March 2nd, 2011
07:41 PM ET

Obama dodges Libya questions until tomorrow

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The unrest in Libya has been a big focus of the Obama administration, but the president himself has avoided taking any questions on the violence or embattled leader Colonel Moammar Gadhafi.

As Mr. Obama wrapped up a surprise visit to the briefing room Wednesday where he expressed outrage over the attack in Frankfurt, Germany that killed two Americans, CNN asked if he had “anything to say on Libya?”

The president, who was already exiting the room returned to the podium. “I will have a chance to take some questions tomorrow, “ he said. “President Calderon from Mexico will be here and so I’ll give you guys a chance to ask a couple of questions on some of these and other pressing topics.”

Asked later about how many questions would be entertained at the event, a senior administration official said “I’m not sure if its 1 + 1 or 2 + 2.” That is White House speak for either one question each from U.S. and foreign press or two each.

The president has been clear about the administrations position on Libya. “This violence must stop,” he said during remarks at the White House last Wednesday.

Then following a phone call Saturday with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, where the two leaders discussed the unrest, the White House released a strongly worded statement. Gadhafi “has lost the legitimacy to rule and needs to do what is right for his country by leaving now,” the president said.

White House spokesman Jay Carney defended the administrations strategy telling reporters that “presidential action comes in many different ways.”

Carney stressed that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and UN Ambassador Susan Rice had briefed reporters, taken questions and had discussed “in very clear terms the president’s position on the situation in Libya.”

Is the president prepared to take an even stronger posture when he finally answers questions on Thursday? A senior administration official told CNN, “TBD.”


Topics: Libya • President Obama • The News

soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. root and branch

    Mr. Obama just needs to resign. He the first anti-American president.

    March 2, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Kianasmum

      That's the most unpatriotic comment I've read today, and I'm not even American. Shame on you! I'm sure if the President was someone you "approved" of, hundreds if not thousands more of your fellow citizens would be on their way to Libya to die for another country's civil unrest. Shame on you!!

      March 2, 2011 at 8:24 pm |
    • brooker

      Root and branch, what in God's name are you talking about? Are you blind AND deaf?? Because you clearly aren't able to get any true information in your thick skull.

      March 2, 2011 at 8:47 pm |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Yeah.... he's for the people... HOW UN-AMERICAN!!!!

      He should be for big business, like the reptili'con's!

      March 2, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        This comment just shows how stupid YOU ARE still on Obama. Look at the Stimulus bill Page 666 and you will see that any medical costly procedure to the elderly must be requested to a panel who will decide longivity and productivity of the individual before he/she is approved or disapproved If this is not death panels what is. It is you people who are following the PIED PIPER TO YOUR DEMISE FOR THIS PERTAINS TO YOUR ELDERLY ALSO SO QUIT BEING DUMB AND STUDY OBAMA FOR WHAT HE IS. A PERSON OUT TO DESTROY AMERICA
        A clip has surfaced of Joe Biden saying that he would lead the charge for impeachment if the President usurped constitutional restrictions by engaging a country that did not pose a direct threat to the United States. If President Bush had launched a similar assault on Libya and handed the use of our military over to an undefined "coalition" every news station in America would have been beating the drums of impeachment.

        March 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Where do I begin responding to such a dip-sh*t comment ... Because of how President Obama has handled the Libyan situation, all the Americans there were able to get out safely. He's also privy to a lot more high-level intelligence information than you are, so ... put a sock in it!

      March 2, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Th islam leader has already told Obama what to do. That is to not get involved in Libya. So quit worrying his little snot nosed boy will do what the killer of Infidels has told him. Man I can't wait until 2012 to be rid of the worthless President this Country has ever had. And to such idiots as you.

        March 3, 2011 at 11:57 am |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        This guy can say the below but my comment has to have nmoderation. Thank you biased CNN.

