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With less than three weeks left before a midterm election that is looking likely to deliver heavy losses to Democrats, the New York Times Magazine has released an in-depth article, complete with presidential and staff interviews, about President Obama's reflections on the first two years of his presidency and his plans for the second half of this term. In the article, the president also shares some of his mistakes from his first two years in office.

 
According to excerpts from the Times, aides say that the president has been spending "a lot of time talking about Obama 2.0," brainstorming with administration officials about the best way to revamp the strategies and goals of the White House.
 

"It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, [Republicans] feel more responsible, either because they didn't do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn't work for them," Obama says in the article. "Or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way."

 
"Even if I had the exact same Congress, even if we don't lose a seat in the Senate and we don't lose a seat in the House, I think the rhythms of the next two years would inevitably be different from the rhythms of the first two years," Obama says. "There's going to be a lot of work in this administration just doing things right and making sure that new laws are stood up in the ways they're intended."

 
In the Times article, the president says he has regrets about allowing himself to be defined by some as "the same old tax-and-spend Democrat," was stricken too late by the reality that "there's no such thing as shovel-ready projects" and perhaps should have "let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts" in the stimulus.

 
Obama also says that his administration was perhaps too ambitious in chasing momentous policy initiatives while at times forsaking the more important parts of making that legislation more successful.

 
"You can't be neglecting of marketing and PR and public opinion," the president said.




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This sounds as wimped out as his constantly wasting time trying to be bi-partisan with the very people who would have lynched him from a tree had the time been right.

Why doesn't he just stand UP and call a spade a spade, tell the truth where the republicans and the tea party and special interests like the Koch brothers are concerned, then maybe democrats that have been made to feel the most extreme let-down by the democrats and President Obama will find the motivation to actually show up at the polls in November.

I for one, after Obama, will never vote for another Black man (or woman) that was not raised in the United States.  (Being on the outside looking in for most of your life gives you an unrealistic view of certain Americans)
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"It may be that regardless of what happens after this election, [Republicans] feel more responsible, either because they didn't do as well as they anticipated, and so the strategy of just saying no to everything and sitting on the sidelines and throwing bombs didn't work for them," Obama says in the article. "Or they did reasonably well, in which case the American people are going to be looking to them to offer serious proposals and work with me in a serious way."

He does sound jut a tad bit delusional, doesn't he?? 
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Obama also says that his administration was perhaps too ambitious in chasing momentous policy initiatives while at times forsaking the more important parts of making that legislation more successful.

  Okay...let's see.  What president in this COUNTRY...ever walked on water?...ummm  What president had to clean up to TWO wars, economic crisis, education fall out, outsourced jobs, real estate FRAUD...just to name a few... all in two years of his term? ummmmm  Wait!  I'm still thinkin'  When did we as Blackfolks EVER have a BLACK president in a white-oriented system?  What president EVER gave a fock about a black anything?  Wow in some cases I am an academic genius....but!  I can't answer these questions with a straight face.  Why is that? Why are folks soooooooooooo unreasonable with their expectations when in their own communities/states/cities/neighborhood where they can make a mircoIMPACT...which can cause the butterfly effect throughout the country..they sit and do NOTHING...but complain about MY president?  With all we have to do with our own children and the crime and the miseducation....why do we worry about sumthing we can do NOTHING about...but!  Sumthing we can do sumthing about that would be effective and productive...we do what? ummmm  Why are we soooooooo impatient.  Where are we going? Everything that is good, takes time.  Much like fast food, you get what you get when you're in hurry to go nowhere. 


For the record....and I have to KEEP saying this cuz folks ALWAYS forget....My President didn't outsource jobs....now did he? But some folks are trying to blame him for that as he tries to turn it around and bring jobs back.... My President did not CRASH the stock market...now did he?  Nor did my President start two wars back to back with tax payers' money....but!  He's expected to resolve two ongoing wars within 24 months in office while Bin Laden STILL is missing in action...and let's not forget Iraq and the lies told about mass destruction...my President didn't send troops over there looking for missles....now did he?  And Wallstreet?  They did that shyte to themselves being greedy...and my President, the man he is,  had to do sumthing to clean that mess up too....while working on fixing our educational system, health insurance, and let's not forget the bank bailouts and car industry, pension reform while investigating the FRAUD in the real estate industry  that have caused many folks to lose their homes.  All this on his plate.  Now tell me, what did good ole Nixon do when he was in office?  What did Reagan do or should I ask...what did Nancy do?  And the Bushes...both of 'em what did they do?  So we're talking about at least 24 years of uninterrupted bullshyte[ and just so you know... these presidents didn't give a damn about black people] and many black folks are EXPECTING my President to wave a wand like a magician and undo things that took almost two and one half decades to formulate.  How focking arrogant!  No man has that ability.  If so, who?  Or should I say whom?    I can't think of anyone....can you?  And don't say Jesus...cuz he ain't here.  But!  I'm just sayin
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One point of contrast I've noticed over the years... Democrats may have the better policy ideas, but they are not very good at governing and leading.  Republicans advance policies that are not generally good for the country, but they seem to have good skills at leading and governing.  This means the Dems have good ideas but usually fail to get them enacted, while the Repubs do a great job of advancing terrible policies.  

I'm starting to realize now, that Bill Clinton was the exception.  He was great at governing, and advanced good, sound democratic ideals.  Barack Obama, on the other hand, has really done a terrible job with that.  

I haven't abandoned hope that he can turn it around.  In fact, the more obvious the fuck up is, the easier it should be for an intelligent man to realize it and change it.  But it seems to me that he really should've understood from day one that his general approach to leadership is really not working.
It baffles me how President Obama and his staff allows him to be interviewed and have these types of questions lobbied to him duriing interviews....and because of President Obama's cool, calm and engagnig demeanor, they (many who are registered Republicans) tend to get aggressive......


What are you regrets?....What regrets?...


It's the media way of justifying and boxing their view of him; portraying him as an over his head, inexperienced, already lame duck, weak ad failed leader after only two years in office of a four year and potential 8 year term.....these types of questions are asked of Presidents after their terms are up and he and his staff is allowing all the negative noise driven by the Republicans, the news media with all their poll numbers to permantely sear this label on him and into the minds of the American people before his re-elections and the mid-term election.


And with all the things that he has done in these two years, that should be the focus of discussion and not the manufactured dissatisfaction created by the right wing and the media who assist them.........and his inner staff and the Dems?......just fearfully sit back in the shadows and allow it to happen over and over and over again.....


I see why many of his cabinet staff members are either leaving or resigning from the WH...it's not only because they are either seeking other opportunities to make money but the fact that relity check: this recession is hard; way over their heads and they don't have the balls or intestional fortitude to stay tough and hang in there and work hard until the end of his first term.........


