Obama on America's Problem
“It’s time for us to make more progress than we’ve made,” Barack Obama said in a statement regarding Eric Garner’s death and the announcement of no indictment of the police officer responsible. “And I’m not interested in talk, I’m interested in action. And I am absolutely committed, as president of the United States, to making sure that we have a country in which everybody believes in the core principle that we are equal under the law. … [T]his is an American problem, and not just a black problem or a brown problem or a Native American problem. … When anybody in this country is not being treated equally under the law, that is a problem. And it’s my job as president to help solve it.” In other words, Obama now has an emotive deterrent to distract attention from all his failed policies, as reflected by voter sentiments in the historic Democratic Party losses in the 2014 midterm election.