        ThinkAgain

        ThinkAgain – Where do I begin responding to such a dip-sh*t comment ... Because of how President Obama has handled the Libyan situation, all the Americans there were able to get out safely. He's also privy to a lot more high-level intelligence information than you are, so ... put a sock in it!

        March 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • Jon

      On the contrary – he's the best thing our country has going for it at the moment.

      March 3, 2011 at 11:13 am |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        Then we really are in deep crap, aren't we?

        March 3, 2011 at 12:04 pm |
      • Notfooled

        @gaylon -–actually you're in deep crap because the majority of people are with President Obama. You are in the minority. Start paddling your way out.

        March 4, 2011 at 3:40 am |
      • d

        Are you kidding? The majority? You must be a delusional left wing moron. I am amazed that our moronic president has "survived" this long. 2012 is right around the corner, things are going to be reversed and change so fast that the liberals will be crying in their welfare milk and cheese and the $2 haircuts on their heads are going to be spinning. The controversial mosque near the world trade centers will never reach the level of controversy again, "squish squash" right out of the gate. If you really think he has a chance at reelection, you better count your days. Less than 2 years of delusion left.

        March 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
  2. w l jones

    It should be the law of the land that every America male serve at least two years on active duty. They will look at the world from a different propective, Bless.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:20 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      And not women?

      March 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
    • Death Panel Sarah

      Yeah... just like in Russia!

      March 2, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
      • ThinkAgain

        Like in a lot of Western democracies including Germany, Israel, Switzerland ... boy, you people are ignorant! (Not that I completely agree with compulsory service, but before you comment, PLEASE do a little research!)

        March 2, 2011 at 10:44 pm |
      • Gaylon Barrow

        You're really not funny with such ridiculous comments about a woman. I bet your a sneaky coward who hides behind a garbage can that someone missed putting you in.

        March 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm |
  3. joseph

    The President of the United States has handled the Libya crises very well. He made sure 500 US citizens left Libya safely via Malta and the airport in Tripoli. The USA has not been subjected to an hostage crises. Kudo to the President of the United States of America, Barack H. Obama.
    Joseph
    Port Moresby,

    March 2, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  4. Capt. SnarkY

    I find it very interesting that when Mubarak (supposedly our ally in the region) is faced with massive demostrations, Obama immediately insists the he give up power. Now when Daffy (a loon who has abetted terrorists who've killed Americans) starts killing his own people for the same demonstrations, Obama sits on his hands. Why, Obama support staff, WHY??????????

    March 2, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  5. Joan

    The President does not need to devulge sensitive information to the press just to keep them happy. There are times that the media blabs too much and makes problems harder to solve diplomatically. Obviously there is a lot going on that might need to be kept under wraps for now for security reasons. The President is in touch with other world leaders, Sec. Clinton, his military commanders and others who know the score. Trust them and stop being back seat drivers.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:48 pm |
  6. Sagebrush Shorty.

    Sitting on fences for so long must get painful.

    March 2, 2011 at 8:57 pm |
  7. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Do you people not understand the position the OBAMA WHITEHOUSE is taking on LIBYA? Do you not understand the people who're working for him in his administration? HILLARY CLINTON, SECRETARY OF STATE and SANDRA RICE, UNITED NATIONS AMBASSADOR! He told us and the world that 'this violence must stop'! Those people are his secretary and ambassador! They WORK for him and have answered questions on LIBYA! What more do you want? You just want him to say one more word, so you all can pick that one word apart!!

    March 2, 2011 at 9:01 pm |
    • Diana

      Thank you Liz. I am sick to death of people saying what the President should and could do in the Libyan situation. The last time we meddled in another country's business . . . well needless to say . . . we are still there in Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. President you are doing fine.

      March 3, 2011 at 10:05 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      YEP! And that word is the same word he used in referring to Egypt. He wanted the Brotherhood of Muslims to take control of the government. He is low, low, low. And by far the worst President this country HAS EVER HAD.

