Monday, September 26, 2011

Obama done you wrong? I feel bad for you, son...


An Open Letter...

Hey there, disgruntled citizen! I saw you on the news, internet, blogosphere going in on how Obama personally let you down. You are so disillusioned, disappointed, disheartened at the direction he's taking this country. You are tired of all those pretty speeches and promissory notes and you either want him to straighten up and do the right thing or just get out of the way and let someone else handle it. I hear you, I hear you loud and clear.

Now hear me. 

Maybe your issue is that he hasn't done enough for black people, kindly have several seats. He is the President of the entire United States, not just the chocolate inhabitants. Did you think once he got into office, we were all going to get "da hook-up"? Please detail what more you would like him to do and how exactly you would like him to get that done working with the Congress he's stuck with. And then allow me to point out that if you think he isn't doing enough??? Wait till you see what you get out of Cain, Perry, Bachmann, Romney, whoever. 

Maybe your issue is that he hasn't worked hard enough to change/pass/update insert your legislative concern here. Please review my statement about Congress to issue #1 above and carry on.

Maybe your issue is that he's not bowing down to kiss your ass, inviting you to the White House, or letting you hang out with the cool kids? (Yes, this is massive shade being thrown in the direction of Tavis and Cornel) Well, not everybody gets a beer summit. If this is the burr in your blanket, you need better people. Or better yet, why don't you do something so awesomely useful and motivating that he has to acknowledge your sheer greatness? I'll wait.

Maybe your issue is that he's black, articulate, intelligent and not scared of you. All I can tell you is that haterade is not attractive. 

Maybe your issue is that you thought things would be better under his regime and they just aren't (for you). Yes, here is where I drag out the "who got us into this mess in the first place" argument. Here is where I give you the side-eye and wonder if you thought he had a magic wand, crystal ball or some pixie dust hidden behind his back. He's out there stumping like a bible salesman to create some jobs, he's fighting like a tired welterweight against heavy hitters trying to fix the economy, he's hustling like Pookie on the corner at the first of the month... what more do you want him to do?

Maybe you have some other issue that I don't care know enough about. I was taught that when presenting a problem, you also must present a solution. Do you have one? Care to share? And get it funded? And approved by a Congress that would rather see you fail than see America prosper? I'll wait.

Clearly, I'm #TeamObeezy but I do realize he's not perfect. For all his imperfections, missteps and miscues - I still believe at the bottom of it all that he has this country's bests interests at heart. Can you honestly say that about any of the GOP contenders? (Can you say hidden agenda, turn the clock back, hide your children? I know I can)

I had the pleasant experience of someone disagreeing with me on Twitter yesterday. I thought Florida displayed an extraordinary amount of crazy for selecting Herman Cain as a viable candidate in a straw poll. This person said I was angry because I couldn't shout racism and suggested that I go die in a fire. (He really did, and hashtagged it - #dieinafire) And that right there is what I'm talking about. When folks on the left get ticked off we whine and pout and act like Obama skipped out on a scheduled play date (Maxine). When folks on the right get slightly threatened they start reaching for kerosene. Alright, that's a sweeping generalization but you get my drift.

I feel like half of America is treating Obama like a new husband. They loved the courtship, the build-up, the promises and the ceremony was breathtaking. But now that they've been in this for a few years, they're mad he doesn't take out the garbage or mow the lawn. And that's all they can focus on. Never mind that he's trying to build a new house from the ground up, cleaned up the neighborhood and took on the bullies from across the street. So what are you gong to do - trade him in for a new one? Think the next guy is going to do better? Think long and hard on that one.

And in case you're wondering what Obama has done for you lately? Check out a list of the campaign promises he has kept so far. (Just imagine what he could do with some support!)

In closing, I will quote from the Book of Obeezy, CBC edition: "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Thoughts?

56 comments:

Trudy said...

This...is excellent. You truly are a WRITER. I love how this is structured. Great argument with a clear head and creative. Thanks for sharing.

Brneyed1 said...

Oh, I WISH I had something to add, but all I can do is stand, clap, stomp my feet, light a candle, shout PREACH IT, and throw a Benjamin in the offering plate.

"Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do." = the next t-shirt I wear to my family reunion *sigh*

sunt97 said...

