President Obama: Please Call Home



By Raynard Jackson

NNPA Columnist

Last week, I criticized President Obama for his anemic, voiceless, almost whispered response to the tragic death of Hadiya Pendleton.  She was a 15-year-old honor student who was shot and killed in Chicago two weeks ago after having performed at Obama’s inauguration.

To my total amazement, there was a torrent of criticism from within the Black community about Obama’s tepid public statement about Hadiya’s death.  I was proud that many in the Black community finally were angry enough at Obama to finally do something about it.  I was happy and sad simultaneously.

I was happy that Blacks stopped hiding their displeasure with Obama, but were totally embarrassed that they had to organize an online petition begging Obama to attend Hadiya’s funeral.  This was not necessary for the Newtown killings.  It’s almost as though Obama instinctively connected with that community—though there was some type of kindred spirit so much so that his reaction was as natural as his breathing.

But, somehow Chicago and Hadiya’s death was different.  There was no apparent instinctual connection, though her murder took place a mile from Obama’s house in Chicago.  As is typical for this president, he couldn’t muster up the nerve to confront this issue directly, so he decided to send a group of surrogates to Hadiya’s funeral – First Lady Michelle Obama, Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett, and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  His actions speak so loud, I can’t hear anything he has to say about Hadiya’s tragic death.

I find it just as amazing, that with all the emotion surround the issue of gun control, there is absolutely no talk about a very simple fact—the president, the governor, and the mayor are all liberal Democrats.  Chicago has some of the most restrictive gun control laws in America, yet one of the highest levels of violent crime in the country.

A discussion about gun control without a simultaneous discussion about controlling the heart of a man and the culture of a society is like watching a football game on the radio—it’s impossible.

The NAACP gives image awards to singers, actors, and producers, etc. who dump toxins into our community and call it entertainment. The Congressional Black Caucus is afraid to force Obama to address the issue of values within the Black community because they want to be invited to the next White House’s Christmas party. And ministers want to be celebrities so they preach a “feel good” gospel that is devoid of values.

How can we ask others to address issues within our own community that we are not willing to address ourselves?

Obama is like an absent father who criticizes his teenage son for how he turned out?  Well, President Obama, your “son” doesn’t need another lecture from you; he needs your time, your love, your legislation to address the internal problems he and his family has.

You find every opportunity to confer your support for a homosexual agenda to the point that you have compared it to the Civil Rights Movement, but in four years as president, you refused to use your presidential bully-pulpit to address the negative pathologies within the Black community or the racism in some sectors of the White community.

Did you think so little of Hadiya’s death that you sent surrogates to represent you?  Could you not empathize with her family and the broader community enough to make the trip yourself?  So, enough with the speeches, your family needs you at home.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site,  www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

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Larry Hewitt February 14, 2013 at 01:00 PM
Thank you for bringing attention to this tragedy. It is a shame that "our" President will allow his agenda (gun control) to prevent showing compassion not only for this unfortunate young lady and her grief-stricken family, but his "home town" as well. I for one feel his actions speak much louder than any words ever could!
patricia February 14, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Sorry to say, Mr.Jackson, had it happened before the election he may have come for a photo-op. But now that he has been re-elected, I really don't think it matters much to him. Everything Obama does is politically motivated, and that little angel just doesn't fit into the agenda.
Jeff Hawkins February 14, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Is anyone really surprised?
jnrentz1 February 14, 2013 at 01:43 PM
A powerful statement. Thank you Sir.
1ke February 14, 2013 at 01:50 PM
I, too, am distressed. Eighteen children were murdered in Baltimore last year and the President never showed his face. Wait till the Tea Party Press gets a hold of that one. You'd be a smiling somebody then, too. Phoney.
1ke February 14, 2013 at 01:55 PM
But in there plugging anyway. Tough way to make a living, my brother! "So, if I am to believe these so-called analysts, the Black vote is irrelevant and non-existent. The Black vote is rarely mentioned as being important to either party. Democratic analysts treat the Black vote as just a given – Blacks will vote Democratic. Therefore, there is no need to discuss them. In other words, they are taken for granted. On the Republican side, the Black vote is simply ignored and considered a waste of time as I was told in no uncertain terms by some in the Mitt Romney camp." http://sacobserver.com/2012/12/raynard-jackson-republicans-are-driving-in-the-wrong-direction/
CP February 14, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Obama ordered flags at half staff for a drug addicted wash up Whitney Houston. Yet a real human, a hero, veteran, one with courage and a heart there is silence. Like most Libs Obama hates America.
M. Sullivan February 14, 2013 at 02:53 PM
The complaint voiced in this column is just plain ridiculous! I am probably among the last people to take Obama's side but, do you honestly expect him to show up every time a black child gets killed? If he did this, he would be traveling 24 hours a day just for that. There seems to be some feeling in the "black community" that somehow Obama owes them some special consideration for their votes. He is supposed to be President of the entire U.S., not some special Messiah for certain people.
Steve February 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM
No he didn't that was the Republican Governor of New Jersey. Try again CP. Next time let Snopes be your friend.
G3 February 14, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Mr. Obama is not a "traditional" African American. His roots are Hawaii, Indonesia and an absent father from another continent. Must we endlessly only look at his skin tone? Don't be fooled: He is a politician first.
Amy Leahy February 19, 2013 at 11:57 PM
The tragedy at Newtown was the perfect opportunity for Obama to get on his bully pulpit about gun control. That is the only thing he is focused on right now, just as last year it was the same sex marriage. He is a liberal Socialist first, anti-capitalism anti-colonialism, and plays the race factor only when it suits him. He cannot get involved with a black girl being shot in a drive-by shooting simply because he cannot use that murder in his anti-second amendment platform. Chicago already has the strictest gun laws. Where else can it go from there? The only ones who carry guns in that city are police and the bad guys.
FIFA February 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM
yah yah yah.
FIFA February 20, 2013 at 12:01 AM
yah yah yah
Chris W February 20, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Another "powerful" comment from FIFI.
Kongo February 20, 2013 at 01:58 AM
LMAO...suffer a little brain damage recently, Fido?


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