UPDATE: GOP-led House defeats resolution honoring Obama

UPDATE: The Georgia House has voted 68-70 not to approve a resolution honoring President Barack Obama and making him an honorary member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus.

The vote on HR 673 came after two days of negotiations between Democrats who saw the resolution as similar to many they’ve approved honoring Republicans over the years, and Republicans who wanted no part of celebrating Obama’s “vision.”

It left Democrats angry and some Republicans shaking their heads. House Minority Leader DuBose Porter (D-Dublin), using a common parliamentary maneuver, asked that the vote be reconsidered, which could happen as early as Friday.

Immediately after the vote, Majority Leader Jerry Keen (R-St. Simon’s Island), said the vote was predictable given the unwillingness of Democrats to budget on the wording of the resolution.

It seemed like a simple idea, at first: state Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur) wanted the state’s lawmakers to commemorate Obama and make him an honorary member of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus. 

Jones introduced the resolution, SR 177, in the Senate, which carries no power of law but merely praises the new president and gives him a lifetime membership to the Black Caucus

Like dozens of similar resolutions approved without thought each year, Jones’ was read and immediately adopted in the Senate. That’s what normally happens in the House, too. But when the House version, HR 673, was introduced on Tuesday, things didn’t go as planned. 

Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton) objected. 

Timing was partially the reason. Rep. Melvin Everson (R-Snellville) had just moments before blistered Obama from the well because the administration was considering requiring military veterans to use private insurance companies for health care (a proposal the president later pulled).

Everson leaves the well and the Obama resolution is the next thing read by the House clerk. Scott asked Speaker Glenn Richardson (R-Hiram) for clarification as to what the resolution said and, after a few awkward moments, Richardson had the resolution held for a day. 

That was Tuesday. 

Now, it’s Thursday, and the resolution has yet to be approved or even reconsidered. And, Scott said, he still opposes it and promised to vote against it. 

Why? Because he does not believe Obama deserves to be honored as the resolution says. 

For Scott, this is the offending passage:

“WHEREAS, throughout his political career, President Barack Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader.”

Scott wants to remove “of this body” so it’s only the Black Caucus honoring Obama, and not the full House. 

“If the Black Caucus wants to adopt that resolution, that’s fine,” Scott said in an interview on Thursday. “If they want it to be ‘this body,’ then it becomes different.”

But Scott said he was not responsible for the resolution being carried over on Tuesday, although he warned that if those who support the resolution won’t change the language, “we will vote on it.” And, given the GOP majority in the House, the ultimate outcome was closer than it had to be.

The whole situation is a mess, said Rep. Calvin Smyre (D-Columbus), the chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and the president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators.

“It’s a most unfortunate thing,” Smyre before Thursday’s vote. Smyre will be in Washington on Friday to meet with Obama about the economic stimulus legislation. 

“It’s merely a ‘commend’ and a ‘membership’ resolution,” Smyre said. “It’s taken on a life of its own.”

Smyre said the Legislature adopts these kinds of resolutions all the time. One example was HR 7 in 2005, which commended President George W. Bush for his response to Hurricane Katrina

That one passed without a problem.

135 comments Add your comment

Clay

March 19th, 2009
2:20 pm

I have never understood why elected officials waste time even proposing these stupid resolutions. “I’d like to commend the women’s field hockey team from south Macon for a good season.” It’s all crap. Focus on big problems until they’re solved and then go home. Same for the folks at the federal level. Jack Kingston voted against Florida being commended for winning the national title. That’s great and all, but the only reason he did it was because he is a Georgia fan. Everyone should have voted against it because it is stupid to waste time with junk resolutions. If I were an elected official I would vote against these things every single time. No more resolutions!

Earn It

March 19th, 2009
2:20 pm

Why don’t we let the President earn that recognition, say, after he has actually been in office for a while and his decisions and actions warrant some recognition. Just because Obama is black and got elected President does not immediately warrant this recognition . . .

Alan

March 19th, 2009
2:22 pm

Will the racist Emanuel allow someone in the “Black Caucus” even if he (Obama) is literally 50% white? Pretty funny how all the thugs out there forget that he is actually more white then black. I wonder what would happen if we had a “white” caucus?.

Rodney Champion

March 19th, 2009
2:23 pm

If this is all the Legislature has to do, maybe they should leave early. This “statement” and others like it are useless and not worthy of debate or vote.

Dee

March 19th, 2009
2:28 pm

This doesn’t suprise me since Georgia is such a ‘Good Ole Boys’ States. Whatever it takes to deepen a racial divide. All old dogs go to pasture eventually.

Chuck

March 19th, 2009
2:28 pm

Useless waste of time. It’s a shame they even took time to argue about it.

Jay

March 19th, 2009
2:31 pm

The legislature is about 80% white. I’d say we DO have a “white” caucus.

Alex

March 19th, 2009
2:32 pm

Dee, your “kind” is not liked very often because of the constant crime and troubles you cause. Has nothing to do with the Government.

What a Joke!

March 19th, 2009
2:36 pm

“President George W. Bush was commended for his (non) response to Hurricane Katrina.” What a joke!!! Overt southern racists are alive and well!! Fortunately, the Republican party is becoming extinct.

Fletch

March 19th, 2009
2:37 pm

“WHEREAS, throughout his political career, President Barack Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader.”

- were they referring to the 1/4 term he served in the Senate and did nothing? He has not done anything yet and nobody seems to understand that. I am from Chicago and he did nothing but pal around with Blagojevich, Rezko among other felons.

Fletch

March 19th, 2009
2:39 pm

Dee – are you literate? Georgia is a State – singular. Dogs don’t go to pasture – horses and cows do. Did you take the Corrine Brown course on coherent communication?

