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A Personal Letter To President Barack Obama

Updated on February 26, 2010

Just do your job man......

First of all, I want to congratulate you on a historic victory. Man, what a ride! You have proven that America is rapidly approaching the post-racial era that Dr. King and others fought and gave their lives for. January 20, 2009 is your day and it’s a moment that no one can take from you. You gave a good fight and you won! I solute you for you are truly a man among men!

However, I must be honest and direct with you by saying; enjoy your honeymoon my brother, because once you swear in, all this historical first black man as US president hoopla will cease and you’re going to have to start performing. No more Bush/Cheney bashing – you will be the man and the new target for all that goes right or wrong in the White House.

Now, (with all due respect President Obama) as far I am concerned, outside of the historical properties of your election, you’re just another politician making promises that’s going to be difficult to keep. If you want my support you’re going to have to deal with the issues. You’re going to have to solve the financial crisis. Not just patch it but solve it. You’re going to have to solve the Middle East crisis; Iraq, Iran, North Korea, the Israeli and Palestinian problem, not to mention other secret wars and issues unknown to the general public. People are making a big deal about your color now for its historical content but once you swear in my brother you’d better get to work. I think you know this already!

If you keep Iran, North Korea, and other rogue nations in check everything will be alright between you and me. If you manage this financial crisis with prudence and put people back to work I may vote for you again in four years. If you take care of America first and others second I’ll tell your story of success to my grandkids, and they will share it with their grandkids and it will be an inspirational story for generations to come.

Remember also that there were millions of people in the US who did not vote for you and are expecting you to fail. So far as they’re concerned you’ve already failed because of your race. Others say you’ve already failed because of your selection for Vice President, and Secretary of State. Some world leaders think you’ve already failed because you’re an American and they don’t like Americans. During your campaign you traveled the world and received rock star acceptance. Just remember that those people who loved and cheered you don’t call the shots when it comes to dropping a bomb on America. Enemies of the United States could care less that you just made history, they will bomb the US despite the color of the president.

I want solutions!

So here’s the deal President Obama. Do you job and do it well. If you succeed history will reward you. If you screw up history will show you no mercy and it won’t be because you’re black. I would not want to be in your shoes for the next four years but you asked for those shoes, I hope they fit well. In the meantime just do your job. My kids and grandkids are counting on you!!!

I love you brother – keep the faith!


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    • Levertis Steele profile image

      Levertis Steele 

      6 years ago from Southern Clime

      Who Can Fix the Problem? Let us listen to the USA:

      Paul USA: I want apples, not grapes and peas!

      Sandy USA: I want carrots, not onions, dumb President!

      Fred USA: An idiot would know that we all need


      Joy USA: I agree with you, Fred. Add some raisins.

      Pearl USA: I want carrots that taste sweet, please.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      9 years ago from United States of America

      politAFRO - I concur with your viewpoint and I am glad I was able to explain mine. Feel free to contact me at the following address;

      As always, it was a pleasure reading your response!

    • politAFRO profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      Jxb7076; I respect, appreciate and understand you a lot more after reading your comments. I just feel that too often “we” put a heavier burden on each other because it seems like we are trying too hard to be liked or “to fit in” with “others.” I am not saying that this is what you do…it may be just the way I took it when I initially read the article. Your comments have clarified some things for me…once again thanks for taking the time to reply to my comments. Now, let me clarify something. I “DO” love and respect all people and that includes WHITE people! My wife’s mother is White. I know sometimes I may come across as this ANGRY Black “separatist” type dude but I assure—I am not! I do get angry about things that continually affect us as a people but I am not angry with any particular group of people. I get angry at “situations.” I consider myself an intelligent person therefore it would be extremely ignorant of me to not acknowledge that it is because of many WHITE people that we as blacks are even FREE! Slavery could never have ended if it were not for the thousands of courageous White people that were willing to die for a just cause—the abolishment of slavery. The civil rights gains that you and I enjoy today would never have come about if it were not for the White people that fought and died for me and you to have the same rights as they do. I may be dumb…but I ain’t stupid! We live in a GLORIOUS time, in a WONDERFUL country that gives us EXTRAORDINARY opportunities. However, all this GLORIOUS, WONDERFUL, EXTRAORDINAY stuff don’t mean nothing if we don’t STAND. We have to STAND as men. Not as unsure, apologetic, “excuse me could you please let me be a second class citizen cause I’m a good Negro”, type of man. But men that GO GET what they want. Just like men from other races that STAND and tell the world—“this is who I am and this is what I want and I AIN’T APOLOGIZING FOR IT!” From the day he announced that he wanted to be president, Barack Obama started to receive death threats. During and especially after he won the election those death threats have severely increased. Imagine you having to go to work everyday KNOWING that someone will attempt to kill you just because (well, now that he’s President there’s other reasons but…) you are black! And you know there are people that HATE him for no other reason than his blackness. He stood…and told the world…”this is who I am, this is what I want—and he GOT it! When he got it, the world exclaimed how GLORIOUS and WONDERFUL and EXTRAORDINARY, this country and this BLACK man was. I am proud to be an AMERICAN not because of Barack Obama but because of what AMERICA stands for. I am proud to be an AFRICAN AMERICAN not because of Barack Obama but because of what he stands for. It appears to me that Barack Obama stands for MEN, all men, but I believe--especially BLACK men--standing up and telling the world HERE I AM…and THIS IS WHAT I WANT…and EXPECTING us to go get it…or die trying!

