Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1264625 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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El Paso, TX

#901929 May 13, 2013
We have two Hot Issues now Benghazi/IRS let’s see if the Liberal Media can report and Chew Gum at the same Time!!

United States

#901930 May 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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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"
Good morning.
Right wing getting desperate.
one troll has institutionalized himself :-)

South Windsor, CT

#901931 May 13, 2013
WOW wrote:
Since President Barack Obama has been willing to give the go ahead to operations that President George W. Bush would not have approved, operations have been much more aggressive and, presumably, JSOC has been able to fan out and work in way more countries than ever expected.
Global assassinations have been embraced by the current administration, opening the door to night raids, drone strikes, missile attacks where cluster bombs are used, etc. Each of these operations, as witnessed or experienced by the civilian populations of countries, potentially inflame and increase the number of areas in the world where there are conflict zones.
The world is literally a battlefield with conflicts being waged by the US (or with the “help” of the US). And, no country is off-limits to US military forces.
Of course, JSOC is not accountable to Congress … let alone the public:
JSOC operates outside the confines of the traditional military and even beyond what the CIA is able to do.
But it goes well beyond the war zones. In concert with the Executive’s new claims on extra-judicial assassinations via drone strikes, even if the target is an American citizen, JSOC goes around the world murdering suspects without the oversight of a judge or, god forbid, granting those unfortunate souls the right to defend themselves in court against secret, evidence-less government decrees about their guilt. As Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Seymour Hersh said at a speaking event in 2009:
Congress has no oversight of it. It’s an executive assassination ring essentially, and it’s been going on and on and on.
There are legal restrictions on what the CIA can do in terms of covert operations. There has to be a finding, the president has to notify at least the “Gang of Eight”[leaders of the intelligence oversight committees] in Congress. JSOC doesn’t have to do any of that. There is very little accountability for their actions. What’s weird is that many in congress who’d be very sensitive to CIA operations almost treat JSOC as an entity that doesn’t have to submit to oversight. It’s almost like this is the president’s private army, we’ll let the president do what he needs to do.
Obama's JSOC operations are patterned after the basic "Chicago Ghetto Drive-by", with high tech features utilized.

Bronx, NY

#901932 May 13, 2013
Open Letter to President Obama: What About We People Who Are Darker Than Blue?President Obama likes to associate himself with “change.” But his altering of the name of the month set aside to celebrate Black music is quite unwelcome.“By not recognizing Black Music Month and changing the name in 2009 you have taken a step backward Mr. President.”President Barack Hussein Obama, the first African president of the United States will be remembered for bombing Libya and murdering its leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya is not in the Middle East. The last time I checked it is on the African Continent.

He has also dropped a bomb on the cultural front; he is attempting to crush the unity of Africans at home and abroad. Even the former Mayor of Toronto, David Miller, proclaimed June Black Music Month during his tenure in office, but not so with Obama. By not recognizing Black Music Month and changing the name in 2009 you have taken a step backward Mr. President.

Back on 2 June 2009, President Obama did issue a statement in support of what he then and now refers to as African American Music Appreciation Month. In one fell swoop he took an international music and nationalized it. The music of Africans in American music is international music.

Recall, it was The Black Music Association created by Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright and others that brought together Stevie Wonder and Bob Marley and the Wailers, in concert, to demonstrate this fact. Kwame Brathwaite captured Wonder and Marley in action in a historic photo.

Sir Duke Ellington pointed out nearly a century ago that we as a people must call our music “Negro”(Black) music so others could not dishonestly claim it as theirs. Black music is one of the many gifts that Africa and Africans have presented to the world.

Bronx, NY

#901933 May 13, 2013
President Obama gave a brilliant speech at El–Azhar University in Cairo in 2009. The 44th president has proven that he is one of the most intelligent,(if not the most intelligent) head of state in the history of the USA. The president’s speech was like a vintage Earth, Wind & Fire performance. However, it was just that – a performance.

