Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1457935 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Nov 5, 2008, titled Barack Obama, our next President. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

"The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep," Obama cautioned. Young and charismatic but with little experience on the national level, Obama smashed through racial barriers and easily defeated ...

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WOW

New York, NY

#901904 May 13, 2013
THE OBAMA MONEY TRAIN HE GETS RICH Bringing in a lot of cash to the campaign, Light added,“seems to be well established as a signaling device for getting into key jobs running the government. It’s become more significant and nobody seems to have much outrage about it.”

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Passing over career diplomats in favor of mega-donors amounts to “selling ambassadorships,” said Susan Johnson, president of the American Foreign Service Association. She said it runs contrary to the law and is unethical, yet,“That hasn’t stopped anybody.”

Thomas Pickering, who served as ambassador to Russia and several other countries during a diplomatic career spanning four decades, said turning to bundlers adds a “new dimension” to what he termed “buying offices” through aggressive fundraising.

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Hyatt hotels heiress Penny Pritzker, Wall Street titan Robert Wolf and financier Mark Gallogly, for instance, all served on the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Commission.

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In late February, in creating a new commission to take on the task of creating jobs, Obama again appointed the three businesspeople. Transcripts of the recovery board meetings show that commission members are free to press for an agenda that could significantly benefit their business interests.

The Center pointed out in 2012:

At least 68 of 350 Obama bundlers for the 2012 election or their spouses have served in the administration, ranging from seats on advisory boards that tackle critical national issues such as economic growth, to ceremonial posts such as serving on the board of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
At least 250 of the bundlers have been cleared to attend a White House event since January 2009. Most have come twice while others are frequent visitors. The events range from policy briefings to coveted invitations to state dinners and music and entertainment nights featuring top-draw performers at the executive mansion.
At least 30 of the 2012 bundlers have ties to companies that conduct business with federal agencies or hope to do so. They range from Wall Street investors to green energy, technology and defense firms with multimillion-dollar government contracts.
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“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#901905 May 13, 2013
Peppy wrote:
Good morning honorable citizens and liberal dirt bags. Beautiful day isn't it?
Hello Peppy! Homer has gone completely over the libtard cliff!!!
WOW

New York, NY

#901906 May 13, 2013
OBAMA MAN OF THE PEOPLE MONEY PEOPLE Of course, Obama’s top donors in the 2008 election included:

Goldman Sachs
JP Morgan Chase
Citigroup
General Electric
Morgan Stanley
Goldman Sachs folks held so many top jobs in the Obama administration in his first term that everyone called the cozy relationship “Government Sachs”.

Obama appointed GE chairman Jeffrey Immelt as his jobs czar.

And of course, Obama rewarded his big contributors with tidal waves of government money.

Bush was a horrible crony nepotist, who favored the super-elite at the expense of the little guy.

Obama’s worse.
Bundlers have been cleared for more than 5,000 visits to the White House from January 2009 through August 2011, according to visitor logs.

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Boyle of Common Cause said that wealthy bundlers can amass political clout and use it to “further enrich themselves, and their circle of friends and business acquaintances.”

“Money buys access and influence and that’s the big problem,” she said.“Those who don’t have it are left out in the cold. That’s not how our democracy is supposed to work, and it must change.”

That’s not likely, according to Tufts political science professor Berry.

Asked if a Republican presidential challenger would end the practice should he win the office next year, Berry said:“It would be shocking if they decided not to try to reward their most loyal fundraisers. It would make no sense.”

Jimmy

Hamden, CT

#901907 May 13, 2013
Scatterbrain propaganda/spam alert!
sonicfilter wrote:
What’s interesting, though, is that Americans aren’t, so far, eating up the #BENGHAZI scandal. There is some proof that months of conspiratorial coverage have made people aware that #BENGHAZI is a thing. There was a Fox poll with some very leading questions that found that 46 percent of registered voters think the Obama administration is “covering up” what happened in Benghazi. In December, a less leadingly worded CNN poll found that 56 percent of Americans think the administration didn’t deliberately mislead the public after the attacks. But on the whole, the majority of the public that doesn’t consume right-wing media hasn’t been hugely concerned. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both still broadly popular. In the Clinton era, I can’t help but feel, this would’ve been much huger, with the help of the non-partisan press.
The high-profile hearing might’ve changed things. More people probably believe in some form of the #BENGHAZI conspiracy today than did on Tuesday. But the mainstream press is basically aware of what the right is trying to do. Mike Huckabee gave the game away when he predicted that #BENGHAZI would lead to Obama’s impeachment. When Clinton was president, the right screamed and threw tantrums until he was impeached. They are not quite certain why that has not yet happened with Obama, but they are working on it.
http://www.salon.com/2013/05/09/gop_successfu...
WOW

New York, NY

#901908 May 13, 2013
Defend Assata, Defend Ourselves: The Black Is Black Coalition Rallies in Harlem
Assatu Shakur has been made the face of terror on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, but there is a larger target.“They are publicly defining the Black liberation movement as a priority domestic target for repression.” On Thursday, the Black Is Back Coalition holds a demonstration for Assata’s safety and freedom for all political prisoners. Obama is serving notice that those who share Assata’s ideology – as understood by the FBI – are subject to eradication as well.”

