Barack Obama endorses John Lewis in Democratic primary

President Barack Obama left something in Atlanta on Tuesday – an endorsement of U.S. Rep. John Lewis. From the congressman’s campaign press release:

“Whether it was improving educational opportunity for children, expanding access to quality, affordable healthcare, or helping Georgia families struggling to make ends meet, the 5th district has been able to count on John Lewis,” said President Barack Obama. “Congressman John Lewis is a true American hero, and he has been dedicated to fighting for equality throughout his life. That is why I need him back in Congress to continue the fight with me for the 5th congressional district and for our nation. I need you to cast your vote for Congressman John Lewis in the July primary and again in November.”

Lewis faces Michael Johnson, the former Fulton County superior court judge, in the July 31 Democratic primary.

By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Romegaguy

June 27th, 2012
10:55 am

Michael will be lucky to break 30%

[...] Driving the proverbial nail into the coffin that is Michael Johnson’s Campaign for Congress, while in Atlanta yesterday, President Obama endorsed John Lewis for re-election. [...]

Shar

June 27th, 2012
11:05 am

Sadly, I believe it is time for John Lewis to step aside in the Fifth District. He has been our representative for longer than the 30 years I’ve lived in the District, and he has become disinterested in the needs and the people who live here. He is, as the President said, a Grand Old Hero of the Civil Rights Movement, but he lacks the energy, enthusiasm or skills to do much more than skate on his former glory. The Fifth deserves someone more engaged across a spectrum of issues.

Please, Mr. Lewis, please – accept the honor and glory and take them home to retirement.

rule .303

June 27th, 2012
11:16 am

Seems like he’s accepting some award every other month for his past Civil Rights work; but I honestly couldn’t tell you of anything he’s accomplished in Congress in the past 20 years. Maybe it’s time he retire?

mike

June 27th, 2012
11:23 am

I agree that he should get out. He should have 28 years ago after 1 term. He has never done anything substantive but be a yes man for anything the Dems want.

Bill from Atlanta

June 27th, 2012
11:25 am

Oh Lewis has accomplished much. He has built his political base in the 5th making promises to all the gimmes in his district so he is guaranteed job security for the rest of his life.

SFultonDiva

June 27th, 2012
11:25 am

Shar- Congressman Lewis was elected to Congressin 1986, so sorry, your 30 year remark is a bit off. As far as energy and enthusiasm, Congressman Lewis exudes it! He works tirelessly for us in DC and never dissappoints whether its remarks from the floor defending the rights of women or bring much needed federal funds and grants back home to the 5th District. Mr. Lewis is all over this district connecting with the residents, no matter how small or large the event, regardless of how early or late the hour and still manages to NOT miss votes in DC.

Yes, he is an American hero, but beyond that, he is a great Congressman and I welcome him to continue to represent me until someone shows me what they can and will do better. On July 31st, my family and I will be voting to send Congressman Lewis back to represent us in Congress!

Marlboro Man

June 27th, 2012
11:26 am

There are Ds and Rs, district representation only applies to pork spending, the Rs just say no, unless they are told otherwise by their owners.

Rickster

June 27th, 2012
11:30 am

A Democrat congressman receiving an endorsement from a Democrat president is news?

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
11:31 am

I have a mountain of respect and admiration for John Lewis,he has been a hero of mine for 50 years. It has sometimes distressed me that he hasn’t gotten the deserved national recognition that other civil rights warriors have been accorded. Having said that, I have to second the comments of Shar and rule 303. Michael Johnson will bring the same political views to the position, but with a lot more energy and enthusiasm.

tony

June 27th, 2012
11:31 am

did you say he was a ” american hero ” o brother ???? the guy is a joke

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
11:38 am

mike at 11:23 says: He has never done anything substantive but be a yes man for anything the Dems want.

Let’s see, he represents a district that is about 90% dem, and he votes the way dems want. Gosh, what was he thinking!!??

Have any more pearls of political observation for us?

Bill from Atlanta

June 27th, 2012
11:42 am

to Auntie Christ…..true statement

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
11:44 am

tony at 11:31: did you say he was a ” american hero. First of all we said he was AN American hero. Try to learn proper English.

Secondly, the man has stared down racist southern sheriffs, the klan and the likes of you all his life and has the scars to show for it. Without people like John Lewis, the south would still be a lawless backwater dominated by the descendants of george wallace, steom thurmond, orville fabus and their klan surrogates. What have you done for your country, besides keep your bed sheets ready for the nest coming of the klan.

Carole

June 27th, 2012
12:41 pm

Rickster I’m with you on this one. Congressman Lewis received a medal from the President didn’t he. This is a surprise to whom?

I like John Lewis. I do believe he’s an American hero. I also think the 5th needs new blood. But when you look at people like Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helm, and Ted Kennedy he might as well stay.