Louisa

March 19th, 2009
2:42 pm

I would respect people more if they would just come right out and say they are racist instead of hiding behind their position. This has nothing to do with the language in the resolution, it has everything to do with honoring a black man. Rep Scott please understand one thing you may hide your feelings from everyone but you cannot hide from yourself. You honor the worst president in the history of the U.S. for his non response to Katrina but you have an issue with President Obama. Why? The GA House needs to wake up and realize that the Presiden is black, you don’t like and it irritates you. How many times have you referred to President Obama as President Obama and not just Obama? Think about it.

Fletch

March 19th, 2009
2:45 pm

“WHEREAS, throughout his political career, President Barack Obama has enjoyed an unimpeachable reputation for integrity, vision, and passion for public service, and no one could be more worthy of special honor and recognition by the members of this body and the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus than this extraordinary leader.”

Um…he hasn’t done anything yet. He spent 1/4 of one term in the Senate. Why don’t we wait till he does something before we start honoring this guy? Just because they like someone does not mean that they get governmental honor titles. Grow up people.

sharon

March 19th, 2009
2:45 pm

Alan how can you say Obama is 50% white and then turn around and say he is more white than black? (WTF) Alex, I don’t know what type of fantasy land you’re been living in, but I got a news flash for you: people of all races and socioeconomic levels commit crimes. Get your a–out of the sand and snap back to reality you ignorant MF.

AH

March 19th, 2009
2:48 pm

Great so we can all just say it, Sen. Emanuel Jones and Rep. Calvin Smyre are both racist and now we can respect them more based on Louisa’s recommendation. I feel better now.

Fletch

March 19th, 2009
2:48 pm

Louisa – get a book or better yet, read this newspaper. Who has honored Bush for his Katrina response? Provide one example please. The simple fact is that Obama has done nothing yet. They are not “dishonoring” him, they are just not “honoring” him. It has nothing to do with him being black; I think we all know that he is black by now.

Dudley

March 19th, 2009
2:51 pm

Well it’s official…We are still a redneck and racist state doing our best to preach the Bible but not live it! Our legislators have always been well behind the rest of the nation and this proves we are still in last place! I am sure Mississippi is getting a great laugh. President Bush??? Hurricane Katrina???? Hahahahaha

It is time

March 19th, 2009
2:51 pm

It is time to furlough the state reps…

Alex

March 19th, 2009
2:52 pm

He is just as much white as he is black. However, to the thugs out there who think Obama is black, would this even be a story if he was 100% white? Blacks will bust out the race card as often as possible. Because he was “blocked” the thugs right away say it’s only because he is black. Unreal.

To "Earn It"

March 19th, 2009
2:55 pm

So, “Earn It” –

I guess President Bush really EARNED HR7 for the flawless way in which he handled Katrina. Please!

Also “Alan” –
There is a “white” caucus … it’s called the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives!

If President Obama’s election has shown us anything it’s that the vast majority of people in this country are ready to embrace intelligence and pragmatism. Which is why reprobates like “Earn It” and “Alan” are now on the outside looking in.

Pick up a book or a magazine (other than “Guns and Ammo”) sometime, since it’s probably too late for either of you to go back to school. Dummies like you two are exactly why most folks view the South as a perpetual rerun of the movie “Deliverance.”

Buck O'Fama

March 19th, 2009
2:55 pm

This isn’t (or shouldn’t be) about the man’s race. Rather, it should be about Georgia legislators will to give honor to an incompetent president. The man is driving us into third world status and we want to award him for that? Seems like we GA citizens have a little voting to do. Hey GA legislators………get back to work

Bob J

March 19th, 2009
2:57 pm

Time well tell is the resolution is worthy of passage. We are not all racist we just want this man to earn his keep. It was a great accomplishment, but it does not make him a great president. He did little in Illinois, the US Senate, and right now is more into his image than his policies or politics. Hence the NCAA BRacket and Jay Leno or Fallen or who ever it is. He his trying to great image rather than help America. For isntant he intends to cut the national debt only after rasing it!!! 2 Steps Backward to take one step forward. Sound Familiar this is why he doesnt seserve the vote! BY the way I donated to his campaign, and did nto vote for McCain or Obama, call me a Racist if you like. Your a racist for assuming and judging me that b/c I am white I disagree with this.

The Voice

March 19th, 2009
2:58 pm

Louisa….how long have you been hiding your racist feelings. Come on now…let them out….you can do it. Let us all know how much you hate “whitey”, let us know that you are constantly being kept down by the white man, let us know that the fact the black on black crime is the white man’s fault. Yeah its true….he didn’t want the resolution adopted because he is black. He is also racist, a liar, and has never held a non government job in his life. I will be very suprised if the country can survive 4 years of this socalist moron.

James

March 19th, 2009
3:00 pm

I am a racist and don’t care what the liberal north thinks.

Reggie

March 19th, 2009
3:00 pm

Georgia = Bass Ackwards! George Bush is rewarded for his Katrina Response? Was Scott on the floor that day?

Lawyer14

March 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

I’m black, I voted for Obama and I would have voted against anything that is a waste of time. This clearly is. The motivations behind the opposition probably includes some racist undertones but regardless, this is a waste of time. Now what exactly are they doing under the gold dome to improve GA???

Audrey in Georgia

March 19th, 2009
3:01 pm

This is a nice gesture, but a “Black Caucus” is outdated and almost useless. Besides, when
President Obama was a candidate, the “Black Caucus ” did not support him. Their
allegiance was with Hillary for some strange reason. Focus on jobs, education, transportation & healthcare! I know it is easier to stray to simpler items, but try! Your constituents expect more. President Obama has earned a lifetime membership!
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reservoirDAWG

March 19th, 2009
3:05 pm

Ryno

March 19th, 2009
3:06 pm

Honestly – just throw them a bone and let them have their little celebration.
Just make sure you keep blocking their “tax and spend” policies and make sure they don’t increase funding for handout programs.

