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Senate confirms Loretta Lynch as Attorney General

Yesterday the Senate finally confirmed Loretta Lynch as Attorney General. Loretta Lynch is the first African American woman to be nominated for the Attorney General position.

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After 5 months the Senate voted 56-43 to confirm her to the post. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will be stepping down after serving 6 years.

Loretta E. Lynch’s long wait to become U.S. attorney general ended Thursday, with the Senate voting 56 to 43 to confirm the veteran New York prosecutor five months after President Obama submitted her nomination to Congress.

Lynch is expected to be sworn in as the nation’s 83rd attorney general Monday, according to Justice Department officials not authorized to comment publicly.

Obama said in a statement that “America will be better off” with Lynch in charge of the Justice Department. “She will bring to bear her experience as a tough, independent, and well-respected prosecutor on key, bipartisan priorities like criminal justice reform,” he said.

Lynch is the first African American woman to be nominated for the post, which has taken on a higher-than-usual profile in the Obama administration ­because of the leading role the Justice Department has recently played in the debate over race and policing across the country.

For Lynch, the time between nomination and confirmation was the longest for an attorney general nominee in 31 years. In the end, the confirmation vote margin was wider than expected: Ten Republicans, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), joined the Senate’s 44 Democrats and two independents in supporting Lynch. Forty-three senators, all Republicans, were opposed.

I noticed in the past few months that many black organizations including her fellow Delta Sigma Theta sorors showed strong support for Ms. Lynch. TV One’s Roland Martin called on black men including fraternities, clergy and other organizations to press the Senate on the confirmation. I wasn’t surprised to read that Ted Cruz was the one no show Republican who didn’t vote.

Congrats to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Vincent Gray defeats Adrian Fenty in D.C. primary

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray defeated current Washington, D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty in the Democratic primary mayoral race yesterday.

With no one in the Republican Party to oppose him in the general election in November, Vincent Gray will become the next mayor of Washington, D.C.  He will also become the oldest mayor elected in D.C.

Gray decisively defeats Fenty in race for D.C. mayor

By Tim Craig and Nikita Stewart
Wednesday, September 15, 2010; 2:45 AM

D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray won the Democratic nomination for mayor early Wednesday. With nearly all returns counted, voters rejected incumbent Adrian M. Fenty’s hard-charging style in favor of promises of a new, conciliatory approach to governing a fast-changing city.

Gray won with 59,285 votes to Fenty’s 50,850. A few precincts’ results had not been counted at 1:40 a.m., but elections officials said they could not change the outcome.

“We know that we will be celebrating a very big victory very soon,” Jonice Gray Tucker, Gray’s daughter, told the crowd at her father’s party shortly before midnight.

Fenty, the youngest mayor in the four decades of home rule, drew national accolades for his efforts to reform schools; oversaw a dramatic decline in the homicide rate; and led a successful drive to build neighborhood amenities such as recreational centers, dog parks and athletic fields.

Fenty appeared before supporters at 1:18 a.m., refusing to concede and rallying his troops with a battle cry of “On to victory.”

Gray, 67, who spent most of his career leading local nonprofit organizations, has soared swiftly through the ranks of the city’s political establishment. A former executive director of the Association of Retarded Citizens and Covenant House Washington, he was elected to the council by Ward 7 voters in 2004. After only two years in that job, he waged a successful campaign for chairman. Although he was expected to cruise to easy reelection this year, Gray decided in late March to enter the mayor’s race, even though he faced an uphill fight against a well-funded, telegenic mayor who boasted of a long list of achievements.

I read about Mayor Fenty’s arrogance.  But seeing is believing:

While Gray mulled over his future, Fenty continued to be dogged by bad publicity. After a record-breaking snowstorm over the first weekend in February, Fenty initially pushed to open schools and city government on Monday morning, enraging some parents and city employees.

A few days later, when WRC-TV anchor Eun Yang asked Fenty when the snow would finally be cleared from city streets, the mayor snapped that the question “doesn’t make any sense.” The snow would be gone, he said, when “the temperature gets warm enough that it can melt.”

When the temperature gets warm enough that it can melt? WTF kind of response is that?  I wonder if Eun Yang gave him the side eye 😉

According to TBD, Mayor Fenty conceded to Vincent Gray this morning.

