Despite the fears of my family, friends and co-workers, President Barack Obama was elected to a second-term last night after what was a relatively short election night. It didn’t go long. There were no true shades of Florida 2000. Even hotly contested Ohio went quickly despite such a close race there.

It was a good night if you voted for Obama, or just predicted that he’d win this months ago. (Hat tip to newly vindicated election prognosticator Nate Silver. Kudos.) And it was a bad night if you were a Romney supporter or, perhaps, FOX News, where they had a meltdown of epic proportions with Karl Rove denying the results his own news desk produced.

Upon hearing Obama had more than the 270 electoral votes he needed to return to America’s finest public housing on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, I embraced one our production assistants, Miriam, here on T. J. Holmes show “Don’t Sleep” on BET and jumped around giddily, in a parody of Obama celebrations past.

But real talk?

I always had a feeling this would happen. Even though I didn’t want to say it out-loud (out of fear people would get complacent and wouldn’t show up to vote), I knew Obama would be re-elected. I was never really worried.

Not that there wasn’t a chance President Obama could have lost. The economy was anemic. Voter ID and voter suppression laws were running amok. He had “we want our country back” racists and Donald Trump-de-Dump-Dump-Dump plotting against him. But My Fair Mittens, Gov. Mitt Romney, was just that bad of a candidate. Even members of his own party had to endorse him through grit teeth and false smiles. The hatred was palpable. And I found it highly unlikely Mittens had a personality upgrade since 2008.

If President Obama couldn’t been that personality-less vacuum, who could he beat?

So, yeah! I’m happy. We did it (Obama supporters)! History continues on.

Now what?

I, like many Obama supporters, liberals, progressives and the 90 percent of black people who love Obama, was measured and nuanced and politically savvy and understanding and patient in the last four years in hopes that if Obama got a second term he’d no longer have to give two craps about what anyone thought and just do what he came to do, unafraid because he doesn’t have to turn around and get re-elected in another four years. We wanted that “real” Obama to come out. The one the GOP kept pretending was ruining their lives, when he was just the same ol’ terse Capitalist, terrorist-killing technocrat of yore. How could Obama be a “scary black man” looking like Will Smith if he was a bored college professor?

So I’m ready to see what the President will do now that he has the breathing room he craved and four years of rough-n-tumble political experience under his belt.

Will he go H.A.M. this time around?

I want to believe he’ll go H.A.M. If not, I’m pretty sure the GOP will pretend like he did anyway.

Let’s give them something to complain about, Hopey McChangey …

  • Independent

    Blacks are 13% of the vote and 93% of them voted democrat. Never has a group handed over so much power for so little in return. Expl. Jews make up 3% of the population and have aprox 30 congressmen and 13 senators. Hispanics and Gays got what they wanted. What about blacks? Blacks have zero black senators, essentially zero supreme court justices, horrible schools, high unemployment, high crime and make up only 7% of businesses many with no employees.

    As I looked at the ballot it became clear to me that the democrats strategy for blacks is essentially good cop bad cop. There is no plan to improve the above problems just a strategy of paying off a couple of so called black leaders and hey “we’re better than them/you need us to save you from those evil republicans.” They’re using psychology 101 for kids and retards to control and keep blacks pacified. Makes me wanna throw up my hands and holla.

  • Real Talk

    Blacks are 13% of the vote and 93% of them voted democrat. Never has a group handed over so much power for so little in return. Expl. Je-ws make up 3% of the population and have aprox 30 congressmen,13 senators and 3 supreme court justices. Hispanics and Gays got what they wanted. What about blacks? Blacks have zero black senators, essentially zero supreme court justices, horrible schools, high unemployment, high crime and make up only 7% of businesses many with no employees.

    As I looked at the voting ballot, it became clear to me that the democrats strategy for blacks is essentially good cop bad cop. There is no plan to improve the above problems just a strategy of paying off a couple of so called black leaders and hey “we’re better than them/you need us to save you from those evil republicans.” They’re using psychology 101 for kids and retards to control and keep blacks pacified. Makes me wanna throw up my hands and holla.

  • Barbara2

    YEAH!!!!!
    Now we can watch as their two lovely daughters grow into lovely teens in the White House.

