Of course you’re right, Doug, about Obama. He is Wall Street. So he was losing his base & catching hell from some African-American leaders and needed to draw them back for the 2012 election. So I agree this is opportunism- and the “jobs program” it is meant to support offers little to the masses and quite a bit to employers
Still, even if it does delude people about Obama, the fact that the message that went out wasn’t “let’s beat the Republicans” but “go into the streets and start marching- the way we did in the 60s” may create an opening for the left in the African-American community which has been very torn about mobilizing militantly lest it be seen as anti-Obama in a community that for historical reasons still is attached to the idea of “the first black President.” See Nick Powers article “Exile in the Promised Land” in the May 2011 Indypendent.
I just think it might be read by some like FDRs to the labor movement “if there’s something you want, go out
&) mobilize & make me do it.” And one blogger is already interpreting and promoting it as a call to go join Occupy Wall Street.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Doug Singsen
Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011 8:23 PM
Subject: Re: [september17discuss] Sept.24 WOW! Obama calls people, especially African Americans, into the streets
This is such utter hypocrisy from Obama. He has spent his entire administration and all his political energy protecting Wall Street and the rich, privatizing education and attacking teachers, continuing and extending the wars and occupations and the attack on civil liberties, and doing as little as possible to create jobs, fight racism or protect people facing foreclosures. This is simply a diversion designed to mobilize people behind him as we enter election season and divert attention from the long list of his failures. We should not take this bait and see him as our ally: he has proven with his actions that he is not.
On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM, Jackie DiSalvo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
WOW! This, as Obama reminded his audience, is how the 60s started and succeeded.
Speaking before the Congressional Black Congress Pres Obama just called on African-Americans (who officially are said to be at 17% unemployment with 40% African-American children in poverty) “to press on,” saying “I’m going to press on: for jobs, for equality, for the sake of our children, for all those families that are struggling, I expect all of you to march with me and press on; take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes; stop complaining; stop grumbling, stop crying; we are going to press on. When you say at a time when the top 1/10 of 1% has seen their income go up 4 or 5 times over the last 20 years & folks at the bottom have seen their income decline and you want them to pay more, give me a break. They say that’s class warfare. If asking a billionaire to pay the same tax rate as a janitor makes me a warrior for the working class, I wear that as a badge of honor. He hit all the issues of ordinary people: unequal tax burdens, jobs, cuts in social programs, education, access to college, crumbling infrastructure, accessible health care, loss of homes to mortgage foreclosures, privileges of corporations, oil companies. He said, they may say we’re crazy, but “that’s the good kind of crazy that says you can’t stop marching; you can’t stop”
We should sign petition asking him to acknowledge Occupy Wall Street and we should reach out to the African American community.