I would not hire someone if I knew that you are not going to be in it for the long haul....I need warriors, not highly educated pussies who re overly sensitive and will flinch at the first sign of trouble, negativity, criticism & stress....THAT COMES WITH AND IS PART OF THE JOB!!.....and if President Obama hired people who have actually worked in the the trenches of the private or political sector instead of friends, opportunists and supporters whose only real experience was only lecturing students and assigning homework behind a college professioner's podium their entire lives then they would understand the real world and have some guts in dealing with the real issues, all the negative noise, watch his back, inform him and handle all the bullshyt.....instead, the President is on an island all by himself with little or no back-up......


Someone in his circle should have not allowed this to happen.  Screen all the interviewer's question and squash that particulir question or any other similair to it before he sat down.....and if the President wanted to answer it, tell him "it's not in your best interest, that's why you hired me to watch your back and keep you informed and straight". We will not agree the majority of the time and I will tell you what i think..and in this case, you will not answer this question........that's what President Obama wanted in a staff personnal but he did not get it.
Mannnn .... that was a really great post, Vox!!    You hit the nail so squarely on the head with that one, I think it went through the wall and straight out the other side!!! 

That is EXACTLY what is happening an what is wrong in Washington.

And as for the President not realizing that his approach is not the best way to do things ... I think I'd chalk that up to a little "stubborn determination" ... which, is not ALL necessarily a bad thing .... I mean, that is exactly what got him from being an obscure, never-heard-of, rookie politician long-shot with a funny name elected to President of the United States!!!  He decided against ALL odds that he was gonna go for it ... somehow win .... and he DID!!!

So getting in there and thinking he had the right idea  ... and bulldozing that way of thinking into a working reality, to me, is not all that far-fetched.  It's what he knows/knew how to do ... in the way he knows/knew how to do it.

But, of course, he wasn't quite right about things.  And he's ended up tripping over his own feet.  However, I don't believe it's actually caused him to fall ... just stumble a little bit ... and I, too, have confidence in his ability to gonna straighten himself up, get it together and find the right approach.  At least I sure as hell hope so!! 

I also kinda don't blame the Prez for his middle-of-the-road way of thinking.  I don't like it.  But I can understand it.  It's who he is, how he was raised, how he has lived, and what he thinks is right.  I can only imagine being like him and having to "straddle the fence" in almost every aspect of life.  And, rightly or wrongly, I believe he sees himself as somebody who is uniquely capable (and qualified) to  'bridge gaps', find 'middle ground', negotiate equitable solutions (where everybody wins) ... and the fact is, in some cases, he's absolutely right and can do just that!!!

But politics is NOT one of those cases.  Not in the current political climate we live in today.  He can ram his head into that brick wall as much as he wants to .... he will only collect an assortment of lumps on his forehead as a return. 

I'm disappointed that it sounds like he hasn't learned that lesson yet ... 'cause we're running out of time for that light bulb to come on.  But it does sound like he's learned other lessons - I think he's speaking specifically about health care in that last excerpt.  Let's hope he can keep a majority in Congress.  If so, I think we'll hear the President singing a different tune in these next 2 years.  One we might actually be able to pat our foot to!! 
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instead, the President is on an island all by himself with little or no back-up......
  That's all I'm saying!  If those of us who voted for him...STOOD by him in THICK and thin...since this is our BLACK  President..and take a realitic look and approach with what is going on in this country right now?  Then it can be reasonable to expect to get through some of this in a timely fashion.  But to me...everyone is bailing out on him [the ship...and it aint even sinkin' yet in other words].... he hasn't even got started yet.  It's like we all have a "dream" and once the dream come to reality....the unexpected work becomes overwhelming...cuz massa aint giving up NOTHING...easy.   He won't let go of the rope....and we get scared.  The thing about massa we have to realize, he won't GIVE UP a thang....even when he's dead WRONG!!! 



"and if President Obama hired people who have actually worked in the the trenches of the private or political sector instead of friends, opportunists and supporters whose only real experience was only lecturing students and assigning homework behind a college professioner's podium their entire lives then they would understand the real world and have some guts in dealing with the real issues.."



You have a point my brotha....but!  When the window of opportunity opens....and you have little time to respond...well as they say "you worry about heaven later."  That is, no one EVER thought it would be a Black President....well...not in my lifetime.  So when he got this unprecedented support from younguns and novices all over the country...he truly thought he could help them as they evolved...cuz they have done sumthing NOT ever done before...and that is create a dynamic nationwide campaign that TARGETED young folks in a technological world and the underserved....this was NEVER done.  And it worked.  And both them and my President [after mission accomplished] looked at each other and asked simulateously "now what?"  My President may need to brush up on his leadership skills....and maybe be more selective with his personal staff....but!  I gotta tell ya.  I definitely prefer an A student president than a C minus bozo [whose vice-president can't even spell "potato"]....any day of the week.  And I rather have an adminstration that is updated with what is going on in this world with an intelligent president who can sit at the table with ANY leader around the world and have a decent respectful conversation without raging wars and pointing fingers.  Historically and just recently....we have had all kinds of leaders in this country without social consciousness ..[in fact they were bullies].  They careless about the people.  And  where have their leadership taken us?  Many times....to the poor house with no jobs or no direction. And oh....it taken us to be hated by other less forunate countries cuz America traditionally throw  "power" around in foreign lands in order to intimidate and manipulate.  The thing is....my brotha.  You can always teach a person to be a leader especially if that person posses the tools and ability required to learn.  But it's the person who can't be taught good leadership.  Cuz this person knows everything and  has a hidden agenda.  This person listens to no one.  He got it figured out.  To me?  That's the dangerous one...and the one I will never follow...cuz why?  He has his own agenda... and I can't trust where that "agenda" may lead me.....but! 
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I for one, after Obama, will never vote for another Black man (or woman) that was not raised in the United States. (Being on the outside looking in for most of your life gives you an unrealistic view of certain Americans)

You know, sunnubian ... I have to say that I have been transfixed on this statement ever since I first read it!!  And it's weird because I as much as I would like to respond to it ... I'm kinda confused and speechless .... and just not sure exactly what to say! 

So bear with me ... 'cause this might be a little choppy! 

I don't so much think it was a problem voting for the President -as a "Black" man, with his 'background' - but, I think the bigger problem was (Black) people voting for him expecting him to act (and more importantly think) like a "Black" man (that was raised in the United States) .... something that he simply is not and never was.