JB

March 19th, 2009
3:09 pm

Rep. Everson, please get off you soap box. We understand how you feel about the vets. President Obama is not perfect but, seems to be doing a better job than some of the previous president, you also notice that he later pulled that idea…you get it. It was just an ideal. You need to direct you energy on more important matters for the poeple of Snellville and surrounding areas.

I'm from the North

March 19th, 2009
3:12 pm

Is this idiot in the Georgia House getting a stimulus check from Obamalamazipedoda…..and they call us racist….hahahahahahahahahahaha

Atlanta_Tiger_Fan

March 19th, 2009
3:20 pm

Good job blocking this. He has done nothing yet other than win an election.

sidney

March 19th, 2009
3:26 pm

I hope one day black people will understand that they alone could NOT have elected obama president.It took 61% of the white vote.At the rate he is performing his job ,I dont think he will do that good in the next election.

gbal

March 19th, 2009
3:32 pm

You honor someone for accomplishments. He has not accomplished anything yet. If Successful in the position in which he was placed then he should be considered honorable and receive honors. Right now he has done nothing to deserve honoring. I hope he does or else he really makes us voters look like jokes.

Honey Pie

March 19th, 2009
3:33 pm

I love how these always end up being race issues. Oh yeah Alex…thugs come in all colors…Just look in your own bloodline.

Out of Order

March 19th, 2009
3:36 pm

First of all, Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur)has real issues he need to be spending his time on. I know of people from his district that have called and e-mailed his office with real issues and he has never returned a call or responded.

Second, while Gov Purdue is attempting to remove the Voting Rights laws in GA that protect the powerless (because Obama was elected and now there is no more prejudice per many white repub politicians) Sen Jones is on some butt kissing mission to Obama. He needs to be voted out of office, not for the Obama thing but for not helping his constituency.

Third, there are many people that want to see Obama fail because if he succeed in 1/3 of the biggest problems that this country has it will make people that have been in power all this time look pretty bad, so there is no way this state’s political leaders want Obama to do well.

gbal

March 19th, 2009
3:36 pm

An another thing – spend thr time in office discussing an passing meaningful things. With the state of our country and state I would think there are better things to discuss. This is about as bad as BO taking the situation so lightly that he appears publicly on Late Night and at ESPN filling out B-Ball brackets. What is his deal folks? And we supported him???

Carlos Ortega

March 19th, 2009
3:38 pm

Here I am, a person that looks white and speak as whites. WE Spanish have an agenda! It tickles us to see how white hates and are so worried about the advancement of blacks. While they worry about blacks we keep coming across the border. Guess who is going help us elect the first Spanish President of the USA? You got it, blacks that you hate on.

Weirdos

March 19th, 2009
3:39 pm

These blogs make me realize that all my white co-worker’s smile until their red faces turn pink but are thinking: F**K HIS BLACK ASS, LMAO!!!

Michael

March 19th, 2009
3:45 pm

this has nothing to do with the “advancement of blacks”. How come when anyone has a different view than Obama (who is the most liberal president we have ever had) they are automatically branded a racist? What a joke, that word doesn’t even mean anything to me anymore.

b nice

March 19th, 2009
3:49 pm

I would rather Obama do well than to see Georgia fail. Georgia sucks. Especially being the lowest in education. Perdue sucks as a governor.

Benny

March 19th, 2009
3:53 pm

Alan why don’t you just OFF yourself.

It’s obvious you’re into touting Pres. Obama’s “whiteness” to make yourself feel better. What an idiot..he’s “more White than Black” now?? It’s quite obvious you obtained that good ol’ boy Georgia eductation, because last time I checked, 50% meant in equal portions.

But I will tell you this, for all arguments we know what Barack is, ask him he’ll tell you. Look at his existence and experience..it is a BLACK one. Look at his face, his hair, his hands, his swagger. And not that that even matters; but YOU made it matter.

gee

March 19th, 2009
4:00 pm

what the hell is this vote for can these people do some work I have heard nothing but BS from this house
The days of black this black are over black caucus needs to sit down and get some work done. They need to tell black kids to read books, stop throwing trash all around the place look after their area they live in and stop walking around trying to be a rapper.
Nobody should get mad because i am black and I live in an area I know most of them young boys will end up in jail or working at burger King when they are fifty and bitter and blame everybody but themselves.

Sarah

March 19th, 2009
4:00 pm

I really like how most people on here are claiming that he hasn’t done anything to earn this type of honor yet. Um, how about keeping this country from completely collapsing from the 8 years of being plundered by Bush’s cronies? I consider that fact that we can all keep our lights on a major accomplishment given that Bush and his bunch of b@%*ards did their best to kill the middle class in America.

Also, way to push an even bigger wedge between the state of Georgia and the Obama Administration. Keep pissing the guy off and see just how much love GA gets from the feds. This state and its “representatives” gets dumber every day.

GAgirl

March 19th, 2009
4:02 pm

When we no longer need a caucus for “Blacks” then we will have succeeded. Fairness is for everyone . . . we need to rid ouselves of race specific groups, act normally and move on.

Honey Pie

March 19th, 2009
4:08 pm

Gee…self hate going on? Sounds like you are projecting what you get from your kids………

Staci

March 19th, 2009
4:09 pm

Focus on getting things done that will benefit Georgia and its residents. Stop wasting time on ceremonious frivolities! If some a commendation is standard fare – then pass it so you can move on to REAL business. Stop wasting time and money to argue about the inclusion of a couple of words.

I don't remember

March 19th, 2009
4:10 pm

I don’t remember, when a president first few days were scrutinized the way Pres. Obama first few days. I don’t care if you are a racist, black , white or purple. The woes of the economic conditions are felt by most. Leaving the people who need the most help in the majority. I have read some of the sacrastism about African Americans’ struggle, well here’s your opportunity to face some of the challenges that AA face.

Manny

March 19th, 2009
4:11 pm

The very fact the Barack Obama was elected President of the United States is enough of an accomplishment to earn him a lifetime membership into the Georgia Black Caucus. You all realize that he is black, right?

