Politics Statement from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

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  1. Bobby Axelrod

    Bobby Axelrod Well-Known Member

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    Very nice and classy in my opinion.

    My only question is what did President Obama mean when he said, "A man who fought for us."? I don't know much about Ali, but I thought I heard one of the claims against him was that he was a draft dodger?

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-pres...k-obama-and-first-lady-michelle-obama-passing

    The White House
    Office of the Press Secretary
    For Immediate Release
    June 04, 2016
    Statement from President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on the Passing of Muhammad Ali

    Muhammad Ali was The Greatest. Period. If you just asked him, he’d tell you. He’d tell you he was the double greatest; that he’d “handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder into jail.”

    But what made The Champ the greatest – what truly separated him from everyone else – is that everyone else would tell you pretty much the same thing.

    Like everyone else on the planet, Michelle and I mourn his passing. But we’re also grateful to God for how fortunate we are to have known him, if just for a while; for how fortunate we all are that The Greatest chose to grace our time.

    In my private study, just off the Oval Office, I keep a pair of his gloves on display, just under that iconic photograph of him – the young champ, just 22 years old, roaring like a lion over a fallen Sonny Liston. I was too young when it was taken to understand who he was – still Cassius Clay, already an Olympic Gold Medal winner, yet to set out on a spiritual journey that would lead him to his Muslim faith, exile him at the peak of his power, and set the stage for his return to greatness with a name as familiar to the downtrodden in the slums of Southeast Asia and the villages of Africa as it was to cheering crowds in Madison Square Garden.

    “I am America,” he once declared. “I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me – black, confident, cocky; my name, not yours; my religion, not yours; my goals, my own. Get used to me.”

    That’s the Ali I came to know as I came of age – not just as skilled a poet on the mic as he was a fighter in the ring, but a man who fought for what was right. A man who fought for us. He stood with King and Mandela; stood up when it was hard; spoke out when others wouldn’t. His fight outside the ring would cost him his title and his public standing. It would earn him enemies on the left and the right, make him reviled, and nearly send him to jail. But Ali stood his ground. And his victory helped us get used to the America we recognize today.

    He wasn’t perfect, of course. For all his magic in the ring, he could be careless with his words, and full of contradictions as his faith evolved. But his wonderful, infectious, even innocent spirit ultimately won him more fans than foes – maybe because in him, we hoped to see something of ourselves. Later, as his physical powers ebbed, he became an even more powerful force for peace and reconciliation around the world. We saw a man who said he was so mean he’d make medicine sick reveal a soft spot, visiting children with illness and disability around the world, telling them they, too, could become the greatest. We watched a hero light a torch, and fight his greatest fight of all on the world stage once again; a battle against the disease that ravaged his body, but couldn’t take the spark from his eyes.

    Muhammad Ali shook up the world. And the world is better for it. We are all better for it. Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family, and we pray that the greatest fighter of them all finally rests in peace.

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    Based on the context, I think he means Ali fought for the black people by fighting for civil rights.
     
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    He means "us". Black people. Not Americans. The rest of whom do not qualify as "us" in his mind.
     
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    Can you imagine some of the stupid shit those two will be spewing when out of office?
     
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    Ahhh. Got it. Thanks.

    I guess I just assumed the POTUS saying "us" referred to Americans.
     
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    The Great Divider?
    I don't think so.
     
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    Im pooping as i type this. :grad:
     
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    He wasn't a draft dodger. He got drafted, and openly said, publicly, that war is goddamn stupid, and I ain't going.

    A draft dodger runs to Canada or has his doctor cook up notes about bullshit foot ailments.
     
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    He refused to report because of his religious convictions as a Muslim minister, and the fact that it stands for peace... :haha:




     
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    1. Ban OP

    2. I bet Mooch could have taken Ali in his prime.
     
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    check out this asshole.

     
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    And if his name was Joe Smith he would have been in jail. It's easy to be cocky if you're Ali. But you're right. He saw what an absurd war that was and unashamedly said to count him out. Good for him.
     
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    Shut up dude. You're an angry ole white guy. I bet ur angry about sharing water fountains and bathrooms with colors you prick.
     
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    did Trump lose his career for three years?
     
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    Bobby Axelrod Well-Known Member

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    Geez dude. Colors? Talk about racist.
     
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    Yeah if he was white there wouldn't be a peep from those two cunts
     
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    It's "coloreds".


    Please choose your slurs more carefully next time. :wigtip: