Selma’s Bloody Sunday revisited 50 years later with voting rights imperiled

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President Barack Obama and the First Family join civil rights icons Rep. John Lewis, Amelia Boynton Robinson (in wheelchair), US Attorney General Eric Holder, Former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush, and thousands of marchers in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama on Saturday, March 7, 2015.

By Carmen Glover

On Saturday, March 7, on the 50th Anniversary of the Bloody Sunday attacks unleashed on marchers supporting the right of African-Americans to vote in the United States, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American President, delivered a rousing speech at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, named for a Ku Klux Klan leader.

President Obama and Rep. John Lewis embrace in Selma, AL.

President Obama and Rep. John Lewis embrace in Selma, AL.

Speaking after Rep. John Lewis, who was brutally beaten at the same bridge 50 years ago when he lead a group of marchers, President Obama stated:  “Our march is not yet finished but we’re getting closer.” President Obama decried injustice in education, law enforcement, and the attacks on the Voting Rights Act of 1965 stating “If we want to honor this day, let Congress restore the Voting Rights Act this year!” But he also chided residents for the chronic low voter turnout despite the struggles of civil rights activists “who gave their blood” to win the right to vote. Click here for the full transcript of President Obama’s speech as provided by Time magazine.

A rapt crowd listens as President Obama speaks in Selma, AL.

A rapt crowd listens as President Obama speaks in Selma, AL.

After the speech, the President, joined by First Lady Michelle Obama, their children, former President and First Lady George W. and Laura Bush, Rep. John Lewis, US Attorney General Eric Holder, 100 members of Congress and thousands of enthusiastic supporters who came to bear witness to the 50-year commemoration of the march for voting rights, marched across the bridge in a poignant reflection of a journey that began decades ago and achieved numerous goals, with many unfinished ideals left to be realized. Meanwhile, in New York City, hundreds of citizens marched across the Brooklyn Bridge from lower Manhattan to Brooklyn Borough Hall in solidarity with the Selma 50 marchers

Peaceful marchers were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

Peaceful marchers, including Rep. John Lewis (center being beaten), were left beaten, bloody and killed on March 7, 1965 as they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge in their quest to gain the right to vote.

The march from Selma, to Montgomery, Alabama took place after three attempts, including Bloody Sunday, which occurred on March 7, 1965 when marchers were beaten with clubs, attacked by dogs and some killed, as they attempted to cross the bridge. After making an appeal for support, Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., was joined by Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, Diane Nash, other civil rights activists and a phalanx of religious leaders from different faiths in making the 50-plus mile trek to the State Capital in Montgomery, Alabama. President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act later that year but recent changes have destroyed some of the provisions of the Voting Rights Act, leading to an increase in voter suppression incidents aimed at denying or restricting the right of African-Americans to vote.–OnPointPress.net.

“Selma” is a fitting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and 86th birthday celebrations

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivering one of his many inspiring speeches.

On January 19, the third Monday in the month, the life, achievements and civil rights advocacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is celebrated on a holiday named for him. The civil rights icon, who spent his life protesting against injustice, would have turned 86 years old if he had not been killed in the prime of his life.

While the world pauses to honor his legacy with a national day of service, marches and other noble efforts, his three surviving children are embroiled in a vicious court battle to determine if his traveling Bible and Noble Peace Prize should be sold or remain in the family’s possession.

Oprah Winfrey appears in "Selma" which she produced; David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ava DuVernay, co- writer and director of the film, which has received four award nominations so far.

Oprah Winfrey appears in “Selma” which she produced; David Oyelowo stars as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Ava DuVernay, co- writer and director of the film, which has received four award nominations so far.

