Barack Obama, our next President

Barack Obama, our next President

There are 1262834 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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Spotsylvania, VA

#947349 Jul 17, 2013
According to author and Fox News contributor Deneen Borelli and her husband, Tom Borelli, black conservatives have been blacklisted from the NAACP's national conferences for years. When the Borellis, who are employees of the conservative group FreedomWorks, attempted to pay for booth space at this year's 104th National NAACP conference in Florida, they were told there was no room for them despite plenty of exhibit space remaining open.

The NAACP website states that the mission of the organization is to, "ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination." The objectives of the NAACP include ensuring "the political, educational, social, and economic equality of all citizens," and removing "all barriers of racial discrimination through democratic processes."

Mrs. Borelli has been an outspoken critic of the Obama administration and the Democratic Party. In March her book, Blacklash: How Obama and the Left Are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation, came out in paperback.

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#947354 Jul 17, 2013
USAsince1680 wrote:
<quoted text>
I didn't say anything about blacks rioting. I said "protesting". The fact that you don't know the difference is just another example of why decent blacks have chosen to make their voices heard through peaceful protests.
Here are some really nice black people protesting in honor of Saint Trayvon like the Magic Negro said we should do:


“Cat got your tongue?”

Since: Mar 07

Location hidden

#947358 Jul 17, 2013
endeavor wrote:
<quoted text>
Go fart in your pillow case, you rancid old goat.
I've been reading your posts. Why are you so nasty? You sure enjoy name calling. Well, here's a name for YOU.... Bigot. Name calling isn't my usual act but you are particularity obnoxious.

You never did back up your post. All I got were the cop out "little Ornaments". Really, is that the best you can do when someone challenges your bigotry?

Spotsylvania, VA

#947361 Jul 17, 2013
The Republicans started the NAACP in 1909 on Abraham
Lincoln’s 100
birthday to counter the racist practices of the
The first black American to head the NAACP
was Republican James Weldon Johnson
who wrote the lyrics
to “Lift Every Voice and Sing”, the inspirational song that is
considered to be the Black Natio
nal Anthem

Spotsylvania, VA

#947366 Jul 17, 2013
Democrats enacted the discriminatory Black Codes and Jim Crow laws
Democrats fought to prevent the passage of every piece of
civil rights legislation from the 1860’s to the 1960's.
Democrats wanted to keep blacks in virtual slavery and deny
blacks the promised “40 acres and a mule”.
After they took control of Congress in 1892, Democrats passed
the Repeal Act of 1894 that overturned civil rights legislation
passed by the Republicans, including the Civil Rights Acts of
1866 and 1875. It took Republicans nearly six decades to
finally ac
hieve passage of civil rights legislation in the 1950’s
and 1960’s.
It defies logic for Democrats today to claim that the racist Democrats suddenly
joined the Republican Party after Republicans finally won the civil rights battle
against the racist Democ
rats. In fact, the racist Democrats declared that they would
rather vote for a “yellow dog” than vote for a Republican, because
the Republican
Party was known as the party for blacks.

Since: Aug 11

Location hidden

#947370 Jul 17, 2013
what did I miss that 9 post got removed.

Spotsylvania, VA

#947371 Jul 17, 2013
Modern Civil Rights Era

Democrats fought against civil
rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Democrat Public Safety Commissioner
Eugene “Bull” Connor in Birmingham
let loose vicious dogs and turned skin
burning fire hoses on black civil rights
Democrat Georgia Governor Lester Maddox
famously brandished ax handles to prevent
blacks from patronizing his restaurant. In
1954, Democrat Arkansas Governor Orville
Faubus tried to prevent desegregation of a
Little Rock public school.
Democrat Alabama G
overnor George
Wallace stood in front of the Alabama
schoolhouse in 1963 and thundered,
"Segregation now, segregation
tomorrow, segregation forever."
All of these racist Democrats remained Democrats
until the day they died

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#947372 Jul 17, 2013
endeavor wrote:
<quoted text>
You must lead a very sheltered life lady, you appear clueless of the real world. If you would have been in downtown Oakland the other night you would have been given a beating due to your color alone.

You can hear the jungle calls in the night.....

