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    Obama skipping big Chicago African-American parade, but in town for fundraisers

    Obama skipping big Chicago African-American parade, but in town for fundraisers

    This Saturday, Chicago will hold its annual Bud Billiken Parade, “the oldest and largest African American parade in the country,” without its previously announced Grand Marshall President Barack Obama.

    Organizers were surprised to learn in late June that he would be backing out; what is even more surprising is that Valerie Jarrett is sending the replacement, her staffer Michael Strautmanis.

    It is quite a let-down for organizers of the parade, the theme of which is “Education: Built to Last; a Tribute to President Barack Obama,” a topic that appears to have been built around the expectation that the President would be taking part.

    And communications have been confusing; the chairman of the parade reports that all communications had gone through the White House, but the cancellation was done through the campaign office.

    What is confounding is that the President will actually be in Chicago this weekend for a series of swanky fundraisers, where $40,000 per person can get you within mingling distance of the President at his Kenwood home, and $5,000 gets you into Obama best friend Marty Nesbitt’s home. $1,000 gets you into the home of Barbara Bowman, the mother of Valerie Jarrett.

    Obama was the Grand Marshall of the parade in 2007 and would have been the first sitting president to take part in the parade.

    Perhaps he’ll surprise the disappointed organizers with an impromptu appearance. But at least Valerie Jarrett will be represented.


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    Ragspierre | August 8, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    If you’re conservative, care about the free market and anything approaching a somewhat traditional America going forward, there remains only one prudent choice to make in the coming national election.

    Maybe my outrage meter is broken, or I just don’t feel much like indulging in potentially self-defeating criticism. But I think I realize what’s at stake in November and I can’t think of much of anything worth my taking my eye off a singular objective – beating Barack Obama on November 6, 2012.

    If someone has something interesting, or better yet, potentially helpful in realizing that objective – I’ll listen. Otherwise, put a sock in it, think about what’s at stake, along with what side you’re on, and try to act like you’re on it.
    —Dan Riehl

    “Otherwise, put a sock in it…”


      Henry Hawkins in reply to Ragspierre. | August 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

      I speak only for myself, but I feel I’m a fairly representative LI commenter and I wouldn’t be surprised if many LI-ers agreed that this Pasadena Phil vs. Ragspierre slapfest is getting very tiresome. Arguing over subject-pertinent posts within the LI walls is one thing, but dragging in posts from pillow fights at other blogs – thereby importing the fight itself – is another thing entirely. One of the reasons I like LI so much is the absence of this sort of thing.

      I respectfully ask y’all to knock it off. Tres boring.

        Ragspierre in reply to Henry Hawkins. | August 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

        As you noted, PP arrogates to himself the mantle of the TEA Party authority.

        He’s TRIED to set himself up elsewhere as a TEA Party spokesman.

        This crawls all over me, as I know he is substantially OPPOSED to actual small government (i.e., he distrusts markets, favors tariffs, etc.).

        I also know him to be a fan of third-party politics, though he is careful not to forthrightly say that here, preferring to attack from the pretense of being a critic of the GOP.

        Nothing inherently wrong with the third party ambit, though it is dangerous and worse than vacant in the moment. Been there in my thinking, and rejected it many years ago.

        But I think it is TOTALLY within bounds to test him on what he REALLY represents when he preaches his political purity doctrine.

        Read that exchange for a backgrounder, including what he links to.

        Also, sometime watch him bully other posters at Malkin’s site. He has become infamous.

        Finally, I posted the Riehl comment to the thread, not to Fillie. There are several whiners here who forget what we are up against this election.

    BannedbytheGuardian | August 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    I am more interested in the Olympic reception. Here Mr Fabulous Sportsperson will have to acknowledge others who took his rightful place.

    He ought to have been on the Basketball team , the girls gymnastic team , the swim team & track & field & countless other sports that won gold.

    After all he got the Nobel Peace Prize by just being Obama -why not Gold Medals ?

    It is also going to peeve him that he will have to acknowledge Gabby Douglas who is full black , from a single parent bankrupt family on food stamps & “fostered ” by a Christian family .

    Guttingly she is just 2 years older than his dud lot . Michelle is p**sed.

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