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soon you’ll understand: three reasons why we need to give president obama a break

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although president obama’s approval rating has steadied in the past couple of months, between between the beer summit, his seemingly passive role in the health care debate, and his unsuccessful trip to copenhagen, his overwhelmingly strong support in the black community seems to be wavering a bit. while this sentiment won’t be found in any surveys or polls, visit any barbershop, beauty salon, or blog and you’ll see a subtle change from “yes we can” to “i mean, i still think we might, but…”, a feeling which can potentially be the beginning of a slippery slide to “f*ck that n*gga”.

i understand where this is coming from. when you’re part of a group of people who’ve been the returned orphan to america’s anita tedaldi over and over again, its almost impossible to return the skepticism and doubt that comes with that package.

still, i think that we need to put ourselves aside for a minute and give president obama a break, and here’s three reasons why.

1. we’ve never seen him before

for most of us (i’m 30 years old, and i’m assuming that the majority of the people who frequent this site are somewhere between 21 and 35) the black politicians we’ve seen in our lifetimes can easily be split into three catagories

a) “neighborhood”-centric civil rights and injustice hounds with staunch ties to black social networks and zealous support from the black church

b) “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” bon vivants insisting on an eschewing of urban culture and a return to traditional family values

c) kwame kilpatrick

like contemporaries such as newark mayor cory booker, president obama doesn’t fit any of these categories, and the uniqueness of his person and his position has been a tough pill for many of us to swallow.

we’ve been conditioned to expect representatives who’d salivate at the opportunity to rain fire and brimstone on a white cop (from boston!) who publicly disrespected an esteemed black academic, neglecting to remember that such divisive tactics would blatantly contradict the presidents gameplan. we wonder how he could fly to denmark to lobby about some games seven summers away for a city where 36 city students were murdered in one year, not realizing that being awarded that honor would have been a substantial boon for the entire country, not just the city of chicago.

we’re used to seeing the micro acts of a community activist or state representative instead of the excessively macro dance of a black leader of a predominately white country, forgetting that while the president may be one of us…he doesn’t belong to us.

basically, he’s chocolate milk from a community titty, and we need to learn to share the titty.

2. we’ve never been here before, either

i have a friend who just “discovered” the NBA in may of 2008. although he’s a native nigerian whose sports tastes are definitely more pele than chris paul, he became so enthralled with the lakers and kobe bryant last spring that he started writing “deuce cuatro” on the back of his adidas and begin referring to himself as the mamba in the third person. (trust me, you haven’t lived until a 5’7 nigerian tells you that the mamba got on some tight, tight ass” after you ask him what he did friday night.)

anyway, i remember how frustrated he’d get last year if the lakers seemed disinterested or lost two games in row. at least once every couple of weeks he’d send me some 1000 word nigerian curse filled email cursing phil jackson, luke walton, and luke waltons fro, and i’d calm him, reminding him that the lakers would be fine.

you see, he had never paid attention to the regular season before, and it took him a while to realize that you can’t hem and haw over every minor misstep in an 82 game season unless you wanted to drive yourself crazy.

i’m bringing this up because the situation with my nigerian buddy is parallel to that of much of black america today. before 2008, i suspect that most of you were similar to me: an “appropriate” interest in the country and world affairs mixed with an aggressive apathy towards the day-to-day minutiae of american politics.

basically, we knew just enough to answer any of the potential “so, how do you feel about iraq?” first date vetting questions that are never, ever asked by anyone, anywhere, ever.

now, because we feel more of an emotional tie with washington, more of us are switching between fox, cnn, cspan, and msnbc eight hours a day, peering the president’s every move, minding every mundane bill, and paying attention to every pundit. while an increased interest with and awareness of politics definitely isn’t a bad thing, it would be in everyone’s best to chill with the monday morning quarterbacking. try to remember that barring disaster, obama is going to be in office for eight freakin years, and a mistake or two in the first eight months isn’t going to end the world or repeal our upcoming reparations checks.

