…as my Dad used to say, “That’s just how it is.”

I have not been watching the news as much as I did before due to prior promises made to family
and friends. However, I have been listening and what I have been hearing lately from The Ed
[Schultz] Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews and Countdown’s Keith Olbermann, there is a
force that has coerced me to take note of some political comments.

Some of the commentators and journalist show recent videos of President Barack Obama
speaking at rallies around the Country and say that Obama is acting as if he is on the campaign
trail.  Some analysts have actually questioned what Obama was doing.

Well, I have seen those videos and I know exactly what President Obama is doing: He is
leaving his bed late nights, skipping and/or eating meals with pen and paper in hand; hammering out
his carefully prepared speeches and plans for the Nation.  He is leaving his loving family while
traveling the Country to speak directly to The People.

What is Barack Obama doing?
He is doing what any responsible hard working Black man does: WORKING HARDER THAN
without any disrespect to my former president Bill Clinton, Obama
has to work harder than any of
those that preceded him.  Why?  Simply because he is Black.  Why?  Because a lot, not all but
some White Americans who would never – in their wildest dreams – voted for a Black man.

Why does Barack Obama have to work harder?
Because there are those Blacks who said the reason they did not show up at the polls [just
recently] was because they no longer felt “engaged” by Obama.

Why is Barack Obama working so hard?
It is because he made a promise to the American People and Obama can and will succeed if these
two things occur:

1.) The Republicans start working in the best interest of The People and stop acting as if it is their
Party and/or the name of their Party that truly matters.  They need to put away their egos and
"good ol’ boy" attitudes and start working for ALL The People.

Often times when I think of the Republican Party, I wonder how in the world could anyone be that
heartless, as it would only take a savaged person who could tediously sit and watch over
43,000,000 people die due to lack of health insurance.

The Republicans called an end to spending-caps yet they accept the federally funded monies in
their individual districts.  In March 2009, President Obama asked the Republicans what they
wanted in the health care bill and asked for any new proposals.  The Republicans proposed tort
reform, buying insurance across State lines, State innovations and the opportunity for all politicians
to join the same plan.  Obama used and accepted
all of the Republican's suggestions, but the
Republicans refused and it slowed bi-partisanship.  And the commentators ask what President
Obama is doing???  (Sigh!)  Go figure!

2.) The Democrats start listening to Representative
Alan Grayson when he told them [on the
house floor], to “get some balls.”

Surely the Dems are or at least
should be aware that their own seats are in jeopardy if they are
not able to show some conformity and get something passed for the sake of The People. Oh and
speaking of Grayson, I will never forget his speech in the house when he said, “
The Republican's
idea of health care reform, is do not get sick. And if you get sick, die quickly.
”  Uh huh, that
sounds like a feasible plan!

Truly, if either Party were concerned about the People’s rising health care costs, then they
would have done something a long time ago, but since it did not effect them personally, they never
saw a need to address a problem facing the majority of Americans.

Additionally, I appreciate Grayson for quoting the famous expression: “You gotta put some
jam on the bottom shelf so the little man can reach it.

Humph, it is too bad-so-sad there are not enough of our elective officials who feel the same.
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Responsible Black Men ALWAYS Have To Work Harder
Responsible Black Men ALWAYS Have To Work Harder
Yes, Obama has the GOP to tend to and combat with along with people in his own Party, but it is more than just
them; Obama has to fight
for those carrying hitler signs while calling him a socialist and yelling racial epithets.  Sadly,
President Barack Obama is not the first to experience the pain and sorrowfully, I am willing to bet the farm that he will
not be the last.

Since the beginning of time, Blacks have always had to work harder then their predecessors.  Why?  Because as my
Dad used to say, “
That’s just the way it is.

Oh and speaking of my Dad, he had 4 jobs.  No, not in his lifetime, but all at once!  Why?  Because he was
responsible.  He had a family to house, clothe and feed.  He was not the first nor will he be the last.

A Black man and/or woman can have the same experience - if not more - the same credentials and the same if not
more education, and he/she will still have to struggle and fight harder.  He/she will still have to run faster and grapple
more so then his non-Black contenders.

If a Black person makes an honest mistake, then it is noted 10 times more and is much more injurious then if his non-
Black colleague had made the exact same mistake.  It is just how it is and always will be.

It is a matter of trust.  It is not a matter of the politician or the political Party, but the color of the politician’s skin.

All Blacks know that.  President Barack Obama
knows that, and some prominent Southern Whites do too.

