From day one a large contingency on the right has stated that their main political goal is to make President Barack Obama a one term President. This has been felt by those on the right before about previous Presidents, or even spoken behind closed doors in select company. What is different about this President is that the Republicans have outwardly campaigned on limiting President Obama to one term. From Senate Minority Leader McConnell to Jim Demint and Michele Bachmann, ensuring President Obama does not occupy the White House after 2012 is their number one priority.
One aspect that must not be overlooked is race. It is not everyone's impetus for despising the President and wanting to ensure a one term Presidency. However, it definitely is part of the equation. Why it must not be overlooked is due to a precedent that is being set before our very eyes. We are currently witnessing the first African American President. The first black family in the White House. There can be no doubt that some of the animosity, some of the beliefs that he is not American, some of the reason that people want to ensure he is a one term President, is based on race.
In 2008 we broke the glass ceiling by electing Barack Obama as the first African American President. It was a momentous occasion that gave hope and brought tears of joy to millions. This was not only felt here in the United States but around the globe. Headlines across the world exalted the election of the first African American President in US history. A sign that change was finally coming to America. Just as we saw in the civil rights fight, we saw in the reaction to Obama's election a fierce response. A lot of this animosity was purely political. However, race was also clearly a factor. There have been more assassination plots against this President, the first African American to hold the office, than any other in US history. In fact there have been more than many Presidents combined.
President Obama's time in office will be picked apart due to the historic nature of his election. What he does in office is setting the precedent for all African Americans and possibly all minorities who wish to run for President in the future. President Barack Obama's time in office will determine, unfortunately, how likely and how soon, another minority will be elected to our nation's highest public office. This is an extremely heavy weight on the shoulders of this President. If he fails or does not live up to expectations it will be extremely difficult for another minority to become President. As sad as it sounds, there will be an ad, or a remark, or a publication that will state, look at how poorly former President Obama did, why do you think this individual will do any better. This association of race is absolutely abhorrent and inherently false. Yet as long as racism is still present in the United States someone will make this connection and use it as a tool against a future candidate.
This is why this Presidency is so important, possibly more important than any other on a social level. President Obama's Presidency needs to be based on his performance. On what he did for this country, not on his race, or his political party. The future of the Presidency depends upon it.