July’s Patriotism after June’s Latest Round of Disappointment

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Just last weekend during the 4th of July celebrations WVON-AM/1690 The Talk of Chicago did a July 4th poll asking how patriotic the listening audience felt this past week with Barack Obama in the White House as president.

(The following is based off of the “Straight Talk” transcript delivered July 7-9, 2011 on the American Urban Radio Network) Just last weekend during the 4th of July celebrations WVON-AM/1690 The Talk of Chicago did a July 4th poll asking how patriotic the listening audience felt this past week with Barack Obama in the White House as president. As you would imagine from the president’s current hometown, a majority of the poll participants said that they felt very patriotic or otherwise proud to be an American because of his presidency. Yet, there was an ironic glimmer in the poll results. Roughly 16 percent of those polled said that they were simply not satisfied or were feeling unpatriotic on the 4th this year with President Obama in office. The irony did not escape me that this 16 percent is roughly the same official number that is often quoted as the unemployment rate for African-Americans today despite the belief that this president would do something to warrant the electoral support of 97 percent of Black voters in 2008 and possibly upcoming in 2012 as well.

Further still, I wonder if those same folks – or perhaps more – are wondering if the president sees these constituents as chief sacrificial lambs.

Just as he did during budget cuts in 2009 when funding to poor Black high schoolers and students at HBCUs (i.e., Historically Black Colleges and Universities) was stopped by the Obama White House, President Obama’s latest proposal to settle the debt ceiling issue, according to multiple outlets, puts some of his most devoted voters back at risk. The president seems to be trying to get Republicans to agree to his $400 billion tax-increase package by including lower payments to those who provide health care to senior citizens and poor people under Medicare and Medicaid.

Wow – that sounds like creating a brand new health care reform in Obamacare by cutting $500 billion from Medicare – you know, the popular program for America’s senior citizens most in need.

With advocates like this for loyal voters in the White House, one has to wonder: who needs enemies?

And if one’s sense of patriotism in the Obama Era is tied to this type of performance – whether it is on the job front (where Canada, a nation smaller than the state of California in population, created more jobs than the United States last month), the health care reform, or the economy in general (where taxpayers chipped in over $270,000 per job created by the Obama-led stimulus) – one has to wonder: do the majority of us have it wrong about this White House after 3 years of disappointments? Maybe the 16 percent from the poll have it right after all.

Lenny McAllister is a syndicated political commentator and the host of “Launching Chicago with Lenny McAllister” on The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM WVON (www.wvon.com). Find him Saturdays with host TJ Holmes and fellow pundit Maria Cardona on “CNN Saturday Morning” at 9:30 AM CDT (10:30 Eastern / 7:30 AM Pacific.) He is the author of the upcoming edition of the book, “The Obama Era, Part I (2008-2010): Diary of a Mad Black PYC (Proud Young Conservative).” Follow him at www.twitter.com/lennyhhr,on Facebook at www.tinyurl.com/lennyfacebook , and www.lennymcallister.com .

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