3. he’s earned it

admittedly, i’ve had my doubts. in fact, the last entry on my old blog was a 1,000 word tome in 2007 expressing why i thought obama shouldn’t run for president. convinced that he had no chance to beat hilary clinton, i wrote about how quickly and suddenly other high profile presidential losers in my lifetime, from mike dukasis to john kerry, fell off the political map (except for al gore, who merely just turned into a lesbian) and i didn’t want to see him suffer that same fate.

as he’s prone to do, he proved me and millions of other people wrong, and i think he’s done more than enough to earn the benefit of the doubtfor now

hmmm. this was alot, lol.

i’m curious, people of vsb.com.

how do think the pres is doing so far, has he surpassed or fell short of your expectations, and do you think we’re too hypersensitive (or not sensitive enough) to his plight?

—the champ

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a contributing editor for EBONY.com. He resides in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes.

  • Lili

    eight freakin years

    I like your enthusiasm!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Lili,

      Lol, you don’t agree?

      • http://ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Big Man

        @The Champ,
        I figure he should win another term, but it would be interesting if he just said “eff it” after four years. Just said he had enough.

        But, this is good post. Pretty much sums up everything I feel. I have stopped watching cable news because it’s not good for my mental health.

        • Me fail english?

          @Big Man,

          Yeah it raises my blood pressure.

          And interestingly, a study was done that suggests whether you watch the ppl who lean your way or not, cable news has more of a polarizing effect than educational or enlightening.

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            @Me fail english?,

            And interestingly, a study was done that suggests whether you watch the ppl who lean your way or not, cable news has more of a polarizing effect than educational or enlightening.

            did you know that study was actually done during a vsb happy hour last year?

  • http://fromselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

    I would have to agree on all accounts. For some reason people seem to think that he is Superman and he should have fixed all that is wrong with this country as soon as he stepped into office. Uhmmm.. NO. It took 8 years for us to get this low, it’s gonna take a while to get better.

    But I think we also have to remember that, black or not, he’s a politician. And when is the last time any politician has ever made everyone 100% happy? That’s just not the way it works.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Selah,

      ray nagin made me 1000 percent happy when I realized how much he looks like drew gooden. that alone provided at least three months of new jokes for me.

      • http://toselahwithlove.blogspot.com/ Selah

        @The Champ,

        I had to go google that… LOL!

      • http://stuffghettopeoplelike.wordpress.com Stuff Ghetto People Like

        @The Champ, Speaking of Nagin, what’s with all these lite brite chromedome mayors? Nagin, Adrian Fenty, Corey Booker…is that the look you need to get elected in a chocolate city?

        • miss t-lee

          @Stuff Ghetto People Like,
          Don’t forget Deval Patrick…oh yeah, but you were talking about mayors, not governors.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Stuff Ghetto People Like,

          Speaking of Nagin, what’s with all these lite brite chromedome mayors? Nagin, Adrian Fenty, Corey Booker…is that the look you need to get elected in a chocolate city?

          do get elected? no. to get elected and have a documentary made about you? yes

          • arieswym

            @The Champ,

            Then what about The Nine Lives of Marion Barry? HBO showed the documentary recently. Barry is definitely not a lite brite mayor

  • h3avensent08

    its sad, really… he hasn’t even in office for half a term & people(black & white) are complaining. this just goes to show how impatient Americans(& people) are. Rome was not built in a day & neither was it rebuilt in a day after barbarians took over. Bush made a mess of the US Gov’t rebuilding doesn’t come overnight it can take years!
    For example Clinton didn’t really accomplish much in his 1st term after Bush Sr & Reagan. His 2nd Term didn’t even seemed guaranteed..
    we as people just need to learn to be patient!
    but for some odd reason i feel like i’m talking to a wall.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @h3avensent08,

      that’s not a brick wall. its just the champs chest

  • YofromMN

    I agree with this post. I have a lot of respect for this man. Not only can’t he be everywhere at once he also has to clean up the mess that the other Pres made…(I won’t say any names….cough cough BUSH! oops lol) No but overall he is making improvements inch by inch and sometimes you have to go down before you come up.

    • h3avensent08

      @YofromMN,
      AGREE!!!

