M.E. Dyson Misses Prez Obama’s Forest for Symbolic Trees

M.E. Dyson Misses Prez Obama’s Forest for Symbolic Trees

by @zizii2

Dyson says: “Yes She Can”

In this very title lies the crux of a derailed argument that Michael Eric Dyson’s latest travelogue pushes in the New Republic about President Obama vs. SOS Hillary Clinton. How does Dyson arrive at this grand flourish? He traveled with Mrs. Clinton from New York to Atlanta, observed her interaction with the “old Black Guard,” Black Lives Matter activists, and concluded: “Yes She Can.” Can, What? Stay tuned.


But first, some cold hard FACTS before we indulge Dyson any further. In case he missed it, Prez Obama ALWAYS says: “Yes WE Can”, not “Yes I can”. He never lost sight of the collective effort required to drive the disparate gears that grind within this country toward the collective good.


And Contrary to Dyson’s erasure of the Obama Administration’s tangible achievements for Americans, and especially minorities, this is where we have been these past 7 years in three key areas: a) Economy & Employment, b) Healthcare, c) Incarceration rates


1. We suffered a financial catastrophe in 2007-2008 that collapsed not only US economy but global financial system too. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act aka Stimulus Package was passed in early 2009 to put a floor beneath the abyss that people were falling into. Unfortunately, many Liberals joined GOP to mock the unprecedented scope of the Stimulus and missed its remarkable successes . And as with most Obama policy successes, the real value of the stimulus has been better known to its enemies, than its beneficiaries. Here are the numbers:


2. At Prez Obama’s inauguration we were losing 800,000 jobs per MONTH! Unemployment rates skyrocketed to 10.1% before his 6th month in office. Today, after more than 13 million net jobs added that Jobless rate is at 5%. The rate for African Americans is higher but it has seen a dramatic decline.

Jobless rates

The wide differences in state level rates offer a more complex picture

AA trends
No doubt there is a persistent unemployment gap whose structural roots predate the Obama presidency. But trend lines are moving in the desired direction.

RAte of Black unemply recovery

More importantly this administration tackled one of the cankers at the heart of African American and other minorities’ joblessness and poverty rates: HEALTHCARE



Healthcare is a big deal to many, especially minority populations in this country who have historically been the least likely to get employer-based health insurance due to the insecurity of their employment. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed against all odds to expand a much needed front in the Social Safety Net. There is a reason the Law has been challenged so venomously by ideologues.

The fact that the Supreme Court 5 rushed in to strike down the mandatory Medicaid expansion provision reveals the conservative opposition to a truly universal health safety net. And until the Supreme Court did this, the ACA was the first piece of Federal legislation providing a vital social safety net that did NOT EXCLUDE any category of citizens before passage, unlike FDR’s Social Security and LBJ’s Medicare/Medicaid that passed with many exclusions. Inequality is the sinew on which this country was built, and it persists to maintain racial and power hierarchies.

Since the ACA fully kicked in January 2014, US uninsured rates dropped from 17.3% in full-year 2013 to 11.7% in the first half of 2015. Those states that implemented the full ACA and Medicaid expansion saw a whopping 44% drop in uninsured rates compared to 28% that did not implement full ACA.

State by State:

health data

Among African Americans, the drop was notably from 24% to 17%. The most significant drop was among young people aged 18-34 years with African American youth seeing a 30% drop in uninsured rates.


The obstacle to even greater increase to healthcare access as noted by many experts has largely resulted from the refusal of many states especially in the South to expand Medicaid; an expansion that would have covered the majority of African Americans whose incomes render them ineligible for traditional Medicaid and regular ACA subsidies as shown in the side by side charts below. Seventy percent of African Americans have been covered by Medicaid Expansion in states that fully implemented the ACA including Medicaid expansion:
aca blacks



On incarceration rates, it is no secret that the USA is Prison Industrial Complex on steroids. Imprisoning fellow citizens has been a lucrative business model since this country’s very founding. During the Reagan era, the model found new fertile turf in the classification of narcotic drug offenses that sent African Americans disproportionately to prison, not to mention the attendant economic dislocation in families. Bill Clinton entrenched this cancer by signing the Crimes Bill that made politicians feel good but destroyed African American families. Here’s the 80 year history of the problem:


The incarceration of African Americans has been disproportionately due to harsher drug sentencing:

