the tom joyner interview

TOM JOYNER: On the line right now is the president of the United States, Barack Obama. Good morning, Big Chief….. Okay. Let’s talk about, first of all, the MLK dedication. They’re going to reschedule it.  You don’t have a time or date yet?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We don’t have a date yet. But those who’ve had a chance to see the monument, it is a moving and powerful thing. When you think about how this is a man who didn’t have a title, didn’t have a rank in the military, but just led a nation in rediscovering its ideals and its values, and to have him staring out across the water towards the Jefferson Monument is a reminder of what’s possible in this country. So I know those who’ve already seen it have just been moved to tears by its presence, and it’s going to be an extraordinary legacy for this country for many years to come……


PRESIDENT OBAMA: … Congress needs to act. If Congress does not act, then I’m going to be going on the road and talking to folks, and this next election very well may end up being a referendum on whose vision of America is better. Because the fact of the matter is, is that the American people voted for divided government, but they didn’t vote for dysfunctional government. And if they see one side not willing to work with the other to move the country forward, then that’s what elections are all about. So we’re going to be in a struggle for probably the next 16, 17 months.

TOM JOYNER: And I’m going to be right there in the foxhole struggling with you.


Read the full transcript from Tom Joyner’s interview with the President here

Thank you Collegekay 😉

You can hear the audio here

Thank you Zizi 😉


Tom Joyner: We all have plans, schedules and agendas, and our ego – the human side of us – makes us think sometimes that what WE have to do takes precedence over everything else.

For the past month, my mind has been on two main issues: The MLK Memorial and march led by Rev. Al, and what I could do to get black leadership on the same page regarding re-electing President Obama. The latter issue consumed me. I found myself fixating on the fact that some people that I’ve followed, supported, leaned on and socialized with could not see look beyond their own agendas and look at the big picture. To me, the big picture was Election Day 2012.

….. to Black America, I just want to remind us that we also need to be a shining example of pulling together, not only in the face of the literal storms that come, but the storms of unemployment, high gas prices, wars and anything else that comes our way. Struggle is not new us; neither is depending on one another to overcome the obstacles.

In 2012, we will get yet another chance to pull together, but if we wait until November to start, and are distracted by those who believe that the president isn’t black enough,  it will be too late.

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38 Responses to “the tom joyner interview”

  1. 1 StR
    August 30, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I hope the MLK dedication gets rescheduled soon. However logistically they need to give time for folks to rework their schedules as well. So I expect late Sepember or early October.

    I know I am in the minority but the fall is my favorite season – to me nothing beats a nice crisp fall morning.

    • 2 Sue in Minnesota
      August 30, 2011 at 10:23 am

      StR…so many people favor fall. As a Minnesotan I can’t, because of what I know is coming behind it. November is a very grey month in our state, even so I want to cling with my life to those last snow and slush free days. I’ll cast my vote for spring….the first sounds of birds singing is one of the most delightful sounds I can think of.

      However I think Halloween can be a blast. I bet Michele Bachmann is a pretty popular, and freakin scary costume this year.

    • 3 edp4bho
      August 30, 2011 at 11:02 am

      I don’t think you’re in the minority. It’s absolutely my favorite time of year, and when I get out my slowcooker and turn on my oven. Ooh, don’t get me started. Love my sweaters. Also, as an older adult, my peers feel the same as I. Now if we can get that nice feeling going for a great re-election next year, that’s saying something.

  2. August 30, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Here is the post Tom Joyner posted on his site, in it he asks people to get behind the president.

    How Deep Is Your Love?

    http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=blog_inner/31897/1573138/The Fly Jock

  3. August 30, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I loved hearing his use of the word “rediscovering” because, yes, we have been led far, far astray from our ideals and values at this moment. There is work to do and we have to join together and keep our progress moving, especially now. HOPE!!

  4. 6 StR
    August 30, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I know some folks are worried about Perry and would rather see Romney as the nominee “just in case” the country is too stupid and votes out President Obama based on the economy. The President has said he wants to have the big discussion about the future of America and what people want America to be – I don’t think there is a better representative for the GOP vision than Rick Perry.

    • 7 Sue in Minnesota
      August 30, 2011 at 10:28 am

      I think I agree with you StR……..additionally Bush being still painfully fresh in our minds, works in Democrats favor and is a stink I think Perry will have to wear. The suggestion that they do not like each other doesn’t mean a thing to me. Tex-assess.

    • August 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

      I agree. There is no bigger contrast than Perry. Plus, he’s corrupt and has ruined Texas education, etc. I say bring it on.

      OT: I received an email from James Carville on behalf of the DCCC asking for a donation. I promptly called them and told them I wouldn’t give a penny as long as these came from him because of his horrible comments about the President.

