I saw this article on
I really don’t have a lot of time to post my comments on this but I wanted to share it with you. This is a great article and I’m sure that Tavis Smiley is very mad at its contents. Let me know what you think.

*Despite a low approval rating, Rolling Stone magazine has put President Barack Obama on its cover as one of the ““one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”

The declaration, made by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman, is found in a story written by Krugman, who defends the commander-in-chief to prove why he’s been successful during his final two years in office.

“Obama faces trash talk left, right and center – literally – and doesn’t deserve it. Despite bitter opposition, despite having come close to self-inflicted disaster, Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history,” Krugman wrote. “His health reform is imperfect but still a huge step forward – and it’s working better than anyone expected. Financial reform fell far short of what should have happened, but it’s much more effective than you’d think. Economic management has been half-crippled by Republican obstruction, but has nonetheless been much better than in other advanced countries. And environmental policy is starting to look like it could be a major legacy.

As successful as he claims Obama has been, Krugman notes the criticism the President has received from various critics.

“First, however, let’s take a moment to talk about the current wave of Obama-bashing. All Obama-bashing can be divided into three types. One, a constant of his time in office, is the onslaught from the right, which has never stopped portraying him as an Islamic atheist Marxist Kenyan. Nothing has changed on that front, and nothing will,” he said Krugman. “There’s a different story on the left, where you now find a significant number of critics decrying Obama as, to quote Cornel West, someone who ”posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit.” They’re outraged that Wall Street hasn’t been punished, that income inequality remains so high, that ”neoliberal” economic policies are still in place. All of this seems to rest on the belief that if only Obama had put his eloquence behind a radical economic agenda, he could somehow have gotten that agenda past all the political barriers that have con- strained even his much more modest efforts. It’s hard to take such claims seriously.

“Finally, there’s the constant belittling of Obama from mainstream pundits and talking heads,” he continued. “Turn on cable news (although I wouldn’t advise it) and you’ll hear endless talk about a rudderless, stalled administration, maybe even about a failed presidency. Such talk is often buttressed by polls showing that Obama does, indeed, have an approval rating that is very low by historical standards.

“But this bashing is misguided even in its own terms – and in any case, it’s focused on the wrong thing.”

Krugman’s story comes as Obama goes about his second term of office with low approval ratings as well as economic ratings that have hit the lowest level of his presidency with, according to a CNBC survey, only 24% of Americans who are extremely confident with Obama’s economic record .

“Yes, Obama has a low approval rating compared with earlier presidents, Krugman admitted. “But there are a number of reasons to believe that presidential approval doesn’t mean the same thing that it used to: There is much more party-sorting (in which Republicans never, ever have a good word for a Democratic president, and vice versa), the public is negative on politicians in general, and so on. Obviously the midterm election hasn’t happened yet, but in a year when Republicans have a huge structural advantage – Democrats are defending a disproportionate number of Senate seats in deep-red states – most analyses suggest that control of the Senate is in doubt, with Democrats doing considerably better than they were supposed to. This isn’t what you’d expect to see if a failing president were dragging his party down.

“More important, however, polls – or even elections – are not the measure of a president,” he added. “High office shouldn’t be about putting points on the electoral scoreboard, it should be about changing the country for the better. Has Obama done that? Do his achievements look likely to endure? The answer to both questions is yes.



Today is the 60th birthday of Oprah Winfrey, truly an icon. Just in case you don’t know who she is, you’ve apparently been living under a rock on Mars. When she turned 50, she had a big televised black-tie affair. According to sources, the billionaire (with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion) will have a low-key 60th birthday at home in California on Wednesday.
For years, I have watched her administer her own brand of magic on this world. She is electrifying, poignant, inspirational, and funny all at the same time. She runs her own cable TV channel, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), in partnership with Discovery Communications Inc. She has been a mentor and a support system to many over the years including the likes of Tyra Banks and even President Obama. Though I have been inspired by Oprah over the years, I want you to hear her tell of how she was inspired and who it was that inspired her. HAPPY BIRTHDAY OPRAH!!!



Today is the 50th birthday of Michelle Obama. Mrs. Obama’s fashion sense has set the fashion world on fire for many years. In more ways that can be imagined, she is arguably one of the most talked about First Lady ever. Born Michelle LaVaughn Robinson on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, she later became an attorney, Chicago city administrator, and a community outreach worker. And of course, now the First Lady of the United States- wife of President Barak Obama. Today we celebrate not only her accomplishments but her 50th birthday as well.