I did not think the President was the best person for the job.  He ultimately became the best (only) person to vote for because a McCain/Palin government was out of the question!!  But, from early on, I thought Kucinich would have made the best president - where Black people are concerned - and then I believed Hillary's experience would have been more advantageous for the country over Obama's considerable amount of intelligence.

At the time I felt we needed BOTH of those things - smarts and experience considering the trouble we were in - but I thought we needed someone who knew how to navigate the treachery of politics more.

President Obama's being "Black" never entered into the decision whether or not to vote for him, for me .... because he is not, never was, and never could be "Black" in the sense that everyone else seemed to consider (or want) him to be!!  He is not "Black" like you and me are "Black" ... and that's just a FACT!!!  Plain.  Simple.  The End.  Nothing changes that.  Nothing CAN change that.  He's just different.  But the fact that people do not realize that is not his fault!  And I think he gets a real bad rap for that ... and receives a certain amount of blame that is not due to him.

A lot of the disappointment with the President comes from unfair, unwarranted, and unreasonable expectations of him ... to be, act and think like someone he is not.  But who he ACTUALLY IS ... is not really all that bad of a person - or a president - at all.

I think it's true that because of his difference, Black people (like you and me - (raised in the U.S.) -  kind of "Black") see him as having a distorted view of situations where we look at the same thing, but we see one thing and he sees another.  And I totally agree!  It is, comparatively, distorted from what we would generally see as the "norm"!!

But ... I think if we look realistically at who the President actually is - and is who he actually is not - we STILL come out with a picture of good, dynamic, capable, intelligent, hard-working, respectable, inspirational, and, yes, powerful "Black" man as a president who will ultimately do many good things that will benefit us (and the country and the world) ... if we just give him the chance to prove he can do it!!!

It's not so much that we should expect or demand that he do it our way ... or the way we want it to be done ... or the way we (a "Black" person 'raised in the U.S.') would do it ourselves ... as if, he, as a person, is the same as "us".  'Cause he's not.  Nor can he be.  Nor should he be expected to be.  'Cause that's just unfair.  And I think we'd do ourselves a great bit of good to accept that.  Because like it or not, that IS the way that is.   

HOWEVER .... I also believe that "Black" (like us) people have an enormous - make that beyond enormous - opportunity to grow and benefit and educate and elevate ourselves - first and foremost - and the President ... and this country and maybe even the world behind this (not like "us") "Black" President.  Because he may be different .... but he IS very much "Black."

And if we could/would deal with this "first Black president" situation in the context of the REALITY that it really is .... and not be disappointed in what he is not, but appreciate, respect and, more importantly, take advantage of what and who he actually is .. I think we would find an ally, a friend, a benefactor and "brother" (from another mother ... but family nonetheless!).

The President has already done a variety of things that are of benefit to various sectors of the Black community .... increased finding to our HBCUs and community colleges (the best/only opportunity for higher education for many of our youth) With Black unemployment double the national rate, the unemployment checks that he has fought for the continuation of are what's keeping thousands of Black families afloat right now.  Policies that benefit vets, seniors, housing and education for our children ... even small businesses (of which Blacks were the fastest growing group before the Great Recession hit!) are policies that help us - albeit some, not all of us!

But it's better than anything we've had in the past 8-10 years.  And although these things do not (publicly) say, "I'M HELPING BLACK PEOPLE RIGHT NOW!!!" They are helping Black people ... and I don't think he's finished.  There's every indication that there's more to come. That he's not finished yet.  And I think we should give him - and ourselves - the chance to see what more he may do.
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When I made that statement, it was based purely on how he has handled dealing with republicans, where I think that he wasted valuable time and opportunity to change a lot of things for the better for America and Americans in general - including Black people in this country.  I don't now or never did believe that he was under any obligation to do something extraordinary just for Black people, in fact, I do now and I have always believed what he as already stated, that the policies and programs in his vision for America would automatically benefit African Americans.  With one exception, that being our Justice System and Sentencing Laws, where I did expect the he would put enormous pressure on Congress to overturn discriminatory drug/laws, investigate the injustice found in the way African Americans (and other minorities) are unfairly targeted (racial profiling), unfairly sentenced, railroaded to prisons based on faulty or non-existent evidence, etc.  Otherwise, I never expected what a lot of Black people seem to complain about regarding President Obama - for him to magically make all that ails African American disappear.  However, with him being President and having an African American Attorney General along with a democrat dominated Congress, that should not have been an impossible feat.


My statement regarding a Black person not being raised in America really was because I have seen how distorted the racial view of Black people not raised in America is, they often, just like the President cannot see a racist for what they really are, they don't believe that there are people in this country that will see it go to hell in a hand basket before they will comprimise on their racism an inch; something President Obama should now realize, but from this last statement, I think he still can't see these people for exactly who and what they really are, either that or he is living in denial about the truth, and many people, Americans are going to suffer do to his lack of reality concerning America's racists, and America's racist republicans (and racist democrats).
  My question is....what exacty is "acting" black?  Or being Black?  Cuz from I sit we as black people including black men have a WHOLE lotta problems based on the history of being in this country.  Many of us have a lotta deep cut SOCIAL scars and this little thingy called mistrust toward each other.   It is refreshing to have a "black man" untainted by these idosycancies[s] and stay focused on the bigger picture.  We as a black culture seem to ALWAYS get distracted for one reason or another-can't seem to put my finger on to why many of us are like this-although I do have a few theories.  And I don't KNOW any black man politican in THIS country who I would vote for given historical circumstances I witnessed over the years.  I think many of us have lost sight of exactly what we are looking for in a person who may or may not represent us.  We are sometimes OUR worse enemy in many cases.   This is sad....cuz we as Black people do this all the time.  The Black person is not good enough for this reason....that Black person is not qualified for that reason[this southern caste measurement system].   When we continue to do this, we don' realized that we are partipating in circular thinking.  We have GOT to find a way to get outta this box.  We have to be realistic for it is and understand what it is NOT in order to move forward.  If not, we gonna be stuck where we are now...and we've been STUCK[they call it crabs in a barrell]  for quite awhile....but!  I'm just sayin
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Well, Ms. Koco .... I, for one, am not disagreeing with you!! (I'll let sunnubian swing her own bat at this!  ).

As I've stated before (or at least tried to convey in previous discussions) ... I think the fact that the President is a little "different" is actually a GOOD thing!!  And that goes for Black people, for the country ... and from all indications, the entire world!

President Obama's story ... from his birth to today ... is the textbook definition of 'unique' from just about any other living human being on earth.  And I think that that ... along with a set of other special qualities makes him appeal to different people in different ways ... even if they are not able to relate to him on a one-on-one more personal basis.

It also gives him the benefit of being able to see, hear, think and do things in a different manner.  He is NOT the same-ol'-same-ol' in any way, shape, fashion or form.