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @YofromMN,

      welcome and sh*t

  • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

    First, I think you are wrong by saying Obama is different than a:

    ““neighborhood”-centric civil rights and injustice hounds with staunch ties to black social networks and zealous support from the black church”

    What do you think Obama was before he became a US Senator? A community organizer that worked with black churches on the south side of Chicago. He was exactly what you are saying he is/was not.

    That said ,I think he deserves a break from the masses who were not familiar with him before his presidential run because he, as you say, does appear to be different from any black politician we have seen.

    But those who ARE familiar with him, pre-POTUS, don’t have to give him a break. I worked at an org. where Barry – pre US Senate – was on the Board. He was a very different man than he is today…on the surface. His interests and way of speaking about things changed once he decided to run. I could say, based on what I saw then and what I see now that he changed.

    But I am giving him a break anyway. Despite what I think are quasi-passive approaches to issues he ran on. Why?

    1) He was overly ambitious and naive and promising the ish he promised during his campaign
    2) He has a steep hill to climb in terms of fixing America’s mess
    3) All of America is not ready for some of the changes he wants to bring about

    I think we often forget that politicians have to work within a system. And if that system is full or red tape and foolishness, it’s hard as he!! to bring about change in a short amount of time.

    Though I do get annoyed at Barry sometimes, I am far more annoyed at the changes he has to go through to get positive ish done when GW was able to invade a country despite protests from the UN and the world.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @V.E.G.,

      although he made community connections in chicago, was a civil rights “hound” and eventually became aligned with a black church, he’s not the “typical” black politican who was raised in the church and grew up in the black community. he didn’t come from a political family, and, as far as I know, he doesn’t have any ties to any black greek organizations or hbcu’s. this is what I was referring to in regards to him not fitting the usual categories.

      question: for someone (like you) who was aware of him before 2004, what type of president were you expecting?

      • WestIndianArchie

        @The Champ,

        Basically. He’s light years away from being Sharpton, Jackson, or Farrakhan – all of which – had they gotten elected (lol) woulda really gone after the Republicans and Conservative policies.

        Dude rolls with University of Chicago economists.

      • Ann G

        @The Champ,

        I’m sorry, are greek orgs and hbcu’s the only groups that count as black social networks these days? *confused*

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Ann G,

          “I’m sorry, are greek orgs and hbcu’s the only groups that count as black social networks these days? *confused*”

          no. just examples of the type of social networks that black politicians usually have some tie to.

  • Lili

    Really though, I haven’t heard too many ppl (i.e. Black ppl) complaining about Obama and the job he is doing. But you’re right; America as a whole needs to give him a break.

    He is under the highest microscope magnification any president has had to endure, solely because of his race. He’s in for at least another 3 years and some change, and it truly takes a good year to get in the door, get a grasp of everything before him (we all know the issues a President has to deal with are far reaching and never ending)…so, yea. Let the man do what he needs to do.

    The one thing I will say is that it’s frustrating that Democrats are trying to go for the kum-ba-ya moment…trying to unite and get the Republicans on board with everything. In theory, YES, this would be ideal, but…this is America. No moral ideals are in place in the world of politics. The Dems have control and need to exercise it. Swiftly (no Taylor).

    When the Republicans are in control they throw everything out of wack and exercise their influence extensively. Not to mention they are masters of universal mind control (© Common).

    In reality, it’s bigger than Obama.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Lili,

      so basically you think that demo’s need to start acting more republican?

      btw, if you haven’t heard any blacks complaining about obama then I don’t think you’ve really been listening, lol.

      • Me fail english?

        @The Champ,

        Well I’ve been listening and I agree with Lili. I think conservatives and moderates (and the media, for the sake of stirring the pot) have been hyper-critical of him for his first 9 months.

        Black people, on the other hand have been no more critical of him than they’d been of a few presidents before him. There may be more of “us” joining the debate. But the degree of criticism? I havent noticed a change. You probably assume this to be the case because, being previously apathetic, you had lmtd exposure to ppl when they got on their political tirades.

        But my family and I did not discover cable news in 2007. We’ve been “political”. I’d say blacks are more critical of him than they were of Clinton (who NEVER deserved our adoration) but less critical than they were of Bush. Could you imagine what folks would’ve said had Dubya called a Beer Summit to “work it out” with an unapologetic , possibly racist, rogue cop?

