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VOTE Obama!
By Yussuf J. Simmonds
Published November 1, 2012

Now or Never, It’s Up to Us

The presidential election is now in its final days and President Barack Obama is crisscrossing the battle ground states harnessing every VOTE while trying to make every minute count. This 2012 presidential race is more meaningful to the country than any other in modern history, and it is incumbent on all people of goodwill – especially African Americans and people of color – to VOTE.  President Obama is in a tight race… a race for his political life and he is depending on those who showed up in 2008, to do it again … this time with more fervor and commitment … and to bring a friend. Don’t disappoint him.

Most of what the President says, he demonstrates by example.  At a recent gathering while speaking to a crowd of supporters, he mentioned some of the obstacles and barriers that he faces from the House majority (and others) to continue his programs and progress that his administration has made over the last four years. In response, the crowd booed, registering its disapproval of those who are determined to return the policies of the past. 

President Obama said to the crowd, “Don’t boo, VOTE! He continued by saying, “I know I can count on your vote. Now, it’s on all of us to make sure our friends and family step up. Reach out to folks you know in important early vote states.  Connect with your friends and urge them to VOTE early.”  The President took time off to VOTE showing everyone that with early voting, there are many windows of opportunities to accommodate everyone, regardless of your circumstances and your schedule.

In the 2008 campaign, the President had a strong organization of volunteers and he relied heavily on a ground game that was almost impossible to sidetrack.  Proof: it propelled him to victory, with a strategy that relied heavily on Blacks, women, labor unions and youth. This time around the game plan and the organization have to be better than before to bring about the same results: victory in November.  The other side is counting on the unemployment numbers that are shrinking; and a sluggish economy that is slowly recovering.  But it all favors the President.

Take a look at some of the things that have been accomplished in the last four years under the Obama administration:

     steered the economy on the road to recovery … slow but sure

       everyone will be able to have proper health care: the Affordable Care Act

       funded the auto industry and gave it a new lease on life

       undocumented children now have time to become legal residents

       stopped the massive hemorrhaging of jobs, and create millions of new ones

       established stringent banking regulations for Wall Street

       halted the foreclosures in the mortgage industry and guided recovery efforts

       ended the War in Iraq and created a time table strategy for an Afghanistan exit

       instituted more affordable payment plans for student loans

       appointed two women to the U.S. Supreme Court and countless federal judges

The above-mentioned is a brief synopsis that reinforces President Obama’s accomplishments and the reason why many elected officials support him for a second term.  He needs to continue the progress that he has started. Here is a sampling from some of the elected officials who have worked with the President:  

L. A. City Council President Herb Wesson:

“President Obama deserves to be reelected to another term. When he became President, he faced the worst economic crisis since the depression.  With the economic stimulus, he has taken us from the brink of disaster to where our economy is now growing again.  “ObamaCare” is the most important social legislation since Medicare.  It will save lives and provide medical coverage for millions who have no health insurance.  President Obama ended the war in Iraq, and has made America a safer place in the world because Osama Bin Laden and other terrorists are no longer with us.  We need President Obama’s leadership, and the world needs his leadership for another four years.”

Assembly-member Isadore Hall:                                                                          (Assembly-member Hall is a senior surrogate for the President on the West Coast.  He has been traveling up and down the Coast on the President’s behalf attending huge rallies for him, coordinating delegations, talking to supporters and doing all the things that the President does in his stead.  He has done debates, town-halls and things like that to draw support for the President and energize the base)

“When we look at the successes of the President, he said that he would give the middle class an opportunity to have affordable health care regardless of your pre-existing conditions, and he did that without flinching.  He said that he would help college students with education in terms of how yesterday’s or today’s loan programs look, and he did that.  In fact, he created over 16 bills to help reform student loan programs.  He also was able to reform Wall Street and the banking institutions to make sure that before people are being foreclosed upon, that they have options and alternatives presented to them that allow them to stay in their properties. He did that.

         “In addition he understood that in order to grow the economy, he had to invest in small businesses – it’s actually the small businesses that make this economy work.  In doing so, he created more small businesses across this nation that have created thousands and thousands of jobs for middle class and low income workers.

         “He also saved the auto industry.  So when you look at what he said he was going to do … his accomplishments … given the adverse conditions in Congress, he has done an extraordinary job.”

Assembly-member Mike Davis:                                                                                     “Why we should VOTE for President Barack Obama:  He kept his promise to end the war in Iraq, provided policy for Universal Health Care, reinvested in America through giving loans to the auto industry (which have been repaid) and reformed Wall Street by insisting they reflect the populations of this country. President Barack Obama has kept his promise, we must keep our promise to our families and community to return President Obama’s leadership for four more years of positive growth towards the American Dream.

Finally, it is important to understand how some of the President’s (obvious and seemingly apparent) adversaries feel about his accomplishments.  It is a well known fact that the GOP standard bearer is a Mormon and that Utah is Mormon country.  The Salt Lake Tribune, a leading newspaper in Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, published an article on October 22, 2012, ‘Obama has earned another term’ which made some unkind remarks about their “homeboy.”

It read in part: “…Who is this guy (meaning Mitt Romney), really and what in the world does he truly believe?

“The evidence suggests no clear answer, or at least one that would survive Romney’s next speech or sound bite.  Politicians routinely tailor their words to suit an audience.  Romney, though, is shameless, lavishing vastly diverse audiences with words, any words, they would trade their votes to hear… ”


The article concluded with: “ … Therefore, our endorsement must go to the incumbent, a competent leader who, against tough odds, has guided the country through catastrophe and set a course that, while rocky, is pointing toward a brighter day.  The President has earned a second term.  Romney, in whatever guise, does not deserve a first.”




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