Barack Obama, our next President

There are 20 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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Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#930823 Jun 24, 2013
Who speaks for 'black America' now?Hip-hop artists and athletes were once key black cultural voices. Now they are just calculated 'brands'Ever since hip-hop became a major capitalist venture worth billions in endorsements and crossover success, the notion of black "rapper as activist" has taken a backseat to "rapper as Pepsi spokesman". The genre was once touted as "the Black CNN" has given way to mainstream artists for the most part treading lightly to maintain their marketability.

The same can be said for the African-American athlete. The activism of the likes of boxer Mohammad Ali and basketball player Bill Russell has faded away as single-person conglomerates like 1980s and 90s NBA star Michael Jordan who infamously touted that "Republicans buy shoes, too." The "black power musician" and the "black power athlete" aren't around like they used to be on mainstream levels, leaving me to wonder where the politically charged voices in popular culture can come from.

Sure, good old-fashioned activists are always preferable to musicians and athletes, but the entertainment industry has always been the augmenting voice, relaying the message of the "movement" to the masses (think James Brown's "I'm black and I'm proud" from 1968). That's not to say that musicians like Jay-Z and the like aren't pumping money into charitable organizations or contributing in other ways that don't make major headlines, but the musical silence is even louder.

Of course, do we really still want rappers to be the political voices of "black America"? Rapper Lil Wayne tried to make some sort of political statement by stepping on an American flag for a music video, but it only came off as half-hearted attempt at attention grabbing. The guy who threatened to beat up a woman's vagina like Emmett Till shouldn't be taken seriously as more than an entertainer anyway, if that.
Whatever

Gering, NE

#930824 Jun 24, 2013
Graham states The Snowden case is an important test of the “reset” in relations between Russia and the United States.

Not sure I would agree with this

Since: Oct 12

Location hidden

#930825 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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So you'd be supportive of the NSA if Cheney were still in power? How about if Graham and Cheney perpetrated a lie about a terrorist attack on 9/11 so the republican incumbent would have a better chance of winning? Or if the IRS under Cheney's and Graham's watchful eye deliberately went after liberal organizations and liberal donors who they deemed a "potential threat to democracy" as Obama described conservatives in his 2008 speeches? Or if the same IRS had control over perceived enemies' medical records and liberals were the ones at their mercy to receive medical care?
It's not about the NSA as much as this administration's total lack of trustworthiness. Once you lose the trust, it's almost impossible to get it back. We're now suspicious of everything this administration does - unlike ever before - even under Bush/Cheney.
Graham and Cheney only see the national security benefits of NSA. We see the very real possibility of an even more threatening abuse of power.
It's why something's gotta give sooner or later. Hopefully, sooner than later.
This makes a lot of sense, if you're paranoid.
Aunt Bettie Lou

Orlando, FL

#930826 Jun 24, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
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Maybe you need to check your assumptions. When a government gets so powerful and has so many "enemies" that it feels compelled and justified in spying on, imprisoning, and assassinating its own citizens and targeting those who would hold them accountable then maybe that government's legitimacy should be called into question.
At least that's what some of those old documents in the National Archive say.
What a momentous occasion! You're actually criticizing Obama and this administration!

Color me shocked.

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#930827 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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Most presidents, if not all, have a record of past accomplishments in past leadership positions.
Just wish a few liberals on here would point out some of Obama's accomplishments as an Illinois Senator
I can't list all of Barack Obama's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator ,but here's a few important ones. Read the entire article . "Don't be a dummy. When your smart-ass conservative friend asks you to name a bill that Obama helped write or get passed, here's a pretty big list to choose from."..."The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy. Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill.

While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill." ..."The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.

First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states." ... "Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007."... Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.

Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.

The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/07/07/5478...
John Galt

Temecula, CA

#930828 Jun 24, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text> It would be nice if Edward Snowden returned , but he's looking more like a glamor hound like Julien Assange( Assange is advising Snowden on what country that he should request asylum.) In the meantime, President Obama is going forward on an open public discussion of the NSA secrecy revelations. Obama has met with the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Watchdog Committee(It's the same committee that republicans have tried to block by refusing to confirm appointments to it)
Those meetings are private and classified.

If you believe that the discussions of NSA snooping should be open, why would you agree to be briefed on the condition that you could never reveal what you were told?
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#930829 Jun 24, 2013
Two years ago, Kanye West and Jay-Z united to create an album called Watch The Throne – ostensibly a celebration of excess and wealth – that was actually a subversive work of art set to undermine the idea of success for an African-American. While the duo seemed to just be bragging about their new cars, they spoke on inner-city violence, the way they're treated in their new tax brackets and the desire to defy expectations of what they'll spend money on. This may be the closest thing to a "black power" rap album we get from such major artists. It's just hard to imagine a (soon to be) former NBA part-owner and current MLB and NBA agent upsetting the applecart too substantially.

