Posted tagged ‘Obama’

NY Times: Muslim Voters Detect a Snub From Obama

June 24, 2008

By: Andrea Elliot, June 24, 2008

As Senator Barack Obama courted voters in Iowa last December, Representative Keith Ellison, the country’s first Muslim congressman, stepped forward eagerly to help. Mr. Ellison believed that Mr. Obama’s message of unity resonated deeply with American Muslims. He volunteered to speak on Mr. Obama’s behalf at a mosque in Cedar Rapids, one of the nation’s oldest Muslim enclaves. But before the rally could take place, aides to Mr. Obama asked Mr. Ellison to cancel the trip because it might stir controversy. MORE…

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NYT – Mixed Messenger: Multiracial issues and Obama

March 28, 2008
March 23, 2008
The Way We Live Now

A few weeks ago, while stuck at the Chicago airport with my 4-year-old daughter, I struck up a conversation with a woman sitting in the gate area. After a time, she looked at my girl — who resembles my Japanese-American husband — commented on her height and asked, “Do you know if her birth parents were tall?”

Most Americans watching Barack Obama’s campaign, even those who don’t support him, appreciate the historic significance of an African-American president. But for parents like me, Obama, as the first biracial candidate, symbolizes something else too: the future of race in this country, the paradigm and paradox of its simultaneous intransigence and disappearance.   MORE …

THE ROOT: Alice Walker “Lest We Forget: An open letter to my sisters who are brave”

March 28, 2008
TheRoot.com
Updated: 6:17 PM ET Mar 27, 2008

March 27, 2008

I HAVE COME home from a long stay in Mexico to find – because of the presidential campaign, and especially because of the Obama/Clinton race for the Democratic nomination – a new country existing alongside the old.  On any given day we, collectively, become the Goddess of the Three Directions and can look back into the past, look at ourselves just where we are, and take a glance, as well, into the future.  It is a space with which I am familiar.

When I was born in 1944 my parents lived on a middle Georgia plantation that was owned by a white distant relative,  Miss May Montgomery. (During my childhood it was necessary to address all white girls as “Miss” when they reached the age of twelve.)  She would never admit to this relationship, of course, except to mock it.  Told by my parents that several of their children would not eat chicken skin she responded that of course they would not.  No Montgomerys would.

My parents and older siblings did everything imaginable for Miss May.  They planted and raised her cotton and corn, fed and killed and processed her cattle and hogs, painted her house, patched her roof, ran her dairy, and, among countless other duties and responsibilities my father was her chauffeur, taking her anywhere she wanted to go at any hour of the day or night.  She lived in a large white house with green shutters and a green, luxuriant lawn:  not quite as large as Tara of Gone With the Wind fame, but in the same style. MORE ….

Obama Speech: ‘A More Perfect Union’

March 28, 2008

NYT – Next Up for the Democrats: Civil War

February 10, 2008
February 10, 2008
Op-Ed Columnist

Next Up for the Democrats: Civil War

WHAT if a presidential candidate held what she billed as “the largest, most interactive town hall in political history” on national television, and no one noticed?

The untold story in the run-up to Super Tuesday was Hillary Clinton’s elaborate live prime-time special the night before the vote. Presiding from a studio in New York, the candidate took questions from audiences in 21 other cities. She had plugged the event four days earlier in the last gasp of her debate with Barack Obama and paid a small fortune for it: an hour of time on the Hallmark Channel plus satellite TV hookups for the assemblies of supporters stretching from coast to coast.

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ColorsNW – Dispatch from Precinct Caucus – Rainier Beach

February 9, 2008

Submitted by Naomi Ishisaka, Seattle –

Our caucus met at Rainier Beach High School in South Seattle where a very diverse group of many hundreds of people packed into a stuffy, hot lunchroom to caucus for their candidate of choice. While there were many, many Obama supporters, there were also a number of Clinton supporters as well, with many people – particularly white women – displaying their support for Clinton.

The process was incredibly chaotic, with no room between the different groups and a lot of difficulty hearing the speakers. After the first tally of our group, 53 people voted for Obama, 12 for Clinton.

After the first vote, supporters weighed in on their choice. Many speakers — all caucasian — spoke passionately for their support for Clinton, with one woman adamantly saying, “When you are looking for someone to fix your car, you need a mechanic, not a dreamer,” implying that Obama does not have the qualifications to lead the country. Another pro-Clinton speaker said that only Clinton had a plan for health care or Social Security.

A much more diverse group of Obama supporters also spoke, with one woman saying that she had nothing against Sen. Clinton but felt that the energy that Obama has tapped is the spirit of multilateralism in foreign policy, transparency in government and collaboration vs. authoritarianism. Ultimately, our group awarded four delegates to Obama and one for Clinton.

The enthusiasm and energy in the Democratic party — particularly among Obama supporters — is incredibly powerful. I have not seen this level of excitement — particulary among people of color — in my life. – Naomi Ishisaka, ColorsNW

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Results after first tally.

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A supporter speaks for Obama.

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

Rainier Beach caucus Seattle

ColorsNW – Obama Rally Draws 21,000 – PHOTOS

February 9, 2008

ColorsNW’s photographers, writers and videographers were present in full force at the Obama rally at KeyArena on Friday, Feb. 8, 2008. We first arrived at 9:30 a.m. to set up our gear and were surprised to see so many people already lined up to get in. When we finally got through the rigorous security checks, the first of the many thousands of people began to pour in. – Photos by Naomi Ishisaka
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Melissa Ponder Photo - Overflow crowd outside of KeyArena

An overflow crowd waits to get in to the Obama rally at KeyArena on Feb. 8, 2008, in Seattle. PHOTO BY MELISSA PONDER