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Why Conservatives Are So Upset About President Obama’s Photo In Front Of A Che Guevara Mural, Explained

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Earlier today, President Obama (the first U.S. president to visit Cuba in 88 years) and a group of government officials were photographed in front of a mural depicting Che Guevara.

Naturally, some conservatives seemed pretty upset by this.

A guy in a coffee shop I was in today even said something about the beans tasting re-roasted. Which I know was totally code for “Thanks, Obama, for flushing America down the shitter.

I guess I just want to know why? Why is it that everything he does seems to tickle the GOP knickers so fiercely?

Because they’re a bunch of bitch-ass bitches.

Bitch-ass bitches? Really? That’s your answer?

Yes it is. Bitch. Ass. Bitches. Maybe I’ll add a mark in there. And perhaps another ass. Mark-ass, bitch-ass, bitches. But that’s pretty much it. If fact, if you looked up mark-ass, bitch-ass, bitch in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of Mitch McConnell — the HBABIC (Head Bitch Ass Bitch In Charge) — doing some bitch-ass shit. Like refusing to even meet with President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. Or eating tuna salad on an unseasoned croton. Mark-ass, bitch-ass, bitch.

That answer doesn’t possess the nuance and wit I’ve come to expect from you. When did you turn into O-Dog?

We already know that these people who scoff at and reject every single thing our President has done or attempted to do in the last eight years are hypocrites, liars, racists, sexists, homophobes, misogynists, nihilists, chickenhawks, and accidental sociopaths. So I’ve run out of things to say. Hence the mark-ass, bitch-ass, bitch.

But, if you prefer something else, how about trash-ass niggas? I can be versatile.

Trash-ass niggas?

Yes. Directed here by Kevin Garnett towards Eric Gordon…

…trash-ass nigga is also an effective way to articulate when people are trash-ass niggas. It’s actually the most effective way to articulate a trash-ass nigga’s inherent trashness. Which, again, are what the conservatives are proving to be.

Trash-ass niggas?

Correct. Or mark-ass, bitch-ass, bitches. And this is why they’re so upset about everything he does. 

Thanks!

You’re welcome!

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.

  • MysteryMeat

    My comment is in moderation, but I am getting life from all the hate. Troll Phi Troll is in effect and POTUS is crossing the burning sands

  • Karen E. Cunningham Frank

    I think bed wetting, hoe puppies is a most accurate description.

  • LMNOP

    I feel like he could have upped the conservative outrage by adding a sentence like “Don’t worry Assata!”

    I’m just going to pretend that really happened.

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    • I wonder if Assata’s face was in the crowd somewhere.

      • I hope she was too.

      • Epsilonicus

        She was the 1st person I thought of when I saw news of the trip. I am like Castro better not turn her over.

        • Oh, he already made it clear.

      • Val

        Maybe but Obama didn’t cut her any slack. His admin was/ is still negotiating to get her back her and to face charges.

        • Me

          Yep! NJ just released a press snippet this weekend or maybe last week, renewing their call to have four asyllum seekers returned to the US, and Assata’s face is still front and center of their witch hunt. Guarantee if Obama doesn’t strong arm Cuba, the very next Republican administration to take office will. I wish her a long and free life in Cuba or wherever her journey takes her.

          • Betty’s Babygirl

            Castro did make it clear he would not extradite her. No worries. We know she has always had an escape plan. Krispy Christie has been riding the state dept like a jockey for her return. He nds to have his stomach band tightened.

        • Epsilonicus

          I hope she flees to Venezuela

        • Freebird

          I wonder why. Seriously.

          • Val

            He does a lot of things to appease the Right. And they want her back here, badly.

        • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

          Exactly…another one of the reason that’s I just can’t cheer for him, no matter how historical, no matter how much I’ll miss seeing him there. It’s shyte like that that makes me go half-hotep and tell people to stay woke. How you gonna talk about the history of oppression with Black people Obama and the civil right struggle and y’all still going after Assata? C’mon now.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      Unfortunately, he has the justice department still making moves like they want to come after her.
      #HandsOffAssata

  • I remember growing up as a kid seeing vids of Nigeria’s parliament with politicians fighting and throwing chairs at each other like it was the Source Awards. Trump made me realize this today, when he referred to Warren as “the Indian.” I sat back and just realized that we have it all wrong: though the stakes are so very high, politics is nothing more than adults playing and fighting like kids in a sandbox.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V5On2HhIh0

    It’s funny, when the stakes are most high, tend to be the place where you find the least qualified. Which is why Obama, despite how many other make it into the white house in the future, will always be the exception to the norm.

    • Oluseyi

      You ever seen footage of Silvio Berlusconi, showing up to Italian parliament with a rude t-shirt of his opponent and making menacing gestures?

      You spoke a word today. Politics is just petty-azz “grown” folks fighting.

