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"Ten days that turned America into a better place" Michael Cohen~ The Guardian~



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Some day, people are going to write books about what happened over the last 10 days in the United States. It began with a depressing reminder of what is, perhaps, the worst of America. A disturbed young man, armed with an easily obtainable and high-calibre handgun, shot down nine people in cold blood. It was a shocking act, but largely because Americans have become so inured to the daily carnage of gun violence that the only types of incidents that stand out are those that are uniquely horrific.

Of course, what made the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, so particularly notable was the where and why – a white gunman, nine African-American victims, a historic black church in the cradle of the former Confederacy. Dylann Roof’s crime was distinctively evil, but the sentiments underpinning it were depressingly familiar. They reflect the original and ongoing sin of this nation – the more than two centuries of mistreatment, prejudice and discrimination visited by white America upon black America.

But then something amazing happened. Practically overnight, America had a national epiphany. For decades, the Confederate flag, which has flown on the grounds of the state capitol building in South Carolina and across the south, became recognised for what it truly is – not a symbol of regional heritage, but a painful, modern symbol of racial exclusion.

Within days of the shooting, politicians across the Deep South couldn’t run fast enough to the nearest microphone or television camera to denounce a flag that a week earlier they would have self-righteously defended. Corporations from eBay to Wal-Mart quickly joined in, announcing their newfound realisation that the stars and bars causes pain. By the end of the week, there were serious discussions taking place in both north and south of removing all vestiges of Confederate reverence – statues to southern generals, schools and highways named after Americans who, at their core, were racists and traitors.

MOre at the link~ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jun/28/ten-days-that-made-america-a-better-place

http://theobamadiary.com/2015/06/28/two-must-reads/

I have a couple of more today, mcar..

The Time Has Come to Recognize President Obama's Game-Changing Liberal Legacy

t wasn't supposed to go down like this. In the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections, when Democrats ceded control of the Senate and saw their deficit steepen in statehouses across the country, President Barack Obama was widely expected to set aside his ambitions and map out a more cautious agenda.

http://mic.com/articles/121452/the-time-has-come-to-recognize-president-obama-s-game-changing-liberal-legacy

After momentous week, Obama's presidency is reborn

This came very close to being the worst week of Barack Obama’s presidency, and, effectively, the last: a possible repudiation from both Congress and the Supreme Court, from his own party, from a country struggling with the same racial tensions he’s approached with a caution that’s often come across more like muted fear.

http://www.politico.com/story/2015/06/barack-obama-momentous-week-president-reborn-social-issues-119503.html#ixzz3eP25vEWf

mcar

Obama's Grace~ The President is an inspiration~



And of course it was. His singing was the aspect of the speech that will be easiest to remember. That is in part because it was so unusual and in part because it was so brave: Obama sang well, but not perfectly. For someone so precise and aspiring-to-perfection in most other realms of achievement, and so obviously hyper-aware of his levels of skill (he told Marc Maron in his remarkable WTF interview that he didn’t like playing basketball any more, now that he recognized that age had made him the weakest player on the court), singing like another enthusiastic parishioner, and not like a featured member of the choir, was brave and said something about his comfort with this crowd.

"The choice of grace as the unifying theme, which by the standards of political speeches qualifies as a stroke of genius."

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/06/grace/397064/

Of course the rwingers hate him bringing together mourners with Grace and Comfort.

Poor Bernie.. his advocates think they have to tear down the President and everyone else to build him up.

Bernie is the one running for President. President Obama's polls are 86% among Liberal Dems..

We're doing just fine.

Sen Sanders is the one who's going to want Obama's coalition if he should win the primary.

"Obama's Grace".. The president delivers his single most accomplished rhetorical performance, and

it’s one you should watch rather than read."

From your link..

And of course it was. His singing was the aspect of the speech that will be easiest to remember. That is in part because it was so unusual and in part because it was so brave: Obama sang well, but not perfectly. For someone so precise and aspiring-to-perfection in most other realms of achievement, and so obviously hyper-aware of his levels of skill (he told Marc Maron in his remarkable WTF interview that he didn’t like playing basketball any more, now that he recognized that age had made him the weakest player on the court), singing like another enthusiastic parishioner, and not like a featured member of the choir, was brave and said something about his comfort with this crowd.

