For WC, the year’s choice for Person of the Year could not be easier: Barack Obama.
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama have acted with class and dignity in the face of unrelenting affronts. His Administration has had fewer scandals than any in recent memory, certainly less than any recent Republican administration.
In any Congress but the last three Republican-dominated crowds of clowns, he’d have been great. But Republicans’ unrelenting racism, questioning his citizenship, challenging his scholarship and honesty, prevented even the most sensible proposals from being considered, let alone adopted. The thinly disguised – sometimes undisguised – racism has to have been oppressive, has to have gotten under his skin. But he never let it show.
WC doesn’t approve of all of President Obama’s actions. The drone killings, including the murder of Americans, in other countries id deeply troubling. His failure to close Guantanamo, although Congress’s interference partially excuses that. But WC has long since passed the point of demanding a president who sticks 100% to WC’s personal agenda.
He is articulate, empathetic and rational. Yet he seems to provoke unreasoning rage in Republicans. The Republican failure to fund the government in 2013 because of Republicans’ unreasoning dislike of the Affordable Care Act is just one example of many. To WC, it smacks of a kind of unspoken racism. The whole Tea Party movement seems to have been a white backlash against an African-American President.
President Obama, in the face of a Republican-controlled Congress which set as its primary goal preventing his reelection, accomplished more than George W. Bush.
So, yes, Barack Obama is WC’s 2016 Person of the Year. And WC will predict now that a majority of Americans will be wishing he was still president before the first six months of the Trump presidency has ended.