Obama: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’.”

Sunday, September 25, 2011

President Obama, in a desperate move designed to reconnect with an important voting bloc he’s watched slip away, cranked up the patois Saturday night in a oratory at the annual Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, and said:

“I know. I listen to some of y’all.”

Obama told an audience of some 3,000 at a Washington DC convention center:

“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

Although he didn’t say it directly, he was clearly referring to his bid for a second term.

Obama’s speech to Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal complaints from black leaders that he compromises too much with Republicans and is  not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is 16.7 percent.

Earlier on Saturday, Brother Obama played golf with former President Bill Clinton at the Andrews Air Force base golf course. It was Obama’s 24th time golfing this year and the 82nd outing of his presidency.

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37 Responses to Obama: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’.”

  1. stradella says:

    “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes…”

    What is he talking about? No one I know talks this way. Not my 92 year old granny to my youngest niece or nephew speaks this way.

    Obama is patronizing. He thinks black folks are cartoon characters. We’re not stereotypes. This is much more offensive than anything I’ve heard from white people.

    Quit clownin’ Barry and fix the damned economy. Create jobs and heel the community. Leave the entertainment to Chris Rock.

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    I am embarrassed for Obama. Black Americans are smarter than this shuck and jive routine. The Obama economy has roughed them up terribly and his failure to fix the economy and create jobs is what will cost him another term as president.

  3. VicoDANIEL says:

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid received a lot or criticism when he said, Barack Obama can talk with a negro dialect when he has to.” Well what do you know? Reid was right.

    Like stradella said, Obama is patronizing. He’s ignored black Americans for three years and that he’s down in the polls, delivered an Uncle Tom speech announcing the doors to the plantation are open and a map showing the footpath north will be handed out to all in attendance.

    Obama is sickening and utterly transparent.


  4. ladyle says:

    Any of you African American or Black???

  5. Marcus Ybanez says:

    Just fixing America’s roads and highways would put tens-of-thousands of Americans to work.

    It gets down to leadership and right now, I don’t see much leadership from either this president or from the US Congress. Next week, there’s talk of another threat of shutting down the government. Didn’t we just go through this during the debt ceiling circus?

  6. stradella says:

    Hi ladyle – I’m African American and I’m also black.

  7. Brigadoon says:

    Obama gives one speech to the Congressional Black Caucus laced with black slang from another century and he thinks it will erase his sorry economic record of the past 3 years. The fact of the matter is, unemployment among college-educated African Americans is 27%, twice that of college-educated white Americans. This is not a record I would try to take to the voters next year. His entire record is one that favors Wall Street, the banks and Big Pharma. It’s a mirror image of George Bush’s record.

  8. ladyle says:
    + at 7:23 AM

    Any of you African American or Black???

    Are you?

  9. Jim says:

    What a strange interaction. It’s one thing to tailor a speech to a particular audience, but this vernacular sounds condescending.

  10. I Love Iced Tea says:

    Obama tells blacks to “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes.” WOW Obama, last time I checked I was wearing high heels out here looking for a job!?!? What you’ve said is an insult to black American’s all over! We need jobs and better schools for our black children! So I’m gonna need for you to step it up and march for your own cause because you may not be re-elected in 2012 if you keep this up!

  11. Stephen Iversonn says:

    When Obama tells black people to “Take off your bedroom slippers,” is he suggesting they’re lazy?

    The Civil Rights movement was carried on the backs of courageous African Americans and others who marched and refused to sit at the back of the bus long before Mr. Obama was born. He wouldn’t be where he is today but were it not for Dr. Martin Luther King, Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Rep. John Lewis, and Julian Bond.

    Is Obama telling these great Americans to “Take off your bedroom slippers”?

  12. Robyn says:

    I’m not black but I still found this speech patronizing and very insulting. I have a feeling people of color, even us Latinas, will stay home on Election Day.

  13. Carpe Diem says:

    I am a white Democrat and retired military.

    I have no idea what President Obama is saying with this speech. Maybe an African American can break it down for me? When I read “stop complainin’, stop grumblin’”, the take away for me is, “don’t hold me accountable because I’m black and the color of my skin is enough,” so be quiet.

    Excuse me? President Obama has forgotten, he works for me and all the other 308 million Americans in the U.S. If Obama is serious about 2012, then he needs to deliver more than insolent foot stomping and show Americans he is up for the job. Being “black” isn’t enough.

    After three years in office, the U.S. is still engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq, GITMO remains open and a pox on this country, and we’re bombing Yemen and Libya. Now the donor scandals have come to light and unemployment is higher today than when Obama took office. I am deeply troubled by the unapproved drone wars Obama authorized targeting Pakistan, Syria, Somalia and Yemen based in the Republic of Seychelles.

    I don’t have much enthusiasm for the Republican field but believe me, whoever can convince the American people he or she has a solid plan to fix the economy is going to win.

  14. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    OBAMA: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

    TRANSLATION: Blah, blah, blah.