Spotsylvania, VA

#947376 Jul 17, 2013
Democrat Senator Robert
Byrd was a former “Exalted
Cyclops” and “Keagle”(Recruiter) in the Ku Klux Klan
Byrd remained a Democrat until he died in 2010. He was a prominent leader in
the Democrat
controlled Congress
where he was honored by his fellow Democrats
as the “conscience
of the Senate
.” Byrd was a fierce opponent of
desegregating the military and complained in one letter:“I would rather die
a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of
ours become degraded by
race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”
The relentless disparagement of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and
ultimately to his tragic death. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memp
Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Byrd called Dr. King a "trouble
who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned
to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4,

“My Life Is A Shell Game”

Since: May 07

Lapeer, MI

#947379 Jul 17, 2013
This is one stupid rock dinosaur who needs to go with Stevie Wonder and fudge-pack themselves.

What ever happened to Class Acts?


Spotsylvania, VA

#947381 Jul 17, 2013
Democrat Senator Robert
Byrd was a former “Exalted
Cyclops” and “Keagle”(Recruiter) in the Ku Klux Klan
Byrd remained a Democrat until he died in 2010. He was a prominent leader in
the Democrat
controlled Congress
where he was honored by his fellow Democrats
as the “conscience
of the Senate
.” Byrd was a fierce opponent of
desegregating the military and complained in one letter:“I would rather die
a thousand times and see old glory trampled in the dirt never to rise again than see this beloved land of
ours become degraded by
race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen of the wilds.”
The relentless disparagement of Dr. King by Democrats led to his being physically assaulted and
ultimately to his tragic death. In March of 1968, while referring to Dr. King's leaving Memp
Tennessee after riots broke out where a teenager was killed, Byrd called Dr. King a "trouble
who starts trouble, but runs like a coward after trouble is ignited. A few weeks later, Dr. King returned
to Memphis and was assassinated on April 4,
Republicans championed civil rights in the 1950’s and 1960’s
Photo: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Republican President Dwight
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower
pushed to
pass the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent troops to
Arkansas to desegregate schools. Eisenhower also
appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to the U.S.
Supreme Court which resulted in the famous 1954
“Brown v. Topeka Board of Education” decision t
ended school segregation and the “separate but equal” doctrine created by the 1896 “Plessy
v. Ferguson” decision.
Much is made of Democrat President Harry Truman's issuing an Executive Order in 1948 to desegregate the
military. Not mentioned is the fa
ct that it was Eisenhower who actually took action to effectively end
segregation in the military. In 1958, Eisenhower established a permanent Civil Rights Commission that
had been rejected by prior Democrat presidents, including President Franklin D. Ro
Ignored today is the fact that it was Roosevelt who started blacks on the path to
dependency on government handouts during the Great D
epression with his “New
that turned
out to be a bad deal for blacks.
Even though Roosevelt received the vot
e of many
blacks, Roosevelt banned black American newspapers from the military because he was convinced the
newspapers were communists.

Spotsylvania, VA

#947383 Jul 17, 2013
Little known by many today is the fact that it was Republican Senator
Everett Dirksen from Illinois, not Democrat President Lyndon Johnson,
who pushed through the 1964 Civil Rights Act. In fact, Dirksen was
instrumental to the passage of civil rights legi
slation in 1957, 1960, 1964,
1965 and 1968. Dirksen wrote the language for the 1965 Voting Rights
Act. Dirksen also crafted the language for the Civil Rights Act of 1968
which prohibited discrimination in housing.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hailed Sena
tor Dirksen’s “able and courageous
” and "The Chicago Defender," the largest black
owned daily at that
time, praised Senator Dirksen “for the grand manner of his generalship behind the
passage of the best civil rights measures that have ever been enacted into law since
ocrats today ignore the pivotal role played by Senator Dirksen in obtaining
passage of the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act, while heralding President Johnson
as a civil rights advocate for signing the bill. The chief opponents of the 1964 Civil
Rights Act
were Democrat Senators Sam Ervin, Albert Gore, Sr. and Robert Byrd
who filibustered against the bill for 14 straight hours before the final vote.
President Lyndon Johnson could not have achieved passage of the civil rights
legislation without the support
of Republicans.
President Lyndon Johnson was not a civil rights advocate
In his 4,500
word State of the Union Address delivered on January 4, 1965, Johnson mentioned
scores of
topics for federal action, but only thirty five words were devoted to civil rights. He did not
mention one word about voting rights. Information about Johnson’s anemic civil rights policy
positions can be found in the “Public Papers of the President, Lynd
on B. Johnson,” 1965, vol. 1, p.1
Johnson did not predict a racist exodus to the Republican Party
In their campaign to unfairly paint the
Republican Party today as racists, Democrats point to
Johnson’s prediction that there would be an exodus from
the Democratic Party because of Johnson’s support of the Civil Rights Act of
Omitted from the Democrats’
rewritten history is what Johnson actually meant by his prediction. Johnson’s statement
was not made out of a concern
that racist Democrats would suddenly join the Republican Party that was fighting for the civil rights of blacks.
feared that the racist Democrats would again form a third party, such as the short
lived States
Party. In fact, Alabama’s Democrat Governor George C. Wallace in 1968 started the
American Independent
Party that attracted other racist candidates, including Democrat Governor Lester Maddox.
Behind closed doors, Johnson said:“These Negroes,
they’re getting uppity these days. That’s a problem for us,
since they got something now they never had before. The political pull to back up their upityness. Now, we’ve got
to do something about this. We’ve got to give them a little something. Just
enough to quiet them down, but not
enough to make a difference. If we don’t move at all, their allies will line up against us. And there’ll be no way to
stop them. It’ll be Reconstruction all over again.”

