Hip-Hop Hopes Remain High for Obama

By Lora Neng
January 25, 2012

President Obama’s State of the Union address was watched closely last night, as he talked about the continued building back to health of the American economy. Despite what a large majority the mainstream media sees as a disappointment in his first time, others remain hopeful. Many voices in hip-hop, in particular, think that he simply needs more time to achieve the goals he set out to do in taking office at the White House.

Obama’s message of leveling the playing field seems to resonate especially with the general public as reinforced by so many common Samaritans taking to the streets with the Occupy Wall Street movement. “It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts and no cop-outs. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody,” said the President.

Hip-hop luminaries tweeted in support of the President’s message. “#SOTU #POTUS for those banks who break the law on wall street i will no longer bail you out. matter of fact i will http://youtu.be/1VRZq3J0uz4,” proclaimed Questlove, linking to KRS-One’s “Sound the Police.” “People can say whatever, but if you oppose what President Obama says when he talks, you best to sharpen your intellect. TheseNextYrsNotForDumbsht,” wrote Chuck D of Public Enemy.

“We do not accept that ours will forever be a nation of haves and have-nots. We must always be a nation of haves and soon-to-haves,” Obama declared. How he aims to accomplish this with a divided Congress is still to be seen.

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