More racism from the GOP

June 16, 2009

Look at the image above. It shows photos of all of our Presidents, except for the last one. Look at the lower right corner, and you will see a pitch black image with two bright wide eyes popping out. This was supposed to represent President Barack Obama, our nations first black President.

So where did this racist image come from? Was it sent by the KKK or another crazy lone racist like the man who shot up the Holocaust museum recently? Or was it emailed by a troubled 4th grader, who gained influence from racist relatives? No, this image came from the Tennessee GOP. It was sent by Sherri Goforth, an executive assistant for Tennessee State Rep. Diane Black (R-Gallatin), to other legislative staffers. The email was headlined “Historical Keepsake Photo.”

This after another Republican, this time from South Carolina, posted that a gorilla who escaped from the zoo was one of the first lady’s relatives.

It is really sad that Republicans are so comfortable with racism in 2009.


Media coverage of First Lady Michelle Obama: realistic or ridiculous?

April 24, 2009

For weeks now, “news” sites like, and others have been drooling over every external aspect of the first black First Lady. We have heard her titled “Mighty Michelle”, “First Lady of Fashion”, “a Fashion icon”, “a modern Jackie O”, and on and on and on. We have seen every article of clothing she has worn be critiqued, rated, and often praised to no end as some brilliant fashion choice. I recall seeing Chris Matthews of MSNBC drooling over her appearance at the State of the Union address, and Jack Cafferty exclaiming that “he has a crush on Michelle Obama.”

What is going on here? Is all of this coverage reflect what is realistic, or does it teeter on being somewhat ridiculous?

Michelle Obama was not known for her fashion choices before her husband ran for office. She was not a super model or fashion runway diva. I do not recall hearing her name in the same breath as Naomi Campbell, Iman, Cindy Crawford or Tyra Banks. In fact, Barack did not meet Michelle at a photo shoot, but he worked under her at a law firm. So where is all of this fashion hype coming from? Is it driven by the struggling fashion industry, desperate to make a star out of any super high profile icon?

Concerning Michelle’s fashion, it is mixed. Some of her choices look excellent on her, and others seem somewhat experimental. When you listen to the First Lady speak, she sounds like a lawyer. She is strong, determined, and insistent on making her points and supporting her beliefs/stances. She does not sound like Halle Berry or Sade Adu, nor are her mannerisms completely soft and gentle.

This is not a knock on the first lady. My only wish is that the media would cover Michelle Obama for who she is and for the strengths got her here, as opposed to some gleeful fantasy in which only the external and superficial are acknowledged or praised.

Let’s get this straight, Michelle Obama is pretty. She is not unbelievably drop dead gorgeous (as the press would have you believe) and she is not unattractive (as some mean spirited conservative citizens would have you believe). She has a nice smile, great figure, beautiful engaging eyes, and youthful skin. However, what is most attractive about her is her humanity. She has her flaws like we all do, but she does her best with what she has and encourages others to do the same. She’s raised two lovely daughters, and supports her husband in a loving way that strengthens both of them. She keeps up with her fitness and watches her diet, which is admirable in this increasingly obese society. But most of all, she is genuine. What you see is what you get, and she cares about the youth.

I think the press would honor the first lady more if they discussed her character more than her shoes. Millions of women across the globe would love to be the wife of President Obama, but Michelle has captured his heart and loyalty. He was incredibly protective of her against GOP attacks (Remember “lay off my wife”), and grew agitated over rumors of an email relationship with Scarlett Johansson and videos from Obama girl. The President is always quick to praise his wife, even calling her the rock of the Obama family. And President Obama does not appear to be a superficial man. He does not chase after any short skirt out there (like a number of Washington politicians and past Presidents have), but he has found lasting value in Michelle, which means he knows a good thing when he sees it. Despite her initial rejection, the President was “persistent”, and their relationship has flourished and lasted while the same cannot be said for many of Hollywood’s hottest.

So the media should look at other things about Michelle, what makes her a beautiful person inside? What makes her a wonderful mother for her daughters, even as she juggles work as the first lady? What about her value for education that took her to some of the nation’s top Ivy league schools, and had the President working under her for a time? What about her resilient spirit that did not allow fear of racist threats or the stress of our current crisis talk her out of supporting her husband’s Presidency?

There are alot of things the press could and should focus on if they are talking about the nation’s first black first lady. And zeroing in on her belt, her shoes, her new hair style or sleeveless dress is a pretty empty choice.

Puppy News! The Obama’s new puppy named ‘Bo’ is here

April 12, 2009

Here’s the story So much for keeping the secret until Tuesday, the “official” White House announcement date.


The Obama’s dog “Bo” Bo Diddley post card by altworld
Post cards created online using

The First lady graces the cover of O magazine

March 6, 2009


Here’s the story

President and First Lady

February 16, 2009


First lady, Michelle Obama urges teens to give back

February 11, 2009

From Huffington Post:


The First Lady made her first solo trip into the neighborhood. She visited Mary’s Center a community health organization in Adam’s Morgan. The most interesting part of the visit came in the last fifteen minutes of the nearly hour-long visit. She sat with a group of 9 teenagers ages 16-18 who attend after-school programs at the center. A transcript will be available, but here’s the best part. It came in response to the fifth and final question from one of the students who asked: “Why did you want to come out and meet us?”