      March 3, 2011 at 12:11 pm |
      • Notfooled

        Man are you brainwashed by Beck or Limbaugh. President Obama never said that. He's much too intelligent to say that unlike your buddies who hypnotized you. Sounds like the stupid stuff they say everyday and the gullible just eats it up.

        March 4, 2011 at 3:34 am |
    • Gaylon Barrow

      What we want out of Obama is to show Patriotism and to abide by the Constitution. He has proven that a patriot he is not. I beg the pardon of the comment in reference that Obama did not say he wanted the Brotherhood of Muslinms to take charge in Egypt it is on film. You imbelciles need to do you research before flapping you slobbering lips.

      March 26, 2011 at 11:05 am |
  8. Liz Carter in Georgia

    PRESIDENT OBAMA has learned his lesson about personally answering questions TOO soon; Just because the sabatoging media asks it of him! He has probably learned that when the event or situation is 'fluid' or is unfolding and evolving even as he answers questions, his answers will be deemed obsolete and inefficient! Then the blogging politicians will be up to their old tricky pastimes, firing up the internet with more treacherous denigration against him! That's what you all do! I know it! You don't fool me!

    March 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
  9. Viet.Vet

    The President is smart enough not to fall for the proding of the war mongers, what happens if a no fly zone is establish and a US Jet is shot down? Do we go to another war to establish American type democracy just like Iraq, if these war mongers are paying attention they should see the Iraq democracy is not working to good. The US can't and should not get involved in the internal dispute of every country.

    March 2, 2011 at 9:34 pm |
  10. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    You are doing just fine Mr. President. Stay strong!

    March 2, 2011 at 10:10 pm |
  11. Roger

    Is he trying to compete with Gadhafi? The tie is awful

    March 2, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  12. kelly in indiana

    I don't appreciate this article referring to PRESIDENT Obama as MR. Obama.

    March 2, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    My god CNN you do get "hurt" when the President chooses when to make his comments on anything. I do not understand your indignation! Nor do the above bloggers either.
    There have been multiple statements by the US Ambassador to the UN, Sec of State Clinton and even representatives of the military on No fly zones and various criticisms of re-action from Republican politico's MCCain and then Lieberman ( IND) and critical punditry... none of whom have any sensible alternative solutions.
    Please do not say war again... the rebels have said no military foreign intervention please!!
    Lets have constructive and effective ideas and suggestions not the in the air implication it could be handled better!!
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    March 2, 2011 at 11:21 pm |
  14. Sue

    Obama needs to be impeached, or he needs to resign. He is the most corrupt, incompetent, clueless, manipulative, fraud and liar in the history of our country. And CNN-and all other media--need to call out Obama (like they would if this were Bush)--as he attempts to hide from questions from the media. Obama is NOT the king of our country, but I do believe that he thinks that he is the dictator of our country. Just like dictators in other countries-Obama does not feel that the little people deserve to ask questions and receive answers. Obama does not like to take questions, until his teleprompter is preloaded and ready to go.

    March 3, 2011 at 12:33 am |
    • joseph

      Ignorant is ignorant as you want to be. The President of the USA is king. He has handled the situation with caution and intelligence. That is why the more than 500 US citizen are safe and no hostages were taken. Please read all the information available on the situation and you will appreciate the greatest President of the USA.

      PS. Did you see the Obama interview by O'Reilly on Fox New on Superbowl day. Obama slammed the Properganda in Chief. Obama fears no one, not you or CNN

      March 3, 2011 at 1:21 am |
    • brooker

      There isn't a psychiatric medicine in the world that can cure your kind of crazy.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:47 am |
    • Chloe in Chatsworth, CA

      Sue, given that a majority of Americans believe the President to be honest, emotionally and intellectually competent and consensus-seeking to a fault, I'm puzzled by your attack on him. I would be sincerely interested to hear what you base it on. And "Fox News says so" doesn't count. We already know Rupert Murdoch wants a president who's bought and paid for.

