Celebrating our President’s birthday on August 4

Written by admin   // July 22, 2010   // 0 Comments

by Taki S. Raton

A July 15 WorldNetDaily post describes Wednesday, August 4, 2010 as an “important date to Barack Obama and an important date for all Americans. This would be his birthday. He will be 49 years old.

He was born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His full name is Barack Hussein Obama II.

This is generally not the type of story that would inspire a treatment from this writer. But in the interest of our Ngozo Saba principles of Unity (Umoja), Kujichagulia (Self Determination), Nia (Purpose) and even Kuumba (Creativity), I felt compelled to share a web streamed suggestion on how we may honor the B-day of this, our first African American President of the United States.

Chicago’s Black Star Project website on Sunday, July 18 sent out nationally a piece that has been going around Black E-circuits noting that on August 4, all who support Obama should wear “any campaign item from the Presidential election” or bring campaign paraphernalia to work.

This brief inspirational posting further proposed that if you do not have any caps, buttons, jackets, or appropriate tee shirts, then wear a red, white and blue tri-color ribbon.  Perhaps, again from this writer’s frame-of-reference and consistent with “our” principles and traditions, may it additionally be posed that you might consider our own Red, Black and Green tri-color band.

Published reports reveal that Obama will be spending his special day working on the country’s business –having lunch with Senate Democrats at the White House where they will focus on health care reform, the economic crisis, energy legislation and the “Cash for Clunkers” program.

His schedule will allow his spending the rest of his time privately with his wife, daughters and mother-in-law.

Obama’s oldest daughter Malia just turned 11 on July 4, the first member of the First Family to celebrate a birthday in the White House. Along with Malia and First Lady Michelle, Sasha, the youngest member of the family celebrated her June 10 birthday while visiting London.

After touring Westminister Abbey, the next scheduled itinerary listing was the Lyceum Theater in London’s West End to see the “The Lion King.”

On this past Sunday, July 18, Obama sent best wishes to Nelson Mandela in honor of his 92nd birthday.

According to a July 19 “eurweb” posting, the President said, “We are grateful to continue to be blessed with his extraordinary vision, leadership, and spirit. And we strive to build upon his example of tolerance, compassion and reconciliation.”

This former South African president spent 27 years in prison before leading his country from white-minority rule to a full multicultural democratically-elected government.

Let us demonstrate our continuing love and support for the President and his family on this August 4 birthday occasion as in this grand example of African American first example, we witness in Obama’s mantra that “Yes We Can.”


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