  15. Massagatto says:

    The higher the monkey climbs the more you can see its butt

  16. Harry says:

    I guess the only shoes Obama owns is golf shoes because that’s all he does is play golf.

  17. Rachel says:

    I don’t own “bedroom slippers” but I do own flip-flops. Do they count? I think Obama is confusing regular people with the elites he knows who own hundreds of pairs of shoes — including bedroom slippers so he just doesn’t know what he is talking about. What a dreadful excuse for a president. No group has suffered more during his tenure than African Americans. He really should be ashamed of himself. I can’t comprehend how he could show up at the CBC meeting and deliver this speech.

  18. The Real Adam says:

    President Obama tells the Congressional Black Caucus: Stop complainin­g and fight.

    Mr. President, methinks you need to heed your own advice.

  19. Pechanga says:

    Obama was born in Honolulu HI, raised by a white mother and white grandparents, and he attended and graduated from Harvard Law School but he expects us to suspend disbelief and buy his Gulfport, MS preacher act?

    Barry please. I do a better impersonation of a southern black man.

  20. Randy Arroyo says:

    I have the same reaction to Barack Obama taking hood as I do when I hear a white, suburban teenage boy at the Mall talking black. I want to have them both arrested and held without bail for a week and forced to watch videos of their respective performances.

  21. Adirondacky says:

    The president can speak like a sharecroppers son with no education until the Second Coming but it still doesn’t change the fact that unemployment is on the rise and every indicator I’ve read says 2012 won’t be any better. Someone in the White House who has Obama’s ear needs to sit him down and tell him in no uncertain terms, “No more golf or three day weekends at Camp David until the jobs problem in America improves by a solid 1 percentage point.” Otherwise, the voters are going to be volunteering to help he and Michele pack for their return to Chi-town next year.

  22. Chris says:

    Nov. 2010 how many of us had on house slippers on and didn’t get out and vote. How many of us came home from work put on our slippers and didn’t vote? We got what we deserved in Congress because we were lazy Nov. 2010. We can’t let it happen again. I wasn’t insulted by President Obama.

  23. feminazi says:

    Please make it stop. How insulting to use slang that sounds like a racial stereotype and from a black man no less!

  24. Tiny Dancer says:

    Obama makes me cringe. I do my very best to ignore him at all costs.

  25. NWK 973 says:

    I am Black and I took the comment as Obama saying us Blacks need to stop TALKING and start DOING. But, an issue I have with you Mr. Obama is that you are not as Black as people think and you portray yourself as a real Black man when really you’re an oreo. Real black leaders LEAD their people. They dont complain when shit hits the fan or throughout turbulent times. They lead by example and quite frankly we never see you Mr. Obama. I am a real Black man. Born and raised in Newark, NJ (Central Ward). I am currently recieving my MA degree and I take care of my family. I have been exposed to things some of you only read about (gang violence, domestic violence, shootouts, drug dealing). Sorry Obama, I dont care the color of your skin, you are not black and you have never experienced anything “black”. when was the last time you had no lights???? when was the last time you buried a homey???? dont speak in “our language” when you really WHITE!

  26. emcee says:

    Bottomline: Obama cares about whitey on the golf course and on Wall Street.

    But when it concerns single, black mothers, inner-city people of color living in housing projects and poor blacks with AIDS, he just ain’t feelin’ them.

    Check it. Obama has cut HUD funding for public housing, heating programs and WIC. All them help the poor and many blacks.

  27. Matteo says:

    Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California wasn’t impress by Brother Barry.

    Waters Found Obama’s remarks “Curious

    Rep. Maxine Waters on Monday called President Barack Obama’s comments to black Americans that they should stop complaining “a bit curious” and said she doesn’t “know who he was talking to.”

    “I don’t know who he was talking to, because we’re certainly not complaining,” said Waters, who has been critical of Obama in the past. “We are working. We support him and we are protecting that base because we want people to be enthusiastic about him when that election rolls around.”

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0911/64405.html#ixzz1Z6wWOeov

  28. Debbie Banuelos says:

    The strangest thing in this is black academics who have complained that the media failed to “correct” Obama’s patois — adding the missing “g’s” to “complainin’, grumblin’, and ‘cryin’.”

    I laughed at loud when I read this because anyone with a brain, lets make it half-a-brain, knows a transcript is always literal or it isn’t considered accurate and most importantly, legal.

    It isn’t the job of the media to clean up Obama’s speech and make him sound white.

  29. Maribell says:

    Having grown up in Detroit in the 50’s and saw the riots in the 60″s I have no idea of what the President meant by “Take off your bedroom slippers…” I heard MLK speak and he was a great leader. Lead by example. The President golfs and takes vacations while his people don’t have jobs. I am very disappointed in the President.

  30. loveamerica says:

    you all voted him in, thanks for nothing

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  33. rudeboi says:

    does this person wanna get re selected? I for one am tired of being talked down to, you would think people know every Black person in this country on a personal level.

    I have come to the conclusion that President Obama is let down for Black people, but very good at moving an agenda forward.

    Time to sit down and shut up and raise your daughters to be just as white identified as you.

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