Barack Obama

fortyfourToday at noon, the 44th President of the United States, Barack H. Obama, will be sworn into office. His right hand on the historical Lincoln Bible and his feet on the steps of United States Capitol which was built, in large part, by slaves.

To say this is a very historical moment in U.S. history is an understatement. This is a moment I thought I would never see in my lifetime.

Changing laws to outlaw racial discrimination was easy and paled in comparison to changing the hearts and minds of the people who actively sought to keep blacks and minorities oppressed. Even so, as a child I was told that I could be and do anything if I set my mind to it and worked hard to achieve it. However, growing up I realized those were lofty words of encouragement built on hope but steeped in doubt. 

But, today, this day, January 20, 2009, I can look at my nephews and tell them with confidence and conviction they live in a world where they can grow up to be President of the United States if they work hard.

I will be able to give them proof of that today.

Sooooo, some of Oprah’s fans are crying foul because she will not invite the Republican VP nominee, Sarah Palin, to her show until after the election.

She’s being two-faced,” said Dr. Cindy Grossman-Green, a pediatrician and Oprah fan from outside Philadelphia. “She initially had Obama on her show, but now that she’s decided [to support him], she won’t have any other political candidates on.”

[Source]

Whine much? How about some cheese?

She has publically endorsed Barack Obama and has assisted in his fundraising you nimrod! Why in the world would she invite and subsequently give invaluable airtime to his competitors? Not a very strategic move, no?

Once she brings Obama on and opens the door to political people [on her show], it’s only fair to bring both Republicans and Democrats on,” she added.

Fair? Fair? Unlike mass media outlets, Oprah isn’t required to give “fair” airtime to political candidates, she doesn’t have to be “balanced“. In case you missed it, the name of her show is THE OPRAH WINFREY SHOW. Not ABC, not CBS, not NBC, FOX, CNN, etc. She doesn’t have a board of directors or investors to answer to. She doesn’t have to be “unbiased” in her presentation of topics or invited guests.

But you over zealous feminist women who are whining about “fairness” are the same ones, I imagine, that were pissy with Oprah when she decided to support Obama in the first place. You [die-hard feminist] got your granny panties all in a bunch because she decided NOT to endorse Hillary Clinton. You wanted her to pledge allegiance to female power…to Va Jay Jays everywhere. Yeah, I get it.

However, you’ve seemed to have slept on one big factor here. While Ms Winfrey is a woman…she still is a black woman who hails from a humble beginning in the hills of Mississippi. A state steeped in an ugly history of racial bigotry and injustices. Now I can’t speak for Ms Winfrey because she does a far better job of it anyway and I don’t know the lady. But I would gamble to say that Barack Obama struck a chord with her as he did many. Something resonated within her soul.

Here is a man that isn’t pandering to one particular group of people because he can see the bigger picture. Here is a man that represents hope and who doesn’t mind rolling up his sleeves and working hard for “the people” in his community and subsequently, his country. And this is a Black man. An African American Man.

Forty five years after Martin Luther King, Jr gave his “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, DC, we are seeing the fruits of his labor (and the Civil Rights Movement). Forty five years after the blood, sweat, tears, and death of so many black men and women a Black Man is the Democratic nominee for President of the United States!! It gives me goosebumps!!

It is my humble opinion that young black boys and men need to see this example of responsibility, hard work, and hope far more so than feminist women trying to break through the glass ceiling. The 18 million cracks are there…ya just gotta wait your turn and STOP THE DAYUM WHINING!!

I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch the RNC, my stomach is weak and I can’t handle all the bullshit and hypocrisy. The people in this party are unbelievable and talk out of both sides of their neck! don’t believe me? View the video.

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Hat tip to the folks at O’ Hell Nawl for posting the video first.

Also, I received an email today from someone passing along info from one of Palin’s alleged constituents in Alaska. Always the skeptic and not believing everything I read, I Googled the person named. In short, it is supposedly a letter from an educator in Alaska coming out against Palin. 

Google returned a link to this blog, theWOWatch (Women in the News. Women on the News). Whoopi Goldberg is a contributor and has posted an poignant piece regarding her thoughts on Sarah Palin. Read it HERE!

Also, another fellow blogger has pointed out some innacuracies in both “Palin’s speech and McCain’s rhetoric”. Check it out at The Mo’Kelly Report.

Do you think the Republicans are hypocritical when it comes to the media treatment/scrutiny of Palin? What about their [Republicans] stance to back off the topic of her unwed teenage daughter? How does that fit into the party of “family values”? Would their reaction be the same of a Democrat’s family had it been the same circumstances?

What are your thoughts?

I knew it was coming. I am only surprised that it has taken this long before they’ve stepped out of the shadows. I suspect it will only get uglier as we approach November.

Mulligan’s is a well known local tavern in Marietta, Georgia and is owned by a good ole boy, Mike Norman. He’s known for displaying his ultra conservative views the establishment’s signage like suggesting Hilary Clinton should have married O.J. Well good ole Mike is now selling “Obama 08” t-shirts with a picture of Curious George.

Yessiree Bob!! You got it!! CURIOUS DAYUM GEORGE! Racist, you say? Not good ole boy Mike Norman. Mr Norman believes it’s okay to associate a black man with the caricature of a monkey. I suppose he thinks it’s okay to call any black person a porch monkey and we not be offended.

Norman said those offended are “hunting for a reason to be mad” and insisted he is “not a racist.”

Why picture Obama as Curious George? “Look at him . . . the hairline, the ears, he looks just like Curious George,” Norman said.

He said it’s just a coincidence that the character he chose for the T-shirt is a monkey. Norman said proceeds raised from sales of the T-shirts will be donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. [Source]

Several local groups are planning to protest in front of Mulligans today, including The Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Nation of Islam and the Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials.

What are your thoughts? Is this racist? Or…are we being “too sensitive” just “hunting for a reason to be mad“?