U.S. Prison population

Chart displaying U.S. prison population categorized by offense. MCT 2014

This disparity is precisely what the Justice department began addressing under former AG Eric Holder began changing sentencing guidelines for non-violent drug offenses. But the ball still remains in Congress court to pass new law to ensure equity in the criminal justice system




Bottom line, Barack Obama did not usher in racial and economic utopias. Instead, it has been a hard slog to get to this point against some very brutal countervailing ideological winds and a well-financed opposition that has real power, controls 2 houses of Congress, 30 states and legislative majorities across the country. It is an opposition that is not about to wither away just because Dyson wants President Obama to indulge more “in the folklore of race.” Talk is cheap.

The opposition is not animated by the folklore of race. It has its own stable of racial jesters. It is animated by actions that threaten its grip on power. And ironically it is these very Obama Administration’s policy drives in the first two years that generated the well-choreographed TeaParty backlash whose angry fruits we see all around us today.

Dyson 5


So yeah, Michael Eric Dyson is lying about the above listed and many more accomplishments of this Administration that are well documented., in order to curry favor with a potential Democratic nominee. Now this is just pathetic!




January 20, 2017

Another Reality Check. The next President, if a Democrat, will enter 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue with the following hard-wired reality:

1. The House of Representatives WILL REMAIN in Republican control no matter the outcome of Nov 2016 elections.

2. ALL budgets for Federal Spending come from the House of Representatives. The Ryan-led Republican majority will ONLY push budgets that increase tax cuts to the wealthy and boost the defense budget. They will vote to slash Federal spending on the Social safety Net, ACA, WIC, Infrastructure, Jobs bill etc.

3. Current polls deem Control of the Senate lean-Republican despite their having to defend many more seats, or a toss-up at best.

4. Republicans control 30 governorships, 68% of State legislative seats, super majorities in …state legislatures.

5. Democrats STILL leave many local council, school board and judgeships (where applicable) races UNCONTESTED. Democratic voters don’t show up for non-Presidential elections. Face greater obstacles to exercising their franchise.

6. The current Supreme Court has curtailed the pre-emptive protections in the Voting Rights Acts for African American and other minority voters. Only Congress can legislatively reverse the Supreme Court damage. Otherwise we have to wait for Court make up to change with new appointees.

7. Democrats are concentrated in urban centers whereas suburban and rural districts wield greater legislative power in terms of representation at the Federal, state and local level. Geography, Constitutional concessions to sparsely populated rural areas, and gerrymandering are the reason for this dilution of representational power of Democratic constituencies.


Barring any cataclysmic events that radically alter the face of this country, the first term of next President, if a Democrat, will be largely a maintenance/protective role to guard from the venal GOP wrecking ball, the current accomplishments we have. There will be NO realistic chance for budget priorities to suddenly shift to Democratic party priorities, let alone Michael Eric Dyson’s fervent desires for reversals in racial economic inequality. If “conversations on race” are what he wants, he may get those. But beyond that? Well…



Now I really hope strategists in Hillary Clinton’s campaign (and Bernie Sanders,’ for that matter) have their heads screwed on right, and not easily swept off their feet by the magical thinking of the likes of Michael Eric Dyson.


The Road will be long, the climb steep…” (Prez Barack Obama Nov 4, 2008)

Why bother with anything MED has to say? Let’s just say the swiftness with which he engages in blatant revisionism of President Obama’s record gives us an inkling about the headwinds we face from within the Liberal fold in tallying the actual record of this administration. Historical accounting is always contested turf, precisely because of its exponential effect on the divvying up of power and constructions of TRUTH for posterity.

As happened in George Orwell’s Animal Farm, ideologues live and breathe the dark arts of distorting reality by any means necessary. A lie told often enough not only becomes truth. It employs a well-financed arsenal to leave nothing to chance or alternative interpretation.

And when it is the kind of red hot economic, political, and social turf that the Obama Presidency has battled since before he took office in 2009, the fight gets ever more fierce over HOW to credit its record.


In short, unlike many Liberals who fiddle over his value, Conservatives long ago realized that Barack Obama was NOT interested in running a SYMBOLIC presidency: that he intended to and had the skills and chutzpah to topple legislative inertia as well as threaten their ability to continue to hoodwink ordinary Americans. So they planned to stop him in his tracks invoking every tool they could corral including the Southern Strategy to amass angry reliable Tea Party voters, with the Supreme Court 5 as wingmen (dismantling campaign finance reform with Citizen’s United, striking down  provisions of the Voting Rights Act, decoupling Medicaid Expansion form ACA).

