Monday, August 22, 2011

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

President Obama has a Confrontation with a Tea Party Activist

President Obama gets into a confrontation with a Tea Party activist

By JasmineHughes

US President Barack Obama was recently pulled into a heated debate with a prominent conservative Tea Party activist over remarks made by Vice President Joe Biden, allegedly calling Tea Party members ‘terrorists.’

Monday, August 15, 2011

Read President Obama’s Remarks at a Townhall Meeting in Cannon Falls, Minnesota–8/15/11

Atlanta Courts Rule Against President Obama’s Healthcare Plan

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by Antoine Scroggins, Your Black World 

President Obama reaches an all-time Low

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

President Obama received some bad news this week:  A recent Gallup Poll foundthat the approval rating for the president has dropped below 40 percent for the first time ever.  A full 54 percent of Americans disapprove of the job the president is doing.   This puts President Obama into George Bush territory.  Bush’s approval rating dropped below 40 percent in early 2006 and never recovered after that.

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

President Obama Blames “Politics” for the Problems of America

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President Barack Obama continues to outsource the responsibility of job creation to congress, imploring voters to press their elected representatives to “pass bills that will create jobs.”

Speaking at a hybrid car battery plant in Holland, Michigan – an endeavor made possible by the stimulus package – President Obama says that there is nothing sub-par about the United States:

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Friday, August 12, 2011

A Former Obama Loyalist Writes Open Letter Expressing Disappointment

C. Frank Igwe, PhD

Any compromise on mere fundamentals is surrender. – Mohandas Gandhi

Mr. President, I remember.

Michael Blake from the White House Office of Public Engagement, Resigns

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Michael Blake, formerly the Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, has resigned. 

Obama Issues Stern Demand for Congress to Pass Job-Creating Legislation

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By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

This past Thursday President Obama discussed the job-creating potential of investing in clean energy. He took a tour of a Holland, Michigan factory that makes advanced batteries for alternative-fuel vehicles such as hybrids or all-electrics.

Obama talked about the benefits of spending money on producing such clean-energy technologies as advanced batteries, which would include more jobs and reduced consumption of foreign oil. He calls them “jobs of the future” and says the U.S. should lead the way in developing energy sources that pollute less.

 

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Critics Question Whether Pres. Obama Should Take Luxury Vacation During Tough Economic Times

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By JasmineHughes, Your Black World 

If you ask White House press secretary, Jay Carney, he’ll tell you that just as most Americans do, Obama needs down time to regenerate and adds, “Besides, the presidency travels with you.” However, in light of the economic turmoil and astronomically high unemployment rate, many are questioning how appropriate it is for President Obama to be vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard next week; a place where the average home can run nearly $1 million dollars.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Steve Harvey Calls Tavis Smiley and Cornel West Uncle Toms

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Dr. Boyce: It seems that Steve has a lot to say about Tavis Smiley and Cornel West.

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President Obama: The US is Still a AAA-Rated Country

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Kirsten West Savali, Your Black World 

In the wake of his perceived capitulation to the GOP, giving them “ninety-eight percent” of what they asked for in the debt-ceiling mis-deal, President Barack Obama is now calling for “political will” from both sides of the isle.

“We knew from the outset that a prolonged debate over the debt ceiling, a debate where the threat of default was used as a bargaining chip, could do enormous damage to our economy and the world’s,” he said in televised comments to reporters from The White House.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

President Obama Says Goodbye to “No Child Left Behind”

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Perhaps the President Should Begin to Speak Openly about Minority Education

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Your Black World reports

Russlyn Ali is no stranger to the huge disparity in the educational achievement gaps among blacks and whites. In fact, most of her professional career had been tirelessly spent on improving educational opportunities for low-income and minority students.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Dr. Julianne Malveaux: S&P Downgrade is Beginning of the End

by Dr. Julianne Malveaux

When S&P downgraded the US bond rating from AAA to AA+, they formalized the financial buzz of months, if not years. The US is going to hell in a hand basket, replicating the denouement of England in the mid-twentieth century. Our tax structure, which rewards the rich and punishes the middle class, looks like something from a developing country, and our economic distribution is going to look like that soon, as well. While many are disappointed and outraged that the flawed S&P felt they could involve themselves in the internal meat grinder of US politics by demanding a certain level of spending cuts, the bottom line is that our politicians were willing to take us to the brink on the debt ceiling, and this brinkmanship does not bode well for fiscal stability.

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The President Makes His Intentions Clear Regarding His Plans for Malia’s First Vehicle

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by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Just because President Barack Obama runs the United States, it does not mean that he is exempt from the benign symptoms of fatherly love. While giving a speech to the auto industry on Friday,CNNreports that he said:

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The Arrogance of Being President While Black

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The author of this piece is unknown, but many believe that he is a white male.  It’s interesting, please take a look.