      March 3, 2011 at 2:27 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Chloe, I am puzzled by your attack of Rupert Murdoch. I would like to hear more about your evidence that he wants a president who's bought and paid for.

        March 3, 2011 at 7:22 am |
    • Ain't life strange?

      Sue... I was wondering if you could be more specific and provide facts to support the charges you've made against the President. In what ways does he display the cluelessness, the corruption etc? Because I honestly haven't seen evidence of that. As for answering questions... I don't know; maybe on some issues for security reasons you think? Some times the questions that AREN'T asked and the questions NOT answered are more important and telling then those that are. Salesmanship 101...

      March 3, 2011 at 6:42 am |
    • KatR

      Apparently you were not around when Pres. Nixon resigned from office. It was very clear to the American people that Nixon was corrupt by attempting to cover up his role in the Watergate scandal. He was smart enough to resign rather than face sure impeachment by Congress. When the GOP tried to impeach Pres. Clinton they failed to provide proof of wrongdoing under the Constitution. So far, I have seen nothing in Pres. Obama's actions that warrant impeachment. However, I do see many individuals like yourself who have fallen into the propaganda trap of the GOP. Their main message is to try and convince Americans that the Democrat ideology of governing is evil, especially with Obama at the helm. Obviously, your post reflects that hatred. In 40+ years of voting I have never witnessed the hateful attacks on a sitting President as we have in the past 2 years. Even Nixon was in the middle of his 2nd term when he resigned.

      March 3, 2011 at 8:07 am |
      • Dfla

        KatR
        "In 40+ years of voting I have never witnessed the hateful attacks on a sitting President as we have in the past 2 years."
        Were you in a coma when Bush was in office? Im not here to argue one way or the other about Bush or Obama but come on, Bush got beat up all the time, much worse than O.

        March 3, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
    • Notfooled

      President Obama is all about the" little people" as you put it. He has gotten more done in two years then Bush did in 8. Impeach him for that? You have got to be kidding about him not answering questions. I see President Obama almost everyday aswering questions, he simply did not have time to answer then. I am so sick of people talking about the teleprompter. Did the teleprompter get him through Harvard? Wake-up you are being hypnotized by the money grubbing talk show hosts or Rush. They are the true dictators of the gullible.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:57 am |
  15. Cardog

    You know what I'm really surprised about? There is no one commenting on the Libya situation to the degree that we need to go in there and bomb somebody or take on the policing of Libyan sky's.

    If the world is so concerned now is the time for Western Europe to step up to the plate and do whatever is necessary, don't you think?

    March 3, 2011 at 1:57 am |
  16. williefloyd

    Following the Bush regime the country is unable to relate to a president who waits until he has facts and thinks before he speaks. Enough of running head strong into such volatile situations!!!

    March 3, 2011 at 2:11 am |
  17. Right

    obama is an idiot and only knows rubs, and the pigs, send him home with the rest of the muslims.

    March 3, 2011 at 6:31 am |
    • Ain't life strange?

      Obama a muslim?? Really? And you know this how? And what the hell is a 'rub'?

      March 3, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  18. FedUp

    He had to check the polls before he decided what to say/

    March 3, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  19. Living in America

    Thank you Mr. President. Answer on your own time and not no one else's. Let Libya handle their own mess and for us to stay out of it. I applaud you for getting the Americans out of the country first. Remember fools how they bombed the TWA flight because of a President's response. Folks this is serious and it a lot you don't know behind the scenes of what is going on. Give me a break.

    March 3, 2011 at 7:55 am |
  20. williefloyd

    why is my comment not showing as having posted??

    March 3, 2011 at 10:42 am |
  21. williefloyd

    if comments are closed please indicate that they are

    March 3, 2011 at 11:07 am |
  22. williefloyd

    my earlier post indicated a duplicate post but neither posted.

    3rd try
    Fools rush in where angels fear to tread!

    March 3, 2011 at 11:11 am |
  23. The Guy

    Wow, the trolls are out in full force today! Obamaphobia is running wild!