The good old boys have been running this country for years and only progressed due to the sweat and tears of our
Black ancestors.  However, I believe wholeheartedly that it if it were not for George W. Bush, then Barack Obama
would not have had a snowball's chance in being president of these divided states.  Why?  Because it was Bush’s tactics
that drove non-Blacks on both the right and in the middle to vote for change.  No, not just a change in government or a
brown face, but George W. Bush’s actions did not only effect non-Blacks; it hit Whites as well.  And it hit them hard!!! ...
especially middleclass White America.

    Blacks are aware that when White America catches a cold, we catch
    pneumonia, but we knew then and now, that it is business as usual.  
    However, when there were increasingly White Americans feeling the
    same abnormal inflammatory condition of the lung -the same symptoms
    Blacks have been facing for centuries - Whites knew there had to be
    change.  So, those of you who had such disdain for George W. Bush, you
    need to re-think your contempt and instead thank him.  Thank him for
    ruining the Country so much so that The People saw no other way out
    other than to vote for a Black man.

And thankfully we have one of the HARDEST working Black men as president of the these divided states of america -
President Barack Hussein Obama.  I thank God for our President each and every day.

Barack Obama struggled to get to where he is today and he continues to fight for the goodness and best interest of this
country.  Yes, I am certain he is tired and weary, but like our ancestors, he continues to battle on; amongst bigotry and
hatred.  Amongst his own party, he continues to combat the opposition.  Can he do it?  Yes he can and yes he already
has.  Why?  Because he is committed.  Why?  Because he is Black.

Unfortunately, after only 11 months when  President Barack Obama was voted into office, the economy has only grown
5.8%, but he is working on it.  The job loss continues to be a threat, but at least it is at a much slower pace.

Yes, I understand that if you are one of those who are unemployed and hit hard by the economy, this does not mean
much to you and you may want to blame the current commander and chief, but there were 740,000 unemployed people
before Obama took office and then a whopping 640,000 [more individuals]  months after he was in office.  In fact, there
has been small, small spurts of job growth.  To help job growth, Obama is putting a lot of focus on small businesses with
tax cuts and capital gains cuts and a $5,000 tax credit.  So consider this: instead of 7 million people out of work, it was
looming close to 9 million people out of work.

The growth of economy had shrunk 6% the quarter before Obama was in office and in that same quarter, the
financial institution needed reorganizing and was threatening to close more businesses, which would have led the Country
further in deeper ruins.  (I know, I know, I could not and still do not appreciate it, but it is what it is and it is what not only
Obama thought was the best thing to do, but the majority of Democrats and Republicans did too.)  At the very same time,
the housing market had gone from worse to impossible, as it was already plugging into despair 32 months in a row....
PRIOR to President Obama.

The housing market is now stabilized and the banks are no longer in jeopardy and are slowly but surely starting to
lend again.  It has been proven that because of Obama's swift response, small town and commercial banks have steadier
credit and it is flowing again.

Prior to becoming President of these divided states, Barack Obama never said he was going to fix America’s
problems overnight, but said, "
it was going to take time."  He is working on it, but people have forgotten that he said it
would take years!  Besides, who would have thought that the Republicans would be nasty obstructionist.

In 2008 - prior to becoming President we had lost 2.6 million jobs.  It was the most in any single year since World
War II.  Manufacturing was at a 28-year low and even economists said that unemployment could top 10 percent before
the recession ends.  Economist also said that 1 in 10 homeowners were at risk of foreclosure and the dollar was
continuing its slide in value.  Those problems were America's problems WAY before Barack Obama started his
presidential campaign.

