Category Archives: President Barack Obama

President Obama’s eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney

Earlier today President Barack Obama, aka Preacher in Chief, aka Reverend President gave the eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney in front of thousands of mourners at the College of Charleston’s TD Arena.

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Reverend Pinckney was one of nine Mother Emanuel AME Church members who were murdered during bible study last Wednesday June 17, 2015.

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CHARLESTON, S.C. — President Obama in remembering the life of slain pastor Rev. Clementa Pinckney delivered an impassioned call on Friday for unity and racial understanding. Thousands of people packed an arena at the College of Charleston to pay their respects to Pinckney who was killed with eight other worshippers at the historic Emanuel AME Church. Obama played to the role of both pastor and president during his eulogy, leading the crowd in a loud and joyful rendition of “Amazing Grace.” “Blinded by hatred, the alleged killer would not see the grace surrounding Reverend Pinckney and that Bible study group, the light of love that shown as they opened the church doors and invited a stranger to join in their prayer circle,” Obama said of the killings in which a 21-year-old man, Dylann Roof, apparently motivated by racial hatred, is alleged to have killed nine black worshippers during a Wednesday night Bible study. “The alleged killer could have never anticipated the way the families of the fallen would respond when they saw him in court in the midst of unspeakable grief, with words of forgiveness. He couldn’t imagine that.”

Funeral services for Ethel Lance and Sharonda Coleman-Singleton were held yesterday.

I saw the the entire service on C-SPAN. Didn’t want any commercial interruptions or news anchors running their mouths during the service. President Obama gave a fantastic eulogy. I felt like I was back in church for the first time in years.

During the latter part of the eulogy President Obama broke out into his version of Amazing Grace.

Rest in Peace Reverend Clementa Pinckney.  And rest in peace to Sharonda Coleman-Singleton, Depayne Middleton Doctor, Cynthia Hurd, Susie Jackson, Ethel Lance, Tywanza Sanders, Reverend Daniel Simmons and Myra Thompson.

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You’re In My House says President Barack Obama

President Obama had to give a presidential smackdown to a heckler during a White House event honoring the LGBT community.

He should have added “Don’t start none, won’t be none.”

Alright Mr. President 🙂

President Obama gets his own Twitter account

Earlier today I noticed a headline in twitter that President Obama now has his own Twitter account.

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So I decided to check it out and there it was. The first time I checked he just had one tweet.

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Later on there were three tweets. One interesting tweet was with former President Bill Clinton.

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FLOTUS could be former President Clinton. Oh well I won’t go there right now.  Just saying.

Anyway I also noticed how fast President Obama has gained followers. This morning when I first saw his account he had just under 100,000 followers. Right now as I’m blogging he has over 1.3 million followers. Damn he has a fast growing account.  I guess by tomorrow morning that could grow to over 2 million followers.  Welcome to Twitter Mr. President.

President Obama brings out his anger translator Luther

Last night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, also called the Nerd Prom, President Barack Obama brought out his anger translator Luther.  Luther is Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series Key and Peele.

President Barack Obama knew he might need some help to get his points across at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, so he brought in his anger translator Luther to make his message more clear.

Luther, whom fans might recognize as Keegan-Michael Key from the Comedy Central series “Key & Peele,” helped Obama speak on climate change and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign.

And check out this video relating to the November 2012 election victory.

President Obama’s ice cream conspiracy

President Obama spent some time in Bar Harbor, Maine last weekend with his family.  Well apparently the Obamas choice of where to get some ice cream caused quite a stir amongst the right wing blogosphere. The name of the ice cream shop is Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. The logo outside the shop features a upright black fist clenching a spoon.

To some this logo resembles the black power symbol from the 1960’s.  Mount Desert is owned by a white woman named Linda Parker.  With a state that has a black population of 1%, I doubt that this white woman is trying to overthrow the white race and the state of Maine.