A fitting tribute to Dr. King’s enduring civil rights advocacy is embodied in the film “Selma,” which chronicles the challenges experienced by Dr. King and dedicated members of the civil rights movement in the spring of 1965 when they used nonviolent methods, in the face of brutality and murder to obtain he right to vote. Despite profound beatings, being arrested, atrocious indignities, deaths and the horrors experienced on Bloody Sunday, they marched, organized and protested peacefully, until they secured their important constitutional right to vote with the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“Selma,” the first feature film about Dr. King, was directed by an African-American female and has been honored by the Golden Globes for its original song “Glory” sung by John Legend and rapper Common. However, the film has also attracted controversy as well as snubs by the Academy Awards, which nominated it for Best Original Song and Best Picture while ignoring the director, Ava DuVernay and actors, particularly the lead actor David Oyelowo, who brought the film to life.

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David Oyelowo, (center) and other cast members of the powerful film “Selma” which described the civil rights movement’s diligent quest to obtain voting rights in 1965.

President Barack Obama’s decision to host the cast at the White House for a screening of the critically acclaimed but Oscar snubbed historical drama “Selma” was a wise one. Also, the decision by Winfrey, DuVernay, Oyelowo and the other cast members of the film to stage a march across the same Edmund Pettus Bridge over which the civil rights leaders marched for 54 miles to Montgomery, Alabama and participate in a discussion in Selma on this historic day will go a long way in reigniting discussion and awareness about Dr. King, his legacy and his searing impact on the civil rights landscape.

No less important is Winfrey’s spectacular two-day weekend extravaganza honoring “The Legends who Paved the Way,” which aired on her network, OWN, on Sunday night and featured King’s daughter, Bernice King, who was a baby when he was killed.

One of Dr. King's most famous quotes is typically used as a battle cry against injustice.

One of Dr. King’s most famous quotes is typically used as a battle cry against injustice.

There are striking parallels to King’s leadership, passion and determination in standing strong in the face of ridicule and the emotions of current protestors who fight against the scourge of police brutality in our inner cities, particularly police officers killing unarmed African-American and Latino men with impunity.

But as Winfrey said: “These protestors today can learn a lot from the discipline shown by the participants of the civil rights movement. You have to know what you are protesting for and focus on that issue in order to achieve it.”

In 2010,, President Barack Obama, the nation's first African-American president, honors civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis, was beaten on Bloody Sunday and endured harsh treatment during his lengthy involvement in the civil rights movement which he joined as a teenager and at 20, was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington.

In 2010, President Barack Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, honors civil rights icon, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA). Lewis, was beaten on Bloody Sunday and endured harsh treatment during his lengthy involvement in the civil rights movement which he joined as a teenager and at 20, was the youngest speaker at the March on Washington.

Despite inequalities in housing, educational attainment, financial, political and social status, collectively African-Americans have made significant progress by utilizing the opportunities that have been gained through the sacrifices made by Dr. King, Rep. John Lewis, Ambassador Andrew Young, The Rev. Ralph Abernathy, the Rev. Joseph Lowery and countless others during the civil rights movement.

The right to vote exists today due to their foresight, commitment and fortitude. As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and legacy, let us also reflect on the benefits we enjoy today because of the sustained efforts of a group of individuals who refused to take no for an answer. Happy Birthday Dr. King. You showed that Black lives mattered then and activists are doing their best to show that Black lives still matter today-OnPointPress.net.

ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott, 49, succumbs to cancer, leaving inspiring legacy

Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer.

Stuart Scott, ESPN anchor, died on Sunday, January 4, after a long battle with cancer.

By Charles Glover

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott died this morning, January 4,  succumbing to the cancer he battled  for several years. Scott was 49 and leaves behind two daughters, Taelor, 19, and Sydni, 15.

In a statement, President Barack Obama said: “Twenty years ago, Stuart ushered in a new way to talk about our favorite teams and the day’s best plays. I will miss Stuart Scott. Over the years, he entertained us and, in the end, he inspired us with courage and love.”

