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Might have been

To the Editor:

A lot has been said about the failures of our president, from the poor economy to a weak foreign policy. While these may be valid issues, there is one failure that is inexcusable.

In 2008, Barack Obama ran as a uniter, someone who sought to end racial divides, or at the very least, lessen them. He failed to recognize his real potential significance in history by deepening those divides ever wider. He could have stood at the presidential podium and repeated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words ... “One day ... little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Obama had a unique, timely and a once-in-a-millennium opportunity to unite us by calling for the end of racial squabbling and to work together. He could have admonished the Black Panthers as well as the ever more clownish Klan to drop their mutual racial hatreds, but chose not to.

He could have gone down in history as the greatest president regardless of the economy or world affairs. He cannot blame this on conservatives, gremlins or the boogeyman, but must shoulder the failure himself.

Had he called on black leaders and the many other races who populate the U.S., the country could have truly been one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. What a shame.

“For all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘it might have been.’”

–John Greenleaf Whittier, “Maud Muller” (1856).

Mark Rehorst

Woodstock

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