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THE WRONG OBAMA SUPPORTER TO F**K WITH!
February 20, 2008, 6:10 pm
Filed under: Barack Obama, Einstein, True School, flavor of love, hillary clinton | Tags: Barack Obama, hillary clinton, illseed, politics
Check out this Barack Obama supporter and an interviewer he did. This interviewer picked the wrong one to prove his point that all people supporting Obama are emotional and illogical. See it below.

Here is the recap from Obama supporter Derrick and he his background and his reasons for supporting Barack Obama.

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I can’t fully express how refreshing it is to see a black man speak so articulate, using proper engilsh and speaking about something positive. Speaking about something other than cars, clothes, hoes and money. I really appreciate the fact that you have taken time to learn about the issues involved, you know why you are supporting Obama (not just because he is a black man), and that genuinely appreciate this democratic process that we as natural born American citizens often take for granted.
Please remain positive, focused and determined to help bring about a change in not only our country but our culture. God Bless!

Comment by Candice February 21, 2008 @ 2:36 pm

Ill, you need to have this above your rumor page every day until November 08. After hearing and seeing this brother speak; Obama should be the next President of America. Ill you need to have this brother in for a face-to-face; have brother Derrick layout Obama’s platform on this site.Let the (all)hiphop nation know, they and the rest of the nation will benefit from a man like this being President.

Comment by Deano February 21, 2008 @ 2:42 pm

wow. i’m not politically aware and certainly know nothing about American politics, but this guy drew me in so completely with his thorough responses, intellect and knowledge, and eloquence of speech. I love that his appearance (the stereo type) belies is true intellect.

Comment by insearchofbeing February 21, 2008 @ 4:47 pm

I loved the way this young man defended his statements. I tyhionk the interviewer was looking for an easy target to break down and got a ver intelligent knowledgable man instead.

I get tired of seeing our people on the news talking as if they haven’t had any formal education and it just makes me smile to see this young man here. The reporter bit off more than he could chew and it was evident when he got part way into the interview. This is how more of us need to portray ourselves in the media. I would bet all that I have that the reporter wasn’t as critical to any white person.

GREAT job Derrick. Vote OBAMA.

Comment by Ty Ryan February 21, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

LOVES IT……

Comment by Naomi February 21, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

Thought he didn’t know the business, huh? Ha! I’m loving it!
Wish this was Bill O’Rielly!

Comment by HunE916 February 21, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

This is Great!!!
He a Great Supporter!!!

The first couple questions were back to back sounding like the reporter wanted to catch a “supporter stuck on stupid”, Where a black man support Obama but could not explain why. That reporter pick the wrong guy to mess with.
I wish it was Bill O’Reilly too….haha

With history in the making, WE ARE ALL PAYING ATTENTION AND LEARNING

As Common said: (”The revolution will not be televised; the revolution is here”)

As Prince said: “Evolution will be colorized”

Comment by Krytic (Critic) February 21, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

this guy needs to be on jay leno,it would be a great thing for the world to see..

Comment by kinsley wesley February 21, 2008 @ 6:23 pm

He was fantastic. Candice, don’t be so refreshed or elated that an African-American is articulate and speaks with proper english. There are a lot of us out here. It’s almost like being proud of a black man for taking care of his child. Let’s not pat ourselves on the back for doing things that we are supposed to do. I tell my son when he scores in sports “don’t celebrate like a madman, act like you’ve been there before” Let’s act like we’ve been there before because we have

Comment by Real February 21, 2008 @ 6:45 pm

I’ve watched both of these videos several times. He’s great. I hope all supporters will strive for this kind of connection with and knowledge of their candidates.
Thanks for posting.

Comment by *Coop* February 21, 2008 @ 6:59 pm

Wow. That was hard work.

Except I’m with Real–a lot of people here seem surprised that a black guy can be so intelligent and well spoken.

She has very narrow horizons…

(Or she lives in the Connecticut suburbs??)

Comment by outsider222 February 21, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

Awesome. The interviewer was totally trying to make him look stupid (at least in the beginning) and he failed.

Comment by socratesoul February 21, 2008 @ 7:11 pm

Hillary has proven her shamleful character with her bid for the presidency. CLINTON WAS IMPEACHED!!!
Clinton Accused of 1978 Hotel Rape,
Clinton Murders video in my blog:
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i appologize if i have already contacted u.

Comment by artier February 21, 2008 @ 7:14 pm

Thanks so much for posting this. I loved hearing this man speak very much. Obama 2008

Comment by lecya February 21, 2008 @ 7:25 pm

Way to be informed! That’s awesome. Congrats to that man. I wish everyone could be this knowledgeable.

Comment by ariyathe February 21, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

Awesome! Derrik – you kick butt. I was wondering at first if this was set up, but the antagonistic tactics of the interviewer at first was clear, and his surprise seemed genuine as Derrik’s answers were so well informed.

I wish i could speak as well about Obama’s policies. But i too am for the man, not the party (or the issues, to be honest. The world needs a non-Good-Old-Boy president for the US even more than we Americans do.)

Comment by juanito February 21, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

I think it would be an injustice to assume the black man being articulate is an exception to the rule.

I am not black, white or American. I don’t even live remotely near the States but am still interested in the outcome of the presidential elections.

Despite that though, this chap is a legend!

Comment by threebasics February 21, 2008 @ 7:41 pm

Dude knew his stuff, right on. I think the interviewer was trying to ensnare him into a policy debate (where he thought he would win). I am even more surprised he published the interview, considering it did not fulfill the probable intent of the interviewer.

The only matter I disagreed with the brother was on tax incentives and subsidies to corporations. Those policies breed corruption and create perversive market incentives.

Comment by johnnypeepers February 21, 2008 @ 8:18 pm

I am blown away!!! Absolutely speechless. Take back the mic! I feel you on that!!

Comment by Lola February 21, 2008 @ 8:49 pm

Yea this Man’s on point. The interviewer tried to find an ignorant nigga, and got the complete opposite…..
I’m voting for Obama anyway, b/c he’s about progess…

Comment by alius February 21, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

OMG,
Im 29 years young and to this day I have not voted for any one in my life, but this guy has made me change the way I have felt for years all in one day with one speach. History was made with you Derrick.

Comment by Emajah February 21, 2008 @ 9:35 pm

I love the unspoken racism here.
“I can’t fully express how refreshing it is to see a black man speak so articulate, using proper engilsh and speaking about something positive. Speaking about something other than cars, clothes, hoes and money.” from Candice.
First off, inferring that black people are inarticulate, stupid and stereotyped by gangster rap mentalities.
secondly, denying the culture and language of black americans, that slang is improper, inarticulate and unintelligent.
Sheesh.
for further info on articulating points and discussion check out http://www.lordsaveusthemovie.com/

Comment by jake dockter February 21, 2008 @ 9:38 pm

Outstanding. The condescending interviewer knew he made a mistake a few minutes into it and changed his tone completely

Comment by darvish February 21, 2008 @ 9:49 pm

@jake… No kidding! What is so anomalous about a young black man who can hold an intelligent conversation?!

You guys act as if he can from some far off galaxy and laid the Codex of Life at your feet. C’mon! He’s an articulate, passionate and well-versed young American! Nothing out of the ordinary there. Certainly… wish there were more.

Comment by Gerald Buckley February 21, 2008 @ 10:01 pm

Derrick is da shit! im an Obama Mama 08!

Comment by The Bible February 21, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

man…that second video got me fired up! props to this guy, I’m with him all the way

Obama ‘08

Comment by Mike D February 22, 2008 @ 12:11 am

This young man is the most impressive political commentator I have seen in this campaign! I just happened acrosss this site and these videos and I am very impressed. He actually has me thinking that I need to at least consider voting for Obama. And considering that I’m your average white middle aged very conservative GOP-voting man, this is something! I’m going to pass these videos on to the government teacher at my daughter’s high school. Every young American should hear Derrick’s passion for the American political process. And I think we should all forward a link to these videos to Senator Kirk Watson in Texas too! He could certainly take a lesson from this young man.

Comment by TJ in St. Louis February 22, 2008 @ 12:32 am

I am in agreement! Well Said.

Comment by LaToya February 22, 2008 @ 1:12 am

Very refreshing indeed. I live in Montreal, but I follow the presidentials every day. I can tell you that many french speaking people in Quebec, just like me, would support Obama anytime.

This elections will have a huge impact on many countries. Keep up the good work, democrats supporters!

Comment by Le Détracteur Constructif February 22, 2008 @ 1:40 am

The comments posted so far substantiate that Obama supporters are emotional illogical thumb suckers.

Comment by James February 22, 2008 @ 1:49 am

A Hope for Barrack,
A Hope for America.

Comment by titov February 22, 2008 @ 2:12 am

Wow I dont have many words for this. So what if the man’s mother is white if your intrested enough to vote for someone then so be it. We all have the right to vote for who we want.And personally im still voting for Barak we need him no matter what a weird pastor says, where did this guy even come from??? CHANGE!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Terrea February 22, 2008 @ 3:53 am

If this gentleman was as sharp as some of you say he is, then he would have realized that in his statement

“Part of the way in which it gets paid for is by both the worker and the employer…”

An Employer looks at, not the salary of the employee, but the COST of the employee. For clarification see Milton Friedman on youtube.

Comment by nemarasu February 22, 2008 @ 4:39 am

that was actually a really interesting interview.

Comment by cobhammar February 22, 2008 @ 5:28 am

“MORE BLACKS THAN HISPANICS MAY VOTE IN TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY” FROM MCCLATCHYDC.COM,FEB.21,2008

February 22, 2008

FROM mcclatchydc.com

More blacks than Hispanics may vote in Texas Democratic primary
By John Moritz | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008 email

R. Jeena Jacobs / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

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AUSTIN, Texas — Although Hispanics outnumber African-Americans in Texas by 3 to 1, more blacks than Hispanics may turn out to vote in the state’s Democratic primary on March 4 because they’re fired up about Barack Obama.

The emergence of Illinois Sen. Obama as the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination has generated more excitement among African-American voters than leading black Texas Democrats have ever seen. And if, as they suspect, black voters turn out in greater numbers than do the Hispanics whom Hillary Clinton’s counting on, her hopes for victory could be crushed.

“This year, it is a force of nature that doesn’t appear to need a whole lot of help from people like me,” said Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor who in 2002 became the first African-American in Texas to win a major-party nomination for the U.S. Senate. “The black vote is going to turn itself out.”

Rep. Marc Veasey, an African-American Democrat from Fort Worth and Houston Rep. Garnet Coleman, the chairman of the African-American Legislative Caucus in Texas, expressed the same sentiment. All three support Obama.

New York Sen. Clinton kicked off her effort in Texas last week with a high-powered tour through South Texas, where the Hispanic vote is considered crucial to her hopes for victory. In California on Feb. 5, she won the Hispanic vote 2 to 1, and that propelled her to a comfortable win over Obama.

The Clinton campaign circulated a memo last week suggesting that Hispanic turnout this year would likely surpass the 24 percent mark it reached in 2004, and that Clinton once again expects to run up the score in that constituency.

But Kirk and others said that blacks this year could account for 25 percent to 30 percent of the Democratic turnout. Veteran strategist Kelly Fero, who’s white and neutral in the presidential contest, said it could be even higher.

“It’s plausible that African-American turnout could push north of 40 percent in the Democratic primary,” Fero said.

Such turnout would likely diminish or erase the 7- to 10-point lead Clinton has enjoyed in recent polls of Texas primary voters. Kirk, who lost the 2002 Senate election to Republican John Cornyn, said he expects Obama to win 80 percent to 90 percent of the African-American vote next month.

“As these primaries go on, you see him gaining strength among the black voters,” Kirk said. “I have got to believe that trend will continue when he gets to Texas.”

Veasey, who represents a heavily African-American district on Fort Worth’s east side, said enthusiasm to vote is at an all-time high. But support for Obama among Veasey’s constituents wasn’t automatic when the race began. Older voters felt more loyalty to Clinton, in part because of their affection for former President Bill Clinton, while younger voters were drawn to the 46-year-old Obama, Veasey said.

“We were kind of split between Hillary Clinton and Obama,” he said. “But something happened after South Carolina (where Obama won big on Jan. 26). It was like, hey, this guy can win this thing. You started seeing everyone — young, old, everyone — just move to Obama.”

The divided loyalty among African-American voters was on display Wednesday when Obama was rallying supporters in Dallas.

“I was hoping this would never become a black or white issue,” said Leala Green, an African-American voter. “I marched with Dr. Martin Luther King when he marched in Montgomery, Alabama, in the early 1960s when I was a student.

“And I defend Hillary Clinton,” she added. “But I am going to vote for Obama. Once I started listening to him, I knew I would vote for him.”

At a Bill Clinton rally in Tyler last week, Dexter Jones was holding out hopes for the best of both worlds for the African-American community.

“I wish they were both on the ticket together,” said Jones, 41

He said that it’s unfortunate if the Clintons are feeling somewhat betrayed by the black community, which was a cornerstone of the couple’s support during Bill Clinton’s White House years.

“I think the Clintons have the support of some of the African-American community, but it seems that many are turning to Obama,” said Jones, who’s still undecided. “Barack Obama has a great message — that we can be anything we want to be.”

Coleman, a state lawmaker since 1991 who’s helped the campaigns of countless Texas Democrats over the years, said he appreciates the conflict that some in the African-American community feel. He was a supporter of former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards before he shifted to Obama.

“This is a powerful election year for all Democrats, but maybe especially so for African-Americans,” he said. “We have not only a chance but a real chance to put one our own in the White House. People come up to me all the time and say they never expected to see this in their lifetime.

“I never expected to see this in my lifetime,” he added. “I’m 46. I grew up when Texas was still segregated. A lot of us did. So are we going to turn out and vote? Hell, yeah.”

TEXAS BY THE NUMBERS

Exact figures breaking down Texas Democratic primary voters by race or ethnicity were not available. But here are some demographic figures for the Texas population as a whole from the Census Bureau in 2006. Percentages exceed 100 because people may be of more than one race or ethnicity:

White: 82.7 percent

Hispanic: 35.7 percent

Black: 11.9 percent

Asian: 3.4 percent

(Moritz reports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Star-Telegram staff writer Anna Tinsley contributed to this report.)

