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Obama skipping big Chicago African-American parade, but in town for fundraisers

Obama skipping big Chicago African-American parade, but in town for fundraisers

This Saturday, Chicago will hold its annual Bud Billiken Parade, “the oldest and largest African American parade in the country,” without its previously announced Grand Marshall President Barack Obama.

Organizers were surprised to learn in late June that he would be backing out; what is even more surprising is that Valerie Jarrett is sending the replacement, her staffer Michael Strautmanis.

It is quite a let-down for organizers of the parade, the theme of which is “Education: Built to Last; a Tribute to President Barack Obama,” a topic that appears to have been built around the expectation that the President would be taking part.

And communications have been confusing; the chairman of the parade reports that all communications had gone through the White House, but the cancellation was done through the campaign office.

What is confounding is that the President will actually be in Chicago this weekend for a series of swanky fundraisers, where $40,000 per person can get you within mingling distance of the President at his Kenwood home, and $5,000 gets you into Obama best friend Marty Nesbitt’s home. $1,000 gets you into the home of Barbara Bowman, the mother of Valerie Jarrett.

Obama was the Grand Marshall of the parade in 2007 and would have been the first sitting president to take part in the parade.

Perhaps he’ll surprise the disappointed organizers with an impromptu appearance. But at least Valerie Jarrett will be represented.

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For Obama to appear at an African American Parade just after he stated that he isn’t president of Black America would be awkward. What better way to emphasize that point by snubbing this event?

listingstarboard | August 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

Nice to see the “real” POTUS will be represented.

“Education: Built to Last; a Tribute to President Barack Obama”

Gloryowski! The irony is thick here!

Pres. Paracosm is our LEAST educated president, judging by the knowledge and understanding reflected in his speech and his policy.

Maybe Bill Clinton could be invited, last minute…???

As someone who works daily in the Hyde Park neighborhood, I can tell you that the Bud Billiken Parade is a big deal. It winds through Washington Park and Cottage Grove Avenue. It’s quite festive with lots of floats, marching bands, church choirs and the like. The crowds are large and well behaved.

I simply cannot imagine why Obama wouldn’t be at the parade if he’s going to be in Chicago anyway. It would be friendly, enthusiastic, and home territory for him. He used to represent this neighborhood in the Illinois Senate, after all. It would take an hour or two at the most; he could deliver brief, bland remarks that would be sure to make the evening news on a slow Saturday. You simply can’t do better free press in Chicago.

If only Romney could wangle an invite to be in the parade. Even if he didn’t speak, just to march in the parade, perhaps with a church pastor or community leader beside him, would be quite something.

    “It would be friendly, enthusiastic, and home territory for him. He used to represent this neighborhood in the Illinois Senate, after all.”

    And that is why he won’t show – there is no need, the idiots would continue to vote for him even if the witnessed him taking part in a Klan rally.

      TrooperJohnSmith in reply to Scott Jacobs. | August 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      This was the neighborhood for whom he represented their interests by voting ‘present’ like 46,000 times. They probably don’t even know he was their representative. I mean, when you pull the Straight Party Ticket handle, all those pesky names go by the wayside.

BYO beer and come to my apartment instead. No charge.

Michael Strautmanis, another fungible BHO stand-in, when the real McCoy just can’t be bothered to show up,
Homer: And now the winner for the most promising new series on cable: “Old Starsky and Hutches”. [funky music starts]
Announcer: Accepting the award is the son of the guy who played Huggy Bear.
(Simpsons 2F12, Homer the Clown)

    pfg in reply to pfg. | August 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

    The parade organizers s/b grateful. The One could have been even more callous and just sent The One’s Teleprompter which would have placed on the bed of a GMC pickup, waving to the crowd.

…and they’ll swallow their disappointment, and still vote for him.

