Joe Biden: His “Do No Harm” Approach To Campaigning


Joe Biden is sort of running for President. In his announcement video, he clung to the coattails of former President Barack Obama. Reminding us of the days when compared to the current occupant of the Oval Office, things were calm. Normalcy will be restored.

Biden’s announced strategy was to wait as long as possible to enter the race; watching as Sanders, Warren, Harris and over a dozen others announced their candidacy with some raising huge amounts of money and staking out their corners of the electorate. When Biden finally announced his entry, he took a commanding lead in the polls. His goal now seems to be to do nothing that will hurt that lead, take no strong positions, make few campaign appearances, stay above the fray.

In full disclosure, I’ve always liked Joe Biden. If he’s the ultimate nominee of the Democrat Party, I’ll vote for him in a heartbeat. He has some issues in his past like the Clarence Thomas Senate Confirmation Hearings and his support of the 1994 Crime Bill. He just made news with his half-hearted support of the Hyde Amendment which almost every other Democrat candidate has opposed. His position seemed to be, “I’m for it unless too many people are against it.” A politicians answer to a serious question.

Update: Joe Biden just changed his position on the Hyde Amendment. One can only wonder how strongly he believes in anything? Besides his desire to become President.

Whether or not you like Elizabeth Warren. She’s making clear, concise statements outlining her positions. She answers questions with a yes or no and then explains why she feels as she does. Other candidates are giving clear answers about Impeachment, health care for all. abortion laws, and more. Biden is speaking little and saying less.

In less than three weeks the debates begin in Miami. It’s likely that the other 19 candidates eligible for the debate stage will be coming for Joe. They’ll do it because they have to chip away at his lead and frankly, the more Joe speaks, the less popular he’ll become. He’ll be on the defense, trying to explain away his support of a bill that increased mass incarceration, his lack of support of Anita Hill and the witnesses he didn’t call in her support while Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. His answers thus far aren’t convincing and photo’s of him and Barack Obama (who hasn’t endorsed him) just won’t cut it.

Joe Biden has name recognition, he’ll have more money than any other Democrat, and he’s genuinely likable. What he’s not doing is taking firm positions, clearly enunciating his policies, or giving anyone a reason to vote for him other than his closeness to Obama (who hasn’t endorsed him).

What Joe has been able to count on up to this point is the overwhelming support of black voters and women. Among the dozens of candidates running against him are a couple of black candidates and several women. Hillary Clinton had a grasp on the black vote when running against Barack Obama until she didn’t. Black voters supported Hillary because they didn’t believe Obama could win. Once they got the idea he actually could, her loss of support was dramatic. If Kamala Harris wins her home state of California (which had 475 delegates in 2016). That may well be enough to convince voters of her viability. White women who voted for Trump in 2016, may finally be ready to support a woman, given what they got last time.

I don’t see a scenario where discontented Biden supporters flock to Bernie. Biden is a centrist and is betting that the majority of the Party is also. He’s ignoring the signs the PArty has moved to the left and is looking for a Progressive candidate to lead them. As a hedge, Biden is taking almost no positions at all, apparently believing that suggesting he’s with Obama (who hasn’t endorsed him) and not being Trump will be enough.

It would be nice if Biden didn’t back his way into the Democrat Nomination. The public should know what he believes and how strongly. The Republicans have been serious about installing their judges, obstructing votes, Gerrymandering, obliterating women’s rights, and supporting a racist immigration policy. Voters deserve to have someone willing to stand up to all of this, which begins by taking a stand on anything.

Trump’s Secret Plan To Top McCain’s Funeral


You know Trump hasn’t gotten over being disinvited to John McCain’s funeral, giving the Republican Senator from Arizona the last word. I gave pause before electing to use “disinvited” as opposed to “uninvited.” To uninvite someone is to fail to invite someone whereas to disinvite them is to take back an invitation that has previously been issued. While Donald Trump for certain was never invited to the funeral. It would normally be assumed the President of the United States would attend the funeral of a Senator with McCain’s stature and in this case, McCain made clear Donald J. Trump was not to be present. Sounds like a disinvite to me.

Trump complained the coverage of McCain’s death was “over the top” and that it distracted from his recent trade deal with Mexico. He initially refused to issue an official White House statement paying tribute to McCain and had the White House flags raised after being at half-staff for slightly less than two days. Flags for Ted Kennedy, a Senator of similar stature, flew at half staff for five days until after his funeral under President Barack Obama’s administration in 2009. After pressure from veterans groups, Trump had the flag lowered again and issued a weak statement honoring John McCain.