The telephonic stalemate had legs, too. Last night, even after most news organizations had called the race for Gray, the mayor apparently couldn’t bring himself to dial Gray’s number.

The two finally connected this morning, with Fenty doing the dialing. Both pledged to continue that connection and work toward a smooth transition in D.C.’s executive branch. Gray even suggested the mayor might be prepared for their first sit-down, face-to-face meeting in months.

Check out the article and the Vincent Gray press conference at TBD.com.

The Tea Party and the Koch brothers

Speaking of the take our country back folksNew York Times columnist Frank Rich has a very interesting article about two brothers who are bankrolling the Tea Party.  Charles and Frank Koch own Koch Industries which is headquartered in Wichita, Kansas.

The Billionaires Bankrolling the Tea Party
By FRANK RICH

ANOTHER weekend, another grass-roots demonstration starring Real Americans who are mad as hell and want to take back their country from you-know-who. Last Sunday the site was Lower Manhattan, where they jeered the “ground zero mosque.” This weekend, the scene shifted to Washington, where the avatars of oppressed white Tea Party America, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, were slated to “reclaim the civil rights movement” (Beck’s words) on the same spot where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had his dream exactly 47 years earlier.

Vive la révolution!

There’s just one element missing from these snapshots of America’s ostensibly spontaneous and leaderless populist uprising: the sugar daddies who are bankrolling it, and have been doing so since well before the “death panel” warm-up acts of last summer. Three heavy hitters rule. You’ve heard of one of them, Rupert Murdoch. The other two, the brothers David and Charles Koch, are even richer, with a combined wealth exceeded only by that of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett among Americans. But even those carrying the Kochs’ banner may not know who these brothers are.

Their self-interested and at times radical agendas, like Murdoch’s, go well beyond, and sometimes counter to, the interests of those who serve as spear carriers in the political pageants hawked on Fox News. The country will be in for quite a ride should these potentates gain power, and given the recession-battered electorate’s unchecked anger and the Obama White House’s unfocused political strategy, they might.

What caught my eye in Frank Rich’s column was his mention of an article in the New Yorker by Jane Mayer titled Covert Operations.

Last week the Kochs were shoved unwillingly into the spotlight by the most comprehensive journalistic portrait of them yet, written by Jane Mayer of The New Yorker. Her article caused a stir among those in Manhattan’s liberal elite who didn’t know that David Koch, widely celebrated for his cultural philanthropy, is not merely another rich conservative Republican but the founder of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation, which, as Mayer writes with some understatement, “has worked closely with the Tea Party since the movement’s inception.” To New Yorkers who associate the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center with the New York City Ballet, it’s startling to learn that the Texas branch of that foundation’s political arm, known simply as Americans for Prosperity, gave its Blogger of the Year Award to an activist who had called President Obama “cokehead in chief.”

I read the article on the subway while on my way home from work. Talk about some interesting reading.

Covert Operations
The billionaire brothers who are waging a war against Obama.

by Jane Mayer

On May 17th, a black-tie audience at the Metropolitan Opera House applauded as a tall, jovial-looking billionaire took the stage. It was the seventieth annual spring gala of American Ballet Theatre, and David H. Koch was being celebrated for his generosity as a member of the board of trustees; he had recently donated $2.5 million toward the company’s upcoming season, and had given many millions before that. Koch received an award while flanked by two of the gala’s co-chairs, Blaine Trump, in a peach-colored gown, and Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, in emerald green. Kennedy’s mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, had been a patron of the ballet and, coincidentally, the previous owner of a Fifth Avenue apartment that Koch had bought, in 1995, and then sold, eleven years later, for thirty-two million dollars, having found it too small.

The gala marked the social ascent of Koch, who, at the age of seventy, has become one of the city’s most prominent philanthropists. In 2008, he donated a hundred million dollars to modernize Lincoln Center’s New York State Theatre building, which now bears his name. He has given twenty million to the American Museum of Natural History, whose dinosaur wing is named for him. This spring, after noticing the decrepit state of the fountains outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Koch pledged at least ten million dollars for their renovation. He is a trustee of the museum, perhaps the most coveted social prize in the city, and serves on the board of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where, after he donated more than forty million dollars, an endowed chair and a research center were named for him.

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus.

