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Hillary says his foreign policy stinks and he's taking global flak for going AWOL - but it's all smiles as Obama is pictured dancing the night away at Martha's Vineyard birthday party

Why Can’t Obama Talk To Black Americans Like That?This photo of President Barack Obama partying the night away was posted to Instagram by fellow party guest Liz Cecil. It was quickly deleted this morning after news outlets began sharing it

  • A photo of the president getting his groove on was posted to Instagram by a fellow party goer, however it has now been deleted
  • Reporters were not allowed into the private dinner but a White House spokesman said: 'The Obamas danced nearly every song'
  • Obama's meet-up with Clinton was hotly anticipated after she criticized his approach to foreign policy in an interview
  • As Obama and Clinton partied, it was revealed that U.S. and British troops were planning an emergency evacuation of Iraqis stranded on a mountain
  • On Tuesday France's foreign minister took a shot at Obama for continuing on with his two-week vacation while Iraqi refugees were dying

President Barack Obama was photographed getting his groove on at a Martha's Vineyard birthday party last night at a dinner where he sat next to Hillary Clinton following her well-publicized criticism of his foreign policy.

Reporters were not allowed into the private dinner celebration at the Farm Neck Golf Club, but White House spokesman Eric Schultz said afterward: 'The Obamas danced nearly every song. A good time was had by all.'

A photo of the president dancing was posted to Instagram by a fellow party goer, however it has now been deleted.

This photo of President Barack Obama partying the night away was posted to Instagram by fellow party guest Liz Cecil. It was quickly deleted this morning after news outlets began sharing it

This photo of President Barack Obama partying the night away was posted to Instagram by fellow party guest Liz Cecil. It was quickly deleted this morning after news outlets began sharing it

Water under the bridge: 'We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,' Clinton told reporters crowded into a bookstore signing of her memoir Hard Choices yesterday

Water under the bridge: 'We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,' Clinton told reporters crowded into a bookstore signing of her memoir Hard Choices yesterday

Hillary Clinton on Obama relationship: 'We agree'

The White House said approximately 150 people attended the social function and noted that Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among those who delivered 80th birthday toasts to guest of honor Ann Jordan, wife of Democratic adviser Vernon Jordan.

Obama, Clinton and their spouses sat at the same table and the Obamas were 'happy to have the chance to spend time with Secretary Clinton and former President Clinton.'

As the president and Clinton enjoyed a meal of surf and turf and pasta as it was revealed that U.S. and British troops were about to be deployed to a mountain in northern Iraq to save refugees who had been stranded there for more than a week.

Some 30,0000 Iraqis were still thought to be stuck on Sinjar Mountain as of yesterday evening, prompting the two countries to plan an international rescue mission. But special forces sent in by the U.S. to survey the situation discovered that most of the refugees had already escaped.

British Prime Minister David Cameron said his country would shift it's focus to providing food and water to the hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis, many of whom are camped out in the independent region of Kurdistan or Turkey.

Cameron rushed back from vacation yesterday to oversee his country's response to the humanitarian crisis while Obama stayed put at Martha's Vineyard.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius took a shot at Obama on Tuesday for continuing on with his two-week vacation while Iraq burned.

'I know it is the holiday period in our Western countries,' Fabius said, 'but when people are dying, you must come back from vacation.'

Obama is not scheduled to return to Washington until Sunday. He'll spend two days at the White House attending meetings and then return to Martha's Vineyard to finish out his vacation.

While the president has refused to cancel his holiday or come back early, he has attempted to stay out of public the eye in the last day and a half.

On the first four days of his trip Obama went golfing three times and took a trip to the beach with his family. Yesterday, he opted not to leave his vacation home except to attend Mrs. Jordan's birthday party at Farm Neck Golf Club, where he was expected to rendezvous with Clinton.