Spotsylvania, VA

#947384 Jul 17, 2013
President John F. Kennedy was not a civil rights advocate
Democrat President John F. Kennedy is lauded as a proponent of civil rights. However,
Kennedy voted against the 1957 Civil rights Act
while he was a senator, as did Democrat
Senator Al Gore, Sr.
And after he became president,
Kennedy was opposed to the 1963
March on Washington by Dr. King
that was organized by A. Phillip Randolph who was a
black Republican.
President Kennedy, through his brother Attorney General Robert
Kennedy, had Dr. King wireta
pped and investigated by the FBI on suspicion of being a Communist in
order to undermine Dr. King.
Contrary to popular belief, Kennedy never made the call to get Dr. King out of jail. The call was made by
Harris Wofford, Kennedy's Civil Rights Advisor, w
ho was a personal friend of the Kings. Wofford said
Kennedy was angry about the call because Kennedy thought it would make him lose the Southern vote.
the call eventually worked in Kennedy's favor. This revelation is contained in Wofford’s book
“Of Kennedys and Kings” on pages 14

Spotsylvania, VA

#947393 Jul 17, 2013
Democrats talk tolerance, but practice intolerance
Democrats claim that they care about diversity, but readily demean black professionals who do not toe
the Democratic Part
y’s liberal line, slandering blacks as “Uncle Toms”,“Sellouts” and “H
ouse N
including Dr. Condoleezza Rice, General Colin Powel, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and
former Maryland and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele.
With impunity, a Democrat Senator, the late
Ted Kennedy, called black judicial nominees “Neanderthals”. Democrat Senator Harry Reid slurred Supreme
Court Justice Clarence Thomas as an incompetent Negro who could not write good English.“Slap at Thomas
inks of racism,” was the headline of the New York Daily News’ December 7, 2004 editorial.
Democratic Party operatives depicted Michael Steele on the Internet as a “Simple
” with big, thick red lips and nappy hair, reminiscent of the way Democrats
depicted blacks during the days of slavery. Cartoonist Jeff Danziger and Pat
Oliphant portrayed Dr. Condoleezza Rice as a “stooge” and a bare foot “Ignorant
Mammy”, just the way D
emocrats demeaned blacks during the days of slavery.
Democrat President Bill Clinton

following in the footsteps of his mentor J.
William Fulbright, a staunch segregationist

