The Obama Resolution

First, let me state for the record that I believe ALL of these ‘recognition resolutions’ are an absolute waste of time. I know the Senate typically spends a good 30 min to 1 hr each day on these, time which could be better spent debating actual legislation. That said, If you REALLY want to pass this, and I still say it is a waste of time regardless, all ya gotta do is amend it as follows and the vast majority of the objections would be settled:

A RESOLUTION

Honoring President Barack Obama on becoming the 44th President of the United States and recognizing President Barack Obama as an honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus; and for other purposes.

WHEREAS, on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold this most important and powerful of world positions; and

WHEREAS, prior to becoming president, Barack Obama faithfully and diligently served as a member of the Illinois State Senate from 1997-2004 and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004, serving from January 3, 2005, until November 16, 2008; and

WHEREAS, President Barack Obama was a highly distinguished member of both the Illinois and United States Senates and has a long and distinguished career as a public servant and representative of the people; and

WHEREAS, the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus is a nonprofit charitable and educational organization established in 1973 with a vision to set the standards for black legislators and other political leaders in the years to come and to boldly assert the power of the black vote and the power of the black voice: and

WHEREAS, the primary purposes of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus are to promote the general welfare of minorities and other citizens of Georgia in matters of health, welfare, education, criminal justice, employment, and economic development; to stimulate professional and intellectual growth; and to advance the study and implementation of solutions to the problems of all citizens of the great State of Georgia; and

WHEREAS, throughout his political career, President Barack Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body recognize President Barack Obama as an honorary lifetime member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus; join in commending him for his exceptional service to his community, this state, and our nation; and congratulate him on becoming the 44th President of the United States.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the members of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators and other state black legislative caucuses are urged to adopt similar measures recognizing the extraordinary achievements of President Barack Obama.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Clerk of the House of Representatives is authorized and directed to transmit an appropriate copy of this resolution to the chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, Senator Emanuel D. Jones; the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, Representative Calvin Smyre; and to the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Notes:

  • Every record I’ve seen says he was a pretty typical member of the Illinois State Senate and was not ‘highly distinguished’.
  • Similarly, nothing I’ve seen in objective reports shows that he has been ‘distinguished’ – as in ‘ marked by eminence, distinction, or excellence’ – throughout his career. Indeed, prior to running for President, he seems to be fairly average given his background, upbringing, and social circles.
  • The problem with the ‘integrity, vision, and passion’ clause is multi-fold.
    • He has ALREADY failed on three campaign promises and has compromised on several more, and he isn’t even out of his first 100 days. If he were a real man of integrity, he wouldn’t have made promises he couldn’t keep, and therefore his integrity IS impeachable.
    • The problem with his ‘vision’ is that 53% of Georgians didn’t agree with it, and therefore OUR General Assembly should not praise a man for it. If anyone has vote numbers for the SWGA area specifically, I would love to see them.
    • I’ll give you the ‘passion for public service’. Indeed, ‘public service’ is the only real job the man has ever known, meaning he has been working for the government his entire adult life! In other words, he is nothing more than an average, routine bureaucrat who happens to be a good public speaker – so long as a TelePrompTer is around.
  • Again, 53% of Georgians did not vote for Obama, and therefore he is NOT worthy of special recognition by the entire General Assembly. If the Legislative Black Caucus wants to recognize him, by all means feel free to do so. I think overall in this state, the African American vote went something like 75%-90% for Obama, and they would be completely justified in honoring him.
  • With the last noted, if the changes I’ve described above are made, even I think that while still a waste of time, this resolution could speak for even the 53% of Georgians that did not vote for Obama.
  • One last thing, and this is the real bomb: Until we stop speaking of men as ‘the first black man to do ____’ or ‘the first Latino man to do _____’, we will NOT have recognized Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s dream that “my four little children will one day live in a nation
    where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
  • With these statements and resolutions recognizing a man for being the ‘first black man to ___’ or ‘the first Asian man to ____’, etc, WE HAVE NOT REALIZED THAT DREAM. And this is a shame, because it is a dream I truly believe in. Martin Luther King Jr truly was one of the greatest men America has ever produced, I’d put him right up there with my favorite Founding Fathers even, and the fact that organizations such as the Legislative Black Caucus still exist, even in an age when a black man is President of the United States of America, is spitting on the man’s grave and doing the utmost disrespect to the man’s legacy.
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One Response

  1. Just one quibble, but Obama hasn’t spent his entire life working for the government. AS a community organizer, he started out with non-profits, so while he’s never worked truly in the private sector, he hasn’t worked in government his whole life either.

    Of course, I seriously have issues with any comment about his “distinguished” service in Illinois or in the Senate. As best I can tell, he’s done nothing more than win elections. That’s hardly worth honoring. Yes, he won the Presidency, but he won based on flash, not substance.

    Of course, that’s what the American People seem interested in these days.

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