Trump still complained that the honors McCain received were, “more befitting a President,” begrudging the man even in death the appreciation the nation gave McCain for his service. Trump never served himself but did get sent to military school after struggling at other institutions.

Whatever you may think of Trump… you can’t deny he’s focused. The same man who sat and stewed at a 2011 White House Correspondent’s Dinner, the butt of jokes by President Obama and others and decided then he’d run for President. You knew when the nation mocked him for being disinvited to John McCain’s funeral, it wasn’t over. Trump has always been one to hold a grudge.


McCain might have actually started a thing. It will be popular to disinvite people to funerals, starting with Donald Trump. Whenever a former President dies, all other living President’s attend health permitting. I can easily see George H. W. Bush or Jimmy Carter blocking Trump. Relative youngsters George W. Bush and Barack Obama will likely outlive Trump by a decade or more but have no love for the man either. Barack might have his funeral in the heart of Chicago and dare Trump to come? Donald isn’t exactly loved there. But this is about Donald’s plans for revenge on John McCain and any others that may have slighted him. He made the mistake of discussing it with some White House staff members so naturally it leaked. These are his secret plans:

  1. Location: Not to be outdone by McCain’s separate services in Arizona and Washington, DC, Trump will have four services; one at his Mar a Lago golf course in Florida, one at his Bedminster, NJ golf course, a perfunctory service in Washington and the grand finale at Trump Tower in New York. From there, the body will be flown on a Trump branded plane to Northeast Scotland and buried at an undisclosed site under the wall separating his exclusive seaside golf course from the common people of Balmedie. It’s fitting he be buried under a wall.
  2. The Uninvited: Jeff Sessions, Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, Rosie O’Donnell, Stormy Daniels, Alec Baldwin, Meghan McCain, Barack and Michelle Obama, George W Bush, Karen MacDougal, James Comey, and Melania for making him sleep in separate bedrooms the last several years.
  3. V.I.P. Guests: Steve Bannon, David Duke, any remaining friends who haven’t flipped on him by that point and the special contingent from the sunken place; Kanye West, Jim Brown, and Ben Carson. Special invited guest, Bishop Charles H Ellis III who felt up Ariana Grande on national television at Aretha Franklin’s funeral service, immediately endearing himself to Trump.
  4. Eulogy: Because no one else would do it… his children not incarcerated at the time will speak at his services, except Eric. We really don’t need to embarrass him by saying why.
  5. Presidential Library: Really? What does a man that can’t/doesn’t read need with a library? Instead he’ll have a Presidential Golf Course with all fees going to the Trump Legal Defense Fund which will be paying off lawyers for decades to come. All family members will be eligible to pay for their attorneys from that fund, except Donald Jr who took that stupid Russia Meeting.
  6. Casket: The casket will be solid gold, lined with a substance someone told him about… Vibranium. It will be refrigerated because nobody wants that body to start rotting after several days on tour.
  7. Escort: Instead of a traditional Marine escort, Trump escort will be the debut of the Space Force in uniforms designed by Ivanka. If you look closely the tags on their uniforms read, “Made in China.”
  8. Music: Spiritual songs will be led by Ted Nugent and Kid Rock. Because the rights to use several songs Trump likes are already tied up in litigation with the artists refusing Trump their use. No other music will be played and instead speeches from his election rallies, focusing on the crowd shouting, “Lock Her Up!”
  9. News Coverage: Exclusive rights to the services will be granted to Fox News and “newspapers that said nice things about me!” Scratched off the list was the National Enquirer after David Pecker flipped on him, turning over all the contents of his safe, full of negative Trump stories.
  10. Burial Attire: Trump is to be displayed open casket at the various locations in a Black Suit, white dress shirt, overly long red tie, and a white Make America Great Again hat. His hair will be done between services because it tends to mildew if unattended too long.

Not much of a planner, Trump made no consideration for the likelihood he might resign in disgrace or be Impeached, entitling him to no official ceremonies. Civil suits and criminal forfeitures might render him broke and unable to afford luxuries like a gold casket. Of course his loyal base might contribute to a GoFundMe account? Or there’s always Putin?

