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Congrats to Senator Barack Obama

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The headline and picture says it all. Congrats to Senator Barack Obama on being elected the 44th president of the United States. I’m gonna say what many others have been saying:  I never thought I would see a black person elected president in my lifetime.  I always thought a white woman or latino male would be elected before a black person would be elected president.

I stayed up all night last night watching the election coverage. I was too excited to get any sleep.  And today I continued to watch the post election coverage on CNN and MSNBC.

I stood in line for about an hour and fifteen minutes so I could vote yesterday.   I got to the school about 12:45pm and finally got to vote at 2:00pm.  The line I was in was outside at first but then eventually it didn’t take long for us to get inside the school.  From what I was told the line and wait was much longer earlier yesterday morning.

Anyway I’m glad this whole election process is over.  The nastiness gets on my nerves.  But you know, 2012 will be here before you know it 😉

The Democratic National Convention

The Democratic National Convention started in Denver on Monday.  On Monday I watched it on our local PBS station.  I then read that the coverage on C-Span was great if you didn’t want to listen to the usual talking heads that you see on CNN, MSNBC and FoxNews.  So since yesterday I’ve been watching the convention on C-SPAN.  They’ve been showing gavel to gavel coverage including the roll call today.  As of this evening Senator Barack Obama has been declared the official presidential candidate of the Democratic Party. 

In Historic Vote, Obama Officially Claims Democratic Nomination
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer

DENVER — With the weight of history hanging over them, Hillary Rodham Clinton and the Democratic Party formally chose Sen. Barack Obama as the nominee for the White House, elevating the first African American to that exalted post and putting a black man a step from the presidency.

Several hours later, former President Bill Clinton declared to a cheering convention: “Barack Obama is ready to lead America and restore American leadership in the world. Ready to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Barack Obama is ready to be president of the United States.”

With a theatrical flourish, the roll call vote was rushed to allow Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to suspend the vote and “in the spirit of unity, with the goal of victory,” declare Obama the nominee by aclaimation.

“With eyes firmly fixed on the future, and in the spirit of unity with the goal of victory,” Clinton said, “with faith in our party and our country, let’s declare together with one voice right here, right now that Barack Obama is our candidate and he will be our president.”

I’ve also been recording the convention since I do have a certain bedtime to meet.  I just got around to watching the speech given by Michelle Obama and it was great.

What an idiot!!!!

Who am I talking about?  Ludacris, that’s who. What in the hell was rapper Ludacris thinking? Have you seen the lyrics to his latest song? Check it out here at the Daily Voice.  The track is titled Politics:  Obama Is Here.

Thanks to Ludacris, Senator Barack Obama had to denounce the lyrics to this song. Calling Senator Hillary Clinton the b word and his comments about Senator John McCain were totally uncalled for. Why do black folks do this? We are our own worst enemies.

Unfortunately Obama has been photographed with Ludacris and has mentioned that the rapper’s music is in his ipod.

Check out Najee Ali’s open letter to Ludacris. Ali is right. With friends like Ludacris, Obama doesn’t need enemies. Talk about giving ammunition to the Republicans and Hillary supporters who are on the fence. I guess now we’ll see a Republican attack ad using a picture of Ludacris and Obama together talking about this song. When will we learn? I doubt very seriously if an asian or hispanic person was running for president you would see a singer or rapper of that race doing something this stupid.

People Magazine interviews the Obamas Part 2

I finally received my People Magazine in the mail Friday. I had no idea the Obamas would be on the cover when I blogged about the interview last Thursday.

The Obama article consists of eight pages of information about their home life and plenty of pictures of the Obama family.  You can buy People Magazine at your local grocery store, bookstore or newstand.

Desperately seeking Obama’s senior thesis

Some folks are really getting desperate.  Over at MSNBC I read an investigative report about former congressional investigator and conservative activist David Bossie desperately seeking a copy of Senator Barack Obama’s senior thesis from Columbia University.

According to Deep Background at MSNBC:

Journalists began hounding Columbia University for copies of the musty document. Conservative bloggers began wondering if the young Obama had written a no-nukes screed that he might come to regret. And David Bossie, the former congressional investigator and “right-wing hit man,” as one newspaper described him, took out classified newspaper ads in Columbia University’s newspaper and the Chicago Tribune in March searching for the term paper.

According to a New York Times article last year Obama majored in political science at Columbia and had spent his time writing his thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament.

Plenty of folks have already railed against Michelle Obama for her Princeton thesis Princeton-Educated Blacks and the Black Community.  Some folks called her an ungrateful black radical who should be thankful she got into Princeton. It’s obvious that these folks don’t have a clue about the history of Princeton University.   I learned quite a bit after reading about the history of Princeton in Lawrence Otis Graham’s book Member of the Club.  Lawrence and Michelle attended Princeton during the early 80’s.   

Anyway you can read the entire investigative article Obama and the case of the missing thesis here.

People Magazine interviews the Obamas

While checking out The Daily Voice I noticed a link that mentioned the Obama family opening up to People Magazine.  The Obamas talk about raising their daughters Malia and Sasha.