McClatchy Newspapers 2008

Login to leave a comment!02:02:01 02/22/2008jenavera
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This comment is directed to Harlee who said that Obama’s campaign is beginning to look like an occult following. I believe you have Obama confused with the occult following in Washington with President Bush and his cabal, among others. A little research might scare the h–l out of you, as it did me. I see nothing wrong with Trinity United Church of Christ. If these so-called “christians” were following Christ our country wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now. I believe just about everybody agrees we ARE in a real mess.

01:02:02 02/22/2008alux
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The reporter, John Moritz, did NOT do his research. The reason why blacks are voting more than Hispanics is simply because African-Americans are citizens. Census data does NOT preference citizenship, therefore although there may be more Hispanics in Texas than African-Americans, the fact is: they cannot vote because they are not citizens. Therefore, this is a non-issue (unless you actually mention this but you completely ignored it).

05:02:29 02/21/2008Maggie
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Rove’s Trolls are really into this one today.

We want these hopeless fools to Vote for McWar.

Then suit up for the FRONT LINES FOR HIS 100 YEARS OF WARS.

YOUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN WILL REALLY “LOVE” YOU TOO

FOR TAKING THEIR LIVES IN HIS WARS TOO.

OBAMA IS ATTACKED BY A BROTHER FOR MISSING THE STATE OF BLACK AMERICA FORUM FROM MCCLATCHYDC.COM

February 22, 2008

FROM mcclatchydc.com

Obama takes heat for skipping annual black forum
By William Douglas | McClatchy Newspapers
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WASHINGTON — Presidential politics will take center stage in New Orleans on Saturday at the annual “State of the Black Union” symposium, where the hottest topic is likely to be which candidate is there and which one isn’t.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will address a largely African-American crowd of thousands in New Orleans’ Ernest M. Morial Convention Center — where thousands of the city’s poorest residents sought shelter in squalid conditions after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., Clinton’s Democratic rival, is skipping the event. He’ll focus instead on campaigning in Texas and Ohio in hopes of delivering a knockout blow to Clinton in those states’ presidential primaries on March 4.

The Republican presidential candidates, Sen. John McCain of Arizona and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, also declined to attend the symposium, which television and radio talk show host Tavis Smiley organized and will host.

Obama’s refusal to attend and Smiley’s criticism of him for doing so have stirred debate within the African-American community and the blogosphere, taking both men to task.

“On one side, there are people who feel he (Obama) is about to make history and you (Smiley) are trying to mess it up,” said Ronald Walters, an African-American political science professor at the University of Maryland. “Then there are others who feel that Obama needs to address issues important to African-Americans more than he has.”

Clinton, meanwhile, is attending because she has to try to woo back African-American voters who’ve deserted her in droves, political analysts say. Within a year, African-American support has flipped from favoring her to backing Obama by as much as 80 percent to 90 percent in recent primaries.

Clinton could receive a cool reception from African-Americans, who think that her campaign — especially her husband, former President Bill Clinton — injected race into South Carolina’s Democratic primary last month to try to marginalize Obama as “the black candidate.”

“Her coming to the event, it’s a bit of a risk. She could get a chilly reception,” Walters said. “If it hadn’t been for South Carolina, she could go into the forum expecting a good reception.”

Minyon Moore, a Clinton campaign adviser, said the New York senator doesn’t know what to expect on Saturday.

“After all that’s been reported and said, what hasn’t changed is the commitment of Hillary, and Bill, Clinton to civil rights and racial equality,” Moore said. “If people are willing to listen to her, we’ll win the day.”

Saturday’s events will deal largely with issues in Smiley’s best-selling book, “The Covenant with Black America,” which explores how the African-Americans should address key problems that affect them.

After Clinton readily accepted the invitation and Obama didn’t, Smiley began to criticize Obama for not responding to his invitation, saying that some African-American leaders are concerned because Obama hasn’t spoken enough about African-American issues on the campaign trail.

Obama brushed off Smiley’s criticism last week during an appearance on the “Tom Joyner Morning Show” radio program, which has a largely African-American audience. He said he does address issues covered in Smiley’s book.

“I’m going to have to call Tavis and straighten him out on this — I don’t know why he (Smiley) hasn’t called me directly,” Obama told Joyner. “If the notion is that I should only be talking to black people, then I’m not going to win the presidency, because there are a whole lot of people out there who are white, Latino or Asian who’ve got a whole bunch (of issues) as well.”

Obama’s campaign offered Michelle Obama to speak on her husband’s behalf in New Orleans, but Smiley declined the offer. Obama then sent a letter to Smiley officially turning down his invitation because he’ll be campaigning in Texas and Ohio, where he still trails Clinton in opinion polls but is narrowing the gap.

Smiley called Obama’s decision “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity.”

“I think as close as this race is, the concerns of African-American people are important,” Smiley said in an interview with McClatchy. “The Clinton campaign has made moves — the appointment of Maggie Williams as campaign manager — to aggressively go after the African-American vote.”

The Smiley-Obama flap has fueled sometimes-heated debate within the African-American community. Smiley, speaking on the Joyner program, hinted that he’s received death threats for his Obama comments, though he declined to elaborate.

“I’ve been getting barbecued a lot lately,” Smiley told McClatchy. “But it’s never been about me. It’s only about me now because some people are trying to change the subject. It’s about who’s coming and who’s not.”

Many say Smiley is in an ego-driven snit over Obama’s rejection. A headline on an article last week on The Root, an African-American-oriented Web site, blared “Who Died and Made Tavis King.”

“Tavis and his guests have every right to criticize Obama if they have substantive disagreements with his policy, his approach to politics or his viability as a general candidate,” wrote Melissa Harris-Lacewell, a Princeton University African-American studies associate professor. “They do not have a right to create a false, racial litmus test.”

Others find fault with Obama.

“Obama’s campaign is unraveling,” a reader named Jean wrote in a response to a Smiley-Obama post on McClatchy’s Election 2008 blog. “His followers act like a cult. Tavis is a very respected broadcaster and has a right to expect cordiality.”

McClatchy Newspapers 2008
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04:02:29 02/22/2008scogostology
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OBAMA IS RIGHT TO SKIP THE SO CALLED SOTBU SYMPOSIUM

I can understand Mr. Tavis Smiley’s anger and criticism of Obama’s inability to attend his “State of the Black Union symposium.

However, he should understand that Obama do not mean to slight him or any disrespect.

He just happens to be waging a fight for his life against a formidable, slick and devious opponent who is backed by one of the most powerful and vicious political machines in the world.

Going to Ohio to campaign is more important to him than attending a symposium to discuss African American issues.

He offered his wife, Michelle, but you declined. What is the matter?

SHE IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH FOR YOU?

You have no respect for women?

Well someday soon, this same Michelle may become the First Lady!

As the man said, African Americans are not the only ones who have issues. Caucasians, Latinos, Chinese, Indians, Native Americans, Japanese, Africans and a long list of others have issues too.

BY THE WAY, AFRICAN AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE MUCH POLITICAL ISSUES ANYMORE, AS MANY HAVE BECOME GOVERNORS, SENATORS AND COMMISSIONERS.

The issues they have now are ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, (DRUG AND CRIME PROBLEMS.)

Obama is not a black candidate but an American candidate and he must address the issues of everyone if he is to win. This was what he already explained to you Mr. Smiley, The Smelly.

