Friday, February 10, 2012

So Apparently Obama Is Black?

So Apparently Obama Is Black?

Black history month, woot woot. You know, our black president is one smug prick this time of the year. You know, opposed to any other time of the year. Especially since I got this in my inbox and it sure as fuck caught me off guard. But did you know that our president, Barrack Obama, is *gasp* black? I didn't, but then I saw this email in my inbox today.
Today, as our nation kicks off African American History Month, the campaign is launching African Americans for Obama.

When President Obama took the oath of office, our economy was hemorrhaging jobs at a record pace. President Obama inherited a system that allowed a shrinking number of people to get ahead while the rest of us fell behind. But he stopped the bleeding and went to work for our community and our nation. Despite serious challenges, since 2009 restoring our shared values has helped us achieve real progress.

In some ways this election is more important than the last for our community. If we fail to re-elect President Obama, some people will say everything we’ve accomplished since 2008 was a fluke. That’s why we’ve got to speak loudly about his accomplishments and make sure that, throughout the campaign, we’ve got President Obama’s back. You can start today by volunteering or joining your local neighborhood team as a Black Business Captain, Congregation Captain, Barber Shop & Beauty Shop Captain, or HBCU Organizer.

There are ample opportunities to get involved. Begin by watching this message from the President and sharing it with your family and friends.

Yup, I got that in my mail and now I'm tempted to just hate the world all that much. Well at least our little slice of it. In the event you were wondering, here are a list of his "Accomplishments" for African-American community, note, this happened after we listened to Obama and "took off our bedroom slippers and put on our marching shoes"

President Obama is focused on creating jobs and restoring economic security for African Americans and all Americans. He understands that too many African Americans have been hurt by a decade of declining wages and unemployment and he’s fought for policies that give everyone a fair shot and the opportunity to succeed. That’s why he’s pushing for job training and education reforms, ending health disparities and cracking down on credit card and mortgage abuses by the biggest banks. He knows that the American people live up to their responsibilities each and every day and it’s time that their leaders in Washington live up to theirs.

Since his first days in office, President Obama has fought to restore the economic security that has been
eroding for America’s families for a decade.

• Through the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), the Obama administration helped
African-American clients secure more than $929 million in contracts and financing in 2009 and $2.4
billion in 2010, that’s helped businesses create and save jobs for African Americans.

• When President Obama signed the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 it put more capital into the hands
of minority-owned businesses, supporting more than $12 billion in small business lending.

• A 21 Percent share of Jobs Act loans went to minority-owned businesses, according to data from the
Small Business Administration.

• President Obama established the interagency task force on federal contracting opportunities for small
businesses to help ensure that that minority-owned businesses have a fair shot at securing work.

• President Obama’s White House Business Council launched a series of Urban Entrepreneurship Forums
aimed at connecting local entrepreneurs to public and private resources to help them expand, grow and
create jobs.

President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to get the economy moving
again, create jobs, and make historic investments in our country’s transportation infrastructure to benefit
African Americans and all Americans.

• The Recovery Act that President Obama signed into law kept 1.4 million African Americans out of poverty
through tax credits, improvements in unemployment insurance, an increase in food stamps, and relief for
retirees, veterans, and people with disabilities. More than one billion dollars for job training and summer
jobs programs for urban youth were provided through the Obama administration’s Recovery Act.

• The President’s Recovery Act allotted $1.25 billion in funding to help re-train the unemployed so they
could find work.


• The Recovery Act provided $750 million in funding for specialized worker training in growing industries like
clean energy.

• $250 Million in Recovery Act funds were utilized to build and improve career training centers.
• The Recovery Act also provides earned income and child tax credits that will help an estimated 2.2 million
African-American families and 4.7 million African-American children by allowing working Americans to
keep more of what they earn.


President Obama has called education equality the “civil rights issue of our time” and has made it a priority
in his administration. He’s pushed for changes to improve our nation’s schools in order to put an outstanding
education within reach of every American.

• The Recovery Act included $5 billion for early learning programs, such as Head Start, Early Head Start,
child care, and programs for children with special needs.