I don't think anyone was under some real illusion that the election of Barack Obama actually means the end of racism in America . I'm pretty sure that the president-elect knew it better than anyone. After all, he saw it every day, from the moment he announced his candidacy. To some degree, he saw it within his own party during the primaries. And he saw it in all ugliness during the general election. For half of this country, he was "That One". No matter how big and clear his victory was. No matter how smart he is. No matter how decent he is. No matter what a true patriot he is. No matter how optimistic and positive his vision for America was. All that didn't matter. Because at the end of the day, he was still black.

Oprah Expresses Total Support for President Obama’s Reelection Campaign

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Oprah Winfrey makes it entirely clear that she is supporting the Obamas 100% in the next presidential election.

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fox News Calls President Obama’s Birthday Party a “Hip-Hop Barbecue that Didn’t Create Jobs”

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by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

It appears that Fox News is at it again.   The same network that has commentators like Eric Bolling, who asked why President Obama was "inviting so many hoods to the hizzy" referenced his 50th birthday party as a "Hip-Hop Barbecue." 

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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Tired of Waiting, The Congressional Black Caucus Announces a New Jobs Initiative

 

Courtesy of the White House Office of Communications

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

Men and women across the country have been frustrated for years about the lack of jobs and the dire state of the economy. Now, the Congressional Black Caucus is taking active steps in an effort to increase the number of employed citizens. August 8th, Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) along with host Member Congresswoman Marcia Fudge will be kicking off the CBC’s “For the People” Jobs Initiative. This event is starting off in Cleveland, Ohio, and it will be comprised of a job fair and town hall meeting at Cleveland State University. According to a press release provided to Your Black World by Stephanie L. Young of the White House Office of Communications:

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Friday, August 5, 2011

In Monumental Move, S&P Set to Downgrade US Gov’t Credit Rating

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action

According to CNN, the Standard & Poor’s rating agency has told the Obama Administration that it plans to downgrade the U.S government’s AAA credit rating.  The ruling has not been announced to the public and it is reportedly being challenged by the White House.  The move would be unprecedented, for the United States has long been considered one of the most credit-worthy financial entities in the world.

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Pat Buchanan Needs to Take the Word “Boy” Out of His Vocabulary

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Your Black WorldScholarship in Action

Pat Buchanan, one of the most divisive political constructs of this century, made an interesting comment about President Barack Obama.  In a recent interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, Buchanan referred to President Obama as Sharpton’s “boy.”

The remark led to Sharpton responding with the kind of ferocity that the situation demanded, telling Buchanan that he needs to respect Barack Obama as his president and everyone’s president.   Buchanan initially refused to issue an apology, but eventually took the time to “clarify his remarks.”

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Disapproval Rating for Congress is the Lowest in History

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Your Black World reports.

The recent debt ceiling debate brought the nation the closest its ever been to defaulting on the country’s debt.   Also, Americans have shown that they would rather see their lawmakers focus on creating jobs than on cutting costs, at least according to a new New York T’imes/CBS News Poll.

The poll found that a shocking 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is doing its job.  This is the highest disapproval rating in the history of the poll, which started in 1977.  Four out of five Americans said that the debt ceiling debate was more about gaining a political advantage than about doing what’s best for the country.  Nearly 75 percent of respondents claim that the debate did harm to the image of the United States around the world.

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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Dr. Boyce: Let’s Give Black America a Reason to Support President Obama

 

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse University – Schoarship in Action

Respected commentator Earl Ofari Hutchinson recently made a set of accurate remarks about the challenges that President Obama faces within the African American community. He cites a recentWashington Post/ABC News poll that shows that there are as many African Americans who are dissatisfied with the president's performance as there are who are happy with it.

 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Were African Americans Thrown Under the Bus During the Debt Ceiling Debate?

Dr. Wilmer Leon and Dr. Boyce Watkins ask whether or not African Americans were harmed disproportionately by the latest debt ceiling debate.

Congressional Black Caucus Takes a Stand Against the Debt Ceiling Compromise

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Dissatisfied with the debt-ceiling deal negotiated by President Obama and leaders in Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus are planning a procedural move that would require a majority of House Republicans to cast their votes on the measure before CBC members cast theirs. READ THE REST OF THIS ENTRY→

Monday, August 1, 2011

GOP Rep Compares President Obama to a “Tar Baby”

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

GOP Representative Dough Lamborn from Colorado decided to stir the racial fire in the recent debate over the debt crisis.  In his remarks about President Obama, Rep. Lamborn said that being associated with President Obama is “like touching a tar baby.”

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Rev. Jesse Jackson Says President Obama Wasn’t Tough Enough During Debt Talks

The Rev. Jesse Jackson had a few things to say about the recent debt crisis. Jackson claims that President Obama should have been “tougher” with the Republicans and less willing to compromise.

“He has a propensity to be trusting, on the side of reconciliation,” Jackson said to POLITICO. “He kind of underestimates how ideological these guys are and how determined they are to destroy him.”

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