Just like the Reverends who called a presser to accuse Obama of being “Judas” on gay “marriage.” Purely perfunctory, a check in the block; otherwise, why take the edge off by doing it in July? It will be long-forgotten in November, by which time everyone will have linked arms and made up. (Note “quotation marks” around marriage in that context, enough for the Tolerant Left to classify me a hater.)

Weird Parallels Dept.: Democrats use and abuse blacks the same way the GOP does conservatives.
Weird Parallels Dept., Idle thought Branch: if conservatives and blacks united, the GOP and Democrat parties would go out of business overnight.

    If people would simply stop putting party over principles, it would be a different world. But it’s never ever the right time to do the right thing. That is why common sense is not common. Common sense is for those rubes who “just don’t get it”. Up is down, good is evil,….

      Ragspierre in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm

      Ted Cruz and Scott Walker to speak at the GOP convention.

      What party do those guys and Sarah Palin associate with again…???

      How many TEA Party candidates have run as Deemocrats?

Henry Hawkins | August 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

Gee, now only 99.2% of black Chicagoans will vote for Obama. Big mistake there by Sparky McEarflaps.

I’ve long thought that Obama doesn’t care for black people. In his mind, he’s not really black, and he isn’t. He’s a mulatto. Besides, as a citizen of the world, he cannot limit himself to any one ethnicity, besides the ummah, that is. Remember, the guy had to marry a black woman in order to learn what he thinks it is like to be black–Frank Marshall Davis indoctrinated him into Communism but apparently not into the “brotha” thing.

Heck, Obama couldn’t even connect with those whose community he was organizing enough to help them when they lived in his friends’ slums. They should’ve got off their duffs instead of waiting for some dumb “community organizer” to help them.

Obama is the POTUS of all America, but he has scant regard for both blacks and whites–ah, you guys thought I’d left you out, huh? People are pawns to be used to serve his greater purpose while he despises them for being dupes not smart enough to see through his BS rhetoric. Then, when he gets competition, he despises them for not bowing at his styrofoam altar.

Here is an Ron Virmani, an East Indian Obama supporter on “ugly black babies”: http://washingtonexaminer.com/abortionist-sees-aborting-ugly-black-babies-as-a-service-to-the-taxpayers-apparently/article/2504231. Obama agrees with him on the need to kill the babies even as he wants those babies on welfare.

As for those living “ugly black babies” in Chicago who expect Obama to be grand marshal at their parade… feh! Somebody needs to remind them Obama’s a Margaret Sanger fan.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to Juba Doobai!. | August 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I think he likes blacks more than he does whites. If he didn’t, he wouldn’t be shutting NASA down. The question them becomes, “Does he like blacks very much?” The answer is no, because he only “likes” people with the power, money and influence to advance him so he can advance his agenda, which mostly targets whites. I think blacks, to obastard, are kind of like a box of nails. They’re a useful implement in his big picture, but they are uselss, inanimate, powerless objects with no real identity of their own until he, the hammer, gives them the useful purpose of building and supporting his power structure by driving them to action.

      Juba Doobai! in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | August 8, 2012 at 9:27 pm

      No, he thinks blacks are an acquired taste to do what the rest of your response says. Do you realize he has disdained every aspect of the black constituency? The media. The churches. The social events.

I’ve long thought that Obama doesn’t care for black people. He doesn’t much care for whites either. In his mind, he’s not really black, and he isn’t. He’s a mulatto. He used to fit in quite nicely with whites but he thought that wasn’t good for his political aspirations.

His cover as a citizen of the world is bogus because the one group with which he finds himself considerably at ease is the Islamic Ummah. He has never rejected them whereas he has rejected everyone else in the rest of the world. That’s where he is at home inside his head, IMO. That’s his comfort level.

Apart from the Ummah, for Obama, people are pawns to be used to serve his greater purpose while he despises them for being dupes not smart enough to see through his BS rhetoric. Then, when he gets competition, he despises them for not bowing at his styrofoam altar.

