How Well Did Obama Do?

The Atlantic Magazine did a piece on Barack Obama and the question posed in the article is how well did President Obama’s agenda play out when he first took office? The answer to that question is not very well, given the changing state of the economy that prevented The President from implementing the ideas that he ran on doing his election campaign. The article then went on to rate the President’s social ability to interact, his staff’s ability to live up to the difficult expectations of Obama’s Presidency. It proceeded to rate the President more stringently than a typical performance review.

I want dwell on the Atlantic article, however I believe they are ill suited to run a critic of President Obama. Yes he started off rocky, placating the Republicans perhaps because of his wish to be a conscientious defined president. That is his ideal of how and where Republicans and Democrats worked together. He followed that line entirely too long. This less than a year when voters would actually go to the polls to elect a new President or reelect Barack Obama in November 2012.

What I believe we witnessed was that Obama realized, that there was something bigger and more important than his agenda, and perhaps how he defined himself. Prior to the final year of his term, he finally realized that he must reach and define the expectation of what the electoral base expected of him. This made Obama step out of his comfort zone. Things came easy for him, but Obama has demonstrated that he is adaptable and a master of analytics, human analytic and dynamics. He can then define a roadmap and a plan to execute a winning strategy. If one were to define Barack Obama, you can call him adaptable and able to apply reason and strategy at the right time with an eye to the future. Also he is a master of what if scenarios, able to apply contingency plan when needed and shift to new strategies when necessary,

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Thoughts on Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Whitney Houston funeral service was held this morning. It was in a word an event, of family, friends and those close to the family who attended the event and they family appeared to do it without fanfare, but with more a dedication to the direction of the life Whitney lived..

Her high school principal mentioned that Whitney Houston honed her skills around the greatest singers if all time Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, were her mentors. Whitney was raised to be a singer, even though many did not realize it. She was a well-connected person, who knew lots of celebrity.

Whitney Houston taught modern pop and R&B singers how to sing. A lot of today’s singer modeled their delivery after Whitney Houston. She carried the torch. But more importantly Whitney Funeral was truly a celebration of life, with singing and praise being given to the Lord in Celebration of Whitney Houston’s life. It was truly an African- American going home celebration. BeBe Winans tribute was telling with the insight on Whitney’s life. Tyler Perry’s tribute, about the Love that Whitney had for the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Kevin Costner, spoke at the funeral. Spoke about what becomes of our broken hearts. Kevin Costner said that they both grew up in the Baptist church. His grandmother played in the choir. Costner said his earliest memories were tied into the Baptist Church.

It was great funeral and it was a tribute well given.

Aretha Franklin Gave Insight On Whitney Houston on CNN

Aretha Franklin  gave a telling an informative interview on CNN on Whitney Houston’s death on  Sunday night.  Aretha Franklin was Whitney’s Godmother and early on helped to shape and guide her career.  She was a close friend to Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston as well.  She talked about the  pitfalls of being an overnight  star and the pressures of stardom that  come with it.  Aretha  felt that Whitney was  turning the corner on the difficulties that she had encountered.  However Aretha shed light on  the pressures of stardom and gave  heartfelt advice to those in the entertainment or in the public eye.  She said her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin once told her that you must prepare yourself for the time when the music stops, the accolades go away,  and  someone younger than you enters the spotlight and  perhaps takes it away from you.  That day will come.  Her advice was to prepare yourself for it, and be prepared for life after stardom.

That is  insightful and practical advice that not only applies to those in the entertainment industry, but also in  major league sports, and other fields. Athletes as well must prepare themselves for the day when  they cannot as high, run as fast, shoot better, pass better than  the next person. There is definitely an up and coming  younger person that commands the spotlight and suddenly the fame and fortune is gone. Those in the public eye must be able to deal with these changes.  Aretha Franklin has withstood the test of time and continues to  be an icon in the music industry despite her age, her fame continues.

Whitney Houston is Dead- 48 Years Old

Once again an entertainer’s life is taken from us, although we do not know the cause of death, but we lost a very gifted and talented singer in Whitney Houston.  She was 48 years old.  Ms. Houston sold over 170 Million Albums and songs.  She won numerous Grammy awards and arguably was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century. That in a word is the impact that Ms. Houston had on the music industry and the world.  Whitney Houston ranks right up there with Aretha Franklin, Patty Labelle, Gladys Knight, and Chaka Khan among top Soul Singers.  But perhaps Ms. Houston could in fact be considered the greatest African American Pop singer given her range and ability to cross over to a diverse audience.  No one who came before her was able to claim that honor.

