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Keeping The Bedroom Slippers

I woke up yesterday morning ready for a fresh injection of weekly political reviews and predictions from the Sunday morning prognosticators that appear on NBC’s Meet the Press, CBS’ Face the Nation, and ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour.  I usually tune in to see what stupid some politician may have said in the past week.  With all the debates from conservative presidential candidates lately I was anticipating something from the right that might have been over the top and worth notice.  But yesterday, somewhat to my surprise, the over the top rhetoric came from President Barack Obama during his address to the Congressional Black Caucus.  I saw the video clip of the highlights from his speech and my depth of disappointment with this man reached a new low.

In his usual, don’t give a shit about black people fashion, Mr. Obama threw out the thoughtful and intellectual style he usually gives from the podium with the presidential seal when addressing people he wants to project an air of mutual respect with and is trying to win political favor.  Instead of something thoughtful, he gave a speech that resembled a brimstone and fire sermon from some Sunday morning stereotypical black preacher who regularly lectures from more inspiration than preparation.  Feeling the love from the crowd Mr. Obama looked as if he decided to throw caution to the wind and began to tell the audience how he really felt about the black community.  Despite the fact that the black community suffers from the highest unemployment rates and the highest poverty rates and the highest loss of wealth from this economic crisis according to recent government stats, despite the fact that Mr. Obama has done very little to help the black community with the issues that are impacting the black community, despite the fact that Mr. Obama says that he’s not looking to be the President of black America, Mr. Obama says that he expects the black community to stop is crying, whining and complaining, take off the bedroom slippers and march with him because he has a lot of work to do.  I had to restrain myself from throwing the remote at the television and instead used it to cut the damn thing off.

The misses, and considering the volume I used there’s little doubt that a few our neighbors, had to listen to my rant about our President for a few minutes.  Just a few days ago this man went to a bridge that connected the states of Ohio and Kentucky that represented the districts of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and pleaded for help in getting the locals the jobs and infrastructure they needed to make their districts more suitable for jobs and other investments.  He went to an area represented by two of the most powerful conservatives in the nation and made a concrete pledge that people could look to and count on that would help those communities.  He never told the audience to quit being whiners or complainers because he no doubt understood what this community was going through.  Mr. Obama would never insinuate that the people in Ohio and Kentucky were simply loafing around in slippers and waiting for a handout.  He would do everything he could to send jobs and infrastructure improvements their way.  This is what he says he wants to do for the people who sent Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell to Washington, DC to thwart anything and everything Mr. Obama wants to do during his term.

But black people?  Just a few days later Mr. Obama tells his most loyal political base to quit complaining.  There’s work to do and Mr. Obama can’t do it if we don’t fall in line to his beck and call.  And what infrastructure or jobs will we get for our community?  Shut the hell up and quit whining!  If all goes according to plan, it looks like we are destined to get the same thing on Mr. Obama’s second term that we got the first time around, the shaft.  In fact, Mr. Obama wants us to have a double shaft.  We need to help him get back in office so he can do for the constituents of his political opponents and those people working overtime to make sure that his is a one term presidency.  And when those people do well, eventually that investment in those communities will eventually trickle down into the black community and we’ll all benefit.

The only problem with that scenario is that we know that trickledown economics isn’t exactly working these days, especially for the black community.  These days, the investment that will be made in the communities targeted for direct assistance usually stays in those communities.  It’s kind of like the investments to save Wall Street.  The vast majority of that money stayed in Wall Street.  But be that as it may, if the black community thinks that trickledown economics were a good idea then we might as well put our support on the front running conservative.  Everybody knows the conservatives have more experience in taking care of people who are the least impacted by economic hard times.  If that’s what we believe, if that’s what we’re being sold, then let’s throw this liberal thinking out and put all of our resources behind a Mitt Romney or a Rick Perry or even a Michele Bachmann or even a John Boehner or a Mitch McConnell.  That’s what Mr. Obama wants to do.  Let’s cut out the middleman and go straight to the source.  Let’s skip the neophyte and go straight to the experts.

