I love this. Critics have been nothing but critical of President Obama from day one, but they can’t stop him from having some fun. He has charisma and a personality (something one candidate in the Republican field can’t seem to find or make up his mind about). Take notes people. It’s called like-ability.
“I’m President Barack Obama, and I, too, would like to Slow Jam the News,” said Obama. Good Job, Mr. President. Kudos to the Roots and Jimmy Fallon as well!!!
This video will get millions of views and make people aware of what is going on with student loan funding, Pell grants and the potential rise in interest rates. Many of the viewers will be young people who don’t follow politics. They will be able to easily understand why this is a pocket-book issue of them and how it impacts their future. Obama needs to see huge youth vote numbers to win in November. I believe this was a smart move for him.
If it’s ok for Santorum to take news crews with him on a hunting trip and Gingrich to talk about building a colony on the moon, I really dare crazy Right wing folks to have a problem with Barack Obama using some humor to get a serious point across to young people.
If you don’t get it, you may not be part of the intended audience.
I’m confused. I know that all the potential Republican candidates are basically competing on the airwaves to see who can bash Obama best. However, Michele Bachmann has tacked on some promises to her usual President bashing in this video that I’m don’t think she intends to keep.
“This president has failed the Hispanic community. He has failed the African-American community,” she said. “He has failed us all when it comes to jobs.” Um, just because your intern looked up some statistics online, does mean you understand the impact of joblessness in minority communities.
- Is this how she appeals to Blacks and Latinos? I guess we’re dumb enough to just believe numbers and not consider the context of our lives or who’s talking, huh?
- Does she really, really intend to be a jobs champion for Blacks and Latinos?
- Is equality and job creation in minority communities what the Tea Party has been fighting for all this time? If so (you know that’s not so) that message has not been clear at all.
I’m very confused. Is she running for President of the USA or President of the NAACP? Is she trying to present at the next Alma Awards? Please!! People will say anything to get a vote.
I’m coming back yall. Had to take a break. There is too much good news out there for me not to throw my 2 cents in, so I’ll get down to business in the next few days. Thank you to all my readers who encourage me to keep writing and posting interesting, racist, sad, crazy, and at times positive information.
Sidenote: I thought Obama was going to say that aliens had landed and revealed themselves instead of Usama bin Laden* being killed. Don’t laugh. So did a lot of other people…I was on Twitter looking at all of the predictions. Maybe it was due to this Dave Chappelle skit.
Man, I love reading crazy comments on Twitter during major events and award shows. Anyone out there feel the same way?
*All of a sudden there are 2 spellings for Osama? All this week I’ve seen “Usama” from the FBI posters. Ummm…am I the only one seeing this. Are there just 2 spellings or were Americans spelling his name wrong for years. Just wondering.
Update: Much Love to Kyle for answering my question below.!
I have 2 words for everyone who thinks that the GOP and Tea Party victories in the 2010 Election are bad for Obama. BILL CLINTON
Everyone talks a big game. It’s when game times comes that we see who the real champions are. It’s game time, but as they say “the game doesn’t change, just the players”. Have we seen this team on the right wing bench before?
In Bill Clinton’s day, the GOP said they could do a better job. American put them in the game. They shut the government down and talked a lot of bull. That veto pin was really busy. In the end, America realized that ole Bill Clinton wasn’t that bad in comparison. People rejected the GOP’s efforts and Clinton got a second term. OH, and America got a budget surplus. We could use a surplus right now, right?
Now, I’m not saying that the GOP of old was absolutely terrible. The fact that both Clinton and the right had to move to the center helped in many ways. I should also note that there was much collaboration and cooperation at that time. We haven’t seen much of that between the parties during this administration.
My prediction is that the GOP will be challenged not only by the left, but also by the Tea Party whom they’ve catered to and made promises to. If they can’t live up to the hype they’ve created, I predict that it will help Obama win re-election in 2012. Their candidate will be associated with their failure.
Hopefully, those representing the GOP/Tea Party will be held accountable and not allowed to sell out to corporations and special interests. With regard to reigning in spending…good luck with that. Social Security is killing us, but it’s still a sacred cow.
Oh, let’s add to this that I don’t see any right-wing contenders for the Presidency (as of this date) who could win over conservative liberals and is popular with independents. Palin doesn’t count.
In the end…these election results could end up helping President Obama win re-election in 2012. There is always a set up, people. Always.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Political correctness, be damned! All of the racists and bigots out there need to just take it back to 1960 and call the President the N-Word! I’m tired of the re-directing. Stop coming up with random titles and false charges to apply to this man. You are mad because the President of the United States is a Black man. Period. You are afraid. You are outraged that a Black person has that much power. You are a closeted racist and you know who you are. You are so bold and you are so sure you’re right, why do you hide your true feelings?