How Donald Trump, Fox News, And The Republican Congress Destroyed The World

The world has been destroyed, well most of it anyway. Ironically a few of those shithouse countries in Africa survived, missing the nuclear fallout due to trade winds, good fortune, and perhaps some Wakandan technology.

Because no one that knows is left to tell the story, I’ll leave this message which may have missed a couple of the particulars, that describes what happened and who is responsible.

To understand what happened, you have to have an idea of the histories of two old men that followed more or less in the footsteps of their fathers. The eldest, Rupert Murdoch (87) was the son of the esteemed Sir Keith Murdoch, who was an esteemed reporter and editor of, The Herald and Weekly Times publishing company. Sir Richard Murdoch died when his son was twenty-one. Rupert Murdoch used the fortune left behind to start his own company, News Limited.

Donald Trump (71) was the son of New York real estate developer Fred Trump, and he worked alongside his father who lived to the ripe age of 93. Trump allegedly got his start with a million-dollar loan from his father and repeatedly went to daddy for additional funds as many of his projects didn’t work out. When he died, Fred Trump suffered from Alzheimer’s disease which I bring up for no particular reason.

Rupert had always been groomed by his father to enter the family business. He was co-editor of his grammar school newspaper, he attended Oxford and managed, Oxford Student Publications Limited. He worked as a sub-editor for the Daily Express for two years. After his father’s death from cancer, Rupert left Oxford to come home and manage the family business. He soon began making acquisitions and expanding his newspaper empire, first in Australia, then the United Kingdom, and in 1973 made his first foray into the United States, when he bought the San Antonio Express-News. In September of 1985, he became a naturalized US Citizen in order to qualify to own a US television station. In 1984 he bought a stake in 20th Century Fox and in 1996 launched Fox News.

Donald Trump had decided to make Manhattan his oyster and had been involved in several real estate deals, starting with his purchasing a 50% stake in the troubled Commodore Hotel in 1978. The purchase was facilitated by a $70 million loan, jointly guaranteed by his father and Hyatt hotels. It reopened as the Grand Hyatt Hotel, next to the Grand Central Terminal. The same year he finished negotiations to build Trump Tower. He made way for the building by demolishing an old Bonwit Teller store, using undocumented Polish workers and destroying some art deco features which had been marked for preservation. Trump continued to acquire several major buildings in Manhattan along with property in Palm Beach, FL including Mar-a-Lago, and some Atlantic City hotels. The growth of the now named, Trump Organization did not come without hiccups including multiple bankruptcies, several unpaid contractors, undocumented workers, and lawsuits. His credit was so bad he couldn’t obtain financing from U.S. banks and found funding from Deutsche Bank, notorious for Russian money laundering having paid a $630 million fine for its role in a $10 Billion money laundering scheme. He later, according to each of his sons, got money directly from Russia which is now being investigated.

Murdoch had always maintained close ties to government officials including those in the Thatcher government in the United Kingdom and the Republican Party in the United States. He diverged from Republicans in one policy area, being a fan of more open immigration policy as opposed to the Republicans becoming gradually more closed and Nationalistic. Fox gained it greatest growth in the years when Republicans were out of power, maintaining the steady drumbeat of opposition to Democrats, specifically the Presidencies of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. They got away from basic news programming instead focusing on opinion shows, more often focused on fostering hysteria rather than speaking truth. During the Obama years, they provided a forum for a thirsty real estate developer, known as much for his braggadocio and larger than life television personality that constantly proclaimed President Obama was not an American and he was seeking proof, having dispatched private detectives to Hawaii to prove the fraud and we “won’t believe what they are finding out.” In 2011, at the White House Correspondents Dinner, Trump was embarrassed by the President on National television after having produced his long form birth certificate. At the same time, President Obama was having carried out the successful raid which killed Osama Bin Laden, making Trump temporarily a laughing stock and figure of derision. It was then Trump decided he would become President.

On June 16, 2015, Trump formally announced his candidacy for President of the United States. Riding down the escalator of Trump Tower ahead of his third wife Melania. He made a speech highlighting illegal immigration, offshoring of American jobs, the national debt, and Islamic terrorism. He spoke in generalities, often contradicted himself, but he was good television, constantly berating his Republican opponents in the Primary election and the present administration. Having little use for truth and ignoring fact checkers, he was the darling of the news media who saw their own ratings and advertising revenues rise when Trump was on TV so they diligently followed his every appearance, giving him free advertising and drowning out all his challengers. This was true of media in general, but particularly Fox News.