More importantly, the kneejerk crab basket mentality of denying Prez Obama credit for what he has been able to achieve, just so one can cosy up to a potential successor, takes our eye off the ball of sharpening our resolve to fight the hard slog ahead against the nihilist Republicans and weasely ConservaDems at all levels of government – state, local councils, judgeships, school board etc..


This mindless focus on the magic wand of the Executive branch to the exclusion of local governing power and the necessary apparatus of public persuasion, lies at the heart of Liberal electoral losses and legislative naiveté.


In case Dyson has forgotten America is a Federal entity run primarily on the devolution of power to State and local government. You cannot expect of a constrained presidency what a MOVEMENT and propaganda machine should do to persuade, align the electorate with your agenda, and get them to CONSISTENTLY vote your causes.


The battle of persuasion is in the streets that Democrats ceded after Vietnam to the Conservative movement and its current TeaParty iteration. You need a movement to shape the realm of thinking. A President’s role differs from movement building.


Lyndon Baines Johnson could not have signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills into Law without the incessant drumbeat from the streets. And that drumbeat had been in the trenches since the days of slavery. It took that long, but the will to fight outlasted the national recalcitrance.

You can’t win hearts or combat “anti-blackism” when you hung up your boots after the Civil Rights marches, don’t own the airwaves, nor the levers of power at all levels of governance. The old black guard forgot to nurture their successes and now we see those being whittled to the bone at the Supreme Court and state legislatures.

So what exactly does attacking Prez Obama for NOT “feeling affinity” with African Americans (which is a lie by the way) do about the right wing erosion of those voting protections?

If we don’t acknowledge successes we’ve chalked despite the brutal forces arrayed against us since day 1, how do we rally for more?

It turns out it is the likes of Dyson who really believed in Limbaugh’s insult: “Barack the Magic Negro.”


Thankfully, the Obama Coalition that actually went to vote in record numbers twice knows what WE accomplished. If Dyson thinks the Stimulus, ACA that has helped bring cut health uninsured rates drastically for all, but especially among previously underserved African Americans and other minorities, are insignificant, then he just bared his ivory-towered privilege. And we hope those vying for our votes know how hard-nosed we are. We will not be bullied nor our hard work erased!

95 Responses to “M.E. Dyson Misses Prez Obama’s Forest for Symbolic Trees”

  1. 1 COS
    December 1, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Can’t wait to read this Zizi. Thanks.

  2. 3 MightyPamela
    December 1, 2015 at 11:55 am

  3. December 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Thanks a million for this Zizi, have to rush away again but really looking forward to reading it later.

  4. 5 MightyPamela
    December 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    ^5 zizi2 ^5
    The thought of ‘her’ in the Oval Office, sickens me.

  5. 7 mtmarilyn
    December 1, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    WOW zizi!!!! What a great post!! What you wrote is for all of us. This President has been the President of all America. Everything he has done has lifted us all. Thank you for all the facts!!!

    • 8 MightyPamela
      December 1, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      PBO has shown them all what it really means to be President. His application of the Constitution to every vision he has demonstrated leaves them looking like fools clustered in a gutter filled with their own detritus. Every single one who attempts to demean him should, and will, hang their head in shame.

  6. December 1, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    I wrote a response and the computer ate it.

    I want to thank you, zizi.

    Thank you for bringing the receipts.

    I love that you begin this by pointing out the difference between this President and Hillary.

    Barack Obama said, Yes, WE Can.

    Dyson is talking Yes, SHE Can.

    Huge difference, but very revealing.

    They have been mad at POTUS for breaking up their grift, and they think that they can erase the past 8 years of the Obama Presidency , by clinging to Hillary.

    That we will forget how they insulted us, calling us mindless Obots who just worship Barack Obama instead of


    They really have liked to use the word – ACCOUNTABILITY – during the past 7 years.

    They fail to understand…

    that we are now going to use that word ACCOUNTABLE toward Hillary and anyone who attempts to defend her with bullshyt.