Blogosphere goes bananas over ‘black power’ sundaes

‘It’s just ice cream,’ says Mount Desert Island business owner

By Bill Trotter
BDN Staff

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Black Power Ice Cream?

Linda Parker never contemplated this name for her business, opting instead for the less provocative “Mount Desert Island Ice Cream” when she started making her cold confections in 2005.

The company boasts “fearless flavor” as its motto, but with varieties such as Mexican chocolate, blueberry basil and stout, her customers are more likely to encounter a Fig Newton at her business than they are Huey Newton.

Never mind that the former Black Panther leader died more than 20 years ago. The reason all this has come up is that Parker’s customers this past weekend included President Barack Obama and his family, who stopped in for some cones one afternoon during a whirlwind two-day family vacation on MDI. Photos of the impromptu visit were taken and posted online, where several bloggers noticed that the shop’s logo of an upright black fist clenching a spoon resembles the clenched black fist that was adopted as a black power symbol in the 1960s.

Even Linda Parker thought the outrage over President Obama’s visit was crazy.

Parker said she and her husband first saw the blog posts on Saturday, the day after Obama’s visit to her shop.  She said the notion that the president, who ordered coconut ice cream, used her small-town ice cream shop to demonstrate allegiance to the black power movement is absurd.

“It just seemed really hilarious to us,” Parker said. “All I’m doing is getting up, making ice cream, and going to bed. That’s all I do all summer. No time for radical insurgency.”

Read it all here.

President Obama ordered a coconut flavored ice cream.  Can you imagine the outrage if he had ordered black walnut or even chocolate?  Fox News, Andrew Breitbart, Rush and the rest of the right-wing lunatic fringe would be hyperventilating.

President Barack Obama and fatherhood

President Barack Obama graces the cover of today’s edition of Parade Magazine with his daughters Malia and Sasha.

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President Obama talks about how much fatherhood is important to him when it comes to his two daughters and how many fathers need to step up to the plate and spend more time in their childrens lives.

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‘We Need Fathers To Step Up’
by President Barack Obama

Two days before the inauguration, PARADE published a letter from Barack Obama to his daughters about what he hoped for them and all the children of America. The letter attracted international attention. On this Father’s Day, we asked the President to reflect on what fatherhood means to him.

[Get the story behind the story from PARADE Editor Janice Kaplan.]

As the father of two young girls who have shown such poise, humor, and patience in the unconventional life into which they have been thrust, I mark this Father’s Day—our first in the White House—with a deep sense of gratitude. One of the greatest benefits of being President is that I now live right above the office. I see my girls off to school nearly every morning and have dinner with them nearly every night. It is a welcome change after so many years out on the campaign trail and commuting between Chicago and Capitol Hill.

But I observe this Father’s Day not just as a father grateful to be present in my daughters’ lives but also as a son who grew up without a father in my own life. My father left my family when I was 2 years old, and I knew him mainly from the letters he wrote and the stories my family told. And while I was lucky to have two wonderful grandparents who poured everything they had into helping my mother raise my sister and me, I still felt the weight of his absence throughout my childhood.

As an adult, working as a community organizer and later as a legislator, I would often walk through the streets of Chicago’s South Side and see boys marked by that same absence—boys without supervision or direction or anyone to help them as they struggled to grow into men. I identified with their frustration and disengagement—with their sense of having been let down.

In many ways, I came to understand the importance of fatherhood through its absence—both in my life and in the lives of others. I came to understand that the hole a man leaves when he abandons his responsibility to his children is one that no government can fill. We can do everything possible to provide good jobs and good schools and safe streets for our kids, but it will never be enough to fully make up the difference.

That is why we need fathers to step up, to realize that their job does not end at conception; that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child but the courage to raise one.

Read the entire article at Parade Magazine.com and check out the Obama family photo album.

Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery

Yesterday President Obama celebrated Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.

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Unfortunately there was controversy which the president avoided.  It’s a custom to send a wreath to the Arlington Confederate Monument but a group of professors petitioned the president to break that tradition.

