Obama Stumps L.A. for Support

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser at the House of Blues in Hollywood./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

The haters can hate, but President Barack Obama still has the same swag that got him elected into the White House in 2008. Heading into the 2012 presidential election year, President Obama is reminding folks these days that he hasn’t lost his mojo.

Stumping for votes from Southern California supporters and putting the public bulls eye on Congress as he touted the American Jobs Act, President Obama gave a electric speech to the 1,000 plus supporters at the House of Blues in Hollywood that reminded people of the man they put in the Oval Office three years ago.

“We’ve got a lot more work to do, and I can’t do it without you,” President Obama said. “I know for the last two and a half years, sometimes you’ve gotten tired. I know sometimes you’ve gotten discouraged. I know that. I know it’s been tough. But here’s the thing: I never promised you easy. If you want easy you wouldn’t have campaigned for Barack Hussein Obama.

“What I promised was that there was a vision of America out there that we believe in. What I promised was that if you worked hard we could achieve that thing. What I promised was that I would wake up every single day fighting for you and thinking about you, and thinking about how we can expand opportunity and make America more competitive.”

Three years ago, President Obama was seen as the light at the end of the tunnel for a nation struggling with deficiencies in regards to dealing climate change, being saddled with an unwanted and unjustifiable war, joblessness, possible economic ruin and many Americans treading water from day to day. Three years have come and gone and the president still faces an uphill climb to get America back on the right track.

With the Republican Party serving as complete obstructionists to just about every move President Obama makes to point the country in the right direction, the nation’s commander-in-chief has been constantly rebuffed by the other branch of government that is supposed to work on behalf of the people, thus setting off a chain of disastrous results for Americans.

The joblessness rate, especially for African Americans, is shooting skyward with no future signs of pointing down. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has 16.7 percent of African Americans out of work. The situation is even more dire for black teenagers with a 45.1 unemployment rate. Finding employment for Americans across the board is now a national issue. The cry for help is growing louder and louder each day.

President Obama has heard those cries, which is why he enacted the American Jobs Act. Now it’s time for Congress to hear them too. So far, Congress hasn’t moved on approving President Obama’s American Jobs Act legislation, which would cut taxes for small businesses, extend unemployment benefits and prevent the layoffs of up 280,000 teachers. President Obama has put the onus on Congress to do what’s right.


President Barack Obama makes his point to the crowd he spoke to at the House of Blues./Photo Credit: Dennis J. Freeman

Like an effective salesman, President Obama has made all the right pitches on the issue of employment that is right now priority number one for a lot of Americans. President Obama carried that theme throughout the night, hammering that point home consistently during his speech.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do to make sure that every American has a shot at success,” President Obama said. “That’s where I need your help. I’ve got some short-term stuff we’ve got to do, and we’ve got some long-term stuff we’ve got to do…A couple of weeks ago, I introduced the American Jobs Act. Even though we may have reversed depression, for a lot of folks out there who have looking for work for three months, for six months, for nine months, it feels like a depression. They need help.

“Let us, right now, focus on putting Americans to work, doing the work that America needs done. Let’s make sure that construction workers, who’ve been laid off, let’s put them back to work, rebuilding our roads, our bridges and our schools…right now we’ve got millions of folks who are out of work and ready to get on the job. Let’s put them back to work right now rebuilding America. That is why I need your help to tell Congress to pass this job bill.”

Those who attended the event forked over at least $250 to catch the president’s fundraising campaign speech. Besides an obvious heckler being ejected from the building as President Obama began to speak, the packed crowd seemed to hang on to their president’s every word the way voters did when they voted for change.

Echoing some of what he said during his presidential acceptance speech about America’s path to full recovery would be a challenging one, President Obama said the country could meet and exceed the obstacles placed before it.

“I knew there were going to be setbacks,” President Obama said. “I know there are going to be challenges. I know we are going to meet some folks who are fighting us every inch of the way. If you want to stick with me, if you’re willing to hang in there, then I am most positive that we can achieve our goals. America has been through tougher times. We have been through tougher times and we have always been able to get through them when we work together.”





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