This article brings up a good question for our discussion this friday.
HAS OBAMA ADDRESSED BLACK ISSUES? by CASH MICHAELS
The Wilmington Journal
Beyond the need for the black family to be strengthened, and errant black fathers in struggling inner cities to help rear their children, has Sen. Barack Obama addressed other serious policy issues specific to the African-American community, or has he, as Rev. Jesse Jackson has suggested, engaged only in “talking down to blacks”?
The answer can be found on YouTube (www.youtube.com), the popular Internet video site, where a four-part, “Obama w/Black Press” video of the Democratic presumptive presidential nominee speaking to publishers and reporters with the NC Black Publishers Association (NCBPA) three months ago can be found (go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W1NA4T0F-rU to view).
Taped April 29 at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum Annex in Winston-Salem, NC by The Carolinian/Wilmington Journal newspapers before his crucial May 6 primary victory against then Democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama, who was accompanied by renowned historian Dr. John Hope Franklin, delved head-on into critical issues such as affordable healthcare; civil rights enforcement and criminal justice; the importance of early childhood education; restructuring the Small Business Administration to help African-American, women-owned and other small enterprises; job opportunities, the mortgage meltdown; rising energy prices and more…Full Article
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“Now, I am not inspiring or inciting riots. I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming of riots in Denver,” he said mimicking the holiday tune. Mayor John Hickenlooper said, “”Anyone who would call for riots in an American city has clearly lost their bearings.” Jenni Engebretsen, a spokeswoman for the convention, declined to respond to Limbaugh. “I think we’ll pass on this one,” she said. Limbaugh is heard by more than 14 million listeners a week.
Limbaugh’s Denver affiliate, 850 KOA, issued a statement today, saying its marquee talker “was not advocating violence in Denver,” according to the statement listing program director Kris Olinger as the contact.
Who’s surprised by Limbaugh? No one, but these remarks were extra unbelievable. I guess that’s why they call it shock radio. Who are these people who listen to these right wing extremists? Do they have any moral consciousness?
Cooks and Liars has details
This jerk is asking for violence in the streets and the blood to flow. Responding to this lunacy today—Rush Limbaugh had to cut off the phone on caller Lisa after she slammed him over his racist and hateful comments that he made about hoping for “riots” in America.
During today’s show (4/23) Rush made the statement that he is dreaming/hoping for riots after the Dems convention if they choose Hillary over Obama. He even sang his statment to the “I’m Dreaming of a “WHITE” Christmas” tune.
It appears to me that he is hoping African-Americans will revolt if Obama doesn’t win and in his dreams we would riot and wipe each other out so that he can indeed have a “white” Christmas/country.
And he said this also: “Riots in Denver, the Democrat Convention would see to it that we don’t elect Democrats,” Limbaugh said during Wednesday’s radio broadcast. He then went on to say that’s the best thing that could happen to the country.
Here’s the audio of caller Lisa really pouncing on Mr. Viagra: (it’s a rough transcript)
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Lisa: You were saying that you were hoping for a White Christmas if the Democrats choose Hillary over Obama and you even kind of sang your statement to the tune of White Christmas or did you mean a white country? What exactly did you mean by that statement yesterday?
Rush: Ho ho ho.
Lisa: Because I feel like all Americans, the American people want is what’s best for this country.
Rush: No, they don’t.
Lisa: Why does this have to be a hate-filled comment from you and other radio hosts?
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“I think he’s just the right person for now,” Walker said in an interview with The Associated Press before a public reading at Emory University on Tuesday. Walker had announced her support for Obama earlier.
“I think we need a leader who can be very strong and forceful and at the same time capable of actually sitting with people wherever they are on the globe. We don’t want leaders who are afraid of other people.”
Walker, 64, a longtime activist who once worked at Gloria Steinem’s Ms. magazine, didn’t struggle over her choice in the Democratic Party’s nomination battle, even though Obama’s competition is Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
She called the idea that feminists must support every female candidate “the old way of thinking” and counterproductive.
Walker joins another black Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Toni Morrison, in backing Obama. Morrison, who once labeled President Clinton as the “first black president,” surprised pundits in January by endorsing his wife’s competition. – Associated Press
NPR is asking…
A “drumbeat” has started to sound in the media the past week with the speech on race by Sen. Barack Obama and with the announcement of Bill Richardson’s endorsement of Obama – “this could be the beginning of the end for Clinton.”
Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen at Politico.com wrote today that “One big fact has largely been lost in the recent coverage of the Democratic presidential race: Hillary Rodham Clinton has virtually no chance of winning.”
