President Barack Obama: Yes we can, yes we did — again

Thu., Jan. 17, 2013 6:00 AM EST
by Terry Shropshire

President Obama’s second inauguration is rich with both symbolism and irony. Remember that Obama became president 40 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and 40 years after Sen. Robert F. Kennedy appeared to be the only white politician in America who could envision an African American occupying the same Oval Office that his brother, John F. Kennedy, once did.

”Things are moving so fast in race relations. A Negro could be president in 40 years,” Bobby Kennedy said one week before his own assassination. ”There is no question about it. In the next 40 years, a Negro can achieve the same position that my brother has.”

The political manifestations don’t stop there. In fact, it’s just beginning. For the 57th inauguration, Obama has chosen to use three Bibles during the swearing-in ceremonies: one belonging to Dr. King; one that President Abraham Lincoln used and the third from the family of his wife, first lady Michelle Obama.

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  • Vandellish

    Please…he ain’t nuthin but a real life Pootie Tang.

  • PubliK

    This some sad shit. Shit like this set back the black race 400 years Hip Hop doesnt look to good Def Jam come on were are the Chuck D caliber rappers fuck this dumb music

  • http://twitter.com/DJStylus Rhome

    It’s not that folks have to necessarily be pining for the ’80s and ’90s, some of us just still have standards and can’t relate to talentless coons.

  • Reifer

    You people are tripping madly! Joe Budden has beeen knocking it out of the park with each project he’s made since ’07. He’s a great artist and don’t ever confuse him with bad hip hop. Additionally, have you ever heard of a little group called Slaughterhouse?– the most lyrically-talented group in all of current hip hop. Look I love 90’s rap, but how bout you listen to an artist instead of assuming he’s bad because he’s on a reality show. You are missing out.



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