Scott, who joined ESPN in 1993, will forever be remembered by co-workers and fans alike for his effervescent presence and quick wit on screen, and in particular, for expressions such as “Boo-Yah” and  “As cool as the other side of the pillow.” In a touching tribute to Scott that was narrated by his friend and former colleague Robin Roberts, fellow “SportsCenter” anchor Jay Harris, who grew up watching — and hoping to be like — Stuart, spoke out. Harris  said “Think about that phrase, ‘As cool as the other side of the pillow.’ It’s a hot, stifling night. You’re having trouble sleeping. But then you think to turn the pillow over, and, wow, it’s cool, and it feels so good. “Well, that’s who Stuart is. He is ‘the other side of pillow,’ the man who made sportscasting cool. God bless whoever it was who thought to rearrange the bedding at ESPN.”

Scott will also be remembered for his generosity and willingness to help others, which has been reflected in an outpouring of grief from former colleagues, athletes and people whom he interviewed during his illustrious career. Ines Bebea, a New York-based freelance journalist recalled meeting the gracious Scott one year at a convention for the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). “He was very nice,” she said.

 

Scott, who graduated from the University of North Carolina, brought the ESPYs to tears on July 16 2014 when he was presented the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance after undergoing more cancer treatment. Accepting the award from Kiefer Sutherland, who stars as counter terrorism agent Jack Bauer in the iconic television thriller “24,” Scott relished the poignancy of the moment, stating that “24” was his favorite television show. Addressing his fight with cancer he said: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live an din the manner in which you live.” He went on to say that “When you get too tired to fight, it’s time to let someone else fight for you.”  Scott then called his daughter on stage saying “Daddy needs a hug right now.”

 

Scott doted on his two daughters and spoke lovingly of them as often as he could. He leaves behind a legacy of warmth, excellence, and triumph. Many who were fortunate enough to get to know him have expressed their condolences and sadness. Former co-host with Scott and current lead anchor at NFL Network, Rich Eisen shared an emotional response upon hearing the news. He summed it up the way many would, “I love you Stuart. Wherever you are, Godspeed.”–OnPointPress.net.

President Obama’s new stand on Cuba is bold, timely and brilliant

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has shown courage, independence and foresight in normalizing diplomatic relations with Cuba and authorizing the release of three Cuban captives in exchange for US captives held in Cuba.

President Obama’s decision on Wednesday, December 17 to normalize relations with Cuba by exchanging prisoners, expanding trade, travel and diplomacy is the right decision at the right time.

“We are making these changes because it’s the right thing to do,” President Obama said in making the announcement. He also said Americans are “cutting loose from the shackles” of policies towards Cuba that have failed.

After more than a year of discreet negotiations which included input from Pope Francis, the two nations agreed to chart a new course towards diplomacy. It is only fitting that  President Obama has shown the foresight and grit to heed the pleas of the Pope and secure the freedom of Alan Gross, who was held captive in Cuba since December 2009, as well as a CIA operative who was held for 20 years, and in exchange return three Cuban captives that the US had in custody.

Alan Gross, expressed his gratitude at being freed.

Alan Gross, expressed his gratitude at being freed, saying he was “blessed” to be a citizen of the USA.

The cold war that has existed between the USA and Cuba began in the 1960s when the USA government tried on several occasions to assassinate former Cuban President Fidel Castro, including the Bay of Pigs debacle. The US government refused to acknowledge Castro as Cuba’s rightful leader because of his militant, revolutionary comportment. Castro surged to power as Cuba’s leader in January 1959 and has outlived all of the US leaders who plotted and tried to ensure his demise.

Immigrants from the Caribbean who are naturalized Americans know first hand how valuable Cubans are in providing the services of their doctors to developing countries so that people who are poor can have excellent medical care. Jamaica, for one, has long enjoyed a proud and rich relationship with Cuba, and when Fidel Castro walked into the funeral for beloved late Jamaican Prime Minister Michael Manley, pandemonium erupted with people struggling to contain their excitement.

Cuban President Raul Castro.

Cuban President Raul Castro has been a more low-key President than his brother Fidel.

Raul Castro, who has been running Cuba since his brother Fidel became ill several years ago, expressed his support for the new era in relations between the two nations.

“This decision of President Obama deserves the respect and acknowledgement of our people. We have to learn the art of living together with our differences in a different way,” he said.

The decision to open an American embassy on Cuban shores for the first time in decades while opening up trade, travel and talks towards forging a strong relationship between two strong nations shows the courage, independence and brilliance of President Obama, who refuses to be shackled by a divisively destructive Congress who resent his mere existence.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, brother to current President Raul, has been in ill health for years but has reportedly retained his sharp mind.

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro, brother to current President Raul, has been in ill health for years but has reportedly retained his sharp mind.

When the Ebola scare was eliciting hysteria among Americans, hundreds of Cuban doctors were busily treating West Africans, rendering the selfless, excellent bedside manner for which they are well-known to their neighboring countries. It is time for the American people to shake off the remnants of obsolete thinking and embrace diplomacy as a broad, encompassing and mutually beneficial alliance that fosters the free and easy cultural exchange that is vital to a culturally competent society. President Obama, in taking this first step, again defies his detractors and moves boldly towards practical solutions to seemingly intractable problems.–OnPointPress.net. 

Breaking: President Obama takes a stand, issues executive order on immigration

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has deported large numbers of immigrants during his tenure but has taken up the cause of immigrants with the executive order he issued on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.

By Carmen Glover
On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8:00 p.m., amid threats by Republicans to block all upcoming presidential nominations and chatter of shutting down the government again like they did October 2013, or explore impeachment actions, President Barack Obama finally kept his word by acting decisively on immigration.
Entering the East Room of the White House with his trademark swagger  President Obama issued an executive order that will grant legal status to five million undocumented immigrants. For the families that are affected by this sweeping measure, the action is long overdue. Addressing the nation from the East Room of the White House President Obama said:
“My fellow Americans, tonight I’d like to talk to you about immigration. For more than 200 years, our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations. It’s kept us youthful, dynamic and entrepreneurial. It has shaped our character as a people with limitless possibilities.”
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his planned executive action on immigration, inviting comparisons to last year’s shutdown showdown over the health care law. In the Senate, Jeff Sessions of Alabama and Mike Lee of Utah are among those arguing to use an upcoming must-pass spending bill _ either in December or next year _ to try to block Obama from taking unilateral action to protect millions of immigrants here illegally from deportation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, people rally for comprehensive immigration reform outside the White House in Washington. Conservative Republicans want to drag must-pass spending bills into their fight with President Barack Obama over his executive action on immigration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The President spoke about a broken immigration system that features employers exploiting undocumented immigrants but he also chided anyone who “reaps the rewards of living in America without taking on the responsibilities of living in America.” He spoke of the bipartisan immigration bill that 68 Democrats, Republicans and Independents prepared last year as a compromise measure, which was thwarted by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives who refused to bring the bill to a vote.
President Obama outlined steps he is taking, by executive order, to fix the broken immigration system. Among those are: strengthening the border, make it “easier and faster for high-skilled immigrants, graduates and entrepreneurs to stay and contribute” to the economy and third, taking proactive steps to usher undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows.’ He emphasized the criminals will continue to be deported in large numbers, while efforts will be made to keep families together. The deal that the President is offering undocumented immigrants is iron-clad:
Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

Immigrant father gets his toddler son to help him voice his support for immigration relief.

“If you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation. you can come out of the shadows and get right with the law.,” he said, while stressing that the law does not apply to recent immigrants or anyone who may come to America illegally in the future. President Obama made it clear that the executive order was not Amnesty and he emphasized his authority, like that of previous Presidents, to take such sweeping action.
President Obama then threw down the gauntlet for Republicans who have taken to the airwaves in droves to threaten all forms of spurious, retaliatory actions.  “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress has failed, I have one answer: Pass a bill.”
An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the  Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that "Congress will act," if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

An angry Mitch McConnell, who is expected to become the Senate Majority Leader when the new Congress is seated in January 2015 ahs issued ominous threats that “Congress will act,” if President Obama issues an executive order. Now that the President has issued the order, it remains to be seen what McConnell and his henchmen will do.