  • brothaskeeper

    President Obama should get a pic of him and Michelle strolling arm-in-no-fuxxs-giving-arm along the beach, her with a mojito in hand, him puffing on the fattest Cohiba ever rolled on a Cuban virgin’s thighs (before he cuts it open). The early 21st century produced the simplest and truest platitude: haters gonna hate.

    • Kas

      You know how to paint a picture.

    • Me

      Hope that virgin shaved his legs before he started rolling. Would hate for the pic to be ruined by the pres plucking curlies out of his mouth.

      • brothaskeeper

        You Sean Combs-ed my dream.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          He sincerely Diddy-bopped all over it.

          • Me

            *She ain’t have no shame either. LOL

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Oops my mistake

        • Me

          Oops?

          • brothaskeeper

            Well played, Diddy. Well played.

    • DBoySlim

      Before he cuts it. I see what you did there.

      • brothaskeeper

        He’s the Commander who Chiefs.

  • Ess Tee

    So, I know lifting the embargo or closing Guantanamo has to be a decision made by the non-working-azz Congress, but there’s still a part of me that would love for President Obama to be like, “Since I’m here, let’s just sign these papers to return Guantanamo to y’all.”

    Unrelatedly: Mrs. Obama and the girls must have gotten that fresh fresh blowout from the Dominicans just before leaving or something because their hair has been looking like “No humidity formed against me shall prosper.”

    • DBoySlim

      I’m still trying to figure out why Cuba allowed the U.S. to have a base there. I would’ve kicked us out a long time ago.

      • Lea Thrace

        You will take any sliver of freedom given to you when an occupier offer it. This was the position Cuba was in.

        We have been bullies for a really long time…

        • DBoySlim

          Were Cubans allowed on base?

          • United_Dreamer

            Only wearing orange. The truth is US were looking for a political excuse for a full scale invasion so an attack on their base would have been all the excuse they need to carpet bomb the place as opposed to the half assed Bay of Pigs invasion that failed miserably. Sometimes you have to play the long game.

          • Sweet Ga Brown

            Refugees. But they lived on the side where the base airport was. They would come to the main side to the commissary and I remember seeing one in her 30s at a bus stop…anyway yeah there are some waiting to gain political asylum in the U.S. and fly to the mainland. I was stationed there back in ’07.

            • DBoySlim

              Thanks for the clarification. I like your name by the way. Have you ever seen Cabin in the Sky?

              • Sweet Ga Brown

                No I haven’t. Is that something I should watch?

                • DBoySlim

                  Most definitely. It was Lena Hornes’ first movie. She played Georgia Brown.

      • Ess Tee

        I don’t even know if it’s a matter of “allowed.” Think about how the U.S. history books frame what happened in Cuba at the time–the Spanish-American War. Like, what was was going on was between Cuba and Spain then the U.S. jumped in because of economic interests.

        Really, it was the Spanish-Cuban-American War, but the outcomes from that left Cuba in a vulnerable place, I think., being used as a bargaining chip for the larger empires (Spain & the U.S.).

        • DBoySlim

          I understand that. However, one would think that after the revolution, foreigners would have been expelled. We can’t do business with you but you want a base on my soil. FOH.

          • Ess Tee

            Not without trying, it looks like. I got curious about the details, and found this in WaPo: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2015/05/15/why-the-u-s-base-at-cubas-guantanamo-bay-is-probably-doomed/

            “U.S. warships sailed into Guantanamo Bay in 1898, and together with Cuban rebels, defeated the Spanish fleet. The Americans essentially never left, conditioning Cuban independence on constitutional provisions allowing the U.S. Navy to occupy the area “for the time required.” Rent was set at $2,000 a year, paid in gold.

            A new lease increased the amount to $4,000 in 1934, according to this history of the base by scholar Paul Kramer. But there was no cut-off date for the Americans to leave.

            After Castro’s revolution, the United States had no intention of letting the base fall under communist control. At times of peak tensions during the Cold War, such as the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, the base’s fences became a front line for the Soviet-American standoff. Volleys of gunfire were occasionally exchanged between U.S. and Cuban troops.

            Castro shut off the water and electricity in 1964, and today the base is completely isolated from the rest of Cuba.”

            • Me

              Funny how over 100 years later, America is still using this same tactic to occupy the middle east.

            • DBoySlim

              Thank you. You’re going to have me doing research all day.

    • fxd8424

      ” Mrs. Obama and the girls must have gotten that fresh fresh blowout from the Dominicans just before leaving or something because their hair has been looking like “No humidity formed against me shall prosper.”