Thank you for this.  I had to fuss my brother out yesterday because he had the nerve to say that Obama was the reason that he is paying double on his mortgage.  I'm like really, show me that papers that say that.  I am so pissed with his silliness I had to walk away from him.  This is the same man that was mad when I hadn't hopped on the Obama bandwagon in 08.  people can't blame the man for their poor decisions.

Peace, Love and Chocolate,
Tiffany

Leon X said...

That's what bugged me about the whole Troy Davis thing. Folks tweeted like President Obama was supposed to swoop in and "hook a brotha up" before he got executed. President Obama is truly like the first Black manager/coach of a really crappy team.

GrownAzzMan said...

"In closing, I will quote from the Book of Obeezy, CBC edition: "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

And with that, the door of the church are now open...

GrownAzzMan said...

I just used the Jackie Robinson analogy the other day...

MidWestDominicana said...

"You like apples? How you like them apples??"

maureen said...

Another  great post.  One more 'gin' to folks complaining he is not doing enough.  did you call your congressman or Senator on  the jobs bill, debt ceiling or HCR?. Folks need civic history.  POTUS has congress to contend with and, yes he can VETO some stuff.  Now Imagine him vetoing everysingle bill that came across his desk, then he is a radical. Democracy takes work.

POTUS has an uphill battle,  people like Sen Mconnell,  Senator Lindsey, Senator Ryan, Rep Cantor and Rep Joe walsh ( who  btw is very disrespectful) and  the likes have made it clear that they want to make  him a one term President and they will say NO to  all of his policies.    Let us not forgets some   people in his own party  are also part of the problem.
 
Are there other areas ( I thought he gave too much on HCR and debt ceiling) I   would have liked POTUS to be more forcefully? Yes, but it is the BEAST (politics) you  have to play the game.

Currently reading Decision Points..... thus far, decisions that these guys have to make, things that will never make it  to Wapo or NYT  are no walk in the park.

Policy making, especially things that will affect  masses is no joke... so you might not like that  they bailed the auto industry and wall street, but guess what, the back drop of  those things are not things citizens want to deal with.

CaliGirlED said...

Chele I know you are a writer, it's what you do best, it's what you do better than most I know. But you REALLY could have stopped here, "Did you think once he got into office, we were all going to get "da hook-up"?"

But I'm glad you kept writing, or we would not have gotten this, "In closing, I will quote from the Book of Obeezy, CBC edition: "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Great post Chele!

CaliGirlED said...

Check out a list of the campaign promises he has kept so far.

Shiiiid, 8 pages? I believe! LOL

Reads4Pleasure said...

One of the biggest problems, as I see it, is his candidacy brought out a lot of people that didn't normally vote regularly, if at all.  So they voted for him (and probably haven't bothered to vote in any of their local elections since), but don't truly understand the process of how government works and the expectations that can & cannot be placed upon elected officials.  A lot of people, as evidenced by tweets I see frequently, are operating from a point of ignorance.  I can forgive their ignorance as long as they show up to vote in 2012 and educate themselves in the meantime.  I cannot forgive the ignorance of the Democrats that sit in Congress and do little to nothing and complain about him though.  If no one else understands how things work, they do.  He can't pass bills, that's the job of Congress!

While they had control of the House & Senate, they didn't take advantage because they were too busy resting on their laurels and patting themselves on the backs for electing a brown man.  When their fellow congresspeople weren't re-elected, they blamed that same brown man for not campaigning hard enough for them.  How is it his fault that you ignored your constituents and you didn't excite your base enough for them to vote for you? 

The Democrats fail repeatedly at messaging and the people of America have short term memory combined with the desire to be spoon fed their information.  So if you turn on Meet the Press or any other Sunday show and never see Democrats on there reminding America of all this president has done, it's easy to forget just how much he's accomplished.

(Sorry for jacking your post. I get passionate about politics and RackRack.)

Grace said...

I wish more people understood how government worked so they can quit expecting the President to do every damn thing. The reason that position is limited in power is so that we don't live in a monarchy. I think he's doing great with what he's got.

Your Girl "C" said...

NAILED IT!   

SouthernWes said...

I was watching your tweets the other day when you said we needed to get a SchoolHouse Rock remix for grown ups - Yes, Please and Thank You.

Leon X said...

I would say more like Frank Robinson and Larry Doby since they were hired to manage really bad teams back in the 70's.

thinklikeRiley said...

...Got 99 problems but my Prez ain't one. HIT me!