It’s not that they’re giving him an esteem that is unfitting.

Oh, and I’ll leave the entire argument of race-specific groups to those with a certain opinion yea-or-nay on that one.

John

March 19th, 2009
4:12 pm

Nothing has been accomplished in this legislative session. Georgia is really making a name for itself. Only the GOP od GA would want to make a stand on such a mundane issue. If the bar was set with the Bush response to Katrina the best thing for the GOP to do is vote yes and move on.

Reality

March 19th, 2009
4:13 pm

Even if Obama does not get elected it gives me great pleasure to watch and listen to you Georgia hillbillies moan, gripe and pitch a fit for the next four years. Turning red are you? Your two-facedness is the reason why blacks constantly show thier as###. Have you of the superior tribe learned anything yet?

Honey Pie

March 19th, 2009
4:18 pm

Reality :you are funny to me..great point!!!! They feed into it……

Brad

March 19th, 2009
4:19 pm

I love Lamp!!!!!

Ward

March 19th, 2009
4:19 pm

Gosh, I sure hope Obama is feeling honored enough (what with being, like, Leader of the Free World and all) in spite of this unforgivable slight. *sniffles*

I don't remember

March 19th, 2009
4:20 pm

unemployment is almost 10%-GA is still a AT WILL State…people are losing there homes….our school system is at the bottom…….Your advance student is only average or below average in other states…..this good self righteous Christians(conservatives) went out and bought guns insteading of praying….conservatives’ mistakes are forgivable, but if you don’t fit in thier perfect little world you are forever condemn. BS….it not perfect world and we make mistakes and this country has to fix their mistakes and stop covering up with wasteful arguments and start telling the harsh trues….

Brad

March 19th, 2009
4:21 pm

Have you seen my baseball?

Jamal Jackson

March 19th, 2009
4:36 pm

Louisa, the reason many refer to obama without the title is because he is not the president of the United States of America. he is president to the racist black people that voted for him (many illegally) and the stupid white people with unwarranted black guilt. Its funny, the blacks keep calling the white people the racist when the blacks are walking around with shirts that say “my president is black’ blah blah blah. YOU ALL ARE THE RACEST!!! The dude is nothing more than #44 passing time and taking the money of the working class. he is no leader and sure as hell not the president of this great nation.

Jamie

March 19th, 2009
4:37 pm

This is such a waste of time. Shouldn’t the state legislature be focusing on ways to prevent hardworking Georgians from losing their jobs? I’m embarrassed for our state, and I hope President Obama will encourage our lawmakers to spend their time on more important issues. We can honor the president AFTER he fulfills all his promises. Until then, start working on what matters!

Timmy T

March 19th, 2009
4:38 pm

W was the greatest president of all time. Sucks that the worst president of all time will follow. obuma is a thug and he’s not even American.

P-Low

March 19th, 2009
4:38 pm

Alan,

You already do have one. It started at Plymouth Rock.

P-Low

March 19th, 2009
4:39 pm

What a bunch of idiots.

TheAntiMe

March 19th, 2009
4:39 pm

Politics as usual. It’s a crime that our elected representatives are too busy trying to stick it to each other that they seem to have very little, if any, regard for the people for whom they were elected to represent. Some things never change.

josh

March 19th, 2009
4:41 pm

i’m actually shocked they called themselves the “black” caucus and not the “african-american” caucus. calling people black is apparently insulting, yet calling people white is fine. if you’re from africa, i’ll call you african-american if you wish. if you were born here, you’re an american to me, black or white.

Tiko12

March 19th, 2009
4:43 pm

I’ve been living in Georgia for 2 years now and I still can’t believe how racist this state is. I’m a white male from Ohio and we never had problems with race. White people love President Obama in Akron. This man hasn’t harmed anyone yet the right-wing conservatives continue to criticize him every chance they get. Although I don’t believe in Socialism – I do believe in helping people when in need. This country is hurting because of greed and hate. I pray for you Georgia.

Unbelievable

March 19th, 2009
4:43 pm

WOW! First, Obama has been in office for 8 weeks and he is scrutinized on everything he does. If the press could be in the bathroom to critic the way he takes a dump, they would and people would comment on how right or wrong he does that. He hasn’t had enough time to fix all that ailes the US and for you who pass judgement on him…I would like to see how well you could do in turning a country around with a failing economy, rising unemployment, etc. in 8 weeks.

Secondly, the man has not been in office long enough to be honored for anything except being elected. Let’s see how things are after 6 months to a year. And if this is all GA government has time to do then they really need to quit and let someone who gives a damn about this state get in and do some work.

Finally, you all need to let the race thing go. The man is bi-racial, though society has labeled him black. None-the-less, he is a human being with flaws like the rest of us. He didn’t screw things up because of his color. Hell, it was screwed up before he got into office.

angry as hell

March 19th, 2009
4:47 pm

Does the legislators not have anything more important to worry about? How about working on some real issues that people really give a ____ about; such as crime, unemployment, health care, and most importantly of all, education. Our schools rank next to last in the USA and they worry about honoring someone, what a disgrace.

Amanda

March 19th, 2009
4:49 pm

Amazing that they managed to honor that idiot Bush for Katrina and he didn’t even do anything!! Simply amazing! Let go of your sour grapes elephants and do the right thing.

Hera

March 19th, 2009
4:51 pm

There are so many more important things to do than “name post offices”, name roads (Cynthia McKinney Highway), name this, name that. And, then we have Official Georgia Chicken Week, Peach Week, Cherry Week, Pinetree Week and all kinds of stupid “recognitions” that are meaningless. Hey, Elected Spenders, stop wasting my tax dollars on this foolishness.
As to this one in particular. If the State of Georgia wants to honor a President I think waiting more than 58 days to decide if the guy deserves to be honored is a reasonable idea. So far BO has outspent all the USA budgets for the past 200 years in his first few weeks in office. I have a real wait and see approach if he deserves any honors or if we should tax his Presidential salary and PERKS at Ms. Pelosi’s 90%.

