News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Feb. 26, 2016: The front page headline story, New York Times, February 26, 1870 …
The opening paragraph …
Washington, Feb. 25 — Mr. Revels, the colored Senator from Mississippi, was sworn in and admitted to his seat this afternoon at 4:40 o’clock. There was not an inch of standing or sitting room in the galleries, so densely were they packed; and to say that the interest was intense gives but a faint idea of the feeling which prevailed throughout the entire proceeding.
February 25, 1870: one of the most important dates in American history.
Today’s episode is a perfect example of both the duplicity and stupidity Barack Obama displays too often.
This week’s episode – my annual tribute episode to the first African-American Members of Congress, an African American Pioneers who President Obama is adamant in ignoring this year during Black History Month as he does every year and the rest of the year too.
What’s the problem and how ironic is this?
Senator Hiram Revels and all of the first 23 Black Members of Congress were Republicans of course. Just as Lincoln was! Obama has no problem with Lincoln. In fact Obama chose Springfield, Illinois to announce his first campaign for President because it was Abraham Lincoln’s home town.
As we all know, the Democratic Party was the party of Racism back in the Civil War and post-war era. It is the reason the Republican Party was formed. But that was then and this is now, except for Abraham Lincoln.
IMAGINE what an opportunity it would have been for President Obama to invite all the U.S. Senators – Black and White – to The White House today to honor the anniversary of Hiram Revels becoming the first Black Senator. WOW to any Democratic President with half a brain.
Is there any U.S. Senator who would have declined? Absolutely not! They would have been far more than obvious by their absence. And what is Obama trying to do right now more than anything else get Republican Senators to The White House so he can try to persuade them to hold hearings for his yet to be announced nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court?
But of course that was never ever going to happen; President Obama honoring Hiram Revels or any of the other first 23 African-American Members of Congress. They do not exist in Barack Obama’s convoluted world. Why? Only one reason – because they were REPUBLICANS: pure and simple. If they had been Democrats, he would never stop talking about them but the last thing these Black Pioneers would have ever been in the late 1800s were Democrats – then the party of Slavery and Racism.
Let me tell you a story I have told before in Obama’s America.
I met then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama twice back in 2004 when he was in New York City raising funds for his campaign to win the Democratic nomination to run for U.S. Senate in Illinois – the first time when I attended a large fund raiser in Midtown Manhattan in a night club where he impressed me and everyone else in the room. Even there Barack told the crowd if he were elected he would be only the THIRD African-American to serve in the U.S. Senate. WRONG he and I knew he would be the FIFTH.
Why the discrepancy? Obama simply chose not to include the two very brave African Americans who were the first two – Hiram Revels and Blanche Bruce – because they were Republicans. They were and still are invisible to Obama.
I knew there had been FIVE because I had already learned about and had become very impressed with the first African-Americans in Congress and most of all Hiram Revels the very first. So when I was invited to a very exclusive meeting with State Senators Obama with just a few others the others unlike me Big Shots I bought with me my research about the first African Americans in Congress and a rare biography about Hiram Revels to give to Obama. He seemed interested and feigned being unaware of Revels.
Once he was elected to the U.S. Senator, I tried to make contact with his staff to interest him in at least acknowledging Hiram Revels no luck. In frustration, I even tried retrieving the rare Revels biography I had given him. No luck – my assumption is that it and the other material about the first African American Members of Congress all quickly went into the garbage.
Almost 10 years later to no surprise, President Barack Obama has still never mentioned Senator Hiram Revels or the other African-American Congressional Pioneers not on this February 25th anniversary, nor anytime during Black history month nor any other time.
And I am sure he will end his Presidency on January 20, 2017, never having done so.
And if Hillary Clinton is elected President, neither will she.
Shame on them!
Congratulations to U.S. Senator Revels on this very important anniversary.
And I am very proud it is also my birthday.