Sunday, May 10, 2009

BHO's "Swagger"-Like it or Not!

May 10, 2009

Did you see the CNN Story On Obama's "Swagga"? Some call the coverage "The Most Embarrassing Ever?" (If you missed the video, check it out on You Tube or Sorry, I haven't learned how to upload videos yet, but I'm working on it.)

I wasn't offended by the CNN story on the "Swagga". In fact, I thought it was a moment of light conversation on air about something we all talk about continuously. I believe that the majority of African Americans recognize "the swagga" and feel good about it, particularly males. " group of Americans is more invested in the Obama phenomenon than black men who see in his success a transformation of their own public image" says Melanie Eversley, former Washington correspondent for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Detroit Free Press. "Opportunity and hope, I think that's what Barack brings—the hope that anything is possible," said Ramone Crowe, 39, owner of The Java Exchange CafĂ© in Detroit.

I watched the Texan cowboy stance and gait of President Bush with no particular feelings one way or the other. In contrast, it makes me happy to see the President Obama rythmic moves...departing Air Force One, walking into the White House Press Conference, or taking his seat at the Bulls game (even with a beer in hand). I relish the fact that he seems to know there'll be positive and negative comments on what ever he does, so it seems to me he's chosen to be himself and let the chips fall where they may.

The most recent stories cover the President and Vice President stopping at a local upscale burger joint for lunch. Fox News coverage made negative remarks because the president asked for Dijon mustard on his burger (notthe standard regular mustard or ketchup) and a side of french fries (which the place didn't sell). Leave it to Fox to find what ever the POTUS does as a negative.

There's so much press on everything that POTUS and FLOTUS do and then, the haters come out to complain about "The Messiah". It's really a no win situation, but I love the fact that people are getting a some small lessons in African American culture whether they like it or not. I keep my sanity by reminding myself that BHO won and that he is the baddest son-of-a-gun in the valley whether some folks like it or not. I'd tell them like my daughter Krystal tells me..."suck it up...get over it!"

On another note:

Now, I have to give it to President-elect Barack Obama. When a comic book finds you worthy enough to be included in a 'special-edition' issue, you must have swagger. Marvel comics, after learning that President-elect Obama was a Spider-man fan, decided to introduce the two in the Amazing Spider-Man Issue #583.

Written by Zeb Wells with art by Todd Nauck and Frank D'Armata, the story takes place in Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day and finds one of Spider-Man's oldest foes attempting to thwart the swearing in ceremony of the 44th President of the United States. Fans can read it in its entirety in Marvel Comics' AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on January 14th, 2009. Look for the special variant cover by artist Phil Jimenez featuring the President-Elect and Spider-Man!"

"When we heard that President-Elect Obama is a collector of Spider-Man comics, we knew that these two historic figures had to meet in our comics' Marvel Universe," says Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "Historic moments such as this one can be reflected in our comics because the Marvel Universe is set in the real world. A Spider-Man fan moving into the Oval Office is an event that must be commemorated in the pages of Amazing Spider-Man."

Fans of Spider-Man and those wanting to own a part of another historic moment in American history, rushed to their local comic book retailer on January 14, 2009 to purchase the issue. Hope you got your copy.


Swagger Style
Where Swagger is not an option, IT IS THE STANDARD!

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