“The music of Africans in American music is international music.”

Mumia Abu-Jamal pointed out,“But in truth, Obama had them at Salaam-Alaikum, the universal Muslim greeting meaning ‘Peace be unto you.’ Peace, it’s sad to say, is hardly a reality when one’s own government is at war with its own people.” The recent events in Egypt and the Middle East proved Mumia to be on point.

While the President was touring the Middle East in 2009, he failed to recognize the 30th anniversary of Black Music Month. More than one person has raised the question that perhaps he didn’t know. I find this unbelievable.
In 2009 he hosted Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire and Sweet Honey in the Rock at the White House. He had even invited Odetta to sing at his inauguration; however, she joined the ancestors before that historical event.

How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be totally unaware of Black Music Month? Chicago is the home of Mahalia Jackson, Martin Luther King’s musical lieutenant; Sam Cooke; Curtis Mayfield; Jerry Butler; Mavis and Pop Staples; Ernest Dawkins; R.Kelly; Common; Kanye West and Lupe Fiasco.

Bronx, NY

#901934 May 13, 2013
The June 2009 issue of Ebony Magazine, which I bought in the middle of May, was dedicated to Black Music Month. This issue has Jada Pinkett Smith on the cover, and features a photo of President Obama and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, with Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.

After being called out by The Caribbean World News Network, President Obama did rightly proclaim the month of June, National Caribbean American Heritage Month. President Obama issued this statement on 2 June 2009. According to the 6 June 2009 issue of the New York Times, he signed a proclamation establishing the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission. The commission is supposed to organize activities to mark the 100th anniversary, in 2011, of President Reagan’s birth. What about we people who are darker than blue, President Obama?

“How can a man who spent most of his adult life in Chicago claim to be totally unaware of Black Music Month?”

If a Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission is in order what about a Black Music Month Commission with people like Randy Weston, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jayne Cortez, Cassandra Smith, Amiri Baraka and Queen Latifah? Raynard Jackson of Philadelphia has opined,“It’s a no-brainer to do a town hall meeting with singers, producers, and songwriters during Black Music Month.”

Bronx, NY

#901935 May 13, 2013
By not recognizing Black Music Month from 2009 until 2012, you have taken a step backward, Mr. President. Grenadian Prime Minister Maurice Bishop told us 30 years ago,“Forward Ever. Backwards Never.” One of the greatest Africans to ever grace the planet, Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, said the same thing 20 years before that.The great saxophonist Archie Shepp once said,“What Malcolm X said John Coltrane played.” This was the expression of Africans in North America; the same thing occurred in the Caribbean and in Africa.

In the Caribbean, Walter Rodney (Guyana) and Bob Marley (Jamaica) were the concrete expressions of this phenomenon in the 1970s and early 1980s. On the mother continent, Thomas Sankara (Burkina Faso) and Fela Anikulapo Kuti (Nigeria) are examples of music and politics complimenting one another in the 1990s.

Despite this influence on the planet, it was only 32 years ago that the Black Music Association (BMA) persuaded the US government to recognize Black Music Month. In June 1979, around the time the Sugarhill Gang's “Rapper's Delight” was being released, Kenny Gamble led a delegation to the White House to discuss with President Jimmy Carter the state of Black music.

At the meeting, Carter asked trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and drummer Max Roach if they would perform “Salt Peanuts,” to which Gillespie replied that he'd only do so if the president,(who made a fortune as a peanut farmer) provided the vocals.

Since that great and dreadful day when Carter butchered the song, June has officially been designated Black Music Month.

“Bob Marley, Louis Armstrong and Miriam Makeba are known all over this small planet we call Earth.”

It must be mentioned that in 1979, the world was witnessing a revolutionary breeze as Maurice Bishop and the New Jewel Movement seized state power in Grenada; Daniel Ortega and the Sandinistas swept the counter revolutionary forces out of power in Nicaragua like a broom; and the Shah of Iran was dethroned after being installed in power by the CIA in 1953.

