commander in Chief, President Donald Trump, who has spent a considerable amount of his time campaigning for people of various ethnicity and has strengthened his standing in the Black community, garnering around 18 percent of the black male vote.
“Do you think that [Democrats] could have the humility to pause for a second and say, ‘You know what? Maybe it’s not because every single person in America is a racist,’” she said. “People are standing behind Donald J. Trump because he is an effective and good leader who tells the truth and doesn’t … run on identity politics.”