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I thought Fly-Jock Tom Joyner's Blog "Playing the Race Card in Reverse" was an interesting read
and view from one conscious and "hardest working" Black man in radio

However, after reading Mr. Joyner's Blog, I could not help but make note of some of the posted
comments.  Although some people agreed with Mr. Joyner and were fine with Obama's cabinet
appointees, some just seem not to be happy no matter what.  What's the old adage, "
You can
please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time,
but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

I am not sure when this displeasure from Blacks began, but  noted that Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge,
chair of the Congressional Black Caucus expressed concern of the lack of diversity.  In the letter
to the President, Representative Fudge stated: "
You have publicly expressed your commitment
to retaining diversity within your Cabinet.  However, the people you have chosen to appoint
in this new term have hardly been reflective of this country's diversity.

    Now look, I like seeing people who look like my
    family members and me too, so seeing a group of
    Black, White, Brown, Red and Yellow folks is like
    looking at my multicolored family.  However, I
    believe the White House picture everyone is
    objecting is the Black standing third-left.  On
    second thought, I too have a problem with the
    photo, as I am not able to determine the race of
    the Red American.  Are there any Indians?  If not,
    then I too object!

President Obama was criticized for not naming any women.  However, he has named White men
and women to supervise the departments of State, Treasury, Defense, Energy and Interior, as well
as the CIA, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Recently, Obama appointed John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, John Brennan and Jack Lew.  As an avid
voter and political news watcher, I am not too pleased with at least one of these recent
appointees.  However, if my memory serves me correctly, most of us did not have a problem, with
Kerry and even Republican Hagel.  We, or at least I, did not know John Brennan's history, but
recently have done a small bit of my homework.  Why oh why, does Obama embrace the
thieves?  Perhaps the answer to my question is what Mr. Joyner describes as Obama picking
people who knows "where the bones are buried."  Indicating that it was the thieves got us into this
mess; perhaps they know how to get us out [of it.]
Red or Yellow?
    I believe some people are complaining because they do not know enough
    about our government and that the "power" is in Congress; not in the
    President of these divided states.

    President Obama is facing MUCH opposition from non-Blacks in his own
    Party as well as those outside his Party.  If he cannot get some of the
    non-Blacks to work with him, how hard is it going to be for the Black
    person that he appoints to work with the opposing Party?  I can only
    imagine that it will not get any better; just ask Lisa Jackson, former head
    of the EPA who resigned due to problems with the Republican/Tea Party.

    I do not know precisely what President Obama is going through in trying
    to find viable Black African Americans to fill his cabinet, but I can only
    imagine how hard it might be.  I want to believe that with a wife such as
    Michelle, President Obama cannot help but constantly embrace his roots;
    seeking to surround himself by as many Blacks as possible.  However,
    Obama has a MAJOR problem, and it is due to the color of his skin.  He
    cannot help being Black, but some Republicans as well as some
    Democrats think it is a major problem - for them.

As an avid voter and political news watcher, I cannot say that Obama is not in touch with his heritage, and I have not
witnessed any hints that he has failed to embrace his Blackness, but just the opposite.  He embraces us just as well as
[embraces] those who are White, Brown, Yellow and Red.  Take a look back and note some of our previous presidential
candidates and how they embraced their own and ONLY their own.

    It takes time to vet people to be appointed to his cabinet, and while he is
    fighting racism on BOTH sides of the aisle and trying to help the Nation,
    people are looking for more Black people within his cabinet.  However,
    what are YOU doing to help him locate those prominent Blacks?

    Obama has another major dilemma besides the color of his skin, and that
    is time - which he does not have much [of.]  He is trying to accomplish as
    many things as possible and he is running out of time.  It takes time to vet
    each person, and people like New Jersey Mayor Corey Booker, are hard
    to come by.  (It should be noted that I believe Booker has other things
    going on, so it is only a wild guess as to how he will be favored.)

If you are still complaining about the lack of Blacks in Obama's cabinet, do something about it, by writing him and letting
him know.  Oh and if you have not done anything to improve the life of your community, then you can blame yourself for
not seeking help from your local government officials.

Indeed, President Obama needs more color in his cabinet, as some folks are tired of seeing just Attorney General Eric
Holder and U.S. ambassador Susan Rice.  They are both are Black and committed to fighting the fight a second time
around, but the bitching just will not cease.

No matter, what President Barack Obama does or does not do, he just will not be able to please everyone -
no matter
how hard he tries.
Please, No Blacks
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