This past week I had a discussion with a well known African American Business Woman in Los Angeles. She was mad as the devil at President Barack Obama and vowed not to vote for him next time. She was ready to fire Barack, He had disappointed her and the world has not turned around in his one year in office. She said it was because he had chosen some of the Bush cabinet people for his cabinet. Then I stopped by a beauty shop of a friend of mine and they were discussing whether Obama would run again. I believe he will. The shop owner said her husband thought Barack would run again, but some women in the shop thought he had had enough. The shop owner wondered why anyone would want the job of President with all of its headaches.
As I reflect on Obama's first year in office, I think he's doing just fine under the circumstances. That doesn't mean that I have not been mad at him at times... Mostly because he seemed to not hear the Republicans when they demonstrated that they would vote against anything he tried to do. Like a basketball game where there are four Quarters, Obama has fought through the first quarter, and he won.
I've been married to my wife for forty-seven years. That doesn't mean that every year has been perfect. It hasn't, and most of it is my fault. But I'm still there, so I win. It took me seventeen years from the day that I decided I wanted to be a lawyer till the day I passed the bar, after taking it over and over. But I won, and this November will mark twenty-eight years of practicing law.
Politics is like sports in many ways, but there is always a beginning score of 0 to 0. The score and the lead may go back and forth but it's the end score that counts. As for Barack Obama, he won the health care battle. Health Care Reform has started. Job creation has started. It's only the Second month in 27 months for the creation of jobs to increase. It is true that 44 percent of people out of work have been out of work for over six months. But the turn around has started.
The announcement that off shore oil exploration has been approved is probably good news. It maybe undesirable, but is it necessary?
Watch the prices of gas go down and his wisdom may prove itself. After all, we buy oil from Iraq and other enemies while being at war with them. We need to do something to change that. We co-exist with racists everyday on the job and at the stores that we shop at because they are Americans just as we are. Sometimes they take the money we spend with them and buy materials or support programs that are racist and we don't even know it.
Let's not fire Obama yet. It's just the end of the first quarter. Winning takes time and strategy. He's not playing the game alone. There are two teams, Republicans and Democrats, or maybe more if you count the so-called Tea Party and the Southern Democrats who are against him. If my wife had not given me a few second chances to do the right thing, my marriage would be over, and I'm still learning. If the Bar said you can only take it one time, I would not be a lawyer. If my Dad had not made a decision to move from Altus, Oklahoma, a town of only 20,000 people to California in 1948 and start over, where would I be? You can't be in a hurry and win, it usually takes time. I think it's premature to be talking about firing Barack. It's only the beginning of second quarter.
On another note, there has been some scuttlebutt about our local council person, Jacque Robinson. To those who want her fired, I ask what you have done for us lately. It is easy to stand back and take pot shots. If it's important to you, roll up your sleeves and get in and help. In our upcoming issue of the "State of Black Pasadena" we will address that issue further. We will also address our view of what is happening at the school district, in the city manager's office and of course at the Police Department and (pre)choosing a Police Chief. Stay tuned!