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Proud to call him their president

Proud to call him their president

Blacks reflect on Obama’s presidency and character BY BARRINGTON M. SALMON AND BRITTANY BURTON There is concern among advocates and supporters about the durability of President Barack Obama’s legacy in light of eight years of intense and sustained opposition from Republicans and the promise by his successor to erase any semblance of the Obama presidency. […]

‘The ‘Morehouse Mystique’ still endures’

‘The ‘Morehouse Mystique’ still endures’

Here are edited excerpts of President Obama’s speech to the Morehouse College Class of 2013, delivered on May 19, 2013 in Atlanta. Graduates, I am humbled to stand here with all of you as an honorary Morehouse Man.  I finally made it. And as I do, I’m mindful of an old saying: “You can always […]

He never ‘went Washington’

He never ‘went Washington’

Former aides reflect on the Obama they knew before and during his presidency. BY KATHERINE SKIBA CHICAGO TRIBUNE/TNS CHICAGO – Barack Obama, who made “change” part of his campaign slogan in 2008, is himself transformed after nearly eight years in the Oval Office. That his hair is grayer is a small manifestation of how the […]

‘Our progress is on the ballot’

‘Our progress is on the ballot’

This was Barack Obama’s last speech to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner on Sept. 17, 2016 in Washington, D.C. I want to thank the CBC Foundation, Chairman Butterfield, members of the Congressional Black Caucus, and the whole CBC family.  It’s always good to be with “the conscience of Congress.” […]

THE BIG STORY

THE BIG STORY

Barack Obama’s election as the 44th U.S. president headlined newspaper front pages across the nation Click to view headlines

In Barack Obama’s words

In Barack Obama’s words

Highlights from the speeches that fueled the Illinois senator’s journey to the U.S. presidency July 27, 2004 Keynote at the Democratic National Convention, Boston Enters national consciousness by wowing crowd with a blend of his personal “only in America” saga and a plea for optimism “John Kerry calls on us to hope. John Edwards calls […]

OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS

OBAMA’S FIRST 100 DAYS

The president tackled simultaneous challenges during time of globalization, crisis By Margaret Talev McClatchy Newspapers President Barack Obama crammed more into his first 100 days than most presidents, partly by design but mostly by necessity. The economic crisis overshadowed much of the president’s campaign agenda. His new team had to hit the ground running in […]

First 100 days often pivotal to a presidency

First 100 days often pivotal to a presidency

By Adam Zoll and David Ingold Chicago Tribune April 29 isn’t usually regarded as an important day on the political calendar, but this year it will be Barack Obama’s 100th day in office, traditionally a benchmark for assessing a new president’s job performance. It’s a standard that began with Franklin Roosevelt, who, upon taking office […]

NOW WHAT?

NOW WHAT?

Florida Courier publisher Charles W. Cherry II provides a partial list of next steps for Black America. BY CHARLES W. CHERRY II, ESQ. THE FLORIDA COURIER Now that “King Don” – that’s what I’ll call him for the next four years – is POTUS No. 45, eight years of sleepy Black advocacy while wearing “bedroom […]

Off to a quick start

Off to a quick start

Trump targets Obamacare, immigration COMPILED FROM WIRE REPORTS WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump took a symbolic step aimed at his predecessor’s signature achievement on his first day in the Oval Office, directing federal agencies to take steps to “ease the burden of Obamacare.” On Wednesday, Trump toughened immigration enforcement, signing orders to start construction of […]