Do Better

I want to cry.  Literally. Like a puffy, red-eye, snot nose, can’t catch my breath cry.  No, no one died.  No, no man broke my heart.  It’s the aftermath of the 2012 election.  I’m honestly tired of seeing my friends on Facebook post stuff about Gov. Romney AND President Obama.  (I’m tempted to hit un-friend for classmates, friends, and family alike…maybe I’ll just take them out of my timeline.) I’m tired of reading news articles related to people being mad their candidate didn’t win and exasperated at seeing people cheer because their candidate did win.

In 2012, we have someone that basically made a death threat against Obama because he won.  A woman ran over her husband because he didn’t vote (for Romney).   People are actually signing petitions to have their state secede from the union. -_- I have to admit, I was one of the disillusioned people in 2008 who thought race relations might be becoming a thing of the past with the election of the nation’s first Black president.  Two months later I would see just how wrong I was.  And four years later, it seems as if things have gotten worse.  Honestly, do people dislike the POTUS because of his policies and his political party?  Or is it all about race?

A lot of news pundits have stated that in order to unite America, the President has his work cut out for him and has to find a way to get people on his side.  I wholeheartedly disagree.  When it comes to relationships (because the President has a relationship with every single American-regardless if he received their vote), you can’t change the other person.  It’s not Obama’s job to change the mind of millions of people that do not “like” him to get them to work with him .  It’s his job to run the country.  It’s our job as Americans to hold him, and especially our other elected officials, accountable for doing things for the greater good of this country.  How much sense does it make to constantly battle someone?  None, because nothing gets accomplished (which we’ve witnessed for the past 2 years).  We-the POTUS, state and local officials, and the American people-need to come up with a compromise.  That’s the only way this relationship is going to work.  If we can’t make this relationship work, speak up during the next election with your vote and end the relationship.

When I first moved to DC, I stopped watching the news because it seemed everyday someone was getting killed.  Now I stopped watching because of the elections.  I would like to think some of this would die down, but it doesn’t seem like it has.  I honestly wonder sometime if my Facebook “friends” have issues with people that are different from them.  I get tired of seeing posts and pictures related to people’s political thoughts.  What are you doing with your life?  How’s the new job?  The new baby?  The new house?  Let’s focus on the present and the future because the past is behind us.  How we can move forward.  Talk about how to you visited your representative and you agreed to work on ways to improve the schools in your district.  Or how you’re coming up with a plan to work with your neighbors to combat crime.

Alas, I doubt this white noise that is Election 2012 is going to die down anytime soon.  Which saddens me.  And makes me want to cry.  Not the pretty cry with one tear going down my cheek.  But the puffy, red eye, snot nose, can’t catch my breath cry.  Until the next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

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Four More Years…

To say that I am happy that President Obama won re-election is the understatement of the century.  To say that I am happy that the 2012 Election Season is over is the 2nd understatement of the century.  I was SO tired of seeing commercials related to Virginia politics and amendments, Maryland amendments, AND presidential ads.  Now, to move onward…

Unfortunately for Republicans who in 2010 stated their main focus was to make President Obama a one term president, that is not a reality.  He is going to be around for 4 more years.  If elected officials REALLY and TRULY cared about the American people, they would do as Mr. Romney suggested in his concession speech-cross party lines and make this about people and not politics.  The only way to move this country forward is to work together.  Put whatever it is behind you to ensure that America is a country that continues to prosper.  It’s time to put all of this juvenile, petty, old-world thinking behind us and to come together as a country.

I implore all of you to reach out to your elected officials by writing a letter, an e-mail, or even visiting them.  When you go to them, voice the concerns that you have and that affect you and your family.  Don’t let them do what they want to do.  They are in office and work FOR YOU.  If an elected official is too busy to talk to you, they may not be the right person for the job.  You should at least be able to speak to someone in their office.   If your representative isn’t making the decisions that benefit you, do not re-elect them.  One thing that I think Americans take for granted and gloss over is the elections of our state and local leaders.

Arrogance nevers win.  Being respectful to your counterpart is key.  Working on a compromise is essential.  These principles not only works in politcs and government; they work in real life, too.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

PS  Can I just say a big “CONGRATULATIONS!” to my cousin that won his town council seat in Hilton Head, SC?!?!?  We are so proud of you, Marc, and know you will do great things! 🙂

Don’t Disrespect My President

I haven’t done a post on a Friday in far too long.  I was going to highlight some things that have happened in recent weeks that I haven’t really talked about, like Arnold cheating on Maria, the News of the World scandal, and the traumatic death of “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn; I’m not even touching the Casey Anthony trial.  What I will comment on is the blatant disrespect of President Barack Obama. 

Now, we’re family, so we can be honest with each other.  We may not and will not like EVERYTHING our leader does, but he’s still our leader.  You may not like his politics or his policy, but you will at least show him the respect he deserves.  In my short life on this Earth, I have never seen or heard such apathy and flippancy towards the President of the United States…until our 44th President took office.  It all started when South Carolina Republican Senator Joe Wilson (darn you from being from the home state) yelled, “You lie” to President Obama while the POTUS was addressing the House.  The ramifications?  None.  Next, you have GOP Presidential nominee and Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann claiming she’ll “help him find a job” when she wins the Presidency in 2012.  Maybe not disrespectful as much as it was just poor taste.  And lastly, lest we not forget how Mark Halperin, co-author of Game Change and Editor-at-Large for Time magazine, used an unflatteringly slur just last week to describe the President while on the show “Morning Joe”.  He has been suspended and did make apologies, but what would make him think this was appropriate in the first place? 