    • 11 nathkatun7
      December 1, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Very well said! Personally, I am sick of the so called blackademics! All they know how to do is bash a brilliant man who has dedicated his life to helping people. What exactly has M E Dyson and C. West done to improve the lives of Black people?

  7. 12 yardarm756
    December 1, 2015 at 12:12 pm

    Excellent post…..G’day e’erone. go for it COS………Hot off the airwaves….Rahm Emmanuel has just fired the Police Commissioner and set up a new review board with Deval Patrick to oversee it.

    • 17 pkayden
      December 1, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Yet Americans are convinced that we should be fearful of Syrian refugees, including women and children fleeing for their lives. Sigh.

  8. 22 pkayden
    December 1, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    People like Dyson can never be appeased. He’s just like Smiley and West. President Obama can never do enough to satisfy them.
    Great write up zizii2. Very detailed and informative.

    • 23 Angela Nichols
      December 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      I agree with you, West, Dyson, Smiley are a disappointment in my mind. I expect these intellects..to stand in agreement with the President..as a display to our Young people that they can make a difference..The three stooges..have had ample opportunity to excel to the Presidency..and show us what they know..standing on their on merits..now using the the coat tails of President Obama to showcase their self hate. We have plenty of bad hot air blowing from the right. They need to just go away far!

  9. December 1, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Cleveland paper nixes Tamir Rice comment section: ‘A small army’ couldn’t stop the ‘cesspool’ of racism
    01 DEC 2015 AT 09:58 ET

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer explained this week that it had disabled comments on all of its stories about a 12-year-old black child who was shot by police because “a small army” of administrators could not delete the racist comments fast enough.

    In a column on Monday, Chris Quinn, the Northeast Ohio Media Group’s Vice President of Content, said that the paper had hoped that articles about the shooting of Tamir Rice would be “an ideal subject for us to meet one of our chief goals at cleveland.com, hosting community conversations on topics of widespread interest.”

    But he noted that comments had been disabled in October because “we don’t fancy our website as a place of hate, and the Tamir Rice story has been a magnet for haters.”

    “We enlisted a small army on our staff to monitor the comments and delete any that violated our standards,” Quinn wrote. “The trouble was that we couldn’t keep up. Just about every piece we published about Tamir immediately became a cesspool of hateful, inflammatory or hostile comments.”

    “Rather than discuss the facts of the case, many commenters debased the conversation with racist invective. Or they made absurd statements about the clothing and appearance of people involved in the story. Or they attacked each other for having contrasting viewpoints. In many cases, well over half of the comments on Tamir stories broke our rules and had to be deleted.”


  10. December 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm


    Updated 1 hr 2 mins ago
    CHICAGO (WLS) — Lawyers for the family of a 25-year-old African American man killed by police in October 2014 are pushing for dash-cam video of the shooting to be released.

    “The police department and the city are still covering this up. And that’s why we are here today,” attorney Michael Oppenheimer said. “The city has persisted in covering up that video. The taxpayers have paid for those dash cams, they’ve paid for those cars… They’re still denying justice for Ronny and his family.”

    Ronald Johnson, 25, was shot during a chase near East 53rd Street and South Martin Luther King Drive on the city’s Washington Park neighborhood on October 12, 2014, which is just days before Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by police. That dash cam video was released last week.

    Oppenheimer said the video shows Johnson running away from officers when he was killed. The video was released to attorneys, but not to the public.

    “I am 100 percent certain that Ronald had nothing in his hands when he was running,” Oppenheimer said. “That gun was not in his hand unless the police glued it to his hand.”

    Oppenheimer and Johnson’s family believe a gun was planted on the man’s body after his death. They want a special prosecutor appointed to handle this police shooting and others.


  11. 27 No Child Left Behind
    December 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    Good Afternoon TODVille.

    If I were M.E. Dyson, I would not come out today.

  12. December 1, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Anita Alvarez must go.

  13. 30 GGail
    December 1, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Thanks zizi, very thought out argument. Would be nice if it was tweeted or emailed to ME Dyson.

  14. 33 Vicki
    December 1, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    Hello to my TOD family.
    So much truth here today.
    First, Zizi. Sadly I can find nothing to quibble with in your extended analysis.

    Next—The GOP has planned long term and meticulously for the complete takeover of our government. How complicit the corporate Democrats are and continue to be in the GOP’s plan becomes clearer every day.
    Third—MED is a superlatively articulate big fat idiot. What a wordsmith he is! How wrong, greed and anger-based are his ideas.

