I’m not even sure how a normal American could comfortably say “I’m blacker than Barack Obama,” but to hear those words come from a seasoned, albeit scandalous politician is mind-boggling. That’s right – he’s done it again – Rod Blagojevich has shown his lack of intelligence one more time, in an interview on WLS Radio in Chicago, he claimed to be speaking “metaphorically” when “expressing frustration that the policies of this new administration still haven’t really been focusing on the great deal of inequities we have in our society.” Sounds like he’s covering his ass in preparation for a prison term.
He does on to say that Obama was elected on hope, and apparently his qualifications, public personality, and ability to hold his own in debate (not to mention Sarah Palin is an idiot) had nothing to do with it.
“I’m blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived,” Blagojevich said. “I saw it all growing up.”
The blubbering idiot continued along while trying – too late – to cement his point, but the damage has been done. I’m not sure when this fools twenty-minutes of fame are going to be up, but I think that time has passed and it is definitely time for him to move on and accept that the people have seen enough – shut up and move along.
Here is my message to all Americans – you may not like him as an individual, or the policies that he is trying to put into place, but he is your President, and you damn well should respect him. He’s earned that.
After listening to people like Shanneen Barron, as she talked with CNN Affiliate KMGH-TV in Denver, I was forced to question what America has come to. Barron was quoted as saying, about President Obama’s desire to speak to American school children, that “thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that [President Obama talking about education] just really upsets me. I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now.”
If you listen to the media today, the bailout of Citigroup is a huge success and the stock market is being rewarded for effective, decisive action. If you listen to me, there is no justification for what happened in the market today and buyers and sellers are irrationally grabbing at whatever news they can. Tomorrow will show that in all reality it’s only a matter of time before something else dips and the market tumbles again. But, there is good news amidst the gloom and that is the surge in Citi stock up nearly 60% to close at $5.95 – much more realistic for a company the size of Citigroup, even with their problems.
Even with the bailout of Citi on the books now, it doesn’t appear that the auto-makers are any closer to getting their due share, which seems odd to me. I hope this proves to simply be posturing by the government as this to me still seems bigger and more important than the likes of AIG. The only difference, of course, being that most politicians don’t care who is in Detroit, but their buddies on Wall Street are a whole different story.
If it’s true, I really have to believe that Barack Obama’s decision to make Hillary Clinton Secretary of State was him simply following the adage of “keeping your friends close and your enemies closer,” because if it wasn’t, I’m losing faith in what Obama considers change. His cabinet is a rehash of what we saw during the Clinton years, leaving me asking – aren’t there better qualified, new-blood men and women that could offer the change that Obama has preached so aggressively during his campaign? Seriosuly, other than being married to Bill Clinton, what has Hillary really accomplished? Does she have the foreign affairs experience necessary to avoid embarrassing the Untied States?
Not to mention, the only reason that Hillary would accept any position offered by Obama is to advance her own political career. She’s already showed with her wavering suppot of Obama after the primaries that she believes she should be the president. What makes anyone think that she feels any differently now or that she would put the office, the party and the President before her own personal agenda? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Hillary Clinton is in it for herself and she has an agenda – her agenda is to help herself. It’s that simple.
Experts are predicting that there will be somewhere between 3 and 5 million foreclosures next year alone. These figures amount to somewhere between 8,000 and 14,000 people evicted from their home every day. This is obviously not a small problem and with the continued acceleration of foreclosures it is very unlikely that it’s going to get better any time soon. Something has to be done; the situation has gone from bad to worse and the world economy is now free-falling into a global recession unlike anything imagined before.
I’ve already expressed that Henry Paulsen is not able to help the economy and I believe that time will show he prolonged and worsened the problems that he/Goldman Sachs helped create. I’m hopeful about Barack Obama coming into office because I believe that the world needs change and hope to empower the average citizen to help with improving the economy – to help the consumer believe. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Barack Obama will be enough and that’s where I believe the United States (and the world as an extension of the US) needs a bailout/stimulus plan that helps stabilize the markets while simultaneously improving consumer confidence. Some components should include:
Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth I cringe and now looking back I am thankful that the masses of America made the decision to elect Barack Obama President of the United States. What’s frightening to me, though, is how many Americans were willing to vote for a ticket that includes someone this unqualified, evangelical, and unable to articulate a cogent thought. My hypothesis… Americans saw an attractive woman in a skirt and voted for the person they wanted to see on television.
Today, November 4, 2008, the 44th President of the United States was chosen by both the popular vote and the electoral college, and while final results won’t be available for hours or even days to come, it would seem as though Barack Obama has won by a large margin. Mainstream media would have you believe that this election was sinificant simply because Barack Obama is the first African-American to run and subseuently win the highest political office in this great nation. From what I’ve seen, this is only a small part of the victory for America and democracy.
The son of a black father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, Barack Obama has, to date, had a very short political career as the junior senator from Illinois. But, today, he has defeated the more experienced John McCain in what many are calling a landslide victory, including wins in the battleground states of Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and Iowa, offering proof that Amerca is ready for change. This alone is a great victory for the United States.
In my eyes, though, the bigger win is what I saw over the last ten days everywhere I looked. I saw people articulately voicing arguments for both sides. I saw people young and old extolling their right to vote and claiming that they had or would vote in this election – many for the first time. Democracy and the American flag were held proudly as what would make America strong in the years to come. This, for me, was the bigger victory and the one that I am most proud of today.
Today is the first day of the rest of Obama’s career, and I am hopeful that he will prove himself worthy of the trust Americans have put in him. Regardless, though, I can rest easy knowing that Americans are prepared to rally and speak for what they believe in. This is a great country and I am proud to be a citizen.
If the polls are correct, Madelyn Dunham, 86, who died peacefully at her home in Honolulu after a battle with cancer, missed the election of her grandson and the changing of a nation. Often credited with virtually assisting in the raising of Barack Obama, Dunham is credited with being both the rock of the family as well as the one who encouraged Barack to take chances. I’m sure that this is a tough time to celebrate history, and win or lose I wish Barack Obama and his family my condolences.
We’re getting close to the final chance for Americans to voice their opinion on the all important presidential election. Who will be our next president, John McCain or Barack Obama – you can help decide, but you have to vote.
In addition to the hotly contested presidental election, every state has a set of laws that they are looking to pass or repeal and this is also your chance to help decide the fate of those policies. In California the big one this year is Proposition 8, which is written to repeal the right of same sex couples to marry. You can tell my opinions from the other articles here, but my opinions are my own – whatever yours are you need to get out there and vote or they will never be heard.
This is your public service announcement for today!
In 2000, for the fourth time in history, the winner of the popular vote didn’t win the electoral college or the Presidency, resulting in George W. Bush being elected President of the United States. Very few are talking about this as a possibility in the upcoming election, but as MSNBC reports, some observers are beginning to wonder – could it happen again?
Their article, and other like it, go on to suggest that perhaps McCain is using the electoral college and campaigning to win in the places that would matter enough to allow him a chance of taking the 270 electoral votes necessary. Fortunately, the mathematical experts are suggesting that it’s very unlikely that a split vote could happen, while at the same time admitting that the polls are only so accurate.