The English journalist Piers Morgan — much vilified on both sides of the Atlantic — voiced his disillusionment with Barack Obama.

On November 3, 2014, Morgan gave ten reasons why he changed his mind about the American President, whose party could face a drubbing in today’s midterm Senate elections.

Many ordinary people could have told Morgan six years ago why they disagreed with the Democratic Party’s choice of Obama as presidential candidate. But few, including Morgan, would have listened. Obama was presented as — and believed to be by media types — a political messiah, a deliverer.

One and a half terms later, Morgan tells us he is disillusioned. Three of his ten reasons follow:

6. HE’S BORING. What happened to the charismatic, courageous, quick-fire political firebrand who charged to victory in 2008? Obama’s speeches have become repetitive and turgid, his pressers a monument to mind-numbing, professorial tedium, and his endless heavily-controlled media interviews a sycophantic, pointless embarrassment to him and the carefully selected journalists who conduct them. No wonder audiences have started running for the exit when he turns up on the stump.

9. HE’S DONE NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF MINORITIES. Virtually every leading black American I interviewed on my old CNN show believed that the basic living standards of their fellow African-Americans were poorer now than before Obama came to power. Further, they believed that racism is now worse than it was six years ago. Two breath-taking failures on behalf of the very section of population that most helped get him elected.

10. HE PERSISTS IN CALLING US ALL ‘FOLKS’. I don’t why he does this, but I find it incredibly patronising and irritating. I can’t be the only one.

Obama has problems speaking extemporaneously. He needed his teleprompter at all times, including during his campaign. A natural orator he is not. I never could listen to more than to two sentences from him. It is difficult to fathom how and why countless millions around the world found him mesmerising.

I can believe he’s done nothing to improve the lives of minorities. Racism, on all sides, does seem worse than before. Obama is an elitist and always has been, even from his childhood.

As for an elitist calling the lower orders — a term he would no doubt use if he could get away with it — ‘folks’, it seems entirely characteristic of a person who mixes in a very limited and lofty circle.

My objections to his presidency are two: Obamacare and Benghazi. Morgan mentions the first but leaves out the latter — a glaring omission because so many questions remain. It is unlikely that we will ever know quite why that fateful night unfolded the way it did. Why wasn’t it as huge as Watergate? Why was no real pressure brought by those in power, including the media, to thoroughly investigate the deaths?

I don’t expect to write about American politics much after this post. I certainly do not expect to follow the 2016 election as closely as I have previous ones.

The dominance of the Democratic Party in the United States tells me that the majority of Americans have the government they deserve.

My commiserations to American voters who are struggling against the tide.

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