Obama has continued on his vacation in Martha's Vineyard as displaced members of the Yazidi community were evacuated from from the Sinjar Mountains. Thousands of displaced Iraqis are now fleeing into Syria through the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris river in Northern Iraq

Obama has continued on his vacation in Martha's Vineyard as displaced members of the Yazidi community were evacuated from from the Sinjar Mountains. Thousands of displaced Iraqis are now fleeing into Syria through the Fishkhabur bridge over the Tigris river in Northern Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are now displaced and are living in refugee camps in Syria, Turkey and the Kurdish region

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are now displaced and are living in refugee camps in Syria, Turkey and the Kurdish region

The former rivals' meet-up at last night's party was hotly anticipated in the wake of Clinton's criticisms of Obama's approach to foreign policy in an interview with the Atlantic that was released over the weekend.

'Great nations need organizing principles, and "don't do stupid stuff" is not an organizing principle,' she said, referring to a version of the phrase Obama and his advisers have used privately to describe his approach to foreign policy.

The former Secretary of State's critique came at a particularly challenging time for Obama, with bombs falling on Iraq and disputes raging in Syria, the Mideast, Ukraine and elsewhere. 

An Obama spokesman said yesterday that the White House 'is looking onwards and upwards,' while Clinton joked she was planning on hugging it off with her former boss.

'We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have,' Clinton told reporters crowded into a bookstore signing of her memoir Hard Choices yesterday. 

'But I'm proud that I served with him and for him, and I'm looking forward to seeing him tonight.'

The media was not allowed in to see whether Clinton delivered her promised make-up hug after she tried to set herself apart from the unpopular Obama in a recent interview, but Schultz insisted yesterday that Clinton and Obama 'have had many hugs over the years' and the forthcoming one would be no different.

A former top Obama adviser, David Axelrod, took to Twitter to jab Clinton back: 'Just to clarify: "Don't do stupid stuff" means stuff like occupying Iraq in the first place, which was a tragically bad decision.'

Clinton voted in favor of the Iraq War in 2002, while Obama voiced opposition.

The very public foreign policy disagreement was Clinton's biggest split with Obama since their 2008 presidential primary campaign when she questioned whether her younger Senate colleague was qualified to take a 3 a.m. phone call on an emergency. 

Clinton took a more hawkish stance than Obama in that campaign, particularly on the Iraq War, but Obama put their bitter contest behind them by naming her his top diplomat.

Clinton loyally carried out Obama's foreign policy agenda for four years but described some objections she raised internally in Hard Choices, which focuses on her time in the administration. 

She expanded on those objections in her Atlantic interview, saying Obama's 'failure' to fully support the rebels in Syria fueled the rise of Islamic State militants now the object of U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

Reporters who crowded in front of a table set up for Clinton's signing at the Bunch of Grapes bookstore yesterday asked her whether she disagreed with Obama's Iraq policy.

'I'm excited about signing books,' she said, turning to a line of hundreds that snaked through the rainy streets near the ferry dock that brings summer visitors to the island.

Hillary Clinton and Obama attended the same birthday party last night in Martha's Vineyard but reporters were not allowed in. The last time Obama was seen publicly outside of the party was on Tuesday, when he was spotted playing golf in the afternoon and dining with his wife and several members of his administration at a local restuarant

Hillary Clinton and Obama attended the same birthday party last night in Martha's Vineyard but reporters were not allowed in. The last time Obama was seen publicly outside of the party was on Tuesday, when he was spotted playing golf in the afternoon and dining with his wife and several members of his administration at a local restuarant

About 1,000 copies of the book were bought in advance, and the store was open only for those who had made the purchases.

Schultz declined to say whether the president was upset over her critique of his performance as he juggles several crises overseas, although he acknowledged 'an honest policy difference' on the Syrian rebels. 

The deputy press secretary said Obama appreciated that Clinton called the president Tuesday to say she was not trying to attack him.

'They have a close and resilient relationship,' Schultz said.