By the way, how much did you contribute to his campaign? How many thousands of voters have you managed to get for him? How many super delegates are you lobbying to support him? Hey buddy, it is you who has made “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity.”

What you should be doing is to assist him to win (instead of whining) and when he does, he will be able to help you solve African American issues that you are concerned about.

Obama does not owe you or anyone anything.

He is a self made and bright man.

Are you working for the Billary gang??? Have they paid you to sabotage him? Hey buddy, it will not work because the gods have already chosen and anointed this man and he is making history and there is no power on earth that can stop him.

So, back off, shut up and leave him alone.

If African American issues are so important to you, why did you not enter the race or at least join his campaign staff to work hard and help him win? Empty barrel makes the most noise.

We ask you to cease and desist from distracting him and playing the spoiler. secret33.com/carrental

02:02:30 02/22/2008jhwalker24
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This is coming from the Tavis Smiley whose program is sponsored by WalMart. The company that is known for exploiting its workers, specially black, immigrant, and female workers. While I would rather see Obama speaking in front of the Black Forum, I think black leaders would serve all people of color better by supporting Obama now. If Obama wins the Democratic Primary, then more pressure should put on him to be more progressive with his healthcare program, living wages, and creation of new manufacturing and technology jobs through a Green Revolution; otherwise, eliminate the insurance companies, raise wages, and create healthy environment in urban areas and good paying jobs, which will help all people in the USA.

Obama will be an inspiration to the USA and the world if elected as president. It will be nice to see an African-American face along with all those old white men, which I am becoming. However, once elected, he will be open scrutiny just like all of those who came before him.

02:02:46 02/22/2008rpasr

Tavis is professionally finished!

01:02:56 02/22/2008firstcitizen

That’s 1/16th Rule by the way.

01:02:33 02/22/2008firstcitizen
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Who are all these ignorant people talking about Obama is only half black? Are you even Americans? Ever heard of the 1/6th Rule? Since when in American history has a man that looks like Obama been considered white. And if we’re going to go on pure genetics, thanks for ejecting nearly 25% or more of all the African-Americans walking around today who might be up to half other.

Sure, there’s color prejudice in the African-American community, always has been. But you folks are just as bad as the ones who used to do brown paper bag tests and snub their nose at dark skin blacks. Grow up. The African american community is diverse in many ways, including genetically.

Moreover, I know you never read his book. Since if anything he ‘over-identifies’ with his black side to probably ignoring his white side. (Although his black father skipped out on him, so maybe he should have identified more with his white side.) But that’s not an option for half-black man in AMerica. Everyone sees you as black. Hell, that’s not an option for an octaroon in America.

Tavis Smiley’s feelings are hurt. Boo hoo. Barrack Obama is running to be president of the United States. Obviously, I’d be proud to have the first black president in office. I think he will be the first black president. But he will be everyone’s president, not just black people’s he has to be.

He’ll also be the most powerfal man in the world, and thus by implication the most powerful black man in the world and in America. Maybe Tavis Smiley and his cronies just can’t handle that.

01:02:27 02/22/2008affella
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Jitre!
Once upon a time, even the most intellectual and capable ‘African Americans’ men were assuming their lack of perseverance as color discrimination. People like Tavis are wolves in sheep cloth, Obama doesn’t have to say anything(or be there) for ‘African American’. His winning the election could change lot of things. Most people can’t see their color as a disadvantage but could ‘Focus on their inner abilities’. Few might not be depriving themselves from their own under utilized abilities.
Good you you pointed out that lot of Man took liberties with Black women. Doesn’t it make them more desirable ? Probably, their own women were just useless logs. Also, what about Hilary Clinton, Not even her husband wants her.
Its hard for you see the CHANGE, the pure breed animals without the inner beauty only look good in Dog Shows! Haven’t you heard about most efficient Hybrid cars ? Best Beauties with Brain, better physical capabilities and higher disease tolerance in human beings came only from diversity. Here he comes “the Best”, Efficient Green-Hybrid-Next President!

12:02:12 02/22/2008STRONGBLOOD
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Mr. Smiley is self-serving. The meeting is scheduled at a wrong time. Mr. Travis himself may not actually be seriously concerned about black issues at this time compared to bringing attention to himself, ceteris paribus. While should Mr. Obama get away from the states where he is lagging in the polls and who will be voting SOON & SOON to attend this meeting that seems more like Smiley’s SELFISH attention-seeker instead of black-issues stuff. Shame to Mr. Smiley. Black people may need to rethink seriously whether Mr. Smiley really cares for them in relation to himself!!!

11:02:00 02/21/2008STRONGBLOOD
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Mr. Tavis Smiley comes across as a selfish man by not understanding that Mr. Obama, at this critical time, has to focus on campaigning in Texas and Ohio where he is running behind. This Tavis behavior at this critical time is almost a description or depiction of a basket full of devils trying to mull a kid while the poor kid is trying to create himself a chance at having a piece of a critical bubble gum that has avaded him for years. Which one is more important at this MOST CRITICAL PERIOD–attending Smiley’s meeting set at a very wrong time or campaigning in Ohio and Texas whose times have been set years ago, cannot be changed, and the history-making black candidate (who is lagging behind in the states’ polls) is trying to make people know him before next week’s voting? Mr. Tavis Smiley is almost a silly, arrogant, and self-serving woe to himself, to the black people he thinks he is serving, and to America as a whole. I come very short of calling him a stupid name. Shame to you Mr. Tavis Smiley. Who are you fooling? It’s going to be hard before I watch your show again. You exercised a selfish judgment in your decisions with regard to your conclusion concerning Mr. Obama attending or not attending your meeting. He even offered his wife and you turned it down. I can see right now that you have a selfish aspirational political ambition. You will not get there until you learn to be wholistic and unfeigned other-minded. Shame to you!

09:02:59 02/21/2008jitre
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No Barack mother was not Indonesian. She was a white woman from Kansas. He was born in Hawaii so he is as American as apple pie. He’ll fit in OK with blacks as he is one. I think that Hillary is the better of the two. Never mind him selecting a cabinet as he wouldnt get that far.

09:02:38 02/21/2008FreeAtLast
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Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying Tavis is the enemy of the African American, because it is precisely his passion for the African American that is spurning this debate right now. I still will have preferred he calls the State of the Union of Black folk earlier. Let me hear Mitt, Edwards, everybody’s opinion on the issues of problems facing black people in this country. Why were we deprived this opportunity. why were the other candidates deprived the opportunity to give their take on this issue. Doesn’t this call seem opportunistic to you? Why is it alright that McCain misses this. If he becomes president these issues loose importance? Come on America even I’m not highly intelligent but i can tell this meeting call is really really unnecessary. Or at least the timing of it is unfortunate. I don’t think senator Clinton’s acceptance is well informed either. She needs to be on the ground meeting and assuring people that she means them well. But honestly i will prefer the candidate that prefers adressing the issues of Americans of all races over the just assuring just one race, I will prefer a candidate that assures me that opportunities will be made available all I need do is work hard, cause let’s face it the demographics qouted by jitre of Texas are almost true of the all country. But equal opportunities for of America is what will lead to healing after the many years of the present regime.

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That’s 1/16th Rule by the
Submitted by firstcitizen on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:29.
That’s 1/16th Rule by the way.

