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Sunday, April 28, 2013

White House Correspondant's Dinner - President Obama Tells Diversity Truth Through Humor

“If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh..." Oscar Wilde

During President Obama's stand up on April 27, he told White House correspondent's:

"I know, Republicans are still sorting out what happened in (the 2012 election), but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities.  And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with.  (Laughter.)  Hello?  Think of me as a trial run, you know?  (Laughter.)  See how it goes.  (Laughter.)"

"Hello" is right on, Mr President! In spite of mega-millions spent on campaign strategy and wasteful advertising, Republicans need to come to grips with the voter reality - obstructing progressive agenda programs will get them absolutely nowhere.  

Republicans must come to grips with their own minority status - minority groups are growing and they identify with their own.  Given no appealing leadership alternative to vote for, they'll likely put the ballot check mark alongside someone with whom they identify.

President Obama and his wife Michelle are representative of the faces of the world's diverse racial population, especially in America, where minority groups of color are growing in numbers.  Their charisma and leadership of America are beacons of hope for those who still believe in the achievement of the "American Dream".

Regardless of how stubbornly Republicans are obstructing domestic progress, by supporting the #stupid_sequester budget cuts, and trying to eliminate social safety nets like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and Obamacare, I predict the GOP will loose every national election until they either (a) become more politically mainstream than the radical right wing T-party (I'm beginning to cynically call them the "pee-party"; or (b) GOP must agree to raise taxes on the rich and super rich, to help support programs for minority groups, who understand how these entitlements are earned benefits. 

Nevertheless, Republicans obviously don't "get" how reaching out to President Obama could, indeed, gain their domestic austerity agenda some momentum with racial minority groups.  Many minorities understand arithmetic and fiscal management much better than many in our US government.  But, instead of supporting President Obama, the GOP is obsessed with opposing the rising tide of our nation's racial diversity.  While conservative GOP shroud themselves in opposition to benevolent domestic programs, the tide of racial diversity is rising and, eventually, the critical mass will wash the right wing opposition away, like a political storm surge.

Therefore, while President Obama joked with the White House Correspondent's about his status as a minority, the fact is, his "truth through humor"  should be taken very seriously by Republicans. 

Meanwhile, Republican might engage in some charm offensive of their own with diverse groups, by practicing their minority outreach on our Commander and Diversity Leader in Chief.  

As the 2012 presidential election proved, Republicans obviously need to charm and recruit minority groups. They can begin by practicing with our President Barack Obama.

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