Just in case the sturm und drang of negative voices carping at the POTUS from the right, from pun-idjits and from the self-appointed green-hued purists of the purportedly left persuasion are beginning to wear on anyone’s nerves (’cause they are on mine) just wanted to share a little anecdotal joy.
I have had it – up to my eyeballs with folks on leftie blogs who aren’t working class, aren’t black or latino, aren’t Democrats (as far as I can tell) shrieking at the top of their lungs and comparing the President to Bush, Romney and even Hitler.
So anyway – I’m dumping my feelings here.
I lived, and worked in Harlem for many years. Both Harlem’s – East,and Central (the East side is often called “Spanish Harlem”).
The POTUS paid a short visit to Harlem to do a fundraiser at The Red Rooster. So my ears perked up when I heard he was going to show up, and I searched for media reportage.
My local TV station covered the crowds lined up hours in advance hoping to catch just a glimpse.
These are the “poor ghetto folks” he’s betrayed (the gospel according to RainbowFake and other ranters)
See picture above.
Read quotes below:
Straining her neck in hopes of getting just a glimpse, Chalise Bostic joined hundreds packing Lenox Ave. to welcome the first black President to the cultural heart of black America.
“To breathe the same air as him, it’s perfect,” said Bostic, 21, a student at LaGuardia Community College.
Obama’s motorcade drove west on 125th St. as throngs of people, some dressed in T-shirts bearing the President’s face, packed the sidewalks and applauded, waved – and even cried.
“It’s a historic day – our first African-American President in Harlem,” crowed Columbia University grad student Lissan Hardware, 26. “It gets no bigger than this.”
Garbage trucks lining the streets blocked the best vantage points to see Obama, and the President probably didn’t see protesters toting signs reading, “Where’s the Doggone Birth Certificate?”
But overall the crowd was clearly pro-Obama.
“I’m proud of him, not because he’s black, but because of the things he has done for everyone,” said retired Harlem nurse Leona Brown, 58.
“Being here is important,” Brown added. “I can tell my grandchildren and maybe great-grandchildren I was here when the President was at the Red Rooster.”
“It’s about time for him to come back and see us,” said Olivia Brand, a retired Harlem resident who recounted standing in the long lines at the polls to cast her vote for Obama. But she wasn’t holding any grudges. “I heard it on the news, I took a shower, got dressed, and said, ‘I’m going to come see the man of the hour.'”
“My first time ever voting is when Obama was on the ticket,” echoed Jamal Harris, a 32 year-old neighborhood resident. Harris has since lost his job as a teen counselor and he rests credit for his extra 13 weeks of unemployment benefits squarely on Obama’s shoulders. “I can’t find a job, and he allowed me to continuously pay my bills and take care of myself.”
Florence Middleton stood nearby in the blustery spring wind wrapped up in a scarf, hat, and winter coat with an Obama pin on the lapel. “He’s my president, and I love him,” the 50-year resident of the neighborhood said. “He can’t do any wrong, that’s how I feel ” she added with a laugh.
One after another, the people milling around the police barricades waiting expressed unequivocal support for Obama, and campaign readiness for the next go around.”I like the president. He’s done good by us,” said Luz Feliciano, a lifelong Harlem resident who works at a senior center in The Bronx. She and her mother had come to wait. Feliciano pointed to Harlem’s improved economy and crime rate as evidence of Obama’s success, and unprompted, she jumped ahead to 2012. “And I’ll vote for him again.”
She wasn’t the only one who volunteered thoughts on Obama’s political fortunes.”The Republicans downgrade him, and stuff like that. But he’s doing the best he can.” James Bell said. “I don’t know whether he’ll get elected next year, because the white folks don’t want him, but he’ll be all right.”
Okay. What does this prove? Some folks in Harlem like the POTUS.
But to me it speaks to those people who ranted about the deal he cut with the Republicans to get unemployment extended. The naysayers (imho) really don’t care about how those folks affected really feel.
Are Harlem folks angry about “tax breaks for the rich”. Not exactly. Folks I talk with are happy to be getting bennies. Period.
Do regular folks hang on every word of Jane Hamsher or Glenn Greenwald? Nope. They have never heard of either. They don’t read Daily Kos either, I’m sure.
But they know who they voted for – and will be out again in 2012 – doing it again.
Sure. Blacks and Latinos can’t get him elected by themselves. But I’m willing to bet that there are other places across America where people feel just the same. They aren’t going to make headlines, and we sure won’t hear from them on certain online venues. I don’t even know if most regular folks get polled.
But my money is on Barack in 2012.
You can take that to the bank, or put it in your pipe and smoke it.
Okay – this is really an open thread or something.
I just needed to hyperventilate before I wind up smashing my keyboard in frustration.