So What Did You Really Think of President Obama Morehouse Speech?

I love how President Obama tell gays he will give them marriage, tell immigrants he will give them citizenship, tell Sandy Hook parents he will give them gun control and then he tells the Black men of Morehouse college no one is going to give them nothing and nobody cares either. That’s our Black President Obama and that’s who we voted for! Remember, he is not the president of Black America, he is the president of all of America except Black America. We know that too many young men in our community continue to make bad choices. And I have to say, growing up, I made quite a few myself. Sometimes I wrote off my own failings as just another example of the world trying to keep a black man down. I had a tendency sometimes to make excuses for me not doing the right thing. But one of the things that all of you have learned over the last four years is there’s no longer any room for excuses. (Applause.) I understand there’s a common fraternity creed here at Morehouse: “Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.” Well, we’ve got no time for excuses. Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they have not. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there. It’s just that in today’s hyperconnected, hypercompetitive world, with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil -- many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did -- all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned. (Applause.) Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination.... Then we have Michelle Obama make the following comments: But today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of “separate but equal,” when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper. (Applause.) So in the White House, President Obama saying he don’t owe those Black people ish and Michele Obama is saying all these Black people is doing is sitting around playing video games and fantasizing about being a rapper. Well goodness Mr. President and First Lady, tell how you really feel about African-Americans while you at it!! First of all, let's discuss the China and India thing President Barack Obama said. Before I get started, when it comes to Black women, I agree with the President - you sistas better treat me and all these brothas right because in this hyperconnected and competitive world, it's plenty of young chicks from China and India waiting to talk to a brotha and make some little Blendians and Blasians and we brothas post their cute pics on Facebook all up in you sistas faces. And you sistas already been briefed on the Brazilian chicks and how they treat us brothas, hehe. But the reality is, those Chinese and Indians did not have less than the Black men in that crowd at Morehouse - India has an silent caste system and Chinese is a communist country that rewards certain people to have the privilege to learn STEM so I don't understand why President Obama keep saying this scare tactic line. But let's be honest, what is the President saying that I haven't already said on Dream and Hustle for the longest time about being globally competitive? No offense, but if you are a graduating class of 2013 and do not realize you have to be global, then you didn't learn a damn thing and still have to pay back that student loan. I felt the President has dropped the ball. He should have spoken about helping out Africa more and helping out the urban community more. He should have highlighted the solutions for the Black community his office has seen over the years and how he need that graduating class help in making the world a better place. Instead, President Obama said no one cares about them and Michele Obama said we just want to play video games and be ballers. I think they both blew it big time with their speeches. What do you think about their speeches? Did you find it uplifting? Or did you find it condescending? Or you care careless because he is a lame duck already and you know you got to protect your own neck and fend for yourself out here in this crazy world?

6 thoughts on “So What Did You Really Think of President Obama Morehouse Speech?

  1. The speeches were of no surprise. I found them both condescending. The President’s speech shouldn’t even have gone where it did. What they needed was to be praised for graduating and overcoming obstacles to graduation. Their parents, family and community needed to be praised for helping them get their. In regards to their community, they should be told that they have an obligation to help their other brothers and sisters(although he would have used diff words).

    The first lady talked about some of us dreaming of being ballers and rappers and laying around playing video games. I know a number of young brothers that want to be ballers and rappers, and you know what? They ain’t dreaming because they are doing it. They are making their own cds, doing videos and photo shoots and will stand in front of stores trying to sell their created product. Many of the ballers are getting scholarships and the money raised from their talents have many people in jobs.

  2. Obamamandius kept it 110%:

    Well, we’ve got no time for excuses. Not because the bitter legacy of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they have not. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; we know those are still out there. It’s just that in today’s hyperconnected, hypercompetitive world, with millions of young people from China and India and Brazil — many of whom started with a whole lot less than all of you did — all of them entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything that you have not earned. (Applause.)