The soundtrack to all of this was Gene McFadden and John Whitehead’s,“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now,” which was released in 1979. Recall,“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” was played at the 2008 Democratic National Convention on the night Illinois Senator Barack Obama accepted the
Democratic Party nomination for President of the United States.


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Since: Jul 07

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#901936 May 13, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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"It's sort of a cartoonish impression of military capabilities and military forces," Gates said.
he did.
No he didn't. You're smarter than that.

Bronx, NY

#901937 May 13, 2013

“The Justice Department is handing out these non-prosecutions and prosecution deferred agreements like candy,” said Russell Mokhiber, editor of the Corporate Crime Reporter. The publication sponsored conference, in Washington, under the heading,“Neither Admit Nor Deny: Corporate Crime in the Age of Deferred Prosecutions, Consent Decrees, Whistleblowers and Monitors.” Corporations are “too big to fail, too big to indict, and too big to challenge, apparently,” said Mokhiber

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Since: Jul 07

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#901938 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.
And you think that makes you specisl. What a maroon.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#901939 May 13, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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BENGHAZI seems limited to fox and topix trolls
Wrong. You need to get out more.

Bronx, NY

#901940 May 13, 2013
BEFORE WHITE LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER; Back in the day, the “race men” and women, graduates of America's historically black colleges and universities imagined it was their duty to stand and lift up the interests of African Americans and their communities as a whole. If the choice of commencement speakers means anything, that's not what HBCU leaders expect of their graduates nowadays. It's not about fighting the power, it's about serving that power.

From Race Man to Debased Man, Obama at Morehouse, Arne Duncan at Morgan State

Deltona, FL

#901941 May 13, 2013
lily boca raton fl wrote:
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I doubt any of these goobers watched it. It was a good interview.
A couple of these goobers had no clue who the guy is or that he was a Bush appointee.

Bronx, NY

#901942 May 13, 2013
SINCE BEING TAKEN OVER BUY WHITE LIBERAL AND DEMOCRATS BLACK MOVEMENT NO LONGER MOVES UNLESS TOLD BY THEIR BETTERS A good friend in Atlanta observed that when President Bush used to visit, his inbox would be flooded with alerts and notices about vigils, picket lines and demonstrations. But when the current president comes to town, there's nothing.

President Obama will punctuate the commencement at Atlanta's Morehouse College next week. The only ripple that's made news is whether some preacher who criticized the president for not making enough black appointments to elite high offices should be allowed to set foot on campus that weekend. Commencement week, Morehouse officials solemnly say, is about the graduates, not politics.

At Morgan State University, another historically black institution of higher learning in Baltimore, Obama's basketball buddy and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is scheduled to deliver the commencement address. There's not much publicly visible dissent behind that either, despite the fact that President Obama's Race To The Top program has closed and privatized more public schools than any other president in US history, and Arne Duncan chucks that spear. Baltimore is reportedly closing 32 schools in the near future while building only 15 new ones. One wonders whether Baltimore and Morgan State would be protesting if the same destructive policies were forced upon them by a white president without the soothing presence of a compliant black political elite as intermediaries.

There's no shortage of of pressing issues at Morgan State, Maryland state delegate Jill P. Carter informed Black Agenda Report. The school is suing the state of Maryland and its Democrat governor, charging that the state's historically black colleges and universities have been chronically underfunded. According to Carter, HBCUs across the country are watching and waiting to file similar suits if this one succeeds.

“Often imitated”

Since: Jul 07

never duplicated

#901943 May 13, 2013
Dickhoitz wrote:
<quoted text> No one gives a flying flick!
Lily the lush for sure.

Since: Apr 13

Orlando, FL

#901944 May 13, 2013
Lincoln wrote:
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BENGHAZI seems limited to fox and topix trolls
Think again. The Benghazi lies and coverup and the targeting of conservatives by the IRS isn't going away. Sorry to burst your Fox-fixated bubble.

