Thank you Mr. President. President Obama’s State of the Union address relieved some of my jitters. As the captain of our ship, President Obama reassured us that we are not lost in the storm. He assured us that we are on the right course, even if it doesn’t appear so right now. It’s always darkest before the day. Obama stressed that we as Americans do not lose hope in hard times. We keep on pushing to get the job done. He needed to address the lightening bolt speed in which we now expect results. Rome was not built in a day. The mess we’re in will not go away in one either. Intellectually that may be true. Emotionally we need results sooner rather than later. Sometime this year some job relief must be seen. It must be measurable results. President Obama spoke long and hard about jobs. Yes, he’s listening to us. I was glad to hear him say that no one was pleased about bailing out Wall Street and the banks. He likened it to having a root canal. He clearly felt our pain on that … [Read more...] about Thank You Mr. President
Archives for January 2010
A year ago, I stood in awe as I watched President Obama being sworn in as our first African American president. I listened intently as he spoke about change and hope coming to America. A year later, I’m wondering whether President Obama is listening to us. Now I know change means different things to different people. In the past year, I’ve seen bail outs for Wall Street, banks, General Motors and Chrysler. Is this the change we needed? Where is the bail out for Main Street? Change has come to America. It’s just not the change I signed on for. To use the words of President Obama, “let me be clear” that’s not the change I was expecting. I want change in areas of increased jobs, lower unemployment rates, homes for the homeless, foreclosure relief, affordable health care and consumer bank and credit card relief to name a few. I know we live in a society where we want everything at broadband lightening speed. I didn’t expect change to happen overnight. Although it appears change did … [Read more...] about PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE YOU LISTENING?
At age 28, Gilbert Arenas is learning that guns are no laughing matter. Arenas entered a guilty plea on January 15, 2010 to a felony charge for carrying an unregistered gun into the District. This charge carries a maximum of 5 years. He could have been charged with four felony counts for the four guns he brought to the Verizon Center locker room. He might have received a misdemeanor charge had he not already pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in California. Gilbert’s been around the block more than once on gun charges. All of this started when Arenas allegedly jokingly placed 4 guns with a note to Wizards player Crittenton to pick one. He continued laughing, joking, shucking and jiving about the gun issue until Commissioner Stern pulled the plug on him. He was suspended indefinitely for his continued gun playing shenanigans. Before suspension, Arenas jokingly stated he feared Commissioner Stern more than the prosecutor. Obviously, Arenas valued his livelihood and his … [Read more...] about Guns and Gilbert Are No Laughing Matter
Senator Harry Reid ( D. Nevada) must have missed the post racial memo. You know the one that says we are in a post racial society. Senator Reid admittedly said during the 2008 campaign that President Obama, was a “light skinned African American” “ with no Negro dialect”. A white man using the word "Negro" when speaking about an African American in 2008 doesn't sound complimenatary to me. Reid claims the comments were said off the record or doing a private conversation. I would have loved to heard the tone of his comments. They probably sounded like a throw back to the 1960's. His comments about President Obama reflect the times we live in now. We are not post racial in the eyes of Senator Reid. Senator John Cornyn ( R. Texas) and those calling for Senator Reid to resign are being disingenuous. If every white politician who made inappropriate racial comments resigned, we’d probably have very few, if any, politicians left. I do not condone Senator Reid’s racially inappropriate … [Read more...] about Did Senator Harry Reid Miss the Post Racial Memo?
If the gun proponents have their way, DC could become the gun toting wild wild west. Wizards player Gilbert Arenas could be their poster boy. Fortunately we are not there yet. On December 21, 2009 Gilbert Arenas brought 4 guns to the Wizards locker room. He claims he needed to get them out of his home and away from his children. So he brought them to work around players and fans. He called everything a joke or a prank involving an alleged confrontation with another player. He thought the DC laws allowed him to bring guns. What’s even stranger is that former owner Abe Pollin changed the team’s name from the Bullets to the Wizards out of his opposition to gun violence. No offense but Abe Pollin is probably turning over in his grave right about now. Gilbert’s incident is no laughing matter. The NBA has a clause in its contracts forbidding guns at arenas, locker rooms or any promotional appearances. Permanent repercussions could come from the NBA league against Arenas. The US … [Read more...] about Wild Wild West Gilbert Arenas Is Without The Wizards