(C'mon, someone was waiting for that)

JoyGrooves said...

Eeeek! I just thought the words President Perry
*readies passport*

michaeldavis said...

Exactly.  I'm pretty sure I read that only 15 bills have been passed during this Congress compared to 400+ bills during this 2009-2010 session. It's gridlock-city.

DCbywayofCali said...

I agree that the President has done some wonderful things.  Where I'm most aggrieved with Obama concerns his education policies and FISA. 

I've had issue with Arne Duncan and Race to the Top since Obama was a candidate.  I believe he's allowed corporations further access to public education and this frightens me.  The evidence isn't bearing out that breaking teacher's unions is really helping students learn despite what Rhee, Duncan, et al say. 

I also have deep concerns about the FISA bill that Obama supported and was eventually passed.  I understand being up against a take no prisoners Congress, but that bill eroded our freedoms in a myriad of ways.  I support foreign intel. I don't support intel on U.S. citizens. 

All in all, O is less scary than any of the other clowns running for 2012, but I'm so tired of voting Dem just to avoid crazy.

le huge sigh

Hidi said...

The problem is people are unrealistic; everything takes time.

BlackButterfly said...

To have all of these people speaking out as if this president hasn't had to do EVERYTHING he has done while dealing with a cloak and dagger, skull and crossbones infrastructure and yet he still got A LOT of important things done is completely all about me first, me now and everybody else later.   It is absolutely mind numbing.

These idiots can't see the value in achieving great things for the masses because they are not being spotlighted, placated or revered separately!  Sad and pathetic. 

MichelleG said...

**Soul clap**

GrownAzzMan said...

You mean you are actually reading something and not getting your information from Faux News or twitter? What a concept.

AnnettePearl said...

Starting the Amen chorus on this one.

blackprofessor said...

I am truly tired of armchair politicians.  Chele, thank you for the civics lesson.

To be fair, I don't agree with everything Obama is doing.  I am glad that he gave the states more power to alter No Child Left Behind but it is a failed policy and no tweeking is going to fix it.  I do want him to take more forceful positions on some policies (e.g., education and War on Drugs) because they are asinine and their results have been hellish for minority communities. However, I am patient and will give him the time that is needed to be effective.

DFig said...

"He can't pass bills, that's the job of Congress!"  I say this AT LEAST once a week to someone.  Didn't we all take Government/US History in high school?  It just doesn't work the way people think it does.

GuessImJay said...

I just need someone to tell me, if they aren't riding with Obama - then who and why? Seriously why?!

p.s. Do you want us to cyber-track the #dieinafire dude and #kickhisass?

GuessImJay said...

*starts building panic room*

CaliGirlED said...

That was a bit much huh? Keyboard gangsta is more than a notion! #PunkAss

superwoman said...

i'm so terrified that america will vote those republican generals back in again, to traumatise the whole world with their right wing shenanigans.... people must understand that bush is where this mess started. and during election times, even i remember obama saying it wouldn't be an easy turnaround...people need to commit, and remember the pact they signed onto when they voted the man in. it's not a quick fix, alas. 
excellent article, Chele. spot on.

motown_skater said...

i will not play the blame game i'll just say this country went down the toilet over the course of eight years  so why some expect it to take less than four to fix is beyond me.  i do get frustrated with Pres. O (the detroit in me is waiting for him to go hard in the paint), but i also understand what he is up against.  he is up against a congress that is hell bent on him being one term instead of being hell bent on getting this country back on a working railroad (track). 

i feel like katt williams: "didn't we just get out of a messed up relationship.  can't we just be single as a country for awhile.  maybe date a president see how that work for a couple months."

Angel Blanca said...

*claps/cheers wildly*  I am SO sick and tired of listening to the whining--particularly the whining that comes from "public intellectuals," couched as scholarly inquiry or academic review, those who claim they're offering critiques, rather than criticism--that I could just scream. 

It's like we're so short-sighted that we cannot see that pushing an overtly black-oriented agenda would guarantee a one-term presidency for Obama, and that would put us right back on the track that we've been on throughout this century.  This is what happens when we don't use critical thinking to evaluate what we see, hear, and think about matters that are important.

As for the tweet you got, I've come to expect less rational discourse from some segments of the Twitterverse.  Extremists always have extreme responses, and narcissists always bring the discussion back to how it affects them, rather than seeing the larger picture and the broader impacts of actions.