    March 3, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  24. Really

    I can't wait to see what the most r@cist person on these blogs, tsah from virginia, has to say. Or number 2, dominican momma 4 obama.

    March 3, 2011 at 1:40 pm |
    • Rush is liberal

      Agreed.

      March 3, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Diana; that's the truth! I expected that all of this would happen to this man the minute he opened up his mouth and announced he was going to run for president!. When JACKSON and SHARPTON ran, they made sure to nip them in the bud; that was hard for them to do with OBAMA, mainly because he is THE 'STORYBOOK' AFRICAN AMERICAN, and young people paid attention this time! This OBAMA-bashing by these REPUG loyalists, teabaggers, racists, and bigots is nothing more than SYSTEMIC dousing attempts at him for 2012!

    March 4, 2011 at 2:54 am |
    • Jay in NC

      You are saying that they paid attention because he is an African American. That would make them racist. Yet you call everyone else racist.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:51 am |
    • Notfooled

      @ Jay in NC Liz was not saying that at all. She meant that the young in this country paid attention to voting because they saw an intelligent person running for President. Jay this may come as a shock to you but a lot of young white people voted for him, myself included. He has not diappointed us either. Liz is not racist she tells it like it is, you just can't handle it.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:08 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Liz did not say " intelligent person running" she said "because he is THE 'STORYBOOK' AFRICAN AMERICAN," In other words she is saying the young did not vote for McCain the 'Storybook White American.' They voted for him is because he is black. That makes them racist.

        March 4, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  26. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Notfooled; Thankyou for the defense. Jay has spinned and twisted most of MY posts into something that they were not to make me look like the villain and the racist! That's what Jay does! He seeks out my comments so he can pull and pick them apart, word for word, thereby putting a negative light on my view in the minds of others; just like he does with you and ANYONE who seems supportive of our PRESIDENT, his genuine attempts to recover AMERICA and what he's had to go up against! Right! HE CAN'T HANDLE IT!

    March 4, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  27. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I used the adjective 'STORYBOOK' to describe a first-time AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN, who was finally going to be a 'FINAL' party candidate for the office of president in the UNITED STATES! Of course the young paid attention! Old hated it! I didn't create that adjective to describe him, VICE-PRESIDENT JOSEPH BIDEN did, way back when the potential of OBAMA even running came to be a possibility! VP BIDENS' interpretation or description included the well known 'FACT', that PRES OBAMA was and IS INTELLIGENT!!

    March 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    For you, Jay to continually define me as a RACIST, simply because I point out what I VIEW as underlined RACIST or race-based comments against the PRESIDENT and his wife; what I VIEW as 'double-standardry', is what's getting out of hand! Whether it's debate about his decisions or his politics; or his family and private life, I know past presidents were not, nor will they ever be put under as much denigration and scrutiny as BARACK OBAMA has! What do you expect me to think? There's not much else to look at!

    March 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Anytime you refer to him as an African American you are making race an issue. In this day in time his race has nothing to do with it. You are the one that is trying to make it an issue. Don't you agree that it is not appropriate to call others White American Palin, Jewish Jon Stewart, White O'Biden, or Black Liz. Give up the race card, it's worn out and only divides us. Nazi's also labeled people by their race, we all know how that turned out.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I can easily flip the script back on you, Jay! However, I hate it, because I know it would only cause a greater sense of denial for you and others who DO have racial divide tendencies, conscious or unconscious; but for you to even conclude from my statement that 'they voted for him because he is black' says you're racist, if you want to get technical! Personally, no matter how it happens, I believe that this is an issue that WILL have to be dialogged and resolved in this nation before we CAN move forward!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Now who is twisting words. I said that you said that was the reason.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  30. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Dfla; I don't know how old you are or how many presidents you've lived under in this country, or even read about or studied, I can promise you that even with the pros and cons that were weighed against their agendas, aside from the ones who were systematically, terminally silenced (assassinated) for their stances on economical, political, domestic and international decisions; SITTING PRESIDENT BARACK H OBAMA has been treated in 2 years the worse! We all must've been in comas, BUSH did what he WANTED to do!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  31. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, It has nothing to do with it 'in this day and time'? Even during the campaign, RACE was polled for coming up with sample figures and percentages of the pros and cons on different issues, including the election of the PRESIDENT! Was that 'time' not considered as part of 'in this day and time'? It's still goes on right today so you can stop the insensitivity to it. At the least, subtle differentiations and separations still prevail in AMERICA. Until AMERICANS are simply AMERICANS, this will be a problem!

