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Sunday, June 15, 2008

And Speaking of Father's Day...Obama Channels Cosby (or is it Chris Rock?) at a Black Church

Ok...too much Obama news! We are a conservative blog and are also in support of Obama's efforts but we will focus more on our conservative brethren. But this Obama story is quite telling and serves at the core for why he is garnering favor with many conservatives of color-oftentimes he speaks to Black audiences in a non-pandering fashion. Dare I say that he speaks in a Cosby-esque tone to Black folk? And let's be honest, I think many folks of various ethnicities are looking forward to a hip president-I like McCain but can he riff off of a Chris Rock routine? Our president must be competent-better yet, highly competent but he must also be a person living in the present. Let's take a look at a snippet from today's NY Times piece concerning Obama's shout out to Black fathers:

CHICAGO — Addressing a packed congregation at one of the city’s largest black churches, Senator Barack Obama on Sunday invoked his own absent father to deliver a sharp message to black men, saying “we need fathers to realize that responsibility does not end at conception.”

In an address that was striking for its bluntness and where he chose to give it, Mr. Obama directly addressed one of the most delicate topics confronting black leaders: how much responsibility absent fathers bear for some of the intractable problems afflicting black Americans. Mr. Obama noted that “more than half of all black children live in single-parent households,” a number that he said had doubled since his own childhood.

“Too many fathers are M.I.A., too many fathers are AWOL, missing from too many lives and too many homes,” Mr. Obama said to a chorus of approving murmurs from the audience. “They have abandoned their responsibilities, acting like boys instead of men. And the foundations of our families are weaker because of it.”

Accompanied by his wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, who sat in the front pew, Mr. Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, laid out his case in stark terms that would be difficult for a white candidate to make, telling the mostly black audience not to “just sit in the house watching ‘SportsCenter,’ ” and to stop praising themselves for mediocre accomplishments.

And for more from the Times article click here.

And stay tuned for the next few entries as they will not be about Obama....we promise.

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