      • 9 Sue in Minnesota
        August 30, 2011 at 10:45 am

        They called me yesterday morning and I gave….I told them it really hurt, because as much as I want Democrats to prevail in the next election, I want them to find better ways to demonstrate unity and support of the President and his agenda. I am going to ignore their requests for a while, and see how tough they are coming back from the recess. President Obama will always get my financial support first and foremost. As someone who is not rich, I still consider this a very wise use of my money, a worthwhile investment on behalf of the younger people in my life who’s future I believe depends on President Obama’s vision for America, and the world.

        • August 30, 2011 at 10:50 am

          It’s a difficult decision because we know the President needs more and better democrats in congress. And I want to help. But right now all my donations go to him. And I’m out registering voters and will hard to GOTV. Maybe I will give later, but they have to know that we will not tolerate people like Carville undermining the President because of his bitterness that Hillary lost and because all he truly cares about is lining his own pockets.

          I can’t stand Carville. I just can’t support anything his name is on.

          • August 30, 2011 at 11:04 am

            I can’t even read those emails from Carville. I flinch when I see his name in my inbox. I send an email back saying he is NOT an effective spokesman for Dems and I will not respond to anything with his name on it.

          • 12 Sue in Minnesota
            August 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

            The actions you are taking are equally, if not more important than the dollars. I’ve had several serious conversations with the people calling for donations to DCCC and the DNC, I was kicking myself for not being more assertive with this call. But in the end I think people like yourself, and I hope to join at the same level, are the real warriors in this struggle. Proud of you and all you do.

          • 13 edp4bho
            August 30, 2011 at 11:10 am

            I received that email a week or so ago, started to delete, but I held it to respond later. No back, no money. And of all people….Skeletor..ugh! I also got one from Peter King of all people, as I support Mayors Against ( ) Guns, but I cannot wait to respond to that miscreant. Note how they find our support on issues, and try to ride with it for their own agendas. I have already, atleast twice, verbally told Democratic solicitors that they get nothing from me until they form a united front with PBO, and that only PBO gets my cash until such time they can stop fracturing the party.

          • August 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

            Besides that, he sleeps with the enemy……Hi y’all. i’m late to the thread again. Retirement is hell. i’m still practicing how to do it right. 😉

    • 15 Esmerelda
      August 30, 2011 at 10:44 am

      Well, i think that Perry gives the Dems more raw material to work with and seems less popular with independents, though I haven’t been poll-watching these days. Romney is closest to the President in terms of poll numbers. My dream ticket would be Trump/Palin though. Nobody would be THAT stupid.

      • 16 Bill
        August 30, 2011 at 10:59 am

        Perry now has a big lead over Romney in most polls. You are correct there will be much to work on with Perry such as saying in his book SS is unconstitutional.

        • 17 utaustinliberal
          August 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm

          I sincerely hope Perry wins the nomination. There’s a huge freaking skeleton in his closet. He’s always railing about government. Yet everytime you scratch below his shallow surface, there he is; the great big consumer of governmental benefits.

      • 18 Ladyhawke
        August 30, 2011 at 11:05 am

        Who Is Rick Perry??

        I have been amazed at some of the thorough, informative and revealing articles about Rick Perry on the internet. There is enough material to write a few volumes on the real Rick Perry. If the facts about Rick Perry are accurately reported, it is going to be a real eyeopener for many Americans. Obviously, for his staunch supporters and haters of President Obama, the more the facts are revealed the more fierce their support will be.

        The post below entitled “Who Is Rick Perry” is from Rick Adams at the Guardian. It is a compendium of articles profiling the life and times of the presidential candidate.


      • 19 Judy Fardig
        August 30, 2011 at 11:52 am

        My dream ticket for the R’s is Perryt/Bachmann AND a Tea Party ticket of Palin/Trump to split the vote. It would drive Lefties and Independents into our arms. Karl Rove will try to make sure that scenario never happens, but it would be great to see.

        I give minimal amounts to the DCCC, DSCC, and the DNC and then target any $ I have left over after my Obama donations to specific Democratic candidates I know will support him. Since he can’t do it alone, we need to work hard for a strong Democratic Congress to pass some bills he can sign.

      • 20 Obama Grandmama
        August 30, 2011 at 5:03 pm

        One of my brothers is a Ron Paul supporter and thinks the government is evil. He wants small government even to the point of not wanting Medicare or Social Security. I have never quite figured his stand out although I do know he is against war. Anyhow, I was surprised at his railing against Rick Perry and not wanting him. He is always talking about hating Neocons and One World Order. I guess I am out of the loop on these topics and still am amazed I was able to convince him to vote for our guy in ’08. Obviously it won’t happen again for him in ’12.

    • August 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

      I want Perry too. I’m not scared of him.

      • August 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

        I think Perry is better for us because I think President Obama will play much better with moderates, and Perry will rally the nutroot progressives to vote against him. OTOH, Romney will get teabagger votes just because they want to vote against Pres. Obama, and could win some pro-business moderates while being “safe” enough that the emoprogs hold their breath and stay home.

      • August 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

        I think a lot will depend on the Big Money on Wall Street and who they want. Perry will have massive unchecked money behind him, there’s no doubting that. The press will pump up the right-wing candidate no matter who it is, so let’s just get that out of the way right now. We’ll have a bigger fight than with McCain, that’s for sure.

        I think it’s going to be very difficult and there will be many dark days. But I am committed to doing everything I can to re-elect PBO and I believe as long as we marshall our boots on the ground effectively, register a lot of new voters, get the facts out to the people who will listen, we can and we will win. I’m going to be running data for my region so I’ll get to see how our results are unfolding. I hope everyone here will be on the front lines with us.

    • 24 PoliticalJunkessa
      August 30, 2011 at 11:16 am

      I agree 100%. I am all for a stark choice in the election, and if Perry is the nominee, the choice couldn’t be any starker and the visions wouldn’t be any more different. At this point, I feel it’s all on the American people. They’ve seen the Teapublicans in action. If they want to elect an insane Teapartier-in-Chief, then so be it. Say good-bye to the American Empire and welcome to serfdom.

    • 25 Blackwaterdog
      August 30, 2011 at 11:18 am

      I want Perry. Perry will energize our base. Even many of the professional left will have to come on board, because the thought of this man becoming president is just too much.

      • 26 57andFemale
        August 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

        I agree (and it’s good to see you!). The ‘independents’ can be lulled into believing the last lie they were told and they will be told ad nauseum how ‘moderate’ Mitt is. So they’ll want ‘change’ and not see the contrast. God, these people annoy the hell out of me…..

        Unfortunately, our base is completely fickle and they need a true enemy to get them to the polls, instead of being willing to do the institutional building that Republicans did over the last 40 years.

        And let’s be clear about one more thing: Romney is as dangerous as Perry, if not more so. He has no moral center and does what he is told. The dangers of ANY Republican are the same, so we are better off with a stark contrast on which to get lazy voters off their duffs and to the polls.

      • 27 Obama Grandmama
        August 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

        Perry/Bachmann might be a good opposition team. It would be the greatest all time nightmare if they won though.

    • August 30, 2011 at 11:38 am

      I agree StR, there is no bigger contrast than that of President Obama an Perry, and I also want that stark contrast to be on display come next year.

      Do we want a nation that is compassionate about its people, or one that says you’re on your own?

  5. 29 Bill R.
    August 30, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Tom Joyner rocks! He understands the big picture and the nature of leadership. PBO rocks! He does leadership.

  6. 30 edp4bho
    August 30, 2011 at 11:15 am

    We need more people like Tom in the AA community because I’m finding way too many local dj’s running with the meme that PBO may be primaried to get him back on track to his left base. Yeah, his base is not left, it is center with left leanings, but these folk don’t seem to get it. I am composing an email to send to my local AA talk radio station to lay out what I feel should be discussed, and will post it here once sent.

    • August 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

      Well done edpebho.

      My DJs in my neck of the woods all seem to be on the band wagon with Tom Joyner.

    • 32 Esmerelda
      August 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      I’ve tweeted the article to the CBC (@OfficialCBC).

    • 33 57andFemale
      August 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      What is particularly troubling and nonsensical is that this alleged primary challenge is meant to push Obama left. I hear it all the time. They don’t honestly think there’s a candidate that they even want that can replace him. So all they do is make it easier for a Republican to win the WH. It’s absolutely crazy.

      • 34 utaustinliberal
        August 30, 2011 at 1:53 pm

        The emoprogs and PL folks have got to realize that this is not an extreme left country. We always start from the center and then it swings center-left or center-right. So looking for an extreme left person to primary President Obama is an exercise in foolishness. Besides poll after poll shows democrats are solidly behind President Obama for re-election.

    • 35 Debz
      August 30, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      Every one needs to get away from this idea that “the left” is the President’s base. The fact is that DEMOCRATS are the President’s base and are not all lefties. Dems are left to right most are in the center. Just because those with the biggest mouths claim to be the base they are not and we need to set everyone straight on this.

  7. 36 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I heard the Tom Joyner interview this morning and it was fantastic. He and Michael Baisden reach a huge AA audience, and both have been unwavering supporters of the President. They also have been relentless in pointing out the unprecedented opposition to PBO and also the attack on the middle class. And unlike Tavis and West, they actually put their money and action where their mouth is — they are incredibly active on behalf of education, health care access, mentorship and justice issues. As Tom Joyner says, he’s in the “info-tainment” business — he wants to inform as he entertains.

    We need many, many more like them.

  8. 38 MsMaggie
    August 30, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Gotta Love our very intelligent, wise President…..also love Tom Joyner. Being born and raised in Dallas, Tex, I remember back in the early 70’s listening to his radio show at 6:30am heading to work at Texas Instruments…..one his favorite songs was “keep on Trucking” by Eddie Kendrick…..me and my old Mercury Marquis would be rolling down 75……..(Jesus I’m getting old :))…..Wonderful interview

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