Barack Obama Gives Daughter $1 Allowance a Week

The Democratic presidential candidate and wife Michelle tell PEOPLE how they raise their girls in the public eye

By Sandra Sobieraj Westfall

Squeezing some family fun between campaign stops, Sen. Barack Obama kicks a soccer ball to his 10-year-old daughter Malia and, with a wink to a reporter on the sidelines, confides one of his wife Michelle’s secret talents: “She is the best Hula-Hooper I know. Once she gets the rhythm going, she can drop to her knees!”

And what about the Democratic presidential nominee? “That is one thing you will never see – me Hula-Hooping. I think that’s clear.”

Also clear: That even on the campaign trail, this is a brood almost like any other, with set routines (chores!), boundaries ($1 allowance!) and playtimes (movie nights!). The Obamas opened up to PEOPLE – first, at the family’s three-story home in Chicago in June, and again on July 4, at a park in Butte, Mont., where the family campaigned and celebrated Malia’s birthday – about the task of raising two girls, including 7-year-old Sasha, under the public eye.

PEOPLE: Someone told me today that you don’t do birthday presents.
Michelle: No, because we spend hundreds of dollars on a birthday party and movie tickets and pizza and popcorn …
Barack: That sleepover is enough. We want to teach some limits to them. And their friends bring over presents.
Michelle: They get so much stuff that it just becomes numbing. Malia believes there is still a Santa Claus even though she’s a little wary because some of her friends are non-believers. But Malia says, “Ma, I know there is a Santa because there’s no way you’d buy me all that stuff.” [Laughing]

So what does a slumber party at the Obama house look like?
Barack: They’re pretty noisy.
Michelle: The older they get, they just talk a lot. But they’re at the age where they’re pretty self-sufficient. [For Malia’s birthday] we’re going to go swimming, see Wall-E, make pizzas, have sundaes.
Barack: I usually go for the swim but this time I want to go to the movie just because Wall-E has gotten great reviews. I find actually that children’s movies are the best movies these days. But I’ll probably, after that, peel off until the cake.
Michelle: [Laughs] “Peel off.”

You can read the entire interview with the Obamas here.

Obama’s blackness. Not again!!!

Check out Robin Givhan’s column, Plunging Back Into Blackness. Robin talks about John McLaughlin’s comment about Senator Barack Obama being an oreo.

Plunging Back Into ‘Blackness’

By Robin Givhan
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Last week on “The McLaughlin Group,” a show so fusty that plumes of dust waft from the television screen upon the first note of its brassy theme song, a curiously retro word floated into the Sunday morning blathersphere: Oreo.

Host John McLaughlin was not speaking of cookies. He used it while interrogating his guests about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama’s blackness. To be exact, McLaughlin bellowed: Does it bother Jesse Jackson that “someone like Obama, who fits the stereotype blacks once labeled as an Oreo — a black on the outside, a white on the inside — that an Oreo should be the beneficiary of the long civil rights struggle?”

McLaughlin’s decision to dredge up a race-baiting slur, which historically was intended to suggest someone was self-hating and inauthentic, had the feel of a 1,000-year-old blowhard trying to be provocative and clever. It was delivered in a tone that spoke of anthropological curiosity — as if he had been chauffeured past a crowd of black people 50 years ago, overheard them talking, and picked up a bit of their odd patois.

The term oreo has been used as an insult by some blacks to describe a black person as black on the outside and white on the inside if that black person is successful, does well in school, etc. (Check out the term in the Urban Dictionary) Robin pretty much discusses how Senator Obama isn’t black enough for some (being Harvard educated) and too black for others (being a member of Trinity United Church of Christ).

Despite McLaughlin’s stilted tone, it was yet another reminder that the question of Obama’s blackness — too much or not enough — refuses to be put to rest. Obama has ping-ponged between not being black enough when he was mostly known as the Harvard-educated lawyer who gave rousing speeches, to being too black when his now former minister Jeremiah Wright was on the loose preaching about a racist America. Now he’s back to not being black enough because he’s been talking about personal responsibility among black Americans.

The debate has become absurd. When he plays basketball, is he blacker? Or, as the comedian Bill Maher joked: “He bowled a 37. . . . Is he black enough for you now?” And how about when he tucked in his polo shirt and went for a family bike ride? Was he only kinda-sorta black then?

Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

It would be splendid if the man could simply just be in the same way as presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. (No one’s asking if he’s too white or not white enough.) But we have not arrived at that mountaintop yet and so, in the meantime, Obama must serve as symbol and trope. He must represent his multiethnic constituency and he must represent.

This is not a matter of skin tone. It’s about culture, sensibility and perception. While Obama’s ascendancy has brought many issues into the spotlight, one of the most confounding — at least for far too many pundits — is the notion of blackness, what defines it and who gets to determine whether the prevailing definition is correct.

You can read the entire article here.

What’s on Obama’s ipod?

The July 10-24, 2008 issue of Rolling Stone magazine features presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama on the cover with an exclusive interview.