      Them Dominicans be knowin’

  • Jaris Cole

    It is almost as if POTUS is checking things off his “End of Presidency Bucket List.” You know, “Zero Fuxx” version. “Photo in front of Che Guevara Mural” comes right after “Host Kendrick Lamar in the White House” and “Skip Nancy Regan’s Funeral to go to SXSW” (POTUS been knew Nancy was gonna “Just say no” to staying alive :-P)

  • This occasion is monumental for me. My family is ecstatic that he’s there. Many don’t know that blacks are running the revolution in Cuba now. I’m sick of alabaster Republicans and Dwight Cubans of Miami inserting their racist, unsolicited opinions.

    Fukk them.

    • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

      I was coming here to say this quite simply. Thanks for saving me the trouble.

    • A.P. Millz-CT

      During the time, Castro’s regime was successful in reducing illiteracy, stamping out racism and improving public health care. A lot of ppl don’t really know the TRUTH about Castro they listen to the White Cubans and White Americans B.S. about him.
      The Cuban Blacks were treated like Black Americans until Castro.

      • So that makes it OK to arrest anyone who disagrees and effectively put HIV positive people in minimum security prison. OK…

        And there were better ways to accomplish the same goals.

        • A.P. Millz-CT

          What do you know about Cuba?? what do you know about Castro other than what you’ve read in your American bs history books, huh?

        • It does not… HOWEVER, it’s funny that you say that because last time I checked… Black Americans are still in the same boat.

          Blacks are arrested HERE for not agreeing.. in fact, they’re murdered and more. You don’t have free speech. You do know that was signed away.

          Don’t let propaganda mess up your outlook.

          Black folks always have had it bad… Castro’s regime is no different. At least, we were given half a chance.

          CUBA’S ENTIRE CULTURE IS AFRICAN. Don’t let anybody tell you different. So with that said…when has anyone ever given a dayum about us?

          • I want to push back on that, because I’ve seen similar sentiments in the United States. It’s the mindset that since there’s racism, we’re screwed in terms of rights, and the best we can do is to ask for as much stuff as possible. (It’s the framing behind the term White Privilege as well.) Why should be the goal be mere equality? Why shouldn’t it be maximal freedom for everyone? Realizing that oppression exists shouldn’t be an excuse for more oppression. It should be to remove it.

            • Epsilonicus

              I think your framing is off. Equality = maximal freedom.

            • The goal shouldn’t be mere equality…I’m saying there’s a revolution in Cuba RIGHT NOW…..Blacks are fighting and making some headway. How do you expect for us to be ahead when we’ve always been behind.

              • OK, that’s a completely different frame from what you’ve mentioned. What’s going on that’s helping Black folk there?

                • My other statement is basically saying that Black folks in America can’t point the finger at Cuba questioning that government when their own government has its foot on their neck.

                  I don’t want to do the oppression Olympics…CUBA’S circumstances are certainly different.

                  There is capitalism to a small degree….many Cubans if they have support within the States are opening house,restaurants to tourists and offering places to stay….We send my cousin, Nereida, money so that she can get supplies..we also send toiletries, medicine that they can provide to guests.

                  We are helping her be able to compete economically. v

          • Ustadh

            CUBA’S ENTIRE CULTURE IS AFRICAN.

            Have you watched this inspirational documentary?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UU2bAiCsJ4E

          • Conrad Bess

            I know nothing about Cuba, but from what I see on the news, it tends to be the white Cubans that complain the most about the regime. Am I wrong in that view?

            • Everybody complains…it’s fukked up. However Miami Cubans gripe is bs… they were oppressing us and now crying victim…nope. miss me with that shyt.

              • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

                Exactly…they want to go back to be gangsters and corrupters and politicos. Go back to running the sugar fields in day and pimping out the darker-skinned Cuban sisters in the Havana casinos at night. Like NegraWithTumbao said, quite simply: fukk them.

      • He made it a little better for blacks by educating us but Cuba is still racist as fukk.

        • cedriclathan

          You’re right. I was there a few years ago. We stayed at Hotel National. Cubans weren’t even allowed in unless they worked there or were prostitutes. Most of them were the lighter skinned ones. The tour guide on our bus was the 1st dark skinned woman to ever lead a tour bus. So, even a place like Cuba is still color struck and the darker ones are less visible in the work place and do the menial work. It’s less overtly racist than this country but the subtleties of skin color still exist.

    • Shanna

      “alabaster Republicans”

      yes Negra, give me life today!!!!

  • Quirlygirly

    The dark skinned black guy in the opening pic is giving the fiercest side eye. It rivals the FLOTUS’ side eye and we know she is the official Queen of the Side Eye

  • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

    I was really hoping for a call from Castro for the US to consider releasing its political prisoners as well.
    #NoWeHaven’tForgotten #COINTELPRO

    • Val

      How amazing it would have been for the reporter who asked Raul Castro if Cuban political prisoners would be released to have asked President Obama the same question.

      • CheGueverraWitBlingOn

        I would have paid Beyonce concert ticket prices to see this happen.

        Of course, any reporter who had the stones to do this would never be the White House press club again.

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