LiveScience.com – Americans have some extreme views of President Obama, with a new survey revealing 40 percent of adults believe he is a socialist, and about a quarter of survey participants thinking the president is a racist, anti-American and even doing things Hitler did.
The whammy: 14 percent of Americans say President Barack Obama may be the Antichrist. When split by political party, 24 percent of Republicans and 6 percent of Democrats viewed the nation’s leader in this way.
The results come from a Harris Poll involving 2,320 adults who were surveyed online between March 1 and March 8 by Harris Interactive, a market research firm. Respondents were selected from among those who agreed to participate in Harris Interactive surveys. The results were then weighted to reflect the composition of the U.S. adult population. [Infographic Compares Views]
Here’s the percentage breakdown of respondents’ views of President Obama:
- 38 percent say he wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns.
- 32 percent say he is a Muslim.
- 29 percent think he wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government.
- 29 percent think he has done many things that are unconstitutional.
- 27 percent say he resents America’s heritage.
- 27 percent say he does what Wall Street and the bankers tell him to do.
- 25 percent say he was not born in the United States and so is not eligible to be president.
- 25 percent say he is a domestic enemy that the U.S. Constitutions speaks of.
- 23 percent say he is a racist.
- 23 percent say he is anti-American.
- 23 percent say he wants to use an economic collapse or terrorist attack as an excuse to take dictatorial powers.
- 20 percent say he is doing many of the things that Hitler did.
When broken out by political party, results showed some stark differences. For instance, the majority of Republicans believed the president is a Muslim and a socialist, while around 40 percent believe he is a racist, someone who resents American heritage and “wants terrorists to win.”
Hitler? Really? Where is this sentiment coming from? Why do people hold these false, extreme beliefs? Because in politically correct, “post-racial” America you can’t just say, “I don’t like the President because he’s a nigger and I don’t like/trust/serve/deal with niggers!”. Say it. Start saying it pundits! Start saying Fox News! Start saying it Tea Party members! Join those who are very open with their racist views and don’t hide behind politics. Be honest and stop this ridiculous posturing. You go around calling the President and Congress liars and crooks but you yourself hide your real intentions. Trust me, your fellow Americans would prefer to know who they are REALLY dealing with and hearing from.
I would much rather know that you’re a bigot than have you smile in my face or be dishonest about it. Go ahead, call a spade a spade.
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Tavis Smiley is hosting a national forum today in Chicago titled, “We Count! The Black Agenda is the American Agenda.” I don’t like the title at all. The Black Agenda is PART of the American Agenda but it’s not THE Agenda any more than the Hispanic, White, Native American, or Asian “Agendas”. Do I think that the US Government should show concern when any of its citizens are racially profiled, denied mortgages, or otherwise discriminated against? Yes. Do I think African-American face some special challenges due to institutionalized racism in this country? Yes. However, I think that the Black community has to galvanize and organize to create solutions internally and not depend on the Federal Government or Barack Obama for all the answers. Where are the Black leaders who are challenging Black America to stand up and take responsiblity? Where are the brothers and sisters who understand that WE not ONE can save the nation?
If this all you have to do be a Black leader? Get a soap box on TV and take that influence to create a leadership persona. Is it really that simple? I really have to question the context of this meeting. Is there corporate sponsorship? Is it being done in a spirit of black unity? I didn’t hear about it until Tavis had a bone to pick with other black leaders.
The issue came to a head recently when Tavis Smiley, appearing on the morning show of syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, openly questioned black leaders such as NAACP President Ben Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Council of Negro Women’s Dorothy Height about their unwillingness to hold President Obama accountable for these disparities and demanded that Obama develop an agenda targeted to address black inequalities. Impassioned by the debate, Smiley is hosting a national forum today in Chicago titled, “We Count! The Black Agenda is the American Agenda.” – Washington Post
You know, we need to be real. There are a lot of black people who are wearing the leadership hat who frankly may just be working their gig for everylittle bit of fame we will give them because that is their full-time job. If you are selling books, throwing events, or appearing as a TV news pundit more than twice a year, I think you may just be trying to drum up business for yourself. Let’s be real people, we all know of black activists who are not in it for the money. We see people working who don’t have to invent issues or attach themselves to the latest tragedy of the day. They are working hard as advocates on the behalf of the people and their rewards are progress and change…not air time and notoriety. Continue reading
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FINAL VOTE-HR 3590: 219 Yea 212 Nay
History has been made tonight. Health Care is a right, not a privilege. That is something that WE the people can be proud of. Thank you goes out to all of the Yea voting members of the House of Representatives, most notably Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Thanks also goes out to President Barack Obama.
I’m going to take it to church to celebrate this one.
And a lil funk too.
