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President Obama fired up
The president speaking to the CBC executive committee Energetic and upbeat, President Obama dashed the hopes of those naysayers who claimed that he is a one-term chief executive. By Brandon BrooksAssistant Managing EditorA one-term president, he is not and President Barack Obama boldly launched his 2012 re-election bid last Monday telling the world that he's in it to win it, once again. The President is challenging his loyal supporters to "let's do it again." And he is poised to energize the grass-roots tsunami of voters that swept him into the White House to help him finish the change that he promised and the hope that he said he would generate with the slogan, "Yes We Can." Looking at the myriad of problems that President Obama inherited objectively necessitate another four years to complete his mission. There have been setbacks and barriers along the way and one thing the President and the public has come to fully realize: campaigning for president certainly differs from being the president.After being the first to declare his candidacy for the 2012 election, the President sent an e-mail to his supporters stating, "We've known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily. It never does," obviously referring to the unfinished agenda that he started in January 2009, some of which include the sagging economy, the continuous massive unemployment, two wars (and a possibly, third), Guantanamo, and a partially resistant Congress ... just to name a few of the items on his agenda.However, the recent jobless report seem to show a slight optimistic upswing in addition to a small turnaround in the auto, construction and medical industries. But according to the President, "it's not enough." He said the slowness of the economic recovery and unemployment is the last thing he thinks of at nights and the first thing he think of when he awakes. There is a large segment of the country who is willing to let the President continue on the road to economic recovery. In addition the bulk of his loyal supporters, they come from the Congress, the business, military and legal community, and just about every other segment in the nation.One of President Obama's staunchest supporters is newly-elected Congresswoman Karen Bass (CA-33), the first Black woman in the nation to become the speaker of a state assembly and one of the co-chairs of his California campaign in 2008. In reference to the president's second term, she said, "Having been in Washington for just 90 days, I understand so profoundly, how important it is that he (President Obama) gets re-elected. The Republicans have completely exposed their vision of our country and it does not include us. And we absolutely must keep him in office, but we need to give him the whole package, which means a Democratic House of Representatives, a Democratic Senate, him in the White House for the second term, so that we can beat back an agenda that will take us back to the beginning of the last century." Another of the President's supporters is the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the Black Press of America, which consists of over 200 Newspapers throughout the country. Its chairman and executive publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and the L.A. Watts Times, Danny J. Bakewell Sr., made it explicitly clear that, "The Black Press stands firmly in support of President Barack Obama. He is important not only to the Black Press of America but to all of America. His leadership is unparallel and unwavering; and just like the Black Press, he is fired up and ready to go." Some experts predict that this will be the fiercest and costliest presidential race in the history of the country; predictions are that it looks like it may approach one billion dollars. Whatever it takes, the President is geared up to meet the challenge.