Daniel Connell

For many Americans who voted for Barack Obama in 2008, his presidency has been a bitter disappointment. At least partial blame for this should be laid at the doorstep of Obama’s naivety. He came into office squarely on the side of bipartisanship and working from the centre, not realising that the Republican Party had already organised itself for defeating him at almost every turn.

The two people who could have sat down with the 2008 President-elect and told him the political facts of life vis-a-vis the Republican Party were Bill and Hillary Clinton. Sadly, perhaps tragically, such a meeting was never held, probably because of the ill feelings generated by the primary campaign between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Even so, this decent and honourable man could not have been prepared for the vitriolic attacks directed at him since 2008: Obama the Muslim, Obama the non-citizen, Obama the illegitimate President, Obama the Socialist/Fascist/Nazi/Communist, Obama the gun taker, Obama the freedom hater. I am 74 years old and have never seen such rampant and widespread hostility.

Daniel Connell

Sonora, California, USA