I hope people understand I’m writing tongue in cheek.  The conservative philosophy of economics appeals to me about as much as a root canal.  But really, the way Mr. Obama wants to practice politics for the black community there is very little difference between him and the Ron Pauls of the world.  If he truly cared about the black community he would tell us about the targeted investments for the black community just like he has targeted investments for other communities.  Unfortunately, I don’t think Mr. Obama wants to go there.

This is not to say that I don’t understand Mr. Obama’s position.  Anything he does to directly help the black community will be pounced on by his opponents to show how Mr. Obama is trying to invoke reparations or reverse discrimination and Mr. Obama would have to spend the rest of his political career defending himself.  That is bound to be a fact.  But it is truly disappointing to see Mr. Obama’s lack of courage to the very people who had the most faith and support in him.  He continues to slap us in the face with a political backhand and says shut the fuck up and quit being lazy.  Take off the bedroom slippers and put on the marching shoes is rhetoric Mr. Obama reserves only for black people and I am tired of it.

Like a lot of black people I put on my marching shoes and marched down to the voting booth to put Mr. Obama in the white house the first time around.  I donated to his campaign.  Like most people, I celebrated his election to the white house.  And what did I get for my marching?  Most noticeable I got a national black unemployment rates that is approaching seventeen percent and a poverty rate near forty percent amongst things.  I got a President who routinely treats me with a lack of respect and with condescension.  Take off my bedroom slippers indeed.  I will be more than happy to don my boots because somebody sounds like he needs one of my boots up his political ass.  Mr. Obama needs a reminder that his black constituents deserve the same consideration as any other constituency.

Right now, if I were to march down to the voting booth, it would be to give Mr. Obama the kick in the ass he appears to be begging for.  He has truly lost me as a supporter and I seriously doubt if he would ever respect the black community enough to do anything to win me back.  I may not vote for his opponent.  The idea of going back to the conservative policies that initiated the problems that we face today holds no appeal for me, but the idea of having this charlatan back in the oval office is just as disgusting.  I feel like I have no dog in this fight.  I can’t even wish this man good luck anymore.  From this point forward, unless something truly changes, I think Mr. Obama would prefer I keep wearing my bedroom slippers.

Monday, September 26, 2011 - Posted by | African Americans, Barack Obama, Black Community, Black Culture, Black Men, Black People, Life, Thoughts


  1. I am completely sure that the republicans are loving how he talks to us. In fact that might be his master plan, because when people tell blacks to go to hell, it garners them much respect among the “let the poor uninsured man die”, clapping for high death penalty numbers and booing gay soldiers, crowd. So, I guess their is something to say about slapping the face of blacks.

    But for me, he can go to hell. I’ll quit complaining to him. In fact I’ll quit complaining AND voting, will that work for Obama? I will wait for the new president to come into office this next term and then I’ll complain to them. And of course I don’t expect to get anything different than what I had before. A president who thinks that the community with the highest unemployment levels in the country are a bunch of complaining, whining babies.

    And of course you have these turn a blind eye black people running around on their radio and television shows trying to come up with any thing possible to make this rotted fish Obama spewed to the black community, taste like seafood fettucini. And unfortunately for them, that rotten fish is so far gone the maggots are fleeing. And as far as I am concerned the rest of us should as well.

    Obama, you ass, the black community is BROKE, BUSTED AND DISGUSTED!!! Disgusted with his sorry preacheresque sounding blacks are the problem rhetoric. As if we can’t get this type of crap from Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry or Dingbat Romney.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Monday, September 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback theblacksentinel,

      You are most correct. Mr. Obama is only part of the problem. The other part is the black people who not only tolerates his bullshit but encourages it. These are the people that would be happy to pick cotton for a black plantation owner who treated enslaved black people just like, if not worse than, a white plantation owner and think master blackie is an improvement or that he’s one of us. He isn’t one of us. He’s one of them. That’s why he’s the President. Mr. Obama has said it time and time again that he does not want to be the President of the black community and he’s done everything he can to reinforce that position. So now he adds more insult to the injuries he’s inflicted on the black community and we’re supposed to fall in line to help him help others? He can kiss my black ass. His speech was intended to fire black people up? He’s fired me up alright. I’ve come to realize that it is very probably that nothing good will happen for the black community as long as this man is in the white house. I only wish that other people would wake up and see this man for what he truly is.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | Reply

  2. Preach Sista Sentinel and Brotha P!!! I forwarded your post to a die hard Obama supporter who responded that “Obama is part of our family, and that we should criticize him in private,” I responded with a statement questioning why I should criticize Obama in private; HE uses every chance he gets to criticize and belittle Black people in PUBLIC (in front of the media). Lets just say the conversation went down hill from there….

