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This Cuba Deal Reversal Is Bad, But I’m More Creeped Out By How Obsessed Donald Trump Is With President Obama

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We have a few years worth of proof that Barack Obama is leasing prime real estate in Donald Trump’s Cheeto-adjacent brain. Beginning, of course, with the birther fiasco — the transparently racist pseudo controversy that made Trump a viable political figure and reminded us that Capital Letter Whiteness, if believing your Black ass to be a threat, will literally conjure shit about you out of thin air to satiate its nefarious thirst for racial hierarchy. His entire campaign and platform was basically just him touring the country with a WWBD (What Wouldn’t Barack Do) t-shirt. And since he’s been in office, the obsession with Obama has become even more conspicuous. Every week brings a new repeal of an Obama measure or reversal of an Obama policy. He even invited the heads of every HBCU to the White House for some ill-fated Obama-shaming photo opp, despite the fact that this nigga can’t even spell HBCU without a Lego teleprompter.

Earlier today, Trump continued his creepy infatuation with his predecessor, announcing a new Cuba policy that either stalls or outright cancels much of the progress Obama made with the nation. Of course, the White House is spinning this as some sort of humanitarian altruism.

For nearly six decades, the Cuban people have suffered under communist domination,” Trump said in Miami on Friday. “To this day, Cuba is ruled by the same people who killed tens of thousands of their own citizens, who sought to spread their repressive and failed ideology throughout our hemisphere and who once tried to host enemy nuclear weapons 90 miles from our shores.”

They even released Marco Rubio from the dungeon he’s been locked in since the election to make a statement. You can even picture Trump screaming “Bring out the gimp!”

“A year and a half ago a president, an American president landed in Havana to outstretch his hand to a regime. Today, a new president lands in Miami to reach out his hand to the people of Cuba,” Rubio said.

This rationale would seem to be consistent with America’s annoying tendency to bludgeon the world with democracy-by-White-savoring. We’re basically Leigh Anne Tuohy to Cuba’s Michael Oher. But this is nothing but Trump seeing that President Obama did a thing that people appreciated, and getting his knickers all twisted because of it. He’s like a boyfriend who’s so jealous of his girl’s ex that he sees an old pic of them together at a restaurant, gets beet red, and says “There will be no more forks in this house! Or spoons. Or food!”

You can only wonder how deep this obsession is. Does he try to get Botswana erased from the map because it rhymes with Obama? Does he refuse to say his name in private; choosing to just refer to Obama as “him over there”? Did he run out and cop a pair of Kyrie 3s to play golf in, just because Obama famously hooped in Costco Force Ones and he wants to stunt on his shoe game? Or is this infatuation more like a fatal attraction where Trump sleeps with a wax Obama mask every night? (Which might be why Melania couldn’t even sleep in the same state as this nigga.)

I’m gonna stop asking these questions, because we already know the answers to them.

Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • When the petty get powerful, the world burns.

  • Kat

    Cause he white and he’s baffled that a black man did something..anything beside shine his shoes and wash his car.

    • Val

      Or manage an urban housing program, apparently.

      • Kylroy

        But they only get to do that if they have the proper background…in neurosurgery.

        • Val

          Or event planning.

      • SororSalsa

        You know…until that little cabinet dyck polishing session the Tangerine Tyrant held earlier this week, I wondered if Uncle Ben had really been sent to the Sunken Place. I’m sure his incompetence would be covered far more widely if it weren’t for the 24/7/365 headazzery of his boss.

    • MJGabe
      • Kat

        In a nutshell.

  • Another Man’s Rhubarb

    It *killlllllls* him that for all his money and power, he will never be as loved, celebrated and respected as a BLACK MAN. Like, you can see the inner turmoil on his disgusting orange face. And he knows he can’t be like him, so he is clearly going out of his way to literally be and do the opposite of him; hoping to feel love and respect from other jealous and petty racists who are also threatened by Obama.

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  • Val

    And yet he kisses China’s and Russia’s civil rights violating azzes. Go figure.

    • cedriclathan

      Because Obama didn’t. If you just make a graph of everything Obama did, one can probably chart exactly what Orangezilla will do in response.

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  • You Know I’m Sawcy

    He can feel how he wants to about President Obama. I am actively committed to never uttering the phrase President T-R-dckhead out loud. I can’t.

    • Val

      Hi, cutie pie.

    • cedriclathan

      I started that from day 1. The word “president” and his name never go in the same sentence.

    • Val

      I mean, the Deplorables called President Obama, Obama, for 8 years, so turnabout is fair-play, right?

      • You Know I’m Sawcy

        That irritated me to no end.