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Me fail english?,

          Black people, on the other hand have been no more critical of him than they’d been of a few presidents before him.

          i thought about this, that my perception was clouding the reality, but after more than a few articles ive read and conversations ive had, this isn’t the case. we (the black community) have a dog in the fight now, and i do think that this has made folks a bit less apathetic and a bit more conscious of what’s going on.

          • Me fail english?

            @The Champ,

            I agree we’re taking more interest (on the surface at least). (Judging from some of the misinformation in THESE very comments, I’d say folks are just talking more, not necessarily engaging/learning.) But I’d disagree that the nature of the discussion (at least among black folks) has become any more negative than it was 8 years ago.

            I do think blacks are harsher on Obama than we were on Clinton. I’m salty as hell about that. How that man got the passes he did, I’ll never know? Perhaps Obama should take up sax and appear on the Arsenio show.

      • Lili

        @The Champ,
        It is not a matter of “acting more Republican”, rather it is about acting like a political party that is in control and is aware it has a limited amount of time to fix the problems that were set in place by the previous administration.

        Obama was elected for a reason. The Dems have control of the House and Senate for a reason. We the people want CHANGE.
        If they don’t push through the policies that the American people elected them to put in place, more time will be wasted and the Republicans will swoop in, get the House, get the Senate, and possibly the White House and do even more damage.

        Granted, I don’t think every Republican has the same exact agenda as Bush and Chaney, however it is clear when that party is in office they take the reigns and direct the country whichever way they want.
        Democrats don’t have the guts to transform this nation with glaringly liberal policies, and they don’t have to. All they need are the guts to set things back in place.

        Again, it would be ideal for every one to meet in the middle; we’d have moderate Dems, Repubs, Independents, he11, moderate Green folks as well making and setting policies in place.

        However, America is anything but ideal. Majority of the republicans that assume political office are stubbornly loyal to the Republican platform and do not deviate from it in the slightest. This throws things terribly out of wack and puts important decisions and privileges in the hands of the undeserving (Brownie, Haliburton, Black Water, Harriet Miers, the list goes oooooooooooooooooon…).

        Democrats have their flaws too, but Bush (eh hem Chaney) and his cronies left this nation in a tailspin and the only way we’re going get back to normal is if the democrats actually FIX things. Not wait for the Republicans –who are NOT going to go against Limbaugh and the like– to hold their hands through the process.

        If we get in and get the job done, the American ppl can see how much better things are when the government is actually “for the people” (and not corporations). That gives Dems a better chance at reelection.

        • Me fail english?

          @Lili,

          amen! Amen! AMEN! Take ‘em to church!!!

          We’ve gotten so used to Republican intransigence, we dont even realize what fair and assertive leadership looks like.

          That said, ask me how proud I was to see Pres. Obama (and his entire staff) not bat an eye in the face of the Sotomayor critics. How about when folks were acting all nervous about him kicking arse and taking names at GM(which despite the popular sentiment on VSB was NOT precedented nor appreciated by many) and my dude said “eff yall. I’m doin this.”

          THAT is the man I elected!!! THAT is the man I want to see!!!

          • Lili

            @Me fail english?,

            LOL Thanks…Glad we’re I2I.

    • Me fail english?

      @Lili,

      “The Dems have control and need to exercise it.”

      Gracias! This has been my MAJOR beef with the Democratic party since the end of the LBJ admin. We either have to stride both sides of the aisle and play “Moderate/Conservative Democrat” (Bill “Liberal is dirty word” Clinton) or just bend over and take it (Al “Why defend my victory when I can invent green internets?” Gore). This isnt brand new and didnt start with Obama. Just cause I’m making the same complaints as I was before and Obama happens to be in office doesn’t mean it’s a personal attack on the black president.

      Why are we (democrats) looking for consensus when we know we dont need it?? How the fcuk was it possible for GOP to stall the Sotomayor appointment? How have they been able to hold out on even choosing a bill to push long past the summer recess? Don’t we know how this movie ends? If the dems wield their power more forcefully it’s not like there’ll be civil war.

