Affirmative Action President
An Affirmative Action President is someone selected for that office based partly on the person's race or gender. The term carries a negative connotation, implying that the candidate received his position for reasons other than qualifications or abilities. According to some political commentators, affirmative action was used to fill the position of President of the United States in the 2008 election.
Before the American Civil War, the Democratic Party generally supported slavery and the Dred Scott decision, and after the war passed what are commonly referred to as "Jim Crow" laws to enforce segregation. The Republican Abraham Lincoln led the opposition to slavery, and ultimately brought about its abolition. During the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, the Democratic Party introduced legislation that would not only provide equal opportunities for blacks, but would also attempt to correct past and present discriminatory practices.
Supporters of an Affirmative Action President are likely to be liberals, and support a candidate based in part on the candidate's race or gender in order to bring historical diversity to the position and promote broader acceptance of affirmative action.
Under affirmative action, a candidate's race or gender is considered to be as important as, and perhaps more important than, traditional criteria of qualifications and experience.
On February 4, 2008, ten days after this entry appeared here, Michael Savage commented that, if elected, Barack Hussein Obama will be the first Affirmative Action President, in regards to his comparative lack of political (or military) experience.
Supporters of affirmative action presidents hold them to different standards (also see double standard) compared to no affirmative action presidents. For example, Barack Obama has presided over a doubling of the gas price and is the first President since Herbert Hoover to have net lost jobs. However, many liberals are averse to criticizing Obama's dismal record because he's the first half-black President. Usually, these liberals do not work, may be career students, and have no real understanding about the real world.
- Radio commentator Michael Savage observed, "We have a woman and a multi-ethnic man running for office on the Democrat side. Is this not akin to a -- an affirmative action election? Isn't that why the libs are hysterical, tripping over themselves to say amen and yes to this affirmative election vote?" Savage added, "America's not ready for an affirmative action presidency."