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Last week, President Obama addressed a crowd of 500 young sub-Saharan Africans, fellows of his administration’s Young African Leaders Initiative. In a speech that lasted over 20 minutes, Obama told the fellows that the world needs a “prosperous and self-reliant” Africa but also that he believes in them and that they have the full support of the American government in revolutionizing their countries and communities — inspirational words uncommon in many of his other speeches to mostly-Black audiences.
“I want to thank you for inspiring us with your talent and your motivation and your ambition,” he said, looking out to the fellows. “You’ve got great aspirations for your countries and your continent. And as you build that brighter future that you imagine, I want to make sure that the United States of America is going to be your friend and partner every step of the way.” Later in the speech, he added, “So the point of all of this is we believe in you. I believe in you. I believe in every one of you who are doing just extraordinary things.”
The comments were beautiful, heartwarming even, but made me a little jealous.
As a Black American who works in media, mainly around Black issues and news, I couldn’t help but notice a distinct difference in the way Obama addressed the audience of young African fellows and the way he consistently speaks to American blacks. Where the fellows received praise, support and inspiration from the American president, American blacks are too often dressed down with messages of respectability, charges of pathology and calls for accountability.
Obama’s record of scolding Black audiences is pretty solid and well-covered in the media. In 2012, in response to a question about his administration’s lack of support for Black business, he told Black Enterprise magazine, “I’m not the president of Black America. I’m the president of the United States of America.” To the problem of violence in inner-city Chicago, Obama said last year, “…this is not just a gun issue; it’s also an issue of the kinds of communities that we’re building. When a child opens fire on another child, there is a hole in that child’s heart that government can’t fill. Only community and parents and teachers and clergy can fill that hole.”
It was this repeated rhetorical approach to Black audiences, in lieu of public policy solutions, that made Jesse Jackson, Sr. infamously want to “cut his nuts off” in 2008. Many forget that Jackson was reacting to what he felt was then candidate Obama “talking down to Black people” in a Father’s Day speech aimed at derelict Black dads.

Barack Obama

But, perhaps, no example stands more in parallel and contrast to Obama’s recent speech to the young African fellows than that of his commencement address to the Morehouse College class of 2013.
On probably one of the happiest days of their young lives, President Obama told roughly 500 new graduates of the nation’s only institution for educating Black men that the time for excuses was over.
“We’ve got no time for excuses — not because the bitter legacies of slavery and segregation have vanished entirely; they haven’t. Not because racism and discrimination no longer exist; that’s still out there. It’s just that in today’s hyper-connected, hyper-competitive world, with a billion young people from China and India and Brazil entering the global workforce alongside you, nobody is going to give you anything you haven’t earned,” he said.
No “we believe in you.” No “the United States of America is going to be your friend and partner every step of the way.”
Delivering that message to roughly 500 Black men who just finished college was a proposition so jarring it warranted a reaction from The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates. Trevor Coleman, a former speechwriter for former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, told the Washington Post, “What made it so gratuitous was this was Morehouse College! In the African American community, the very definition of a Morehouse man is someone who is a leader, who is taught to go out and make a difference in his community.”
So how can the difference in Obama’s tone addressing Africans and Black Americans be explained?
In the Washington Post piece on Obama’s Morehouse speech, Leola Johnson, a professor of media and cultural studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn., explained that Obama’s speeches “are actually not aimed at Black people” but whites, “liberals especially,” she said. With that in mind, there is something to be gleaned from his speeches in understanding African and Black American identities in the public imagination, or at least how President Obama leverages them.
In Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream, political scientist Christina M. Greer examines perceptions of Black ethnic groups and their status in American society. In a survey of Black New York City public service workers, she found Africans were deemed the most industrious of all Blacks. Afro-Caribbeans were ranked nearly as favorably. Black Americans, however, were perceived to be the least hard-working — even by native-born Blacks.
Greer explained her book’s findings by saying, “There are whites and elites and people in power who do see a distinction. They may not necessarily understand the distinction but they are seeing Caribbeans as immigrants, who may necessarily work harder, or Africans as immigrants who have greater aspirations than this — quote, unquote — last-place category of Black Americans. Essentially, I argue it’s no longer whites versus non-whites but this category of Blacks versus non-Blacks.”
Let’s hope that the current U.S. president doesn’t see it this way, even if his rhetoric suggests otherwise.