To understand Trump you have to go back to the little boy who was sent to military school because he kept making trips to Manhattan as a young teen without permissions. He got exposure to the military structure, admiring the power and control maintained by the officers, wanting that kind of power for himself. He would never seek it in the actual military, getting five deferments, four for college and one for alleged bone spurs in his feet. He watched and complained while many of his poor classmates served in Vietnam. He talked tough but never demonstrated it other than self-serving stories, most of them debunked where he acted heroically. He is narcissistic, egotistical, self-centered and has a need for constant affirmation. He imagines himself to be the smartest person in any room which is rarely true. He is also a pathological liar, which has worked for him most of his life because those who worked for him were afraid to challenge him because they depended on him for employment. He surrounded himself with family and sycophants, looking to do his bidding.

Fox News cared not about Trump’s lack of qualifications to be Mayor, let alone President. Because he had no ideology, the projected theirs upon him, crediting him with brilliance when the actual term should have been witless. He was all personality and no policy and they rode that horse to high earnings, giving him unconditional support and unlimited airtime, they shielded him from every mistake by either ignoring them or giving credence to the “alternate facts” promoted by his surrogates. Trump crushed his Republican opponents and went on to face his Democrat challenger in the general election, Hillary Clinton.

Fox was all in for Trump providing 24/7 attacks on Clinton for her 30+ years in the public view. There was no scandal they didn’t rehash including Benghazi for which she had been cleared, and later leaks of E-mails from her Campaign Chairman John Podesta. Every evening of Fox when their opinion shows came on, O’Reilly, Hannity and the rest blasted Clinton daily and built up Trump. They cared little for truth and promoted the few intelligible themes Trump had including the evils of immigration, banning Muslims and building a wall. They spewed racism themselves and explained and justified it in the Trump campaign. They contributed to the growth of right-wing militias, even supporting groups in the west that took over Federal land. Murdoch and his media company which now included The Wall Street Journal and dozens of local news stations were all in for the inexperienced candidate for he was generating them revenue and almost exclusive access as Trump had little use for probing interviews when he could have fawning ones instead.

The story of exactly how Trump won the election is still being written. Investigations into collusion with Russians who we know interfered in the election have not been completed. We know about funding from foreign sources now believed to include Russia and the United Arab Emirates. Questions of money laundering and obstruction of justice are being researched and of course, there are the women. Fox News which had spent decades telling us about Monica Lewinsky has ignored the 22 women who have accused Trump of sexual harassment, unwanted touching, and rape. Fox helped convince enough people that either all the women lied or it didn’t matter that he was able to win despite an Access Hollywood video where he admitted to forcibly kissing women and, “grabbing them by the pussy.” Then there was the FBI which publicly reopened an investigation into Clinton e-mails but said nothing about Trump being investigated that may never be understood. Without regard to how he got there. Trump was elected President and was sworn in on January 20, 2017.

The United States Congress is one of three branches of the government and is part of the checks and balances against excesses of the President. The Republican Party controlled the House of Republicans with a supermajority, meaning they could pass any bill and sent it to the Senate without Democrat input or votes. The Senate was controlled by Republicans which could pass many types of legislation on a majority vote, again without Democrat support. One of the areas where the Senate is supposed to exercise its responsibility to advise and consent is in the confirmation of Cabinet Members. Trump generally presented with inarguably the richest, most self-serving and unqualified nominees ever dragged into confirmation hearings. Republican Senators showed no shame in confirming the likes of Betsy DeVos and Ben Carson who still prove unable to answer simple questions and are embarrassments to the nation. Fox News not only gave him cover but many Trump appointees throughout the administration came directly from… Fox News. Many of the people now running our government have come to us directly from Fox News having demonstrated little qualifications other than having said nice things about the President and having been TV personalities. The recent naming of John Bolton as National Security Advisor is such a man who while having more qualifications than most, sees bombing and war as the solution to any problem.

So we arrive at the point where we got a President who needed to be seen as in control of every situation, who believes in talking loudly while others also carry big sticks and thinks belittling nuclear powers is the path to success. He’s gotten rid of anyone with either experience or willingness to disagree with a man who literally knows nothing. He gets enough public support for every ridiculous action from Fox and now has a mad bomber whispering in his ear.

