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Aug
14

President Obama Is Doing His Job

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 President Barack Obama signing an executive memorandum for the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative

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Jonathan Capehart: The Unrealistic Expectations Of Obama In Ferguson Shooting

The president of the United States has awesome powers and responsibilities. But being a superhero is not one of them. But you wouldn’t know that by listening to those demanding that President Obama do all sorts of questionable things in response to the tumult over the police killing of Michael Brown. They want Obama to act out in some visceral way. They want more emotion from him on the horrible actions in and images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri. They just want him to do something. All the while completely ignoring what he’s actually doing, what he actually can do and what he is actually capable of doing. Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, “[W]e need presidential leadership. He needs to step up to the plate and be responsible.” White House officials tell me that personnel from the Department of Justice’s community relations service arrived in Ferguson on Aug. 10, the day after Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown.

The level of attention has only ratcheted up from there. DOJ is conducting its own parallel federal investigation. FBI agents swarmed Ferguson over the weekend. A third autopsy of Brown’s body conducted by the federal government was done yesterday. Because of the ongoing investigation the last thing anyone should want is for the president to be rhetorically reckless in talking about the police killing of Michael Brown. deep in his second term, we know the president is no fan of the theater of politics, especially needless theatrics that might make people feel good in the short-term, but do nothing to advance a greater cause or achieve a worthwhile mission in the long run. Obama cares. Deeply. But if you’re expecting him to do seemingly heroic and showy things that make you feel good but do nothing to actually fix big, systemic problems in the long-term you will never be satisfied. All the energy being used to harangue the president should be directed at officials in Ferguson and St. Louis County who have refused to release key documents in the case.

More here

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President Barack Obama speaks about his budget during the State of the Union Address

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Exhibit A

NYT: Obama Cares. Look At The Numbers.

A true measure of a president’s priorities lies hidden in plain sight in his budget proposals. Under that standard, Mr. Obama has been more committed to communities like Ferguson than any Democratic president in the past half century. Mr. Obama earmarked 17 percent of his budget for these needs, versus Mr. Clinton’s 12 percent and Jimmy Carter’s 8 percent. These presidents all faced economic challenges, although of different degrees and strength. Each was committed to the needs of the poor and the disadvantaged. But Mr. Obama made good on that commitment far more concretely. No president gets all he requests, but the outcomes speak well for Mr. Obama, too. Christopher Wimer of Columbia University found, for example, that tax and transfer policies lowered the poverty rate by only 1 percentage point in 1967, under President Lyndon B. Johnson, but by almost 13 points in 2012.

Did Mr. Obama plan to spend more simply because he had more mouths to feed? No. Even after accounting for the higher numbers of poor people caught in the Great Recession, Mr. Obama’s record outshines his predecessors’. His proposed first-term spending per poor individual was $13,731 to Mr. Clinton’s $8,310 and Mr. Carter’s $4,431, in 2014 dollars. Mr. Obama even exceeds Mr. Johnson, whose budget priorities amounted only to $111 per poor person. (Because Mr. Johnson was the first postwar president to tackle poverty issues with so many new programs, it is not surprising that his proposed funding levels were low at the start.) The same pattern shows up in spending per poor family. Mr. Obama allocated $67,132, Mr. Clinton $39,820, Mr. Carter $20,790, and Mr. Johnson $546, again using 2014 dollars.

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118 Responses to “President Obama Is Doing His Job”


  1. 1 Roberta in MN
    August 23, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Helloo NW

  2. 5 Roberta in MN
    August 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Oh my I can hardly believe it. 1st😊👏

  3. August 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Perfect Nerdy, thrilled you posted this, thank you soooooooooo much.

  4. August 23, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    The look on Boners face tells it all for the GOP

  5. August 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm

  6. 40 MadameSoph
    August 23, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Thank you Nerdy!

    I’m dashing in for a peek before work. I will be looking forward to reading J. Capehart’s article this evening.

    However, I feel like PBO is pretty close to a superhero, considering the arch-villains he has to contend with – and STILL he gets it done.

  7. 42 MadameSoph
    August 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Is vcprezofan2 here?

    Thanks for the reminder of what a bad-ass our PBO is:

    “Now, where were we?”

  8. 43 Don
    August 23, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Michelle Obama said that becoming President reveals who you are, but the more I listen to these blackademics the more I believe that President Obama has made some of these blackademics reveal who they are.

  9. 51 Nerdy Wonka
    August 23, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  10. August 23, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Michael Eric Dyson should shut up about PBO and go to Ferguson himself – make himself useful – maybe register some people to vote. These stupid people who bleat about ‘leadership’ and ‘optics’ work my last nerve. That’s an excellent piece by J Capehart.

  11. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    August 23, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    HELL. YES!

    • 54 GGail
      August 23, 2014 at 2:04 pm

      Only4RM and others are whipping Dyson but good!

    • 55 anniebella
      August 23, 2014 at 2:27 pm

      Dyson say he is not the President, but Dyson is a Pastor, a man of the church. So why haven’t he been there. Why is he sitting on his behind criticizing the President for not going to Ferguson when he haven’t been himself.

  12. August 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    One hell-of-a selfie in the article …

    His courage and humor are to be admired.

  13. August 23, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    After the rally, PoliticusUSA was able to catch up with Ferguson resident Kayla Reed for an interview. Reed is one of the founders of the Justice Core, an advocacy group started at the onset of the protests in Ferguson. She spoke at length about the group’s mission and efforts to engage young people in and around Ferguson. The group is looking to get young black residents more involved in the political process, both locally and nationally. Reed and the group’s other leaders are looking to register more voters in the area, poiting out the abysmally low voter turnout in the most recent municipal election in Ferguson.