In doubling the bounty on former Black Liberation Army member Assata Shakur’s head, the Obama administration is announcing that Black radicals are candidates for his Kill List. The message is as unmistakable and dramatic as the billboards that have been erected in Newark, New Jersey, and elsewhere screaming for the exiled freedom fighter’s blood.

One does not wind up on the FBI’s Most Wanted list based on the number of murders committed or millions of dollars stolen. The Most Wanted list is among the nation’s most political documents, in which individuals are meant to personify the scope and type of offenses that the U.S. government considers most in need of stamping out. The list is a kind of propaganda, a symbolic display of what the state considers dangerous behavior.

President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the two Black men who are most responsible for making Assata Shakur the face of domestic terror in the United States, are fully conversant in the language of symbolism. They are publicly defining the Black liberation movement – or what’s left of it, or those who might attempt to revive it – as a priority domestic target for repression. Shakur, a 65-year old grandmother who has not left Cuba for the past 29 years, poses no physical danger to the American state. She represents a political threat, through her “ideology,” as brazenly stated by the FBI. The Bureau has marked Shakur for priority assassination on the basis of, in the FBI’s words, her “anti-U.S. government speeches espousing the Black Liberation Army message.”“Terrorism” is somehow inherent in the message of Black liberation. Advocacy of Black liberation, is the threat. The reward of $2 million is meant to silence Assata Shakur’s political speech, and remove her as a symbol of resistance to the U.S government.

“The Bureau has marked Shakur for priority assassination.”

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#901909 May 13, 2013
flack wrote:
An autonomous flying cat? Really?
KURZWEILAI.net
Google's self-driving car gathers nearly 1GN/second
Ok that should be car, not cat. That's what I get for typing in the dark. Although a flying cat would be cool too.

“Seriously Misguided Democrat”

Since: Oct 12

Chicago Thugtown

#901910 May 13, 2013
Where'd you go Dumb Dave/Waxywaxturd KKKoward?

Looking for ammo?
Jimmy

Hamden, CT

#901912 May 13, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Hello Peppy! Homer has gone completely over the libtard cliff!!!
That's putting it mildly!
WOW

New York, NY

#901913 May 13, 2013
OBAMA FOR BLACK PEOPLE For the National Security State,“terror” is a powerful word, with vast legal ramifications. The Obama administration is informing Americans and Cubans that Assata is as much fair game for assassination by drone as the late Anwar al-Awlaki. Barack Obama and Eric Holder are serving notice that those who share Assata’s ideology – as understood by the FBI – are subject to eradication as well, because it is an ideology of terror. And they are telling those who give “substantial support” to Assata that they are subject to detention by the U.S. military without trial or charge, for the duration of the war against “terror.”

The Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations will hold a demonstration on Thursday, May 9, from 5 to 7pm, in front of the Harlem State Office Building in New York City, to give substantial and unwavering support to the safety and freedom of Assata Shakur; Freedom for Sundiata Acoli and Sekou Odinga, Black Liberation Army members held in U.S. prisons; and Freedom for All Political Prisoners.

They tried to kill Assata in 1973, and they're still trying. They tried to kill the Black liberation movement, but it's not dead yet. Join the Black is Back Coalition and a host of other concerned organizations at the Harlem State Office Building, on 125th Street, at 5pm, on Thursday. Tell the real terrorists what you think about them, their austerity, their mass incarceration, and their wars

“fairtax.org”

Since: Dec 08

gauley bridge wv

#901915 May 13, 2013
flack wrote:
An autonomous flying cat? Really?
KURZWEILAI.net
Google's self-driving car gathers nearly 1GN/second
That should be 1GB/second.
TSM

United States

#901916 May 13, 2013
I see the Campaign and Chief doing what he does Best ‘ Fundraising ‘ he’s not much at governing so focus on what you’re good at….. Another Speech Anyone!!
WOW

New York, NY

#901918 May 13, 2013
How does one become rated “the best writer on race today?” By telling white people what they want to hear. Ta-Nehisi Coates is “the new favorite Black cultural tour guide of the chattering class” because he “talks about racism in a way that makes White Liberals feel good.”In mainstream media, both print and televised, there are certain Black folk who serve a role that is historical – going back to Booker T. Washington – and consistent, but still profoundly damaging to the sensibilities of the Black masses, particularly the Black poor. That person is the black cultural tour guide. The name “Black cultural tour guide” is often too benign a description for this ilk. In reality they sometimes act like the zoo keeper taking the nice sub-urban White family into the exhibit of all the REAL DANGEROUS animals. The lions, tigers, bears, and gorillas. They interpret the signs and signals of these species for the White onlookers, let them know when certain movements mean danger, and also inform them when it’s safe to toss a banana or piece of fruit at the big ape with the scowl. This often is how their depictions can be translated in the worst and most racist extremes in their attempts to convey “authentic blackness.”

Ta-nehisi Coates is not of that more extreme variety – the zoo keeper. But make no mistake that he is the new favorite Black cultural tour guide of the chattering class.