At the time of this writing, I don’t know whether it was an unnecessary war with North Korea, China, or Russia that resulted in the destruction of most of the world. I don’t know the specific who, just the how. Trump, Fox News, and a submissive Republican Congress could take full responsibility if they were still here.

 

 

Kehinde Wiley Unveils Portrait Of Barack Obama At Smithsonian


He’s done it again! Kehinde Wiley, renowned for his large portraits of African-American figures, just released his portrait of President Barack Obama to be part of the Smithsonian collection featuring all America’s past President’s and their spouses.Michelle Obama’s portrait was done by Amy Sherald.

In separate ceremonies, the portraits first of Michelle and then Barack were unveiled. With each making comments at the podium along with the artist Wiley. Barack Obama spoke of his desire to negotiate, “less grey hair,” and “smaller ears,” to no avail. He was able to negotiate for a natural rather than stately background, featuring chrysanthemums (the official flower of Chicago), jasmine (representing Hawaii), and African blue lilies, to honor his Kenyan father.


Kehinde Wiley creates highly realistic paintings of people of the African diaspora which reference the Western European portrait tradition.

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Cornel West, Tavis Smiley, And Other Haters In The Barrel

Like the crabs in a barrel that allowed none to escape by clawing at each other and bringing each other down. There is a group of intellectuals, real and otherwise whose existence seems based on attacks on others, some they once purported to admire.

Some of them like Cornel West, have legitimately carved out a place in history for themselves, contributing greatly to the understanding we have on matters of systemic racism and African-American culture. In 1992, Dr. West wrote what some refer to as the bible in terms of discussions on race, “Race Matters.” Later, in 1996, when he still played well with others, he co-authored a book with fellow Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr, “The Future of Race.”

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Twenty years ago, West was in his prime. Some feel he may have coasted since then, living off his once deserved reputation and the title Gates once gave him, “the pre-eminent African American intellectual of our generation.” It’s apparently a title West is not willing to concede to any other, without attempting to drag them down and deny their accomplishments. There is only room for one on his pedestal.

Cornel West, along with sidekick Tavis Smiley. Spent eight years on their Attack Barack Obama Tour. Spurred on by the failure of Obama to obtain Inauguration tickets for West’s mother and brother (West himself got a ticket). West accused his “brother” Barack of betrayal, saying he had, “no sense of gratitude, no sense of loyalty, no sense of even courtesy, sense of decency, just to say thank you.” He asked, “Is this the kind of manipulative, Machiavellian orientation we ought to get used to?”

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Tavis Smiley, at that time a PBS radio host, said Obama was the first President during his professional career not to invite him to the White House. He didn’t appear on Smiley’s radio or television programs and felt dismissed and disrespected. Smiley and West went on a 15-city tour based on the perceived failings of Barack Obama. They were regulars on Fox News where their hatred found a welcome host. Smiley refused to accept Michelle Obama as a guest at a symposium he sponsored because the President declined while campaigning for re-election elsewhere. Smiley has problems of his own now, having lost his PBS job after multiple accusations of sexual harassment. Smiley has made the rounds of TV shows to proclaim his innocence, that is a subject for another time.

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I do not make the case that there are no legitimate criticisms of the Presidency of Barack Obama. There are many things I would have had him do differently, yet I can simultaneously recognize his many accomplishments. We never realized how many until Donald Trump made it his mission to try taking them away. What I fault is that these two men literally made their living for a period of years based on the criticism and deconstruction of another black man. They attempted to tarnish his legacy and blame him for not eradicating the nation’s ills, while the stood by sniping.

Unfortunately, West and Smiley are not alone. There are a group of haters out there who seem to have met no living black persons worthy of their respect. They’re good with Malcolm, Martin sometimes and recognize a few others whom they credit for having contributed to the cause. They are the sole arbiters of who has put in sufficient amounts of the kind of work they find admirable before they died of course which no longer made them competition.

Since President Obama completed his two terms, West perhaps became tired of writing articles about Barack’s tarnished legacy and moved on to attacking Ta-Nehisi Coates whose books, essays and articles have gained him recognition as one of America’s premier thinkers on matters of race. It is a title West may have thought was stepping on the one he was given over twenty years ago. West was facing degrees of backlash for his Obama persecution and was now losing his place in academia. Ta-Nehisi Coates once looked up to West who influenced many of his own ideas about race. Rather than engage in a Nicki Minaj/Remy Ma like beef in public. Coates shut down his Twitter account with over a million followers, writing, “Peace, Y’all, I’m out.” We all lose a little when the supposed best of us try to bring down the rest to support their own egos or bank accounts.