    Comment by MK82 | Monday, September 26, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback MK82,

      But if this is family who needs a tea party? I mean really, President Obama is about as much as family as President George Bush, Jr. and that ain’t saying much. He’s never been to any family functions, he’s never sent a birthday card, and if I’m not mistaken he’s never bothered to call and say how he’s doing. Mr. Obama is not family. He’s not even a distant friend. He is a President who takes his black constituency for granted. Black people need to get over this attitude that Mr. Obama is the next best thing to Jesus and see this man for what he really is.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | Reply

      • Oh, I so agree with this!! When I hear people say that this speech was supposed to be some sort of rally cry for blacks and that he was telling us he supports us, I must admit that I failed to hear any talk of support or what he intended, wanted or even thought he could, would or should do for our community. In fact all I heard was for our community to shut the hell up, complaining, whining and step the hell back in line and help him to get back in office.

        If you are going to be family, you have to give as well as take. And you can be that straight talking, give it to you with no sugar uncle, brother, cousin or hell pretend cousin, but you have to be willing to tell me how you plan to help me since that IS YOUR JOB, while telling me to get off my ass! You can’t just call me names, tell me to shut up and get in line and then act as if you are helping me.

        Don’t act as if my complaining because we have the highest unemployment rate of any American population at the same time white people who have an unemployment rate we had ten years ago complain about their state of being and promise them jobs, help and hope, while you turn around and give us a serving of shut the hell up with a helping of bitch slap on the side.

        Uh, I don’t think so. I know that “may” work with some black folks, but that shit don’t fly with me.

        Comment by theblacksentinel | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

  3. I just saw the speech and it appears he was addressing the members of the CBC literally and figuratively. The CBC has been very critical of President Obama as not doing enough for the Black community. Earlier in his speech he laid out the programs that he has implemented that will help the Black community. I do not see this as an attack on the Black community, I see this as a much needed critical response to the CBC who are in position of power that can help make changes. President Obama needs their support to help ‘Pass this Bill”, which I believe would be a positive move for the Black community. President Obama addressed a very loud critical part of congress that should be supporting him instead of going behind his back to the television talking heads.
    “Mr. Obama says that he expects the black community to stop is crying, whining and complaining, take off the bedroom slippers and march with him because he has a lot of work to do” He is addressing the Congressional Black Congress , to get up off their ass and support his actions.

    Comment by swooth | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks for the feedback swooth,

      But even if what you say is true and that Mr. Obama’s tongue lashing was intended for the leaders of the CBC, why is he singling out the leaders of the black community? The CBC may have been very critical of Mr. Obama, but that criticism pales in comparison to the criticism that Mr. Obama is getting from his Republican opponents. I have yet to hear Mr. Obama address the Republicans in a tone even close to the tone he uses for the leaders of his supporters. The CBC represents a constituency that suffers from the highest unemployment and the highest poverty numbers and Mr. Obama appears deaf to their plight. The CBC is voicing the frustrations of their constituency. We also have to remember that despite any public criticism the CBC may air on the television no other single group of legislatures support Mr. Obama the way the members of the CBC support him because no single group of constituents support Mr. Obama the way the constituents of the CBC support him. And the CBC is in a position of power to support him? If that’s the case, why then is Mr. Obama treating them with such disdain? Mr. Obama needs their support and so I would think he would treat and respond to them with the same respect that he would spend on any other legislators. When did anyone in the CBC tell Mr. Obama to quit belly aching and to quit whining and to quit crying? And why should the CBC support him when has he done little to support the members of the CBC or their constituents? I’m sorry but even if what you say is true and that his criticism was directed at the CBC leadership, something still doesn’t add up.


      Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Tuesday, September 27, 2011 | Reply

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