In a recent piece in the New York Times entitled “Beyond the Code of the Streets,” Coates discusses how his upwardly mobile middle class college educated Black friends have this inner “code” that represents their authentic instincts as a product of growing up in the mean streets of the “hood” and how the wrong kind of interaction can bring them back to the “code” resulting in tragic if not life threatening circumstances.
WOW

New York, NY

#901920 May 13, 2013
Fenris the Big Bad Wolf wrote:
<quoted text>
"His fathers genes were stronger than his mothers genes because, you can't even see the white in him"? Congratulations, you have just crossed the border into retarded negroville. Say hello to your tour guide, dumb dave..
THE NJ STANDS FOR N***ER JERK HE IS NOT READY FOR HIS GENES too smart and a BIGOT WHO ACTS AS IF HE DOESNT KNOW IT
Jimmy

Hamden, CT

#901921 May 13, 2013
Dickhoitz wrote:
<quoted text> No one gives a flying flick!
Speak for yourself, inbred DemocRAT.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901922 May 13, 2013
John Galt wrote:
<quoted text>
By your logic, why bother with marriage at all, straight or homosexual? Just screw away, like ghetto bunnies.
By your logic; the government should institute forced marriage and stone people to death for having sex before marriage!
Oh yes, the rightwing authoritarian at his finest.
Then you can hire sex police to make sure no one is doing it; they can knock on doors; "papers please?"
"Book 'em Danno, these two aren't married"
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901924 May 13, 2013
TSM wrote:
I see the Campaign and Chief doing what he does Best ‘ Fundraising ‘ he’s not much at governing so focus on what you’re good at….. Another Speech Anyone!!
DRUNK!
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901925 May 13, 2013
Realtime wrote:
<quoted text>He also mentioned that many of Gaddafi's shoulder fired surface to air missiles remain unaccounted for and could present extreme danger for low flying aircraft.
That was an outstanding interview which extended into the second segment of FTN which btw is not available everywhere.
I doubt any of these goobers watched it. It was a good interview.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901926 May 13, 2013
WOW wrote:
<quoted text>THE NJ STANDS FOR N***ER JERK HE IS NOT READY FOR HIS GENES too smart and a BIGOT WHO ACTS AS IF HE DOESNT KNOW IT
Are these your own words or cut and paste?

Jane? Give your son his pills fer krissakes.
WOW

New York, NY

#901927 May 13, 2013
Ta-nehisi Coates has been listening to way too much hip hop music.”

“For black men like us, the feeling of having something to lose, beyond honor and face, is foreign. We grew up in communities – New York, Baltimore, Chicago – where the Code of the Streets was the first code we learned. Respect and reputation are everything there. These values are often denigrated by people who have never been punched in the face. But when you live around violence there is no opting out. A reputation for meeting violence with violence is a shield. That protection increases when you are part of a crew with that same mind-set. This is obviously not a public health solution, but within its context, the Code is logical.

As someone who grew up in Jamaica, Queens and has lived in rough urban environments from Boston to Miami, I can say emphatically that Ta-nehisi Coates has been listening to way too much hip hop music.

This phenomenon he refers to as this “code” is a product of a concept called hyper-masculinity, and there is nothing particularly “black” about it. The Italian-American, and Irish-American white kids I went to Catholic High School with in New York City often exhibit this “code.” If you ever played high school football or any physical sport as a young man you’ve experienced a similar “code,” regardless of if you’re black or white. If you spent time in the military, particularly in certain branches known to play heavily on notions of hyper-masculinity such as the Marines or Navy Seals, you know the “code,” as well. So there is nothing “black” about the code.

“He enables the most noxious forms of racial essentialism.”
WOW

New York, NY

#901928 May 13, 2013
The only thing Black about it is that writers like Coates essentialize this behavior as a “black thing you wouldn’t understand”– unless, of course, you read his articles in The Atlantic or The New York Times – it legitimizes the view that those Black male youth are so dangerous, don’t you see? Even one of their own, this young brilliant Ta-nehisi Coates, tells us that even their educated ones, doctors and writers, succumb to it when provoked. Now you understand why we must have policies like Stop and Frisk to target these people, don’t you see? Ta-Nehisi has shown us the way! How could you possibly call us racist? This is the perfect example of how racial essentialism – basically meaning that all Black people are essentially the same ideologically, culturally, and politically – enables thinking that leads to the most dangerous policy prescriptions. And, at the same time, Ta-Nehisi Coates will wax rhapsodic in pieces for The Atlantic highlighting the racist injustice of New York City’s Stop and Frisk Policy.

I read Ta-nehisi Coates as a good writer and limited thinker who hasn’t had the indulgence to engage in the intellectual heavy lifting to be anything but today’s favorite Chocolate boy wonder who talks about racism in a way that makes White Liberals feel good. He challenges the status quo about as much as Jiffy Peanut butter. In fact, he enables the most noxious forms of racial essentialism and repeatedly speaks in this annoying voice of “authentic blackness” that comes out of a Tribe Called Quest CD. The fact that this guy is considered the “the best writer on race today,” is only further indication on how pathetic writing on race today really is.

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