Grover Norquist, who holds a weekly meeting for conservative leaders in Washington, including representatives from Americans for Prosperity, told me that last summer’s raucous rallies were pivotal in undermining Obama’s agenda. The Republican leadership in Congress, he said, “couldn’t have done it without August, when people went out on the streets. It discouraged deal-makers”—Republicans who might otherwise have worked constructively with Obama. Moreover, the appearance of growing public opposition to Obama affected corporate donors on K Street. “K Street is a three-billion-dollar weathervane,” Norquist said. “When Obama was strong, the Chamber of Commerce said, ‘We can work with the Obama Administration.’ But that changed when thousands of people went into the street and ‘terrorized’ congressmen. August is what changed it. Now that Obama is weak, people are getting tough.”

This is just a snippet of the article Covert Operations. Check out the entire article at The New Yorker.com.

The D.C. mayoral race

September 14 is the big day for the Democratic primary in Washington, D.C. The contest is mainly between current D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

I don’t live in D.C., but living in the D.C. metro area one can’t help but keep tabs on what’s going on in this mayoral contest.

Despite the fact that there have been some improvements in D.C. since Adrian Fenty was elected mayor he’s actually behind Vincent Gray in the polls.

Poll shows D.C. Mayor Fenty getting more credit than support in primary race against Gray

By Nikita Stewart and Jon Cohen
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, August 28, 2010

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is foundering in his reelection bid against his chief opponent, D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray, despite a widespread sense that the city is heading in the right direction, according to a new Washington Post poll.

With early voting beginning Monday in the Sept. 14 primary, Gray is clearly ahead, leading Fenty 49 to 36 percent among all Democratic voters surveyed. Gray’s advantage swells to 17 points, 53 to 36 percent, among those most likely to vote in the primary.

Although most of those Democrats polled credit the mayor with a record of accomplishment and say he brought needed change to the District, many doubt his honesty, his willingness to listen to different points of view and his ability to understand their problems. The criticisms are especially deep-seated among African Americans, who are likely to make up a majority of primary voters.

Nearly six in 10 black Democrats see Fenty as caring primarily about upper-income residents; more than four in 10 see him as disproportionately concerned about whites in the District. In predominantly black Wards 7 & 8, east of the Anacostia River, where Fenty carried 54 percent of the primary vote four years ago, just 14 percent of all Democratic voters there now back him against Gray.

Citywide, most black voters doubt Fenty’s honesty and say he doesn’t understand their problems. Four years ago, just 17 percent of African Americans expressed unfavorable views of Fenty; now, that number has leapt to 56 percent.

What’s worse is Fenty is losing momentum in his own neighborhood, Ward 4:

By contrast, Fenty is struggling to hold on to his home base of Ward 4, in Northwest, which he represented as council member for six years and where he won 69 percent of the primary vote four years ago. Now, Fenty leads Gray by 46 to 40 percent, among all registered Ward 4 Democrats and has a similar edge in Ward 1.

In the beginning of the year I thought Mayor Fenty was a shoe in for a second term. But as the months went by I started reading some very unflattering stories about Mayor Fenty.  Fenty’s folks are touting the reduction in crime and the improvement in the public schools. But one of the biggest problems involve race.   Many black residents of D.C. aren’t happy at all with Mayor Fenty. From what I’ve been reading over the past few months many in the black community find Mayor Fenty distant, arrogant and aloof. They see him spending money on dog parks, hiring more white folks in higher level positions and not doing anything to improve the eastern party of D.C which is mostly working class, poor and black.  They see him as catering more to the wealthier and mostly white population.  According to a Washington Post column today by Robert McCartney:

But critics charge that Fenty’s policies have served mainly to attract newcomers to the city, or to protect the interests of recent arrivals in gentrifying neighborhoods such as Columbia Heights and Capitol Hill. That explains the frequent criticism that the mayor has spent too much money on bike lanes and dog parks, and too little on affordable housing and jobs. With his own enthusiasm for triathlons and Smart Cars, Fenty’s persona is also identified more with newcomers than with longtime residents. It doesn’t help that he appointed few African Americans to top cabinet positions.

Nobody objects to the District becoming more prosperous, but there’s much anxiety over how it’s happening. Many working-class citizens, mostly blacks, are concerned that rising rents will drive them from the city. And the growing affluence has not translated into help for the tens of thousands of chronically unemployed people living east of the Anacostia River.

