9.25.2011

President Obama to CBC: "Stop complainin'...Put on your marching shoes."





On September 24, President Barack Obama delivered a keynote address at the 2011 Congressional Black Caucus Convention. It was one of the most passionate, non-scripted speeches I've witnessed him deliver since he was elected. At the end of this clip he said "Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do." 

 "The future rewards those who press on," said Pres. Obama. "I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. I don't have time to complain. I'm going to press on."

4 comments:

  1. Interested to know your opinion about this.

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  2. @ Glen Honestly, I think its weak that President Obama won't go this hard at AIPAC, Corporate Thieves, etc....I am sure the CBC is confused.

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  3. Interesting tough talk; the President makes a valid point to the CBC, great advice for himself as well to employ, please help lay out an effective Black Agenda; I forgot he's Americas President, stop complaining CBC and keep on marching and begging and depend on Barack; while black societal positions plummet.

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  4. "But the hushing of the criticism of honest opponents is a dangerous thing. It leads some of the best of the critics to unfortunate silence and paralysis of effort, and others to burst into speech so passionately and intemperately as to lose listeners. Honest and earnest criticism from those whose interests are most nearly touched,—criticism of writers by readers, of government by those governed, of leaders by those led, —this is the soul of democracy and the safeguard of modern society." ... "In failing thus to state plainly and unequivocally the legitimate demands of their people, even at the cost of opposing an honored leader, the thinking classes of American Negroes would shirk a heavy responsibility,—a responsibility to themselves, a responsibility to the struggling masses, a responsibility to the darker races of men whose future depends so largely on this American experiment, but especially a responsibility to this nation,—this common Fatherland." ... "We have no right to sit silently by while the inevitable seeds are sown for a harvest of disaster to our children, black and white." -W. E. B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk, 1903

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