Today, more than ever, I believe there is a great need to "shake things up", so to speak ... to try something "new" ... and I, for one, am not the least bit opposed to doing so by what some people see as 'drastic measures' ... such as what went down in D.C. schools recently, when the new superintendent they hired, Michelle Rhee, went in and FIRED each and every low-performing teacher in the school district!! 

Plenty panties got twisted over that ... and, consequently, she has now been fired for doing what she did!!!  But ... if it raises the education level of all of those Black children who were being touted as trying to be taught in what was the WORST education environment in the country ... I say GO GIRL!!!    Fire EVERYBODY'S ass who had anything to do with the failure of the education of our children!!!

The President's ideas may be 'radical' by some levels ... but .. if they work, then I say,  C'mon wit it!!  Brang it!!  Let's do the damn thing!!  I'm all for "CHANGE" ... and I believe in my heart that President Obama is probably the only person of our time right now that can make that happen!

However .... what I don't believe in is that we need to KID ourselves about exactly who the President is ... and who he is NOT.  The President is NOT like the majority of Black Americans - due to his special circumstances and upbringing ... and especially .. especially in the way he thinks about most things!!  His "African American" is different from our "African American".  And I think the most important aspect that we need to come to grips with is that .... JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS DIFFERENT DOES NOT MAKE IT A BAD THING!!!

"Different" can be a good thing ... and in the case of the President, I think it has the potential to be a GREAT thing!!  But it is DIFFERENT!!  And he IS "different."  And the sooner we realize that that is a REALITY ... and deal with the truth and honesty of that .... the more we will be able to understand and effectively work with and utilize this opportunity of having a "Black" man in the White House to make our gains and press forward. 

We can't approach this from an unrealistic perspective ... and expect to see reality come out of it.  The President is NOT going to approach issues in the way we want him to or think he should as if his perspective were coming from the same place as ours.  BUT ... that doesn't mean we can't get him to go where we need to be.  Or that we can't make his differences work in our favor.

'Cause at the end of the day, beyond our many "differences" from the President is the ONE similarity ... the only one that we really need ... and that is that the President IS a "Black" man!!!  Holding down the most important job in the world!!!  He may be a "brotha from another motha" ... but a "brotha" he is!!  And as family, we will help, support, watch out for and take care of one another.

I have no doubt about that.  All I'm saying is let's just keep it real!!
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But ... I think if we look realistically at who the President actually is - and is who he actually is not - we STILL come out with a picture of good, dynamic, capable, intelligent, hard-working, respectable, inspirational, and, yes, powerful "Black" man as a president who will ultimately do many good things that will benefit us (and the country and the world) ... if we just give him the chance to prove he can do it!!!
  My sista.....after my own heart!  Exactly!!!!  Cuz many blackfolks in this country sabbotage each other.  And if you take a poll you WON'T find too many single mother households that has a discipline agenda regarding education for their children.  You won't find tooooo many black men being there for their sons[  hell that's why we're in this religious sexual abuse trend among many black [coward sick] men of the cloth].  True we are a dynamic people...but!  On many levels we are FOCKED UP!!!! The disrespect that is currently seen with black men vs black women vs black men is short of genocide.   We don't love each other anymore....and from the looks of things did we ever?  Here we have a black president....and blackfolks are being PETTY.  I guess if a white president was shafting us[like always]....we'd be satisfied cuz we're used to it.  This is one of the reasons why I close my ears to a lotta black adults....cuz in my view, they are still waiting for the white superman to save them.  The minute someone black come on the scene with a new plan, a new direction, a new way of thinking....instantly it is suspicion.  That's why for me, I don't WAIT for blackfolks to help me with their children...cuz for the most part MANY of em are SELFISH and self-absorbed....and care less. It's about the finger nails, the booty, the car, the house, the studio-the look which is nothing more than an empty existence by way of fake a image-an illusion.  Pitiful.  


When my President ran in 08, I thought I had went back in a time machine in the late 60s where there was black love everywhere in black neighborhoods.  Blackfolks smiling at each other.   Greetin' each other.  Givin' high fives.  Hell I had to hold on to my purse when a brotha spoke to me....I just knew he was setting me up for robbery....but!  That was the atmosphere.  I loved it.  I started to wear my afro and looped earrings.  I was PROUD to be BLACK.  And where ever you went, there were Obama t-shirts sold on every corner.  Once we saw there was a chance to have a president....and we wanted a black president too...we grabbed it wholeheartedly.  Everybody who able to vote knew that there was a great possiblity, so we all bonded in unity. It was beautiful.   And we were all elated cuz we saw our power at work for the first time since the civil rights movement.  But now?  Half way in this?  It's worse than ever!  Many blackfolks did an about face.  And suddenly hate Obama. What? Crazy.  No other word to describe it.  Just just yesterday you were chanting "Yes we can."  What happened?  No answer.  


Just like children, when you give them something good and free....they always come back wanting something different or more.  I tell them all the time-be satisfied and stop being greedy.  Well I say to grown ups. Make up your minds twisted mofos...either you wanna a black president-sumthing different and new or you wanna continue with this same ole white man's bullshit.  Cuz I tell ya folks talkin' all this shit...like they're out there doing sumthing significant...and most times.  I can't even get one BLACK parent to volunteer to help their own children prepare for college.  But these same folks will talk about Obama like he slapped their mama.  This is negative displacement to the nth power.  These folks see Black Pride decaying...and do....not a got damn thang about it....but!  Talk transparent bullshyte i.e. rhetoric merely to impress.  And I'm tired of it.  It's one thang to engage in convo to broaden your perspective and share your knowledge...and a fockin 'nother thang to hear the same old whining/conjecture from folks who wouldn't lift a finger to help a dying/cryin innocent baby in their own FAMILY. They'll just step over it and keep going guilt free. 