    March 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    My thoughts on the remark you made about the appropriateness of others being referred to as 'White Sarah Palin, Jewish Jon Stewart, White O'Biden or Black Liz', I see nothing so upsetting about it since most 'non-whites' have been pointed out, called out, singled out, and identified on the 'quilt' of social and civic relations in AMERICA for ages! We have reserved ourselves to thinking or expecting that, it IS a WHITE AMERICAN, when we DON'T hear an 'identifier' or see a picture of the person of subject!

    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  33. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, even the FEDERAL CENSUS separates and counts race among AMERICANS from AMERICANS! So it's still an issue, and I'm not BIG ENOUGH to make it an issue! It's there! Oh, It's really up to EURO-AMERICANS and JEWISH AMERICANS if they find it inappropriate to be distinguished by their heritages, or if they want to be identified as such. We blacks, negroes, and coloreds had no choice! White America made that distinction for us! However, out of a newfound pride, we chose to call ourselves AFRICAN AMERICAN!

    March 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Either you are an American or not. Hyphenating this country is divisive and shows that you are not 100% committed. I found this speech by Theodore Roosevelt on the subject. I think it is worth reading.

      There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all... The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic... There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.

      One other worth noting is a poem "The Hyphen" by John Wayne
      THE HYPHEN
      The Hyphen, Webster's Dictionary defines, Is a symbol used to divide a compound word or a single word. So it seems to me that when a man calls himself An "Afro-American," a "Mexican-American," "Italian-American," An "Irish-American," "Jewish-American," What he's sayin' is, "I'm a divided American."

      Well, we all came from other places,
      Different creeds and different races,
      To form a nation...to become as one,
      Yet look at the harm a line has done-
      A simple little line, and yet
      As divisive as a line can get.
      A crooked cross the Nazis flew,
      And the Russian hammer and sickle too-
      Time bombs in the lives of Man;
      But none of these could ever fan
      The fames of hatred faster than
      The Hyphen.

      The Russian hammer built a wall
      That locks men's hearts from freedom's call.
      A crooked cross flew overhead
      Above twenty million tragic dead-
      Among them men from this great nation,
      Who died for freedom's preservation.
      A hyphen is a line that's small;
      It can be a bridge or be a wall.
      A bridge can save you lots of time;
      A wall you always have to climb.
      The road to liberty lies true.
      The Hyphen's use is up to you.

      Used as a bridge, it can span
      All the differences of Man.
      Being free in mind and soul
      Should be our most important goal.
      If you use The Hyphen as a wall,
      You'll make your life mean...and small.
      An American is a special breed,
      Whose people came to her in need.
      They came to her that they might find
      A world where they'd have peace of mind.
      Where men are equal...and something more-
      Stand taller than they stood before.

      So you be wise in your decision,
      And that little line won't cause division.
      Let's join hands with one another...
      For in this land, each man's your brother.
      United we stand...divided we fall.
      WE'RE AMERICANS...and that says it all.

      March 5, 2011 at 6:19 am |
  34. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, that poem was beautiful. Actions can kill or make words come alive! I've only hoped that those words turned into a reality for all AMERICANS, and especially for the ones of us who were in fact born here; four or five family generations born here! Generations who have been patriotic and loyal enough to serve this country, upholding it's flag to the world. Who was responsible for drawing the lines, Jay? It wasn't us, but we were willing to live with it as we've always remained committed to AMERICA!