  14. 67 GGail
    August 23, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    WOAH!, I finally turned on the telly and I found a Soccer match and Arsenol scored! GOOOAAALLLLLLL! LOL!!!!

  15. August 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Last night on The Mall in DC ….

    https://twitter.com/EuromaidanPR/status/503240188026699776

    Lovely tribute to Ukraine as it prepares to celebrate its Independence Day, tomorrow, 24 August 2014. As President Poroshenko noted today in his meeting with German Chancelor Merkel, Ukraine is more united in its independence now than it was when it declared independence in 1991.

  16. 77 Don
    August 23, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Where the hell were these blackademics before 2008? They damn sure didn’t help the black farmers get their money, they damn sure didn’t get black people health insurance, and they damn sure didn’t help our black gay brothers and sisters from getting kicked out of the military. So where the hell were they? I’ll tell you where they were, they were at each other’s schools sitting on some fucking panel theorizing about how to end racism or make it better for African Americans. But do you know where President Obama was? He was out in the streets registering people to vote, he was condemning an unjust war before it became fashionable to do so. We got pictures of Barack Obama fresh out of college walking in poor black neighborhoods registering people to vote. We got pictures of a young Barack Obama helping black folk. We got pictures of a young Barack Obama sitting in a village in Kenya breaking bread with his grandmother. And these same motherfuckers want to question his blackness

  17. 87 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    August 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    GA, TOD! Once again doing a drive-by. Will read you later. Have a Blessed day!

  18. August 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    Reality on the ground ….

    • August 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      How anyone can refer to war in terms like ‘endgame’ is beyond me. But, the message in tweet is accurate. Bibi is losing support from Israelis and he’s approaching irreparable damage not just with the Obama Administration but with American (European, South American ….) Jews.

      Fact is Bibi cannot defeat Hamas no matter how many Palestinians he kills. Time for a legitimate peace effort which Bibi has NEVER pursued.

  19. 92 Jeff
    August 23, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Was reading some articles that claimed that the president was holding back sending arms to Israel… Not sure if it was true, posted it and got slammed. However I hope it was true.

  20. 93 Jeff
    August 23, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  21. 95 Nerdy Wonka
    August 23, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    LOL. So true.

  22. 96 Nena20409
    August 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Good Heavens. It was in 2006 that Time Warner hired Glenn Beck. He left for Fox in 2009. Now HLN was interested in GBTV as of June this year?

  23. 97 Nena20409
    August 23, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    I hope that there will be a total boycott by players before 2022.

    • August 23, 2014 at 3:23 pm

      Nena, don’t get me started. No rational person would have chosen Qatar in the summer as an appropriate country in which to hold a sporting event. Likewise with Russia in 2018, with its kleptocracy and crumbling infrastructure. Neither country was chosen to “broaden the base”; I’m convinced that much bribery was employed, especially for Qatar. Sepp Blatter, president of FIFA, is one of the most corrupt men on the planet, totally ensconced in his bubble, and tone deaf. This was supposed to be his last term in office, but now he’s decided to run again.

      • 99 Nena20409
        August 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        LL, from the minute I read about the 2022 venue, I screamed Bloody Murder.

        This is blatant bribery in broad day light. Qatar? Why?

  24. 100 Nena20409
    August 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    I <3 baby Pandas.

  25. 102 Nena20409
    August 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    NAACP Match in Ferguson…..a Silent Match with Cpt Johnson in the lead…….A Huge Match. Just saw that on MSNBC.

  26. 104 Nena20409
    August 23, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    We can’t go around chest-thumping when We are still seeing this in our society.

    The Cartoon is not too far fetched……unfortunately.

    • 106 carolyn
      August 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      President Obama naïve?????!!!!! Hardly. However, he is not a cynic, which is the philosophical stance of most politicians, such as Jindal. This is why they do not understand him. PBO is a realist, with hope and optimism. Otherwise he would never have run for office, and would not have been able to accomplish what he has!!!

  27. August 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    bbl

  28. 110 carolyn
    August 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    I just emailed MED at his Georgetown academic address. I wrote as one academic to another and remarked that a chief failing of us academics is that we talk, but don’t act. I asked him to stop yelling at President Obama to “go to Ferguson” and go there himself and register voters. I suggested he should follow in the footsteps of the unknown Barack Obama who did that on the south side of Chicago. If he did that, he could gain some credibility and authority. He needs to put shoe leather into it. I mentioned that as chief executive officer of the DOJ, which is conducting an investigation, PBO could not involve himself personally. I closed with my mother’s constant saying: “What you do speaks so loudly, I can’t hear a thing you say.”

  29. August 23, 2014 at 4:12 pm

  30. August 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    I appreciate all the great tweets people are composing. I lurk mostly and besides being informed do a lot of RT work with all the great tweets people are posting.

  31. 116 desertflower
    August 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2014/08/a-pragmatists-musings-on-ending-racism.html

    …. Now…if you’ve been paying attention, you might have seen how President Obama is providing leadership on these issues. His administration is busy advocating for universal pre-K, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, opening up the opportunity for a college education to more young people, passing comprehensive immigration reform, cracking down on police brutality, initiating a clemency initiative, and being Smart on Crime.

    When the President’s critics – like Michael Eric Dyson – say he needs to step up, use the bully pulpit and provide leadership, what they mean is that he should talk about racism. That is aimed at tackling the personal. For better or worse, this President has decided to focus on the systemic.

    • August 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      For better or worse, this President has decided to focus on the systemic…
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      systemic is that part that often goes ignored….it is important to break down the pillars of structural and institutional racism….

  32. August 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Great post NW…Obama really cares.

    That Dyson is driving me crazy. However, I love that PBO ignores their ignorant ass!


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