I don’t know what to say about this one. Okay, here goes…
There are reports online that OJ Simpson has brain cancer and he is asking President Obama for clemency. Simpson wants to be treated outside of prison and possibly die at home. I am a very compassionate person but… ok, I digress. First of all, I don’t think that OJ should be in prison except for his stupidity (and I don’t even like to go there). We all know that Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman on October 3, 1995. I think that a lot of people (yeah, you know………….) never forgave him for that and then Simpson was set up (for taking his own stuff) and is now in prison… for murdering his ex-wife and her friend. That’s the bottom line. Secondly, if I were the President, I would not touch this case with a ten-foot pole. As much as I feel sorry for OJ, most of this is self-inflicted because he did not know how to shut his mouth and leave well enough alone. I wish him the best.


Do you remember the guy who faked like he was signing at Nelson Mandela’s memorial? Well, take a look at him now defending his honor, again. Even though his 15 minutes of “fame” are up, I don’t really think we’ve heard the last of him. Some people don’t know how to stop. It reminds me of the old saying: A fool’s name is like a fool’s face; always wants to be seen in a public place.


This teacher had the nerve to tell a student who expressed a desire to one day become President that: “we don’t need another black president.” Okay, before I become insensitive, I’m just going to let you read the article for yourself.

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By Eric Robinette

Cox Media Group Ohio
A teacher in Ohio was suspended without pay for allegedly making racially insensitive remarks.

The Fairfield City Schools Board of Education suspended Gil Voigt, who has been a teacher at Fairfield Freshman School for 13 years, said Board President Dan Murray. It is the first step in the process of terminating the teacher, he said.

Superintendent Paul Otten said the incident took place earlier this month when an African-American student expressed an ambition to be president. Voigt allegedly replied, “We don’t need another black president.”

“He was talking to some students and said some things that were racially insensitive. We take diversity in our school district very seriously with tolerance of people who are different. We just felt this teacher had crossed the line,” Murray said.

Otten said Voigt had been reprimanded for racially insensitive remarks in the past. A report prepared by Assistant Superintendent Roger Martin lists four instances of discipline: A verbal warning in April 2008 for an “inappropriate racial comment,” another in November 2008 for “improper use of school technology” and a third in December 2013 for “inappropriate comments to students.” He also received a written warning last month for “failure to use adopted curriculum.”

The report also notes “All evaluations have been satisfactory.”

“Obviously we’re very disheartened to have this situation with any of our staff members,” Otten said. “It’s not something we’re proud of, and it’s something we must not tolerate.”

Voigt taught seven years in North Carolina, two years in Florida and six years at Cincinnati public before joining Fairfield. He received a continuing contract in 2002, and his 2013-2014 contract stipulated a $73,566 salary. He could not be reached for comment.

Voigt has the right to appeal the decision before the school board within 10 days of notification, Otten said. Treasurer Nancy Lane and the district’s Law Director John Clemmons are drafting an official notification to the teacher.


This is a video of President Obama speaking at Morehouse College graduation ceremony in Atlanta on Sunday May, 19, 2013. There are several parts to this video but I won’t post them You can go to youtube to see the others if you so desire. Another outstanding story to this graduation is the fact that a father and son both named Dorian Joyner graduated on Sunday. The father had taken time off from school to pursue a career opportunity in computers. After more than 20 years, the father decided that it was time for him to complete what he started. Dad and son proudly graduated on the exact same day.
The school is one of the country’s leading leading historical black colleges and universities. Among its’ noted alumni are Martin Luther King Jr., Spike Lee, Samuel Jackson, and others.


Pictured above: (left to right) Dorian Joyner Jr. and Dorian Joyner.

President Obama Makes History….. Again

On the day that Americans celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we also celebrated the 2nd Inauguration of our 1st African-American President, Barak Hussein Obama.
2013 was the first year that the inauguration fell on the same day of the MLK Jr. celebration. And a celebration it was.
Among the thousands to flock to the nation’s capitol to help the again elected Obama kick off his second term in the White House were prominent names like Beyoncé (who sang the National Anthem), James Taylor, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, and Alicia Keys.
The 800,000-1 million attendees as well as the millions who tuned in on tv to watch were treated to a poignant speech which was 2,137 words long and took 15 minutes to deliver.
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administered the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the Inaugural swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013.
“America’s possibilities are limitless,” said Obama, “for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it — so long as we seize it together.”
What a powerful way to begin this new year. May his declaration of togetherness be the bridge to the gap that has for far too long separated us.