Here is an Ron Virmani, an East Indian Obama supporter on “ugly black babies”: http://washingtonexaminer.com/abortionist-sees-aborting-ugly-black-babies-as-a-service-to-the-taxpayers-apparently/article/2504231. Obama agrees with him on the need to kill the babies even as he wants those babies on welfare.

As for those living “ugly black babies” in Chicago who expect Obama to be grand marshal at their parade… feh! Somebody needs to remind them Obama’s a Margaret Sanger fan.

Why should he show up. He cant stand watermelon.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to secondwind. | August 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Watermelon? Really? Of all the things one could ding Obama for, you go with a watermelon joke?

      Unlike most of the posts it was short ,subtle ,and made a point most of you didnt get. . . Juba doobi!

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to secondwind. | August 8, 2012 at 3:24 pm

        We get it. owebama doesn’t like “my people” like Holder likes “my people.” Why not just say that owebama doesn’t like black people much, instead of resorting to watermelon jokes?

          Read the post by Juba doobi! Just before my initial post. I note it has gotten no response. I’ll add the black dropout ,unemloyment and murder rates in Chicago and elsewhere. And you get upset over a watermelon referance only tangentally meant as a joke? Its a shortcut metaphore for all his screwed up feelings for his black half. I repeat , Obama does not like watermelon! Further he doent want to be in Chicago in August among thousands of sweating black people. Hell ,he skipped an air conditioned NAACP appearance !

          JackRussellTerrierist in reply to JackRussellTerrierist. | August 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

          I got your point the first time. I agree, except it’s other “blacks” he dislikes (well, he may like Louis “beer summit” Gates and Eric “my people” Holder), not himself, because most of them are too low class for him. He’s a narcissist of the nth degree.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to secondwind. | August 8, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    1). How do you know he doesn’t like watermelon?

    2). Do we have a ‘rolleyes’ emoticon around here?

NC Mountain Girl | August 8, 2012 at 2:01 pm

I can see for security reasons why he might not be able to march in the parade but the status of the surrogate has to be commensurate with the honor being bestowed. Here that means someone whose name would be recognized by most of those in the crowd. A few Chicago political insiders will know Strautmanis.

Obama has never been a very good politician. He’s always been carried across the finish line by lawyers or the media.

As for why more blacks don’t vote Republican read your own comments. Then ask how welcome they must feel.

    Ragspierre in reply to NC Mountain Girl. | August 8, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Yeeeeeup.

    They feel just like us Tea Party conservatives feel in Republican company. Both the GOP and Democratic Party have become a small culst of obnoxious “party over principles” dead-enders who don’t believe ANYONE belongs in the party. Voters keep registering away from both yet the plan seems to be to rebuild the parties by insulting as many people as possible mainly because they are too “stupid” to see how much smarter the dead-enders are.

    These uber-partisans have a deeply engrained sense of entitlement to our votes because “this is the most important election in history”. Go figure. I wonder how they earned the moniker Stupid Party?

      Ragspierre in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 8, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      So you fundamentally refute what Prof. Bill stands for?

      And I distinctly recall you supporting the GOP candidate for your Kulhifornia district.

      But you also say things like…

      “However, there is one very important thing that the OWSers have right which we Tea Party folks are resistant too [sic] and that [is] the OWSers are right about the 1%.”

      Which really makes me wonder if you are not here under a false flag.

        My personal troll just refuses to accept that people who comment know best what they are trying to say. To relentlessly stalk someone as Raggie has done to me for years only to slime everything I post (completely out of context with the subject of the thread) with the same old lies no matter how many times the record has been set straight is an abuse of one’s posting privileges. Is there anyone else here who is tired of this dreary lying obfuscator?

        Raggie has been booted off of Michelle Malkin (hard to do) and Reihl World View (almost impossible to do) for pulling this same tired RINO act. How long before he gets booted off of here? I figure when these threads get toxic enough, the professor will pull the plug. Otherwise, these threads will look like Riehl’s did before he took action.

