He focused on quality-of-life issues, such as universal health care, equal educational opportunities and full employment for the lower and middle classes. Doing so increased the likelihood that more Americans would support his campaign. He was less interested in race-specific overtures that directly appealed to African-American voters. As I argue in my book, "Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics," Obama unified liberal white voters. … [Read more...] about Obama and Race: Color-Blind Rhetoric Helped Forge Winning Coalition
Obama education speech
Kids, of course, were one of the chief focuses of Michelle Obama's time in the White House. Let's Move! was the name of her initiative to combat childhood obesity, and it was the first lady who was behind 2010's Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, a reform for school lunches. She made sure to let Fallon know that she is still going to fight for these causes after January 20. "I will continue to stay involved in these issues as long as I live," she said. "I didn't take them on because I was the first lady, I took them on because they meant something to me." … [Read more...] about Michelle Obama Bids Late-Night TV Farewell, Promises to Keep Fighting for Causes
Netflix has courted and locked down other big players in the entertainment industry to similar exclusive deals, which might give an idea of what the Obamas will earn over the course of theirs. Grey's Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes signed a deal estimated to be worth $150 million over five years in 2017 and Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy signed a five-year deal worth a reported $300 million last year. … [Read more...] about Obama Netflix: What the Former President and First Lady’s Deal Is Worth and What They’re Producing
IMAGE: Robin Dearden and Bryan Cranston. Photograph: Larry Busacca/Getty Images. … [Read more...] about PIX: Priyanka Chopra dines with the Obamas!
As the protesters stood up and started leaving, Knowles continued, “People who are in war-torn nations; they must truly pity you. Goodbye. Goodbye.” The crowd started clapping; Knowles said, “Thank you gentlemen, for your support. I’m not that intimidated by these guys … There’s a course being taught right now at an American university on angry white men. When I look at who’s angry, I’m not so sure …” The hecklers started yelling again, prompting Knowles to reply, “I know. I seem so hateful. You guys seem lovely and sweet. You guys seem so compassionate and lovely.” Turning to one protester, he replied, “You hope that what? Well, it’s very difficult to use my platform when people use the hecklers veto to try to shut up any opinion that disagrees—” … [Read more...] about WATCH: Daily Wire’s Knowles Sprayed With Bleach-Like Substance By SJW Protester During Speech At University of Missouri-KC
Concerns about immigration were ramped up to a hysterical pitch, rendering the “hostile environment” not just a government policy but a national climate. Issues of identity became a battleground, creating a sense that the rights of some can only be won at the expense of others. Sovereignty, patriotism and history were pressed into service to paint a portrait of a nation shackled, desperate to break free from the suffocating embrace of progressive demands. A politics that is leftwing, redistributive and pacifist was framed as not just naive and idealistic, but traitorous: a poppy-rejecting, non-Cenotaph-bowing, non-Queen’s-speech-watching, non-nuclear-button-pressing worldview, one whose support for the beleaguered supposedly came at the expense of the majority. … [Read more...] about The left can’t sit out the ‘culture wars’. It must learn to fight them better