Rep. Maxine Waters: “We’re gettin’ tired, y’all.”

While President Obama was visiting small lily-white Midwestern towns that have managed to do pretty well during the economic crisis of the past three years, members of the Congressional Black Caucus have traveled around the country hosting job fairs. Yesterday they were in Detroit.

Fox News:

U.S. House Rep. Maxine Waters is asking black voters who are struggling with an unemployment rate nearly twice the national average to “unleash” her and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus on President Obama.

The California Democrat, speaking at a raucous town hall in Detroit hosted by the CBC on Tuesday, said she doesn’t want to attack the president from his base unless the base gives her the go-ahead.

“If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us,” Waters said. “When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us and you’re ready to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation.”

Judging by the reaction of the audience, including someone yelling to Waters, “It’s all right,” the president will be hearing very soon from the congresswoman and her fellow caucus members.

Since Obama took office, he has resisted pressure from the CBC to create jobs programs specifically targeting blacks, saying that improving the entire economy will help all groups.

I’m not sure I understand why the CBC can’t lead on this issue rather than waiting to be “unleashed” by African American voters. Still, at least she’s talking about the dismal employment situation African Americans face.

On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell asked Emanuel Cleaver (of “sugar coated Satan sandwich” fame) about President Obama’s promised jobs plan.

I guess Obama’s “jobs plan” isn’t an emergency, since Congress is so unlikely to pass it. I guess that’s why the President is going on vacation first and won’t give his latest “major speech” until after Labor Day.

Looking at that video of the CBC jobs fair reminds me of photos of lines during the Great Depression, but President Obama announced today that

“I don’t think we’re in danger of another recession, but we are in danger of not having a recovery that is fast enough to deal with a genuine unemployment crisis for a whole lot of folks out there.

And you know what an expert our fearless leader is on economic matters (snark). And to show that he’s not that worried, President Obama will soon be heading for Martha’s Vineyard for a 10-day vacation.

But wait, check this out from Gallup:

Oddly enough, it seems that Americans outside the beltway don’t agree with Mr. Obama’s assessment of the economy. And neither do quite a few real economists.

But the President is tired too, I guess. All those golf games, the weekends at Camp David, the fancy White House dinners and parties, the fundraisers, the campaign swing bus tour of the Midwest–it’s so exhausting. He needs a break. So unemployed people need to stop being so selfish and understand President Obama’s needs. He’ll get around to their problems someday.

Funny though, I don’t recall it taking him this long to bail out the banks, do you?

Here’s a longer version of Maxine Waters’ talk.

22 Comments on “Rep. Maxine Waters: “We’re gettin’ tired, y’all.””

  1. Bryan Griest says:

    Well, I think it’s ok Waters is asking her constituents what they want of her and her org. I wish more pols would (and of course then do those things.)

    • bostonboomer says:

      I do love Maxine. And of course they’re trying to get rid of her.

      • Woman Voter says:

        There are very few like Maxine, she will not rest, if she knows she is right. Remember Joe Lieberman, it was Maxine that got him to clarify all his GOP style position and she got hell over it, for saying she wouldn’t let go until he clarified what he was saying on TV vs what the Democratic Platform said.

    • madamab says:

      Yeah, I feel pretty good about Waters saying that to her constituents. Good for her. Go after him, Maxine!

      • northwestrain says:

        Yes — I hear you. Maxine Waters is a woman I’ve respected.

        But still she and the rest of the rabid 0bots owns all the problems that 0bowma has/is/ and will be causing because he wasn’t ready to be Prez. He didn’t have the training or the experience to be a leader.

        I hold her responsible for the her part in getting 0bowma elected and the raging stupidity going on in DC.

        Hillary has a long record of fighting for the rights and dignity of others — 0bowma had no such similar record. 0bowma has always been for 0bowma and everyone else get the hell out of the way.

        If she’s told to she will start screaming “racist” at anyone who dares to find fault with 0bowma’s record (or lack of record). She is after all a politician who wants to keep HER gravy train going.

        I know I am terribly cynical and can’t be cheered by awareness by an 0bot that they too have been screwed and tossed under the bus.

      • babama says:

        I thinks it’s way off the mark to label Maxine Waters a “rabid Obot”. She strongly supported Hillary going into the CA primary, and received a lot of flak for it. She didn’t switch support to Obama until June ’08, after considerable pressure via internet campaign and who knows what else. I cannot imagine her doing as “she’s told” by Obama’s camp or anyone else. She’s lasted way too long and survived worse. I give her more credit than that.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Agreed. Waters has never been an Obot. And she has been quite critical of Obama’s policies–which is why some in the House are trying to get rid of her–just as they tried with another African American Hillary supporter, Charlie Rangel.

      • northwestrain says:

        Maxine seemed to be using a lot of “code” talk and the way some in the audience responded — like they knew what she was talking about.

        As I said — I’m cynical about any politician.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    Bruce Dixon: It’s too late to save the Obama administration. Can we still save ourselves?

    Two and half years into the Obama presidency, some of us spend more time mooning over pretty pictures of the First Family, their beautiful kids and regal mother-in-law than we spend publicly worrying over the fates of millions of families, children and elders we personally know. Why are some of us still trying to “save” the Obama administration. When will it be time to save ourselves from endless war, climate change, joblessness and the other ravages of late predatory capitalism?

  3. Fannie says:

    Yes, according to NY Times, the Justice Dept. is investigating S & P over Mortage Sucurites leading up to financial crisis…………

    Sorry if this is repeat…………

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    This is a bit OT, but some of you may have heard that the Florida teen who got the amoeba parasite from St. John’s River died this weekend. There has been 2 other deaths in the US…and one of them was from tap water inside the house.

