Barack Obama speaks in South Africa. Reminds us why he is the greatest.

By | 2018-07-18T08:53:29+00:00 July 17th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , , |17 Comments

You know sometimes it is like Obama’s words are a balm for the soul.

After this last few weeks, I really needed to hear something inspirational today.

Here are some of the important excerpts courtesy of New York Magazine:

On political whiplash:

“In the strange and uncertain times that we are in — and they are strange, and they are uncertain, with each day’s news cycles bringing more head-spinning and disturbing headlines — I thought maybe it would be useful to step back for a moment and try to get some perspective, so I hope you’ll indulge me.”

On post-truth politics:

“People just make stuff up. They just make stuff up. We see it in the growth of state-sponsored propaganda. We see it in internet fabrications. We see it in the blurring of lines between news and entertainment. We see the utter loss of shame among political leaders where they’re caught in a lie and they just double down and they lie some more. It used to be that if you caught them lying, they’d be like, oh man — now they just keep on lying.

“You have to believe in facts. Without facts there’s no basis for cooperation. If I say this is a podium and you say this is an elephant, it’s going to be hard for us to cooperate.”

On xenophobia:

“Countries that rely on xenophobia — eventually those countries find themselves consumed by civil war or an outside war. Check the history books. History shows how easily people can be convinced to turn on those who are different.”

On the rise of strongmen around the world:

“The politics of fear and resentment and retrenchment began to appear. And that kind of politics is now on the move. It’s on the move at a pace that would have seemed unimaginable just a few years ago.
I am not being alarmist, I’m simply stating the facts. Look around — strongman politics are ascendant, suddenly, whereby elections and some pretense of democracy are maintained, the form of it, where those in power seek to undermine every institution or norm that gives democracy meaning.”

On the arc of history:

“It’s tempting right now to give in to cynicism. To believe that recent shifts in global politics are too powerful to push back. That the pendulum has swung permanently. Just as people spoke about the triumph of democracy in the ‘90s, now you’re hearing people talk about the end of democracy and the triumph of tribalism and the strongman. We have to resist that cynicism. Because we’ve been through darker times.”

Damn, did I need that!

It is almost impossible to believe that we once got to hear him speak all of the time. 

And when he spoke he spoke for America, and we were filled with pride. 

So much has changed, and none of it for the better. 

But we were once led by greatness, and hopefully, we will be once again. 

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17 Comments

  1. puck July 17, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    i miss President Obama. sane politics. commpassion. great sense of humour. wife not a questionable person. Obama got skeletons, no doubt, but they didn’t include the nuke football.

  2. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 5:40 pm

    That awesome man and First Lady can do whatever they want to now!
    Go have fun and speak your truth, kids, you’ve earned it.
    Look what we’ve turned into now….and all the white folk doing such a bang up job.

  3. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    He never said that he is the greatest, Gryph, that would be Muhammed Ali.

    • Gryphen July 17, 2018 at 5:53 pm

      No, I meant that his speech reminded us why he is the greatest.

      Our former President is much too humble to say it himself.

      So I am more than happy to say it for him.

  4. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    My PRESIDENT! I could listen to him endlessly! He is truly a Light Being. His calm demeanor, his gracious words, his stunning intelligence…I will forever be grateful for the years following 2004 when he really hit the stage in politics at the Democratic Convention, right through his amazing election the first time, his first four years and then the second election and his final four years…I always felt safe. I always felt proud. I always felt like there was a positive and hopeful future for the country. I’m 65 years old and have seen my share of presidents and politicians and Barack is the rare one. I consider myself an Obamacrat, and always will. His speech was uplifting, sobering, and much needed, as you say Gryphen, so much needed. He is a shining light of hope. He embodies and lives his integrity, his grace and his compassion.