• The Obama administration launched Race to the Top, an initiative that allows schools to compete for $4.35
billion in federal school improvement money after they lift barriers to charter schools.

• Charter schools are an important investment, and currently educate 31 percent African-American students.
President Obama has focused on higher education opportunities benefiting the African American community.

• President Obama’s policies will benefit the significant number of African-American students who apply for
Pell grants, by providing 820,000 more grants by 2020.

• 46 Percent of African Americans in undergraduate programs received Pell grants—higher than any other group.

• The President also secured a $2.55 billion investment in HBCUs and minority-serving institutions across ten
years to ensure more African Americans have access to higher education.

• Loan Forgiveness and Income-Based Repayment Programs will help all students make school more affordable.


President Obama pushed for and signed the Affordable Care Act, which improved access to health care for
all Americans, because access to quality, affordable health care is at the very heart of a family’s security
and well-being. The Affordable Care Act also provides free access to preventive care for people with new
insurance plans.

• Expanded access to preventive care will reduce health disparities for 41 Million African Americans, by helping
to prevent and treat many diseases and conditions that affect African Americans at a higher death rate,
such as: heart disease, stroke, cancer, asthma, influenza, diabetes and HIV/AIDS.

• Under the Act, nearly a quarter of African Americans will no longer be denied access to health insurance
because of pre-existing conditions.

• The Affordable Care Act raises Medicaid eligibility, giving four million more African Americans access to
health insurance coverage.

• President Obama’s agenda provides $11 billion for infrastructure enhancements to community health
centers, which will allow them to provide access and treatment to 40 million patients by 2019.


President Obama has shown from day one a commitment to revitalizing urban communities around the country.
• The President launched the first ever White House Office on Urban Affairs.

• The Obama administration has provided nearly $150 Million, the largest single round of Community
Development Financial Institution Fund awards, to go directly to financial institutions in urban and rural
communities for the purpose of increasing lending for low-income Americans and expanding access to
affordable financial products and services.

• The Obama administration launched the “Strong Cities, Strong Communities” pilot program focused on
Three Key Elements to Enhance Local-Federal Relationships.

- Improving the way federal government does business, by cutting through red tape to ease local
governments’ interactions with federal agencies and programs.

- Providing assistance and support by working with local communities to find ground up, not top down
solutions tailored to local government needs.

- Developing critical partnerships with key local and regional stakeholders that encompass not only
municipal and state governments, but also new partnerships with the business community, and other
public, private, and philanthropic leaders.

• The Obama Administration is implementing the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, to combat poverty
in American cities.

- Critical to this venture are the Choice Neighborhood Program, which seeks to revitalize public housing,
and the Promise Neighborhood Program, which looks to strengthen educational opportunities in
distressed communities.


From his days as a community organizer to his time as a civil rights lawyer, President Obama has a consistent
record of fighting for fairness for all Americans. That commitment continues in his actions as President.

• President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act into law, narrowing the disparity between those convicted
of possessing crack cocaine and powered cocaine.

• The President also released the administration’s national drug control strategy to cut drug use among
youths, and decrease drug-induced death by 15 percent over five years.

• The Obama administration announced the settlement of the longstanding Pigford II litigation and signed a
bill providing funding for African Americans who were discriminated against by the USDA.

And here's the video;

Oh man, I'm glad he mentioned barbershops. Yeah, we need more of those. I was just thinking the other day that I so needed one of those. You know, to get my hair cut. Thanks again, Obama. It's exactly what I was thinking... hmm, what's one step up to black American youths dreaming of becoming rappers or models or actors.. ah yes, barbers.

Thanks for those awesome and lofty goals, Barry O. I'm pretty sure that they're not going to accept my comment to the video telling Obama that he's worthless. So I guess his accomplishments are:

Cut government red tape to increase minority access to capital. Built charter schools with green jobs. Gave money to financial institutions, some of which may up in the hands of actual black people.

It's pretty sad that Obama promised to ramp up segregation with charter schools. It's as if you're saying that you like segregation, right? RIGHT?!

God damn this President.

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