      • Rosalie Bennett

        Not just Obama, there was a host of other names they called him and still do. So this liar in chief will never be addressed as President followed by his surname by me.

    • NEVER. I will never, ever grace him with that title.

    • Tarik

      So go with “popular vote loser donald drumpf”
      His real German name, and the election’s reality.

    • I call him president…president of the electoral college. That’s about it.

  • Me

    It’s not Trump’s obsession; it’s the GOP’s. Trump just uses the Obama rhetoric to stir up his constituents. The RNC is who’s really grinding this ax. Petty for petty’s sake, so that they can turn around in a couple years, repackage Obama’s programs and offer it to voters like it’s their brain child.

    • Val

      Except they can’t even manage to re-package right. They are so used to being the Party of “no”, they’ve forgotten how to govern. They are still working on re-packaging Obamacare, how’s that going? Lames.

      • Me

        They couldn’t even give Trumpcare an acronym that doesn’t sound like Obama’s. When I first saw AHCA, I thought a couple writers were having dyslexic moments. Turns out it’s just easier to confuse the voters that thought ACA was separate from Obamacare.

    • Diego Duarte

      No, I think he’s legitimately angry at the man.

      He paid prostitutes in Russia to piss on the bed Obama and Michelle slept on, after the correspondent’s dinner.

    • No Google

      No, Trump really is obsessed with Obama. Did you see his tweets about his poll numbers?

  • Alessandro De Medici

    Trump definitely has Obama envy, but the Cuba thing is probably not the best example of it. To be perfectly, honest, and I realized this when Fidel died, it’s the Western political tendency to deny reality or evade reality when a segment of it might be exploited by your antagonist. For the left the emphasis is on Fidel’s revolutions and funding for revolutions (evade the human right violations) with the right it’s to emphasize the human rights violations (evade what led to Fidel coming to power in the first place, and the efforts to take him out of it).

    For the most part common sense says Cuba and America should be allies, but it’s quite clear that “sense” isn’t what the whole Cuba thing is about, it’s a proxy for other things, not just for politicians in America, but Cuba as well:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtLYJXLIHBg

    That said, I’m sure if any other Republican (outside of maybe Jeb Bush) had been nominated, they’d have passed the same legislation. You gotta wonder sometimes, if the unholy alliance between media and politics, will not ultimately destroy politics all over the world, because it pressures politicians to be in the open all the time, and worry excessively in any political dispute whether they are coming off as the strong one in question?

    • Diego Duarte

      Normally I agree to disagree with you, on this however I entirely co-sign what you just said.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        Lol

    • Damon Young

      I agree that Cuba is messy and still problematic af. But Trump doesn’t give a sh*t about that. Just undoing whatever Obama did

      • Diego Duarte

        Trump doesn’t have the brain cells to compute anything happening outside Trump Tower, much less outside the country.

  • Diego Duarte

    I’ve noticed that trend as well, as have some other journalists. 45 has a creepy obsession with undoing the entirety of Obama’s legacy. I think he took it far too personally when Obama mocked him at that correspondent’s dinner. I mean, let’s be honest that might be part of the reason why he decided to skip on it this year.

    45 is notoriously thin skinned and the whole golden shower fiasco allegedly came as a result of that humiliation Obama handed him down in public at that time. Since the man can’t stand on his own and do something worthwhile he has decided his entire presidency will be built upon hating Obama and undoing everything he did.

    And the Right will of course love him for it.

    • Another Man’s Rhubarb

      Exactly.

    • Alessandro De Medici

      Trump’s rise in the last decade, seems to come from two things: envy towards Obama and an alignment with the talk show radio crowd (more so than the alt-right, I think this is truly his base – those on the right who believe anything they hear, but none of what they see).

      It’s interesting that for nearly 30 years talking about wanting to be president, it was Obama “teasing” him, that finally forced him to run for office. Over the last year or two, it’s become apparent that like many Popular Generals in human history, they only feel alive or driven to accomplish anything, when they have an enemy to zone in on. Outside of that they would perish in inaction.

      Recent leaks from the White House have revealed that he watches television news everyday, especially MSNBC and CNN, networks that he has defined as the opposition. In defense of every scandal he goes through, he constantly appeals to Obama and Clinton, even when they are no threats to his power. We have a president who is only moved to take action, when his veins are popping, blood pressure is skyrocketing and hatred is consuming his soul.

      There has to be something exploitable here for the Dems to take advantage of…

      • Diego Duarte

        “It’s interesting that for nearly 30 years talking about wanting to be president, it was Obama “teasing” him, that finally forced him to run for office.”

