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Volume 23, Issue #192

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  • President Barack OBamasUneven rOad tO re-electiOn

    By Zena M. Gray

    Just four years ago, mil-lions witnessed what can only be described as history. Sure they were hopeful, sure they envi-sioned it, and sure they voted and assumed it would be, but no one could have ever prepared him-self or herself for the reality that America observed on November 4, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Dem-ocratic candidate Barack Obama, an African American man won

    the race to the White House and a black man would be our 44th Presi-dent. Its been a long time com-ing, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining moment change has come to America, Obama declared at a rally in Grant Park. The world rejoiced and history was made. Months before that night in Chicago, then Senator Obama stood center stage at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver and ac-cepted the Democratic presiden-tial nomination declaring, Its time for us to change America. Now four years later it seems that we remember his promise

    of change coming to America, but many have forgotten what Obama said when he actually won. The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year, or even one term. But, America, I have never been more hopeful than I am tonight that we will get there, declared an earnest Obama, despite the elation of his supporters surrounding him. With that one statement, Obama set the political structure for his entire presidency and for any chance he has at extending it. With the close race at the polls, voters need to go back and re-call how... (cont. on page 2)

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    October 15th-30th 2012

    President Barack Obama shaking hands with supporters.

    Vol. 23Issue #192

  • ...life was at the starting line. Look at how productive Obama has been, even if the product is unfinished, put everything in the perspective that we are climbing out of the worst economic hole of our lifetimes. Re-member that he did say from the start that it might take more than four years. In this election Obama is up against historical odds and a formi-dable Republican challenger in Mitt Romney. The past four years have indeed been steep for him, from that football field in Denver in 2008 to the DNC at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC in 2012, where he accepted his partys re-nomination. His message of hope is still tucked into his campaign, but today the pitch is a lot more hang-in-there-with-me as we move for-ward. Theres a division over him in our country. Many of the politics he promised to change remain bad. Yet regardless of what you may think of him, his presidency has been significant. Although strug-gling with a monster recession at the start of his presidency, Obama moved fast to get passage of a giant stimulus package with the support of his party. When the public mood shifted to aversion over debt, he and his Democratic allies in Congress took a midterm shellacking, forcing him to adjust to the frustrating life of divided government. Revamping health coverage in America, one of his signature domestic efforts, con-sumed up a lot of time and capital. Just barely getting it through the legislative body, he had to watch eagerly as it sped toward review at the Supreme Court. It survived by a single vote from Chief Justice John Roberts, whose confirmation (then-Sen.) Obama had refused to support. That high court, mean-while, is beginning to bear Obamas stamp. Before his term was half over, he had won confirmation of two justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Obama ended the unpopu-lar Iraq war, although it was on the path to an end anyway. And he is promising to close the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

    Even his critics applauded at least one defining moment. Obama or-dered the risky raid to send spe-cial operations forces into Pakistan to get Osama bin Laden, the most hunted terrorist in the world. The al-Qaida leader behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks was shot dead. Most of Obamas term has been scandal free, with exceptions such as Secret Service agents hiring prostitutes in Colombia. Though lacking scandal, Obamas time in office so far has been flocked with crises and conflict. He felt compelled under pressure to show his birth certifi-cate to prove he was born in the United States after winning the No-bel Peace Prize. The national debt continues to soar, the auto bailout, the Gulf oil spill, military action in Libya. The government nearly shut down and defaulted. Those close to Obama say he is fundamentally the same person as always. He has, though, changed in certain ways before the nations eyes. At age 51, Obama appears to be in impeccable shape, is active in sports, shares romantic dates once a week with the first lady Michelle and hes quit smoking. The only physical indi-cation of job related stress are the graying roots in his head. I dont think theres any doubt that our presidents grow in office, says his friend and cam-paign adviser, Robert Gibbs. And in some cases, they gray, too.Obama invariably talks of decisions through the filter of fatherhood. His daughters, Malia and Sasha, have turned 14 and 11 in the White House. Heading toward Election Day, about half the country ap-proves of Obamas performance. That standing has been pretty steady for the past three years.The public gives him worse grades on his handling of the economy. Yet more people than not like him per-sonally. Rarely part of the discus-sion, although a major part of his election is his race or his role as the nations first black president. He has an acute sense of history. He wants to be remembered as a great president, not a civil rights icon,

    said presidential historian Douglas Brinkley of Rice University. Right now what he wants is four more years in office. Obama himself has agreed he has not changed the tone in Washington and that at times, he has lost a connection with the American people. The mistake of my first couple of years was think-ing that this job was just about get-ting the policy right, Obama said recently. And thats important. But the nature of this office is also to tell a story to the American people that gives them a sense of unity and pur-pose and optimism, especially dur-ing tough times. Obamas campaign pitch this year could easily be pulled from the speech he gave on that Denver convention stage four years ago essentially that government can help the middle class and sup-port private industry and protect the hurting. He says Republicans favor an economic trickle-down approach that leaves people on their own. The bottom line is that vot-ers have two choices to make. The first is whether theyre going to

    give Obama credit for economic progress. The other is whether they think he or Romney will lead the nation better going forward. The economy weighs on Obamas chances. He is expected to face voters with the highest national unemployment rate of any president since the Great Depression. The jobless rate got as high as 10 per-cent in October 2009. It is now at is 8.3 percent, about where it was in his first full month in office. The climb back remains enormous. The nation lost 8.7 mil-lion jobs in the recession and its aftermath in 2008 and 2009. Since then, it has regained 3.9 million. Obama once said, early in his term, that if the people were not feeling economic progress in three years, then he faced a one-term propo-sition. Challenged about that this year, he said: I deserve a second term, but were not done.

    2 New York Trend NYC October 15th-30th 2012 www.newyorktrendnyc.com

    President Barack Obama giving a speech at the National Defense University

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    By Anastasia Williams

    My love for reality television started when I was eleven years old. FOX had just created the show The Simple Life, which revolved around two socialites- hotel heiress Paris Hilton and Lionel Richies daughter Ni-cole. With their horrible mul-ticolored extensions and Your Hot bedazzled tank tops, Richie and Hilton took over television. Young girls loved watching the two girls attempt to do hard labor, which they were definitely not used to. It was exciting and always made me laugh. This was my first taste of reality television and I saw it as harmless and silly. Fast forward nine years later and I can honestly say I do not feel the same way about real-ity television. Television has morphed into a reality show based platform where only the most outrageous antics gain the most exposure and attention. I would be lying if I said I didnt enjoy watching the oc-casional tussle on television. Weave pulling, scratching, spit-ting- all signs of, in my opin-ion, barbaric behavior but nev-ertheless it is entertaining to watch and read about. But there comes a point where one must reevaluate and think Who am I watching? How old are they? Is this appropriate? What does it say about me? Reality tele-vision reflects a wide range of people from all walks of life. Coming from a personal stand-point, it seems that the majority of the Black community idolize and mimic the behaviors of re-ality television stars, when in retrospect, they should be con-demning it. The majority of reality television shows I have seen are the ones that are directed to a more urban audience, like Love and Hip Hop or Basket-ball Wives. They all seem to have acquired a violent ele-

    ment that was not there in the first few episodes. But, as ten-sions rage and women become more hostile, it is only natural that tussles escalate. However some have taken a stand and produced documentation that requests the show be taken off the air for bullying and inap-propriate behavior by the stars of the sho

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