10 Barack Obama takeaways from the breakfast club
Former President Barack Obama is on a publicity tour for his recently released memoir, “A promised land», And he stopped at The Clu breakfastb syndicated radio show where he spoke with hosts Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee on a range of topics.
Here are 10 takeaways from Barack Obama on The Breakfast Club.
1. Address critics who say he didn’t do enough for blacks when he was president
One of the most repeated complaints people make about Obama’s eight years in the White House is that he has failed to meet the needs of the black community. Faced with this question about the Breakfast Club, here’s how Obama answered:
“I understand that because when I was elected there was so much excitement and hope,” Barack began. “And I also think we generally think of the presidency almost as a monarchy in the sense that (people think) that once the president is there he can do whatever needs to be done, and if he doesn’t. doesn’t, it must be because he didn’t want to.
He added: “The good news for me was that I was very confident in what I did for black people because I have the statistics to prove it.”
Filmmaker and activist Tariq Nasheed is a critic who says Obama failed black America. He tweeted: “Barack Obama was on the #BreakfastClub today, ‘splainin’ and babbling when asked why he hadn’t done anything to help black people. He got right into this disproportionate discourse about black people affected by BS while also bringing up a bunch of “lift it all” policies. Obama and the Dems are liars ”.
Some Twitter users agreed. One of them wrote: “He literally turns into a full white man. Obama knows where his bread is buttered and it’s not with black society.
Another posted: “Awful guy for real, so many black people don’t see him and still love him.”
Jamarlin Martin, CEO of The moguldom nation, tweeted, “I watched the Obama Breakfast Club interview. Obama made a few good points. It is true that a politician does not have the right to speak his truth and “tell it as it is” like MLK or X. The point is, Obama does not have the GOP and white voters to blame for his opinions, TODAY.
Not everyone agreed with Nasheed. One Twitter user posted: “You act like Republicans aren’t liars. Whatever Obama tried to do, they blocked him. Yes, he could have done more, but Obama coming out JUST for Blacks would have had him impeached or murdered quickly.
2. Obama explains what he did for black America
Obama defended his record by listing accomplishments that he says have helped the black community. “By the time I left office, you had seen 3 million African Americans who had health care that had not before. You saw the incarceration rate – the number of blacks incarcerated – go down for the first time in years. You had seen the juvenile correction system, 30% fewer people in there. You had seen black poverty at its lowest level since 1968. You had seen black businesses increase. You had seen black income increase.
“So I could just look at the data and say that millions of black people were better off when I left office than when I arrived,” he said. The breakfast club interview.
3. Blocked by Republicans
According to Obama, he could have done more if he hadn’t been blocked by Republicans. He spoke specifically about Obamacare, saying he understood how black Americans could feel as if nothing changed if they were among the 10 million Americans who were uninsured. Obama put the blame on the Republicans “by preventing him from doing whatever he wanted to do” with Obamacare.
“So if you are black and you are one of those 10 million people who have not received health care… I can understand why they would be upset,” he said.
4. Republicans played the race card
Trump has attracted so many white voters, especially white males, by playing the race card, according to Obama. “You’ve seen this feeling build up in Republican politics that white men are victims… Which obviously doesn’t rhyme with history, data, and economics. said during the interview.
The moguldom nation Founder Jamarlin Martin tweeted a graph showing how the median income of black households rose from $ 25,996 in 1968 to $ 39,556 in 1999-2000 before dropping to $ 33,718 in 2012 under the Obama administration.
“If Obama says he wants credit for ALL Lives Matter, negonomy and handpicked statistics for Black America, you have to look at 2 other Presidents, TRUMP included. If you want to be fair! There is little ALPHA. To get there, you have to take RISKS and be SPECIFIC TO BLACK, ”Martin tweeted.
5. Trump: white male savior?
During the interview with The Breakfast Club, Obama said part of the reason 73 million Americans voted to re-elect Donald Trump was due to messages from Republicans that the country, especially white males, was attacked, The Guardian reported.
6. Change the system
Charlamagne called on former POTUS to tackle the systemic changes his administration had made to help black Americans overcome generations of oppression.
“Black poverty has fallen faster than everyone else,” Obama replied. “The income of blacks has increased more than a lot of other people. The problem is, we haven’t publicized it because, again, the point here is to create coalitions where everyone gets something to make everyone feel involved. But many of my policies were aimed at the poorest people. These people are disproportionately African-American.
Obama claimed his administration had specific policies in place to tackle systemic racism, including changing sentencing guidelines, which resulted in a decline in the federal prison population and a drop in the crime rate. . The overall success of the strategy proved that it was possible to “reduce crime without increasing incarceration,” he said.
7. Correcting the past is not easy
It would take much more than eight years to right historic wrongs against black America, Obama told the Breakfast Club.
“There is no way in eight years to catch up with 200 years,” Obama said. “The way I described it, because that’s really how I understand the presidency now, you’re like a relay runner. You get someone else’s baton, and all you can do is run your leg of the race, then pass it on to the next person. And on either side, who you got it from and who you pass it on, maybe they don’t have the same priorities as you. You know you’re not going to do everything you need to do, but what you need to do is do your best to do as much as you can, and I think that’s what we’ve done.
A Twitter user agreed, writing in response to Nasheed’s tweet: “He was the first black president, I don’t know how you would expect him to undo hundreds of years of slavery, apartheid and segregation. Jim Crow in 8 years. The system was well established before it took office.
8. Trump without law?
When Envy interjected in the interview that Trump “does whatever he wants to do,” Obama replied, “That’s right, because he breaks the laws or doesn’t respect the constitution.”
9. Latino Trump supporters
Despite being anti-immigration, Trump has made inroads with Hispanic voters. Obama said he got it. “There are a lot of evangelical Hispanics who, because Trump says racist things about Mexicans or puts undocumented workers in cages, they think it is less important than whether he supports their views on gay marriage or abortion.
10. Biden’s future
During the interview, Obama warned that Biden could face the same Republican blockades he does unless the Democrats have a majority vote in the Senate. This is one of the reasons why the two rounds of the Georgia Senate are so important.
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Democratic candidates Raphael warnock and Jon Ossoff challenge incumbent Senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue in the Jan.5 runoff that will determine which party controls the Senate.
“If Ossoff and Warnock win, Democrats will get a 50-50 split in the upper house, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris then voting for the tiebreaker.” Fox news reported.
“If the Republicans win these two seats, then Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will not be able to pass a law that Mitch McConnell and the other Republicans will not accept,” said Obama.