In the past week since he has assumed office, Donald Trump has signed several major executive orders shaking the very foundations of American immigration and foreign policy, without a stamp of Congressional approval. But, why is no one complaining about it?
A series of best-selling books could be written about what happens in a president’s last hours in office. What do they do? Sit in the oval office one last time and spin around in the chair? Crack open a bottle of scotch they got on the first day? We may never truly know.
But we have found out that Barack Obama was still pushing forward with his political agenda hours before Donald Trump made the White House his base of operations.
Supporters of Leonard Peltier have been campaigning for his release from prison for decades, dating back to President Clinton’s term. President Obama continues to grant commutations to more than 1,000 people and more can be expected before he leaves office, giving many hope that Peltier may have been on his way out.
Unfortunately, despite a personal plea from Pope Francis, Obama won’t be granting clemency to Peltier, despite having served 40 years in custody and a series of health complications, according to the New York Daily News.
2008 feels so long ago, and the feelings I had then are so foreign now. But I remember clearly how a handsome, brilliant, and charming Black man once convinced me and so many other Black folks to hope for the world to change. I remember how he assured me that the violence of anti-Blackness I experienced as a Black kid living in America’s poorest city would one day be no more, despite there being no reckoning with the sins of this country’s past. I remember all of his promises to help make that happen.
President Obama is on his way out of his second term. Now, he’s coming home to say goodbye.
On January 10th, President Obama will give a farewell address from Chicago to recount the successes of his administration and offer remarks regarding how the United States can move into the future. The President is set to give his remarks before Donald Trump takes office on January 20th, 2017. He will likely use this speech to restate his progressive vision for the United States.
In less than a month, the first Black president of the United States will complete his final term. Undoubtedly, these past eight years under President Barack Obama provided a very powerful sense of representation to Black people who have survived over four centuries of violent dispossession largely in society’s shadows. With Obama occupying the highest office in the land, Black folks were able to forge important symbols of Black love, Black family, Black resilience, and Black success from which no one in the world could turn away—until now. Under the coming President Trump, Black communities will certainly be pushed farther into the dark once again.
**This post references extremely graphic materials which may be triggering. Topics: racism, sexism, death, bestiality, misgendering**
To say that the language coming out of the Donald Trump campaign this election season has been obscene, racist, and sexist is an understatement. It has reached every depth of disgusting that political language could possibly reach (*cough* “p-ssy grab” *cough*). Even Trump’s surrogates have taken up the language of their leader.
Carl Paladino, President-elect Trump’s New York co-chair and ex-Republican candidate for NY Governor, recently suggested Michelle Obama was actually a man who should live in Africa with gorillas and that he would like President Obama to die of mad cow disease after Valerie Jarrett dies of decapitation.
I’m not making this up.
This election season has been particularly difficult for black voters. On one side we have Trump – no clarification needed – and on the other we have Hillary Clinton, who has her own history of dismissing black voices. Understandably, many of us feel that we’re stuck between a rock that intends to crush us and a hard place that doesn’t want to accommodate us.
Given that there’s less than a week before the election, you can already hear whispers of whose fault it’ll be if it doesn’t go the right way. In other words, concerns over black voter turnout are starting to make their rounds.
While appearing on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show” on Tuesday, President Barack Obama expressed that he feels the black vote is “not as solid as it needs to be,” according to Politico.
Donald Trump’s late night tweet storms directed towards anyone he happened to disagree with are coming back to bite him a couple weeks before the election. Not only did the New York Times take out a two-page ad listing everyone he’s been critical of during the election, but those same people are starting to speak out – including President Barack Obama.
President Obama has been touring the nation, campaigning with Democratic nominee for President, Hillary Clinton. On Sunday, while speaking at a fundraiser in New York City, President Obama said Clinton could lose some votes because some people have biases against women. In other news, water is wet and the sky is blue. Sexism is as is American as apple pie and racism–so why is it “news” that Obama recognized it in this election cycle?