    I haven’t seen Bo lately. Does anyone know if he’s still around? Bo is the girls pet dog.

  • Smilez_920

    I mean how can we ask ppl to take the problems in our communities seriously when we don’t make a serious effort to take a stand .

    One thing about this election that stood out too me was the power a group holds when the let politicians know that they want their issues to be recognized and taken seriously . Gays, Lations , and women took a stand in this election, and their issues and vote weren’t taken lightly .

    If the black community wants politicians ( Republican , Democrat, Independent ) to focus heavily on the issues that affect our community, we need to step up. It starts from the ground up, we need to look at our local and state officials. We have to get involved pass voting for president.

    To me It doesn’t matter what political party it is , if blacks don’t make their issues known and take action, the problems in our community will continue.

  • Anya

    Now What?

    It’s in my opinion that black people need to take care of house and clean up our communities. See how quick they are to write us off?
    That’s because we have weakened as a people and now some of us are expecting others to come in and right the situation that we need to fix for ourselves.
    Stop expecting outsiders to remedy the problem.

    And it’s also my opinion that black women need to band together and heal and no longer fight for black men’s issues. Let them handle that, since they’re so vocal about us being too much for them to handle. We’re so busy responding to knee-jerk reactions regarding black men that we have neglected ourselves and the needs of our little black girls and young ladies coming up.

    I say it’s time to clean house…

  • Love Sosa

    I’m black. went to great schools all my life.

  • Love Sosa

    Black people as a hole need to lace up their boots and realize that we have to better ourselves as a whole. Separate from the rest of the nation.

    President Obama is black, yes. But he can’t be our new moses, he just can’t. He has an obligation to work in the best of the entire country, not just his ethnicity.

    We as Blacks owe it to ourselves and our future children to do better. D9 organizations(I’m an alpha) are also guilty of quite frankly not doing enough.

    We need to find a general common ground and message that appeals to all of the black demographic and from there clean our streets and show to ourselves that we are still Kings and Queens.

    We are too busy discussing the problems on college campuses, coffee talks, and barbershops. Too busy holding candlelight vigils and round table talks. It’s time to stop talking and start doing.

    At the end of these eight years President Obama has been in office, if we can’t look back as a people and say look at the steps the black people of this country took forward. Then President Obama being a positive figure in our lives was a waste.

  • Love Sosa

    It’s just my thoughts ladies and gentleman, so here…..we….go……

    We as Black people have got to do better and take a larger sense of pride and worth in our stake in the United States. There’s not nearly enough action being taken in our community. We need to build the black community up on our own.

    As much as I want Obama to come on the television and say what he’s going to do for Blacks, I know that he’s obligated to help better the society of our country as a whole and not just the black community.

    We need to find a general statement and message that can work towards reaching the people who don’t know that they can be reached. I think that the D9 organizations(i’m an alpha) that were so important in helping with the civil rights movement and everything to get us to this point have in recent years fallen from grace and not been at the forefront of the social issues that oppress us. We don’t do as much as we should be doing in our communities.

    Until we as Blacks realize that the only way things will be better is that if we make them better, we won’t move on as a people. Our streets need to be cleaned and our youth taught that they were once, still are, and will always be Kings and Queens!

    We can be better, because we are better, it’s just that somewhere we forgot.

  • TheBestAnonEver,Part 2

    The first place to start is to stop pretending black people are monolithic. We are not. There is no one black community and our only common issue is racism, which we are not in a position to change no matter how many laces we tie.
    Black people are at different points and have a myriad of different issues. The social issues mentioned do not impact me or anyone I know. I am more concerned with advancing in my career, owning my business, and having control over my body/reproductive rights.

  • Marseeuh

    Why is everyone saying “we as black people this, and that” I am black yes, but I am an individual, I’m responsible for me, and I want to succeed and become a active, progressive citizen. Why does everybody lump black people together? WE ARE INDIVIDUALS, if we as individuals do better then we as a WHOLE are better off. Be responsible for you FIRST. is all I’m saying.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    i hear your complaint. what i do not hear is an affirmative plan for the future.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    and what have YOU done to make things better?

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    now black people need to demand that are needs are addressed or we will not be supporting democrats next election.