Last week, a group of about 60 professors petitioned the White House, asking the first black U.S. president to break tradition and not memorialize military members from the Confederacy, the group of Southern states that supported slavery.

“The Arlington Confederate Monument is a denial of the wrong committed against African-Americans by slave owners, Confederates and neo-Confederates, through the monument’s denial of slavery as the cause of secession and its holding up of Confederates as heroes,” the petitioners said. “This implies that the humanity of Africans and African-Americans is of no significance.”

The White House ignored the request.

Instead of breaking the tradition the president sent wreaths to the Arlington Confederate Monument and the African American Civil War Memorial in D.C.’s historically black U Street neighborhood.  That memorial honors 200,000 black soldiers who fought for the North during the Civil War.

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The White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

Last night President Barack Obama became Stand-Up-In-Chief at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. And no one was spared. I saw it on YouTube this morning and he was pretty good. One of my favorite lines was this one:

“This is a tough holiday for Rahm. He’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.’ “

The dinner at the Washington Hilton attracted journalists, politicians and celebrities.

Obama Delivers the Zingers at Journalists’ Dinner

By Richard Leiby
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, May 10, 2009

When President Obama made his debut as the nation’s Stand-Up-in-Chief last night — the star attraction at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner — no one in his administration was safe from his one-liners.

Not Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: “The minute she got back from Mexico, she pulled me into a hug and said I should go down there myself.”

Not Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “This is a tough holiday for Rahm. He’s not used to saying the word ‘day’ after ‘mother.’ ”

Not even, it turned out, himself: “During the second 100 days, we will design, build and open a library dedicated to my first 100 days.”

And: “My next 100 days will be so successful, I will complete them in 72 days. And on the 73rd day, I will rest.”

The routine brought mostly guffaws from the 2,500 journalists, politicians and celebrities jammed into the Washington Hilton ballroom for the press corps’ annual celebration of itself. The president acknowledged perceptions that he’s a media darling: “Most of you covered me; all of you voted for me. Apologies to the Fox table.”

Checking out the video I saw Tyra Banks, Dule Hill, Demi Moore, Michael Steele and Keith Olbermann. Anyway check out the video provided by C-Span.

Charles Payne: World War II veteran

The Chicago Tribune has an interesting article about President Barack Obama’s great uncle Charles Payne.  Eighty four year old Charles Payne was a private first class in the 89th Infantry Division during World War II. The 89th Infantry participated in the liberation of Ohrdruf, a forced-labor camp that was a satellite of the Buchenwald concentration camp. It’s been rumored that while visiting Europe this summer President Obama is considering a visit to the concentration camp that his great uncle helped liberate in April 1945 and he’s expected to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on June 6.  A White House spokesperson hasn’t confirmed or denied the rumored trip to the former concentration camp.

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Obama relative recalls World War II horror
President may visit concentration camp great-uncle helped liberate

By John McCormick
Tribune reporter
May 8, 2009

For much of his 84 years, Charles Payne has lived in Chicago in relative obscurity and watched his sister’s grandson rise to the presidency.

But now it appears possible that a painful part of Payne’s own story will be brought to the forefront, based on German news reports that President Barack Obama is considering a visit to the concentration camp that his great uncle helped liberate in April 1945.

Payne, who spent much of his career working in library science at the University of Chicago, was a private first class in the 89th Infantry Division during World War II when he participated in the liberation of Ohrdruf, a forced-labor camp that was a satellite of the Buchenwald concentration camp.

“I remember seeing a lot of really emaciated people in rags at the point of starvation. People were clutching tin cups for food,” he said Thursday in a Tribune interview. “I saw sheds where dead bodies had been stacked up.”

But Payne said he had thought little in recent years about the horrors he saw, until German reporters started calling to ask about a possible presidential visit.