        Guess who was one of the main targets of the warning below:

        https://legalinsurrection.com/2012/07/warning-to-commenters/

        The same thing happened at Malkin and Riehl but had no effect until Raggie got his sorry butt booted for being the most obnoxious commentor on these threads. Do I need to post those links too Raggie?

        Knock it off. All you are doing is ruining these threads for everyone else. Capiche?

      Henry Hawkins in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 8, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      Would you please stop saying ‘us’ Tea Party conservatives and go with ‘this’ Tea Party conservative?

      The more I read your posts the less this Tea Party conservative agrees with you. Speak for yourself.

[…] Obama skipping big Chicago African-American parade, but in town for This Saturday, Chicago will hold its annual Bud Billiken Parade, “the oldest and largest African American parade in the country,” without its previously announced Grand Marshall President Barack Obama. Organizers were … […]

Move over, make more room under the bus.

I’d bet money he’ll make an appearance….can’t pass up an opportunity to be the savior. It’s all by design, I swear it is.

If you’re conservative, care about the free market and anything approaching a somewhat traditional America going forward, there remains only one prudent choice to make in the coming national election.

Maybe my outrage meter is broken, or I just don’t feel much like indulging in potentially self-defeating criticism. But I think I realize what’s at stake in November and I can’t think of much of anything worth my taking my eye off a singular objective – beating Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.

If someone has something interesting, or better yet, potentially helpful in realizing that objective – I’ll listen. Otherwise, put a sock in it, think about what’s at stake, along with what side you’re on, and try to act like you’re on it.
—Dan Riehl
http://www.riehlworldview.com/carnivorous_conservative/2012/08/andrea-sauls-comments-the-time-for-choosing-is-over-conservatives.html

“Otherwise, put a sock in it…”

Heh…!

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | August 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I speak only for myself, but I feel I’m a fairly representative LI commenter and I wouldn’t be surprised if many LI-ers agreed that this Pasadena Phil vs. Ragspierre slapfest is getting very tiresome. Arguing over subject-pertinent posts within the LI walls is one thing, but dragging in posts from pillow fights at other blogs – thereby importing the fight itself – is another thing entirely. One of the reasons I like LI so much is the absence of this sort of thing.

    I respectfully ask y’all to knock it off. Tres boring.

      Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      As you noted, PP arrogates to himself the mantle of the TEA Party authority.

      He’s TRIED to set himself up elsewhere as a TEA Party spokesman.

      This crawls all over me, as I know he is substantially OPPOSED to actual small government (i.e., he distrusts markets, favors tariffs, etc.).

      I also know him to be a fan of third-party politics, though he is careful not to forthrightly say that here, preferring to attack from the pretense of being a critic of the GOP.

      Nothing inherently wrong with the third party ambit, though it is dangerous and worse than vacant in the moment. Been there in my thinking, and rejected it many years ago.

      But I think it is TOTALLY within bounds to test him on what he REALLY represents when he preaches his political purity doctrine.

      https://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/the-other-front/comment-page-1/#comment-332661

      Read that exchange for a backgrounder, including what he links to.

      Also, sometime watch him bully other posters at Malkin’s site. He has become infamous.

      Finally, I posted the Riehl comment to the thread, not to Fillie. There are several whiners here who forget what we are up against this election.

BannedbytheGuardian | August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

I am more interested in the Olympic reception. Here Mr Fabulous Sportsperson will have to acknowledge others who took his rightful place.

He ought to have been on the Basketball team , the girls gymnastic team , the swim team & track & field & countless other sports that won gold.

After all he got the Nobel Peace Prize by just being Obama -why not Gold Medals ?

It is also going to peeve him that he will have to acknowledge Gabby Douglas who is full black , from a single parent bankrupt family on food stamps & “fostered ” by a Christian family .

Guttingly she is just 2 years older than his dud lot . Michelle is p**sed.

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