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.
Reverend Pinckney was one of nine Mother Emanuel AME Church members who were murdered during bible study last Wednesday June 17, 2015.
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.
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 🙂
Earlier today I noticed a headline in twitter that President Obama now has his own Twitter account.
So I decided to check it out and there it was. The first time I checked he just had one tweet.
Later on there were three tweets. One interesting tweet was with former President Bill Clinton.
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.
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 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.
‘It’s just ice cream,’ says Mount Desert Island business owner
By Bill Trotter
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.”
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.
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.
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.
President Barack Obama graces the cover of today’s edition of Parade Magazine with his daughters Malia and Sasha.
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.
‘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.
Good morning and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads, granddads and other father like folks out there. Hope you all have a great day.
Father’s Day doesn’t receive all the hype and hoopla that Mother’s Day receives but fatherhood is still important in our society. According to the History Channel the first known celebration of Father’s Day occurred on July 5, 1908.
The first known celebration of Father’s Day was on July 5, 1908 in Fairmont, West Virginia, where it was commemorated at William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South – now known as Central United Methodist Church. Grace Golden Clayton is believed to have suggested it to her pastor after a deadly explosion in nearby Monongah in December, killing 361 men.
It was also during a sermon in 1909 that Sonora Smart Dodd became inspired by Mother’s Day. After the death of her mother, Sonora and her siblings were raised by their father William Jackson Smart, a Civil War veteran. Sonora wanted to show how thankful she was to her father and, because William was born in June, she worked to have the first Father’s Day celebrated on June 19, 1910.
In 1924, President Coolidge recommended that Father’s Day become a national holiday. President Johnson designated the third Sunday of June to be Father’s Day in 1966. It was not until 1972 that President Nixon instituted Father’s Day as a national observance.
Did You Know – Roses are the official flower on Father’s Day, red for fathers who were still living and white for those who have passed on.
Check out History.com for more information about Father’s Day.
On Friday President Barack Obama held a national day of conversation about fatherhood and personal responsibility.
Famous and not so famous fathers mentored youth throughout Washington, D.C. area on Friday at the request of President Obama.
By Dan Zak
Washington Post Staff Writer
The students of Ballou Senior High School’s automotive technology program can thank Barack Obama’s absent father for their current predicament: getting rapped at by Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, who’s mixing rhyme and reason about being a good man and finding significance in one’s life. He and a dozen male students are sitting in the program’s auto shop in Southeast yesterday afternoon, sheltered from the first truly sunny day in recent memory.
“I didn’t come here to be a famous rap dude,” says McDaniels, standing in front of a hydraulic brake demonstrator across from three busted-up cars on hydraulic lifts. “I didn’t come here to be the king of rock. If [Run-DMC] didn’t do what we did, there would be no hip-hop.”
The students consider this theory.
McDaniels ponders his example more deeply, saying: “What I represent is purpose and destiny. . . . Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t do it. . . . I was like y’all, a school kid growing up in the ‘hood. . . . And I became not just a rapper but one of the greatest ever to do it. And the reason it happened was because I took every opportunity.”
Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher sits nearby, silently, in a beige suit and blue oxford shirt, next to the diagram of a multi-part fuel-injection trainer. His mustache won’t say whether he’s smiling.
The Super Bowl champion and one-third of the legendary hip-hop group were in the garage as part of President Obama’s national day of conversation about fatherhood and personal responsibility. Father’s Day is tomorrow, and Obama — whose father’s absence shaped his life and inspired a best-selling book — deployed famous and semi-famous men to eight sites in the Washington area to interact with nonprofit organizations that focus on youth mentorship. Obama visited one such group in Arlington yesterday morning before heading back to the White House for a town-hall meeting on fatherhood and a mentoring session with young men on the South Lawn.
You can read the entire Washington Post article here.
PETA is at it again. President Barack Obama had an interview on CNBC at the White House on Tuesday. A fly was buzzing around the president, he swatted the pesky fly and killed it. Well PETA was a little upset over the president’s fly killing skills.
BY Michael Saul
DAILY NEWS POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
President Obama’s impressive fly-swatting prowess has left the nation’s insect-loving militants both bugged and buzzing.
“Swatting a fly on TV indicates that he’s not perfect,” Bruce Friedrich, vice president for policy at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), told the Daily News Thursday.
Swatting a fly means the fly better get lost or the fly will get killed. I own a flyswatter and I will use it 😉
“President Obama is not the Buddha. He is human like the rest of us,” Friedrich said. “But human beings often don’t think before we act, and, so people swat flies and far worse.”
We don’t think before we act? For a damn fly? Like I said, I own a flyswatter and I will use it.
During an interview with CNBC at the White House on Tuesday, a fly buzzed around the nation’s commander in chief.
“Hey, get out of here,” the president playfully ordered the insect. When the fly didn’t buzz off, Obama exhibited a talent not previously seen by the American public.` He patiently waited for the fly to settle.
He slowly raised his hand. His eyes cast downward, carefully tracking the fly’s movement. The look on his face suggested serious, deep concentration. And, then, he smacked the fly dead in a single try.
“Nice!” CNBC’s John Harwood exclaimed. “Now, where were we?” Obama asked Harwood.
When he realized onlookers were slightly awed by the quick kill, Obama said,
“That was pretty impressive, wasn’t it? I got the sucker.”
PETA praised the president and First Lady Michelle Obama for their record on animals, such as opposing factory farming and the Canadian seal hunt while in the Senate.
But the fly swatting was a definite mistake, albeit a small one, Friedrich argued.
PETA is sending Obama a bug catching device, which allows people to capture insects and set them free.
“It’s not a huge deal. One might even call it a non-story. But if the media wants to talk about fly-swatting, we’ll talk about compassion, even for flies.”
The White House is declining to comment.
No word yet on funeral arrangements.
Check out President Obama’s fly killing skills here at the New York Daily News.
If I see a fly buzzing around me, I will kill it. And I dare PETA to do something about it.
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.
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.