Obama To Gays: Pastor Rick Warren Will Help Us All ?Come Together”
Obama To Gays: Pastor Rick Warren Will Help Us All ?Come Together” - https://urlca.com/2t8dti
The president may be right. Hopefully as people of all faith and no faith continue to work together to solve the problems of our world we will grow together in understanding and respect. While today I feel anger, I know that for us to have a future as a nation we need to come together across differences, recognizing that the arc of the universe really does bend towards justice. The Inauguration on January 21st may be the next step in our national journey of reconciliation and redemption of all people.
"[...] there surely is some common ground when both those who believe in choice and those who are opposed to abortion can come together and say, 'We should try to prevent unintended pregnancies by providing appropriate education to our youth, communicating that sexuality is sacred and that they should not be engaged in cavalier activity, and providing options for adoption, and helping single mothers if they want to choose to keep the baby'. Those are all things that we put in the Democratic platform for the first time this year, and I think that's where we can find some common ground, because nobody's pro-abortion. I think it's always a tragic situation. We should try to reduce these circumstances."
Even within the Invisible Children organization itself, a surprisingblend of liberal and conservative have come together. Of Invisible Children'sfour independent board members, one is an openly gay pastor (and the head of anEmerging Church); another donated to California's Proposition 8 campaign to bangay marriage.
I think it would work better if we elected people that were willing to work with the President. What difference does it make if he is white or black. There are a lot of poor blacks and a lot of poor whites that would probably benefit from the elected officials working together instead working to get which ever democrat or republican is in office out. This is the same thing that happened to Pres. Bush, Pres Clinton, They only become bad Presidents, because everything they try to accomplish is shot down by the oppsing party.
True. He is a true African-American given his dad was African and his mom, American. Most African-Americans, as we call them, have mixes of white in their heritage, but not many have a fully white parent. He was raised by a white parent and his white grandparents. He is not of slave-heritage. Perhaps this is something that helped him believe it was possible to be a president of color. I hope color is no longer an issue. I hope other races will consider running. And GENDERS other than male. Female, trans... and whatever else comes along!
Mammay! Y do u have so much hate in ur heart? When I moved from Southwest Virginia to Atlanta, Ga, I was abuse by own race! I lost promotions and always received the smallest raises of any of my co-workers even got a 5 cent per hour raise one time! But I always for the most part work hard! I just kept on putting head down and worked harder! My own race turned against me because of( where) I was from and the( language) I spoke! But I kept saying thou will be done not mine! I bet I said that a 100 times a day or more each day! But with Gods help, I ended up retiring from this company and moving to the beautiful Island of Puerto Rico! My advice to u is get that hate out of u and run from it each time it comes! I promise u good things will happen for you!
The swearing-in of the country's first-ever African-American commander-in-chief will be a central storyline for the media and for many in the jubilant crowd - but it is not the tale Team Obama is trying to tell. 'The fact that this is historic is unavoidable. And it is powerful, and it is emotional,' says Linda Douglass, chief spokesperson for the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee. 'But the paramount goal here is to communicate through the activities and events that we are one people.' Of course, there's no way for Obama to keep journalists from holding forth about the historic nature of Obama's presidency; even 10-year-old Malia, when told by her dad that he'd be giving a speech at the inauguration, replied: 'First African-American president - better be good.' There's a natural temptation to situate Obama's inauguration in the arc of the civil rights movement. A huge sign in a Georgetown shop window recounts a saying that circulated during the campaign: 'Rosa sat so Martin could walk; Martin walked so Obama could run; Obama is running so our children can fly!' But aside from the inescapable - the location of the Lincoln Memorial, where King gave his 'I Have a Dream Speech', and the fact that the King holiday comes a day before the inauguration - Obama's celebrations will do little to promote him as the carrier of that torch. 'We've tried to make sure that from the people's point of view, this is about them,' says Douglass. 'This is not a celebration of an election - it is a celebration of our common values. At a train stop in Baltimore Saturday, Obama drew his inspiration not from the heroes of the civil rights movement, but from the 'farmers and lawyers, merchants and soldiers' who gathered in Philadelphia in 1776. In Philadelphia, he said he hoped that Americans could 'recognise ourselves in one another and bring everyone together - Democrats, Republicans and independents, north, south, east and west, black, white, Latino, Asian and Native American, gay and straight, disabled and not.' For the Washington portion of Obama's 'Inauguration for All Americans', event planners have checked off the boxes for all of those demographic groups. Sunday's 'We Are One' concert at the Lincoln Memorial featured Beyonce and Mary J Blige, Bono and Bruce Springsteen. Gene Robinson, the gay Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire, said a prayer at the concert; pastor Rick Warren, a California conservative who opposes gay marriage, will deliver the inaugural invocation; the Reverend Joseph E Lowery, an African-American civil rights leader from Atlanta, will deliver the convocation. Itzhak Perlman will play violin after the swearing-in ceremony; Yo-Yo Ma will play cello. It's the same something-for-everyone approach other recent presidents-elect have adopted - remember Bill Clinton's plan for a Cabinet that 'looks like America'. And anyone who's watched Obama's rise knows it would be foolish to expect anything else. 'He was never going to have a Soul Train Line on Pennsylvania Avenue,' says William Jelani Cobb, an associate professor of history at Spelman College. From the very start of his campaign, Obama has refused to allow himself to be cast as a 'race' candidate, framing his personal story as an 'only in America' narrative that fit squarely within the humble-roots histories of presidents like Abraham Lincoln, on whose Bible he will take the oath. For the most part, says Paula D McClain, professor of political science at Duke University, Obama has approached the subject 'without a bullhorn saying, 'This is what I'm doing'.' McClain offers as an example the diversity of Obama's cabinet, which she notes was simply achieved, not trumpeted. 'Throughout the campaign, it has been understated,' says Cobb. 'You know the Whitman quote, 'I contain multitudes'? That really applies to Obama in that way,' he says. 'I've been saying he's kind of a Rorschach test, where people look at him and see what they imagine him to be.' The week, Obama himself reminded the nation: 'This Inauguration isn't about me. It's about all of us. At this defining moment in our history, it serves as our opportunity to come together in common purpose, united in our resolve to renew the promise of this nation and meet the challenges of our time.' Obama's greatest opportunity to convey this message, of course, will be the inaugural address. Says Democratic strategist Christopher Lehane: 'The speech, broadly defined, sets the stage for his presidency - and so even if the historic nature of his candidacy is a focal point, the vision and tone [of the speech] is what will frame the future and establish the Obama brand for his presidency.' If Obama addresses the social import of his presidency in his speech, he will undoubtedly use it to pivot his audience away from the past and toward the future, as he did in the 'race speech' in Philadelphia last year. But few expect that he will focus on the issue at all. Obama-watchers expect a nod to the civil rights movement in the speech, but not much more, anticipating that the new president will allow the participation of major African-American figures such as Lowery and Aretha Franklin to speak to that aspect of the day. 'Those of us who will have the job making an analysis of this will spend most of our time with the question, 'What does it mean to have a black president?'' says Ronald Walters, a professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. 'But I don't think [Obama is] going to spend much time on it at all.' In the end, of course, attention will be paid no matter what Obama says or does. - Politico 2b1af7f3a8