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Who are all these ignorant
Submitted by firstcitizen on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:29.
Who are all these ignorant people talking about Obama is only half black? Are you even Americans? Ever heard of the 1/6th Rule? Since when in American history has a man that looks like Obama been considered white. And if we’re going to go on pure genetics, thanks for ejecting nearly 25% or more of all the African-Americans walking around today who might be up to half other.

Sure, there’s color prejudice in the African-American community, always has been. But you folks are just as bad as the ones who used to do brown paper bag tests and snub their nose at dark skin blacks. Grow up. The African american community is diverse in many ways, including genetically.

Moreover, I know you never read his book. Since if anything he ‘over-identifies’ with his black side to probably ignoring his white side. (Although his black father skipped out on him, so maybe he should have identified more with his white side.) But that’s not an option for half-black man in AMerica. Everyone sees you as black. Hell, that’s not an option for an octaroon in America.

Tavis Smiley’s feelings are hurt. Boo hoo. Barrack Obama is running to be president of the United States. Obviously, I’d be proud to have the first black president in office. I think he will be the first black president. But he will be everyone’s president, not just black people’s he has to be.

He’ll also be the most powerfal man in the world, and thus by implication the most powerful black man in the world and in America. Maybe Tavis Smiley and his cronies just can’t handle that.

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Jitre! Once upon a time,
Submitted by affella on Fri, 2008-02-22 06:13.
Jitre!
Once upon a time, even the most intellectual and capable ‘African Americans’ men were assuming their lack of perseverance as color discrimination. People like Tavis are wolves in sheep cloth, Obama doesn’t have to say anything(or be there) for ‘African American’. His winning the election could change lot of things. Most people can’t see their color as a disadvantage but could ‘Focus on their inner abilities’. Few might not be depriving themselves from their own under utilized abilities.
Good you you pointed out that lot of Man took liberties with Black women. Doesn’t it make them more desirable ? Probably, their own women were just useless logs. Also, what about Hilary Clinton, Not even her husband wants her.
Its hard for you see the CHANGE, the pure breed animals without the inner beauty only look good in Dog Shows! Haven’t you heard about most efficient Hybrid cars ? Best Beauties with Brain, better physical capabilities and higher disease tolerance in human beings came only from diversity. Here he comes “the Best”, Efficient Green-Hybrid-Next President!

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CRITICAL TIME and Mr. Smiley’s Self-serving value system
Submitted by STRONGBLOOD on Fri, 2008-02-22 05:12.
Mr. Smiley is self-serving. The meeting is scheduled at a wrong time. Mr. Travis himself may not actually be seriously concerned about black issues at this time compared to bringing attention to himself, ceteris paribus. While should Mr. Obama get away from the states where he is lagging in the polls and who will be voting SOON & SOON to attend this meeting that seems more like Smiley’s SELFISH attention-seeker instead of black-issues stuff. Shame to Mr. Smiley. Black people may need to rethink seriously whether Mr. Smiley really cares for them in relation to himself!!!

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Mr. Tavis Smiley comes
Submitted by STRONGBLOOD on Fri, 2008-02-22 04:53.
Mr. Tavis Smiley comes across as a selfish man by not understanding that Mr. Obama, at this critical time, has to focus on campaigning in Texas and Ohio where he is running behind. This Tavis behavior at this critical time is almost a description or depiction of a basket full of devils trying to mull a kid while the poor kid is trying to create himself a chance at having a piece of a critical bubble gum that has avaded him for years. Which one is more important at this MOST CRITICAL PERIOD–attending Smiley’s meeting set at a very wrong time or campaigning in Ohio and Texas whose times have been set years ago, cannot be changed, and the history-making black candidate (who is lagging behind in the states’ polls) is trying to make people know him before next week’s voting? Mr. Tavis Smiley is almost a silly, arrogant, and self-serving woe to himself, to the black people he thinks he is serving, and to America as a whole. I come very short of calling him a stupid name. Shame to you Mr. Tavis Smiley. Who are you fooling? It’s going to be hard before I watch your show again. You exercised a selfish judgment in your decisions with regard to your conclusion concerning Mr. Obama attending or not attending your meeting. He even offered his wife and you turned it down. I can see right now that you have a selfish aspirational political ambition. You will not get there until you learn to be wholistic and unfeigned other-minded. Shame to you!

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No Barack mother was not
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 02:11.
No Barack mother was not Indonesian. She was a white woman from Kansas. He was born in Hawaii so he is as American as apple pie. He’ll fit in OK with blacks as he is one. I think that Hillary is the better of the two. Never mind him selecting a cabinet as he wouldnt get that far.

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Well I wouldn’t go as far as
Submitted by FreeAtLast on Fri, 2008-02-22 02:04.
Well I wouldn’t go as far as saying Tavis is the enemy of the African American, because it is precisely his passion for the African American that is spurning this debate right now. I still will have preferred he calls the State of the Union of Black folk earlier. Let me hear Mitt, Edwards, everybody’s opinion on the issues of problems facing black people in this country. Why were we deprived this opportunity. why were the other candidates deprived the opportunity to give their take on this issue. Doesn’t this call seem opportunistic to you? Why is it alright that McCain misses this. If he becomes president these issues loose importance? Come on America even I’m not highly intelligent but i can tell this meeting call is really really unnecessary. Or at least the timing of it is unfortunate. I don’t think senator Clinton’s acceptance is well informed either. She needs to be on the ground meeting and assuring people that she means them well. But honestly i will prefer the candidate that prefers adressing the issues of Americans of all races over the just assuring just one race, I will prefer a candidate that assures me that opportunities will be made available all I need do is work hard, cause let’s face it the demographics qouted by jitre of Texas are almost true of the all country. But equal opportunities for of America is what will lead to healing after the many years of the present regime.

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African Americans have a
Submitted by fresnian2 on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:57.
African Americans have a certain number of experiences in common in growing up in the US. Barack Obama, with a Kenyan father & Indonesisan mother, multi-national & multi-cultural upbringing, may not fit into the stereotypes as Blacks are expecting. I’m sure he’ll be “sympathetic” to African American issues, but how much he’ll be able to do with the legislature is in doubt. Maybe, if he picks a really strong “arm-twisting” cabinet and appoints some Black leaders. ??

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Freeatlast- thank God all
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:22.
Freeatlast- thank God all mighty we’re free at last.
I do hope so after Barack has finished with us. rpasr- you will find that Tavis is one of the saviours of Black Americans. I can see that you are one jumping on Barack’s train to nowhere. The white back lash is coming. If whites had voted the way African-Americans are voting for Barack they would have been called racist. It is unhealthy the way African -Americans are voting for Barack. MEGALOMANIA comes to mind.

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Free at Last
Submitted by rpasr on Fri, 2008-02-22 07:46.
Tavis is professionally finished!

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Yup, Obama is busy with his
Submitted by Daytona7 on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:21.
Yup, Obama is busy with his campaigning. So busy in fact that he even forgets to show respect for the Stars and Strips while everyone else around him have their hands over their hearts. Hey, it was his own people who said that Obama has a tendecy to forget about showing respect for the Stars and Strips.

