Originally Posted by Irish Stout
However, I would argue that the attacks Obama has been subjected to under his presidency have been more vile and disgusting as they almost all go to a base of religion, race or nationality.
Not only more vile and disgusting but more frequent and pervasive. I have a lot of Christian conservative relatives, including my mother, who are constantly forwarding me those hoax emails that say Obama did or said some ridiculous thing or another. And they believe them. And they've been going on and around since before he took office. There are hundreds of them. These things get forwarded to untold hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people who willingly believe this stuff. There are large swaths of the country whose beliefs about Obama have been largely built up by this clever propaganda. In times of fear and uncertainty people want someone to blame. The ignorant and misinformed are prime targets for this stuff. It works. And the fact that Obama is non-white, and has a "funny" name, and has a foreign born father, and has a "non-standard" upbringing, in the post 9/11 era, makes it all the more easy for this to work.