Biden rarely missed an opportunity on the campaign trail to remind everyone he was “Obama’s guy” but, from the outset of the primary process, Obama made clear to every candidate that he would not endorse anyone until the primary’s conclusion. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama Appeals for Unity as He Endorses Joe Biden for President
“But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station — including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day — to work together to create a ‘new normal’ in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts,” he concluded. … [Read more...] about Barack Obama on George Floyd’s Death: ‘Bigotry’ and Inequality ‘Painfully, Maddeningly Normal’ in USA
On March 21, the day after a Russian ship reportedly delivered special operations troops to the port, the Security Council issued a “statement of support” for a “Syrian peace plan” being advanced by former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Seeing as the measure is meaningless, the Russians and Chinese didn’t object. The Obama administration considers this to be a great sign of progress. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “This is a positive step. The council has now spoken with one voice. It has demanded a U.N.-supervised cessation of violence.” … [Read more...] about Barack Obama’s Mideast Madness
Obama said a “middle-aged African American businessman” friend told him in an email “Dude, I gotta tell you the George Floyd incident in Minnesota hurt. I cried when I saw that video. It broke me down. The ‘knee on the neck’ is a metaphor for how the system so cavalierly holds black folks down, ignoring the cries for help. People don’t care. Truly tragic.” … [Read more...] about Obama on the death of George Floyd: ‘This shouldn’t be “normal” in 2020 America’
One mistake Lopez makes in dismissing Obama’s moderation — a characteristic one by his sympathetic critics from the left, across a variety of issues where he disappoints his base — is to assume that the modulation of the president’s beliefs amounts to a lack of conviction. “Why,” asks Lopez, “does Obama try so hard to gain the love of both sides in discussions about police, the justice system, and race — to the point that it feels like he’s saying nothing at all?” For better or worse, though, there is a real core and coherence to the president’s ideology. The president believes that emotion hijacks the negotiation and mutual understanding that is necessary for progress. In his Dallas speech, Obama asked police to understand that minorities are correct to believe they’re unfairly treated by police, while asking protesters to understand that most police officers are well-intentioned: … [Read more...] about Does President Obama Believe What He Says About Race?