A German government spokesman told reporters in Berlin that Obama may visit Buchenwald while in Europe this summer. The president is expected to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France on June 6, and a Group of Eight summit will be held in Italy in July.

German spokesman Thomas Steg was quoted as saying Obama may plan to visit “historical places that in the widest sense are related to the different aspects of World War II — destruction and rebuilding, extermination and the breakdown of civilization.”

A White House spokesman declined to confirm or deny that Obama planned to follow Payne’s wartime tracks. More than 50,000 people were killed at Buchenwald.

After receiving a degree in engineering from Kansas State University,  Charles Payne moved to Chicago in 1960 where he spent most of his career working in library science at the University of Chicago.

Check out the entire article here and you can see the photo gallery here.

Obama and Biden’s burger run

I had a good laugh reading the Washington Post this morning. They had a front page story in the Style section about President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden heading out to Arlington, VA for lunch.  Obama and Biden chowed down at Ray’s Hell Burger. I’ve never heard of this place but how can you have a restaurant that sells burgers but not french fries?

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Say Cheese: Obama Lunch Turns Juicy Eat-and-Greet

By Philip Rucker
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Their standing weekly lunch is served by butlers on the finest china in a private White House dining room. President Obama and Vice President Biden sit at opposite ends of a polished mahogany table, a golden chandelier hanging overhead and a cerebral John Quincy Adams staring down at them from a portrait.

Yesterday, however, Barack and Joe wanted to show they’re still in touch with the people — and what better way than waiting in line for a big juicy burger. An aide knew just the spot. So at 12:26 p.m., they hopped in their motorcade, zoomed across the Potomac River into Virginia, and pulled up outside 1713 Wilson Blvd. The popular joint in a plain Arlington strip mall has no sign, but neighbors know it as the home of Ray’s Hell Burger, and the spot is beloved as much for its premium aged 10-ounce hamburgers as for its bare-bones decor.

The world’s most powerful man, and the guy a heartbeat away, waited patiently in a single-file line as the lunch crowd gawked — and as two customers in front of them at the counter pondered the menu leisurely, apparently oblivious to whom they were holding up. Then it came time to order.

Obama tilted his head to read the menu, but took a pass on Ray’s specialty burgers, like the “Let’s Get It On,” or the $17.50 burger with foie gras and white truffle oil. Obama, customer No. 42, opted for something more simple: “Your basic cheddar cheeseburger, medium well.”

No ketchup, the president said, but lettuce and tomato. And: “Have you got a spicy mustard or somethin’ like that? A Dijon mustard?”

Biden ordered a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers and ketchup, medium well, and a root beer.

“Are your fries pretty good? Can you vouch for your fries?” Obama asked.

Ray’s doesn’t do fries, said the guy behind the counter, Tim Murray. But Murray suggested the president try “Cheesy Tater Puffs,” which are pureed potatoes with cheddar cheese and chives flash-fried like Tater Tots. Obama looked skeptical, but asked for one order for him and Biden to share.

Looks like their visit has increased business at Ray’s. Even the county health inspector came by to check the place out, lol.

ARLINGTON, Va. – It’s a burger that has won many “best of” awards and today the lines were long at Arlington’s Ray’s Hell Burger, the burger joint the president and vice president visited Tuesday.

The manager says every day is busy but President Obama’s decision to grab lunch there with Vice President Joe Biden made Wednesday’s lines even longer.

“My husband told me that Biden and Obama came yesterday and I thought, ‘well that’s a great reason to come,'” said Jean Cartwright, a customer

It probably wasn’t a coincidence that the day after the president dined at Ray’s, a county health inspector showed up to check on conditions at the restaurant. Apparently they passed and it’s a good thing too as many people were still waiting in line late in the afternoon.

Check out what others have to say about yesterday’s burger run:

Daily DC Item: If Obama Likes Hell Burger- Maybe I Do Need To Give It Another Try

Barack and Joe go to White Castle… I mean, Ray’s Hell Burger

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