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    Obama Handed the Opportunity To Mark A Truly Great Legacy For Himself

    But of course he will blow it. I find it ironic that this President whom we know wants nothing more then to create a legacy for himself as a transformational leader had the chance to really make it happen with all the hub bub surrounding the Zimmerman case but he blew it. Juan Williams hits the nail on the head with his article today.


    Mr. President, it’s your move.
    The heat of public reaction from the George Zimmerman-Trayvon Martin murder trial is starting to cool.
    Now the first black president has a chance to use his unique standing in black America to move beyond the racial static. He can help future Trayvon Martins – poor, young, black American men – avoid falling into more trouble and off America’s ladder of upward mobility.
    Bill O’Reilly passionately made the point on his show this week when he said it is time for “straight talk and I hope the president is listening because we need him to lead on this issue.”
    President Obama is in a unique position to do something incredible to help young black men benefit from the opportunities in our great country.
    And the issue O’Reilly loudly nailed to the presidential wall for priority action is the high number of young black men who are victims of violent crime, who are convicted of violent crime and end up in jail for breaking the law.
    “The statistics are overwhelming,” O’Reilly said. “Here is the headline: Young black men commit homicides at a rate ten times greater than whites and Hispanics combined.” And the root cause of the problem, O’Reilly said, is “the disintegration of the African-American family.”
    It is hard for O’Reilly to make this point and get young black men or civil rights leaders to listen.
    When a white conservative raises the issue of black men and crime, especially after the overwhelming white Republican support for a verdict that gave no justice to the black family of a murdered teen, a lot of people are going to see it as trying to shift the focus to problems in the black community. They also dismiss it as an attempt to distract black people from their outrage over recent events.
    That is why it is time for people who care about black America to act.
    That is why O’Reilly is exactly right to point to the black man with the highest level of credibility in black America since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – President Obama – and challenge that man to deliver the message to black America that it is time to focus on fixing the black family and helping young black men get on the road to success.
    Bill Cosby, the famous comic entertainer, has a lot of credibility in black America. He has tried to deliver the message that there is map for young black men to find success. I wrote a book about Cosby’s epic effort, it's called ‘ENOUGH: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America – and What We Can Do About It.”
    But no one has the chance to deliver that message as powerfully as President Obama can right now. He is in a unique historical position, with a singular pulpit from which to speak and act to do something incredible to help young black men benefit from the opportunities in our great country.
    Here is what he should say clearly. The road to success is plain as day.
    1. Stay in school and graduate from the highest level of school – but absolutely, no excuses, graduate from high school.
    2. Take a job and hold it, no matter what job, no matter if your friends put you down for ‘flipping burgers.’ Use the job to get experience, make contacts with business people, and build a resume.
    3. Marry after you have finished your education and while you have a job.
    And the final step is important for you and for the future of your family and your community:
    4. Don’t have children until you are 21-years-old and married.
    Imagine if President Obama repeated that message over and over, ignoring the phonies who want to focus only on “systemic” racism as the reason for high rates of poverty, involvement with crime, and incarceration among black men.
    Imagine if the president delivered that message despite attempted to intimidate him by civil rights leaders like Rev. Jesse Jackson who said the president deserved to be castrated for calling for black men to be good fathers.
    Imagine if he decided to deliver that message and by-passed the so-called ‘racial experts’ and academics who prefer to look at America’s troubled racial history – slavery and legal segregation.
    The answer is the president could make a difference in millions of lives and build a legacy on par with Dr. King.
    And that message is a proven solution. Here is the track record for that solution as I wrote about it in my book, "ENOUGH: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements, and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America--and What We Can Do About It." “The poverty rate for any black man or woman who follows that formula is a mere 6.4 percent…in other words by meeting those basic requirements black American can cut their chances of being poor by two-thirds…even white American families have a higher poverty rate than black people who finished high school, got married, had children after 21 and worked for at least one week a year.”
    The key for black women is also in the formula – do not have a baby outside of a strong marriage. Over a third [35 percent] of the black women who have children out of wedlock – now tragically more than 70 percent – live in poverty.
    By comparison, only 17 percent of black women who are married live in poverty. And black children with both parents at home have a better chance for success, fewer dealings with the police, higher graduation rates and are more likely to marry before they have children.
    Marriage and the presence of adults as role models and loving disciplinarians is absolutely critical helping young black men build the self-esteem that puts them in position to make good decisions that lead to the road to success.
    As usual, my pal O’Reilly puts it more bluntly: “Right now 73 percent of all black babies are born out of wedlock. That drives poverty and the lack of involved fathers leads to young boys growing up resentful and unsupervised. When was the last time you saw a public service ad telling young black girls to avoid [out-of-wedlock pregnancies]? Has President Obama done such an ad?”
    There’s nothing that could be done for young black men that’s more powerful, that would help them more, than strong fathers who are present in strong families.
    Mr. President, it is your move.


