Monday, February 18, 2013

President Obama Speaks in Chicago

hat tips-The Obama Diary, 3CHICS:

I get tired of educated fools who have taken to lying about what the President said.

WHAT THE HELL did the President say that was ' controversial'?

I have to know.

The Black community is in trouble. WHO could argue otherwise?

I don't minimize the economics of the situation of our community. But, here's the thing, Black folks have always been on the lower rung of the economic ladder. What we have not been, traditionally, is lacking morals and values.

The President of the United States grew up without his father. Yes, he had a loving set of grandparents, but, from his own mouth - HE MISSED HAVING HIS FATHER IN HIS LIFE.

How are you going to dispute what came out of his own mouth. How are you going to minimize his life's experience? He lived it. He owns that he lived it.

here's what the President said:

"As the son of a single mom who gave everything she had to raise me, with the help of my grandparents, I turned out OK," he said, calling single moms "heroic" and worthy of praise.

But he added, "At the same time, I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved."

The president said there are neighborhoods all over the country where young people don't see adults succeeding and where they come to think the future "only extends to the end of the street corner or the outskirts of town."

Young boys and young men, in particular, "don't see an example of fathers or grandfathers, uncles, who are in a position to support families and be held up and respected," Obama continued. Yet the biggest factor in determining a child's success -- and preventing a child from sliding into a life of crime -- is having a "loving, supportive family," he said.

"And by the way, that's all kinds of parents. That includes foster parents, that includes grandparents, extended families. That includes gay or straight parents," Obama added to applause. "Those parents supporting kids, that's the single most important thing. Unconditional love for your child, that makes a difference."

WHAT was controversial or negative in that?


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