    At least 6 months ago I wrote on this blog that I didn’t think HRC’s sole motivation was winning the presidency. I thought then and I think now that winning the Nomination is her goal. I believe her intention is to assist the GOP in the erasure of all trace of the Obama Presidency. If she is the nominee she will say nice things about PBO on occasion. Enough to fool many. But her goal is to restore the Democratic Party to herself and her husband.

  15. 34 Don
    December 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    I think I understand where Dyson and West and Smiley and even Jesse Jackson are coming from with respect to Barack Obama. First of all they really don’t believe that he’s been through the fire of growing up in the inner city or in the Deep South which shapes how one comes to understand his place in society. Secondly Barack Obama views himself through the lens of being a global citizen, seeing as a child he’s lived all around the world. His detractors can’t understand that his views aren’t the same as theirs. I remember the 80’s and the 90’s when you couldn’t open up a Jet magazine and not see a black celebrity or politician running to Africa trying to show just how black they were. But here you have this black man whose daddy IS from Africa and whom his father’s entire side of the family Lives in Africa. It almost safe to say that there isn’t a black man in political office in America that knows more about Africa than President Obama. It is also safe to say that there isn’t a blackademic or a member of the soul patrol that knows more about Africa than President Obama. You can’t even begin to debate the issue of what President Obama has done for the African American community when you discuss the issues of employment, health care, education and the criminal justice system. His accomplishments in those areas aren’t even up for debate. The problem that the blackademics and the soul patrol have with President Obama is that he wasn’t interested in symbolism, President Obama isn’t a showman. When it came to the African American community Bill Clinton was a showman and they loved him for it even though you can’t even put Barack Obama and Bill Clinton in the same sentence when it comes to truly advancing the African American community. To be continued, my thoughts aren’t really in order on this post, my thoughts are all over the place.

  16. 41 amk for obama
    December 1, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Chicago’s police chief has been fired following the outcry over the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a police officer.

    The city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, told reporters he had dismissed Superintendent Garry McCarthy because of an erosion in public trust.

    A black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald, was shot 16 times by a white police officer in October 2014.

    Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.


    • 42 Don
      December 1, 2015 at 1:24 pm

      Yeah, Rahm, fire the Superintendent because he’s the one actually in the field raising hell, the Superintendent and the one rogue cop.

    • 43 pkayden
      December 1, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Kind of surprised that Van Dyke is now out on bail. He should remain in jail until his trial. He’s been out for over a year since he murdered Laquan.

  17. December 1, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Damn, zizi, this diary is SO on point! And this:

    Lyndon Baines Johnson could not have signed the Civil Rights and Voting Rights bills into Law without the incessant drumbeat from the streets. And that drumbeat had been in the trenches since the days of slavery. It took that long, but the will to fight outlasted the national recalcitrance.

    You can’t win hearts or combat “anti-blackism” when you hung up your boots after the Civil Rights marches, don’t own the airwaves, nor the levers of power at all levels of governance. The old black guard forgot to nurture their successes and now we see those being whittled to the bone at the Supreme Court and state legislatures.

    sums the whole problem with the Left. The Left thought “We’ve won! All the battles have been won and now the work is done!”

    Hell no. Like Superman says, it’s a never-ending battle. The Right will NEVER stop. The cost of freedom (from them) is eternal vigilance.

    Thank you for this diary.

  18. 46 Don
    December 1, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    This is a great piece, zizi, you would think that with all the social commentators out there in the media that something like this isn’t already out there.

  19. 47 amk for obama
    December 1, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    • 48 Don
      December 1, 2015 at 1:30 pm

      The problem with that is that the goobers are the ones with enough money to buy their way into office and convince the less wealthy goobers to vote for them.

  20. December 1, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Excellent piece, zizi! Your analysis of MED’s misguided motivations is spot on. This essay is a MUST-READ for any serious Democrat.

  21. December 1, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Hello TODers,
    Sorry I’m now coming on here. Took the car out for oil change. Light had been on for centuries and service people couldn’t fit me in last week.

    Thanks for all you wonderful comments. Anyway I hope this gives everyone some quick tips to battle back the Obama success revisionists out there in your neck of the woods..

  22. December 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Congrats COS 🙂

    Truly, a tour de force zizi!!! One of the very best essays ever posted at TOD, imo. Thank you!!!!

