Obama Cautions Fellow Progressives About ‘Woke’ Culture

Speaking to attendees of his annual Obama Foundation Summit Tuesday, former President Barack Obama warned younger members of the audience that going too far down the “woke” rabbit hole will only lead to disappointment in life.

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

See his comments below:

Calling people out on social media isn’t going to solve anything, Obama said.

“I get a sense among certain young people on social media that the way of making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people. If I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘Man did you see how woke I was? I called you out!'”

“That’s enough,” he added. “If all you’re doing is casting stones, you are probably not going to get that far.”

Being “woke” in the current vernacular means being especially aware of racial, ethnic and social injustice in the world. Often, it also involves pointing out that injustice to others.

It isn’t the first time the former president has called out his fellow Democrats and progressives for being too quick to judge their peers.

He previously said in Berlin at an Obama Foundation event that “one of the things I do worry about among progressives in the United States, maybe it’s true here as well, is a certain kind of rigidity where we say, ‘Uh, I’m sorry, this is how it’s going to be,’ and then we start sometimes creating what’s called a ‘circular firing squad,’ where you start shooting at your allies because one of them has strayed from purity on the issues.”

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  1. I have explained this before, so pay attention this time.

    A “purity test” is more of an accusation from conservative/corrupt politicians against Democrats who are adamant about various issues. A lot of those issues tend to be social issues. That doesn’t interest me – at all.

    King Donald The Loser promised change for those who are hurting. That helped get him elected. Didn’t happen, though. Why? Because of corruption (and he never believed he would anyway). NO change is possible from the left or the right with the amount of corruption that this country has.

    Do YOU want change? Any change? How are YOU going to get any changes that YOU want, if the system remains so corrupt? You won’t. Sorry for you. The solution is to vote for better politicians, ones who will fight for you, not their rich donors.

    Therefore my purity test is that a politician cannot take in lobbyist, corporate and big PAC money that perpetuates the corruption. Simple. They get funded by their constituents. Anything else is up for debate. The American Fascist Party won’t stop doing that willingly, neither will the corporate Democrats. Only one group promises to deliver on this. One. Sort of narrows the field, doesn’t it?

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    2. WHO are YOU to tell anyone over the age of 6 to “pay attention this time”? Moron.

    3. Yes, and we heard an awful lot about “Hope and Change” from a REAL loser – Barry Hussein Soetoro acting as #44. Changing the political atmosphere in the United States will NOT come unless and until the DemocRATs (called Socialists/Communists now – or Marxists like AOC and Bernie) are voted OUT of positions where they can influence the lives of Americans. One need look no further than the gaggle of 2020 Socialist candidates running to beat President Trump and their agenda to turn the United States into a Third World Shit hole like so many other Nations whose citizens have suffered – and DIED – under Socialism/Communism/Marxism/Nazism domination by dictators; just like those wannabes on the 2020 list.

  2. Confused in so many ways,

    I agree. Obozo WAS a failure in vision, leadership, and so many other ways.

    Consider how easy his “legacy” has been dismantled. Building permanence through legislation was either beyond or beneath The Lightbringer. That’s a failure of leadership.

    1. Those who always openly admit to being confused because of their Socialist/Communist indoctrination cannot and should not be expected to see historical progress being made as it unfolds in front of their eyes. Continual denigration of our great POTUS Trump (who is neither a King wannabe nor an inept Marxist like #44) not only reaffirms their indoctrination and lack of an education; but, downright anti-American stupidity as well.

  3. Confusion abounds,

    “I have ONE “purity” test, as if you care. “Are you corrupt?” That’s it. Simple. If you are, you are garbage and should be resisted politically in every way.

    Please expound on your “purity” test. The Nazis and Stalinists also had “purity” tests. What do YOU define as “corruption”? Discussion can only occur when terms and definitions are set out.

    How exactly does one *ahem* pass your test? I’d be interested in hearing the criteria.

    Is “purity” a vague and arbitrary term like “fair” in fair taxation? Clearly you have standards. Let’s hear them.

    1. I have explained this before, so pay attention this time.

      A “purity test” is more of an accusation from conservative/corrupt politicians against Democrats who are adamant about various issues. A lot of those issues tend to be social issues. That doesn’t interest me – at all.

      King Donald The Loser promised change for those who are hurting. That helped get him elected. Didn’t happen, though. Why? Because of corruption (and he never believed he would anyway). NO change is possible from the left or the right with the amount of corruption that this country has.

      Do YOU want change? Any change? How are YOU going to get any changes that YOU want, if the system remains so corrupt? You won’t. Sorry for you. The solution is to vote for better politicians, ones who will fight for you, not their rich donors.

      Therefore my purity test is that a politician cannot take in lobbyist, corporate and big PAC money that perpetuates the corruption. Simple. They get funded by their constituents. Anything else is up for debate. The American Fascist Party won’t stop doing that willingly, neither will the corporate Democrats. Only one group promises to deliver on this. One. Sort of narrows the field, doesn’t it?

  4. Don’t worry. I copied your whole reply word for word.

    “That only proves the “Great O” had to be led around by his nose by others because he was spineless and unqualified to sit behind the big desk. Fortunately, President Trump is the direct opposite and able to make decisions which have helped Make America Great AGAIN.” Confused James

    No, it does not meant that at all. You are just projecting how weak King Donald The Loser is onto Obama.

    His Majesty is a loser. Just look at the mess that he created recently in Syria after getting one phone call from a REAL tough guy. KDTL is a pussy, in comparison to the dictators that he looks up to. Why would anyone think KDTL is strong? You are confused.

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  5. “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically woke, and all that stuff — you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.” Pres. Obama

    Purity? Ambiguities? Flaws?

    I have ONE “purity” test, as if you care. “Are you corrupt?” That’s it. Simple. If you are, you are garbage and should be resisted politically in every way.

    YOU, Pres. Obama, were handed your cabinet list from Goldman-Sachs before you assumed office and you appointed each one of them but one.

    Fail.

    1. That only proves the “Great O” had to be led around by his nose by others because he was spineless and unqualified to sit behind the big desk. Fortunately, President Trump is the direct opposite and able to make decisions which have helped Make America Great AGAIN.

      1. Don’t worry. I copied your whole reply word for word.

        “That only proves the “Great O” had to be led around by his nose by others because he was spineless and unqualified to sit behind the big desk. Fortunately, President Trump is the direct opposite and able to make decisions which have helped Make America Great AGAIN.” Confused James

        No, it does not meant that at all. You are just projecting how weak King Donald The Loser is onto Obama.

        His Majesty is a loser. Just look at the mess that he created recently in Syria after getting one phone call from a REAL tough guy. KDTL is a pussy, in comparison to the dictators that he looks up to. Why would anyone think KDTL is strong? You are confused.

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