      My father told me the same thing…and I’m sure your father told you this…they told us to STAND--they expected us to. They told us to support each other. THEY expected us to.

      I am not ashamed to say that I voted for this “BLACK” man simply because he is BLACK--not ashamed at all. No one should be. I am extremely glad that I have the opportunity to converse with you via these hubs. I will continue to read your pages and I hope you don’t mind if I…lend you my support! Good luck and I hope you are successful in everything that you do.

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      9 years ago from United States of America


      PolitAfro - thanks for the candid comments. I really appreciate it. Unfortunately I do not share your total sentiments regarding supporting blacks simple because they're black. I have traveled the world, as you may have also and I've learned that there are good and bad people of all races and simply supporting someone because they're like me is a grave mistake. My people are not necessarily black or white, or any other specific nationality. They are people who share my common concerns be it social, economic, religious or political. Believe it or not, I would vote for a red neck if he shared my common concerns and I thought he was a better candidate for the job.

      I am a proud black man born in the south during the rise of the civil rights movement. Black people have a lot to be proud of and we've come a very long way, excluding Obama's election as president. From my perspective however, Obama does not automatically get a passing grade from me because he’s black – despite his accomplishments. Therefore, yes, he does have to earn my support as I did not vote for him because he's black. Yes, having being born in the segregated south and enduring the racial injustices and finally seeing a black man rise to the highest office in the land was a very proud moment for me and it brought justification to the movement - not just the civil rights movement but the abolitionist movement, the women's suffrage movement, and the civil war in regards to the slavery issue.

      BUT, again - life's experience does not allow me the privilege of voting strictly along racial lines. If this was the case I would have voted for Jesse Jackson, Alan Keys, or Shirley Chisholm. These people have made remarkable changes for the betterment of the country as a whole but in my opinion they are not presidential material and I did not vote for them because I did not think they were capable of taking the country to the next level. I voted for Obama because I thought he was the better candidate for these times. I would not have voted for him four years earlier and whether I vote for him again in four years is dependent strictly on his performance. Therefore, he has to prove himself just like every leader before him.

      Yes, I do expect him to solve all these problems within four years because I have confidence that he can do it. Yes, I do expect him to perform well in office because for once I believe we have a president with the capabilities to do so. Yes, I do expect a lot from him in four years because unlike his predecessors he has the humility, the strength, the intelligence, and the wisdom from his background to bring people and world leaders together for a common good. I also expect these things because he has a host of qualified people in his cabinet with a solid background on global issues who understand that while America is a superpower its power is limited to its ability to rally other countries behind a common goal – without a war. Will I dislike him if he does not accomplish these things – no! If anything he would have proven that he too is only human.

