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  •  It's not anger I am after from him (18+ / 0-)

    and maybe my diary doesn't make it very clear - I might have muddied up my own point.  What I was trying to say was that black people have been ingrained with this for so long until it kind of prevents us from doing anything. Anything taking an offensive position from us gets turned around and misunderstood as anger.  The few times he did get fired up, that was the response - oooooh is Obama getting angry??? blah blah blah.  It has the effect of subduing our opinions and our feelings because we don't want to scare folks. We don't know how others will perceive it. We get misunderstood a lot.  So while I am not looking for angry Obama, I am hoping that passive Obama is not him doing what the rest us do - holding back for fear that everyone will label him as angry.  He's entitled to those emotions when they are warranted. He should be able to feel free to express himself. And if it is him doing what the rest of us do, that maybe he shouldn't let himself be worried about that anymore, because there are many of us who want that fight. And if its in him to do, we'd welcome it.  If its just not him, then so be it. That's all....

    •  Your diary is perfectly clear and (9+ / 0-)

      you have not muddled up anything and you've expressed yourself beautifully.  I've been bothered by the very same thing, even though I'm a white woman and certainly am not personally impacted in the way that you are.  

      It's been driving me crazy that Obama is held to some standard of non-angry behavior- even though he is the President of the freaking United States. There's just something very messed up about that, and I'd love to see him challenge it a bit.

      I always think of his speech during the '08 campaign, when he talked about the offenses of the Bush administration, and said "Enough!" in perhaps the most pissed-off tone I've seen him use.  And the audience went wild.  I'd love to see more of that.

    •  Drilled into you (1+ / 0-)
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      I wonder how much that was drilled into him since his mother who raised him doesn't seem to have been the type to hold back and she wasn't raised that way, not being black herself.  I have no clue, but his story and life are pretty atypical

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      by Mindful Nature on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 05:56:04 PM PDT

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    •  not muddled at all, another well written and (4+ / 0-)

      timely diary.

      Whatever you do, do not stop writing here....  your POV is needed....  

      That I happen to agree with both is besides the point.

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      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 06:03:29 PM PDT

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    •  I guess I didn't completely understand your (1+ / 0-)
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      diary. Thank you for your patience in re-explaining it. It's hard to know what motivates someone who we really don't know. I've been thinking about this topic for some time, and I guess we'll really never know. If you think about it, it's rare to see any president show real anger. We've heard stories about behind the scenes flair-ups, but not for public consumption.

      There are certainly plenty of public black people who have been quite open with their anger. First to come to mind is Al Sharpton, since I watch his show every day. He wears all of his emotions on his sleeve. He makes me laugh and cry and get angry right along with him.

      Our president is a whole different kind of person. We'll just have to love him the way he is.

      Your left is my right---Mort Sahl

      by HappyinNM on Fri Oct 05, 2012 at 10:36:39 PM PDT

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      •  Do you believe Al Sharpton? (0+ / 0-)

        Do you trust him?

        Do you like him?

        Which matters most to him, do you think?
        Which matters most to you? :)

        Yeah, me too!

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        by Bud Fields on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 11:34:02 AM PDT

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    •  Well put. Personally, I think Obama's performance (0+ / 0-)

      was immoral in not representing his constituency (i.e., normal Americans) against the lies and deceptions Romney spouted. Obama aided and abetted right wing lies that night. And if he and his advisers don't know that trying to avoid risk is the biggest risk of all, their campaign is in big trouble.

      Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em. --Casey Stengel

      by LongTom on Sat Oct 06, 2012 at 04:29:14 AM PDT

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