In that same column McCartney states that many black voters feel as though Mayor Adrian Fenty hoodwinked them back in 2006 when he first campaigned for mayor:

Fenty is struggling partly because many black voters feel that he hoodwinked them when he ran for mayor four years ago. Based on his remarkable face-to-face campaign effort in 2006, when he knocked on almost every door in the city, voters expected him to be a more humane, accessible version of the previous mayor, the wonky and equally results-oriented Tony Williams. Fenty swept every precinct by convincing people that he’d continue the improvements in city services and finances ushered in by Williams, while being more receptive to precisely the concerns about gentrification, poverty and inclusiveness that are tripping him up now.

Last week Post columnist Courtland Milloy wrote about Mayor Fenty’s snubbing of black women. Even those who campaigned for him in 2006 are turning away from him in 2010.

Adrian Fenty’s snubs of black women make a win at the polls unlikely

By Courtland Milloy
Wednesday, August 25, 2010; B01

How did D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty lose the love of so many black women — the most faithful and forgiving constituents a black man in public office can have? The answer: He worked at it, went out of his way to snub and disrespect even the most revered sisters of distinction.

They include Dorothy I. Height, president emeritus of the National Council of Negro Women, who died this year; Maya Angelou, the poet; Susan L. Taylor, editor of Essence magazine; Oracene Price, mother of tennis greats Venus and Serena Williams; and former D.C. first lady Cora Masters Barry, founder of the Southeast Washington Tennis and Learning Center.

The list goes on and on.

A year ago, two meetings were scheduled between Fenty, Height and the others. The women were concerned that he was using a legal ruse to take the tennis center from Barry and turn the operation over to one of his fraternity brothers.

Both meetings were canceled at the last minute, with Fenty claiming that the women called it off and the women saying they were snubbed by him.

Whom are you going to believe?

“Dr. Maya Angelou and I were scheduled to meet with the mayor on the 28th of August and on the 31st of August,” Height, who was 98 at the time, told reporters afterward. She didn’t mention the other women lest they get caught up in petty D.C. politics. “It didn’t happen because the meetings were canceled. Well, we were disappointed.”

You hear that word a lot about Fenty. It’s as if black women had let down their natural guard against disappointment and allowed themselves to be fooled by a man they thought really cared about them.

“I just don’t understand him,” said Joan Ellis Tillman, 76, a longtime grass-roots political activist, sounding bewildered. “I worked hard for Fenty, and as soon as he became mayor he starts acting like he doesn’t know me.”

Complaints about Fenty’s abrasive personality must be put in context. For many black women, his dismissiveness is not just a personal affront but a quality reflected throughout much of his government; his arrogance is just the coldness of his policies personified.

Milloy also states in his column that Mayor Fenty is now going door to door trying to win back those disaffected voters. I’ve even heard one of his campaign ads on the radio stating that he’s made mistakes.  But will the ads and the door to door visits work?

Last week, the 39-year-old mayor kicked off a “humility” tour, knocking on doors and making telephone calls, trying to win back the disaffected.

Sorry, but the new breed, post-racial brother just doesn’t get it. Fool a black woman once, shame on you. And that’s it. No fool me twice. She won’t hate you; she just won’t vote for you again.

What black women wanted from Fenty in exchange for their support could not have been clearer to anyone who heard them speak at candidate forums, coffee klatches, neighborhood association meetings, church socials and the like.

Fix decrepit school buildings, update equipment and supplies, get disruptive students out of the classrooms and hallways and find some way to educate them, in spite of their self-destructive ways, someplace else.

And if there was any way to help those stressed-out, two-job-holding mothers to get more involved in their children’s education, they would appreciate it more than he could ever know.

They didn’t ask him to start closing schools or to embark on a campaign of firing seasoned black teachers. And when he started taking credit for academic improvements that were already underway when he took office, they were too through with him.

“I guess his head got too big, but I really don’t know what happened to him,” said Ethel Delaney Lee, 84, another disaffected Fenty supporter.

Check out Courtland Milloy’s entire article here and for more news and information on the D.C. mayoral race check out the D.C. political section here.

