I do not plan on speaking much on this election. I hope to say what I have to now and not much after this. Truth is, regardless of who won we have great challenges in our nation and we have a lot of work to do. No need to recite all the details regarding the economy, jobs, education, the military and so forth.
Still, I don’t mind acknowledging that this election was different than any other I have been involved in. The first time Barack Obama was elected it was special. It was unbelievable to me. I never thought I would see a person of color in the White House. And for those thinking that’s all I’m about, you would be wrong. In other words, I could have voted for a Colin Powell presidency, while Clarence Thomas’ supreme court appointment and Herman Cain’s candidacy can go kick rocks! Most people who look like me can joyfully celebrate accomplishments by people of color from a historical perspective of where we’ve come from, but we are not hung up on color for the sake of color sake. As the old folks used to say, “Everyone who’s my skin folk, ain’t necessarily my kin folk.” I voted for The President the first time because I believed in his vision and what he stood for. His skin color was a caveat, not even close to a deciding factor.
That being said it wasn’t hard at all to recognize and understand all of the racist vitriol surrounding the White House since Obama was elected four years ago. From the beginning as surprised as I was that he was elected, for racist Caucasians, they were equally enraged. Rush Limbaugh exclaimed, “I hope he fails!” Joe Wilson went ballistic with his “You lie!” blast in a display of disrespect to the office never seen before. Mitch McConnell let it be known that his #1 priority was making The President a one termer.
John Boehner stood opposite whatever President Obama stood for, even if Obama changed to Boehner’s position.
The First Lady couldn’t even promote fighting childhood obesity without being attacked.
Jan Brewer put her finger in the face of The President as if she was ready to scrap!
I could go on. But let me get to my points. I’m exhausted. The President, myself and a whole lot of black folks, progressives etc. have taken a lot of shit over the last four years. We have heard it all. Now it’s our turn. Others can say what they need to, but I will speak for myself! In my Cee Lo Green voice, I present “F#@! YOU” notices to the following:
Mitch McConnell: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Try working for the American people and not against the black guy for a change!
John Boehner: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Focus more on helping our nation and less on your tan!
Rush Limbaugh: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Looks like YOU failed! Send your Mexican nanny to the pharmacist for more drugs you fat assed blubbering dope fiend!
Todd Akin: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Guess the women of Missouri “did that thing” to shut your ass down!
Tavis Smiley and Cornel West: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Yep I said it. You have toured the nation perpetrating the fraud about a “Black Agenda” while you never asked Bush, Clinton or any other president to do the same. My president cares for all people… including black people. It was insulting and ignorant that you tried to lay ever problem within the African-American community as his feet and expect him to focus on those and those alone. You both are frauds!
Fox News: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! Hey look at it this way, your ratings will remain steady with the racist who will tune in and hear you whine, lie and avoid the real issue which is that White male domination is blowing away with the wind. Another generation and a half, and you may only have 7 viewers listeners using a CB radio!
Sara Palin: F#@! YOU, 4 More Years! How’s that for “shuckin’ and jiving?”
Business Owners who threatened their employees: That what foul what you did trying to intimidate your workers. Quite desperate too! None of Obama’s policies hurt your businesses especially. You get every tax break in the world! If you fail, its more likely because of your shotty business decisions. F#@! YOU, 4 More Years!
People who said Colin Powell voted for Obama because he was black: Yea, how many of you voted for McCain and Romney because they were white? Yea that’s what I thought…. F#@! YOU, 4 More Years!
Republicans, those who tried to disenfranchise minority voters: Them days are over! We aren’t allowing you to get away with that any longer! Get a clue! You lost in every court, including the Supreme Court! And the only people who were caught attempting to commit voter fraud were REPUBLICANS! F#@! YOU, 4 More Years!
Franklin and Billy Graham: (And all the other radical white and black evangelicals) You actually sold out your Christianity for racism. I guess you can put Mormonism back on the cult list now! F#@! YOU, 4 More Years!
