A reader writes:
I used OFAâ€™s website to find a viewing party near me and found one in Inglewood. This area is about as close to Obama country as youâ€™re going to find outside of Chicago.
About a dozen people gathered at a Caribbean restaurant, my sister and I being the only young people (and only Hispanics). Â Prior to the speech, people were discussing their frustrations about the past year, and one attendee summarized it best: â€œThe TEA party people got their message out, but what is our message? Why isnâ€™t the media covering our points of view?â€ And therein lies OFAâ€™s problem: a lack of coverage as a consequence of having nothing to say.
And I have to tell you, if Obama is gearing up for a fight, these folks are itching for one too. Easily, the loudest applause (and there was plenty) was when Obama said â€œÂ ..at the beginning of the last decade, the year 2000, America had a budget surplus of over $200 billion. By the time I took office, we had a one-year deficit of over $1 trillion and projected deficits of $8 trillion over the next decade.â€ I pretty much missed the rest of his comments because the cheers of, â€œthatâ€™s right!! Tell â€˜em!â€ and â€œYeah, donâ€™t let them forget!â€ When the camera would pan to the Republicans, many of the attendees delighted in the stern countenances of various congressmen. Low points included the portion on trade, and there was an uncomfortable silence when Obama brought up the issue of immigration. I clapped, and others joined, but clearly thatâ€™s an issue that many African Americans have deep reservations about.