Interested Observer

June 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

John Lewis is a nice man, but it is time for him to retire with dignity and write his memoir. The things he did 50 years ago, while historic, have no application in this century. He needs to pass the torch and mentor a younger, quality person to carry forward steady representation for the 5th in Washington.

Bill from Atlanta

June 27th, 2012
2:19 pm

I’m not old enough to experience the era of segregation first hand but I do know that the democrats of the time were perpetuating it. Just like today, the democrat/liberals are the overseers of the modern american plantation where the federal government is the “Massah”. The new slaves are the people many for generations have been on various government substitance programs and have no incentive to make it for themselves sometimes because it pays better not to work and get everything for free.
Rep Lewis represents the group that has been perpetuating this sorry system since Roosevelt/Johnson/Carter/Obama.
I think it is sad that people will label great Americans like the late Senator Helms in some kind of racist category when all he was striving to do was limit an out of control federal government.
Look at the status of the minorities on the government dole. Look at who supports and perpetuates it. Seems like the racist label is being targeted at the wrong politicians.

mehlman rings twice

June 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

John Lewis is one of the few members of Congress who doesn’t try to use insider information obtained during congressional hearings and then enriching himself by moonlighting as an investment professional.

Bill from Atlanta

June 27th, 2012
2:50 pm

mehlman…..those politicians that did that should be run out of town!!! I think Isakson was one right?

Interested Observer

June 27th, 2012
3:10 pm

mehlman, don’t tell me you think John Lewis has not made himself a rich man over the last four decades in Congress! One does not go from a street protester with no visible means of income to being a wealthy person based only on basic congressional income. He learned the ropes long ago, how to play the game in DC.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
5:17 pm

Bill from ATL: From the Chicago Trib Jan 2012:

Though blacks are disproportionately represented among food stamp recipients, far more whites receive such assistance. When recipients identified themselves by race in 2010, 34 percent were white, 22 percent were black and 16 were percent Hispanic, the Agriculture Department said.

Food-stamp spending has indeed increased under Obama, but its steady climb began under President George W. Bush.

Blacks form a slight plurality in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, a system that offers cash assistance and is much smaller than the food stamp program. Of families receiving TANF help in 2009, 33 percent were African-American, 31 percent were white and 29 percent were Hispanic.

Yes Blacks and Hispanics are less than 30% of the populace, blah blah. And the bigots will claim there is no discrimination in hiring that would account for this discrepancy. Oddly enough, you would never find one of them hiring a Black or Hispanic (unless the Latino is illegal and they can exploit them at $2/hr
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Now let’s talk about other welfare programs:

The American Coalition for Ethanol estimates that when combined with state and local government aid to large oil companies, subsidies amount to anywhere from $133.8 billion to $280.8 billion annually from all sources of taxpayer aid that goes to the oil and gas industry.

From 1995-2010, just 10 percent of subsidized farms ¬– the largest and wealthiest operations –collected 76 percent of all commodity payments, with an average total payment over 16 years of $447,873 per recipient – hardly a safety net for small farmers.

Looks like the gov’t plantation is working well for these corporations, oops, I mean ‘people.’

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As for jesse helms, you must surely have not been around for the seggie era if you would praise this unabashed racist, who never met a klansman he didn’t love, who headed the local white citizens council in the Charlotte area, and was so full of hatred for anything not white, christian and conservative that he would literally almost suffer apoplexy when speaking of it.

Blake

June 27th, 2012
5:30 pm

I used to think that John Lewis was past his prime. Then I read that he is one of the plaintiffs suing to end the Senate filibuster. If he keeps that sort of thing up, I have absolutely no problem with him staying in Congress. Michael Johnson seems like a fine man, but I don’t think he has made a compelling case. “I feel like it’s my turn now” is not really much of an argument.

Bill from Atlanta

June 27th, 2012
9:50 pm

Auntie…saw your response just now. Welfare is welfare doesn’t matter what race is involved, it still demeaning. I only mention the minorities because in this political system EVERYTHING is MINORITY driven. Everyone is taught that you can’t be a victim if your not a minority. However, the Federal government’s Plantation system will work for anyone who wants to be part of it. I only brought in the welfare as it works for minorities because everyone was praising the accomplishments of Congressman Lewis.
I would classify the corporate subsidies on more of a criminal nature. The ethanol industry you cite in addition to the oil industry is a good example. The moneys spent on freeways and the restrictions the ICC place on the railroads basically is a subsidy to the truckers. The farm subsidy especially in GOP GA is one of the biggest criticisms I have of SAX and JOHNNY. GA does look like a bunch of greedy hayseeds everytime we renew this subsidy. We saw the baleout of the banks started by Bush and later the auto industry as a blatent subsidy.
Jesse Helms… I did not know him but knew a lot of people that did. His friends that I know were decent people and none of them had any racist animosities. I knew enough of him that philosophically, I agreed with him most of the time. I realize that taking positions that may not be politically correct can garner a lot of criticism that has nothing to due with the issue at hand. EX if someone supports enforcing immigration laws they are accused of hating the Latin community.