To me that's sad.....and that's being a coward.  Black folks died for us...how brave was that? And what do we do?  BITCH! Our legacy doesn't mean anything to a lot of black folks-which is tragic.  I'm embarassed for our blood trail journey cuz it seems the more we educate our people...these people do nothing more but use "expensive" words or hide behind those  "expensive" words...to appear as if they are doing sumthing or are about sumthing i.e. on massa's level....when the proof is really in the pudding.  However I have a secret.  Not!  And I know...that the brilliant black folks who got us to this point between 0 to 1, most of them, didn't know how to read or write.  But they loved their people enough to do the best they could to fight for freedom at any cost.  They had a vision....and it worked.  But now?  Many black folks are just plain pitiful.  Cuz not all of us can do this[ save our culture and our children] by ourselves...we need focking HELP!  So I'll say this...if you're not gonna be a part of the solution or if you're not gonna help........simply.....SHUT THE FOCK UP cuz your backward azz ignorance is showin and is sabbotaging and distracting those of us who are working like a dog to help our people...your children...get outta this focking ditch massa keeps trying to keep us in......but I'm just sayin
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We can't approach this from an unrealistic perspective ... and expect to see reality come out of it. The President is NOT going to approach issues in the way we want him to or think he should as if his perspective were coming from the same place as ours. BUT ... that doesn't mean we can't get him to go where we need to be. Or that we can't make his differences work in our favor. 'Cause at the end of the day, beyond our many "differences" from the President is the ONE similarity ... the only one that we really need ... and that is that the President IS a "Black" man!!! Holding down the most important job in the world!!! He may be a "brotha from another motha" ... but a "brotha" he is!! And as family, we will help, support, watch out for and take care of one another. I have no doubt about that. All I'm saying is let's just keep it real!!
  Exactly.  When you look at a man with tinge skin and familiar features....the first thing you gonna say is that black man before he even opens his mouth.  Now.  He may be from here, Africa or the Islands....but!  You know that's a black man.  So for those who want to nit pick...that's on them.  I remember driving while black.  I remember those who were tarred and feathered.  I remember Marcus Garvey.....and the likes.  Still black.  I think many of us are living in a fantasy...  A fantasy massa's stamped in our minds from slavery.  And if you look at his history of story telling....it is gothic and morbid.  But!  I've written a long commentary to you above....so I'm a little tired.  But!  I'm right there witcha my sista!   I don't like to think that this issue is generational....but!  I think it is.  Sooooo Power to the People. For those who don't know what that is....  It means....Black Power! 
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When my President ran in 08, I thought I had went back in a time machine in the late 60s where there was black love everywhere in black neighborhoods. Blackfolks smiling at each other. Greetin' each other. Givin' high fives. Hell I had to hold on to my purse when a brotha spoke to me....I just knew he was setting me up for robbery....but! That was the atmosphere. I loved it. I started to wear my afro and looped earrings. I was PROUD to be BLACK. And where ever you went, there were Obama t-shirts sold on every corner. Once we saw there was a chance to have a president....and we wanted a black president too...we grabbed it wholeheartedly. Everybody who able to vote knew that there was a great possiblity, so we all bonded in unity. It was beautiful. And we were all elated cuz we saw our power at work for the first time since the civil rights movement.

I remember having the same feelings about this, too, during that time!!  And, you're absolutely, 100% right ....  it really was a beautiful thing!!    And took me back to better, more happier, more hopeful times! 

I also understand your dismay and frustration at the here and now.  It AIN'T like it used to be ... and that's for sure.  I think one the biggest misconceptions (especially on the part of the Democratic leadership) that happened with the '08 elections is that people thought that because so many people were seemingly interested in voting for President Obama to be elected ... that that translated into being interested in the political process and our governance and the government, itself!!  Which couldn't have been farther from the truth!!

(I'm not sure if I posted it) But, I read a story yesterday about the President trying to energize the YOUTH vote.  And there was one sentence in the story which said pretty much all that needs to be said ..... the youth DON'T CARE about politics.  And while that goes double for our children ... it's true of young folks no matter what race, creed, color or origin of birth!!!

Politics takes too long ... is too involved .. and there's no INSTANT gratification in voting for the person of your choice and then having to watch them slam their heads into a political, (usually) Republican, opposition brick wall!!!    Their attention span is generally only about a *click* long!!  And from there, they are on to the next "What can be done for me?" pursuit.  If they can't find it (immediately) at their next stop ... then it's *click* and on to the next!!

And unfortunately, too many from the ranks of those "unprecedented, historic" numbers of "first time" or "first-time-in-a-long-time" voters caught up in the euphoria of 'making history' were NOT voting for anything that had to do with anything political!!!  They were voting for the President .... NOT for the Democrats.  NOT for a political agenda that would best serve their interests and their needs.  They voted for "CHANGE" without having the slightest idea of what it would take to implement it.

That's why they're confused, mad, got their feelings hurt ... aren't understanding what's going on .. and have no idea what to do about it.  They simply voted and figured their job was DONE!!!  They went to the polls and that was supposed to be their entire contribution to the process.  They didn't then .. and don't now ... know any more than that .. and were not educated beyond that point!!  And, that's not necessarily all their own fault ... but that doesn't relieve them of the culpability of not following through and taking the responsibility of their own future.

And that's why ... once again ... it really doesn't matter if they know what they're voting for.  They need to go out ... ONCE AGAIN .. and vote!!!  It wasn't a "one-time" affair.  It's a continuing process and although they need to stay focused and keep their heads in the game ... at this point, I (and the Democratic Party) will settle for simple blind allegiance!!! 

It's imperative that those who supported the President, for whatever reason, continue to give their support by going to the polls and voting.  As Nike says ... "JUST DO IT"!!!  We can figure out the "hows" and "whys" at a later date.
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Well, I don't think that it is nitpicking to want to see justice done in this country, especially by someone in a position to make it happen.  I don't think that it is unrealistic to believe that Barack Obama and a predominate democratic Congress was actually elected because those who voted for him and the democrats actually wanted to see CHANGE WE COULD BELIEVE IN.  Liberals did not flock to the polls to elect President Obama for him to go to Washington and wind up doing business as usual.  People actually wanted CHANGE, and not just a healthcare bill (a watered down healthcare bill at that).  People wanted to see CHANGE in our justice system, in racial profiling, in prosecutorial misconduct, in unjust and unfair sentencing laws.  People wanted to see CHANGE in how American jobs were being shipped overseas in droves.  People that elected President Obama and a predominate democratic Congress expected to see CHANGE in the way the democrats showed no backbone during the entire eight years of George W. Bush.  People wanted to see CHANGE in the way republicans were allowed to spread lies and make claims against liberals, democrats and policy in order to keep conning people into voting against their own interest without that fact being pointed out, without immediate rebuttal by democrats.  

So, yes, I am disappointed in all the time President Obama has wasted trying to be bi-partisan with the very people who are primarily responsible for selling this country out brick-by-brick, industry-by-industry, investment-by-investment to foreign countries and foreign interests, while having a democrat dominated Congress that could have immediately went to work dismantling each and every one of their flim-flams, pulling back the veil of illusion republicans have created in this country that keeps people ignorant of the truth about them and what they have really done to this country and our economy.

As far as President Obama's background/upbringing giving him a fresh, new, and/or different perspective, I agree, but that perspective has its place.  And yes, I as I stated, his upbringing/background also has a negative aspect in that he has shown that he just doesn't quite get it when it comes to how deep and vile the racists and the racism by those that posses is; in America, that is a handicap.  