Please, on President Barack Obama's first few days in office and after setting up
his office, he worked and succeeded
the following:
  • Froze salaries for White House staff earning $100,000 or more - about 100 people in all.
  • Made an order on New Freedom of Information Act rules, making it harder to keep the workings of government
  • Made tighter ethics rules governing when administration officials can work on issues on which they previously
    lobbied governmental agencies, and banning them from lobbying the Obama administration after leaving
    government service.
  • Addressed congress to add top Cabinet officials to the roster and advance the economic stimulus measure.
  • Beckoned Congress to clear the way for use of the second installment of financial-industry bailout money.
  • Informed Democrats and participating Republicans to address the $825 billion economic stimulus measure in
    record time.
  • Created a task force that would have 30 days to recommend policies on handling terror suspects who are detained
    in the future. Specifically, the group would look at where those detainees should be housed.
  • Required all U.S. personnel to follow the U.S. Army Field Manual while interrogating detainees. (The manual
    explicitly prohibits threats, coercion, physical abuse and water-boarding, a technique that creates the sensation of
    drowning and has been termed a form of torture by critics.)
  • Directed the Justice Department to review the case of Qatar native Ali al-Marri, who is the only enemy combatant
    currently being held on U.S. soil. The review will look at whether al-Marri has the right to sue the government for
    his freedom, a right the Supreme Court already has given to Guantanamo detainees. The directive will ask the high
    court for a stay in al-Marri's appeals case while the review is ongoing. The government says al-Marri is an al-
    Qaida sleeper agent.
  • Ended the Bush administration's ban on giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or
    provide information on the option.
  • Aggressively signed executive orders reversing Bush administration policies on issues ranging from foreign policy
    to operations.
  • Eased restrictions on federal money for stem cell research.
  • Double within three years the amount of energy that could be produced from renewable resources. Economist
    report this new measure will power 6 million additional households.
  • Upgrade 10,000 schools and improve learning for about 5 million students.
  • Save $2 billion a year by making federal buildings energy efficient.
  • Triple the number of undergraduate and graduate fellowships in science.
  • Tighten security at 90 major ports.
  • Initiated a plan to provide health care coverage for 8.5 million people who lose their insurance when they either
    lose or shift jobs.
  • On Obama's 8th day in office, he sought assistance from the Republicans as to how to best stimulate the economy,
    but the Republicans are still stalled as of February 2010.
  • Signed into law ending the pay disparity pay against women, stating that it’s not just a woman’s issue to receive
    fair pay but is for all workers and their families.  This puts an end to the fact that women earn about 78 cents for
    every dollar men get for doing equivalent jobs, and it's even less for women of color. Obama stated that some
    women lose more than $200,000 in salary, and even more in retirement and Social Security benefits.
  • Signed a series of executive orders that would level the playing field for labor unions in their struggles with
    management.  He said, “You cannot have a strong middle class without a strong labor movement.”
  • Formally announced a new White House task force on the problems of middle-class Americans.
  • Signed a bill extending health care to 4 million uninsured children.
  • Ordered his government to establish higher efficiency standards for everyday household appliances such as
    dishwashers, lamps, microwave ovens etc.  (I do not agree with the new standards for washers.)
  • Signed an executive order creating job and economy stimulus growth and ultimately passed stimulus package.

Barack Obama has done much, much more, but who cares right?  He is just another Black man working a job he was
hired to do.  However, with such hate and racism, it is making his job that much harder.  

Unless President Obama uses his
limited executive powers along with bill 93-344, § 310; 88 297, he will not have a
snowball’s chance in getting anything passed through Congress.

Republicans are doing everything in their power to stop him from helping The People, as they believe that if they
cooperate and do their job, then he will succeed.  For some strange and stupid reason, the Republicans thinks this is about
Obama and/or them.  It is NOT!  It is NOT about who sits in the chief chair, but about whom actually does their job, and
their job is to work on behalf of The People!  Instead, they know they have the power.  And since they KNOW they
have the power, then there is absolutely no reason for them to stand in his way in helping The People.  Oh they just hate
that a Black man is working hard and doing his job!...a job that they were certain he could not do.  And, they are doing
everything in their power to make sure he is unable; stopping him at every turn.

They are so upset by everything President Obama has done and/or implemented.  They are so upset by EVERYTHING
President Obama has done and/or implemented although some of
his implementations are copycats of their own

Someone once asked, "
Why are they (Republicans) really mad?"

They did not get mad when the Supreme Court stopped a legal recount and appointed a President.

They did not get mad when VP Cheney allowed Energy Company officials to dictate energy policy.

They did not get mad when a covert CIA operative was revealed.

They did not get mad when the Patriot Act was passed.

They did not get mad when we wasted millions of dollars by illegally invading a country looking for WMD'S and no
weapons were found.

They did not get mad when we spent over 600 billion dollars (and counting) on Iraq War.

They did not get mad when over 10 billion dollars just disappeared in Iraq.

They did not get mad when the government was illegally wiretapping Americans at home and work.

They did not get mad when a Republican was president and we did not catch Osama bin Laden, but got mad Osama was
caught under Obama's watch.

They did not get mad when the horrible conditions at Walter Reed were reported.

They did not get mad when we let New Orleans drown.

They did not get mad when the deficit hit the trillion-dollar mark; blowing threw a heft stimulus.

They FINALLY got mad when the government decided that people in America deserved the right to see a doctor if they
are sick.

Yes, illegal wars, lies, corruption, torture, stealing your tax dollars to make the rich richer, are all ok with Republicans, but
helping other Americans, well that is another story.

Seven presidents have tried to pass a Health Care Plan of some sort and have failed.  None have had the "hate filled"
opposition of this president.

America, the world is watching us!

The hypocrisy is just too much!

May God have mercy!