“This is the best part of my day, short of being with my own kids. I was raised to believe that when you get you give back…We’ve been visitors but now we live here. This is our community now. We were taught you have to get to know your community you’re in, and you have to be a part of that community and you have to get to know it in order to be actively engaged in it. D.C. is our community now and it’s our home. Barack is real busy right now so I figured I’ve got the time on my hands and while the kids are in school, I figured I would come out and hear about programs and meet students.” She described all of this as if the man she called Barack were an ambitious accountant, not the man who on the previous evening had given the prime time press conference amid the fancy chandeliers.

“I was somewhat where you are. I didn’t come to this position with a lot of wealth and a lot of resources. I think it’s real important for young kids, particularly kids who come form communities without resources to see me. Not the First Lady but to see that there is no magic to me sitting here. There are no miracles that happen. There is no magic dust that was sprinkled on my head or Barack’s head. We were kids much like you who figured out one day that our fate was in our own hands. We made decisions to listen to our parents and work hard, and work even harder when somebody doubted us. When somebody told me I couldn’t do something, that gave me a greater challenge to prove them wrong. …Every little challenge like that and every little success I gained more confidence and life just sort of opened up. So I feel like it’s an obligation for me to share that with you.”

Before leaving, the First Lady posed for photographs and signed a poster for the center. She turned to the kids and said “Always think about where you came from and what you’re going to give back.” The kids, who were a slightly quiet bunch, didn’t immediately respond. “Sound right?” She asked them. They all then said yes.

Classy and generous. It’s good to see the first lady hasn’t forgotten where she came from.

VOTE people VOTE!! (early if possible)

October 28, 2008

UPDATE!! I just VOTED! 10/28/08


It was just yesterday that Barack Obama drew crowds exceeding 100,000 people in Denver Colorado and 50,000 people in Fort Collins Colorado.  People stood out in lines that began forming around 4am, even though the rally in Denver didn’t start until 11:30am and the one on the CSU campus didn’t begin until after 3pm.  They waited, and stood, with jackets and gloves, holding kids in their arms and Obama signs in their hands.  All just to get a live glimpse of what just might be the 44th President of the United States of America.

If you look at the pictures, they are phenomenal.  The crowds in Denver were so large, they surprised Barack Obama (who has seen big crowds all around this world, beginning in Iowa).  Think of the patience that took.  Think of the gas and (OMG) the parking!!!  Think of the standing and waiting, standing and waiting, standing and waiting until finally there he was!  Barack Obama!

As awesome and inspiring (and tiring) as that experience might have been, it could be all for naught if those people don’t show up to vote.

Even if you didn’t attend that rally, but you’ve attended others.  Or you’ve kept up intensely with this election.  Maybe you’ve made campaign contributions.  Maybe you’ve made phone calls, bought bumper stickers and t-shirts, campaigned door-to-door, or simply engaged in political discussions and debates.  ALL of that could be meaningless IF you don’t show up to vote!

I know how it is, because I’m in Colorado and we have early voting here.  I said I was going to go Saturday, but things came up and I didn’t make it.  I said I was going to go today (Monday), but alas, once again I failed to make it.  I’m making it tomorrow, mark my word on it!  Voting for me begins at 9am, I want to be out of the house by 7:30.  My family here have all already voted, fortunately, so I’ve really got to get on the stick (I’ll post that I VOTED as soon as I do which WILL be tomorrow at 9).

But I wonder, in those crowds, or at home, or out and about, how many people are floating around just like me?  They’re planning to get to it, but they just haven’t yet.  They want to avoid the long lines on November 4th, but they haven’t done the things necessary to do that.  If you are like that, and your state has early voting, this message is for you:  VOTE!  VOTE EARLY!  VOTE NOW!

This election has gone on for 2 years, but it only counts if you VOTE!  That’s the reason Obama has been raising all this money, and campaigning and debating for all these months.  That’s what the phone calls are for, the SNL skits, the advertisements, the news stories, the t-shirts, the Youtube videos, the emails, the forums, the myspace pages and facebook groups.  It’s all about YOU VOTING!  SO VOTE VOTE VOTE!!!

And if you have to wait until Nov. 4th, show up early and VOTE VOTE VOTE!!  Don’t let the lines discourage you.  Don’t let anything distract you.  Don’t get overconfident.  Don’t think it’s over anyways.  VOTE!  You must VOTE!  VOTE like your VOTE could determine this election.  VOTE VOTE VOTE!!

Bring your ipod, a book, snacks, your friends & family, your laptop, vote for Starbucks carts to come out, bring a portable electronic massager, bring chairs, bring sunglasses, bring jackets and hats, bring water, bring an umbrella, bring whatever you need to bring to be comfortable in those lines so you can VOTE!

With that, I’m off to bed.  I’ve got to be up to vote in the morning!