Don't get me wrong, I've still got his back, now.  What he has accomplished so far still has been big and historic, especially considering the opposition and the enormous money train from the right that has tried to derail his every move.  He still has time to do many things, if, the gutless, non-campaigning, non-rebutting, narcissistic (evidently) democrats don't get unseated in November.  However, while President Obama still has my full support, I do reserve the right to criticize him, anyone in his administration, the democrats, the republicans and policy(ies) in place.
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I'm starting to realize now, that Bill Clinton was the exception. He was great at governing, and advanced good, sound democratic ideals. Barack Obama, on the other hand, has really done a terrible job with that.
You've made a great observation about Democrats = good policy/bad governance and Republicans = bad policy/guts to govern.  I'm not sure that bill clinton is the best example of good sound democratic ideals.  He was a centrist or republican-lite and veered the party to the right.  His tactics included borrowing republican ideas and presenting them as his own in order to steal repub thunder and win "bipartisan" support.   


Clinton pushed Welfare Reform, promising to "end welfare as we know it", sloganeered affirmative action with "mend it don't end it", backpedaled on gays in the military with "dont ask don't tell" and signed into law, a bill that effectively repealed Glass-Steagall, leading to a great deal of the financial mess this country is in now.  These are clearly not to my way of thinking, good sound democratic ideals/ideas. 


Clinton had the ability to appear more genuine even as he knifed you in the back.  He also had a certain amount of innate aggressiveness and the ability to act like he really could "feel your pain".  While Clinton definitely compromised on a whole bunch of ish, he made it look like he was fighting and that he did all he could do.  Clinton rose from a southern governorship and thus hailed from a state that is always on the bottom of the good lists and the top of the bad lists: ARkansas.  I attribute his lasting popularity to his sheer force of personality rather than any skill at governance.  People should be mad as hell at him for the Glass-Steagall thing.
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What Was The Glass-Steagall Act?by Reem Heakal (Contact Author | Biography)Email Article Print FeedbackReprintsShare
Filed Under: Banking, Bonds, Economics, Insurance, Insurance, RetirementIn 1933, in the wake of the 1929 stock market crash and during a nationwide commercial bank failure and the Great Depression, two members of Congress put their names on what is known today as the Glass-Steagall Act (GSA). This act separated investment and commercial banking activities. At the time, "improper banking activity", or what was considered overzealous commercial bank involvement in stock market investment, was deemed the main culprit of the financial crash. According to that reasoning, commercial banks took on too much risk with depositors' money. Additional and sometimes non-related explanations for the Great Depression evolved over the years, and many questioned whether the GSA hindered the establishment of financial services firms that can equally compete against each other. We will take a look at why the GSA was established and what led to its final repeal in 1999. 
 Reasons for the Act - Commercial SpeculationCommercial banks were accused of being too speculative in the pre-Depression era, not only because they were investing their assets but also because they were buying new issues for resale to the public. Thus, banks became greedy, taking on huge risks in the hope of even bigger rewards. Banking itself became sloppy and objectives became blurred. Unsound loans were issued to companies in which the bank had invested, and clients would be encouraged to invest in those same stocks. 
Effects of the Act - Creating BarriersSenator Carter Glass, a former Treasury secretary and the founder of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, was the primary force behind the GSA. Henry Bascom Steagall was a House of Representatives member and chairman of the House Banking and Currency Committee. Steagall agreed to support the act with Glass after an amendment was added permitting bank deposit insurance (this was the first time it was allowed).
As a collective reaction to one of the worst financial crises at the time, the GSA set up a regulatory firewall between commercial and investment bank activities, both of which were curbed and controlled. Banks were given a year to decide on whether they would specialize in commercial or in investment banking. Only 10% of commercial banks' total income could stem from securities; however, an exception allowed commercial banks to underwrite government-issued bonds. Financial giants at the time such as JP Morgan and Company, which were seen as part of the problem, were directly targeted and forced to cut their services and, hence, a main source of their income. By creating this barrier, the GSA was aiming to prevent the banks' use of deposits in the case of a failed underwriting job. 
The GSA, however, was considered harsh by most in the financial community, and it was reported that even Glass himself moved to repeal the GSA shortly after it was passed, claiming it was an overreaction to the crisis.
Building More WallsDespite the lax implementation of the GSA by the Federal Reserve Board, which is the regulator of U.S. banks, in 1956, Congress made another decision to regulate the banking sector. In an effort to prevent financial conglomerates from amassing too much power, the new act focused on banks involved in the insurance sector. Congress agreed that bearing the high risks undertaken in underwriting insurance is not good banking practice. Thus, as an extension of the Glass-Steagall Act, the Bank Holding Company Act further separated financial activities by creating a wall between insurance and banking. Even though banks could, and can still can, sell insurance and insurance products, underwriting insurance was forbidden.
Were the Walls Necessary? - The New Rules of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley ActThe limitations of the GSA on the banking sector sparked a debate over how much restriction is healthy for the industry. Many argued that allowing banks to diversify in moderation offers the banking industry the potential to reduce risk, so the restrictions of the GSA could have actually had an adverse effect, making the banking industry riskier rather than safer. Furthermore, big banks of the post-Enron market are likely to be more transparent, lessening the possibility of assuming too much risk or masking unsound investment decisions. As such, reputation has come to mean everything in today's market, and that could be enough to motivate banks to regulate themselves.
Consequently, to the delight of many in the banking industry (not everyone, however, was happy), in November of 1999 Congress repealed the GSA with the establishment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which eliminated the GSA restrictions against affiliations between commercial and investment banks. Furthermore, the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act allows banking institutions to provide a broader range of services, including underwriting and other dealing activities. 
ConclusionAlthough the barrier between commercial and investment banking aimed to prevent a loss of deposits in the event of investment failures, the reasons for the repeal of the GSA and the establishment of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act show that even regulatory attempts for safety can have adverse effects. by Reem Heakal (Contact Author | Biography)
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Well, I don't think that it is nitpicking to want to see justice done in this country, especially by someone in a position to make it happen. I don't think that it is unrealistic to believe that Barack Obama and a predominate democratic Congress was actually elected because those who voted for him and the democrats actually wanted to see CHANGE WE COULD BELIEVE IN. Liberals did not flock to the polls to elect President Obama for him to go to Washington and wind up doing business as usual. People actually wanted CHANGE, and not just a healthcare bill (a watered down healthcare bill at that). People wanted to see CHANGE in our justice system, in racial profiling, in prosecutorial misconduct, in unjust and unfair sentencing laws. People wanted to see CHANGE in how American jobs were being shipped overseas in droves. People that elected President Obama and a predominate democratic Congress expected to see CHANGE in the way the democrats showed no backbone during the entire eight years of George W. Bush. People wanted to see CHANGE in the way republicans were allowed to spread lies and make claims against liberals, democrats and policy in order to keep conning people into voting against their own interest without that fact being pointed out, without immediate rebuttal by democrats.
 Question,  How can there be change in a system....resistant of that change?  What?  We gonna halt everything....and then implement a new way of doing business?  Life doesn't work that way.  Sorry my sista.  If it took all of 400 years to obtain freedom in a resistant -white made system, if it took 100 years after that [1865-1965] to acquire civil rights in a resistant-white made system....how does ANYONE  prospose change should be done from having ALL white presidents to an unprecedented "ONE" black president in a resistant white made system?  Like everythang else....it takes TIME.  And maybe Obama is just a president to set the STAGE for change....maybe his role is to OPEN the eyes of folks who blindly allow the government to not only take  over their lives..........but!  Their money and political power.  I got NEWS for a lotta folks....we been RAPED politically for soooooo long that....many of us think by bending over and cracking a vote, change will transform the next day.  It's UNREALISTIC...and it's not happening.  Folks seem to forget there are DEMMIES i.e. democrates who are RACIST too and pretend they have the backs of the underserved....well.  Not!  This is the good ole boys club.  And although there has been tremondous success achieved....that achievement WAS NOT easy...it TOOK time.  How long did it take for slaves....to be really FREE?  Not the next day.  Trust me.   Had to pull massa off Leroy's neck and tell him Leroy been free..."Oh yea," massa replied as he released the rope from the tree, "I forgot."  It was 1945.


