President Barack Obama might have appeared to change to some of us, but little else has changed in the U.S.
Government for the poor and disadvantaged is still failing them. The lack of change can be blamed on the Republican Party and/or Obama and the Democratic Party. The promised change for the better has not occurred for most of us.
I have been,and will always be, an advocate for the poor, disadvantaged and others who need help. I thought I had discovered a comrade in arms when I first heard Obama speak. He possessed the eloquence of Mario Cuomo. The icing on the cake was that he was black. Everything he spoke and wrote on his way to the White House gave me hope that there would be a change benefiting those who have been dismissed in our society. They appeared to be needed as financial, judicial and economic prey.
I was not happy with the way Obama distanced himself from those he credited with giving him his moral compass — Bill Ayers, Jesse Jackson and Jeremiah Wright. I understand the forces that encouraged those decisions, and I thought this might have been a price Obama thought he had to make for the greater good of those for whom he promised to bring hope and change.
I became more concerned with Obama's strategic behavior when environmental adviser Van Jones resigned and was not replaced with someone who had his passion and allegiance to the disadvantaged. Obama's limited support for Susan Rice, a candidate for secretary of state, did not endear him to me. After Jones' departure, almost all mention of the disadvantaged departed. Certainly, there was no discussion of programs for their welfare except those that can be found in Obamacare.
This has caused me to pay more attention to the personality of this man who hired all of the Wall Street, ecology, immigration and drone wolves to watch the hen houses they are supposed to be protecting. I learned there was a reason the voters of the South Side in Chicago chose Bobby Rush over him. I believe it was a trust and confidence issue.
Obama has experienced many cultures where he has made survival adaptations.
His speeches and writings indicate he can intellectually espouse acceptable rhetoric but his behavior and programs don’t reflect a passion on his part for the people that a Van Jones perspective in the White House would provide. I don't expect the president to be perfect. I do expect him to assess himself as I have tried to do and modify his administration to address the areas where he is falling short.
The ever-increasing quality of life gap between blacks and whites needs to be addressed. Jobs need to be addressed. A moral drone policy needs to be addressed. Comprehensive studies and strategies for employment education, violence, immigration, ecology and energy must be addressed. Equality in justice system must be addressed. I do not expect magic, but I expect a better use of his second term.
Obama's eloquent speaking ability has been and continues to be acceptable currency with the white elite power structure, even when many demean him. African Americans cannot be swayed by speeches for long. They have had many experiences with eloquent African American speakers, e.g., Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Colin Powell, Jesse Jackson and more.
Action, through programs and policy, is what disadvantaged people want and need. It wouldn’t hurt if it was mentioned in his priorities sometimes. It's not too late for our president to live up to his promises of hope and change for all. At least we want to be able to say he tried!