    3 die of rare brain infection from amoeba in water – Yahoo! News

    The third case, in Louisiana, was more unusual. It was a young man whose death in June was traced to the tap water he used in a device called a neti pot. It’s a small teapot-shaped container used to rinse out the nose and sinuses with salt water to relieve allergies, colds and sinus trouble.

    Health officials later found the amoeba in the home’s water system. The problem was confined to the house; it wasn’t found in city water samples, said Dr. Raoult Ratard, Louisiana’s state epidemiologist.

    With the dreadful heatwave that we have been experiencing this summer, the fresh water lakes and streams and rivers are going to be a lot warmer, which causes these amoebas to become active.

    • northwestrain says:

      The next war won’t be over oil — but water. This according to some futurists.

      Oh — but don’t ever blame this on global warming — nope humans don’t have any impact on the weather at all — ever. Thus says the religious ding dongs — Perry/Parry and Michelle B.

      Of course Perry/Parry was a supporter of Gore and Global warming before he became a born again wing nutter.

  5. northwestrain says:

    This is the part of her remarks — that bother me:

    “We don’t put pressure on the president,” Waters told the audience at Wayne County Community College. “Let me tell you why. We don’t put pressure on the president because ya’ll love the president. You love the president. You’re very proud to have a black man — first time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us.”

    Actually I find this remark very racist. For about 90% of my schooling I was the white minority (haole in Hawaii) and white girl on the mainland. I know racism when I see it — and this is one of the most blatant racist statement – honest as hell but also racist as hell. I do admire her honesty — it is rare to see such honesty from politicians.

    • Allison says:

      I don’t think it’s fair to expect the AA community – who have all suffered from racism their entire lives – to not be proud of having a black president. That is the one good thing BHO has accomplished. I would have been proud if HRC had been elected, as a woman.

      The AA community is the target of racism – we whites are not. It’s understandable for communites to stick together who have been oppressed. Occasionally this manifests in “reverse-discrimination” – if there is such a thing, and that’s wrong, but understandable.

      • northwestrain says:

        Try growing up in Hawaii and you happen to be white with blond hair — I guarantee you will know and feel what racism is.

        I do NOT consider racism of any kind “reverse-discrimination” — racism is racism. And it seems any group in the majority will practice racism.

        Another place to feel and see racism is in the Caribbean. Try living on one of the Caribbean islands. The racism is in your face. Different rules. White woman gets raped on a small island and the cops can’t find who did it. Rapist gets caught because he fell asleep after raping another white woman. This isn’t reverse discrimination — it is racism.

        Blacks are as capable of hating people of other races — case in point — racism statements by blacks against Latinos. Racism is racism and everyone can be taught to hate the “other”” race.

  6. jawbone says:

    Actually, this president has resisted almost anything remotely serving as a jobs program, for any groups: He doesn’t want his St. Ronnie aura to be tainted by any of those FDR-type programs. The ones that actually helped people and helped the economy.

    He denigrates and despises liberals.

    Yes, he proposed a too-small stimulus, and then made the jobs stimulus portion even smaller by making a lot of the money into tax cuts. Too mollify the Repubs, but he did do a tiny bit to keep/create jobs. But, that has actually served to make some of the public believe any stimulus is useless.

    (Or…he wanted to go the tax cut route anyway? What better way to get a Repub Congress than to make the Congressional Dems impotent and seen as doing nothing for their constituents. And with a Repub Congress, Obama can then say the only actions he can take are those that pass both houses. And he let his Inner Republican shine through. Which he’s worked hard to do in a stealthy way with a Dem Congress and now a split Congress. )

    He is so stuck in helping the damn banksters! And other Uberwealthy and Big Big Bidness interests.

    Yesterday, NPR’s ATC had a segment about an actually small business in NC, a jazz club-restaurant run by two women. They get nothing but hurt from Obama’s policies. All of this was discussed without naming Obama, of course. I think the two women are black, but I’m not positive. However, the reporter did describe the two women and one has dreadlocks, one a shaved head. They may be black, so this story may be even more telling that if coming from a white small business people.

    Transcript and audio here.

    Yet even for this successful restaurant, times are hard, says Joiner. She feels like she’s always working against the system, jumping through hoops just to stay in business. Large corporations don’t seem to have this problem, she says. Joiner asks, who took the heat with the bad bank decisions that threw the U.S. economy into the swamp?

    JOINER: We got penalized. We got penalized because people couldn’t come in our door and buy things. Then we got penalized because we had to pay more for the loan that they gave us. That’s not right.

    SEABROOK: And then there’s all the talk in Washington, says Joiner, about politicians helping small businesses. What they mean by small businesses, Joiner says, is operations making five or ten million dollars a year, not Sweet Potatoes.

    JOINER: For the little person that generates the neighborhood job, the city job, the basic job that most people survive off of, there are no tax cuts. We haven’t seen it. We haven’t felt it.

    SEABROOK: Tyler(ph) and Joiner believe Washington is set up right now to serve Wall Street, corporations and big campaign donors. And they’re disappointed.

    JOINER: When politicians become public servants again and take care of the people they’re supposed to serve, then we’ll have a better country. (My emphasis)

    Interesting that suddenly these kinds of stories are getting air time…. Not all that many, but CBS has had some on 60 Minutes and on the evening news, as well.

    After the austerity measure got passed.

    This story seems to be a way of saying some black people are not blinded to the effects of Obama’s policies by the color of his skin. And this may give all liberal politicians leeway to stand up to Obama.

    One can hope.

    • jawbone says:

      I do not see Clyburn in any way deviating from what Obama wants to do. And he’s on the Committee of the Twelve Caesars. \

      It take only one Dem….