    March 5, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I wonder what the NATIVE AMERICANS think about it. They are really the true AMERICANS, but thankyou for that beautiful post though Jay! I agree 100%! Do you? I think you need to send it to the TEA PARTYERS, PALIN, BACHMAN, LIMBAUGH, COULTER, GRAHAM, BECK, THE GOP, FOXNEWS, and even to some of the DNC, as a reminder. Every AMERICAN should read this post! Thanks for posting it!

    March 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Liz, the white man did not impose the lable African American on the blacks. Take a look at this ...

      A poem by the name of "I Can" created the term African American in 1987. The poem was written by Johnny Duncan. It appeared in The 1987 Black History Calendar, and all subsequent editions through 1993.

      While taking infantry training at Ft. Benning, Georgia, Duncan came across an anonymous sign that read: "The last 4 letters of American spell I Can." In 1987 Duncan set out to compose a poem based on that slogan. In the midst writing, he realized that the last four letter of African also spelled "i can." So in line twenty-five of the poem, Duncan wrote, The last 4 letter of my heritage and my creed spell "i can", heritage being Afr-i-can and creed being Amer-i-can.

      Jesse Jackson saw a copy of the poem in 1989 Black History Calendar that Duncan sent to Mrs Coretta King. Jackson then collaborated with Ramona Edelin and others and made the push to use the term Afr-i-can Amer-i-can. The rest is Afr-i-can Amer-i-can History! Johnny Duncan, when he created the term, defined African Americans as "the children of the descendants of the African Diaspora who inhabit the Americas", not just the United States.

      I CAN
      I Can do what my mind tells me to.
      I Can, so Can you.
      I Can streak like a Rocket through the Sky.
      I Can plunge to the Earth and die.
      I Can run and win any Race,
      From Inner Self to Outer Space.

      All I want you to understand
      Is that my Country and my Heritage spell "I CAN!"

      I Can try, and I Can cry;
      I Can lead, and I Can succeed.
      I Can trail, and I Can fail.
      I Can fight, and I Can Unite;
      I Can adopt, and I Can Stop.
      I Cannot hide, nor Can Apartheid!
      I Can write and incite.
      I Can bleed for my Country's Creed.
      I Can defend, and I Can pretend.
      I Can hate, yet, I Can adjudicate!
      I Can give, but I Can also live.
      I Can contrive, and oh yeah, "I Can survive!"
      I Can do this, and I Can do that.

      All I need is a Turn at Bat.
      I speak of my Abilities not by Chance.
      Nor is it your Opinion of me that I seek to Enhance!
      "The last four letters of my Heritage and my Creed spell "I CAN!"
      I Can do Anything as well as "Everyman!"
      "I CAN! I CAN! I CAN!"
      YOU DAMN RIGHT "I CAN!"

      Professor Duncan chronicles the development of the term African American in a 2008 book entitle–"i can: the origin of Afr-i-can Amer-i-can". The Copyright Registration Number for the volume is TXu 1-641-591.

      March 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  36. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I didn't say the white man imposed the label of AFRICAN AMERICAN on us! I said they gave us negroes, coloreds, and blacks, and that we had no choice in those. You must have misread my post, and you need to read it again. I know perfectly well we gave our ownselves AFRO-AMERICAN, and I said after a newfound pride, we chose to call ourselves AFRICAN AMERICAN! I know that very well, Jay! It actually gave us some simulance of a new day, a new goal and a new pride for ourselves and who we REALLY were!

    March 5, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Please tell us your version of history, Liz. What do you think blacks wanted to be called. And at what point in history.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  37. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, I wasn't a slave so I can't say what 'labeled-name' given to us by the whiteman that we could have been satisfied with. All of them were degrading and self-esteem killers! They were all meant to make a difference between AFRICANS and EUROPEAN AMERICANS! We were given NEGRO, reason being that in 'espanol' it meant BLACK. We were AFRICANS but we learned to accept the label. Then they gave us NIGGER, cutting that tile into an even more degrading term especially, when we came to, and got too 'smart'!