refused to enforce a court
ordered affirmative action plan
while president and
was himself sued for discriminating
against his black employees while he was the Governor
of Arkansas. Clinton also had his Attorney General, Janet Reno, file a class action, reverse discrimination
lawsuit on behalf of a group of white janitors at Illinoi
s State University to stop the University from hiring
None of Clinton’s inner
circle of advisors were black, and he failed to take action to stop the
massacre of over 800,000 Rwandans in 1994
. Without congressional or UN approval, Clinton sent 20,
troops to help the white Europeans in Bosnia, but refused to send troops to help the 800,000 blacks in Africa.
A black man, Kenneth Gladney, was physically assaulted by
white Democrats in the Service Employees International Union
thugs. Gladney was
beaten, kicked and called a racist name
while working as a vendor at a health care reform town hall
meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on August 6, 2009 organized by
U.S. Rep. Democrat Russ Carnahan.
The assault was a calculated attempt to intimidate and s
Tea Party protestors and town hall activists. On the morning of
the Gladney attack, the White House presented to Senate
Democrats a “battle plan” to quell the protests. The advice
given to the Democrats by President Barack Obama was to "punch back
twice as hard", and the first casualty
was Kenneth Gladney. In the emergency room of the St. John's Mercy Medical Center, Gladney was treated for
injuries to his knee, back, elbow, shoulder and face suffered in the attack. The six people arrested in the
Gladney case, including a Post
Dispatch reporter, were charged with mere misdemeanor ordinance violations,
with a total of ten charges spread out among the six offenders. Not one Democrat rushed to a microphone to
denounce the attack against Gladney as a
"hate crime". Yet they falsely call Tea Party activists racists

Spotsylvania, VA

#947397 Jul 17, 2013
President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden Practice Racial Politics
Democrat Vice President Joe Biden, while he was a US senator, boasted that his home
state of Delaware was a slave state. President Barack Obama, while he was an Illinois
senator, provided funding for slum projects in Chicago that kept blacks trapped in rat
roach infested housing, as reported in a Boston Globe article.
As a US senator, Obama voted against the minimum wage bill and wrote a letter of support for former
Klansman Senator Robert Byrd that helped that racist win re
election. After he became
president, Obama cut
funding for historical black colleges and universities (HBCU’s). He ended school choice scholarships in the
District of Columbia and sent poor black children back into the failing DC public school system. Obama’s out
control spend
ing killed private
sector jobs and created nearly twenty percent black unemployment. In his
book “Dreams from My Father”, Obama described what he and other Democrats do to poor blacks as
“plantation politics”

Spotsylvania, VA

#947400 Jul 17, 2013
BP Oil Crisis Exposed Democrats’ Race
based Double Standard
Contrast the media’s reaction to the Hurricane Katrina disaster with how they focused attention toward BP and away from
President Obama’s incompetent handling of the G
ulf oil crisis that resulted in oil sludge reaching the Gulf Coast,
devastating that region’s economy and adversely affecting ten percent of our nation’s gross national product (GDP). With
the callousness of a committed ideologue, Obama used the oil spill
catastrophe to push his cap
tax agenda. That
reckless legislation will skyrocket the cost of energy and spend billions of dollars on green energy programs that even
Spain abandoned because such green schemes are unworkable and economically disastrous.
Obama’s green energy

along with his takeover of parts of our private sector industry, as well as our entire health care system

make all Americans poorer and less free.
The Democratic Party today is anti
Democrats have been running black communities for the past 50 years, and the socialist
policies of the Democrats have turned black communities into economic and social
wastelands. Democrats have the audacity to blame Republicans for the crisis in black
ghborhoods created by the Democrats.
Democratic Party operatives trashed black Democrat Juan Williams, calling him a “Happy
Negro” for daring to expose the failed socialist policies of the Democrats in his book
“Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead
End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are
dermining Black America”.
Without remorse, Democrats deliberately keep blacks in poverty because Democrats have
built their political power base on the backs of poor blacks, just as Democrats built their economic power base on the
backs of poor blacks dur
ing the days of slavery. The centuries
old election year strategy of the Democrats is to keep
blacks poor, angry and voting for Democrats. Every election cycle, Democrats preach hatred against Republicans and
incite blacks to cast a protest vote against Re
publicans, not for Democrats.
With the complicity of the liberal press, Democrats hide their actions that keep blacks in
poverty. For instance, Democrats are aligned with teachers’ unions and block efforts of
Republicans to provide school choice scholar
ships to black parents so they can get their
children out of failing schools. Democrats put the special interests of teachers’ unions over
that of poor blacks. Democrats do not want to acknowledge that the money belongs to the
people, not the buildings t
hat are controlled by the teachers. Democrats are also aligned with
the AARP, one of the Democratic Party’s biggest special interest groups, and block Social
Security reform, even though blacks on average lose $10,000 in the system because blacks on
ge have a five
year shorter life expectancy.

