President Obama's Civil Rights Report Card

Monday, January 21, 2013

In the midst of all of today's pageantry, it's worth taking a step back and looking at what President Obama has done with his first term. He'll be sworn in on two bibles: one is Abraham Lincoln's and one is Martin Luther King Jr.'s. With those men in mind, how has the President fared so far when it comes to civil rights?

Jared Ball is associate professor of communication studies at Morgan State University. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist.


Jared Ball and Ron Christie

Produced by:

Joe Hernandez

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PdxReports from Northwest

Disappointing that your program allowed Republicans to assert that the civil rights battles of the 60s have been won, without a challenge. King's War on Poverty is as far from being won as it was then. 50 million people in poverty but in your summing up of the issues Obama is asked to resolve in 2nd term, the significance of that gets lost among yourlong laundry list of other issues -- What's more poverty is trivialized as
"shrink the gap between rich and poor."
Disappointing Mr. Hackenberry.

Jan. 22 2013 01:34 PM
Keira from NYC

Mr Christie's suggestion that the President needs to invite the "Congressional leadership to the White House" and tell them that "we need to get things done" is either totally cynical in light of the past four years of GOP obstructionism or naive and intellectually anemic.

Jan. 21 2013 05:15 PM
Kyle from Oklahoma City

Dr. Ball is no democrat and ran against Obama in 2008 with the Green Party. Loved the program.

"The bombs dropped on Afhganistan/Africa explode at home."

Jan. 21 2013 10:54 AM
Ralph M. Demers from Palm Beach FL

Despicable program....trying to calm down before posting this, but it was difficult to discern if it were a pre-inauguration program or impeachment have both the virulent Jared Ball AND Ron Christie on in tandem, without any balance (which YOU Dingleberry were supposed to supply, instead of giving T-ball questions that screamed your own dislike of Obama)
was an effing disgrace. Always been a fan of yours, but today, you sank miserably in my esteem. Sank and stank!

Jan. 21 2013 10:39 AM

It seems on Inauguration Day it is finally safe to criticize Obama from the left. Are these the first fissures of a second term that sees the divisiveness the DNC has cynically sown to their opposition boomerang?

Rather than focus on the age and ownership of the Bible how about focusing on what it means to swear an oath on the Bible and in this case to preserve, protect and defend the US Constitution.

How seriously do politicians take this oath and does that explain the ease of which they violate it?

Jan. 21 2013 09:55 AM

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