What A President Should Be…a Leader for all

President Obama tweeted this statement:

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  1. awaldstein

    Read that yesterday, thought the same.It is the truth.

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen

      Actually, it’s just about the guns.The growth of the white supremacist movement in recent years is its own issue. But if the trend was Black men walking into Wal-mart and slaughtering white people, walking into primary schools and slaughtering white children, you can be sure there’d be some gun legislation getting passed.The suggestion that “inner city” violence is an affliction solely of the inner city simply isn’t true, and it feeds racist tropes.

      1. Gotham Gal


      2. Salt Shaker

        Yes, “inner city” violence isn’t an affliction solely of the inner city, but there’s def far more prevalence in depressed, urban areas to dismiss away any association w/ racial norms. Just as Trump’s disturbing tweets have become normative, inner city killings, sadly, have become normative, too. I’m amazed National Guard deployment w/ a 9p curfew hasn’t been implemented in the south side of Chi. Maybe creating a semblance of peace, even artificially, would be beneficial longterm. Obv whatever is being done now is failing miserably.

      3. JLM

        .Guns are banned. Period. In Chicago. What additional gun legislation would one add to guns being banned in Chicago to turn that charnel house around?JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  2. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Feels like 100 years ago now that Obama was president. This has been the longest damned two and half years.

    1. Gotham Gal

      For sure

    2. JLM

      .”Feels like 100 years ago now that Obama was president relevant.”It is hard to believe how many basic things that “former President Obama” — my favorite three words in the English language — got wrong.Turns out Pres Trump did have a magic wand after all. Turns out that you can bomb ISIS back into the Stone Age. Turns out that NATO will pay its fair share. Turns out that you can confront China, N Korea, Venezuela, Russia, Pakistan, Iran.President Obama had a Dem House/Senate and did nothing other than cry big alligator tears after Sandy Hook.Luckily, “former President Obama” — those lovely words again — is busy cashing in to make too much trouble.Worst. President. Ever.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

      1. AlexSF

        I get that you’re a hypocrite Republican shill, albeit one with fine writing skills, but what I don’t understand is why you constantly inject your unwelcome nonsense into Joanne’s site?Turns out you’re just another Trump troll with nothing better to do. Sad!

        1. JLM

          .Nothing even remotely hypocritical about my utterances — a hypocrite being someone who pretends to hold certain beliefs when in actuality they do not.You judge me without bothering to know anything about what I believe. You should know that I am a person who cares not a whit about political ideology, intensely disapproves of the “establishment” of both parties, but focuses solely on policy and, more importantly, the results of that policy.If I am a Republican, an identity I would never espouse, then I am a traitor to certain core beliefs such as gun control, immigration, and the death penalty. I am an independent thinker.I have often been critical of Candidate and President Trump. I consider him to be the Chemotherapy President meaning I believe he will kill off the bad before killing off the good. From the very beginning, long before he obtained the nomination, that was how I described him.http://themusingsofthebigre…There is a subtlety and nuance to my views on politicians as I have seen the inner workings of the beast having been involved at the grass roots level as an appointee to state agencies, member of a state executive committee, a county executive committee, as a District Chairman, and an Election Judge.We learn the most when we courageously venture forth from our knee jerk echo chambers and find out what others think about policy and results. This requires persons to embrace intellectual risk, the chance that one is not correct in their untested views. The coward stays within his own comfort zone and repeats the same words that he hears all the time.The intellectual journeyman goes to the places where he can learn other opinions and hear other voices. That requires courage, intellectual curiosity, and critical thinking. It requires adulting.It doesn’t require name calling — the surest sign of an inferior intellect, the inability to thrust and parry with ideas. You, sir, are a name caller which immediately disqualifies you from any serious discussion.When ideas wrestle in the public square, the result is stronger and better ideas. The basis for any improvement in society is the ability to bridge gaps with ideas.JLMwww.themusingsofthebigredca…

  3. lynnerae

    Thank you, Obama for continuing to lead when the chasm of lack of leadership becomes too gaping. Every time a shooting happens I am heartbroken, and hope *this* will be the turning point that drives change. That is yet to happen and I don’t think it will be Until the gun lobby is stopped. I am a US citizen who lives in Mexico and am frequently asked by (US) friends and strangers if I “feel safe”? I always have. Who, now, can feel safe at any time or in any place in the US as long as anyone has access to assault weapons?