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I am really disappointed in
Submitted by MelHill on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:18.
I am really disappointed in how Senator Obama is being portrayed because he can not attend the forum. Yes, he is an African American and yes I would have liked to see him attend but if he can not, I am not going to say tht he is not concerned about African Americans. We must realize this man is not running for a local political seat, he is running for the president of the United States. His schedule is BUSY and he may not be able to attend everything. I don’t think that he is turned from our community but he is on a mission so that our community could possibly be the face of America.

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Tavis Smiley is the worst
Submitted by rpasr on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:06.
Tavis Smiley is the worst enemy of Black Americans and the best friend the Republicans could have right now.

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The senator’s argument is
Submitted by FreeAtLast on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:04.
The senator’s argument is genuine in my mind. The issues affecting black people are well known and Tavis does well to document these. Now he is being plainly selfish. Opinion polls and others suggest senator Clinton is leading in Texas and ohio. In anyway maybe it is necessary for her to do damage control caused before SC primaries but canvassing votes for the senator in Texas this week and ohio next week is just as important for the obama campaign. But somebody needs to tell me how a meeting in NO is going to influence a primary in Texas. Still if i were Clinton I would still have visited more towns, cities and communities and propose tavis finds another date. Tavis is just being plainly selfish and maybe also arrogant, for his own resume. Also polarised meetings like these will not help the Obama campain. Obama is not fighting nomination to be the black candidate but to be the nominee of the Democratic party. tavis should just as much an issue with McCain who at the moment statistically holds more of a likelihood to become president than the two other candidates.

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I agree with jitre. Black
Submitted by realnumberonewoman on Fri, 2008-02-22 01:01.
I agree with jitre. Black people want to believe because BO is black, he will bring Change to their long neglected urban communities. If BO were elected President, no matter how he speaks of Change — a Change won’t come.

Look at history — we (humans) have been attempting Change for centuries. When Jesus walked the earth — we longed for Change.

Change is not an outer experience — it is an inner experience. BO will not be able keep not one promise if we (the people) do not Change. So often we look to our leaders to make Change where none can be made without “we the people”.

I fear many Blacks are going to be sorely disappointed when they come to the realization BO is a politician and an excellent orator and unable to bring the quick microwave cell phone kind of Change they so rightfully deserve.

I believe BO is making a big mistake not addressing African American concerns — its as if he is distancing himself from Arfican Americans to prove to the rest of America his impartiality to African American people. This is totally unnecessary. Does HRC try to distance herself from white women to prove her impartiality. Does McCain remove himeself from white men to prove his impartiality. African Americans are a part of BO’s constituency and should not be snubbed by him. Tavis is correct on this issue. BO should arrange his schedule to appear at the event. If this type of behavior continues if he were elected President… well, need I say more.

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My, my. What a surprise that
Submitted by brhoke on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:55.
My, my. What a surprise that Obama once he has won the black votes in Louisiana shows his true colors to those that supported him so vigorously. Get used to it black race, it’s just the beginning of your troubles from your Half-Black Savior. He makes you believe that he can walk on water and will work wonders for you if you’ll vote for him like a “good ole’ blackie” should and you have bought into his rhetoric lock, stock and barrel.

If you think that you’ll gain anything out of voting for him but disappointment, you’re in for a real shock. He’ll drop you like a sack of dung once he is installed in the Big House and your lack of mentality will only allow you to accept it while grinning like a possum. A good example of the mentality of those voting for him was just shown on CNN, when he pulled out a handkerchief and blew his nose at a recent speech, the crowd erupted in very loud cheers and swoons and he ate it up. You can’t blame Obama for taking advantage of these crowds but you can question the mentality of those supporting him.

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Good on you Tavis, well done
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:36.
Good on you Tavis, well done for inviting Hillary. It is good that there are African-Americans who can see sense through this unhealthy way many are voting. Hillary is good and so many African-Americans are treating her with contempt. They are colluding with white males who condescendingly vote for a black man to keep that male bastion- the whitehouse- male. Any man will do at the moment until the real elections. Look at the Demographic figures
Demographic figures for Texas

WHITES 83 percent
HISPANICS 36 percent
BLACKS 12 percent
ASIANS 3.4 percent

So dears, even if all African -Americans vote you cannot win
African Americans have been voting with their hearts. This is not the way to plan your future. Barack will go back to being a Senator and Michelle will probably get a big post in Washinton and where will African-Americans be after Barack has wiped out the gains made for African-Americans over the years.The pattern of voting by African-Americans will soon result in a ‘white back lash’. Barack should make time to be there to discuss with Tavis. He will need Tavis one day soon. Keep up the good work Tavis. Danderson 227 Barack has to discuss upfront. Do you honestly think if Barack gest into the white house he will have time for you. He does not need you anymore. It is important that h e discusses before hand. Lois T, Maggie is doing a good job. African -Americans are carrying all their eggs in one basket and that is crazy. Vote Hillary. SHE IS SIMPLY THE BEST. BETTER THAN ALL THE REST. Vote with your HEAD. Michelle Obama is not runnning to be President. Tavis was right not to accept her. Had Hillary sent Bill everyone would have been up in arms. You cannot have your cake and eat it. Barack show more courtesy to the African-American community.

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Thank God! Reading all
Submitted by rcjord1 on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:32.
Thank God! Reading all these responses really means there is hope for us all. Somebody please forward this Blog to Tavis or Tom Joyner and tell them both to read and be quiet!!!!!!!!!

I think we should all call into the Tom Joyner show tomorrow and each read a response.

Signed,
Feedup!

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How petty… Tavis, you know
Submitted by DoveSong on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:08.
How petty… Tavis, you know the man is busy. Yes, it is hard watching another beautiful black man get all the attention… we know, we know. But Michelle Obama is the BEST person to come and speak. Hillary is not the only highly educated woman who can speak to our people. Please call him and accept Michelle. This event is not about you – period. It is about US. ALL of us.

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If the upcoming Primaries
Submitted by bwynder on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:01.
If the upcoming Primaries were to be held in New Orleans, I would encourage Sen. Obama to attend the Black Forum, however, we all know the import of the Ohio and Texas Primaries to him and Sen. Clinton, so I would encourage her to cancel her acceptance to work the communities of both States.

In support of Sen. Obama, I quote Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle…”I am looking for stataistical evidence that shows improvement of the living conditions of Black people as a result of such rhetorical fiestsa held annually. I’m waiting for someone to tell me that as a result of such fiestas 50,000 jobs have been created, 100,000 ex-felons have been rehabilitated and given jobs. These are some of the real issues facing Black America. Basking in intellectual glory would not solve them. People need food on their tables, employment, etc.” I have not heard of one concrete proposal coming from this venue since it’s inception which has led to the creation of ONE substantive program, project, which benefitted the American public…except perhaps the sale of Mr. Smiley’s book and those authored by his guest.