    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/...#ixzz2a4ytQZxG

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    Obama is half white, no? Unfortunately, that half is also a hand-wringing lib with a latent contempt for the very people he purports to champion. So, you have a whitey hating black man combined with a hand wringing lib, very little chance of him saying ANYTHING critical of the state of the black family as currently exists. The very core of his being represents why black folks are still stuck in the cycle of dysfunction and despair.

    Instead, I'll worry more about the steadily increasing number of white folks that are racially attacked/murdered in this country with impunity.... by black assailants with virtually a blind eye turned by the media and hand-wringling libs who are fixated on the Zimmerman case as if black teens are routinely murdered by Hispanic Jews. thankee.

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    Won't work.

    Cosby tried and he was called Uncle Tom and House (you know what).
    Nobody wants to hear this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Obama is half white, no? Unfortunately, that half is also a hand-wringing lib with a latent contempt for the very people he purports to champion. So, you have a whitey hating black man combined with a hand wringing lib, very little chance of him saying ANYTHING critical of the state of the black family as currently exists. The very core of his being represents why black folks are still stuck in the cycle of dysfunction and despair.

    Instead, I'll worry more about the steadily increasing number of white folks that are racially attacked/murdered in this country with impunity.... by black assailants with virtually a blind eye turned by the media and hand-wringling libs who are fixated on the Zimmerman case as if black teens are routinely murdered by Hispanic Jews. thankee.

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    +1 This hand-wringling must stop by these libs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quantum View Post
    Won't work.

    Cosby tried and he was called Uncle Tom and House (you know what).
    Nobody wants to hear this stuff.
    If Barry said it people would listen. It could be tranformitive in the way that JFK's ask not what your country can do for you speech was. The problem is that Barry is no MLK and he is certainly no JFK so it won't happen. He lacks the intestinal fortitude as well as the common sense to speak about a topic that is not in line with progressive views.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FF2® View Post
    +1 This hand-wringling must stop by these libs.
    +1, and stop the hispanic Jewish assault on skittle munchers. At this rate, another one is bound to happen in like 30 years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    +1, and stop the hispanic Jewish assault on skittle munchers. At this rate, another one is bound to happen in like 30 years.


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    I like what Im hearing.

    Do you have a card?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 32green View Post
    Obama is half white, no?
    Did you not get the Media-Approved memo on racial descriptions?

    Our President is a "White-African who self-identifies as Black".

    Now, now, the media, surely, expects us to adhere to their terminology in civil discourse.

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    Politics is hard work, most times really hard work. The Obaminator doesn't want to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apache 51 View Post
    Politics is hard work, most times really hard work. The Obaminator doesn't want to work.
    Cant blame him. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel now. He has millions upon millions waiting for him in his post-presidency career. There is no need to jeopardize that by telling people the truth.

    That and he is busy practicing his golf game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DDNYjets View Post
    Cant blame him. He sees the light at the end of the tunnel now. He has millions upon millions waiting for him in his post-presidency career. There is no need to jeopardize that by telling people the truth.

    That and he is busy practicing his golf game.
    Maybe the lame duck can go hunting with Cheney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiefst2000 View Post
    If Barry said it people would listen. It could be tranformitive in the way that JFK's ask not what your country can do for you speech was. The problem is that Barry is no MLK and he is certainly no JFK so it won't happen. He lacks the intestinal fortitude as well as the common sense to speak about a topic that is not in line with progressive views.
    Nonsense. Candidate Obama was routinely called "not black enough", until it was realized that half of his race could be used as a political weapon. That line of name- calling would come right back. There's no way Barry's going to rock the boat with principals of personal responsibility that might alienate a portion of his last strong political base of support. Why risk the support of a group that backs you at a rate of 90-95% when the rest of the country supports him at less than half? He's still got midterm election to think about, and can't throw away votes he can hand over to Hillary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JetPotato View Post
    Nonsense. Candidate Obama was routinely called "not black enough", until it was realized that half of his race could be used as a political weapon. That line of name- calling would come right back. There's no way Barry's going to rock the boat with principals of personal responsibility that might alienate a portion of his last strong political base of support. Why risk the support of a group that backs you at a rate of 90-95% when the rest of the country supports him at less than half? He's still got midterm election to think about, and can't throw away votes he can hand over to Hillary.

    I don't get this whole focus on 2014 at all by the Dems and particularly by Barry. The guy is a lame duck at this point. He had a chance here to leave a lasting legacy and perhaps make a difference in the lives of Black Americans and the country as a whole. 2014 is irrelevant. The GOP will hold the house and right now Nate Silver has it at 50/50 that they will take the Senate as well. Obama's approval continues to decline and there is no catalyst out there that will change it.

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