Valerie Jarrett: President Obama’s BFF

New York Times Magazine has an interesting article about Valerie Jarrett.  She’s President Barack Obama’s Senior Advisor to the President and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Relations and Public Liaison.

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The Ultimate Obama Insider
By ROBERT DRAPER

On Jan. 25, 2008, the day before the South Carolina Democratic primary, Barack Obama endured a grueling succession of campaign events across the state. When his staff informed him that the evening would conclude with a brief show-up at the Pink Ice Ball, a gala for the African-American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha, Obama flatly refused to attend. “I’ve been to sorority events before,” he said. “We’re not gonna change anybody’s mind.”

Rick Wade, a senior adviser, Stacey Brayboy, the state campaign manager, and Anton Gunn, the state political director, took turns beseeching their boss. The gala, they told Obama, would be attended by more than 2,000 college-educated African-American women, a constituent group that was originally skeptical of the candidate’s “blackness” and that the campaign worked tirelessly to wrest from Hillary Clinton. State luminaries like Representative James Clyburn — himself an undeclared black voter — would be expecting him. They would be in and out in five minutes.

Obama’s irritation grew. “Man, it’s late, I’m tired,” he snapped. “I’m not going to any sorority event.”

The three staff members knew what their only option was at this point. “If you want him to do something,” Gunn would later tell me, “there are two people he’s not going to say no to: Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama.”

At the day’s penultimate event, a rally in Columbia, Gunn, Brayboy and Wade pleaded their case to Jarrett, the Obamas’ longtime friend and consigliere. When they were finished, Jarrett told them, “We can make that happen,” as Gunn would recall it. Jarrett informed Michelle of the situation, and when the candidate stepped offstage from the rally, Obama’s wife told him he had one last stop to make before they called it a night.

Check out the entire magazine article at the New York Times.

Sarah Palin to resign as Alaska Governor

Talk about shocking.  Sarah Palin is resigning from her position as governor of Alaska in a few weeks.  Lt. Governor Sean Parnell will be sworn in on July 26.  Governor Palin was the Republican Vice Presidential candidate during the 2008 election.

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I’m not a Sarah Palin supporter but there is something odd about this move. Why would she leave in the middle of her term instead of completing her term? You have folks demanding that South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford resign from office and he ain’t going nowhere. Yet you have Governor Sarah Palin stepping down from office and no one really knows why. Could the recent Vanity Fair article have something to do with it? Then you have her feud with David Letterman, her issues with her grandson’s father Levi Johnston and backing out of promised commitments.

Palin to resign as Alaska governor

Anchorage Daily News

Gov. Sarah Palin announced today that she will resign in a few weeks. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will take over at the Governor’s Picnic in Fairbanks on July 26.

“People who know me know that besides faith and family, nothing’s more important to me than our beloved Alaska,” Palin said.

“Serving her people is the greatest honor I could imagine.”

Palin made the announcement at a news conference at her home in Wasilla.

“I am determined to take the right path for Alaska even though it is not the easiest path,” Palin said.

“Once I decided not to run for re-election, I also felt that to embrace the conventional ‘Lame Duck’ status in this particular climate would just be another dose of ‘politics as usual,’ something I campaigned against and will always oppose. It is my duty to always protect our great state. With that in mind, my family and I determined that it is best to make a difference this summer, and I am willing to change things, so that this administration, with its positive agenda, its accomplishments and its successful road to an incredible future, can continue without interruption and with great administrative and legislative success.”

As for her future, Palin said: “I look forward to helping others — to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence.”

The Vanity Fair story is really stirring up a storm amongst the GOP. Check out the story at Politico.com.

But I love people with black skin

So says Diane Black, the Tennessee Republican state senator whose legislative aide Sherri Goforth sent out an email showing President Barack Obama looking like a spook.

You see, Sherri Goforth sent an email showing images of all the presidents of the United States.  According to the Los Angeles Times:

She did it by sending out an e-mail with images of all the presidents of the United States, with Barack Obama depicted below in the bottom right hand corner only as a pair of bright white eyes on a black background. Sort of like a ghost. But between just us, probably more like a spook. And for those not steeped in quaint Southern terminology for blacks, “spook” was once (an apparently still is) a popular slur.

