Michelle Goldberg's Daily Beast assessment of the on-screen pathologies of chronic Obama Derangement in Dinesh D’Souza's "2016: Obama's America" and Joel Gilbert's "Dreams From My Real Father" (which portrays the president's "mother [as] a whore") is eloquently tidy and sociopolitically spot on: "This is who [right wingers] are. There’s nothing left to be shocked about."
Any Obama-hating filth is no longer a kind of underground scuttlebutt; it's potentially a proud blockbuster.
This compels a comparison--one that the right, anyway, would wish to make: Well, for eight years you guys on the left were vocal practitioners of hysterical Bush Derangement; what we're doing is no different.
Let's look at that. Let's assume the opposing levels of sheer, unmitigated hatred--the left's against Bush, the right's against Obama--are roughly equal. But we must also look at the whys, without which the whats are merely stand-alone madness.
All right, let's see. George W. Bush, for starters, wasn't legitimately elected to the White House in 2000, and that sort of thing tends to leave a rather bad taste in the mouths of the legitimately victorious opposition. But, wimps that we were, we accepted the verdict and, as advised, we "moved on," hoping for the best, even from the conspicuously witless W. And what did he --in his domestically compassionate conservatism and "humble" foreign policy--deliver? Unfunded, bankrupting tax cuts; a new, enormous, unfunded entitlement; warrantless wiretapping; an outrageoulsy concocted, ultimately $2-$4 trillion unprovoked war; thousands of American lives lost in vain ... oh, and internationally condemned, deeply, deeply unAmerican torture.
So there's that. And President Obama? Let's see. Well, he pulled us from the brink of a Great Depression II; he's "created" about 5 million private-sector jobs, even in the catastrophic mess of an economy which W. left us; he's instituted a healthcare system in which nearly all Americans are guaranteed coverage; he's reversed the GDP upward by approximately 11 points; he got us out of that hellhole, Iraq, and is doing the same in Afghanistan; and he rescued the American automobile industry, perhaps the most fundamental of all American industries.
So yeah, it's sure easy to see why Obama deranges the right as much as Bush deranged the lucid.