      Bush pushed through a number of unpopular measures (ban on stem cell research, No Child Left Behind and voucher/charter systems, some questionable foreign policy moves) told people to kiss his a– and we all got the eff over it!

      I knew Obama was a more conciliatory figure so I wasn’t expecting a blue Bush, but goddamn man. How do we even get to the point of questioning where you stand on the public option? Glad he cleared that up. I’m going through a “happy with Obama” phase now.

      • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

        @Me fail english?,

        “Why are we (democrats) looking for consensus when we know we dont need it??”

        EXACTLY. What’s with the pandering? Republicans were like, “I’m in charge! Eff yo liberal couch!” when they were runnin’ sh*t. Why are Dems being pressured to play both sides and include everyone?

        And actually, I have this same idea with Obama (even though I AM willing to cut him slack). When folks say he’s not just the Black folks President, I ask, why the hell not? 2520 Presidents were looking out for their own when they were in office. They just did their ish in code by striking out the “white” in “wealthy and _____”. Just because they weren’t direct with it (i.e. “I’m the White Folks Prez Snitches!!”) doesn’t mean they weren’t primarily looking out for that miniscule amount of people instead of the entire country.

        I mean, I don’t expect every single thing Barack does to be for us, but if he happens to take special attention to us…I ask, what the eff is wrong with that? Don’t we need special attention? We special. lol

        • Me fail english?

          @Cheekie,

          LOL. Can’t argue with any of that. It’s not like Clinton had “all of us” in mind when he came up with workfare.

          Also, wtf are people talking about, we expect Obama to rep for black folks. Newsflash ppl! Most “black” issues are really lower class/limited access/general minority issues. We all know Obama’s backgd so why NOT expect him to look our for the “under-served” the way Bush went to bat for his group.

          BTW, I think Obama is doing a great job of this so far.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com Panama Jackson

          @Cheekie, When folks say he’s not just the Black folks President, I ask, why the hell not? 2520 Presidents were looking out for their own when they were in office. They just did their ish in code by striking out the “white” in “wealthy and _____”. Just because they weren’t direct with it (i.e. “I’m the White Folks Prez Snitches!!”) doesn’t mean they weren’t primarily looking out for that miniscule amount of people instead of the entire country.

          see, i don’t think i agree with that. now, do i think folks look after the special interests of the rich? yes. do those rich happen to be 99.99 percent white? yes. but white folks will step on the backs of poor white people in a minute too.

          • Me fail english?

            @Panama Jackson,

            That’s debateable.

            I’m thinking of Bush’s response to Katrina where he touched down in other parts of the Gulf Coast (including poor white areas) and seemed concerned with getting them back to normalcy. I mean at least one of his earliest orders for those areas wasnt to make sure looters were prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

            Whereas, with N.O. and all those black victims he seemed less interested in saving citizens than he was in saving flatscreens. I dont even think he wanted to land there, lol. Just kind’ve fly over and chuck the deuces.

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @Panama Jackson,

            “see, i don’t think i agree with that. now, do i think folks look after the special interests of the rich? yes. do those rich happen to be 99.99 percent white? yes. but white folks will step on the backs of poor white people in a minute too.”

            Yeah, I know money trumps everything, but please don’t be fooled that the wealthy “just so happens” to be white. That is for a reason.

          • Me fail english?

            @Cheekie,

            Yes ma’am. Bush spent the better part of his presidency pandering to poor white folks by pushing the neocon agenda. Blacks, rich and poor, had no such luck.

      • Lili

        @Me fail english?,
        I concur.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @Me fail english?,

        This has been my MAJOR beef with the Democratic party since the end of the LBJ admin.

        lol, i didn’t realize that you were 72 years old

        • Me fail english?

          @The Champ,

          Realize deez.

  • Legendary Dash

    Policy wise there was/is very few differences between the campaign platforms of George W. Bush, John McCain, Hilary Clinton, and any of the legit candidates that have surfaced since the Reagan Revolution. When Barack goes to talk to laid off workers his rhetoric sounds a lot like the dialouge from one of the rallies in “Primary Colors”. I don’t expect much change from Barack’s administration because his policy stances are mostly conservative, and because he is running for reelection already he can’t rock and will not rock the boat of any special interest group.