Spotsylvania, VA

#947405 Jul 17, 2013
The First Blacks In Congress

All Republicans
Photo: The first seven African Americans elected to
the 41st and 42nd U.S. Congress. Currier and Ives
original 1872 Image.
Hiram Rhodes Revels of Mississippi was the first
black elected as a United States senator, serving
from 1870
1871 as a Republican.
Revels completed the unfinished term of
Jefferson Davis who was the former president of
the confederac
Revels was followed in the Senate by Republican
Blanche K. Bruce, also of Mississippi.
Republican Joseph Rainey of South Carolina was
the first black to enter the House of
Below is a list of the black Republicans elected to Congress
during the Reconstruction era. Their lifespan is shown
in parenthesis.
United States Senate
Hiram Rhodes Revels (1822
1901); Republican

Mississippi; 1870
Blanche Bruce (1841
1898); Republican

Mississippi; 1875
House of Representatives
John Willis Menard (1838
1893); Republican

Louisiana; 1868
Joseph Rainey (1832
1887); Republican

South Carolina; 1870
Jefferson F. Long (1836
1901); Republican

Georgia; 1870
Robert C. De Large (1842
1874); Republican
South Carolina; 1871
Robert B. Elliott (1842
1884); Republican

South Carolina; 1871
Benjamin S. Turner (1825
1894); Republican

Alabama; 1871
Josiah T. Walls (1842
1905); Republican

Florida; 1871
1873, 1873
1875, 1875
Richard H. Cain (1825
1887); Repub

South Carolina; 1873
1875, 1877
John R. Lynch (1847
1939); Republican

Mississippi; 1873
1877, 1882
James T. Rapier (1837
1883); Republican

Alabama; 1873
Alonzo J. Ransier (1834
1882); Republican

South Carolina; 1873
ah Haralson (1846
1916); Republican

Alabama; 1875
John Adams Hyman (1840
1891); Republican

North Carolina; 1875
Charles E. Nash (1844
1913); Republican

Louisiana; 1875
Robert Smalls (1839
1915); Republican

South Carolina; 1875
1883, 1884
James E. O'Hara (1844
1905); Republican

North Carolina; 1883
Henry P. Cheatham (1857
1935); Republican

North Carolina; 1889
John Mercer Langston (1829
1897); Republican

Virginia; 1890
Thomas E. Miller (1849

South Carolina; 1890
George W. Murray (1853
1926); Republican

South Carolina; 1893
1895, 1896
George Henry White (1852
1918); Republican

North Carolina; 1897

Spotsylvania, VA

#947409 Jul 17, 2013
When Barack Obama was elected as the president of the United States, black liberals dreamily believed that the numerous maladies in the black community would cease to exist. They believed that his election was indicative of a vigorous wind of political and social change that was blowing across the country. Barack Obama himself vowed that his election would demarcate the conclusion of grisly "politics as usual" from the commencement of political and democratic freshness. However, as this administration continues on, it is abundantly clear that Obama has not only failed to deliver in a general sense, but he has also completely betrayed his most loyal constituency -- the black community.

After passing a gargantuan stimulus plan that was supposed to fix the economy, the unemployment rate continued to rise -- until it only recently began falling. Although we are currently at an 8.7 percent unemployment rate, the rate in the black community is at an unpardonably enormous 16.1 percent -- the highest of any ethnic group in the country. It is also important to note that black unemployment was lower under Bush than it has been at any point during Obama's administration. In point of fact, black unemployment was even lower under Bush than it was under Clinton.

More egregious than the high rate of black unemployment is the fact that Obama has been completely disconnected with the black community. He has failed to articulate any policy that would deal with the crisis that is evident in urban America. Rather, Obama is much more focused on articulating and enacting policies about issues that are close to his heart, such as allowing gays to serve openly in the military, as well as becoming a potent mouthpiece for the immoral Arab scam to steal Israeli land and annihilate the Jewish people.

Any intellectually honest person in America must look at Obama's demonstrable disregard for black issues and come to the unavoidable conclusion that black America is the very least of Obama's concerns. So obvious is this fact that even some of Barack Obama's most ardent supporters in the black intelligentsia have begun voicing strident denunciations of the president. The latest assault on Obama from his left-wing compatriot Cornel West is evidence of this phenomenon.

Although West's critique of Obama was partly personal and laden with his characteristically asinine divisive racial rhetoric, there was some substance to his criticism to which left-wing Obama cheerleaders in the black community remain willfully blind. West accused Obama of being "a black mascot of Wall Street oligarchs and a black puppet of corporate plutocrats."