So I'm just curious.  How much time does one think it will take to END the wars and bring our troops home?  Okay.  How much time does one think it will take to undo our economical crisis, or the real estate dilemma[where the banks/mortgage companies were playing the people for years...finally they got CAUGHT]....or the justical system where immates are $65,000 to $90,000 a piece to house[bringing a tight revenue to the govt....whose gonna give  that MONEY up right away? And let's not talk about the lawyers and judges...plus the staff who benefits.  As demonstrators protest:  No justice.  No peace.  They're saying back:  no prisoners....no check.  And that's the bottom line.]   I can go on and on about the jobs[that massa sent overseas....not Obama], health insurance[where hospitals were overcharging unsuspecting patients, giving placebo treatment while expecting payment and denying those patients with legitimate health issues] and other unfair practices implemented in this country by this govt .  But I hear my sista.  We have evolved into this "fast food drive through want it NOW" mentality ..and expecting things to happen IMMEDIATELY.  That's unreasonable.  Many of us seem to forget that we have to be CONSISTENT with our position and our vote if we want LONG TERM change.  In addition to having CHANGE transform into a reality....we gotta OUR part too.  We have to HELP our president...not accuse or demonize him  cuz he's NOT dancing fast enough.  That's unfair.  And immature.  Give him a break...whydontcha?  Now I can understand young people being this way cuz that's natural....but!  Grown blackfolks...nawl that's unacceptable...especially where we as black folks have travelled....  I remember President Kennedy's  famous quote:  "Ask NOT what your country can DO for YOU....ask WHAT YOU can DO for YOUR country"......but!  I'm just sayin
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Politics takes too long ... is too involved .. and there's no INSTANT gratification in voting for the person of your choice and then having to watch them slam their heads into a political, (usually) Republican, opposition brick wall!!! Their attention span is generally only about a *click* long!! And from there, they are on to the next "What can be done for me?" pursuit. If they can't find it (immediately) at their next stop ... then it's *click* and on to the next!!

  Trust me.  They will get over it.....if!  They keep living.   These young folks that is.  In other posts regarding this....you bring up some poignant observations.  I think that you and I are on the SAME page.  We've seen some historic stuff through the years...that these young folks take for granted.  For me...just to set the record straight....my position has nothing to do with being democrate or republican....I care less[not a political person at all].  Cuz them demmies have a record of racism that goes way back.  But I won't go there.  However, my thang is to do what is RIGHT for the black children in this country....and other children....not just a few "chosen" elites.     My thang is I see how racism STILL is transferred generationally from whiteboy to whiteboy in this day and age.  And how nothing's really CHANGED in that area...cuz a lotta folks go for the bullshyte...just to be on massa's side or to appear that they really know what's going on.  And they don't cuz if they did....and HAD a conscious especially toward their OWN people...they will be out there EVERY.  focking DAY.  Implementing a change....cuz they are accustomed to rock water theory.  But!  You teach young people how to behave as adults....when they are very young.  And it's NOT what you say...it's what you do. Cuz they are watching YOUR every move.  Many upon many adults do not understand this.  And that is why many of us are in SHOCK as to why young people do the things they do cuz after all is said and done-what our ancestors have set up for them....they have it MADE.  There's a reason why.  Young folks are not stupid....just young. 


Having said that, I have a lotta of faith in our young people as is why I work with them.  Cuz basically they always want to do the right thing.  But when the right thing is NOT done to them...there's a festering of bitterness that evolved into adolescence....and then you can't tell them anything.  They have to learn life lessons all on their own...cuz why?  Their parents.  Their community.  And the atmosphere that they live in- in their view are two-faced illusions.  For example:  In T.I's situation...where the judge gave him a chance.  And he went to the community to talk to kids about not doing drugs and not participating in violence.  Well...what happen to him?  Got busted with the most addictive drug there is.  Is that being a hyprocrite?  Well...the kids look at that and take a personal note.  And then there are these so-called pimp preachers....saying one thang while systematically abusing our innocent boys and girls.  Kids witness the bias and put all this gathered information in their brain data eventually coming to their own conclusion about life once they become full-fledged adults and sometimes before.  And that conclusion is what?  Society lied to them, parents and community didn't protect them and ultimately pimped their childhood.  A lot of them have daddies missing in action.  And even when I tell them "you can BE anything you want."  I feel they don't believe cuz they have grown not to know who to believe.  I see their eyes full of  disappointment ..........everyday.  But then sumthing miraculous happened to a good portion of these broken children... ..those who felt their dream deferred...unreachable.  Obama!  Hope!  Possibilities.  The "Yes I Can" chant unexpectedly filled their empty souls...convincing them that yes it's true YOU  can be ANYTHING....even the President of the United States of America.  Cuz why?  It's not an illusion. He's real.  Someone you can touch and see.  And this realization has lit up the world for many black children in this country.  But!  What do some grown blackfolks do....place the FLY in the ice cream...by saying, "but he's not black like us."  What the fock do that mean? 