    • http://stickwithyocat.blogspot.com/ V.E.G.

      @Legendary Dash,

      “Barack’s administration because his policy stances are mostly conservative, and because he is running for reelection already he can’t rock and will not rock the boat of any special interest group.”

      This, my friend, is so on point.

      When a candidate runs for their party nomination for the presidency they are either liberal or conservative. In Barry’s case, he was liberal. When a candidate runs for the presidency, they try to straddle the middle as much as possible (Dems do this far more than Republicans do, however).

      Barack’s views shifted slightly when he kicked Hilary’s arse and took on old John. Now, he’s trying to bridge party lines and whatnot and I think the work is getting pushed aside in the process.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Legendary Dash,

      so, with the way washington works now, do you think its possible for a president to actually be an agent of change?

      • Ivy St.

        @The Champ,
        He alone can not be an agent of change. There will only be change if the majority of the people around him actually want the same change.

        • Me fail english?

          @Ivy St.,

          And here is the issue. I think other than the blue dogs (not sure of their numbers), Obama has a pretty substantial and strong team behind him. With mid-term elections coming (2010, I think???) This may be the most support he’ll have all term. Time for him to get it crackin.

        • WestIndianArchie

          @Ivy St.,

          “There will only be change if the majority of the people around him actually want the same change.”

          That’s one of those government 101 platitudes.

          The president has real power. He prolly couldn’t pass health care or Wall Street Regs on his own – but he could holla @ Mary Schapiro to get off her duff and enforce already existing regulations. He could get Jon Leibowitz to do some Trust Busting…

          It’s not like he’s a figure head with no pull.

          • Me fail english?

            @WestIndianArchie,

            I agree with this. The Pres needs support of the Congress for some things. Support of the courts for others. But the executive branch can do PLENTY on its own…like issuing Executive Orders

      • Legendary Dash

        @The Champ,
        If he was more like Bush, Barack could be a real change agent. He could pull end runs around the corrupt Senate by using Executive orders. Entire industries, wars, and departments have been created by the use of the Executive order. The most change he could do though is by using his post as commander and chief of the armed forces to push new tech. A green military could force the hand of automakers and energy providers to quit patent squatting and roll out the technology they are quashing.

  • postmodern pwnage

    Im wondering what happened to those millions of americans who cried themselves to sleep on november 4th? why arent they protesting these tea party lunatics, and fighting for the change they want to see? I think complacency on the part of the left is a problem. Those conservative nutjobs were willing to bring guns to health care town halls, and the millions who need and want health reform are sitting at home, yelling at their tv. Im not suggesting that those in favour of universal healthcare become nutjobs themselvs, but what about alittle protest or support? Obama cant save america, as americans need to save themselves first…just my take..but i echo your sentiments! give the man a break.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @postmodern pwnage,

      “I’m wondering what happened to those millions of americans who cried themselves to sleep on november 4th”

      me too

    • Ivy St.

      @postmodern pwnage,
      “Obama cant save america, as americans need to save themselves first.”

      Great points! When Obama was elected, everyone in the black community was soo happy. Don’t get me wrong, I was happy as well. I didn’t think things would really change for black people. I had a “strong debate” with my bf who thought this was exactly what the black community needed. It is a start, but we need so much more. Just having Obama in office isn’t enough. I doubted the change he believed in because I felt we as a whole weren’t willing to stand up for the change he believed in. It is one thing to vote, but we can’t all just sit back and ride his back. Nothing will change until those actually living in the community are willing to stand up for it and do something about it. We can’t wait for Washington to be our change.

    • WestIndianArchie

      @postmodern pwnage,

      The folks who need healthcare should be holding anti-tea party rallies. I don’t know why the Obama machine isn’t organizing them.

      • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

        @WestIndianArchie,

        The folks who need healthcare should be holding anti-tea party rallies.

        lol, i don’t think the country is ready for that sh*t

    • http://cookinwitgrease.com Chasdizz

      @postmodern pwnage,
      it’s a lot easier to support something when you’re mad or feel like you have to defend yourself….this has been true from the civil rights movement to the jena 6. it’s just easier to unite folks that way.

      but going out and be pro-active for something positive when there is/are no clear, concrete, recent negative event(s) is difficult for the masses. it’s a lot easier to believe that one man can do it all by himself…regardless of how many times he tells us he can’t.