This is not to say that there isn’t a place for this dialogue, on the contrary, THIS IS THE PLACE FOR THIS DIALOGUE, it just isn’t the place for Sen. Obama at this time. Let us hope Mr. Smiley will be as aggressive is pursuing him and as vocal when he accepts next year as President of the United States. Right now, he has work to do in Ohio and Texas…

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I honestly feel that Mr.
Submitted by LoisT on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:30.
I honestly feel that Mr. Smiley should work around Mr. Obama’s schedule. Mr Obama was on the campaign trail before Mr. Smiley set this forum up. Personally, Mr. Smiley acts as though he is stuck on himself and I believe this is a set up between he and Maggie, Clinton’s campaign manager. Maggie will shoot herself in the head for the Clintons. When I looked at her picture on the article when Clinton placed her in Solis stead, she acted like she was Hillary’s pit bull. It is sad that black on black political crime like the Johnson boys try and assassinate those who are striving to get to their destiny. Mr. Obama has addressed african-america needs and when he arrives, they will be addressed even more. What Maggie and Travis needs to do is stop being a ‘good ole slave’ and realize that God has set a new thing in motion. Stop hating Maggie and Travis, one day the same judgement will hit you in the FACE!

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Tavis, Yo Tavis, Tavis, you
Submitted by knockitoff on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:27.
Tavis, Yo Tavis, Tavis, you hear me calling you. Okay, good. Tavis Smiley, knock it off, ya hear me, knock it off, you’re sounding like a petulant
little boy. Show us that side of you we all admire, and call Michelle Obama and tell her to “step in” for her husband. You know diddily darn well why he MUST be in Texas.

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Surely Mr. Smiley realizes
Submitted by danderson227 on Thu, 2008-02-21 23:24.
Surely Mr. Smiley realizes that Mr. Obama can do more for everyone, including the African American community from the whitehouse. The campaign is too close and Mr. Obama is behind in the polls in some critical states. Does Mr. Smiley not realize that any appearance that Mr. Obama favors one group over can do wonders to erase the momentum he has gained. America is made up of diverse ethic groups and after Mr. Obama is elected, he can address all the groups and their concerns for right now, he needs to focus on getting elected. Learn to look at the big picture Mr. Smiley, its not just about one group it is about all Americans.

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There are two things I am
Submitted by pathways on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:56.
There are two things I am glad to see: (1) The internet and it’s ability to improve the communication process, especially in this election. I am delighted to share my thoughts on this election and to read the thoughts of others. It’s a good education. (2) I get to offer Mr. Tavis Smiley advice which he does’nt have to take or pay for. Mr. Smiley’s decision not to accept Mrs. Obama as a replacement for Mr. Obama at the (Black) State of the Union Event is a mistake and he ought to be man enough to admit it and apologize.

Shucks, he’s making me dust off some “old school rhetoric”. The (Black)
State of the Union is the type of event described by E. Franklin Frazier in his treatise on the “Black Bourgeoisie”. The purpose of this event is primarily social with some political implications. It’s not like they are going to assign delegates who will vote on the Democratic nomination to one or the other here. Let Mr. Obama work on the delegates Mr. Smiley so we can really go to work on the problems that face all Americans. ” A rising tide lifts all boats.”

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I have always been a big
Submitted by emptynest21 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:37.
I have always been a big supporter of Tavis Smiley. However, I was surprised with Mr. Smiley’s assessment with Senator Obama’s reasons for not being able to appear at the “State of the Black Union” symposium this year. After reading and listening to Mr. Smiley’s criticism against the senator, I was a bit taken back by Tavis completely. “Smiley called Obama’s decision “a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity”. Missed opportunity – why? Is this the last year that C-Span will televise the symposium? Let’s be reasonable and allow the senator to move ahead with his own agenda, and just be supportive. I will be watching the “State of the Black Union” has I have in the past. I’m hoping that Mr. Smiley can get over Senator Obama’s reasons for not being present at the upcoming symposium; just remember to extend the invitation next year.

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Funny that Smiley former
Submitted by ayomi on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:27.
Funny that Smiley’s former employer, Mr. Johnson made fun of Obama and Smiley who left Johnson’s employment under unfavorable terms agree with Johnson on Obama. Both Blasting Obama funy funny crazy

WOA Grown up Black men these two will never grow up. They are the same-ego maniacs

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I wonder if Hillary send
Submitted by mrreliable on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:26.
I wonder if Hillary send Bill instead if Tavis would make such a big deal.

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I am tired of hearing and
Submitted by mwg1052 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:24.
I am tired of hearing and reading all the negative comments being made by citizens of these United States. We are not united. If Obama and Clinton are on the same accord, they should unite to serve the people. All this money being raised and spent on campaigning could easily be raised to help citizens right here in our country. Common sense is being left out. First black president or first lady president does not solve the issues. People, analyze yourselves, and pray that you are making a wise decision when you attend these rallies and primaries. Question? If there were a family tragedy or a universal tragedy, would you contribute all your financial means to help the situation be resolved? Are you rising to the occasion only to “have the first black president elected” or “the first lady elected” or is it for the TOTAL betterment of this country? An analyst or columnist from the Washington Post gave the answer this week… “the Democratic Party has a Dynamic Duo campaigning against each other”… I AGREE… As far as the Annual Black Forum, I feel that Obama should take time an attend this event. No Tavis is not GOD, just a mediator… nor is Obama or Clinton GOD.

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Why does people always call
Submitted by mrreliable on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:19.
Why does people always call Obama a black man I am sure his white side of family is getting cheated. Why is he BLACK and not WHITE when one parent is WHITE and the other one is BLACK. I would love for some one to respond.

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Why do people always call
Submitted by jitre on Fri, 2008-02-22 00:58.
You seem to forget that most African-Americans are a mixture of African, European and American-Indian. That is the way it has been even since those slave ships arrived in the New World and all those males took liberties with African women. Barack knows his heritage and is proud of it. I am black too (African, European, African -American). Another thing if you knew the history of the USA or of Europe you would not ask such a silly question, Why is he black and not white? You would not ask that question about the thousand of black men in American jails. That question is only asked of black people where they are of importance. If they are not important people just see them as black, even though their skin might be lily-white. I hope that answers your question.

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to continue my comment: this
Submitted by KBELOV31 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:12.
to continue my comment: this practice of racial politics seems to be taking a back seat

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i have listened to Tavis on
Submitted by KBELOV31 on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:11.
i have listened to Tavis on Tom Joyner and have watched his talkshow on PBS and it truly saddens me that he is taking this position….why doesnt he question why Hillary didnt try to cater to the African American vote AFTER the fiasco in SC? does he really think that she would even bother if she was not lagging as much? or if she didnt have some sort of agenda to use his absence against him? one of the best things that has come out of Obama’s bid is that this practice of racial politics

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It is hard to understand why
Submitted by moconnor on Thu, 2008-02-21 22:01.
It is hard to understand why Mr. Smiley would not simply get behind the Obama campaign. Any politician who caters to only one select group will not get elected- there are a lot of different backgrounds and outlooks in this country and we need someone who can bring them all to the table.
Lets give Senator Obama the vote and we can all be proud of electing him. The world is watching us, let us do the right thing.

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Mr. Smiley should have
Submitted by BatCat5 on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:57.
Mr. Smiley should have accepted Mrs. Obama to his State of the Black Union as Senator Obama offered. Tavis is obviously not in tune with the nomination goings on and is only concerned with his own ego. The State of the Black Union is a joke anyway, does any change take place after this symposium is over? What benefits the people from this get together? Tavis should have scheduled this at another time period.