This from NBC today.

Bronx, NY

#901945 May 13, 2013
SINCE THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TOOK OVER BLACK LEADERSHIP The leaders of Morgan State University, of Morehouse College and many similar institutions are not really leaders at all, not the way the old style “race men” and women supposed themselves to be once upon a time, standing up and lifting up all our people. They are followers, members of a black misleadership class which values conformity, silence and careers over courageous advocacy and struggle, and prizes individual enrichment over investment in a community's collective wealth and power.

The race men have become debased men, unable even to stand up for the interests of their own institutions, let alone for public education, or against gentrification, or the interests of African Americans as a whole. Commencement addresses for them are not about inspiring the graduates about to go forth into the world and accomplish things about which their elders can only dream. They're about genuflecting to power and repeating the stale old narratives that validate and justify our class of elite black misleaders.

Indianapolis, IN

#901946 May 13, 2013
Eman wrote:
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No he didn't. You're smarter than that.
who's impression was he referring to?

Bronx, NY

#901947 May 13, 2013
White Supremacy: Exploring the Contours of Race and Power in America;It is widely believed that white supremacy is a racist ideology of hatred promoted by marginal extremist organizations like the Ku Klux Klan or the Aryan Nations. Often overlooked and neglected in this view are the structural inequalities that ensure the continued supremacy of whites over non-whites in all facets of social life. Also conveniently disregarded are the more subtle, yet frequent and numerous, manifestations of white supremacy that are woven into the fabric of Amerikan culture. In this sense, white supremacy is just as much of a social reality as it is an ideology. Indeed the two often go hand in hand, although this isn’t always the case.

There are many white people who hold supreme positions in the social hierarchy, over and above the masses of non-white people, without consciously adhering to any white supremacist ideology. This essay will explore the complex reality of white supremacy in America, examining its existence in the social structure, analyzing its cultural expressions, considering some of its ideological forms, and finally investigating its causes.

There can be little doubt that while supremacy is built into the very social structure of America when one considers the fact that the politico-economic structure of the U.S. was designed bywhite people to serve the interests of white people. For example, the Constitutional Congress that created the American government consisted of 55 members and all of them were white, while 15 of them were African slave owners (Beard, pp.74-151).

There were absolutely zero Blacks, Latinos or Native Americans involved in forming the government of the U.S. To this day only one non-white has ever attained the presidency of the U.S. government, while Blacks make up only 7% of the U.S. Congress, with Latinos making up only 4%(Henschen and Sidlow, p. 110). Although subordinate races have now been assimilated into Amerikan society, the social structure still functions in such a way that maintains the supremacy of whites, excepting certain token reforms such as Affirmative Action. A simple look at the empirical data confirms this.

Aside from the political structure, virtually even,’ social indicator unequivocally confirms that whites are levels above non-whites in the most essential domains of social life.1The supremacy of whites on the economic terrain is indisputable and highly instructive. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, for example, in 2005 the median family income for whites was $62,300, compared to just $36,075,$38,558 and $37,387 for Blacks, Natives and Latinos respectively (U.S. Census Bureau [USCBJ. 2009. p. 38).

The CQ Researcher reported that in 2002 the median weekly income for white workers was $624, while Black workers earned $498 and Latinos a mere $423 (CQ Researcher [CQR], 2003, p. 601). In 2005, the poverty rate for white families was only 6.3%, while a staggering 23.4% of Black families, 21.1% of Native homes, and 21.4% of Latino households lived below the poverty line (LTSCB. pp. 38-39). And finally, the real unemployment rate for whites was 9.5%, compared to 37% of Blacks and 31% of Latinos (USCB, 374). All of these statistics illustrate the fact that whites in Amerika collectively enjoy economic privileges over and above their Black. Native and Latino counterparts.
lily boca raton fl

Boca Raton, FL

#901948 May 13, 2013
Eman wrote:
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And you think that makes you specisl. What a maroon.

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