At the NMAI, I found out that you can’t bring protest signs into Smithsonian buildings when a female protester was stopped by security at the door and told she had to leave her signs outside. Was she shocked? Yes. Was it funny? Yes. When we left the museum there were at least 20 signs outside. A security guard had to go out and move them (photos below). Duh! It’s a government building. You can’t just set up a mini protest outside the door.
At the urging of the friend I was with, we wondered up to the Capitol where a few hundred people had gathered to protest the health care bill (and democracy in my opinion). I can sum up what I saw very simply: Mob Mentality. One of the craziest things was a guy selling 2nd US Revolution flags. I asked him what the flag meant if he had a website. He told me it was for the 2nd Revolution and he gave me his card. I really wonder if he’s just making money off the fringe element in the Right or if he’s serious. Here are my other observations:
- I saw 4 black people participating out of hundreds. 95% of the rest of the crowd was white people who were of the Boomer generation or older (a few hispanics and asians sprinkled in). It made me wonder whether they would have the same feelings if they had cancer or some other disease and experienced issues with coverage.
- Out of the 4 black people, there was a guy selling flags, including yellow “Don’t Tread On Me” flags. He was down there representing Capitalism, not the Tea Party. Good for you bro, make that money.
- I would break this group into a few factions: The Stupid, The truly faithful far Right, Racists who are mad that a Black man won the Presidency, The Brainwashed, and The Fear Mongers.
- When they saw the Presidential motorcade appear they started shouting, “There he is!” and “There’s Obama!”. There was lots of booing and then they all started running to the east side of the Capitol where the motorcade was passing. It was kinda scary actually. It felt like a lynch mob. I was not surprised to hear that some of them yelled “nigger” and “faggot” at congressmen that day as well.
- Many of the signs were outrageous and didn’t make sense. One of them said “Health Care is a Privilege, Not a Right.”.
I’ve created a gallery of some of my health care reform bill protester photos below:
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Negro dialect? Really Senator Harry Reid? Just because you mean well doesn’t mean your comments were not racially insensitive. If you’re dark-skinned with a negro dialect…guess you’ll never be elected. Bright=right, huh?
Democrats continue to close ranks behind Sen. Reid after the book “Game Change” revealed that he made comments suggesting that Barack Obama could become the first African-American president because he was “light-skinned” and because he did not speak with a “Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.” Reid has apologized, but the right is milking this situation for all it’s worth and calling for him to step down.
In this situation I feel that what is said has been said and there is no good excuse. There is a lot wrong with Reid’s remarks. Blacks shouldn’t give him a pass, and Democrats shouldn’t either. He shouldn’t the spokesperson for the Dems, anymore than Trent Lott should be the spokesperson for Republicans. If he going to see any real repercussions? Perhaps when he’s up for re-election.
We should hold politicians to a higher standard and sometimes you don’t get a second chance after you put your foot in your mouth. Joe Biden is the exception to that rule, the Dems can’t afford to have more than one loud mouth who doesn’t think before he speaks. That’s what the Republicans and Fox news are for.
The NY Times makes some great points:
Supporters of Mr. Reid said the Reid and Lott situations were also different because of what they say is Mr. Reid’s unimpeachable record on civil rights. They mentioned Mr. Reid’s support from black leaders across the country as well as his efforts to integrate the Las Vegas strip and Nevada’s gambling industry. Mr. Lott’s record was more mixed, and included, among things, his previous opposition to making the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a federal holiday and his vote against the Voting Right Act as a member of Congress.
“They are not in the least bit comparable,” said Lani Guinier, the Harvard Law School professor whose nomination as assistant attorney general for civil rights in 1993 was pummeled by conservative groups and eventually withdrawn by President Bill Clinton.
Mr. Lott’s remarks, Ms. Guinier said, seemed to be expressing nostalgia for the segregationist platform of Mr. Thurmond’s 1948 presidential campaign, while Mr. Reid comments seemed to be addressing “an unfortunate truth about the present.” That truth, she said, is that Mr. Obama would have had a more difficult time getting elected if his skin were darker and if he spoke in a dialect more identifiable as “black.”
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Good Lord, it’s cold outside today. I think Chicago’s famous “Hawk” has come to DC because it missed the Obamas. If you have infants or small children, you might want to stay inside. It is “killing people” cold today!!
Oh, and while I’m talking about weather, will somebody please get Fenty to change DC government’s cheap ways and buy some chemical salt to treat the streets with before the next round of snow (and ice)?!?!? This cheap, “fresh from the shores of Myrtle Beach”-looking salt messes up paint jobs and causes rust. Is it salt or sand??? I don’t know. What I do know is that it does more to wear away the black top on the streets than it does to melt away snow. I hit a pot hole yesterday that was so big you would have thought a backhoe dug it out.
Let’s get some better salt? Gentrification and taxes from the condo boom have brought in enough money by now to make such a reasonable change possible.