His music tastes range from Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Jay-Z to Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and Charlie Parker.

WASHINGTON, D.C. —

Bob Dylan. Yo-Yo Ma. Sheryl Crow. Jay-Z. These aren’t musical acts in a summer concert series: They’re artists featured on Barack Obama’s iPod.

“I have pretty eclectic tastes,” the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview to be published in Friday’s issue of Rolling Stone.

Growing up in the ‘70s, Obama said, he listened to the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Earth, Wind & Fire. Stevie Wonder is his musical hero from the era. The Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” tops his favorites from the band.

The Illinois senator’s playlist contains these musicians, along with about 30 songs from Dylan and the singer’s “Blood on the Tracks” album. Jazz legends Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker are also in the mix.

“Actually, one of my favorites during the political season is ‘Maggie’s Farm,”’ Obama said of one of Dylan’s tracks. “It speaks to me as I listen to some of the political rhetoric.”

In the song, Dylan sings about trying be himself, “but everybody wants you to be just like them.”

You can check out A Conversation with Barack Obama here at Rolling Stone.com or you can buy the magazine at your nearest bookstore, newstand or grocery store.

Obama speaks at Wesleyan

Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama was the commencement speaker at yesterday’s Wesleyan University graduation in Middletown, Connecticut. Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy was the original scheduled speaker but had to bow out due to his recent reported illness.

Obama speaks at Wesleyan commencement
The presidential candidate, substituting for an ailing Edward Kennedy, urges graduates to take up community service. Mania sweeps the campus.
By Erika Hayasaki
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

May 26, 2008

MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Snipers crouched on roofs and Secret Service agents patrolled the field as Wesleyan University’s class of 2008 participated Sunday in a commencement ceremony few attendees are likely to forget.

Under a clear blue sky, Sen. Barack Obama stood before the 737 graduating seniors and 120 doctoral graduates. Thousands of visitors blanketing a hill overlooking the ceremony rose to their feet in applause. Many had no connection to the school, and no tickets, but they cheered along with Wesleyan families and friends.

“At a time of war, we need you to work for peace,” Obama (D-Ill.) told the graduates. “At a time of inequality, we need you to work for opportunity. At a time of so much cynicism and so much doubt, we need you to make us believe again. That’s your task, class of 2008.”

Last week, no one here could have expected the graduation would turn into such a spectacle. Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) had been the scheduled speaker. But when he was hospitalized last week — and was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor — Obama, the Democratic presidential front-runner, was tapped to take his place.

As the news spread across campus Thursday via instant messaging, blog posts, texting, cellphone and Facebook, people began selling their commencement tickets on Craigslist for hundreds of dollars.

Visitors from across the country arrived, carting blankets, umbrellas, folding chairs and picnic lunches. A young man showed up in a Dukakis T-shirt, and others wore “Yes We Can” buttons. People lined up to snap photos next to a life-size cardboard cutout of Obama. Wesleyan officials estimated that there were 25,000 people in the crowd.

Can you imagine? 25,000 folks attending a college graduation. I wonder if this was a record breaking crowd.

Maryasin said he walked out his front door and saw the class president running down the street, shouting that Obama was coming.

Rashida Richardson, 21, the class president, said she found out via a text message and took off running as echoes of other students’ screams floated across campus.

Richardson was the only student speaker Sunday. Before the ceremony, the social studies graduate paced, worrying about how her speech could possibly compare to Obama’s. “I’ll be on YouTube,” she said, glancing at the thousands of people who showed up.

Minutes later, Richardson took the stage, a few feet from Obama. She laughed nervously and raced through her speech. At the end, she shouted a play on Obama’s campaign slogan: “Wes, we can!”

Just imagine someone running down the street yelling Obama is coming to Wesleyan!!!

You can check out the commencement speech below.

Dinner with Obama

An Indiana woman has been selected to have dinner with Senator Barack Obama. Bonnie Locchetta of Rushville, Indiana was chosen after contributing $25 to the Obama presidential campaign.

Indiana Woman to Have Dinner With Obama

Bonnie Locchetta has a lot to say to Barack Obama, and she’ll soon get her chance.

March 27, 2008 — Bonnie Locchetta has a lot to say to Barack Obama, and she’ll soon get her chance.

The 44-year-old Rushville, Ind., woman was chosen to have dinner with the Democratic presidential candidate after she donated $25 to his campaign.

“I want to ask him what he plans to do to help people like me send their kids to college and help people like me to retire who have no savings and to help people like my mother who’s struggling to afford her medication when she’s also struggling to pay her housing and all her bills,” she said Wednesday.

The single mother of three said she has followed Obama since his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, and was inspired to “put a little money where my mouth was” on Monday to support him. She said his policies on the economy, the Iraq war and education make him the best candidate.

“He says a lot of things that make sense to me and he’s coming at things from such an angle that I think he can change things,” Locchetta said.

I think it’s a good idea to have presidential candidates meet potential voters face to face. It gives them the opportunity to listen to what average everyday Americans are going through, especially when it comes to domestic issues like the economy.

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