In an interview with Playboy that has been reported on here, and here, among other places, Samuel L. Jackson has officially called out President Obama. The two basic premises of the discussion of the President revolved around his attempts to dumb down his rhetoric, and his restraint when it comes to the politics of Washington. Jackson makes some good points regarding our society and the political culture, but doesn’t get into much of a detailed discussion.
In regards to the first point, Mr. Jackson’s response to a question about a society that ridicules intelligence and encourages politicians and other intellectuals to speak more colloquially is to tell Mr. Obama to, ‘Be fucking presidential.’ Jackson calls out the anti-intellectualism rampant in our culture, mentioning his penchant for correcting grammatical errors on Twitter, and points out his dissatisfaction with how people like the President try to relate to average people. Unfortunately there is an entire political party, encouraged by the ignorance of the Tea Party, that practically bullies anyone who in any way flaunts their intelligence.
They remind me of the sensationalized jocks of television, taunting and abusing the smart kids in class. But the truth of it is that they’re doing it because they’re jealous. They wish they were smarter, but because they aren’t, their only way to make themselves feel better about it is to put down others’ intelligence. This is what your average Teapublicans are doing. Their talking heads call those with intelligence elitist, and claim that just because someone has a degree, that doesn’t mean that they’re smart. However, they only do this because when an economist with a Ph.D. tells them that they’re wrong, it’s the only way that they can maintain their ignorant views. Mr. Jackson is right to say that people have to stand up for intellectualism, and the President should be one of those people.
As far as the President’s restraint, Samuel L. Jackson laments President Obama’s regular choice to not call out the Teapublicans on their lies and ridiculousness, but instead keep his cool in all situations. Jackson wishes Obama would be more assertive, which is probably echoed by many on the Left, but unfortunately it would probably just backfire. While progressives and liberals wish the President would stand up in Congress and aggressively tear down all of the BS spewed in the House, the old guard Republicans would say that he isn’t being presidential and the racist Tea Party would say that it’s because of his skin color and not just his frustration with the games that they’re playing. Although it would be humorous and satisfying to watch President Obama strike back, it is understandable why he doesn’t do it. It probably takes super human patience for Mr. Obama to not lash out sometimes.
Mr. Jackson also specifically called out the oppositional defiance disorder of the Republican party, and finished his political part of the interview by discussing his support for Hillary Clinton by saying, ‘If Hillary Clinton decides to run, she’s going to kick their fucking asses, and those motherf*ckers would rather see the country go down in flames than let the times change.’ My only response to that is unfortunately for Mrs. Clinton, if she were to not show the same restraint as President Obama, I can just imagine how the sexist fools of the Tea Party would react to that.