Amanda

March 19th, 2009
4:55 pm

What is wrong with you redneck idiots who keep saying President Obama is not an American citizen? Last time I looked, Hawaii was a part of the United States unless something has changed in the lasat few years!! Most of you people who make these comments probably consider yourselves good Christian bible thumpers, but let me tell you something….JC would be ashamed of how you act and what you say. I was taught that he died for all of our sins not just white peoples!!

Business Owner

March 19th, 2009
4:56 pm

This is a pointless proposition that was put on the agenda by an oudated group that serves no real purpose. I’m glad it got voted down. Obama has done nothing but caused harm so far. Stimulus is a waste, he is expanding the war just not in Iraq, and all the time the liberals march along cheering. Removing every incentive for business owners like myself to try to do better will not help the economy and will not change anything except making it so I cannot support myself either.

To all those saying its racist maybe you should notice its not the house trying to honor him its the black caucus. They are not honoring him for doing anything except being black so therefore they are the racist ones.

josh

March 19th, 2009
4:57 pm

Amanda,

Get in the kitchen and cook me some supper!

josh

March 19th, 2009
4:58 pm

Well said, business owner. Common sense is the worst enemy of a liberal.

Elizabeth Ann

March 19th, 2009
5:03 pm

What is a thug?

vlscpa

March 19th, 2009
5:06 pm

The last analogy is all wrong. This move would have been like commending Obama for CAUSING Hurrican Katrina, and he’s done far worse to our system, our economy, and our future than any little piddling hurricane could have done. Bully for those Republicans.

Jerry in Lithonia

March 19th, 2009
5:08 pm

It is so very interesting to read the comments by what I believe to be the people of Georgia regardless of their racial or ethnic background.

It is so very sad the people of Georgia have the kind of attitudes that can praise in one voice and curse with the same voice.

What is for sure is Georgia like much of America is not the melting pot of the pass but the salad of the present.

We are all reconized as being part of this salad I call America and no one person regardless of color is any better or worse than the next.

Please continue the hate and perhaps we can destroy not only this state but the nation and world as we know it.

When I think of what we are experiencing in this state and contury and people can find time to be critical about nothing.

We all spend the same dollar for the goods and service we all need and more of us from white collar to no collar employees are finding we don’t have employment to take care of our families.

Please keep up the negative action and comments and we will continue to be in the same condition we are currently in.

Georgia look for the future so we all can prosper.

Honey Pie

March 19th, 2009
5:10 pm

To blacks and whites on here posting their racist agendas please remember when you point one finger…four more are point back at you…

Michael

March 19th, 2009
5:11 pm

The “Black” Caucus is a racist group. And this idea is a waste of time. Please go home early and save us some money you overpaid losers.

Miranda

March 19th, 2009
5:13 pm

Poor rethugs and poor “Deliverance” outcasts….so sad that their little make believe world has come crashing down. The President of the United States of America is a black man…..and the inbreds just can’t deal with it. Such pitiful, hee haw, inbred trash…..oh well, this numbnuts are dying out anyway….and they know it.

mullet13

March 19th, 2009
5:15 pm

The dumb ass republicans should learn to pick their battles…their choice is going to come back to bite them, hopefully on something of consequence.

andyk

March 19th, 2009
5:18 pm

So they WILL pass a Bill honoring Bush for his handling of KATRINA, but will not honor Obama? Do they not see that this will be seen as racism, pure and simple?

Glenn

March 19th, 2009
5:28 pm

The Black Cacuss is the most racist organization in Georgia. What color must you be to belong to it? You can belong to the NAACP if you are white.

SMH

March 19th, 2009
5:46 pm

Ryno, did you know the majority of the recipients of these so called “handout” programs are of the Caucasian race? Don’t believe me? Look it up!

Proud Nativist

March 19th, 2009
5:49 pm

It won’t be 4 years of putting up with this IDIOT! Either one of his MANY indiscretions will come to light or he’ll get a sudden fatal case of lead poisoning.

David

March 19th, 2009
5:51 pm

Lot of the comments here lead me to conclude that reading them wasn’t worth my time either, i.e, throwing around words like jackass, dimwit, idiot, etc., in referring to the President. So much for civil discourse.

Kelvin

March 19th, 2009
5:52 pm

Ahh, Republicans. Come for the tax cuts, stay for the racism and incompetence!

JSC

March 19th, 2009
6:05 pm

This makes me proud to be a native Georgian! But, I’m sure they’ll keep voting until the vote is rescinded.

gee

March 19th, 2009
6:07 pm

Audrey from georgia second that opinion none of them supported Obama even the ones in washington. Fix Rockbrigde rd Memorial drive, north stone mountain lithionia rd stone mtn village.
instead voting on stupidity.

kim smith

March 19th, 2009
6:08 pm

Ok, all the nonsense with “earning it” is crap. He’s earned a membership to the BLACK caucus, as a senator..

We pass these things all the time, it’s half the day at the legislature football teams, beauty queens school kids, boy scouts, girl scouts, and not to mention the 30 minute preachers and their opinions…

That’s not the point, the point is Austin is running for Gov and wants all the haters to vote for him, and apparently he thinks there are more of them than folks who support the president.

Chris Hudson

March 19th, 2009
6:10 pm

Reading this blog is evidence to me. People from both sides of the political aisle are selfish and hateful. YOu continue to be divided and these politicans you all love so much will ruin this country. They ALL want power and don’t give a rats a** about anyone but themselves. Wake up everyone or it will be too late. Republicans and Democrats are all the same (save 10% of them). They all want us divided and fighting. This keeps them in power. Stop judging your fellow man and do what Jesus would do.

