Barack Obama’s African American Outreach-Essence Magazine

If you want to talk to black women appear on the cover of Essence magazine. Magazine articles give you the opportunity to talk to millions of people without going anywhere. It requires minimal effort but has the potential to yield significant results, but is this enough? We know this is not all the president will do but what will black people get for their undying, unflinching support of this president? In 2008 when the president ran for office the refrain was he is president to everyone so he can not truly get too involved with issues that affect the black community, but this president has freely addressed issues that affect the gay community. He promised them he would eliminate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ and he did. He recently came out and supported gay marriage. Why is he freely addressing the issues of one group and looking the other way at the problems of others? Money talks and while he embraces the causes of the gay community they have started writing checks to support his reelection efforts. Is that what blacks need to do to get on his agenda? Share your thoughts.

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  • EB  On June 6, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    President Obama continues to insult my intelligence as a Black person, and, with the truth being an absolute defense to a lie, all of my predictions concerning this Administration’s faux concerns about the Afrcian American Community have come true, except–and time will prove to be correct–that President Obama will begin a trek to the Black Belt in late summer, making sure to go to Selma, Alabama.

    Gay Marriage–Thank God for the group of African American Misisters who have had the courage to stand up to this Administration’s unspoken directive and assumption that all black people would fall in place behind this a-moral stance. Now don’t get me wrong because I have nothing personal against a person being gay, and each of us either have a family member or acquanitance who is gay. But to say that it is okay to marry is too much for me. Civil Unions for contractual reasons, maybe, but what about those babies and little children that many gay couples are now adopting. But then again, Preisdent Obama will say anything to get a vote.

    On National Security, I feel that this country’s credibility has been deminished and we are becoming a laughing stock. It’s the truth. I am also concerned about the “Kill” “Don’t Capture” mandates of this Administration, and I thought about Trevon Martin the other day after learning that this Administration had deicided that any civilian killed- accidently or not- in the vicinity of a suspected terrorist “must have been up to no good”. This was done so that whether or not an innocent civilian is accidently killed, the death would be counted as the death of a terrorists. This is wrong. I am also concerned about the drones flying around and over us. But even more importantly, this Administration has been playin pick and choose with helping some people seek freedom. For example-Syria and Iran. I can still see the signs in Iran where protestors were begging the U.S. to help. We turned our heads. The same is happening in Syria. On the other hand, we have no trouble dropping bombs on weak backward countries under this Administration. The result is that we are creating enemies, and it isn’t good from my perspetive. My other concerns are too lengthy

    On Education- —When this Administration took the automatic funding for HBCUs out of his watered down Initiative, I was personally appalled, and to understand my disappointment, then review the very first Initiative /Executive Order on HBCUs that was created by President Clinton. Then review the changes made by President Bush, who went further and also included initiatives for African Americans pursuing Post Graduate Degrees, and compare each of them to President Obama’s Initiative. What you will see was the removal of mandatory funding language to Congress for HBCUs, thus the main reason why many black college students cannot get ebough funds to attend college. Shame on Mr. President, and the Department of Education is now a failed joke.

    When I go to the gas pump, the grocery store, or pay my utitility bills, I don’t get a discount for being Black. This means that “we”–all of “us” are in the same boat and if the economy is failing, then the demographic groups with the least amount of resources will be hurt the most, as is happening now in the African American Community.

    In my opinion, for the past four years, President Obama has turned a deaf ear and put binders on when confronted with issues that have impacted the black community, and he has done so with apparent ease because he knows that there are those among us who don’t care about the economy, national secyurity, education, or anything else except that the President is “Black”?

    With the truth being told, the African American Community has made no gains in the past four years, and in fact we have regressed, period.

    I could go on and on, but in reality, it doesn’t matter what I say, especially when I say that we are now willingly becoming residents of the new economic plantation. We don’t and won’t read or write; we don’t or won’t pay attention to the world around us; and we don’t or won’t accept the fact that we have been suckered.

    So, being on Essence Magazine is no suprise because Mr. President is everywhere, even on cartoons.

    • Bill  On June 7, 2012 at 2:15 pm

      EB thank God for you and for your courage to speak out. Unfortunately, speaking the truth about this president’s dismal performance makes one racist if he or she is white and an Uncle Tom if he’s black. The issues you spoke on such as foreign policy, national security and education are virtually oblivion to most of the people, and particularly black people, that I discuss his performance with. They continue to remain enamored of his charm, charisma, good looks and don’t let me forget cool.

      As they remain gaga over him he is plundering the financial future of those of us who are at the lower end of the socio economic spectrum. Blacks and the young are being devastated. They will be saddled with the gargantuan debt from the five trillion dollars debt he has accumulated and squandered in less than a full term. But at least we have a black president. Isn’t that all that really matters?

      • EB  On June 8, 2012 at 2:00 am

        Thank you Bill for taking the time to read my comments, especially because I only mentioned a few narrow things from of long list of concerns in reference to all aspects of governing.

        Whenever I express my personal concerns I am always mindful of the views expressed by Theodore Roosevelt views on Presidential Criticism which he wrote and expressed in the Kansas City Star and shared with the country. I am going to write the quote below, and I do so because I have noticed that in several past instances, President Obama has taken the liberty to quote Theodore Roosevelt but has chosen to use selective amnesia concerning Roosevelt’s views on Presidential Criticism– which I believe every American should read at least one time in their lives, especially those among us who curse and defame their fellow Americans who choose to think and vote independently in deference to race or political affiliation. The quote is as follows:

        “The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American Citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or anyone else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than anyone else.”
        Roosevelt in the Kansas City Star, 148, May 7, 1918

        I do not wish to commit moral treason, regardless of race or political affiliation, and the truth is an absolute defense to a lie.

        Some of the truth, as I see it, is that President Obama has never stopped campaigning, smiling, bowing, traveling the world, or taking the time to govern, and in my opinion, he has at all times relegated the governing of this country to a very high majority of people who do not appear to understand what America stands for.

        I have further observed and come to the conclusion that President Obama should stop saying that Washington is broken, especially because as the President of the United States, for the majority of time in the last four years–he hasn’t been there to help “fix” it.

        My forefathers lived on slave plantations, and now, in the 21st Century–American of all races are beginning to live on an Economic Plantation where we are told what to eat, how to think, what to wear, etc., and many of us have been and are continuing to be conditioned to rely on the government to meet all of our needs.

        It appears that someone is trying to re-enact the book “Brave New World” and ,those who continue to rally in support of the Health Care Law should read a book entitled Cancer Ward by Alexander Solginiezen [ I probably mis-spelled the last name]. I read this particular book when I was a senior in High School in the late 60s in Birmingham, Alabama. The book, whose setting is in Russia, is really a detailed look into socialized medicine, and I see everything in that book becoming a reality here in America.

        Bill, I am not going to bore you or take away any of your valuable time, but you were absolutely correct when you stated that a black person who speaks the truth [by vocalizing any disagreements with the President’s performance], is called an Uncle Tom.

        With this said, and because I am female, I suppose that I am Auntie Ima–because -I’m a going to continue to express my opinions–all of which can be supporetd by facts, and I do so because I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America– and not some foreign country.

        Please also forgive any typographical errors because I am a two fingered typist.

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