Hip-hop has always had a burgeoning political message in so much of its music, just not necessarily on the mainstream level. Just last year, Killer Mike and El-P released a near-flawless R.A.P. Music album that dissected everything from Ronald Reagan's impact on the inner city, wishing for more action from President Obama and police brutality (which, let me remind you, exists). But the album was an indie project and Killer Mike isn't on the level of popularity of a Kanye West, so it flies under the radar. Plus, there aren't a lot of radio stations willing to play that sort of music. If only these albums were more popular and the subject matter were more widely repeated in music, hip-hop would have a more substantial place in the country's important dialogues and not just in pop culture.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#930830 Jun 24, 2013
shinningelectr0n wrote:
<quoted text>
You didn't answer my question so I can safely assume that you are ashamed to admit you are not human. That's cool.
You can tell everyone that you bring home the bacon......
lol! What's the matter son? All you can do is demand and shape others to you arguments?

Such restrictive thinking with so little brain power.

“Amor patriae.”

Since: Feb 08

Eastern Oregon

#930831 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
<quoted text>
Most presidents, if not all, have a record of past accomplishments in past leadership positions.
Just wish a few liberals on here would point out some of Obama's accomplishments as an Illinois Senator in one of the most politically corrupt cities in the country - and then as a junior Senator in the U.S. Congress where he won unopposed because of a nasty divorce scandal that somehow "leaked" about his opponent...like his other two opponents running for the Illinois Senate where he also ran unopposed and winning by a slim majority.
Most people don't know that. But we certainly knew enough in 2008 and 2012 that should have never gotten him on the ticket - much less win the presidency.
Well....there's his vigorous support for the killing of late term abortion survivors. You'd think liberals would be crowing about that! I wonder why they don't?
Whatever

Gering, NE

#930832 Jun 24, 2013
flack wrote:
<quoted text> Be careful the libtards will turn on you for suggesting we follow the Founding Fathers' thoughts.
They interpreted that as being racist.
LNC Llin

United States

#930833 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah, sure. That's what I'm doing. You go with that.
wasting time since 2009... but fun to read republican right wing stuff.
Hot in Orlando?

“Come Home America!”

Since: Nov 11

Claymont, Delaware 19809

#930834 Jun 24, 2013
Whatever wrote:
More government waste
Study: students who smoke pot are more likely to have sex
That would be fine with pro-lifers . They like kids having kids.
Aunt Bettie Lou

Orlando, FL

#930835 Jun 24, 2013
Whatever wrote:
<quoted text>
Use Bing
I think this is the one Bettie is referring to; there may be others speaking out
http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Yeah, that's it. Another poster posted the same link to which I responded.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#930836 Jun 24, 2013
Death of Tenzing wrote:
<quoted text>
Not sure what you mean. Every power plant, even base providers, shut down periodically for maintenance. These outages are planned ten years out and the grid is managed to support them. The reason good supplemental sources like wind and solar can't be used for base load generation is 'cause the wind doesn't blow and the sun doesn't shine 24/7. Its possible to store the energy from solar and wind but then you add the inefficiency of storage on top of the inefficiency of generation and it quickly becomes unfeasible.
Sure they do. But they can also provide their own power when one reactor is shutdown for maintenance. In this case, all the reactors were.

But this wasn't a planned event.

And it's clear the DR plan was insufficient
Scarlet Pimpernel

Bronx, NY

#930837 Jun 24, 2013
The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives.“Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

ALL DONE BY THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT same as the 43 WHITE PRESIDENT
LNC Llin

United States

#930838 Jun 24, 2013
sonicfilter wrote:
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before it's all over, he'll have to call every republican in congress a democrat.
if they want to be reelected, sooner or later they'll have start worrying about what's best for the country rather than the radical agenda of the Tea Party. and we know how the nutjobs are about hating what's best for America.
RINO is such a neat republican term. They are destroying their own party and hope a few scandals will distract.
LOL
Aunt Bettie Lou

Orlando, FL

#930839 Jun 24, 2013
frontporchreactionary wrote:
<quoted text> I can't list all of Barack Obama's accomplishments as a U.S. Senator ,but here's a few important ones. Read the entire article . "Don't be a dummy. When your smart-ass conservative friend asks you to name a bill that Obama helped write or get passed, here's a pretty big list to choose from."..."The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy. Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill.
While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill." ..."The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.
First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states." ... "Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007."... Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.
Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.
The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate." http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/07/07/5478...
I'm talking about his accomplishments as a leader - not a follower.

Since: Dec 12

Location hidden

#930840 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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Only in the real world. We're apparently living in a parallel universe presently.
That's a glimpse of the real world from the fantasy land y'all occupy where all your lies are true!
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#930841 Jun 24, 2013
Aunt Bettie Lou wrote:
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You're being told what not to think by the liberal propaganda machine who tell you half-truths, omissions and flat out falsehoods starting at the very top by those in high places to the lowest liberal talking heads on cable networks and websites.
And yet, something as simple as the CRA confuses you.
Yeah

Honolulu, HI

#930842 Jun 24, 2013
Buroc Millhouse Obama wrote:
I am not a crook!
I do not abuse my power (at least not this morning, yet).
You are certainly an idiot, son.

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