"The choice of grace as the unifying theme, which by the standards of political speeches qualifies as a stroke of genius."

That had to be it.. it was most definitely the most Amazing aspect of the whole tragedy.

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If you watch the speech again, note how carefully the “was blind, but now I see” theme knits together its elements. As a matter of composition, this is harder to pull off than you would think. And as a matter of political framing, it may not actually make a difference, but it’s as much as a political speech could possibly do to induce people to think about issues in a different way. Appreciate how this approach comes across, versus “you were wrong, we are right.”

Mahalo flamingdem.. that was compelling..

"He's had 7 years to crush these societal problems.." Oh yeah, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir

Rice, and all the other Black people killed by the police were President Obama's fault.

Racism didn't stop when President Obama was elected.. they came out from under their rocks in droves and Black Americans know this.. and Bernie has to acknowledge it.

It's not true what he said in his statement on the 2014 elections about "..the African American community is very very proud that this country has overcome racism and voted for him for President"



Bernie is not expected to fix it.. but again.. he has to acknowledge the problems.. if he wins the Dem Nom he's going to want President Obama's coalition behind him.

But, it's not just about "poverty" .. and bigtree has it right..

"Also, he'll need to recognize that black voter concerns go beyond his pet issue of economics; the same way that economic success for many black Americans hasn't insulated them from discrimination in employment, policing, housing, voting rights, and other advantages of citizenship that have been elusive for the black community. Hopefully this is more than window dressing."

I LOVE IT! THank you, MADem! "Deal With It!" "Thanks Obama".. "That's the Obama Legacy!"



From what I've heard about youtube comments.. I bet they're crapping their bitter tears all over the place!

Wonderful!

It's been a brilliant week, Aristus.. Mahalo! "Ten Days in June"

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What a series of days in American life, full of savage mayhem, uncommon forgiveness, resistance to forgiveness, furious debate, mourning, and, finally, justice and grace. As President Obama led thousands of mourners in Charleston, South Carolina, in “Amazing Grace,” I thought about late 2013 and early 2014. Obama’s Presidency was surely dwindling, if not finished. His mood was sombre, philosophical—which is good if you are a philosopher; if not, not.

Obama described himself to me then in terms of his limits—as “a relay swimmer in a river full of rapids, and that river is history.” More than a few columnists believed that Obama was now resigned to small victories, at best. But pause to think of what has happened, the scale of recent events.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court (despite an apocalyptic dissent about “pure applesauce” and “interpretive jiggery-pokery” by Justice Scalia) put an end to years of court cases and congressional attacks against the Affordable Care Act, which means that millions of Americans will no longer live in a state of perpetual anxiety about health costs.

On Friday, the Supreme Court (despite a curiously ill-informed dissent about Kalahari, Aztec, and Han mating rites by Chief Justice Roberts) legalized same-sex marriage nationally—a colossal (and joyous) landmark moment in the liberation of gay men and lesbians.

MOre..http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/ten-days-in-june


petesouza
✔ ‎@petesouza
Read my post on when the President heard about yesterday's scotus decision on ACA: http://go.wh.gov/SPVhe2
11:08 AM - 26 Jun 2015
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http://theobamadiary.com/2015/06/26/tweets-of-the-day-30/



Obama reinventing the Lame Duck..



Rex http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6910730

Btw, I never thought he was "over" because of the disastrous midterms.. I knew there was a lot more to good things to come ..knowing this President history.

President Obama is reinventing the Lame Duck..



Rex http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=6910730

Mahalo uthr~

So incredibly sad, she.. Well said by Ametia..

"These evil bastards just will NOT go gently into that that hot HELL they deserve. And of course they are COWARDS, doing their evil works in the nightime.(DARKNESS) And Black folks are labeled as dark & evil. The gull..

This is their response, MORE TERROR & VIOLENCE against Black people and their HOUSES OF WORSHIP."

Bree Newsome Is What Courage And Bravery Looks Like



GOD ‎@Niall_JayDub
Cuz she a hero #FreeBree #BLACKGIRLMAGIC #still
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http://theobamadiary.com/2015/06/27/bree-newsome-is-what-courage-and-bravery-looks-like/

I had to counter it with Bree, she~
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