    Shoshana Johnson was shot in both legs and spent 22 days as a
    prisoner of war (POW) in Iraq. While America heard the story of
    many white POWs, especially Jessica Lynch, Johnson's story was
    ignored and not given the respect it deserved.

    Johnson, now 37 years old, has released a book to describe her
    mental health problems related to the captivity she experienced.

    Ms. Johnson is open about how it was a painful for her to be ignored
    while everyone else gave Lynch's story all of their attention.

    "It was kind of hurtful," Johnson told The Associated Press. "If I'd
    been a petite, cutesy thing, it would've been different."

    Johnson, who was the first black female POW in history, felt that she
    was portrayed differently because of race.  At the same time as
    Lynch, there were also four male POWs that came from the 507th
    Maintenance Co. from Fort Bliss, Texas. Johnson was rescued by
    the Marines about two weeks after Lynch's rescue.

    Johnson's book is called,  "I'm Still Standing."  In the book, she
    sets the record straight about her capture and discusses the mental
    health issues that affect many veterans across the nation.  She
    claims that the experience led to years of nightmares, which occur
    regularly for veterans who've experienced the horrors of war.

Just the other day, I was on an airplane headed to Fayetteville, NC. I sat next to a soldier on his way back from
Iraq. I thanked him for his service to our country, and I mentioned that I admire his bravery. Immediately, I felt
sadness after seeing the look in the soldier's eyes.

The traumas of war are frightening, and it's sad that naive 18-year-olds are the ones who are fooled in to fighting
for corporate money and oil. Not to sound cynical about war, but the bravery and patriotism of young Americans
is often taken for granted.

At the very least, when it comes to Shoshana Johnson, black Americans should remember the many sacrifices
that African Americans have made for our nation. We must also make sure that the sacrifices of black women are
recognized just as readily. Shoshana Johnson is an American hero, and it's our job to support her.

Written by Dr. Boyce Watkins, founder of the Your Black World Coalition.
Shoshana Johnson: Black Female POW Not Getting Respect She Deserves
Posted Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Duties of the President of the United States

The Constitution assigns the following powers to the President:
1-Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces:
The President of the United States of America is the head of the U.S. Military. As Commander in Chief, he can authorize the use of
troops overseas without declaring war. To declare war officially, he must get the approval of the Congress.

2-Make treaties, with two-thirds consent of the Senate

3-Receive ambassadors and other public ministers from foreign countries

4-Appoint ambassadors, Supreme Court justices, federal judges, and any officials as provided for by the Congress, with the
approval of the Senate

5-Give an annual State of the Union Address to Congress:
Each year by the first Monday in February, the sitting President must present to the Congress a proposed spending plan for the
Federal Government in the coming fiscal year. The Budget is basically a series of goals with price tags attached and allows the
President to provide a suggested spending framework to Congress for use in deciding (1) how much money to spend, (2) what to
spend it on, and (3) how to raise the money they have decided to spend.

According to the Constitution, all Federal appropriations much be authorized by Congress. This is a source of great power for
Congress known as the "power of the purse". Once the budget is received by Congress, the House of Representatives work to
create a budget resolution, which sets the base line level of spending for the Federal Government. Congress then acts to decide
how this level of funding will be dispersed among Federal activities. The online version of the President's Budget can be found  

6-Recommend legislation to Congress:
The President does not have the power to write legislation. Only Congress can do that. The President may recommend law, and
then a member of Congress must introduce the bill for consideration. When a bill is passed it is sent to the President and he has
three options: approval, veto or doing nothing. When the President signs a bill into law, it immediately goes into effect. When the
President vetoes a bill, it does not go into effect, and he returns it to Congress unsigned. He usually sends them an explanation of
why he rejected the legislation. Congress can override a Presidential veto with two-thirds of each chamber, but this does not
happen very often.

If the President chooses to do nothing with the bill and the Congress is in session ten business days after the President received
the bill, the legislation will become a law without the President's signature. If Congress adjourns within ten business days of giving
the bill to the President, the bill dies. The President may only veto a bill in its entirety; he does not have the power of line-item veto.
Because of this limitation, the President often compromises and passes a bill that he agrees with, but Congress has attached
riders that go against his policy.

7-Convene Congress on extraordinary occasions

8-Adjourn Congress, in cases of a disagreement about adjournment

9-"Take care that the laws be faithfully executed"

10-Fill in administrative vacancies during Congressional recesses

11-Grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the U.S.

Compromise is a vital aspect to a President's success in working with Congress and the President relies on the support of the
American people to accomplish his goals. The American people are the ultimate authority over the President, the Congress and the
Senate. Do your research and decide who you would hire for the position to run your country. Be informed before you vote!
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