With the Democratic Party struggling to redeem itself in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss, Obama’s Wall Street payday sends exactly the wrong signal at a very bad time.
I’ve always known African Americans face challenges — discrimination in health, housing, hiring, and a racially biased system of “justice.” But at some level, I had grown comfortable in a nation paced by Oprah, LeBron, Beyonce, and Barack. So when we hit this season of reversal, I was more surprised than I should have been. I had forgotten about being black. Meaning, I had forgotten that for us, setback is nothing new.
Obama, whose eight years as president ended last month when he was succeeded by Donald Trump, learned to kiteboard while vacationing last week on a Caribbean island owned by British billionaire and adventurer Sir Richard Branson
Obama will be the first former president to remain in Washington since Woodrow Wilson in 1921. The Obamas plan to stay in the capital until daughter Sasha, 15, finishes high school in 2019. He plans to be a mentor for the next generation of Democratic leaders while keeping open a line of communication with his Republican successor, Donald Trump.
Obama emphasized his positions had not changed and said his efforts to end the use of torture and close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo represented U.S. values. “That’s why I reject discrimination against Muslim Americans,” he said in a pointed reference to his successor.
“If you or your parents are immigrants, know that you are part of a proud American tradition: the infusion of new cultures, talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth,” the First Lady said in her farewell address.
So, farewell, Mrs. Obama. Please know that, as an American — and particularly as an African American — I am proud of how you’ve conducted yourself as first lady. You, madam, are gorgeous — in many more ways than one.
Progressives don’t have the luxury of merely singing the old hymns or citing the old speeches. There are battles to fight to preserve hard-won gains. Martin Luther King was no naive dreamer. But he always believed in an America that was better than the one in which he lived.
Donald Trump’s America, it seems, is a land of explicit bigotry, of a political incorrectness that looks a lot like racial prejudice, of a white supremacy bursting out of its confines in the civic attic.
I doubt I’ll ever forgive myself for the mistakes I’ve made, but — like you — now all I can do is fight back against Trump. Here is what I think we need to do next.
But it’s time. That simple sweet feeling is written on the wind — don’t you feel it, too? Zeitgeist is a wonderful German word for the spirit of history. Time for the flower of her generation, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to return to the White House in her own right.
Trump, without evidence, has blamed his sagging poll numbers on a rigged election, and said the media had fixed the opinion polls in order to inflate Clinton’s numbers.
Michelle Obama is the face and the voice of the new political spouse. She’s using all of her power to help other women lay claim to their own, and she is going to help elect the first woman to be president of the United States.
Sexual aggression — the behaviors, the attitudes, the excuses that support them — has to stop. America is deciding now if it has the courage to fight back.
Melania Trump rose to her husband’s defense, describing lewd comments as “boy talk” and claiming Trump was “egged on” by Billy Bush.
Mike Pence vigorously defended running mate Donald Trump against allegations of sexual misconduct and promised evidence casting doubt on the claims.
“This is not normal” said the First Lady in New Hampshire. “This is not politics as usual. This is disgraceful. This is intolerable.”
President Barack Obama on Saturday expressed hope that a new national museum showcasing the African American experience will bring Americans together at a time of racial upheaval.
Enslaved families across America were split apart, rape was common, and human life was a commodity to be traded worldwide. But hey, food and shelter. Let’s move on.
“I wake up every morning in a house that was built by slaves, and I watch my daughters – two beautiful, intelligent, black young women – playing with their dogs on the White House lawn,” Michelle Obama said.
Before Monday’s speech, Melania, a Slovenian-born jewelry designer and former model, told NBC’s Matt Lauer: “I wrote it… with as little help as possible.” A spokesman for the Trump campaign called the speech a success, but suggested her… “writers “may have mistakenly injected some borrowed language.
Ask yourself this: What is Michelle Obama’s legacy? In the beginning, her projects included her vegetable garden for healthy eating and military families. Like anybody could argue with that? Childhood obesity: Who’s for it? Her early tiptoes into policy seemed poll-tested and bland.
Jimmy Kimmel and First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up for a new public service announcement on nutrition, called “F and V” — though with a bit of disagreement over what exact language that really means.