  • http://gravatar.com/jamesfrmphilly jamesfrmphilly

    “Stop expecting outsiders to remedy the problem”

    is it OK to expect outsiders to stop creating problems?

  • Malik Hemmans

    ????????

  • Malik Hemmans

    who are the outsiders that create this “problem”??

  • edub

    Now? We should have been doing that all along. However, if I remember correctly, the prevailing notion was somewhere between the delusion that obama was going to throw us some pigs feet and pot liquor out the back door of the white house AND him not being the president of black america but of all america.

    Which is it?

    Black people have 0 logic and collectively have lost the power to demand anything.

  • NewScapes

    I’m feeling all points made.

    Just an observation tho’ :
    The Doomsday forecast that many disgruntled repubs and scared racists eager for a race war are spewing. While I laugh until I almost vomit, I feel no remorse. Methinks that they’re gonna be comfortable touting the ‘victim’ badge for a while.

    Which means that it’s time to rise to the occasion.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblvuu

    Less churches more businesses

  • Malik Hemmans

    Lmao! very true tho

  • Pema

    Now nothing. What has been so great about these last four years? No budget, higher debt, and unemployment just ticked up even more the week before the election. The DOW is down more than 2% since election day. I expect nothing to change including the blind adoration of Obama by black publications.

  • Eri

    I would love to be able to say you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. I know that some part of my uber-liberal self will probably be disappointed, but yes, I want him to USE these next four years. I know Dems don’t have the House, and barely a majority in the Senate, but maybe, just maybe. I’m keeping hope alive (and being realistic too).

  • http://thinkaboutit-knowaboutit.com/ Dante M.

    This question will remain unanswered because of human subjectivity. It’s good for sparking debate, but it is ultimately pointless and rhetorical. Until there is a solid, objective definition of “good” and “cheating,” we will be up in arms about this topic.

    And there will never be an objective definition of those terms. Meaning we will never be able to do anything but discuss this in theoretical terms.

    Ahhh…the absurdity of existence.

  • http://thinkaboutit-knowaboutit.com/ Dante M.

    I did not vote. I know many people have and will chastise me for not performing this “civic duty,” especially black folk who believe that I as a black person am obligated to vote for Obama.

    As I sat and pondered my reasons for not voting, I came upon several conclusions. But the most important reason that I discovered was that voting in and of itself has no impact on the direction of the country. It’s what we the people do that really counts.

    You want to lose weight. You “vote” on what to eat. Chicken or fish? You vote fish. Have you lost weight now? Is your job done because you ate fish one time? Emphatically no! You must continue eating healthy. You must exercise. You must be determined.

    All voting does is put a person in office. That person, despite his great personality and his blackness, does not control the nation. The people do. And it is up to the people to better themselves.

    A lot of people voted, and I can guarantee you they won’t give two sh*ts about what happens next. They will go back to their consumerism, back to their vapid forms of entertainment, back to their empty lives, back to complaining about things and doing absolutely nothing to change their situation. I didn’t vote, but I don’t complain about politics and politicians either. I know they are all full of sh*t. I’ve accepted it. We should all accept it. And then we should go out and actually do something about our predicament for a change. Agree or disagree, the power is in your hands, not Obama’s and not Romney’s. Peace.

  • http://thinkaboutit-knowaboutit.com/ Dante M.

    The first comment was for a different post…oops. But I stand by my second one.

  • vonn fennicks

    So glad the election is finally over. It only made me think that we really do need a third party (nothing like the tea party). We have been taken for granted by both parties. We really did put President Obama back in the White House. Now that he has another 4 years maybe we can see some positive changes in our communities. so much was said about the middle class. What about the working poor and the poor? There are people who go to work everyday and still can’t make ends meet. On the local level we really do have to be aware of who we elect and hold them accountable for what they do for our community. We have shown that we do have the power to get the people that we want elected and we must make them work for us and not for their own agenda.

  • http://twitter.com/gennatay Gennatay (@gennatay)

    @malik that si an excellent question

  • Sean

    I’m still waiting for the Cadillac in my driveway, and CHICKEN for my pot that he promised all black people would get back in 2008…. (DAMN I’m PISSED I ain’t get my CHICKEN!)

  • paul

    LMAO!

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