Obama to Address Economic Divide and Women’s Issues in SOTU

Tonight when President takes to the podium for his State of the Union address, he will make it clear that ”he will not wait for Congress to act on reversing the tide of economic disparity, as he uses his annual State of the Union address to outline a list of actions he will take without legislative approval.” Needless to say he’s already drawing fire from the GOP, as Speaker of the House John Boehner warns, Obama is heading for a “Brick Wall.” Personally, I think President Obama is on the right track… In excerpts of the speech released by the White House, Mr. Obama vows to confront growing economic inequality in America, noting that “upward mobility has stalled” and that “too … Continue reading

Largest Liberal “Super PAC” Raising Money to Elect Hillary Clinton

Priorities USA Action, the country’s biggest liberal “Super PAC” is raising money to elect Hillary Clinton as President, although we still have no definitive word that Clinton is officially throwing her hat into the ring. Priorities USA Action, had “played a pivotal role in helping re-elect President Obama.” They have “also named new directors to steer the organization, appointments that will both cement the group’s pro-Clinton tilt and thrust veterans of Mr. Obama’s political and fund-raising operation into the center of the post-Obama Democratic Party.” The move marks perhaps the earliest-ever start to big-dollar fund-raising in support of a nonincumbent presidential candidate, providing a fund-raising portal for wealthy Clinton supporters eager to help her White House prospects — and to the legions … Continue reading

Obama Won’t Wait for Congress on Economic Fixes

Welcome to President Obama’s “year of action.” This is the meme President Obama and “his team have been using since December to describe new policies – many to be enacted as executive actions – to maintain the economic recovery.” In a speech on jobs at North Carolina State University, Obama spoke ”more about what he could do without Congress instead of what he’d like done legislatively this year. “Long term, the challenge of making sure that everyone who works hard can get ahead in today’s economy is so important we can’t wait for Congress to solve it,” he said. “Where I can act on my own without Congress, I’m going to do so.” The announcement today of “the first of three “manufacturing innovation institutes” not only follows through … Continue reading

The Significance of the Presidential Selfie

I have been watching the media and social media expound over the Presidential Selfie taken at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service and wondering if all the hubbub was not much ado about nothing. What started as a Twitter storm launched at Michelle Obama for her “angry black woman” look in the photo has turned into a full blown “international” incident in the eyes of some of the punditry and new media writers. My first reaction to seeing the photo in my Twitter feed the day of the memorial for Mandela, was what a great candidate moment of our president interacting with other dignitaries, who are people just like the rest of us. The media storm around the Selfie even caused the … Continue reading

Obama: Mandela, ‘The Last Great Liberator of the 20th Century’

In his eulogy for Nelson Mandela today, President Obama called Mandela “the last great liberator of the 20th century,” while “tens of thousands of South Africans, joyously cheering and singing despite a cold rain, mourned the passing and celebrated the life of the father of their modern nation.” Speaking in large open soccer stadium with world leaders from around the globe, Obama “likened Mandela to historic giants of the past century, such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Like them, Mandela willingly “suffered the consequences of his actions” in standing up to powerful oppressors.” He also likened Mandela to Abraham Lincoln. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” said Obama, who has long regarded Mandela as … Continue reading

Obama Shakes Hand, Conservative Heads Explode

President Obama shook the hand of Cuba’s President Raul Castro today at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, marking the first time in a longtime since leaders of the U.S. and Cuba have had personal contact. The simple gesture of the handshake, has caused conservative heads to explode across the punditry and social media chanels. CNN notes that “President Barack Obama shook hands with dozens of other world leaders,” as he made his way across the stage. It was merely a moment of politeness, was it not. Image the uproar had Obama snubbed Castro and passed by him without an acknowledgement. Indeed, those crowing now about the handshake would crow just as loud had Obama snubbed Castro. Folks are over-analyzing the handshake Kabuki Theater … Continue reading

Obama Gets Real on Income Inequality

President Obama’s speech on Economic Mobility on Wednesday, was a much needed jolt of reality about the state of our economy and income inequality in America. I spent the past two weeks researching the topic of poverty in America in the past sixty years. Suffice to say, I was glad to read Obama’s speech after writing an eight page report on the topic of poverty. Paul Krugman wrote a must read piece in the NY Times today. Krugman said: Mr. Obama laid out a disturbing — and, unfortunately, all too accurate — vision of an America losing touch with its own ideals, an erstwhile land of opportunity becoming a class-ridden society. Not only do we have an ever-growing gap between … Continue reading

President Obama’s Statement on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

President Obama delivered a statement a short time ago on the passing of Nelson Mandala. In his statement Obama said Mandala was ”a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice.” “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” the President said. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.” President Obama also noted, “I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life. Like so … Continue reading