So...some black folks have this problem with him not being black the way we are "supposedly" identified as black.  I repeat my question.  Is that a good thing?  Cuz we as blackfolks have ISSUES.  Aside from that ....he is black!  Cuz why?  He said so.  And that the thing many supposedly blackfolks DON'T understand...and refuse to accept.  They are treating him like an outcast....and I tell ya...many black kids...especially boys identify with being deemed an outcast.  So in that they have something in common. We as black people are a product of massa's rape during slavery.  Is that something to be proud of?  And is that "rape" allele  keeping us from being associated with our president?  If so....that's sooooo fockin CRAZY!!!  Cuz our kids are soaking this stupidity in.  Cuz they are observing the reoccurrence of the  "light skin vs dark skin" stigma.  Where light skin folks will only marry or procreate with other light skin folks to keep that SAME skin color.  CRAZY!!!  And they are supposedly "black."  So what defines true blackness? Inbred?  Crossbreeding?  What?   I wanna know so I can go back and tell the kids who look up to my president as someone to aspire to.  Cuz they definitely can't look up to their daddies....nawl.  Many of em are STILL absent from their lives.  They can't look up to their mamas either.  Many of them are as worse as their missing daddies.  So who do they look up to?  Sharpton?  Jackson?  OMG!


So sista ER.... cuz I see no legitimate answers to my questions. I only hear HOGWASH!!!  As a result I take it upon myself to tell my fellow blackfolks who hate Obama to JUST STOP IT!!!  Stop being unreasonable during a time when we all need to truly unify.  Stop being particular on this black issue....when there REALLY isn't one.  Stop creating this unnecessary "color" division.  Cuz massa figured it out long ago and put it into law....what defines black!!  And he was DEAD wrong.  So who are we to say....especially to a person who embrace his blackness BEFORE he even went into office, .....he's not BLACK enough?  He's not even black by blackfolks definition.  That's the wrong message to send our young people and is why if there is any confusion...it comes from adult blackfolks TURNING on Obama [their hero] the day after he stepped into office.  The only thing I see from this is the classic:  field negro vs house negro.  And it's soooooo tragic....cuz not only do we come from a country of Blackfolks...we derived from a CONTINENT of blackfolks of ALL hues and hair textures.  And what are we teaching our young people?  That....massa done good...cuz here we are almost 500 years later STILL bickering over the same silly destructive colorstroke issues that kept us in mental bondage.....and as long as we continue to participate in this self-hate drama we will always be distracted from what massa is really doing to us.....and again...the kids see that too.  In closing, I know I spent a lotta time on this,  I am passionate about it.....just like I am passionate about being Black.  I practice what I "preach/teach" to these younguns....cuz I see the bigger picture and I know it is important for our young people to know the TRUTH about being BLACK...not massa's version.  Unfortunately...not all of us do....but!  I'm just sayin
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You make a very compelling argument here, Ms. Koco!! 

And personally ... I don't see you and sunnubian's point as being in conflict with each other.  It is, essentially, the combination of the two that has us where we are today.

I agree with sunnubian's ... "frustration" ... shall we call it ... in that the President really did make some critical miscalculations upon entering office.  IMO, his priorities have been (at least slightly) misplaced - I, too, believe he should have chosen to tackle more "closer to home" social issues which concern and affect those who really went out on a limb and assisted him in becoming President ... i.e., he should have focused on jobs and the economy before health care or financial reform. 

I don't think he gets enough credit for what he is doing and has already done for education ... but, I think people are more concerned with that than they are about the fees of credit cards that they can't afford to pay, anyway!! 

Now .. me, personally ... I ain't mad at him for those kinds of "mistakes."  I don't think there's an "instruction manual" on how to be President ... and he couldn't ... nor shouldn't have been expected to walk in the door and know everything .. do everything right ... not make mistakes (even though he repeatedly warned in various speeches that there would be some even before he actually took office!!  So, I'm not even sure why so many people are surprised!?!?  )

But .. what's more important to me is that he is doing more good than he is harm .. and not the other way around  The way forward may be coming slowly ... but, at least it's coming!!  And we're no longer backing up as we were in the last days of the previous Administration!! 

Now, couple that with the fact that, as you say, problems such as the ones we have in this country cannot be fixed overnight!!  Change is a process … and a long one at that.  And it’s not simply that the President has been twiddling his thumbs or even that he may have fixed problems ‘out of order’.  The President has run into STIFF opposition … not only from the Republicans … but from members of his OWN Party!! 

Those who are supposed to be allies and actually HELP the President to achieve his agenda have been some of his biggest ROADBLOCKS!!  The Conservative/Blue Dog Democrats are the biggest reason why the health care bill got so watered down … not the  Republican opposition to it.  They insisted on their own, personal preferences being included or they would not vote for it.

 

The President gets blamed for that … but, there’s only so much his position allows him to be able to do. 

I agree with you my sista!  And for the record, I have no disagreement or beef with sista Sunnubian.  Everyone's entitled to their own opinion and perspective.  But!  I got news for everybody.....blacks, african americans, negroes or whatever identity have been FRUSTRATED ever since they got off the boat from Africa!  Why would this situation be ANY different?  Oh I forgot!  He's a black president so the "walk on water" rule applies. Folks need to grow up and recognize what is REALLY in front of them.  Otherwise blacks will continue to be behind the "eight" ball in disappointment....as we have always been historically....but!  I'm just sayin
Question!  How many presidents gave 100% for the cause of blackfolks?  Okay.  How about 65-99.1%?  Okay....how about 30 to 64.5%?  I'm just asking...cuz that bill for us having the right to vote is still out there expiring....right?   So....what president been worrying about that?  The only president I know of who implemented rights to us via another president was Lyndon B. Johnson.  Although Clinton was a pretty good president....he didn't do as much as Johnson in my view.  So that's ONLY two out of HOW MANY presidents?  What other president seriously gave a fock about blackfolks?  Please....don't say Lincoln.  Cuz historically everything that we have GOTTEN over the years....we got on our OWN-through blood, death and many many demonstrations and sit ins.   And don't get me wrong, I understand the frustration....but!  Come on..seriously it's like having "cancer," sometimes you just CAN'T cut it out...[even though on some patients you can....but normally if it is massive it is not advisable] cuz it may come back even more aggressive.  So...depending on what kind of cancer, you have to treat it to eradicate it and this doesn't happen overnight.  Again, it takes time.  Well...it's the same with our current condition in this country.  These mad doctors have done a lot of damage....and now we have this NEW doctor in charge who is definitely feeling the pressure to cure our cancerous situation.....and! It is sooooooooooo unfair.  That's all I saying....it's unfair especially when those before him wasn't UNDER the same GUN this brotha currently is.....but!  Again I'm just sayin

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