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Comment by Bombahdrop on August 15, 2014 at 1:50am
I'm all for not worshipping materialistic things but some things are necessities but most I.portant in life is people.
Comment by Bombahdrop on August 15, 2014 at 1:48am
Welfare does not give any one money to buy expensive sneakers or expensive anything where u get this stuff from. Expensive sneakers would cost about a buck fiddy to two hunned dollars, welfare Dont give that much money to anybody so leave the poor alone already.
Comment by MamaJo on August 14, 2014 at 10:16pm
Stupid article.
Cosign Pearl, this is why I said its stupid. Even my 15 year old would say whoever wrote this is stupid .
Comment by Baseman1974 on August 14, 2014 at 5:31pm
First stop using or calling us BLACK it's African, we r too materialistic, putting earrings in little boys ears, purchasing $$ pensive sneakers, 4 ur kids 2go tuh school n yuh on public assistance, no savings or investments, downplaying technical schools (trade skills) n so on, wat dah president fail to say is pull up ur pants, stop getting pregnant at 15, learn a trade skill,embrace each other n giv thks n praises, UNITY
Comment by sweet tea on August 14, 2014 at 4:46pm
Meh agree with yuh comment @kinglion212. We black ppl always hating on each other than helping each other fuh reel
Comment by Contonila Goodman on August 13, 2014 at 12:03pm

Personally I was ecstatic when Obama came to power..I was so over the moon that a `Black ‘American is in the driving seat of power and will be driving every one towards Peace & Equality as he had promised. "America has had enough wars, we need now to win hearts & minds" he said. I believe he was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in record time but what is he doing? He seems to be pushed into stoking the fires of hell, arming rebels with US weapons which are later turned upon them. Obama what is your legacy? How would you want the world to think of you after you leave Office?

 

Comment by KingLion212 on August 11, 2014 at 9:09am

Reach one each one! We have all been given the blueprints by our ancestors. However, a lot of us are TOO LAZY to execute. Black people on a whole grudge each other and try to compete with each other too much instead of joining forces for the whole RACE. Look at how the other races strick together for the common good. You think the NYPD could have pulled that wrongful death on Mr. Garner in Staten Island in Williamsburg or Crown Heights? Heck no!! We prey on each other and laugh at each other,crabs in a barrel. Also mentioned in the Bible with the curse of Ham's tribe. Remember the President comes from an AFRICAN background. He was most likey raised and witnessed how this father and most Africans look down on African Americans as well as influence from his mothers background which was caucasian. Coming from a West Indian background I notice that Black Americans are looked down upon by West Indians and Africans as well. Why? Different customs, ambitions, work ethic. West Indians look to purchase real estate, endure hard work and educate their children which is paramount. Some Black Americans from what I've seen even though a lot do work...value money, possessions, street cred, pimping, living off of welfare and public housing instead of going the route of their African and Carribean brothers and sisters. In addition to having trouble in sustaining a living through hard work and investing time and money. I'm not saying that one is better than the other. However, we need to get on one accord. Start to help each other build and rely on our own systems. Instead of looking for someone to bail us out or lead us to the promised land.

Comment by evolution on August 11, 2014 at 8:34am
True words @Pearl, couldnt have said it better.
Comment by Pearl Green on August 11, 2014 at 4:35am

Opportunity exist for anyone in america, only for those that have sight beyond sight.    Stop having your hand out and do for self.   Stop worrying about what Black America is doing and start focusing on what you are not doing!    It starts with the individual, YOU!...

Presidents come and go, they are not really relevant to your individual success.    Stop being caught up in fuckery!...   Excuses, excuses all that Black people have.   All I hear is how eloquently justified how the world is the reason why the individual Black person is not successful.    With this mind set, chances are you will never be successful!....   Perpetual self inflicted fuckery is all I hear!...   Nothing said impress me!...

Comment by John on August 10, 2014 at 11:57pm

Obama hates black people and love homosexuals. Straight and simple

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