“Sheepishly he told me he didn’t know that Obama was a guest at the party, and had asked him to fetch him a drink.”
“I’ve been thinking lately, do we actually have a black president or a president who happens to be black? There have been very few moments and very few, if any, policies that have made a difference that you might hope for a black president to do.
This moment was like, wow, we really do have a black president who will come out and lay it all out on the line.”
“I’m straight up jealous of everyone that doesn’t have to think about racism. I can only imagine how free they are. I’d like a life that didn’t involve me mourning young men I’ve never met as martyrs. There are people who can say, without laughing, that the election of the nation’s first black president means that racism, as a defining factor of American life, is over. I envy those people who are able to look at President Obama and see only progress. Like many, I was overcome with emotion I still can’t quite define that night in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected. But the thrill is gone and in the aftermath all I can see is Sean, Oscar and Trayvon standing behind him asking everyone ‘when does this end?’”
For the past week, the White House has dealt with investigations into the attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, IRS targeting of tax-exempt conservative groups, and controversy over the Justice Department seizing AP records. The trio of scandals seem to have had little effect on the public’s feelings about President Barack Obama in new polling.
(Photo: Pete Souza / White House)
TIME Magazine named President Barack Obama its person of the year on Wednesday, dubbing him the “beneficiary and the author of a kind of a New America,” according to managing editor Rick Stengel. The announcement was accompanied by an instantly iconic photo of the President horsing around at the White House with a tiny Spider-Man.
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Members of the US Secret Service remove a supporter’s hand from the back of US President Barack Obama as he greets supporters during a campaign event at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, August 28, 2012.