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The Los Angeles Times article also mentions the following:

Her boss, who reprimanded her, is emphasizing that she had nothing to do with it. The senator says she has always been a friend to “people with black skin.”

I feel much better now 😦

According to the Nashville Scene Diane Black has done plenty for black folks:

“It absolutely does not reflect any of my beliefs,” she says of the email that her staffer sent on a state computer to a bunch of her Republican buddies. “This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority.”

In fact, Black says, she’s “reached out to people all over this world” as a nurse. As evidence of her racist-free heart, she cites her trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She went deep into the jungles of Guatemala like a great white bwana to help babies.

“I spent time in Haiti during the time of Aristide working with people with black skin who needed medical help,” she says. And if that’s not enough, her family once hosted a Brazilian exchange student in their home. Wow!

And what about Goforth? She said she sent the email to the wrong list of people.  So apparently there was right list of people to send the email to but she hit the wrong button.   Go figure.  Anyway after backtracking on that wrong list comment Ms. Goforth issued another apology:

“I want to offer my deepest apology regarding the offensive nature of the email forwarded to several of my colleagues. I also want to make it clear that it was forwarded to me from an acquaintance with absolutely no political party ties and who is outside the Tennessee Capitol Hill arena. I should have deleted it upon receipt. Again, I am deeply sorry and offer a sincere apology to anyone offended.”

Makes your head spin, don’t it?  I mean Rusty DePass basically calls First Lady Michelle Obama a gorilla and now this.  So who will be the next person to act a fool and show their true colors.

As Mary C. Curtis over at Politics Daily states:

Lindsey Graham, one of South Carolina’s U.S. senators, has said he is “deeply troubled” by comments about race made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

So Senator Graham, since statements that speak of the need for diversity on the bench upset you, I know you’ll be demanding a clear apology from DePass – a South Carolina colleague — for his comments comparing the First Lady of the United States to an animal.

Is Senator Graham deeply troubled by Rusty DePass’s gorilla comments?

Yes folks we are certainly living in a post racial society.

Yes they can live in perfect harmony

I was reading the Washington Post Express during my lunch break today. One of the sections I love reading is the B.I.O.(By Invitation Only) section which features upcoming weddings and union.  I enjoy reading about how different couples met. Well one couple in particular caught my eye. You see they’re both black but he’s a Republican and she’s a Democrat. In the black community if you admit you’re a Republican it’s like you slapped someone’s mama.  Check out the article below.  Even the title is cool.

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I couldn’t help but laugh when I read the part about how they both pushed back away from the table and she was close to showing him the door before the relationship even started. I’m glad to read that they got over their political differences. 🙂

Anyway Jonathan Johnson and La Dale Felton are getting married on June 20 so congrats to the happy couple.

Wanda Sykes delivers the zingers

The mistress of ceremonies at last night’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner was actress/comedian Wanda Sykes.

TV FOX Wanda Sykes

I checked out her video performance as well and she poked fun at everyone from President Obama to the Republicans.

The mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Wanda Sykes, an actress and comedian who grew up locally and got her start doing stand-up while moonlighting from her day job as a procurement officer at the National Security Agency.

“It’s funny to me that [photographers] have never caught you smoking,” Sykes told the president, “but they always catch you with your shirt off. I know you’re into this transparency thing, but I don’t need to see your nipples.”

Tart-tongued comic Wanda Sykes, the dinner’s entertainer, poked fun at Obama giving the Queen of England an iPhone during a recent visit. “What are you going to give the Pope, a Bluetooth,” asked Sykes. And she questioned first lady Michelle Obama having patted the queen on the back “like she just slid into home plate — way to go, queen!”

Here’s Wanda’s performance at the dinner.

Can you believe folks are already debating Wanda’s routine from last night?  Apparently some folks weren’t too happy about her rant on Rush Limbaugh, Grand Poobah of the Republican Party (sorry about that Michael Steele).

There’s some chatter in the blogosphere and on cable TV about comedian Wanda Sykes’ routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner last night, particularly her jokes about conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh.

Since when are comedians or anybody else suppose to tiptoe around Limbaugh?  Especially after all the hate he spews towards others?  Do they bitch and moan about his everyday routine on the radio including his mocking of Michael J. Fox? As Senator R. Clayton “Clay” Davis from The Wire statessheeeeeit!!!!!”

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.

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