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Let us not forget we’re all in this barrel together. More akin to fish in a barrel as Trump, Sessions, et al., are eradicating our rights, sometimes literally shooting at us and they attack those who would give it a name. If you are supporting bloggers, authors, speakers and others whose body of work is a compilation of diss tracks. Please consider giving your support elsewhere. Peace, Y’all, I’m out!

 

5 American Presidents and Their Sexual Misconduct (If Any)

Misconduct is far too soft a word as in many of these instances the disparity in power, actual ownership, or inability to say no make these instances rape. This list is not all inclusive and I imagine sexual misconduct among American Presidents is the norm rather than the exception. Some of the conduct was before they became President. In more than one case, America has elected a President with full knowledge of who they were.

 

FIRST AMERICAN PRESIDENT – George Washington

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Washington like most “aristocrats” of his time had several mistresses. Known women in his life include Sally Fairfax, Lavenia Vanderweaver, Mary Gibbons, and finally “Venus, one of his brother’s slaves with whom he allegedly fathered West Ford. The Washington family refuses DNA testing so that it cannot be proven he fathered a Black child

FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT TO BECOME PRESIDENT – Thomas Jefferson

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Thomas Jefferson owned Sally Hemings, thirty years younger than he. Despite what is almost universally assumed to be true that he fathered several children of hers. It is possible according to his appeasers that he didn’t father those children but merely pimped out his slave to other male family members.

FIRST PRESIDENT TO BE IMPEACHED – Andrew Johnson

Johnson is alleged to have begun raping his 15-year-old slave Dolly with whom he had two children.

FIRST CATHOLIC PRESIDENT – John F. Kennedy

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Among his mistresses were Judith Exner who was also seeing mafia boss Sam Giancana, Marilyn Monroe, Blaze Starr (yes that’s her stripper name), and two of his secretaries, code named Fiddle and Faddle.

FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT – Barack Obama

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Eight years of office without a major scandal. By all accounts a good husband and father.

FIRST RUSSIAN PRESIDENT – Donald J. Trump

 

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Misogynist-in-Chief, serial liar, grabs women by the pussy. Slept with Marla Maples while married to Ivana. Later cheated on Marla. Alleged to have cheated on Melania with Playboy model Karen McDougal. Then there’s the Russian prostitutes peeing on the mattress. He was also accused by his first wife of rape (later retracted). He’s been accused of continued statutory rape of a minor. Associated and bragged about his relationship with a known pedophile. He’s also been accused of sexual assault by several women. To be continued…

 

 

#YesMyPresident

President Barack Obama will be departing the Office of the Presidency in a short time. During his tenure he served with a grace that will be sorely missed during the next four years. When you were sworn in you were met with a level of obstruction and resistance that was unprecedented in American History. Elected officials from the other party conspired to block your every initiative. Even ones they themselves believed in. They didn’t confirm your Federal judges. They denied your last Supreme Court Nominee even a hearing for over a year. They heckled you during a State of The Nation address. Through it all you were steadfast and never gave them the satisfaction of having got to you.

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Now as you depart. The same people are making every effort to destroy your legacy. They want most to destroy the Affordable Care Act, admittedly having no plan to replace it and caring nothing for the twenty million people that would lose their healthcare. They elected to replace you with a man of questionable intelligence, no policies longer than 140 characters and a history of racism and sexual assault.

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You weren’t perfect. None of us are. I have no doubt you did your best and what you thought to be best for the American People. Even those that voted against you. Thank you for your service! You and Michelle were better than they deserved.

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The American President vs. Israel

Israel says they have proof. They’re not going to tell you what it is but they will tell Donald Trump and he will tell Americans what they need to know. I’ll say that again, “Donald Trump will tell us what we need to know.”

Not for the first time despite how it’s being portrayed. A resolution was passed by the United Nations condemning Israel and its continuing to build settlements in occupied Palestinian territory. Like many issues involving Israel, there are multiple sides to every story.One true thing is that the past several US Presidents have opposed additional settlements and Israel has ignored that and kept building. Previously the United States has used its veto power as a member of the Security Council to block most resolutions against Israel. This latest resolution like some others, the United States abstained from while 14 countries voted for the resolution. It’s fair to say that in reaction, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went ballistic.