    March 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I'll finish the saga after while, Jay. I've got to run out now.

    March 6, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  39. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, after the CIVIL WAR we were forced to continue to live socially with those 'titles'. 'NEGRO' in business affairs: births, deaths, medical records, military records job applications, marriage certicates, etc., and then came 'COLORED'. That label started to replace 'NEGRO' in most applications. We accepted it as the 'status quo' along with many other negatively ginned titles, such as blackies, coons, guineas, sambos, giggaboos, and of course 'niggers' is the strongest of the evil 'lines of distinction'!

    March 6, 2011 at 6:06 pm |
  40. Liz Carter in Georgia

    When I say we accepted these aggregious titles, that's all it was! What could we do about it? We even started referring to ourselves and each other by those titles. The courts, state and government referred to us as negroes and coloreds; so that's what it came to be for us. Afterall, we were brought here to the LAND of 'WHITE POWER', which was stolen from it's indigenous people, the NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN, and so what are we going to do? However, I can say the late 50s early 60s came in with a 'CHANGE'!

    March 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  41. Liz Carter in Georgia

    When I say change, I mean a new found realization of who we were, where we came from, and a rediscovered pride in ourselves as a people! We knew we'd worked hard; Literally been the MULES for this country, served in every war, with some of us dying for this country. Oh yes, in NEGRO units! WERE TOLD WE SHOULD BE PROUD TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY! We couldn't even VOTE! Not to speak of white/colored water fountains, waiting rooms, washrooms, lunch counters, bus seats, parks, schools, jobs, even churches; TIME OUT!

    March 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm |
  42. Liz Carter in Georgia

    We decided that we no longer would be willing to accept those 'status quo whiteman given labels of distinction' anymore. We would at the least name ourselves, choose or style our own labels since that's seemed to be the norm in this system. After watching the KKK/ WHITE KNIGHTS, who were and still are screaming WHITE POWER! We decided on 3 OR 4 labels during that period! Insteat of negro and colored, we requested to be called BLACK AMERICAN, then AFRO-AMERICAN, and lastly AFRICAN AMERICAN. Thats my version!

    March 6, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
  43. Dr. Johnny Duncan

    Let me begin by saying, "I am 100% pure red-blooded, bonafide, true and tried patriotic Amer-i-can!" I served twenty-one + years in the United States Army as a commissioned officer. Jay and Liz, if permitted to address you as such, it is with interest that I read your comments. Historically, people have been compartmentalized for statistics, i. e., to trace immigration patterns and for other reason that the government keep records. Long in American History, "White-Ango-Saxon-Protestant" (W. A. S. P.) was an acronym for identifying people of European origin in the U. S. Nathan Bedfrod Forrest's hate group filled its nests with these insects. Yet, W.A.S.P. did not identify a hypenated segment, but rather many such groupings who prided themselves on being American.

    You are correct! The European, Caucasian male did not label me as an Afr-i-can Amer-i-can. My trials and tribulations made me an African American. By that I mean, being treated like a character from the influential "Lynch Letter". For forty some odd years, I have toiled in obscurity and labored hrough adversity to be counted as an American. Let me assure you that there is nothing unAMERICAN about being an AFRICAN AMERICAN!

    I would advise, to be sure, those who quote from my book to read it in its entirety. Please take care of yourselves.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:22 am |
  44. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Dr Duncan, thankyou for your beautiful, explicit comment, on this 'labeling' subject. It further shows us another angle, by which this whole 'line/division was originated, and by whom. The same 'system's now questioning and complaining to us, since we came to accept the so-called 'separate but equal' ideology as a people born and living in AMERICA, as to why we 'choose' to differentiate ourselves with the 'label' or identifier that we gave ourselves! When we followed 'status quo', titling our own selves.

    March 11, 2011 at 11:21 am |