COMMUNITY SERVICE: Obama the Boss

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Vibe / February 1, 2010

Community Service is a weekly political blog that will feature various authors.


 

Didn’t Obama look something like a boss last week?

Not only did the President come out swinging during his State of the Union address, but he also went into the heart of the Republican liar and emerged looking lke Simba. I’m not even gonna front; for a brief second I had that tingling feeling that I had on election night.

During the week that was Obama’s, he spent a lot of time trying to set the record straight. During the State of the Union, he kept reminding the country that he inherited a cacophonic crap box when he entered the White House last year. He even broke form and took a jab at the Supreme Court, who recently relaxed campaign finance rules that had been put in place to stop corporations from buying elections.

While you can tell that he’s grown tired of the Republicans’ “red herring” rhetoric, he also had some choice words for Democrats, who have been pretty damn pathetic recently. Obama had to remind them that they still had a majority, like they had somehow forgotten how to count. Health care and the climate bill could be a wash unless Dems figure out how to work together.

But to me the best part of the week was when he went to the House Republicans meeting and ripped their asses into tiny little pieces. Didn’t those fools watch the Great Debaters? You can’t just invite articulate Negros (I can use that word, I’m black) into your house and expect to come out victorious. Obama is at the top of the food chain when it comes to the fine art of forensics.

Hopefully the President can keep his swag up this week. Even if you don’t agree with all of his policies, our country needs a lil bit of confidence during these dark times. I mean, if he has to run the country from a college basketball broadcast booth to fix unemployment, so be it.

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Rob “Biko” Baker is a nationally recognized  young leader. In his home community of Milwaukee, he has organized town hall meetings and used the power and agency of art to inform, mobilize, and motivate young people to participate in civic life. Baker has served as the deputy publicity coordinator and young voter organizer for the Brown and Black Presidential Forum. He has appeared on C-SPAN, Fox News and CNN, has interviewed luminaries Cornell West, Russell Simmons, and Howard Dean, and has been on panels with many of the nation’s strongest progressive voices. Baker is a Ph.D. candidate at UCLA, and serves on the New Organizing Institute’s board as well as is the former political correspondent for The Source.