        Precisely this. How fucking petty do you have to be to actually waste your time and money running for president just to piss on someone who called you out in public for being a ridiculous, piece of sh*t racist?

        “Recent leaks from the White House have revealed that he watches television news everyday, especially MSNBC and CNN, networks that he has defined as the opposition.”

        Allegedly it’s also been leaked that the White House staff is forbidding interns from leaving pamphlets and articles lying around. Apparently the guy was raving about Climate Change being a hoax because some intern purposefully left an photoshopped cover of the Times magazine warning about “Global Cooling”.

        Let that sink in.

        The guy is the single biggest reactionary in history.

        Also, there’s plenty of things for the Democrats to exploit. However they seem to be suffering from osteoporosis and lumbago, which has them bent over at the moment.

        Which might be convenient for them considering they’ve been playing the same role of getting screwed over by Republicans for the last 16 years.

        • Kylroy

          Appropriate, for the biggest single reactionary party in American history.

        • Val

          The Dems are a lost cause. They think they are in Parliament.

        • Brown Rose

          Those examples just illustrate how mind numbingly stupid Trump really is. I mean he is a blithering reactionary failure. I am genuinely curious as to how he obtained all those Billions? How can someone so patently inept have stayed solvent for so long.

          • Blueberry01

            There are some rumors that DT may not be as rich as he claims…

          • Blue Skies Bring Tears

            He did go bankrupt, what… seven times? And as Blueberry says, the rumors suggest that he’s not nearly as rich as he pretends to be. Maybe that’s why he won’t release his tax returns. Sheer embarrassment.

            He IS a total bullsh1tter. And apparently a humorless one -the surest sign of a dull mind.

          • “M”

            Well .. he doesn’t have quite as many billions as he & his team (his sons & the way they stan for him, ugh) would have you believe.

            He’s declared bankruptcy at least six times. He had success licensing his name, and with that travesty of a reality show (the one *before* the current White House edition, I mean) — but no American bank would loan him money. So he went to Deutsche Bank – to whom he’s currently in hock for at least $110 million – and has been laundering rubles for the Russian oligarchs through his American properties.

            Which is why he keeps refusing to release his tax returns.

            And one of the reasons why he appointed Wilbur Ross – who used to be a vice chair of the Cyprus branch of Deutsche Bank (and if that country’s name rings a bell it’s because you’ve been paying attention to the name “Paul Manafort” in the news) – to the Secretary of Commerce position in his maladministration.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WX8dgbr5EI8

      • Val

        Give him too many targets to handle. if you know how to get someone’s goat, then you can control them. Get him caught up in responding to a million and one provocations and he will ultimately be parallelized.

      • Hugh Akston

        “We have a president who is only moved to take action, when his veins are popping, blood pressure is skyrocketing and hatred is consuming his soul.”

        The question that I often think about is how does it end?

        • Alessandro De Medici

          – Hopefully he explodes out of his anger and all the other internal stuff.

          – He get impeached due to hubris and thinking that Repubs won’t stab in the back when it’s convenient.

          – Or Dems get their act together and ensure between 2018 and 2020, they can get rid of him either by vote or investigation.

        • CCblogging

          No, Obama is gone.

      • Blueberry01

        DT has straight up NPD…

      • Giantstepp

        “We have a president who is only moved to take action, when his veins are popping, blood pressure is skyrocketing and hatred is consuming his soul.”

        Very true. Now add the nuclear codes and the power of the Presidency to the equation, and this could spell disaster.

    • Brown Rose

      Trump was calling Obama illegitimate even before that fateful dinner. He has always had a problem with Obama. Trump was just canny enough to feed into the age old white resentment of any Black person doing better than them.

  • blueevey

    There’s A Verdict In The Philando Castile case!

    • Diego Duarte

      Is it not guilty?

      • Jae Starz

        Of course it is. Smh. I’m sick!

        • Diego Duarte

          Sigh.

          • “M”

            *And* they fired him. Like they did the other cop of color (Asian that time) who killed a black man, and was acquitted

            So that “See! SEE! WE’RE DOING SOMETHING” could be said..

            A white cop would never even be fired for it. The white woman cop who shot the unarmed black man in Oklahoma was moved to desk duty.

        • Darkchloe144

          No fuckin’ way, seriously?

          • Charlito Brown

            Every ______’ way. This is America.

      • blueevey

        Yup. :/

    • Val

      And if the White parts of St Paul were burned to the ground, I wouldn’t be upset.

      • PriceIsRightHorns

        BURN IT.

    • BrothasKeeper

      Burn Minnesota (except for Paisley Park) so hot that it won’t even be cold in the winter.

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