Bring Me the Head of Deforest Kelley

March 19th, 2009
6:20 pm

Meanwhile…

Atlanta’s gridlock remains among the worst in the nation. Its transit system is collapsing because of the state’s disinterest. Unemployment is up to 9.3%. The amount of vacant housing shows little sign of falling.

But despite all these problems, the state house spends 3 days arguing about language for a resolution that will solve none of the above.

Both sides of the aisle are arguing this thing to death. Who will show the leadership to drop it and move on to something more important?

Jon

March 19th, 2009
6:42 pm

If the Georgia legislature commended former President Bush’s response to Katrina but refused to pass a simple resolution regarding President Obama, then they’re either stupid or just brain dead.

scott

March 19th, 2009
6:49 pm

Why is it always a race thing? Get over yourself black people. He is the single worst thing to happen to our economy, society and security in 230 years. He just happens to be half black. Yeah, I am a racist because I support fiscal responsibility and conservative values.

vuduchld

March 19th, 2009
6:53 pm

Frankly, I’m sick and tired of both Democrats and Republicans in the Ga legislature! These people are complete idiots who should be shoveling dog**** for a living. This bunch is totally useless, do us all a favor please”: ALL OF YOU RANCID SCUMBAGS JUMP OFF THE HIGHEST BUILDING IN THE CITY. I say replace them with cartoon characters like Elmer Fudd, at least then we can begin the task of solving problems!!

steve

March 19th, 2009
7:07 pm

why would we honor President Obama? Georgia didn’t vote for him and frankly the black caucus has more pressing things to worry about like the sky high AIDS rate among the black community, the pervasive drug abuse and gang violence we see on the news every night and the out of control illegitimate birth rate among the black community.

Mark

March 19th, 2009
7:30 pm

Yobama is too busy filling out his NCAA pool and appearing on Jay Leno to be worthy of anything!

The Professor

March 19th, 2009
7:44 pm

To all my Christian Brothers and Sisters on this blog.
1 John 4:20
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

Chris

March 19th, 2009
7:46 pm

Great job AJC, every single time there is a comment section on ANY story, it always turns to race. Oh well, any way to drive viewership up to pay the bills.

Dave

March 19th, 2009
8:20 pm

Representative Scott is dead on. If the Black Caucus wants to honor the 1/2 Caucasian President – let’em. But they don’t represent or speak for the entire Georgia House of Representatives that represent the majority of Georgians who voted against the man, his ideas, and now his policies. Oh, and Dee – Delta, Greyhound and Amtrak run everyday out of this great state; pick one.

Pop

March 19th, 2009
8:29 pm

Doesn’t suprise me at all. Georgia is run by the 2009 version of the 1948 Dixiecrats of Strom Thurman fame. Rich, racist, white boys(mostly bi-sexual), who control the infrastructure, contracts, and any large money making industry in this backwards state. Just more of the same; it’’s just a different day.

Hope

March 19th, 2009
8:29 pm

This is hilarious. The same body that commended Bush for the devastation that was and is Katrina is opposed to extending a courtesy to the President of the United States. It’s sad that yahoos like the Republicans in state government make all Georgians look like racist idiots. Isn’t it amazing the comments like we didn’t vote for him, but you are an American right? He’s the president of the entire country not just those states that voted for him. I thought Republicans were so patriotic, I just didn’t realize that their patriotism depended on who is in the White House.

Over It

March 19th, 2009
8:40 pm

And unemployment is still 9% in GEORGIA…..

Chaka John

March 19th, 2009
8:49 pm

Maybe instead of worrying about who is going to honor who – they all need to get their rears in gear and figure out how to put Gorgians back to work and solve the economic crisis! Or is that asking too much? Isn’t there enough Bronze statues and oil paintings around the gold dome without having to dream up new ones??? Quit spending time on frivolous, trivial pursuits and go to work!

wbj

March 19th, 2009
9:17 pm

It’s 2009 and there are still people who are filled with hate towards other races. Unfortunately, Georgia is not the only state…..It’s sad that disagreements cannot be resolved through intelligent discussion. Instead, you have individuals who want to give the President of the United States a case of “lead poisoning”. You have Southerners telling Northerners to leave by Greyhound, etc. How long does it take to decide who you want to see win in college basketball games. Jay Leno’s show is one hour long. President Obama, I’m sure is not going to be on the entire length of the show. When he is working….he’s doing too much…..needs to slow down. When he takes 15 minutes here and there for non-governmental business….you get in an uproar and state that he’s not taking his job seriously, he’s too inexperienced…….he’s left handed……he’s half white….he’s half black….The man can’t win! Why anyone would want to be President is beyond me. However, I am sure than none of the persons who criticize Obama would be able to get 1000 votes nationwide if they were running for office. President Obama is the man in office…..he will be there four years. If he does well, he will probably be there four more years. If not…..he will still be in the history books as having accomplished a feat that no one thought could occur in the United States.

vlscpa

March 19th, 2009
9:35 pm

The longer the post, the fewer people read it.

kc

March 19th, 2009
9:46 pm

Obama is sewer slime that oozed from the sewer of Chicago. Vote it donw again! I love it!

Bob

March 19th, 2009
11:06 pm

Sounds to me they ought to be reconsidering the Bush/Katrina resolution.

Linda

March 19th, 2009
11:49 pm

Wow, I am shocked that so many people hate black people! Even black people hate black people. Glad I am not black but for the most part I like black people. I do think blacks are sometimes unfairly outed. More negative coverage especially black men… real black men they just don’t stand a prayer.

Concerned for Georgia

March 20th, 2009
12:03 am

I thought these guys were supposed to be working for the people? Not making it a club. We should be able to review their session and based on the amount of “work” they do then decide their compensation. What a bunch of idiots we have in government.