It is perhaps an oversight to consider Ms. Houston a Soul singer. She was not from the start; however African American strongly identified with her and saw her as one of the greater African American singers of all time.  Perhaps a better way to describe Ms. Houston is that she was a crossover artist who appealed to all races, sort of the female Michael Jackson. She had that type of influence musically throughout the world.  She had so many hits there is not enough ink to name them all. She had a melodic voice and the ability and range to deliver it along a musical matrix that is unequaled.  Thus the comparisons to Aretha Franklin and Patty Labelle, who all who possessed larger than life voices that defined their careers. Chaka Khan is most definitely included in this sorority of African American singers.

Whitney Houston was on top of the world throughout the late Eighty’s and soon she met Bobby Brown during the 90’s and they married.  Many thought that the union with Bobby Brown was not a good one for Whitney Houston, and it was during her time with Bobby Brown that she begin to use and abuse drugs. Their life was chronicled on a reality show including Bobby and Whitney and the entire Brown family. It was not a flattering story. Now the News of Whitney Houston’s death has shaken up the world. More to come when more details become available.

The Deal- They That Wait On The Lord

They that wait on the Lord, shall renew their strength, they will rise up like eagles. That my friend is the crust of the situation. We need to wait on the Lord, knowing that God has a way of coming to our rescue when it seems like our world is tumbling down. You have been in that situation before. Bills are due, job seems like it is a no win situation, you may be taking care of a love one, you may be battling disease yourself and sometime you wonder if God is really there.They that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength!

That is not an idle promise. I can give testimony to that fact. I was diagnosed with 4th stage prostate cancer some 11years ago, for those of you who don't understand or know about these things, that means the cancer had travelled outside the primary area and traveled through the blood to some distant locale, with prostate cancer that is most likely the bone. Prognoses is that you are usually given about 18 to 24 months to live. It was bleak. I can't give you a human explanation why I am still here. But I can testify that my God is able and on the case 24/7.Those of you who are going through a Cancer Diagnoses and treatment, know that it is an ordeal. But if you survive you know that YOU ARE A SURVIVOR THROUGH CHRIST, and he has given you favor.

Someone asked the question….. have you wondered why some people you know,who were diagnosed with the same cancer are gone and you are still here? No one knows the answer to that question, but we do know that by the Grace of God, you are still here and he has given you Favor.Something you did in your life or you are currently doing has pleased the Lord. You are living according to His Purpose. Romans 8:28 says that All things work for good, for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. If you love the Lord and believe in His Son Jesus Christ, you are called according to His Purpose. If You are a caregiver, You are called according to his purpose. If you spend time each day reading God's word, you are called according to his purpose. If you outreach to others and spread God's word, you are living according to His purpose. The point is God takes care of those who Love Him and are called according to His purpose. You are a survivor , I am a survivor because of the Grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

You are not exempt from trouble and turmoil, no it is a constant battle, you will be surrounded by difficult circumstances, sometimes you lose Faith, because it does appear that there is no way out. Here's what you need to do, PUT YOUR FAITH IN THE LORD, give your thoughts, burdens and pitfalls to Him and become immune to your surroundings and find the joy that is there, despite it. You know even in the worst of circumstances, there is always a more difficult one. So this is not a pity party where we compare circumstances. That's not the point. There will always be circumstances. But guess what, there will always be Almighty God and His Son,Jesus Christ and God's grace that He has given to you to defeat your circumstances.

He has not forgot you. and he has not forgotten me. Rather, we all have the victory despite the circumstances. Tell yourself that and praise God for each and everyday that he has given you thorugh Christ. Raise your hands to the Lord and say thank you Jesus, because you have favor, you have the victory, no weak circumstance that satan put-on you can defeat you. Late in the midnight hour, God's going to turn your situation around. Believe it, say it, live it! God is Good, and his mercy endures forever. We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.

 

If you are not a member of God's Kingdom,, you can know His Son, and Our Savior Jesus Christ, who died on Calvary, so that we could have salvation, piece, healing, hope, forgiveness of our sins and transgressions, the total package, you can have the supernatural ability through Christ to Live Above Your Circumstances Today by asking Jesus to Come into you life right her right now… If you are ready, pray this prayer………..

Dear Lord, I thank you for the sacrifice of your life on Calvary for me thousand of years ago. I have not acknowledge you or lived my life according to your word. I am a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness today. I ask you to come into my life and I acknowledge you as my Savior today. Thank you Jesus, for the work you did that day on Calvary and your gift of Grace, giving me eternal life. Thank You Jesus. I ask it all in your Name Amen.

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