    I use his Al Green ‘I’m so in love with you’ clip as the ringtone on my phone,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZhpUEWJD44

    and I can’t tell you what a grin comes on my face when I hear that amazing voice again. His easy laugh, his charm, his talent…it’s a wonder to behold.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6uHR90Sq6k

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      President Barack Obama not only spoke at his final “In Performance at the White House” special tribute to Ray Charles, he also got up on stage to sing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEH9kVbNX3A

      Brings tears to my eyes.

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:12 pm

      The Speech that Made Obama President

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFPwDe22CoY

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:15 pm

      President Obama Sings “Sweet Home Chicago”

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7x4ZS7ZZWc

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      2004 Barack Obama Keynote Speech

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fMNIofUw2I

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 6:44 pm

      He was the closest thing to John Lennon in spirit…..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgFZfRVaww

      This was my coming of age. One of the first concerts they had for Malia and Sasha were the Jonas Brothers. “Are you serious,” said I LOL but they were kids. Invite some friends from school for a sleepover, get acclimated….that’s what parents do! No better invitation than to the White House and everyone wanted to be invited. Now look. Eff you, WHCD, you’re not making fun of me, and sports teams to say the least. Uhhhh…no thank you. Who visits there except Rocky Horror Picture Show types?

  5. Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 7:08 pm

    LOL, I knew the Queen would get the pompous ass somehow!!!!!! I wonder what gift the trumps gave the Queen, a picture of the Donald in his tacky apartment?
    ===================================================

    Did the Queen commit ‘brooch warfare’ during Trump visit?

    ……In a detailed string of tweets, one social media user explained the significance of the brooches worn by the Queen earlier this month during a visit from U.S. President Donald Trump, alleging that it’s no coincidence she wore brooches given to her by Barack and Michelle Obama and another given by Canada.
    …… On arrival day, the Queen was pictured wearing a brooch she received from the Obamas. It’s a small green-hued flower brooch gifted to her personally, which makes it significant, wrote Twitter user @SamuraiKnitter. It’s not just any American brooch.

    “She chose THIS ONE. This one was purchased out-of-pocket by Michelle and Barack Obama and given to her as a personal gift,” she wrote. “The US has given QE jewelry before over the years and I bet her dresser could put hands on any and all of it given five minutes. But she chose the most SENTIMENTAL piece in the collection, the one that was given OUT OF FRIENDSHIP WITH THE OBAMAS AS PEOPLE.”..

    …Next, the Queen was photographed wearing a brooch given to her by Canada called the Sapphire Jubilee Brooch. “From Canada,” wrote the tweeter. “You know, who Trump’s been screaming about and insulting. The commonwealth country and one of the UK’s greatest allies. Them.”…

    https://www.ctvnews.ca/world/did-the-queen-commit-brooch-warfare-during-trump-visit-1.4016589#_gus&_gucid=&_gup=twitter&_gsc=mVHUC3R

    • Anonymous July 17, 2018 at 8:09 pm

      You believe that shit? Maybe she just dressed and waited for the pompous asshole to show up late.
      Her thoughts are her thoughts….this reading minds crap is just that. CRAP.

      • Meghan July 18, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        She did. She uses her jewelry and her handbag, as well as her hats to make statements. She’s done it for years.

        • Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 10:08 pm

          Keep reading your tea leaves Meghan…… Nobody cares about a stupid Brooch…. She is one of the last vestiges of a monarchy that has been slowly dying off over the last century.

          A monarchy than once had all the power and control and money over the serf class. I can’t believe liberals of all people would support the residual benefactors of such a system.

  6. Anonymous July 18, 2018 at 8:34 am

    WHEN A TRUE GENIUS APPEARS IN THE WORLD YOU WILL RECOGNIZE HIM BY THIS SIGN; THAT ALL THE DUNCES ARE IN A CONFEDERACY AGAINST HIM. –JONATHAN SWIFT

  7. Anonymous July 19, 2018 at 12:24 am

    Lol. The greatest? ………………………….. Uh no………………. not by a longshot.

    • Get Bent July 19, 2018 at 9:35 am

      And once again lol troll contribute nothing to the conversation. Piss off.

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