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Spotsylvania, VA

#947412 Jul 17, 2013
While West foolishly assumes that support for black issues and being in favor of business are mutually exclusive, the unstated and basic premise in West's critique is that Obama does not care enough about, and expresses no interest in, black people and black issues. As absurd as the rest of his intellectually messy ramblings are, West is right about that fundamental point.

Obama's sycophants are used to writing off all criticism of the president coming from whites as racist, and they are equally used to describing all criticism from black conservatives as being the puerile rants of Uncle Toms obsequiously looking for approval from "the white man"; however, although Cornel West is one of the black left's most revered academics, they would much rather write him off as entirely crazy than to admit that any criticism he has of Barack Obama contains even a scintilla of merit.

Big Government is the Problem, Not the Solution

By arguing that Obama has betrayed the black community, I am not arguing that Obama needs to spend his time carving out black-specific governmental policies. Manifestly, the black-specific liberal policies that have been attempted in the past have done nothing more than stimulate a metastasizing of the very social cancers that they were designed to treat. My argument is, however, that Obama has failed to enact the economic policies that would provide the necessary environment for blacks to fend for themselves independent of government -- despite the fact that he presented himself during his campaign as someone who was inimitably skilled and uniquely well-positioned to do so.

Without attempting to cater to blacks specifically, President Reagan managed to create economic prosperity throughout the entire country which, in point of fact, benefited blacks more than it did whites. The facts cannot be disputed: Reaganomics had a salubrious effect on the black community, whereas Obamanomics is having an unequivocally deleterious effect on black economics and the black community at large.

Obama Is Not The President of African Americans?

One of the talking points formulated by Obama's apologists in the media is the notion that Obama is not the president of black America. They argue he is the president of the United States of America. This pathetically feeble argument exists for the sole purpose of deflecting legitimate criticism of Obama's failure to meet the needs of the black community.

The fact of the matter is that Obama is the president of African Americans, just as he is the president of white Americans. It takes a shocking display of intellectual dishonesty to suddenly release Obama of any responsibility for black America, especially when previous presidents have always been held responsible for their treatment of the black community.

In 1998, the Nobel-Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison gave Bill Clinton the honorary moniker of "America's first black president" because, according to her, he "display[ed] almost every trope of blackness: single-parent household, born poor, working-class, saxophone-playing, McDonald's-and-junk-food-lovin g boy from Arkansas."

Leaving aside the recognizably insulting view of what constitutes blackness in Morrison's perverse mind, had white, southern Clinton possessed all these qualities while presiding over 16.1 percent unemployment, I am positive that this endearing nickname would never have been created -- much less believed by black liberals for many years until the emergence of Obama.

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#947414 Jul 17, 2013
By contrast, the left, with unutterable alacrity, vociferously argued that George W. Bush's less-than-stellar handling of Hurricane Katrina was indicative of his incurable allergy toward black skin. Even largely apolitical rapper Kanye West took the time out to accuse Bush of not caring about blacks. The fact that Bush packed his administration with exceptionally well-qualified minorities was completely disregarded when the black left gave Bush his failing report card. One can only imagine the panic-stricken cries of racism that would have been heard for years if Bush had overseen 16.1 percent black unemployment.

It is nothing more than liberal hypocrisy to see the crisis evident in the black community under Obama's watch and simply respond with the contemptible shibboleth stating, "Obama is not the president of black America; he's the president of the United States of America" -- especially when every other president in recent history has been critically judged on their treatment of the black community.

Can Republicans Argue Back?

If the Republican Party cannot effectively communicate to blacks the obvious fact that Obama has been working diligently on all the trivial left-wing issues close to his heart, yet has completely neglected to address the glaring emergency occurring in his "own" community, then the Republicans are destined to -- and deserve to -- lose the black vote in 2012.

The black community is looking for political change. Yes, Obama is black, but he has proven that his liberalism takes preeminence over his blackness. Liberalism cannot save black America. If Republicans cannot capitalize on this crisis in leadership that Obama has provided and offer a concrete alternative message to the black community as to why conservatism is the answer, it's safe to say Republicans will never capture the black vote.

The opportunity to make powerful racial public policy arguments is now. Republicans pass up this pristine opportunity at their own political peril.

Mr. Okeem is a freelance writer and can be contacted at His blog on politics and culture can be read at .

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