Etan Thomas: President Obama Can’t Hold Back This Time Around

by Etan Thomas,

I’ve been a loyal supporter of President Obama since Oct. 2, 2002. I remember the day vividly: It was when I heard that an Illinois state senator made a rousing speech at an antiwar rally in Chicago. He denounced the impending war in Iraq as a “rash war.” I’ve supportedBarack Obama ever since.

President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at the University of Miami in October. (Carolyn Kaster – AP)

In the years since, I have campaigned, participated ininnumerable fundraisers and spoken at countless rallies for the president. Between now and Election Day I plan to be on the campaign trail tirelessly.

I will do everything I can for the president to win on Nov 6. But atTuesday’s debate I need him to do one thing: Come out with the eye of the tiger.

Of course I know he has to be extra careful not to appear as the “Angry Black Man.” But he can’t be the Defeated, Emotionless, Frustrated, Passionless Black Man we saw in the first debate. It won’t do anyone any good for him to be nonthreatening and passive and lose the election.

I want him to listen to a mix tape with Ice Cube, Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy and Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite For Destruction.” He should throw in some DMX for good measure because I need him to come out with fire.


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