  • charli skipp

    It annoys me (yet, I find it very predictable) to hear people complaining about Obama already. The man can’t even have dinner with his wife or a beer without people talking about, “Oh? So he has time for THAT!” Lik e Bush didn’t spend every other weekend at his play house in Texas. Tonight on Larry King they were talking about an SNL sketch that basically said the President has done nothing. Nothing. Um…..all of the issues we’re dealing with: pulling out of Iraq; healthcare; closing Guantanamo, etc. are COMPLEX. So it’s a problem when people who want to critique the President are SIMPLE. Of course we should give him a break. Not that he shouldn’t be held accountable like anybody else would be, but Superman, he’s not.

    I do have a major issue with him though. I sent in my da*n resume when he was accepting applicants for positions in his staff. um….I ain’t get no callback, no card, no flowers…….nothing. I did think Barry was wrong on that one.

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @charli skipp,

      that snl skit would have been a lot better if they had a “better” obama. I usually like fred amistan(sp?) too, but they either need to either hire another comedian specificallly for obama skits or just bring back will ferrell and have him do it

    • miss t-lee

      @charli skipp,
      “Lik e Bush didn’t spend every other weekend at his play house in Texas. ”

      LMAO!! Yep he was here more than he was in DC, I think it was like 1000 days of vacay or something over his tenure. Since Crawford is not too far from here it was on the news errytime he touched down.

    • Me fail english?

      @charli skipp,

      Beyond the issues being complex. He actually HAS already done alot. But changes to COBRA, making Detroit accountable (and partially “state-owned”, if you wanna call it that, heh heh), lowering payroll taxes for businesses by increasing transit benefits, etc were actually undertakings that were not only unprecedented but I’m sure plenty of were grateful families. SNL hasnt been any good since the mid-90s. Those Palin raps sucked.

    • Ivy St.

      @charli skipp,
      “pulling out of Iraq; healthcare; closing Guantanamo, etc. are COMPLEX. ”

      I agree that these are all complex things, but don’t set a timeline until you actually know these things will happen. If you tell me you are pulling troops out within the first 180 days or 6 months or whatever, then I expect you to do it. Don’t then send MORE troops to Afghanistan, which is just as complex. We are all judged based on the deadlines we meet, no matter how simple or complex.
      Also ALL presidents have been judged on their progress after the first 100 days. That has been the standard since Roosevelt I think. Let me call my dad on that one.

    • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

      @charli skipp,

      LMFAO @ Bush’s Texas playhouse.

      • Me fail english?

        @Cheekie,

        lol. That made think of Pee-Wee’s playhouse

        • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

          @Me fail english?,

          Girl, we’re >>here<<. LOL

          I was wondering what the word of the day was. It's probably "Cheney".

          • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

            @Cheekie,

            i’m thinking “halliburton”

  • Da Iceman

    He’s the United States President! Do you know how hard that is for any man? He’s doing his thing, we should be proud, there’s no doubt he’s a trillion steps up from Bush. See the reception he gets worldwide and you know the impact he’s making runs far greater than just U.S. shores…

    • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

      @Da Iceman,

      Lol, that “world wide reception” didn’t help him much in denmark last week

      • http://twitter.com/Stank_0 Stank-0

        @The Champ,

        That’s part of the problem. Americans expected him to “close” and bring it back here. Keep in mind S. America HAS NEVER hosted an Olympic Games. They were due.

        • Me fail english?

          @Stank-0,

          I didnt know the Pres. was supposed to be so influential in bringing the games to the US. A few years ago when NYC was bidding (and lost) to be the 2012 host I dont recall Bush stumping for us too hard. Nor do I remember him being blamed for the loss.

          • arieswym

            @Me fail english?,

            Presidents and prime ministers stumping for their countries in the final round of voting with the IOC didn’t happen until 2005 when Tony Blair went before the committee when London won the 2012 Olympics. Putin did it for the 2014 Olympics and every other head of state was in Copenhagen for the 2016 selection.