Mitt Romney: Oh yea I ain’t forgot about you geechie! F#@! YOU, 4 More Years!… sincerely the 47%!
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a 4:20 flight to catch to Denver.
Full disclosure. I’ve only watched the first presidential debate once. Last night when after returning from work before I could turn on the DVR and watch the recording, CSPAN had already begun their replay. I enjoy watching CSPAN’s version of most any political debate because they don’t have as much hype and sensationalism with their programming. This is why I never watch anyone’s pre-debate shows either. I would rather go into the debates and listen to the way things play out without anticipating anything in particular, and let the partisanship bullshit slide by the wayside.
While winding down both mentally and physically I took in the show. And these are my observations:
1) Mitt Romney was as feisty as a horny young teenager. He was so excited and wide-eyed, that if I didn’t know better, I’d say he sniffed a few lines before coming on stage. The look on his face said from the beginning he was prepared, had a game plan, and was confident he could execute it. Since he’s had plenty of time to prepare, he had his talking points queued up. The second portion of his strategy was to bulldoze his way through the moderator, filibuster, redirect the narratives and keep the POTUS on the defensive. This was a clever strategy and it partially worked. Sure he lied about a shitload of topics, but that’s besides the point. Folk like me and every other politically astute viewer noticed the many lies he told regarding the policies he has campaigned on for months. Romney fork-tongued his way through his presentation as if he were Lord Jeffrey Amherst, and the 47% of us Americans were actually the original Native Americans he was offering a nice set of blankets to in the winter of 1763. Of course he was going to leave out that little thing about the smallpox.
2) To the novice, much of the this strategy worked. However, part of it was because the narrator Jim Lehrer got owned by the ‘Mittster!’ Every time Lehrer even suggested that Mitt’s time was up or that it was time to move on, Romney told him to STFU and let him talk. Lehrer was bitch-slapped to biblical proportions. I’m sure Lehrer had way more questions on his little cue card than he got out. In the words of Lauryn Hill, Romney defecated on his Lehrer’s microphone rendering him huddled in the corner naked and in the fetal position. Lehrer need Mackenzie from The Newsroom to call upon his inner Will McElroy giving him instructions and direction to move him along. But alas, instead of the microphone of an executive producer, all that we could see in Jim’s ear was Mitt’s dick! Plain and simple. Romney even threatened to put Lehrer out of job by cancelling funding for PBS. How gangsta is that? Lehrer was all but tossing Romney’s salad as if he was some old felon on Oz looking for protection. This was really obvious as at one point when Lehrer actually tried to press on the time, it was when the president talked at 1:55 of his two minute time limit. I just shook my head.
3) The president looked tired in my opinion. Some of this is understandable in that he does have shit to do being the president and all. The last time we saw Obama in a debate, it was between he and Senator McCain and neither of them were president. Therefore they both had ample time to prepare their talking points. Obama’s moonlighting as a debater came through. Not that he didn’t make his points and tell the truth. But in that he often stumbled over his words while doing so. He wasn’t so professorial as some have said in my opinion, he just wasn’t terribly passionate. So while he wins on the facts, again his target has to be the people who aren’t astute; Who don’t pay attention to the day to day but are tied up in their own lives until the election comes around.
As an Obama supporter, I ain’t mad at him. If he’s going to pick a time not to shine then the first debate is definitely the one to do it in. There are still two more to go. No one knew how Romney would perform or what his game plan would be coming into the debates, other than him lying and flip flopping. The president has seen Romney’s best shot. There is no doubt in my mind about that. The next time Obama will definitely have his fight face on and be ready for battle. No way I believe this next moderator is going to be the p#ssy that Lehrer was. Otherwise, it’s like boxing; you see what the opponent is doing, adjust and fight the fight the way you trained in the first place. I’m confident that is what we will see in the next two debates.