Gallup polls show blacks and liberals anchor President Obama’s support now at a low of 40 percent as GOP Texas Governor Rick Perry is a top of the Republican Oval Office contender list right now. The most important issue those vying for the White House face is the economy and job creation. Gallup polling shows blacks are still strongly backing President Obama at a tune of 83.9 percent. Blacks voted in mass between 96 to 98 percent in 2008 for Barack Obama to be President of the United States. Right now, black polling numbers are strong as the black unemployment rate is nearly twice that of mainstream America. Poll numbers for Hispanics for the President stand at 44 percent and white numbers 32 percent. Gallup also shows Liberals also are a strong base for the President who continues to hold low poll numbers. The Latest AP-GFK survey shows less than half of all women and less than half of all men approve of the Job Obama is doing. Just 50 percent of women said Obama deserves re-election. Still women are more likely than men to see Obama as empathetic or a strong leader, and they give him sharply higher positive ratings on his handling of the economy. The study also finds younger Democrats are more apt to say President Obama deserves re-election than are older Democrats. Twenty-seven percent of Democrats under age 45 says Obama is not a strong leader, compared with 11 percent in June.
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The Obama White House is getting high marks for leading the response for Hurricane Irene that hit states along the East Coast. That response falls six years after Hurricane Katrina. The reason for the Irene immediate and integrated response, lessons learned from Katrina and Congressional action cutting red tape. Now the Federal Government does not have to wait for states to request their help. Craig Fugate, FEMA head, says Federal Government, state, local governments along with emergency agencies and volunteers work as a “team” now.
Six years ago during Katrina, Fugate was the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management and worked with Katrina. Florida launched the largest mutual aid response in its history in support of those states during Katrina.
Six years after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has regained over 80 percent of its population and tourism is on the rise. On the flip side, the city is still in dire need. The Big Easy still has problems in areas of infrastruture, health care, and affordable housing.
Last year former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin said it takes 10 to 15 years to fully recover from a major disaster. Humanitarian, Actor and New Orleans Native Wendell Pierce agrees saying it will be “decades before the city recovers. Pierce laments, “a third of the city is a health desert” with no hospital. Pierce is speaking of New Orleans East.
Earlier in the day President Obama issued this statement on the anniversary.
Statement from President Obama on the Six Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina
Six years ago today, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, upending families and ravaging communities – and no one will forget the tragic events of those days. But what’s required of us is more than remembrance – what’s required of us is our continued efforts to make sure that New Orleans and the Gulf Coast fully recover, and to make sure that our response to such disasters is the best it can possibly be.
Over the past several years, we’ve seen what Americans are capable of when tested. We’ve seen the grit and determination of people on the Gulf Coast coming together to rebuild their communities, brick by brick, block by block. At the same time, we’ve made sure the federal government is doing its part to help. We’ve cut through red tape to free up funding for recovery efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. We’ve taken steps to help school systems get children the tools and resources they need for a proper education. We’ve broken through gridlock on behalf of tens of thousands of displaced families, making sure they have long-term housing solutions. And we’ll keep at it until these communities have come back stronger than before.
When it comes to disaster response, we’ve worked very seriously to enhance our preparedness efforts so that Americans are ready before disaster strikes, and to strengthen our recovery capabilities so that we’re more resilient after disaster strikes. Over the last week, we have experienced the power of another storm, Hurricane Irene. Before the storm made landfall, the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA worked closely with our state and local partners to preposition supplies and teams of first responders, and support their response efforts. Those response efforts are ongoing and we will continue that partnership, responding as quickly and effectively as possible, for as long as necessary, until the affected communities are back on their feet.
Today is a reminder of not just the immediate devastation that can be caused by these storms, but the long term needs of communities impacted by disasters – whether in Mississippi or Alabama, Tennessee or Missouri, North Dakota, or the east coast states impacted by Hurricane Irene. This Administration will stand by those communities until the work is done.
August 28, 2011 will mark 48 years since the delivery of one of the most profound civil rights speeches in history, I HAVE A DREAM. On that date the MLK Memorial will be officially revealed. The Martin Luther King memorial rests between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials with a street address of 1964 Independence Avenue. The address references the year of the a major civil rights advance with the 1964 Voting Rights Act.
The memorial is a first site on the mall dedicated to a black man. Currently the popular tourist area boasts statues dedicated to United States Presidents and those who died in wars. Reverend Al Sharpton says the 30 foot statute is validation affirming, “America has finally had to certify that story of that movement was part of America’s story as long as America stands.”
In 1963, at the time of the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech on his Dream for America, the black unemployment was three times that of white America. Fast forward to 2011, the black unemployment is almost double that of white america. Studies indicate racial disparities remain prevalent in almost every segment of society between blacks and whites. Those unequal areas include education, health, employment, and housing. Because of inequities that still exist Reverend Sharpton will be marching on Washington August 27, 2011 for jobs and justice urging the White House and congress to act.
Meanwhile, A new study by Gallup indicates, “A majority of blacks (59%) say that the government should play a major role in improving the social and economic position of blacks, while 19% of whites agree. A little over half of blacks (52%) say that new civil rights laws are needed in the country, while 15% of whites agree.”
President Obama is directing the federal government to design a new strategy in 90 days to hire, promote and keep workers of diverse backgrounds. Federal reports indicate the Federal Government work force is mostly white and male. An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8 percent Native American. It also shows 56.1 percent is male. Reverend Jesse Jackson applauds President Obama matter saying, “diversity deserves a higher place…patterns of segregation are persistent.”
One the other side of the spectrum, A civil rights leader wishing to remain anonymous says “every Democratic president in recent memory issues such an order. But usually not much actually happens.”
The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it.
Kraft foods is launching a new triple double Oreo cookie. Conservative Talk Show host Rush Limbugh is naming it a bi- racial cookie. He even renamed it after President Obama, “Or-Ba-Meo.” Rev. Al Sharpton responds to Rush Limbaugh calling a new Kraft cookie, “Or-Ba-Meo.” Sharpton says, Limbaugh “has an obsession with race…and he has an obsession with cookies. He needs to go on a diet and he needs to go to a race therapist.”