Now Your Making Me Cry

Proud of Obama’s Presidency, Blacks Are Sad to See Him Go

MARCH 12, 2016 By YAMICHE ALCINDOR – nytimes

CHICAGO — In his 30s and 40s, the Rev. C.T. Vivian rode with the Freedom Riders, organized sit-ins in Nashville and worked closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Many years later, before the 2008 election, he traveled the country along with other civil rights leaders exclaiming to voters that a Barack Obama presidency was exactly the kind of prize that they had been fighting for all their lives.

All of that came back to him during a meeting at the White House three weeks ago between President Obama and several of those leaders. Mr. Vivian told the president how proud he was of him, and how sad he was to see him go.

And then he began to cry.

“If there was a way I could keep him there I would keep him there for another term,” Mr. Vivian, 91, said later from his home in Atlanta. “It is difficult for people who are not African-American to understand what it has been to have someone in the White House that you know understands you.”

For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/us/politics/proud-of-obamas-presidency-blacks-are-sad-to-see-him-go.html?_r=0

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  1. WH

    Sunday, February 21, 2016

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    President Obama and First Lady Obama hosts the National Governors Association Dinner and Reception
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  2. Now Your Making Me Cry

    Proud of Obama’s Presidency, Blacks Are Sad to See Him Go

    MARCH 12, 2016 By YAMICHE ALCINDOR – nytimes

    CHICAGO — In his 30s and 40s, the Rev. C.T. Vivian rode with the Freedom Riders, organized sit-ins in Nashville and worked closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Many years later, before the 2008 election, he traveled the country along with other civil rights leaders exclaiming to voters that a Barack Obama presidency was exactly the kind of prize that they had been fighting for all their lives.

    All of that came back to him during a meeting at the White House three weeks ago between President Obama and several of those leaders. Mr. Vivian told the president how proud he was of him, and how sad he was to see him go.

    And then he began to cry.

    “If there was a way I could keep him there I would keep him there for another term,” Mr. Vivian, 91, said later from his home in Atlanta. “It is difficult for people who are not African-American to understand what it has been to have someone in the White House that you know understands you.”

    For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/us/politics/proud-of-obamas-presidency-blacks-are-sad-to-see-him-go.html?_r=0

    • Proud of Obama’s Presidency, Blacks Are Sad to See Him Go

      MARCH 12, 2016 By YAMICHE ALCINDOR – nytimes

      CHICAGO — In his 30s and 40s, the Rev. C.T. Vivian rode with the Freedom Riders, organized sit-ins in Nashville and worked closely with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

      Many years later, before the 2008 election, he traveled the country along with other civil rights leaders exclaiming to voters that a Barack Obama presidency was exactly the kind of prize that they had been fighting for all their lives.

      All of that came back to him during a meeting at the White House three weeks ago between President Obama and several of those leaders. Mr. Vivian told the president how proud he was of him, and how sad he was to see him go.

      And then he began to cry.

      “If there was a way I could keep him there I would keep him there for another term,” Mr. Vivian, 91, said later from his home in Atlanta. “It is difficult for people who are not African-American to understand what it has been to have someone in the White House that you know understands you.”

      For more: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/13/us/politics/proud-of-obamas-presidency-blacks-are-sad-to-see-him-go.html?_r=0

  3. February 21, 2016

    Remarks By The President At The National Governors Association Dinner

    State Dining Room

    7:18 P.M. EST

    THE PRESIDENT: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Everybody, please have a seat. Well, good evening, everybody. Welcome to the White House. You all look spectacular. (Laughter.) I’m going to be brief. There comes a time in the second term when the President should make his toasts short — (laughter) — and this is one of those moments.

    Tonight, I plan to fulfill my duty and give you an indisputably qualified set of remarks. I trust that you’ll give them a fair hearing. (Laughter and applause.

    I want to start by thanking the governors and your loved ones who are here tonight. I want to thank your Chair, Governor Gary Herbert, and your Vice Chair, Governor Terry McAuliffe. They’re both doing outstanding jobs in their respective states.

    I also want to give some special recognition to Iowa Governor Terry Branstad. (Applause.) Now, in December, Terry became the longest-serving governor in our nation’s history -– elected to six terms — more than 21 years and counting — which means that Terry is in the rare club of people who have been inside more Iowa coffee shops and high school gyms than me. (Laughter.) He also has done some dancing with the First Lady on stage, which —

    MRS. OBAMA: Very good.

    THE PRESIDENT: — was excellent. I should also mention that tonight is the birthday of our Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell. So let’s give Sally a big round of applause. There she is. (Applause.) There she is. Happy birthday, Sally.

    So this is my final Governors Dinner –- at least my final one as President. (Laughter.) I’m just kidding. That was a joke. I wanted to see how Michelle would react. (Laughter.) But I always look forward to this weekend because it reminds me of all the great work that’s being done in state capitals all across the country.

    For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/02/21/remarks-president-national-governors-association-dinner

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