    It’s always been the WE that President Obama has stressed

    Facts are, not only have the GOP, NEWSTAINERS & KLEPTOCRATS worked feverishly for 7 years to undermine, but also significant #s of Democrats & tragically POCs have also relentlessly undermined.

    Bottom line – They have ALL FAILED.


  23. 55 Nena20409
    December 1, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    GA TODable Community.
    Zizi, Wow! Wow! Wow, wow!
    AAA+ 🍸 Brava!
    Congrats COS and MightyPamela on your Twin Au ⭐ ⭐
    Thanks Chips for the President’s Presser in Paris 😉
    I ❤ ❤ ❤ the presser. The Ebola comment was my fav.
    MED is doing this again for one reason: Access and Importance. With Pres Obama, all MED had was Bloviated English Words…….

  24. 56 susanne
    December 1, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Aloha TOD
    Just catching up, and don’t know if you all saw this already. Great article about Rosa Parks–don’t miss it!

    ‘ Reckoning with Rosa Parks, the lifelong rebel, moves us beyond the popular narrative of the civil rights movement’s happy ending with the passage of the Civil and Voting Rights Acts. It reminds us instead of the long and ongoing history of racial injustice in the United States and the wish Parks left us with—to keep on fighting. ‘


  25. 57 Nena20409
    December 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    And it’s not just for Nov…….MORE cars sold since 2008

  26. December 1, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    EXCLUSIVE: Blame it on Obama! Radio legend and first African-American nationally syndicated host Tom Joyner getting the boot timed to President’s exit from White House
    Dec 1, 2015

    *Tom Joyner, 65, being forced into early retirement from The Tom Joyner Morning Show which reaches eight million listeners in 105 markets daily

    *Source claims plan is to phase Joyner out of radio to line up with President Barack Obama leaving White House

    *Decision to get rid of Joyner was made by former business associate and best friend David Kantor, reveals source

    *Kantor encouraged Joyner to sell shares of his company Reach Media to radio conglomerate Radio One, sources claim

    Radio One plans to move syndicated host Russ Parr, 56, into Joyner’s time slots in Washington, DC and Baltimore starting in January

    ‘Tom isn’t ready to go and hasn’t even made plans for life after radio. Radio is his passion and it’s all he knows,’ source tells Daily Mail Online


    • 60 Nena20409
      December 1, 2015 at 2:58 pm

      Cronkite was forced to retire at 65 to make room for Dan Rather. Rather, one of the good ones in Journalism. However, that move left many……myself included with a bitter taste in the mouth.
      If Joyner is no longer viable, fine. But to force one to retire when he is still packing the airwaves is CRAZY!

    • 61 Don
      December 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      I’m not shocked at all, now that the black guy is leaving the Whitehouse they don’t need or care to hear our voices anymore. It’s going to be damn interesting to see who lands where.

    • 63 Vicki
      December 1, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      See my comments above about erasing the Obama Presidency. It is not only the Clintons who want this.

      (Rev. Al lost his nightly show even though his ratings were good. The Rev kept his promise to never bash PBO.)

      If you are not worried about the survival of our democracy please explain to me why not.

  27. December 1, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for all the fine work you did to respond to Michael Eric Dyson’s latest bit of foolishness. And thank you for sharing it here and on Twitter.

  28. 66 kid kanga
    December 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Excellent piece! I also really enjoyed PBO’s presser video as well. People bet against this president and time and again they come up short/empty.

    Snowed here in MN so had to bust the shovel out finally. Not all bad news, since the local radio is celebrating the first snow with Prince All Day Long!!

  29. 67 Anjo
    December 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Tom Joyner don’t get mad get even, sure you are upset that’s natural just take your time and plan your comeback, if its worthwhile it will succeed as folks will listen to good stuff..not that I’ve ever heard your show, but over 20 years in the business you must have been doing something right

  30. December 1, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  31. 69 Allison
    December 1, 2015 at 3:41 pm

  32. 70 Nena20409
    December 1, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    President Obama’s Paris Press Conference on 12-01-15
    Starts: 10:44 mins in

