Tags: obama | red | states | blue | states

Ignoring Red States, Obama Has Helped Solidify Divisiveness

Image: Ignoring Red States, Obama Has Helped Solidify Divisiveness President Barack Obama disembarks from Marine One June 7 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 10:01 AM

By Melanie Batley

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
President Barack Obama's near-complete absence during his presidency from more than 25 percent of all states has deepened the country's partisan and racial divide, The New York Times reports.

Even some commentators aligned with the president say he hasn't done enough to bring together America's increasingly disparate demographic groups and regions.

"Every president should make an attempt to bridge the divide," Donna Brazile, an African-American Democratic strategist and a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, told The Times. "It's a tall order. I wouldn't give him high marks."

Obama's failure to shore-up national unity is even more significant, the paper notes, because of the racial significance of his emergence on the national stage, and the promises earlier in his political career to build bridges.

The paper pointed out that in his 2004 Democratic Convention speech, Obama said, "Pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states. There's not a liberal America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America. There's the United States of America."

Yet Obama's selected travel destinations since becoming president have largely reflected the strategic voter targeting of his presidential campaigns, with ongoing priority given to Democratic-leaning and swing states, the paper noted.

Nevertheless, there are those who say America's political polarization was a long time coming, and they blame obstinate congressional Republicans, and their openly adversarial stance toward the president's agenda, for the nation's increasingly divisive political atmosphere.

"A lot of where the president goes has to do with where he can influence the public to influence the people in Congress who are potential votes," David Axelrod, the Democratic strategist, told The Times.

"It'd be great for him, if he had the time, to barnstorm the red states and meet people. I don't know how fundamentally that would change things."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

White House Uses Bieber Petition to Push Immigration Reform

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 12:21 PM

Instead of commenting directly on a popular petition to have bad-boy pop star Justin Bieber deported to Canada, the Whit . . .

Holy Fire Ceremony Draws Thousands in Jerusalem

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 11:47 AM

The dark hall inside Christianity's holiest shrine was illuminated with the flames from thousands of candles on Saturday . . .

US Plans Military Exercise in Poland to Reassure Allies Over Russia

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 11:24 AM

The Obama administration is planning land-force exercises in Poland and Estonia in hopes of reassuring NATO's Eastern Eu . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved