While Obama is uniting us here in the USA – youths raise their fists in Nigeria as the airwaves emit the lyrics “Obama the Lord is your strength, we believe in change.” Obama is currently the most popular man in Nigeria.
Obama’s first major appearance since returning Saturday from a 10-day trip abroad was to address a crowd of thousands of journalists of color at the UNITY convention in Chicago last Sunday, July 27, 2008. The event was broadcast live on CNN.
When Obama walked on stage-although told beforehand not to applaud-journalists leapt to their feet and applauded with zeal.
Questions were posed regarding BO’s stance when it comes to reparations. Would he take it a step further, in terms of apologizing for slavery or offering reparations to various groups?
“I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it’s Native Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words, but offer deeds.”
BO went on to say the government should focus on providing jobs, education and health
Journalists ran to the stage to snap photos of Obama during the two-minute break midway through the event.
While at the convention he (again) expressed his approval of the Senate’s passage of a major housing bill to help homeowners avert foreclosure. (see my post entitled Mortgage Foreclosure Act and YOUR tax dollars)
Two days later a bill passed in the House of Representatives in the form of a formal apology for slavery. Now, it’s said, we need to make reparations with our deeds because the argument is — talk is cheap.
UPDATE: Career voting records: Currently, Senator Obama has voted 94 times to raise taxes. Senator McCain has NEVER voted to raise taxes.