    Nobody cares how tough your upbringing was. Nobody cares if you suffered some discrimination….

    and I cross-linked this timely post coinciding with my own repost of Richard Hake’s article on MOOC’s

    But even if MOOCs fail to become MOOLOs there still may be some hope since, as Keith Devlin (2013) points out at http://bit.ly/14440kt, MOOCs have the potential to uncover individuals world-wide who have the talent to learn from MOORFAPs, in the same way that most current professional physicists were able to learn physics from FAPs (Failed Academic Pedagogy).

  3. Some of those guys in the crowd probably tuned out Obama. You getting rained on at your graduation. Obama can get away with it because we do give him a pass because he was the first. The only thing that was going to get him to go hard for AA was money.

    Our little 5 and 10 buck donations was graciously accepted. But trust me, those 100k plus bundlers and lgbt donations got his ear. And the legislation.

  4. I agree. Hes taken special care to everyones plight and bailed on us. If he gave that speech at any other demographic or interest group he would have been impeached already. Imagine him telling gays that.

  5. [quote]So in the White House, President Obama saying he don’t owe those Black people ish and Michele Obama is saying all these Black people is doing is sitting around playing video games and fantasizing about being a rapper. Well goodness Mr. President and First Lady, tell how you really feel about African-Americans while you at it!![/quote]

    With all due respect, Brother Ed –

    Your analysis is oriented the wrong way.

    I choose to look at Obama as a STAGE ACTOR, allowing him to act in a manner of his world view AND his role as “President Of The United States”.

    It is more important to LOOK INTO THE CONGREGATION and see how they react to what is happening on stage.
    THEN look into the balcony of the church where the BLACK PRESS has set up their operations.

    BROTHER ED:

    1) Did you see anyone WALK OUT on the President’s speech at Morehouse because they felt as strongly as you did over what you view as a mischaracterization?

    2) After more than 50 years of the Black Community “VOTING FOR OUR SALVATION”, per the advice of the NAACP and other forces that operate from their leveraged inside position within the “Black Community Consciousness Nucleus” – WHO among the Black community today is asking “WHERE IS THE CHURCH DEVELOPMENT FUND MONEY THAT I GAVE TO YOU? Show me MY DEVELOPMENT SO I CAN BE SATISFIED THAT IT WAS WELL SPENT or GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK!!”

    You are a business man, Brother Ed. You know that every effectively governed institution has a LEGISLATIVE panel (ie: corporate board) that sets policies and appraises the EFFECTIVENESS of the second governance entity – THE EXECUTIVES. The Executive function takes the policy guidance and EXECUTES it, leveraging the human and capital resources of the entity to achieve the goals that the legislative has set forth.

    Ed – in the Black Community of today we have a FUSION of these two forces. WORSE STILL. This fusion is PROMOTED because of the threat IN THE POLITICAL SPACE that the RIGHT WING enemy that is stood up by these same voices (or who identifies himself with his irreverent words which OFFEND the American Negro) and as a result we have what I have observed……………..

    POLITICS SERVES AS JUSTIFICATION FOR BLACK PEOPLE TO COMPROMISE OUR BLACK COMMUNITY INSTITUTIONAL INTEGRITY for want of MORE POLITICAL POWER or to fight off an EXTERNAL ENEMY that has been run off from our community.

    In exchange for this, Brother Ed – as the “SAFETY RAILS” that the Black community has erected to define the PATH that we wish to travel for our own development ARE RUN OVER by those who are driving our vehicle – NO ONE CONCERNS are riled – as to the question of IF WE ARE NEARING A CLIFF.

    OBAMA IS NOT THE PROBLEM!!!

    IT IS IRRATIONAL TO BE OFFENDED BY OBAMA’S “CONDESCENDING TALK” BUT NOT THE DRONE BOMBS THAT DESCEND UPON AFRICAN NATIONS AND YEMEN.

    It is ONLY an issue that the “Americanized Negro” has CHOSEN to live vicariously through THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES and has a misplaced assignment of what HE IS OFFENDED OVER.

  6. “he is a lame duck already and you know you got to protect your own neck and fend for yourself out here in this crazy world?” I thought he would take a bolder stance for Black people in his second term with nothing to loose but he is actually showing his true color.

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