Former Republican and Democratic strategist (in fact, he worked for the Clintons) Dick Morris said on Fox News yesterday that “First of all, he is the Democratic Party nominee. There is no way that Hillary Clinton is going to either beat him in elected delegates or persuade the superdelegates. He is the Democratic nominee.” (Morris did add that he thinks the Wright issue will sink Obama in the fall.)
Jack Cafferty, of the Cafferty File on CNN, used the phrase when talking about the Richardson endorsement and the delegate count. Specifically, Cafferty said Richardson’s status as a special delegate gives other special delegates the excuse to come out and support Obama now, despite the Wright controversy.
Toby Harnden, The Daily Telegraph’s U.S. editor since 2006, writes that Clinton has “no realistic path” to the nomination. “Unless Obama is, as the now-jailed former Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards once put it, ‘caught in bed with either a dead girl or a live boy’ she cannot overcome his pledged delegate lead.”
Slate’s Trailhead blog looks at the different ways that Clinton could catch up and pass Obama but then adds, “All this being a long way of saying, Hillary’s path to the nomination is not ‘narrow.’ It’s barricaded. Yet still there seems to be a hesitation among the media to declare Clinton dead. Maybe it’s her zombielike ability to rise again — first in New Hampshire, then in Nevada, then most recently in Texas and Ohio. But people have to understand there will be no knockout blow, no head shot. Rather it will be a long, slow exit that causes pain to everyone involved.”
But there are also two things to consider: 1) endorsements really haven’t mattered in the past. Kennedy endorsed Obama, and he still lost Mass. on Super Tuesday; 2) Clinton is way behind in pledged delegates but what about all of those superdelegates who may have benefited from the Clinton legacy in the past … and who will want to benefit from them in the future?
So what do you think? Is the end nigh? Does the Richardson announcement help Obama with superdelegates? What about Clinton’s ability to fight back again and again? (And hey, isn’t she leading in a lot of the polls right now?)
What do you think?
Barack Obama is victorious in Mississippi‘s Democratic primary today. It’s a great way to go into next month’s high-stakes race with Hillary in Pennsylvania.
Obama was winning roughly 90 percent of the black vote but only about one-quarter of the white vote, extending a pattern that carried him to victory in earlier primaries in South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana.
Obama picked up at least six Mississippi delegates to the Democratic National Convention, with 27 more to be awarded. He hoped for a win sizable enough to erase most if not all of Clinton’s 11-delegate gain from last week, when she won three primaries.
The Illinois senator had 1,585 delegates to 1,473 for Clinton. It takes 2,025 to win the nomination. Obama leads Clinton among pledged delegates, 1,374-1,226 in The Associated Press count, while the former first lady has an advantage among superdelegates, 247-211. – Yahoo News
Associated Press is reporting that “whites largely shunned Barack Obama…as the Deep South showed once again its reluctance to embrace him across racial lines.” I say to that “Surprise, Surprise” in my best Alfalfa voice. It’s a very interesting article…read it.
How many of you smell a super ticket brewing?
Clinton/Obama…Obama/Clinton? I don’t know who’s name will be first, but I think it could happen.
Here’s a great article from Jason George for the Chicago Tribune.
DILLON, S.C.—When it comes to fixing South Carolina’s “Corridor of Shame,” a counties-long strip of underfunded, underperforming and mostly black schools, all three Democratic front-runners possess some life experience that could qualify them as the region’s much-needed savior.
Sen. Barack Obama has a history of helping poor, minority communities as an organizer. Sen. Hillary Clinton once worked to improve the educational options for rural Arkansas students. And John Edwards, who was born in a South Carolina mill village, has made fighting poverty the central issue of his 2008 presidential bid.
No matter who eventually wins the White House, though—Democrat or Republican—the victor will have his or her work cut out. Consider, for example, Dillon’s J.V. Martin Junior High School, where if the students want a real-life history lesson, they need look no further than their old crumbling campus, a cluster of leaky, drafty buildings—the first built in 1896.
The archaic infrastructure is not the only thing in need of repair here: A third of Martin’s 560 middle schoolers read at three or more grades below level. About 10 percent of those 7th and 8th graders cannot identify all the letters of the alphabet.
As the presidential campaign migrates south and west, with far more diverse populations than Iowa and New Hampshire, the issues that drive the campaign are changing. In South Carolina, for the first time, the Democratic candidates will have their fates determined by the party’s most loyal constituency of the last 50 years: African-Americans. And in a state where half of Democratic voters are black and many are highly interested in improving South Carolina’s failing schools, the issues of race, education and poverty prove hot topics leading up to the Jan. 26 Democratic primary. Continue reading
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