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Why Obama is appealing for help

In a video to supporters, President Obama made the following statement:

“It will be up to each of you to make sure that the young people, African Americans, Latinos and women, who powered our victory in 2008 stand together once again,” he said.

“If you help us do that — if you help us make sure that first-time voters in 2008 make their voices heard again in November — then together we will deliver on the promise of change and hope and prosperity for generations to come,” he said.

He’s caught a lot of crap for that statement, with a some claiming it is racist. It’s not. It’s a demographic appeal citing areas where he and Democrats think they’ve lost a significant amount of support, or, if not support, at least the energy that turned those demographic groups out in the large numbers necessary to give he and the Democrats the margin of victory.

Now, there are a lot of forces working against an energized electorate on the Democratic side of the isle, but Ron Bonjean of USN&WR brings us nice little summary of the facts confronting them as it pertains to these particular groups:

* The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that African-American unemployment jumped to 16.5 percent in March, up from 15.8 percent in February. Hispanic unemployment rose to 12.6 percent. These numbers are much higher than the nation’s unemployment rate, which still hovers at 9.7 percent.

* America’s young workers haven’t seen positive change. According to a report by the Economic Policy Institute, one of these groups is workers age 16-24, whose unemployment rate peaked at 19.2 percent. And African-American 16-24 year-old workers had the highest rate, starting 2010 at 32.5 percent, followed by Hispanics at 24.2 percent.

* The percentage of investments made by the Small Business Administration supporting Small Business Investment Companies in minority-owned firms has dropped from 26 percent in 1998 to about 7 percent today.

* Some 80 percent of Hispanic seniors making less than $20,000 per year were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage program, according to 2007 data–and yet the Obama healthcare law cuts $132 billion from this program. A Medicare analysis released last week shows at least half of all Medicare Advantage enrollees will lose their plan, while others will see higher premiums and lower benefits.

And now we have the immigration issue reigniting with little prospect of seeing anything meaningful being done this year.

The voting blocs Obama is addressing in his quote were critical to is success in ’08. With this down economy and the facts above arrayed against them, they’re very aware of their problems. As a White House press office official said:

“The President’s view is that good policy is good politics.”

But as Ron Bonjean adds:

Failed promises to pass policies to create conditions for higher income, more jobs, and better health care coverage will likely lead to a massive failure of turnout for Democrats at the polls.

And at the moment, the Democrats are knee deep in failed promises – a condition that usually seriously dampens voting ardor.



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7 Responses to Why Obama is appealing for help

  • Heh – you mean the promise they thought they had to get their rent and their gas didn’t get covered in the bailout or in the Healthcare bill?  Bummer!  Well, there’s still Immigration, &  Crap & Tax to write freebies into.  Hope!  Change!

  • Actually, it was Whitey that put Obama over the top in the election.  Exactly the group Obama decided he didn’t need anymore.

    Good luck with that pal.

  • It’s nothing new for politicians to ask (beg) for support.  It’s nothing new for them to pitch to specific groups, or to make one pitch to this group, and a totally different – perhaps contradictory – pitch to another.  The spectacle of grown people having to debase themselves by groveling and putting on an act to convince people to vote for them is a nauseating though sometimes entertaining feature of our political system.

    What’s sweet, delicious schadenfreude in Imeme’s case is that the fool has only been in office for less than two years and has to beg because he and the corrupt political machine he leads is sinking like the Titanic in the polls.  Even better, this wonderful, intelligent, thoughtful, post-racial, post-partisan, transcendental light-worker is having to beg the dopes he suckered before to come back for another con job.

    How’s that Hope and Change working out for ya?

  • “…with some claiming it is racist. It’s not.”

    I don’t know about that. But I’ll stipulate that a direct appeal to race by a President is not racist and follows the dotted line on the double standard. We don’t hear direct appeals by a President to “all you white folks whose support was so crucial, etc.”


    “It’s a demographic appeal citing areas where he and Democrats think they’ve lost a significant amount of support…”

    Yes, but the way a President, especially a President who advertised himself as post-racial, targets blacks and hispanics, etc. is to target messages at them via advertising and all the usual stuff. But a President should not put it the way this lout put it in that video presentation.

    And, of course he was lying at his first big national splash at the Dem Convention in 2004 when he said “there is no black America, there is no white America, blah, blah, there is just the United States of America.”

    That was always a lie. Always. Before the words had left his mouth it was a lie.

    But he could care less. He won. Bad. Faith. Presidency. From the beginning.

    • Clarification: It was always a lie about his true sentiments.

    • Martin McPhillipsBad. Faith. Presidency. From the beginning.

      This is a very succinct explanation of the key problem with Imeme.  I think we all accept (even if we don’t like) that politicians lie.  But this clown… He goes beyond mere lying (“I did not have sex with that woman”): his motivations, his agenda, everything about him is deceitful.  He’ll talk about opening up drilling even while enacting measures to make it tougher to drill.  He talks about sanctions on Iran while deliberately making any that get passed (hah!) pointless.  He talks about “creating or saving jobs” even while he deliberately kneecaps the economy and makes it tougher for businesses to grow.  He talks about choice in health care even while enacting legislation that will completely eliminate choice.  He talks about cutting spending even while ballooning it at a rate that makes George Bush look like Ebeneezer Scrooge.  Etc., etc

      I am not old enough to have clear memories of Tricky Dick, but I must say that Imeme is the single most deceitful, lying POS we’ve had in the White House in my lifetime.  Given that this includes Slick Willie, that’s saying something!

      As an aside, I think that this is part of the reason that his poll numbers are not even lower than they are: some people continue to believe him when he says he’s done and will do all these wonderful things because they simply don’t want to admit that the President of the United States is a brazen, compulsive liar.