      Your comment “Why do we keep doing this--to each other?” is somewhat subliminal but totally understood by me, however if we don’t do this to each other then we will never grow as a people. I believe every leader should be made accountable for their actions otherwise we would have a dictatorship. I’ve visited countries around the world and there are a few leaders representing all nationalities that scare the hell out of me because the people do not - can not, or is afraid to make them accountable. President Obama’s office is not about black people in general, it’s about America. The America my great grandfather served in during the civil war. The America my grand farther served in during World War I. The America my father served in during the Korean War, The America my blood brothers served in during the Viet-Nam war and the America I served in for 25 years as an Army soldier – 15 years as an Army Drill Instructor. My family and I have a lot invested in this country and I am concerned about its future for my kids and their kids. Therefore, as mentioned previously I do not have the luxury of supporting Obama simply because he’s black. In a global economy – there is simply too much at stake!!!

      This response is not intended to disrespect you or challenge your opinions. I do not see a problem with voting for Obama because he’s black. As you mentioned in your response both black, white and millions of Americans of all races did so. Our previous president left such a great mess that I felt the country needed someone who could start the process for recovery and Obama was the one. Now, I would be lying if I said that I was not influenced by his race – yes, of course I was. I was also influenced by Jesse Jackson and Alan Keys race but they did not get my vote because I did not believe, as mentioned previously that they were the right candidate for such a time as these. In closing I will emphasize that this hub was not written to impress anyone but Obama, if by chance, he get an opportunity to read it.

      Thanks again PolitAfro – I truly enjoyed and appreciate your comments.

    • politAFRO profile image


      9 years ago from United States

      "If you want my support you’re going to have to deal with the issues. You’re going to have to --solve the financial crisis. -- Not just patch it but --solve it. You’re going to have to ---solve the Middle East crisis; Iraq, Iran, North Korea, the Israeli and Palestinian problem..."

      Damn! He's gotta SOLVE all that! get your support?


      Please...I was just start' n to enjoy your hubs...but this...

      Who was this letter really for...I think I know......

      but...I'm gonna give you the benefit of the doubt. I'm gonna assume that this wasn't about color...

      I know this is hard to handle but ...and hear me out...


      The same reason I watch Tiger Woods--GOLF?

      The same reason I watch Venus and Serena--play TENNIS?

      I have never been interested in these sports before! I watch them now because they have something in them that I can relate to--BLACK PEOPLE.

      I don't apologize to anyone for that!

      Of course OBAMA's being black wasn't the only reason I voted for him. I thought he was the better candidate...the more intelligent one...I thought he would make a better President than everyone else that was running at the time.

      Jackie Robinson, Martin Luther King, Malcom X, all would have voted for him...because he "is" BLACK!

      That's not being racist!

      There is a historical precedent! Do you really believe that Martin wouldn't have voted for the "one" BLACK man that had a real shot at being President!




      ......"even some White folks voted for him because he is BLACK!"

      They know our history!

      I support black owned businesses. I support historical black colleges. I support black athletes that excel in traditionally "white" only sports not because I am a RACIST but because HISTORY shows that they NEED our support!

      This letter is no different than...well...brotha I don't want to offend you...and I won't!

      But to say that he has to "bring peace to the middle east", "solve the financial crisis" solve the problems in Iraq, Iran, North Korea, the Israeli and Palestinian problem..." in 4 get your support!


      Why do we keep doing this--to each other?

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      9 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I absolutely agree. Many of the President's proposals are sound, but one must always be careful to watch the details while keeping an eye on the big picture; failure to do so was a large part of the bank bailout outrage. Everything in politics, like any relationship, is about compromise. Progressives will get more than they have in years, but they must not be sore over small losses when they have larger gains. And while the GOP and certain morons on the rabid right have tried to make an issue of race, it seems that President Obama has managed to make it all about policies, issues, and success. Despite some probably niggling doubts on certain manuevers, I wish to offer the President congratulations; great job so far!

    • jxb7076 profile imageAUTHOR

      James Brown 

      9 years ago from United States of America

      Hi Ralph, I agree with your comments. I am expecting good things from Obama but not miracles. Quite frankly, I don't know who in their right mind would want to follow the Bush administration. Man, what a mess he left. However, I think Obama and the team he put together will gradually turn things around.

    • Ralph Deeds profile image

      Ralph Deeds 

      9 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Good letter! Fair enough. Your feelings are the same as many other Americans.

      I'm confident Obama will be a great improvement over Bush who put the country in a deep hole. However, it would be a mistake to expect miracles.


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