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Tavis is a very respected
Submitted by Dakwnb on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:51.
Tavis is a very respected broadcaster and carries a lot of weight on many issues of importance to Blacks. I respect him and all that he has done. I do feel that his ego has been bruised a bit by Obama not being able to attend this event…and I think that it was rude of him to dismiss Michelle in Barack’s place under the circumstances. Tavis needs to put himself in Barack’s position…and ask himself if he would attend under the circumstances Barack is facing….and as Barack said…he is trying to address the issues of everyone…not just Blacks. As a Black person, I understand this and commend him. I think Tavis needs to grow up and understand it too!

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I am African American, 61
Submitted by pathways on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:51.
I am African American, 61 years old and I want to tell Tavis Smiley to Calm down. He is showing himself to be shallow and selfserving. But he’s in Business for Tavis Smiley and you’ve got make room for that. It’s really his future he’s playing with.

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Why should Obama attend this
Submitted by lupe on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:48.
Why should Obama attend this event? He knows that he’s got the black vote, no need to put any effort in getting his people support! He knows that the African-Americans see this as a Great Opportunity for a “Black Man” to become the first President, so why put any efforts? He’s a smart man, he knows what he’s doing, he can rekindle with his African American people after the Texas/Ohio Primaries. Again, he knows that he has the back of the black!!

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Give Obama a break! He needs
Submitted by MikeTX on Thu, 2008-02-21 21:22.
Give Obama a break! He needs to win the primary,
then he can attend to the needs of all the people.
Right now the Wicked Witch of the West is breathing down his neck.

Help him a little to fend her off and be kinder to him, please

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OBAMA,BILLARY DEBATE IN TEXAS,FEB.21,2008

February 22, 2008

from mcclatchydc.com

Clinton vs. Obama: a few sharp exchanges, but they mostly agree
By Jay Root and John Moritz | McClatchy Newspapers
Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2008

Tom Pennington / Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT

AUSTIN — Hillary Clinton came out swinging half way through a televised Texas showdown with rival Barack Obama, accusing him of stealing material for his speeches and promoting a supposedly “universal” health care plan that will leave 15 million Americans without coverage.

“If your candidacy is going to be about words, then they should be your words,” Clinton said, repeating allegations that he stole lines from Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. “Lifting whole passages from someone else’s speeches is not change you can believe in. It’s change you can Xerox.” That remark drew boos from the crowd.

Obama has acknowledged using some of Patrick’s language, but noted that the Democrat is co-chairman of his campaign and had suggested that he use the language. He called the criticism “silly.”

As for her attack on his health care plan, Obama shot back at Clinton over her botched attempt in the 1990s, as first lady, to overhaul the health-care system. He said she failed in part because she “went behind closed doors” instead of opening up the policy debate.

“The notion that somehow I’m interested in leaving 15 million people without health insurance is simply not true,” he said. However, independent health analysts have said that his approach would be likely to result in about that many people failing to obtain insurance.

Their clashes came mid-way through the debate. Until then it appeared the two might stage a 90 minute love-fest, emphasizing how much they agree with each other on most everything. CNN political correspondent John King expressed astonishment at their “polite, substantive discourse,” saying it belied their rivalry on the campaign trail.

Clinton went for the emotional jugular in her closing statement, saying the “hits I’ve taken in life are nothing compared to what goes on every single day in the lives of people across our country.

“I resolved at a very young age that I’d been blessed and that I was called by my faith and by my upbringing to do what I could to give others the same opportunities and blessings that I took for granted,” she said. “That’s what gets me up in the morning. That’s what motivates me in this campaign.”

Earlier, the two candidates dueled on the U.S. relationship with Cuba. Obama promised to meet without preconditions with acting Cuban President Raul Castro, widely expected to take over from his brother Fidel, who recently announced he was stepping down after 49 years in power.

“I would meet without preconditions, although Senator Clinton is right that there has to be preparation,” he said. ” It is very important for us to make sure that there was an agenda, and on that agenda was human rights, releasing of political prisoners, opening up the press. And that preparation might take some time.”

He said he would take steps, starting with loosening remittances of money from family members to their Cuban relatives and relaxed travel restrictions, and hope they led toward eventual normalization of relations.

Clinton said she would meet with Raul Castro only once certain conditions are met.

“I would not meet with him until there was evidence that change was happening, because I think it’s important that they demonstrate clearly that they are committed to change the direction,” Clinton said. “Then I think, you know, something like diplomatic encounters and negotiations over specifics could take place.”

Clinton sidestepped whether she believes Obama is not qualified to be commander in chief, as she has suggested in stump speeches, and instead defended her own credentials. Obama said simply: “I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t think I was ready to be commander in chief.”

He also took a dig at Clinton for voting to authorize the Iraq war:

“On the war in Iraq, I believe I showed the judgment to be commander in chief,” he said. “I think Sen. Clinton was wrong in her judgments … It has diverted attention from Afghanistan.”

Clinton’s turn toward an aggressive tone in her 19th televised debate was no surprise. After losing ten states in a row to Obama, she badly needs a momentum shift.

The live CNN-Univision debate was held before a sold-out crowd packed into a gym on the University of Texas campus. Texas holds a primary on March 4.

On most major issues, the two candidates agreed, and they unloaded on the Bush administration’s tax policies and his effort to build a massive fence on the U.S.-Mexico border — highly unpopular in South Texas.

Both senators voted for the 2006 Secure Fence Act but say the way it’s being implemented has been flawed.

Clinton said plans to place the fence on a college campus in the border town of Brownsville illustrated “the kind of absurdity that we’re getting from this administration.”

“The Bush administration has gone off the deep end,” she said. She said a physical barrier might be appropriate in some areas, but she prefers to use high-technology and more border guards to a fence.

Obama said that he and Clinton “almost entirely agree” on the issue. They also expressed support for immigration reform that lets undocumented workers here now eventually get U.S. citizenship, and said the next White House needs to build better ties with Mexico.

“President Bush has dropped the ball (because) he was so obsessed with Iraq,” Obama said.

The high stakes debate in Austin, a liberal enclave in otherwise conservative Texas, drew tremendous interest from political activists and curiosity seekers. The Texas Democratic Party received more than 43,000 requests for a mere 100 tickets that were given away in a drawing.

With 228 Democratic delegates, the largest single cache left, Texas has become a major battleground, and, like the March 4 election in Ohio, it is a must-win contest for Clinton.

(Root and Moritz report for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. R.A. Dyer contributed to this report.)

McClatchy Newspapers 2008
COMMENTS
POOR BILLARY IS IN SERIOUS TROUBLE

I wrote a comment advising Mr. Obama to eschew attacking Hillary because any attack can back fire and attract female sympathizers to her and she knows how to play gender card. It appears Mr. Obama is heeding my tip, while Hillary continues with her dirty divisive hateful politics. She does not know that hate attracts hate.

This is like the stuff that dreams are made up of. It is not supposed to be happening in the real world! Billary being whipped by Obama? And the more she plays her coy and divisive gender, age, race and media cards, the more Obama smiles, shrugs them off and keep sweeping the country with victories and getting embraced by both the democrats( young and old) the Independents and even some Republicans! Very astonishing to say the least. This man’s magic is frightening! He seems to have the magic touch and everything he touches turns into victory. Even the cynical and destructive American media embrace him, sing his praises and is treating him like a messiah! That is why I call him Mr. Bam-Bam, or the man who shall be King. secret33.com/diet


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