Thank you for penning this, and my mother gives you two thumbs up, too!

CorettaJG said...

Has someone already begun the slow clap??

Sasha Iman said...

Imma add: For the folks all salty about certain laws/treaties/legislature & etc. that go into effect during this administration, or the handful of campaign promises that Obama hasn't/can't make good on......

Checks & Balances/Separation of powers. Google it if you must.

This is not an absolute monarchy. Obeezy can't just speak things into being. And voting for the president is but one part of the equation to getting ones voice heard and issues advocated for.

You think who your congressmen are don't matter in the grand scheme of things? Jokes on you. All these deadlocks you hear about (healthcare reform, military spending, the debt ceiling & etc.), is because the members of congress (who we vote for in local elections) need to come to an agreement. And if you're in favor of most of Obeezy's ideas, you do realize congress is largely republican right?
 
You think who those "only" 9 men & recently appointed women who make up the Supreme Court are don't matter? 1. Scalia is a trip and a half. 2. Ask Troy Davis.

2b. Wait, what's that? The Supreme Court didn't approve his stay so you can't?..... My.Point.Exactly.

CaliGirlED said...

LMAO at the Katt Williams reference!!! Totally agree on taking more than one term to fix it (halfway fix it even)!

Bryan Anthony said...

*Leaves a $20 on the altar.*

Trey Charles said...

President Cain doesn't sound any better.

Sasha Iman said...

Didn't you hear? Bachmann/Perry is a GREAT ticket!

*snickers*

Singlelif said...

I see you, and I raise you $20.00.

sol_dier said...

I swear people amaze me with the ridiculousness of their issues.

There are a whole bunch of people who are disappointed that Obama is not being just as childish as the 'right'.

Some are angry that he just doesn't hijack congress and do away with the stuff a president should do which is listen AND appease both sides of the house to a degree.

It seems many Americans seem to want a dictatorship without realising that is what they are asking for. 

You finally have someone in office who is acting like a grown up and what do some of these ungrateful wretches do?, they criticise his emotional, fiscal & political maturity by wanting him to lay down in the dirt and play with political dogs.

iWeep

sol_dier said...

this here is bougieland... the negroes here are well read, well versed and well adjusted. :)

LikeLena said...

This is my question #aswell #also

Adriana said...

All that's left to say is Amen as I wave my Willie Watkins Funeral Home Church Fan!

KGreen said...

http://www.schoolhouserock.tv/Bill.html <--- For those who made need a refresher on bills being passed into law and a sample line:

I'm just a billYes I'm only a bill,And I got as far as Capitol Hill.Well, now I'm stuck in committeeAnd I'll sit here and wait While a few key Congressmen discuss and debateWhether they should let me be a law.How I hope and pray that they will,But today I am still just a bill.

GammasWorld said...

Chile I still sing this LOL 

Leon X said...

I got you. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhTiJEYqqY8

MotownMs said...

Where were all of these critical voices during the Bush administration?  They were afraid to open their mouths.  Cowards!  Folks better wake up...and soon...cuz' there is a draft Governor Chris Christie for Prez movement afoot and trust...it aint gonna be pretty if the Pillsbury Doughboy gets a hold of this country.

rozb said...

I know I'm late, but Chele you got me over here doing the Snoopy dance! I am losing patience with fair-weather folks who are just full of opinions but aren't even familiar with how our government works.

I just tell 'em to get some damn edumacation and stop the freaking bitchin' and moanin'...

keishabrown said...

your prez is awesome sauce.
that is all. 

Imchzn said...

Amen!!!!

Nadette said...

I said Amen, and I said Amen.  Even though I've mentioned a grumle or three about my president, I know he's trying his damndest to hold this country together--HOT MESS that it is. And Tavis really needs to sit down somewhere, or use his power for something useful other than throwin shade at Obeezy. Cuz that's just no bueno, son.

AndreaPlaid said...

Only you, Riley. Only you.

AndreaPlaid said...

That speaks to the bigger issue of how some folks don't really want to be treated like grown-ups.

Alvin Milton said...

I f.u.x with Obama.

He is like my fav football team.

I root win or lose and cry bloody murder when the game seems rigged.

rikyrah said...

preach it.

tell it.

thank you

Jo_z said...

and the church screams AMEN from every mountain high, every valley low.

xx
josie
www.straightNOchase.com

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