Open Letter: Thanks, but no thanks, Obama

January 30, 2016

Open Letter: Thanks, but no thanks, Obama

by Ahmad Azrai

HE President Barack H. Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington DC, USA

Dear Mr President,

Obama shakes hands with Najib

A belated Happy New Year to you! It still applies, as Chinese New Year is coming up soon. Anyway, you don’t know me, but I am a citizen of the nation for which one of your golfing buddies is the political leader (no, not Bill Clinton). I just wanted to drop you a note, and make a request.

Like many around the world, I admired you for being you: the history-making president; the first non-white male to break the old boy’s club of Pennsylvania Avenue; the lawyer who became a law unto himself, figuratively speaking; the honourably honest husband and fantastic father who managed to reverse his country’s economic fortunes, started some reform of Wall Street, made it irrelevant to ask or to tell, instituted a monumental healthcare initiative, and was the leader presiding over the team that killed the infamous Osama bin Laden.

Heck, not only are you a walking poster for multiracial success, you even speak flawless Bahasa Indonesia, adding multilingualism to your long list of credentials. And you still have most of a year to go before you step down for good. “Hope” was definitely the most well-chosen campaign theme ever. Kylo Ren’s grandfather would have been impressed.

However, all that you have gotten for your accomplishments are complaints and brickbats by your fellow countrymen, from the gun-toting, Bible-thumping, abortion-hating homophobic retrenched Ford-factory worker all the way to the resident of Trump Tower (there may be some overlapping of categories). Blaming you for everything — from burnt toast to Hurricane Joaquin — unlocked that ultimate in achievements: becoming an Internet meme. All thanks to you, if you’ll pardon the pun.

Well, all I can say is that you need not worry so much about that. The grass is always greener on the other side, and American history is on your side — so even though they would not care to accept the truth, the American people will one day see that you did do amazing stuff, and that they should not be so ungrateful to you.

President Obama’s Corrupt Malaysian Golf Buddy

Malaysians, on the other hand, are another story. You see, that golfing buddy of yours really is a headache for the rest of us here. In truth, his first official golf game with you meant that he took his own sweet time coming back to Malaysia when an unprecedented natural disaster struck — and the repercussions from that were needlessly aggravating to us citizens. He has just been cleared in a globally embarrassing corruption case — and has been given a clean bill of health by a man who was appointed to a very cushy national directorship.

And what did you do? It looks like you took full advantage of him, by twisting his arm, and essentially forcing him — meaning us — into a Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) that really is to our disadvantage.

So on behalf of my fellow citizens, I implore you for a belated Christmas present: make him your permanent golf partner, and please take him away from here. You owe us that much, at least, for that TPPA. If you don’t take him, then all we can say is: Thanks, Obama. Thanks for nothing.




9 thoughts on “Open Letter: Thanks, but no thanks, Obama

  1. Prez Obama Jibby is now truly as a former US president said “so he is a son of a bitch, but OUR son of a bitch” The TPPA also gives USA additional Military fascillities in our ASEAN Zone of peace and Neutrality(Huh?), with the grim possibilty that ASEAN military may morph into a SEATO to be hand maiden to USA’s military interest.
    The “Quite” and Ugly” American will be resurrected with your Failed policy of containment which is now been excercised in the South China Sea.
    Well Napoleon cautioned about waking the sleeping dragon no? But then as Alfered E Neuman would say “What me worry?” lots of arms deals to be made with neutral(?) ASEAN.

  2. If Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders becomes President of the USA,
    the USA may not be so willing to deal with Third World kleptocrats (in return for alliances designed to contain China and Russia).

  3. But first thing first.

    President Obama Sir, when you made a historic visit to Malaysia in Apr 2014 you met Najib and made an appeal for Anwar Ibrahim to be released. Your CIA and your American Ambassador/s surely would have kept you posted about Anwar’s case. Their assessment (or knowledge of truth) probably was that it was a politically inspired frame-up. If you knew Anwar was truly guilty, I am sure, you would have not, in all conscience, appealed for his freedom.

    It is coming close to two years since your visit and Anwar is still behind bars. Given Najib’s – what seems like – well scripted plans of earlier times and the shit he is in now, it may only show that he was the man behind mask who choreographed the entire plot against Anwar.

    Sir, You still have about a year before your term ends. I am sure you must have more than enough solid intelligence on Najib to twist his arm, if need be. Please get Anwar released before you leave office. May God bless you and your family.

  4. It’s a fluteshot he became president of USA. If you have his book, ( I believe only 1), what do you make of it. He was just so so. His main asset is he can speak and no more. He can’t even run a balanced budget. ( Clinton did).

  5. looes74, your posts are seditious in tone, lacking moral clarity and historically/politically ambivalent.

    I’m not saying that you shouldn’t have these views but considering the climate we find ourselves in, perhaps you should consider the possibility that we could all be tarred with the same brush.
    I have been monitoring comments from looes74. I know he can be very reckless. Let us hope he will be more responsible.I will not allow anyone to tar this blog. In stead, he will be tarred.–Din Merican

  6. Looes47 on this board you have argued for armed rebellion, secession and likened this UMNO Regime to mass murdering regimes that exist in this world.

    You are advocating secession based on ethnicity and conflating race and class issues in the hopes of achieving some kind Chinese utopia.

    You disingenuously cite examples which have no historical or political equivalency with Malaysia in the hopes of making your seditious (in the Malaysian context) claims sound rational.

    Being assertive of your rights does not mean engaging in racial bloodletting, encouraging the break up of our homeland or claiming that our system of government has broken down to the extent that only armed rebellion is the only viable option.

    That is not behaviour which demands respect. That is behaviour that demands scorn.
    Conrad, I must have missed his comment. Please let me know and I will delete it.–Din Merican

  7. Conrad, I found and deleted. We must state united and resolve our differences. For that to happen we need a change of leadership. Breaking up Malaysia is not an option. –Din Merican

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