Tucson Highlights Obama’s Risk: The brave man is not he who doesn’t feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

Filed in Current affairs, Politics, Tragedy by on January 12, 2011 0 Comments

For those of us who worry about President Obama’s safety, the shooting in Tucson is a reminder of the danger that he faces everyday. Having lived in the US for almost fifteen years under three Presidents, I have never seen such a boiling political climate in American politics before. I do believe that the election of President Obama, the first president of color, and the move of the first Black family into the White House, are things that White extremists still have trouble digesting.

If John F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, or Robert Kennedy (who were Whites) were shot by mentally unstable men, the risk to a Black President is even greater. For Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Limbaugh, a two-term Obama is a nightmare. Meanwhile, the President cannot live without fear of being hit by crazy anti-government men. As the Igbo of Nigeria say, “The brave man is not he who doesn’t feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

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