When Dixie Chicks frontwoman Natalie Maines told a London audience that she was “ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas” (referencing 43rd President George W. Bush), there was such a backlash for the band.  Until that point they were sucessful and touring the world and performing in front of sold-out arenas.  All of that changed after Maines’ remark.  The band received death threats, shows were cancelled, and there were bonfires of Dixie Chicks paraphanalia. 

So, why is it ok to disrespect Obama?  Your guess is as good as mine.  One of the awesome things I can say about the current POTUS is that he is graceful, humble, and has a forgiving spirit.  As the song goes, he “dusts his haters off” and keeps it moving.  He knows why he’s in the White House and realizes he has a job to do.  If everyone took responsibility for their actions and handled their business, this country, heck this world, would be a much better place.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

 

Witty Wednesday-Donald Trump is an Idiot

Now I’ve said here before that I don’t like to talk about people…but with this, I can’t contain it to myself anymore.  I don’t think today’s post will be long, but it will be poignant, at least I hope it is. 

Ok, are you birthers and all you other naysayers happy now?  The White House has released President Obama’s birth certificate.  Did anybody REALLY think Barack Obama wasn’t born in America?  Raise your hands, stomp your feet, do something if you thought otherwise…nope, no takers-yep, I didn’t think so.  I appreciate the President’s comments during his press conference.

“We do not have time for this kind of silliness,” Obama told reporters at the White House. “I’ve been puzzled at the degree to which this (story) just kept on going.”

From CNN.com

Me, too, Mr. President.  Now, Donald Trump, who I believe is trying to drum up viewership of his show “The Celebrity Apprentice”, is claiming Obama wasn’t a good student while at Harvard.  Are you kidding me???  We have SOARING gas prices, millions of working Americans who DON’T have health insurance, families who are living paycheck to paycheck, and you want to question whether or not the President was a good student?!?!? Seriously, you need a hobby!  To my knowledge, no President has ever had to prove his citizenship.  Why?  Because it’s been proven BEFORE he took office.  If Donald Trump is as concerned about this country as he claims (isn’t that why people run for President?), then he needs to start addressing the problems that are occuring in American households and neighborhoods…not harassing a man who’s doing his job.

Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl..in the city.

P.S. I do hope Trump becomes the Republican nominee for President in 2012.  It’ll make the race that much easier for President Obama.

I’ve Got Nothing

I've got nothing for ya'...

No, I’m not kidding.  I have absolutely nothing for you guys today.   I had a request to talk about the State of the Union Address President Obama gave and the episode of “The Game” last night…but I’m really not in the mood.  What can I say?  I agree with the president on education, working to better the economy, and unity within the Senate (something that still needs to be worked on based on last night’s address).  And I haven’t seen the last 2 episodes of “The Game”.  I know-I need to do better.   I don’t even have a “Way Back Wednesday” post.  I’ve been dealing with my own stuff lately and haven’t thought about what to talk to you guys about.  I can tell you I have some things I’ll probably talk about on Friday, but other than that…I’m lost.  (And it probably doesn’t help that I had a 2 hour delay this morning and will probably go home early due to inclement weather on the way.)  So if there’s a topic you want me to discuss, the floor is yours.  Leave a comment, and I’ll reply.  But with keeping with the WBW theme, I’ll post the song that I have been playing all day.  It’s not that old, but I love it.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

P.S. Can I just say I really don’t like snow???

My Thoughts on the Obamas

Happy 100th post to ME!!!  This has been such a blessing, a lot of work, and a lot of fun working on and creating this blog.  I have grown so much since May when I did my first post.  When I wrote that post, I had NO clue what I would write about.  But I knew I liked to talk, so I didn’t think it would be that hard!   In any event, I wanted to make sure that my 100th post was significant, so I decided to share my thoughts on one of the most influential families in the world, The Obamas.

I have been a Barack Obama supporter since he declared his candidacy.  Not only was I a supporter of the candidate, but I was a supporter of his family.  It’s been awhile since a positive image of an African-American family has been seen in mainstream media.  People’s first look was “The Cosby Show”…and that was fictional; I’m glad that the Obamas are very real and have not changed anything since President Obama was elected.  Lucky for me, I am a part of and grew up seeing great black families, so this was not a foreign concept to me.  

I appreciate how involved our First Lady is on causes that she holds dear.  The last time I saw a FLOTUS this active was Nancy Reagan…and I was a toddler.  I’m sure Secretary of State Clinton and both Mrs. Bushes were active…I just don’t remember.  (Or maybe I didn’t pay attention.)  I love the attention that she has given to military families and to childhood obesity.  She has become such an icon and role model, and it’s been a while since the world has seen a person like her-one who is able to inspire greatness in so many people.

I also appreciate how Sasha and Malia are being kept under wraps.  I feel like when President Clinton and (the 2nd) President Bush were in the White House, you always heard something about their kids.  Now, maybe I’m living under a rock, but I haven’t heard too much about Sasha and Malia in the news.  They go to school and do what kids do, which I think is great!  Now, I have to admit that my friends and I were once joking around and said that it would be SO hard for a boy to date either one of them (when they get older).  They have to deal with Secret Service, Barack and Michelle, and don’t forget Grandma Marian!

To say I love the Obamas is an understatement.  I appreciate the positive changes that have taken place in this country since President Obamas inauguration and how he and Michelle work as a team.  I appreciate how Sasha and Malia are nowhere to be seen each week in some magazine or newspaper.  And I definitely appreciate how the Obamas are able to keep some family traditions in place after the move to DC from Chicago. 

So what do you guys think?  Are the Obamas a good family role model for Americans?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city.

P.S.  I purposefully stayed away from ANY election or political stuff.  I’m saving that for my next post! 😉