Posted by DrJohn on 19 September, 2010 at 12:51 pm. 70 comments already!


Barack Obama spoke the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday. The Captain of the Titanic was reassuring the passengers that he was only stopping for ice. It was reported in various ways;

In this report, Obama takes a shot at Boehner:

President Obama kept at his renewed effort to stress the economy, telling the Congressional Black Caucus dinner Saturday night that the recession “made matters much worse” in the African-American community.

In his speech, the president also didn’t pass up another opportunity to take a shot at Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio).

Then he went to praise himself:

“As has been true with other recessions, this one came down with a particular vengeance on African-American communities,” Obama said.

The president rattled off a succession of things his administration has done since he took office, including bailing out GM and Chrysler, healthcare reform, Wall Street regulatory reform, and ending the combat mission in Iraq.

Those things have really helped create jobs. In China, that is.

Then he hinted at something:

The president accused his opponents of hatching “a plan to turn back the clock on all the progress we’ve made.”

Over at Politico:

President Barack Obama on Saturday sought to fire up his most loyal base of support, telling the audience at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual dinner that “the time for action is now” to protect the changes brought by his administration and the Democratic-led Congress, such as health care reform and the financial system overhaul.

Health care costs are going up and insurance rates are on their way up like a rocket to cover the “free” things Obama promised. Financial reform has made it more difficult than ever for people to refinance to lower rates and you cannot get a loan for real estate investment no matter how worthy a borrower you are.

But it was the PMSNBC article that really catches your eye.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama came out swinging against Republicans in a fiery campaign-season speech to black lawmakers Saturday night, urging them to “guard the change” he was delivering with the kind of organizing that propelled the civil rights movement.

With the GOP hoping to regain power on Capitol Hill in the November election, Obama described his adversaries as “a crowd … that wants to do what’s right politically, instead of what’s right — period.” He never named the opposing party, referring to it as “the other side.”

“The other side.”

Gee, what could that mean? This is the guy who thrives on code (created or saved). He chooses words very carefully. He has never shied away from naming his “adversaries.” A search for “Obama attacks Republicans” yields 17 million hits.

Then he went on to link this struggle with civil rights:

“What made the civil rights movement possible were foot soldiers like so many of you, sitting down at lunch counters and standing up for freedom. What made it possible for me to be here today are Americans throughout our history making our union more equal, making our union more just, making our union more perfect,” Obama said. “That’s what we need again.”

There’s no doubt as to what Obama was doing, and it wasn’t about appealing to the better interests of people.

Then I saw the story from Reuters:

Obama urges blacks to vote and “guard the change

An image sprang to mind immediately- this is already happening.

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