He and many others in the Israeli administration have publicly accused the Obama Administration, one report naming Joe Biden in particular of having orchestrated the resolution including drafting the wording and forcing its passage. None when questioned would directly call President Obama a liar when he vehemently denied this, but would go on to imply just that. Israel has stated they have “absolute proof” which they refuse to provide.

We might remember that long before Russia was accused of taking sides in the Presidential Election. Netanyahu was accused of the same thing in pushing for Mitt Romney vs. Obama. It would be most unusual for American politicians to take sides with a foreign leader against our own President. Had we not gone through eight years of  Republicans trying to obstruct everything this President did and an election season where Trump promoted Putin as the stronger leader. Even Democrat elected officials have attacked the Obama and taken the word of a foreign leader against our own. Trump has said, “Barack Obama is the worst thing that ever happened to Israel.”

I can only speculate as to what it is that makes this particular President so easily disbelieved? I would certainly require proof before taking what should be construed as a treasonous stand. There is a theory that the United States Constitution is strong enough to survive the administration of any President. As Republicans prepare to try to dismantle all the accomplishments of the first Black President. Taking healthcare away from millions. Reneging on an agreement with Hispanic youth that came here as young children. Dismantling LGBT rights and protections for women. Overseeing a policy of voter suppression. I can’t help but wonder.

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Michelle Obama: Queen of the Universe

“And when she was finished, Donald Trump didn’t tweet shit!”

 

 

Throughout the course of Day 1 of the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. They booed Debbie Wasserman Shultz, they booed John Lewis, they booed Bernie Sanders, they even  booed the prayer. After four days of laughing at the debacle of the Republican Convention the week before. Democrats saw the hope of presenting a positive alternative slipping away. Hillary had to be worried. The media was feeding the frenzy. Privilege was raising it’s ugly head as a loud portion of Bernie supporters were disgusted they didn’t get their way. I can picture Michelle Obama saying goodbye to her husband the President on her way to speak. Giving him a fist bump and saying, “I got this!”

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The mood of the crowd had calmed a bit before she took the stage. Sarah Silverman, a leading Bernie backer pointed out they were “being ridiculous.” Cory Booker built positivity from there but the boo’s only truly ended, when Michelle Obama took the stage. I won’t comment much about her appearance. I’ll leave others to talk about her hair and her dress. I will mention the ease and grace she had while being in front of a previously raucous crowd. She owned the moment and she knew it, not in a boastful manner but she had an awareness that this was her time.

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Many of the previous speakers had yelled into the microphone, trying to make themselves be heard. Mrs. Obama spoke softly yet powerfully. Heard not only because of the adequacy of the sound system but because the audience, both in the hall and across America. Hung on her every word.

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She spoke about her children, and the care she and Barack took while raising them in a fishbowl. She reminded us they woke each day in “a house built by slaves.” But now her girl’s played with their dogs on the White House lawn. She reminded us that we don’t need to make America greater because it already is great. She spoke of the significance of the police AND the protesters.

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She never mentioned the Republican nominee by name but decimated him all the same. She talked of the need for a President of the United States that can communicate in more than 140 characters. She spoke of promise and hope and love and big dreams. She demeaned his cynicism and negativity. She valued a history of public service vs a lifetime of chasing fame. And when she was finished, Donald Trump didn’t tweet shit! He tweeted about Booker, Warren, and Sanders. He tweeted about Clinton and Barack. When it came to Michelle Obama, he said nothing for she is the Queen!

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Some are already saying it was the best political convention speech of all time. They say Elizabeth Warren captivated the hall but not necessarily the television audience. Others they say spoke more to television than their live audience. Michelle Obama spoke to each of our hearts, by sharing from hers.

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When she was done. She waved and smiled and walked off as gracefully as she came. When they talk about the first day of this convention they’ll rightfully say it was Michelle Obama’s speech that turned the tide of the Convention, and possibly the election. She is simultaneously the reigning Queen of the Universe and the greatest First Lady of all time. There are those that attacked her from the moment she hit the political scene. But went they go low, she went high. She will have the grace to give the next First Lady (or man) the space to find their way. Don’t stay away too long, you’ll be missed. We love you Michelle!