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Blacks Turn on Obama, Rep. Hastings Says Prez Prefers White Media

By Javier Manjarres

obama contrastTimes must really be getting tough for President Obama when you have someone like Florida Democrat Congressman Alcee Hastings saying that  you are shunning the black community. Hastings, who is one of the nicest, most charismatic members of Congress, is also one of those guys who on occasion pulls out the ol’ race card to draw attention to himself or a cause, or both.

Back in the summer of 2012, I ran into Congressman Hastings on the steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C., where he expressed  his frustration over the lack of  media coverage he was receiving from the Shark Tank, as well as from the rest of the media.

I do vaguely remember Hastings’  little ‘Chick-Fil-A tiff with former Congressman Allen West that came about because West bought lunch from the popular restaurant and fed the Congressional Black Caucus. Keep in mind that West bought the lunch 6 months before the Chick-Fil-A controversy even came to light. West then responded to Hastings in the media, and effectively ‘ate his lunch.’  

During a speech at the mid-winter convention of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), the congressman said that the Congressional Black Caucus offered up to Obama a list of 61 names of people they felt fit to serve in the President’s new cabinet.

“The Black Caucus of Congress then sent 61 names to the White House,” Hastings recounted. “Time went by. Not one of that 61 was selected – not one.”-Rep. Alcee Hastings

Hastings went on to say he was told by a White House official that Obama favored  the ‘white man’s’ newspapers over ‘other’ papers that were ‘down with the struggle.’ Apparently, Obama is only going to spend $650,000 on advertising with Black newspapers, while spending $999,000 with others.

“If I was president of the United States, there is no way in hell that I would raise a billion dollars and don’t spend but a million dollars with people who probably had as much to do with my becoming president as anybody.’-Rep Alcee Hastings

Alcee must really be ticked off by referring  to the President’s ‘peeps’as minions, a term often used to belittle a person’s associates or colleagues.

“I did that because I wanted Obama to win the presidency, but I particularly went to the ground in this election to prove to him and his minions that this was territory that had been watered, flowered, grown and harvested long before anybody knew his (expletive) name.”

Hasting criticized several Florida newspapers and local advertisers by name-Sacramento Bee

“Many of the same people that advertise in these [White-owned] publications don’t advertise with you and that’s insulting because we ultimately wind up using the products that they advertise and somehow or another, our news is ignored.”

“It was nine months into the administration before he appointed a single person, not just at the cabinet level …” Hasting recalled. “But when you look at the Schedule 1, Schedule 2, and Schedule 3, none in his first nine months of his administration was from a historically Black college.”

 “I said, ‘If you are not sure about whether or not you are Black, look in the (expletive) mirror,’” Hastings recalled. “’And if the mirror does not give you an answer, ask your mama.’

Hastings continued  on by saying-

The congressman said White-owned media is failing, in part, because of the rush to beat their competitors.

“The important thing for each of you is to be different from some of them,” he said. “You don’t have to worry about being first; most of you don’t publish but once a week. You’re last, so you can get the (expletive) story straight. And you can be accurate and, quite frankly, accuracy is what this online thing doesn’t allow for because everybody is rushing to be first.”

Like him or not,  Hastings deserves credit for calling out President Obama, and drawing attention to what he feels is an unjustified ‘oppression’ of the Black media. On a personal note, I would like to commend Alcee for being so brave for showing support  for his beloved Miami Dolphins, who had one of the worst seasons in team history. Last month, Hastings and I flew on the same flight to Washington, and to my surprise, Hastings was wearing Miami Dolphin gear from top to bottom. This orange and green display of support for the Dolphins  prompted me to poke fun at him in front of the entire flight. How could I resist?!  Good times and laughs for all. Hastings is a good sport.

About author

Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor

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  1. Denise February 2, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Do you really think Hastings is a nice guy?? He was impeached from his judgeship in FL for corruption? Maybe you think he is a nice guy, just not a good guy??? I remember him during the health care reconcilation committee meeting after being asked about the rules he was supposed to be following and he said “Rules??? What rules?? We make them up as we go along!” Integrity and Honor surely would never be used in the same sentence as his name.

    • Javier Manjarres February 3, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      Yes,regardless of his past, he is a nice guy.

      • Thomas February 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

        He is a reprobate, a liar and a thief, but I’m sure being a ‘nice’ guy makes up for all that

  2. Stan Lee February 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hastings’ big problem with Obama is that Obama supports the “white media?”
    Whether “white media” or “black media,” the leftist media (which includes most white and black) are the same to this Conservative.
    Hastings should realize by now, that Obama would sell out his own mother for political advantage. He has no loyalties except to himself.
    Hastings is fortunate to represent a congressional district that would never elect a white, but continues to reelect Hastings, who himself is dishonest and uses his own constituents to his advantage.
    Given a choice between Obama and Hastings, I’d say “Thanks but no thanks.”

  3. DeltaDawn February 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    With all the blah blah put aside, anyone in this country with good sense knows we got the short end of the stick with Obama. He owes loyalty to no one except himself and certainly cannot be trusted. Isn’t anyone reading the reports about what is going on right now for heaven’s sake!

  4. A Maurer February 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Yep, 93% of the black community voted for Obama but he has done nothing for them.

    • John G Henke February 5, 2013 at 7:30 pm

      The communists, I mean, Democrats can always take black people for granted because black people LET themselves be taken for granted.

  5. anne February 5, 2013 at 8:08 am

    this is the ONLY time i would say bo got it right–would you spend advertising dollars with those you know are already in the bag? bo specializes in campaigning and he knows his apples–unfortunately for 100 percent of the population that’s all the knows OR is interested in.

  6. nopc February 5, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Maybe …really deep deep deep down in his soul, King Nebuchadnezzer I mean BO knows that many blacks…are really more in line with the conservatives and might just possibly see the light if too many
    start to really pay attention to his game plan. Elitists don’t care for blacks anymore than muslims do, they are being used for votes. The Dems
    wore the white robes back in the day…and still do in my opinion. We just need real unbiased press but it may be too late for that.