  33. 72 jackiegrumbacher
    December 1, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Zizi, I could hug you for this essay. Bob is right in saying that it’s one of the best and most thoughtful ever to be posted on TOD. I’m awestruck by your passion and your dedication to truth and factual analysis. Your careful dissection of Dyson’s remarks made him seem like a fool who acts on emotions, the need to pander, poorly researched information and a complete disregard of facts. Dyson is not substantively different from some Dems I know who express disappointment with PBO because he didn’t deliver miracles in his first year and think Bernie will be their new savior. There is a level of childishness in all this. Many Democrats refused to support our president and work with him on any issues because his healthcare legislation wasn’t perfect from the start. They must have all their wants granted at at once or they stomp off the field and refuse to play or vote. Meanwhile, as you so brilliantly pointed out, it’s our President working day after day on national and international issues, who, in seven years, has achieved the kind of progress that few great leaders can hope for in a lifetime.

    • December 1, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Thanks Jackie. We and PBO are truly all we’ve got. And it is we who can salvage a clear eyed record for our grandkids. Media and hacks like Dyson will always turn coat for expediency. Greed has warped our body politic badly.

    • 77 idon
      December 1, 2015 at 4:39 pm

      Lupita is so perfectly gorgeous. My LAWD! and when she’s 70 years old her skin will be just as smooth and perfect as it is now..

  34. 78 Dudette
    December 1, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Wow! Go zizi! 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  35. December 1, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    Zizi….Thank you so much for this brilliant,well-researched piece.
    I have always found MED to be a self-absorbed individual that along with other Blackademics of his ilk, are profoundly
    jealous of Prez. Barack Obama. He is now the opportunist who is sitting on the sidelines waiting for the Clinton camp
    to recognize and elevate him.
    We will not let these Ivory-tower, selfish fools re-write our PBO’s history to satisfy their own shortcomings. So thanks
    for your facts and empowering words which will and should inject a renewed sense of determination in the Obama coalition.

    December 1, 2015 at 5:08 pm


  37. 83 Allison
    December 1, 2015 at 5:27 pm

  38. December 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Ah wow Zizi, what an absolute tour de force, utterly outstanding – you shredded the guy.

    Do you know the three words in his piece that revealed most to me?

    “Obama’s undeniable blackness.”

    What? Undeniable? Why even say that? What’s to deny? What the **** does that even mean? Is it ‘he still ain’t black enough, but we won’t let on?’

    And this”

    “There has always been a sense among the black old guard that Obama lacks a natural feel for them, or for black folk writ large — that he didn’t really know who we are …. As I shadowed Clinton for a few days and saw her speak with sincerity to black people….”

    I was close to vomiting.

    Dyson has been a useful fool for the MSM these last seven years, a black ‘academic’ willing to spit bile on the President at every available opportunity in return for a media profile.

    He will never be heard of again in the media come 2016 …. unless, of course, he can hitch his worthless ass to the Hillary wagon and make himself useful again.

    He’s a contemptible fraud, and you showed him up Zizi. Thank you.

    • 85 Vicki
      December 1, 2015 at 6:11 pm

      THIS, Chips.

    • December 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

      Thank you so much Chips for giving us little people some voice here in cyberspace so counter the vile opportunism so rank in the media. Otherwise we sit and sputter in our offices, classrooms and homes with just a few to hear us. You and TOD rock.

    • 88 vcprezofan2
      December 1, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      ‘[Dyson] will never be heard of again in the media come 2016 …. unless, of course, he can hitch his worthless ass to the Hillary wagon and make himself useful again.’

      And there you have it! This is part of Dyson’s early down payment on a) his 2017 Inaugural spot should Hillary win, and b) part of his audition as one of the (fawning) Black experts who are likely already promising “to deliver the Black vote”.

      A very comprehensive rebuttal, Zizi, thank you! We don’t hear from you enough.

  39. 91 nathkatun7
    December 1, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    Thank you, professor zizi, for this brilliant post. Your post should be required reading the uninformed and misonformed people. I am so thankful that there are brilliant writers like you who are fearlessly fighting back against those intent on falsifying the record of President Obama’s accomplishments.

  40. December 1, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Zizi, Thank you! Thank You! THANK YOU! Dovetails nicely with an ongoing discussion I’m having with a “Blacker-Than-Thou…”

  41. 93 sjterrid
    December 1, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you, Zizi! This is brilliant.

  42. 95 Cha
    December 2, 2015 at 12:18 am

    I wish MED would read your brilliant response to his pathetic dismissal of our President zizi!

    How dare he!

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