Wonder Donkey

March 20th, 2009
12:23 am

The House of Representatives and the Senate adopts hundreds of resolutions weekly. They are debated on the floor and they don’t really take up time because they are only read and voted on. The fact that Austin Scott objected TWICE is what took so much time. For all of those who think that these resolutions are a waste of time, wait until you (or your family member) accomplishes something worthwhile and then say it is a waste of time for the legislature to commend you. I am pretty sure your feelings would be different. Today reflects the absurd amount of racist people that still exist in Georgia. No matter how much someone may dislike the President, IT IS NEVER OKAY TO DISRESPECT HIM (or her)! I am so disappointed with the Republican legislators. Someone should take the entire Republican Caucus to court on the grounds of racist motives. I really feel like Georgia digressed 75 years today. What is wrong with the “Republicans” in this state?

Wonder Donkey

March 20th, 2009
12:25 am

correction- are not debated on the floor

Kris In Loganville

March 20th, 2009
1:29 am

How ridiculous that a mere SYMBOLIC gesture would inspire such hateful vitriol! Regardless of your political leanings, or racial insecurities (I’ll be gracious and exclude the term ‘racist’), the President has achieved remarkable and undeniable success in his fairly brief lifetime. And he has undertaken the very daunting task of cleaning up a gruesome mess left behind by the election-stealing GOP and Bush/Cheney, whose only award should have been one for sacking the most governments, foreclosing on the most homes, and duping so many millions of dumb Americans into voting for him, then accepting his illegitimate presidency. He killed millions in Iraq, watched thousands die in Katrina, destroyed the economy, and oversaw catastrophic gas price increases. And the Georgia GOP’s answer? Give him a commendation! Pathetic. President Obama actually earned all of his credentials as opposed to relying on a well-connected CIA father to see him through, and the GOP can’t even give him a simple acknowledgement. Roy Barnes, we need you!

The Georgia GOP is one of the most pathetic state parties in the nation, but no one cares because the party caters to the very small minded backward-thinking hicks and fake Bible thumpers who dominate Georgia politics. They go to church on Sunday and use the n-word on Monday. These people are the reason consumers have no rights in Georgia. Inmates are executed every year in this State, sometimes with very little evidence against them. Georgia’s economy is suffering and the cops are handing out expensive speeding tickets like its a party. And the Georgia GOP says we need more Jesus. OK go figure. And by the way, we still can’t buy liquor on Sunday.

Finally, we have a President who understands, who cares, and who is not afraid to do the tough job. Honor him NOW!

Dude!

March 20th, 2009
2:03 am

If some of you folks were half as smart as you think you are you would know that this kind of honorarium is an on-going process among government entities. It has nothing to do with performance, past, present, or future. Nor should it have anything to do with race or party affiliation, however, the Georgia Republican Party and its misguided ideas don’t get it either.

No, this is not a waste of time. But it should not have taken more than five minutes but the Republicans apparently chose to make a “federal case” out of it. Shame on them! In the military they say “salute the rank/uniform, not the person in it.” Same here.

I can list a number of reasons that I didn’t vote for the current president and race is not on the list. But, news flash here: He is the President of the United States of America. He won the most important position/title/office on planet Earth. How, what, when and where is no longer important. It is time to put partisan politics aside and pass this honorarium (unanimously) for OUR President, and it should be done “by the entire body” of the Georgia General Assembly. Yep, you may not like him for whatever reason, but he is OUR president; good, bad or indifferent and he deserves this honorarium.

I am convinced one has to be Certified Stupid to be a Republican legislator in Georgia.

NewAgeGentlemen

March 20th, 2009
3:04 am

Its sad how in the times we live in you people can still be so racist i guess that’s what makes it the dirty south

NewAgeGentlemen

March 20th, 2009
3:08 am

You people are so blind by race that you rather finish sinking are country then give a ” mutal respect ” to a BLACK MAN !!

Russ

March 20th, 2009
3:46 am

ROFLMAO!!!!!! I am a native american. Reading all of you is so hilarious. This is all so trivial. Let it be, you are destroying yourselves. This country is going to hell in a hand basket with a jet pack pushing it. Stalin predicted it. We are proving it. GROW UP AMERICA. And you politicians, quit spending my hard earned money on junk.

Michael Eliastam

March 20th, 2009
7:14 am

They all deserve this embarrasment if they passed one congratulating President Bush on his handling of Katrina…a farce

The Voice

March 20th, 2009
7:43 am

No one praised Bush for his handling of Katrina….where, when and who did it. It is like the Dimocraps saying their patriotism was questioned when they disagreed with Bush. Who said it, when and where….they just made it up to have a good talking point….Hillary started the whole unpatrotic BS….maybe you should honor her and her letch of a husband.

Acworth Don

March 20th, 2009
7:53 am

Wow! Why am I NOT suprised that most of the people who post here are
prime examples of why our conflict society has real problems. I’m an
“older” citizen who grew up during the 40’s and I remember well the
way Americans worked together, suffered together and won together.
Back then as a High School Student we were thinking about how to bring
together all of the waring nations into a peacefull society. We have
accomplished much AND there are many more challenges ahead of us so,
don’t spend too much time hurting one another with words and deeds,
instead, humble yourself before God and seek the answers he has already
provided that we might live a more prosperous life in every area of our
being. Remember, you are the answer to all of the problems facing us today. You are wonderfully made and mysteriously, you are the answer.

Jerome

March 20th, 2009
8:39 am

I admit they should be doing better things with their time and there are more important issues, but why exactly is this even a problem to pass this resolution. If they can honor G.W. Bush for his response to the Katrina disaster then why can’t they honor Obama for the extrodinary feat that he has accomplished. Not to mention it wasn’t just Barack but it was the people… So in actuality they would be honoring the people whom put him in this position of power. They should also keep in mind that the people are the same ones that allowed them to have their jobs today…

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Dookie

March 20th, 2009
9:04 am

Just more wasted time by our legislature. This silly honor should never have some up as there are plenty of other issues that need attention. This dumb black caucus should just revise the wording and stop attempting to stifle progress.

