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President's Obama Foot On The Resolute Desk...

Updated on September 4, 2013

President Obama’s Foot On The Resolute Desk…

Half a decade or so ago, my beloved brother, Wayne, convinced me to include in a script (War of The Begottens) that we were writing the famous, Resolute Desk… this particular iconic piece of furniture has a storied history and if one were to study said history… one would know the reason why the Resolute Desk is more than worthy to be among the furniture decorating the White House. Those of us who write know that our respective minds are always teeming with ideas and so it was that this Blog came to me when I heard that because there was a photo taken of President Obama with his foot on top of the Resolute Desk, which resulted in much vitriol from others… who saw the photo as being highly disrespectful to the Office of the Presidency.

This is where again those criticizing President Obama must take a needed ‘chill pill’ because, once again, there is much we can and do criticize President Obama about - but not about his having his foot on the Resolute Desk. Those of us who are criticizing the President for his foot on the Resolute Desk give the President's backers ammunition when the latter say that President Obama is picked on because of his race, etc. Moreover, those of us who know a modicum of our History know that far worse deeds have been done in the White House where the Resolute Desk resides and many of us who are noising our critique have had nothing to say. Cases on point… are we offended that President Franklin Roosevelt gave orders to Intern our Japanese citizens during World War 2... and in retrospect, is President Obama’s placement of his foot on the desk that bad; come to think of it, I wonder if any of the Presidents ever broke wind in the immediate vicinity of the Resolute Desk… and simply because said gas was invisible does not make it any less disrespectful.

You may say that Verily Prime is bordering now on the ridiculous by mentioning flatulence in the presence of the Resolute Desk - yes, I am, but only to underscore that President Obama’s action in this instance does not warrant the time and effort we are expending. We are now engaging in punditry simply for the sake of punditry… and if one side is backing a given position or candidate, no matter the rightness of the position or that candidate's cause… we are against due to rabid partisanship. It is why those of us who are seeking the truth, void of the fetters of partisanship, are hated and I for must be objective because just how I defended President Bush, the younger for unwarranted criticisms… so too I must do the same for President Obama… even if President Obama himself has engaged in such partisan critique to his Democratic Party’s benefit.

We have criticized President Obama on his vacation trips and attendant cost; we have even criticized his date with his wife to a Broadway play - all this is nitpicking for sake of nitpicking and it is part and parcel of what we are doing now with this current tempest in a teapot. Lest we forget that many of us balked against a Holiday for Martin Luther King - a man who paid the ultimate price for our racial sins - and many of these racist discussions took place in the Oval Office in the presence of the sacred Resolute Desk. As a Christian, I remembered what happened between the Apostle Paul and Noble Festus in the Book of Acts, which is a manifestation of the Biblical edict to give honor to whom honor is due... President Obama is the duly elected President of these United States and with the office should come the due respect.

Once again, look at the plethora of issues we can legitimately critique President Obama about - but his placing his foot on the Resolute Desk. For God sakes, Woodrow Wilson was a stone cold racist and must have said foul things about the Black race… incidentally, in the presence of said Resolute Desk … perhaps, the White House bathrooms and Lincoln bedroom - since they were erected before Desegregation, notwithstanding the updated renovations - should be off limits to President Obama on account of his being Black… well, at least half of him. By the way, were anyone to research Google Images, and input the term, Resolute Desk, he or she would see other Presidents supposedly ‘dissing’ the iconic furniture.


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    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Great ViewPoint article! Love the presentation.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      Crying out loud...his socks cover his whole calf!!! Call Issa: I want a hearing on this. Pronto.

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      Greg Schweizer 

      5 years ago from Corona, California.

      People are getting ridiculous and paranoid. My opinion, Greg.

    • lovemychris profile image

      Leslie McCowen 

      5 years ago from Cape Cod, USA

      "Pictures of Presidents Ford and Bush with their feet on the Oval Office desk are easy to find. Reagan has been photographed sitting on it. The Oval Office is the president's work space and whatever desk is in there is where he or she is supposed to work."

      Funny...I never heard ONE WORD about that......and I lived through em all.

      Maybe next week, they can demonize president Obama for breathing?


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