            So if Obama didn’t go and Chicago loss they’d probably blame it on that. In the Bush era no head of state was expected to go.

      • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

        @The Champ,

        “world wide reception”

        Is this pause-y? This seems pause-y.

        o_O

        I don’t wanna think about my Prez being a world wide receiver…

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Cheekie,

          “Is this pause-y? This seems pause-y.”

          speak american please

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @The Champ,

            Does….this….warrant…a….pause?

            And YOU speak English. American ain’t a language.

      • Da Iceman

        @The Champ, I agree that South America (and Rio thank goodness!) were way overdue to host the games. God bless the Brazilian mamis.

        • http://verysmartbrothas.com The Champ

          @Da Iceman,

          I agree that South America (and Rio thank goodness!) were way overdue to host the games. God bless the Brazilian mamis.

          don’t forget the 5000 murders a year

    • Ivy St.

      @Da Iceman,
      “there’s no doubt he’s a trillion steps up from Bush.”

      Besides increase our popularity around the world (I agree this si no small task), what else has he done that is ALL that different from Bush’s policies?

      • Me fail english?

        @Ivy St.,

        Overhauling credit card policies, for one. Taking a more active role in seeing that corporations benefitting from gov’t largesse are accountable, for two.

        • Ivy St.

          @Me fail english?,
          Yeah he is overhauling dredit card policies that won’t take place until next year. In the meantime I’m catching it in the a$$ from my credit card company right now and I pay over the minimum monthly.
          In the end, I wish he could minimize the interest rate more.
          As far as making sure corporations are accountable, I think he should do that since HE gave them a large check to bail them out.
          Had he not bailed these car companies out, would he need to regulate them?

          • Me fail english?

            @Ivy St.,

            Well the first thing you did was suggest that his policies weren’t all that different from Bush’s. Whether or not you’re happy with the speed of action is a different issue entirely.

            You may think he should make the companies accountable but there was actually plenty of money going around in this country PRIOR to his time in office that was NOT accounted for (cf. money for airlines, state gov’ts). Another change Obama made that Bush probably would not have.

            P.S. Bush is the one that approved the first $20B or so for an auto bailout. Not Obama. It was dispensed on Obama’s watch in February.

      • Da Iceman

        @Ivy St., For one, he did not start an illegal war to please his daddy or steal oil.

        Two, he can put together a proper sentence. EVERYTIME he speaks.

        You know there’s more…

        • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

          @Da Iceman,

          “Two, he can put together a proper sentence. EVERYTIME he speaks.”

          Joe Biden agrees with this. He is very articulate and… clean.

          • miss t-lee

            @Cheekie,
            I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who remembered Biden’s comment…lmao!

          • Me fail english?

            @Cheekie,

            lol. Joe Biden still gets a major side-eye from me! Anti-apartheid or not!

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @miss t-lee and me fail english,

            HAHA! *high five*

            What’s hilarious is that when Obama announced him as vice president, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out why his name sounded familiar. Then, I realized and was like….”D’oh!”. lol

          • miss t-lee

            @Cheekie,
            My Dad and I were going round and round when this happened. I was like did he just pick the kat that called him “clean and articulate” a few months back for VP? ‘da hell?!?!
            Then my Dad broke it down as to how Biden was a plus for his campaign (the fact he had been in the politcal game since 1850/ likeable, old-school, from the northeast, not to mention 2520), so then I softened my side eye a bit…just a bit though.

          • Me fail english?

            @Cheekie & T-Lee,

            Haha, my Daddy and I had the same talk but it didn’t go so smooth! lmao.

            And the isht really hit the fan when in Sept. he said smthg to the effect of Hillary might’ve made a better candidate. I wanted his head on a damn spike and Daddy didnt debate me anymore.

            Since then I’ve seen Biden as this admin’s Homer Simpson. Lovable, comic relief who’s prone to putting his foot in his mouth. Awww. . .

          • http://www.sistersoundoff.blogspot.com Cheekie

            @me fail,

            Yeah, I think they played that clip of Biden saying Hillary would make a better candidate 5,845 times during the McCain/Obama debates. lol