When it is expedient, politicians from all walks of life, regardless of party affiliations, tout the United States as a “nation of immigrants,” while they wax poetic about their families who immigrated to the USA “the right way.” On the flip side are the arguments that “illegal immigrants” weaken the fabric of the American society and they need to be kept with stronger border security measures. As both sides draw lines in the sand, an impasse occurs and no movement takes place. President Obama’s singular action moves the debate about immigration forward, ruffling feathers in some quarters but eliciting cheers in others. While the President’s executive order is limited in scope, for the immigrants who qualify under the guidelines described, it means the world–OnPointPress.net.

Loretta Lynch is President Obama’s pick to succeed Eric Holder as AG

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York's Eastern District is President Barack Obama's pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder.

Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is President Barack Obama’s pick to succeed US Attorney General Eric Holder. President Obama made the announcement at the White House on Saturday, November 8, 2014.

By Carmen Glover

BREAKING:  President Barack Obama announced on Saturday, November 8, from the White House that Loretta Lynch, US Attorney for New York’s Eastern District, is his nominee to succeed outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. The President was flanked by both Holder and Lynch as he made the announcement. If she is confirmed, Lynch will make history as the first African-American female to hold the position. Janet Reno was the only female to have held the position in the past.

“In a country that is built on the rule of honor, there’s no office more important than the Attorney General. The Attorney General is the chief legal officer,” President Obama said, in making the announcement. “I’m enormously grateful to Eric Holder for his service. Thanks to Eric our nation is safer and freer. I couldn’t be prouder today to nominate someone who shares those principles, U.S Attorney Loretta Lynch.” President Obama described lynch as a “charming people person,” who is “not about flash, she’s about substance.”  Thanking Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judicial Committee, for being present at the nomination on a Saturday morning, President Obama said “It is my hope that the Senate will confirm her without delay.”

“Thank you for your faith in me for asking me to succeed an Attorney General that I admire and serving an office that I love,” said Lynch as she addressed the gathering, amid a phalanx of cameras going off in quick succession. If confirmed, she vowed to wake up each day with “nothing but the protection of the people,” as her main priority. “The Department of Justice is the only Cabinet named for an ideal,” she said, describing herself as “thrilled and humbled,” for the nomination.

Lynch, 55, was appointed as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by President Obama in May 2010. She was previously appointed to the office in June 1999 by former President Bill Clinton and held the office until May 2001. She was born in Greensboro, North Carolina. She’s a graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard College. In her role, Lynch overseas federal prosecutions in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island. While earning a reputation as being low-key, she has prosecuted some very high-profile cases, including the civil rights case against police officers who assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima.  Most recently, she met with the family of Eric Garner, who was killed when police officers placed him in an illegal chokehold as he struggled to breathe.–OnPointPress.net.

 

Fickle Democrats shun President Obama, expect defeat in Senate, key races

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race.

President Barack Obama has campaigned with candidates who valued and respected the impact he brings to their race, such as Senator Cory Booker in New Jersey.

By Carmen Glover

On Tuesday, November 4, 2014, between 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m., American citizens go to the polls to determine the balance of power in the midterm elections. At stake is the makeup of the US Senate, where the Democrats have a tenuous lead, entering the election, with six seats up for grabs. If political pundits and polls are to be believed, the Democrats are in for a bloodbath of loses in the Senate, House of Representatives and in local races across the land. This is expected generate more gridlock in Congress as the Republicans continue to stymie the President’s efforts to continue steering the country on the path of economic recovery.

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker's re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

President Obama has released campaign videos supporting Senator Cory Booker’s re-election bid. Booker holds a commanding lead against his opponent entering the midterm elections .

In the months leading up to Election Day there has been a very curious phenomenon: With very few exceptions, Democrats have shunned President Barack Obama, refusing to be seen with him as they run briskly from him, his record and his oft-described “low approval rating.'” In fact, Kentucky Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes took almost two minutes to deliver a convoluted non-answer in a recent debate, when she was asked by the moderator if she had voted for President Obama. Citing her role as the Secretary of State, she described her job to ‘protect privacy’ at the ballot.

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic canidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes addresses the Kentucky County Judge Executive Association and the Kentucky Magistrates and Commissioners

Kentucky Secretary of State and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Alison Lundergan Grimes snubbed President Barack Obama repeatedly, refusing to utter his name, and going through verbal contortions when asked by a moderator if she had voted for the President. She is expected to be trounced decisively by Senator Mitch McConnell, who said his “number one priority is to make Barack Obama an one-term president.”

She then spoke about her right to privacy before providing more details in her painful, meandering response.  At no point did it appear to occur to her to keep it simple with a firm: “Yes, no, no comment, or I choose not to disclose.” For her efforts, rightly or wrongly, she is trailing Mitch McConnell, who famously announced in 2008 that his number one priority in the Senate is to “make Barack Obama a one-term president,” a goal that he failed to achieve. In her advertisement she fires a shotgun then faces the screen and declares dramatically: “I am not Barack Obama.”

Emboldened by Lundergan Grimes’ abysmal performances and rigid determination to run from President Obama and his record of achievements, McConnell is expected to win his seat handily, with numbers-crunching guru Nate Silver predicting on November 2, that McConnell’s path to victory is 97 percent assured.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

President Obama campaigns with Governor Dan Malloy in Connecticut on Sunday, November 2, in an effort to ensure that Malloy keeps his gubernatorial seat.

Lundergan Grimes’ antics makes it necessary to illustrate exactly which record she and other Democrats are trying hard to ignore. Among the incredibly successful record that President Obama has racked up in the face of Republican obstructionism and downright hatred due to his ethnicity are the following: Taking the country from recession and alarmingly high unemployment rates to presiding over continuous job growth and an unemployment rate of 5.9 percent versus the 7.3 percent rate he inherited from George W. Bush; passing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often called ‘Obamacare’ which ensures medical coverage at affordable rates to citizens, signing an executive order in the early days of his presidency championing equal pay for women and rescuing the automobile industry in Detroit, Michigan, when pundits urged him to walk away.

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate Candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate

President Obama campaigns in Detroit, Michigan on Saturday, Nov 1 with, from right , Senate candidate Gary Peters and Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer.

Other victories achieved by the President include improving the Gross Domestic Product (GDP); presiding over declining gasoline prices which are now below $3 nationally; boldly speaking up in support of gun control in the midst of weekly murders of innocent children across the country; ridding the world of master terrorist Osama Bin Laden; fighting back against ISIS with airstrikes while holding firm in refusing to commit boots on the ground; keeping his word by pulling troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama.

Mary Landrieu, (D-Louisiana) appearing with President Obama, while cautioning that because of his ethnicity, he might not be warmly welcomed in the south.

Also, President Obama has been specific in addressing the plight of Black and Latino males with his ‘My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative; restoring global respect for the country by embracing cooperation with foreign policy leaders and last but not least, conducting himself like a respectful, cooperative leader who tried more often than he should to reach across the aisle and foster cooperation with the Republicans who have been blinded by their racism and hatred to the point that they shut down the government a year ago rather than do their jobs because they feared handing the President a victory.

At least Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana), has been honest in stating what many of her peers are thinking: because of his ethnicity, the President might not be treated as warmly in southern states such as her home state. Ironically, as the Democrats flee the President and his record of achievements, they are desperately trying to woo Black and Latino voters, who support the President in large numbers. If the Democrats lose as colossally as predicted, do they have anyone to blame but themselves for running from a record and a President that common sense indicates they should be proud to embrace?-OnPointPress.net.