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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 06:00 PM

I'm calling for a boycott of the Presidential Inauguration January 21 [View all]

As a woman of color with three grown kids, I can no longer stand by and watch this President disrespected and his refusal to stand up for himself, or for us. President Obama's acceptance of Susan Rice's withdrawl from consideration of Secretary of State is the last straw for me. I am tired of No Drama Obama, and want to see some of ďMad as Hell Obama, and some Ainít Going to Take it Anymore" Obama.

An open letter to the President of the United States

Dear Mr. President,

You told Senators McCain and Graham that if they wanted to have a fight over Benghazi, that was a fight you were willing to engage them in, but that you would not stand by and watch them attack your UN Ambassador. But you did. As a woman of color with children, I have to ask, "When are you going to start standing up for yourself?" They donít like you; we get that. They donít have to. But you have got to make them respect the office that you occupy. If they donít respect you, than they should be shown no respect. It might have to get ugly for a while, but when the bullies figure that you arenít going to allow them to bully you, or disrespect you, they will go kick sand somewhere else.

Black people stood in line for hours to re-elect you. But you are unwilling to expend the Ďpolitical capitalí to stand up for Susan Rice. You should not have allowed Susan Rice to withdraw her name from consideration for Secretary of State if she was your choice. If she wasn't your choice, you shouldn't have left her hanging out there to fend for herself; even though I have faith that she's a strong black woman, and could have fought for herself. The GOP in Congress has disrespected you. They questioned your intelligence. They disrespect your Attorney General, Eric Holder. They said that they donít think heís very bright. They disrespect your UN Ambassador, Susan Rice. They said they donít think she is very bright. Do you see a pattern here? If they don't have to respect you and members of your administration, the bullies will certainly feel that they don't have to respect the rest of us. That's why they treated us with such contempt during the campaign. But we didn't back down then. So why are you?

The GOP never backs down from a fight over their nominees or, soon to be nominees. Even Clarence Thomas didn't back down and won his Senate Confirmation, and he had plenty of baggage. (And we know where that got us for a lifetime.) Why are you backing down? I'm tired of the pundits saying things like, "the President would have had to expend too much political capital, in the fight for her confirmation. Well some things are worth fighting for. And sometimes you have to bloody the bully's nose before he decides he better find someone else to pick on.

We cannot go another four years under these kinds of circumstances. We have to know that you are willing to fight for something. Right now, I donít know what it is you are willing to fight for. You fought for re-election and you won. But behind the scenes many Democrats are afraid that you are going to capitulate to the bullies. Mr. President, you have to stand for something. Please tell me where your line in the sand is.

The GOP will never like you as long as you are in office. Get over it. As my mother use to tell us when when we were kids and we encountered bullies. Iím not sending you to school to be liked. Iím sending you to school to learn. Likewise, we didnít send you to Washington to make friends. Itís nice if you do, but if you canít, youíve got a job to do. Do It.

Accept the fact that the loony right are probably never going to come around during your administration; perhaps even your lifetime. Once you accept it, you can move past it and let history be your judge and jury. You might not have known what to expect when you sought the office of the Presidency the first time, but you knew what the climate was there when you sought re-election. If youíre not up for the challenge, you should have stepped aside. You fought for the job for another 4 years, now fight the good fight. Right is on your side. Toughen up.

It took the Clintonís 12 years and after having been accused of everything from drug running to Vince Fosterís murder. Suddenly Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry who they swift boated, are now their new BFFs.

So until I see otherwise, Iím calling for a boycott of your inauguration. Thatís the line in the sand I drew. I will not stand up for you until you stand up for yourself, and your administration. Stand up to the bullies. When the bullies win, America loses.

Signed,
A Mom who believes in Tough Love.

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