Louisa

March 20th, 2009
9:25 am

Jamal Jackson proves my point people in the country who do not consider President Obama their President because he is black. That is racist no matter how you look at it. And by the way I know that Bush was honored in GA for his response to Katrina, however, the people who actually lived in New Orleans and other affected areas feel Bush failed to respond. One more thing I am a white female.

Business Owner

March 20th, 2009
9:31 am

To Jerome…

What exactly did he accomplish other than getting elected? Thats not something worth really honoring and if it is then they should have a resolution for every elected member of the US Congress and the state house of representatives. If he proves to be a good president then great and he will get re-elected. However, judging by the way things are going and what he has done so far I doubt it.

your local black man

March 20th, 2009
10:09 am

Those that have a problem with the way Georgia is, take yo dumb A** back to your home state! Racism is everywhere so get over it. Stop complaining and do something about it. How about instead of crying racism and complaining get your sorry A** up and go feed the hungry or tutor some kids in need of extra help! If you find something to do with your time, you wont have time for racism nor racist people. obama is a socialist. All if his supporters are socialist. The cries of racism are only heard when something don’t go democrats way. Boo-hoo!

your local black man

March 20th, 2009
10:28 am

this is for the so called ” New Aged Gentlemen”

If you got a problem with the south….go north or west or east, but don’t stay here and complain about my city and state! BLACKS are just as racist as WHITES! I love racist people! I love non-racist people! Your color does not matter to me, God said to love your neighbor, not your white or black neighbor, but just your neighbor! If you can scream BLACK POWER! The white man should scream WHITE POWER! Whatever is good for the goose is damn good for the gander! If bush was honored for what happened with Katrina so freaking what, He could have done absolutely NOTHING and gave you a good reason to call him a racist, but he did something. Now tell me what has your boy barack done??????????…………………………….lol….your simple a** can’t answer that because he has done NOTHING!

Matt W.

March 20th, 2009
11:43 am

Come on! Do we really think this is a suppression of recognition or is this a positive demonstration that right now we have much bigger fish to fry? I’m all for recognizing Obama, but now is not the time for focus or debate on trivial legislation. When the time is right please re-introduce.

sickofthetyranny

March 20th, 2009
2:37 pm

Louisa said: “I would respect people more if they would just come right out and say they are racist instead of hiding behind their position. This has nothing to do with the language in the resolution, it has everything to do with honoring a black man.”

Amen!

Just a question

March 20th, 2009
4:46 pm

I always love how liberals know what other people are thinking. They know how to spend everyone else’s money too. In this case the manifest racists are all liberals…can’t tell what color you are on the blog.. I have no idea what you are thinking but we can all read your words. With this loser in office, you should expect four tough years of hearing the truth…daily.
He has screwed up more in eight weeks than Bush managed in eight years. We have trillion dollar difficits stretching as far as the eye can see. The Dems are attacking our rights. Pelosi says that work place immigration raids to enforce the law are “unamerican”. The economic decline of this country is just starting.
If a president
1. Raises taxes on the most productive
2. Increases regulation
3. Incurrs massive deficits
4. Intimidates business with new laws and novel interpretations of existing law
the outcome will be economic stagnation and high inflation. We thought only Jimmy Carter could screw up the country that badly. Obama is not making a mess because he is black but because he is a boob.

John

March 20th, 2009
5:14 pm

I read every post and 90% appear to have been posted by bigots. I doubt any of them could define the word “racist”. This article did exactly what it was meant to do..divide people even more. Sheinin started with the headline and went after his agenda throughout the article. Government should not be concentrating on stupid legislation like this anyhow…protect our right to life, LIBERTY, and the pursuit of happiness. That is all.

John

March 20th, 2009
5:35 pm

The state government of La failed in response to Katrina. I need to ask everyone something, but first lets break things down into something people can understand. You have a pending emergency/crisis at your house( let’s call this your city)You do what you can first to avoid the crisis. You take no action and it happens, who do you contact first for help? You call the local emergency services(the county) or call the county( the state) or call the feds(U.S Government)? Who responds first to an emergency? ( Is best suited to respond? Someone close or far away? Why not talk about all of the other cities effected by Katrina? I find it funny that other states had no problem getting things moving again, but La. is still wondering where money went before Jindal took office. Get a clue people

MattR

March 20th, 2009
8:13 pm

John – Here’s an answer. It depends on the size of the emergency. If there is a fire at my house, I call the fire department. If the fire is so big that the firehouse is engulfed as well, then obviously the fire department is not going to be able to help so it is time to call someone bigger. This is why FEMA (ya know, the FEDERAL Emergency Management Agency) exists – because some emergencies are too big to expect the states to handle on their own.

I would also say that the response to Katrina across the Gulf region is STILL inadequate and needs to be improved.

Urban Political Junkie

March 21st, 2009
2:47 am

I think it’s disrespectful for this resolution not to pass. If it weren’t for the fact that President Obama were African American, there would not be a problem. Georgia is still Georgia I see but those of us opposed to this southern style of politicking and all too familiar with it will continue to challenge it until the day it is totally defeated. By the way, you can call me a race warlord if you’d like but truth is truth and it’s time for us, as “fearless” Americans, to call a spade a spade and change our perspective. President Obama has been the most disrespected President that I have ever witnessed. What state leader has ever refused stimulus funding from a President? It’s unheard of. As I predicted, many in the good ‘ol south would refuse to acknowledge that change, and a good change at that, has come. But, guess what? It’s here to stay!

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WelfarefortheRich

March 23rd, 2009
9:53 pm

Hate in white face. Bush was a mess I would honor him with a dog bone. Pres. Obama will be honored in more ways than one. 2012 and beyond.

Also, any open minded individuals “Do you know Sonny Perdue is trying to overturn the Voting Rights Act” I suggest you contact your local government or sonny himself and vote NO …..