Barack Obama takes on the “woke” culture.

By |2019-10-30T07:57:36-08:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Courtesy of The Hill:

President Obama on Tuesday called out what he called “woke” culture in a speech at the third annual Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, saying that even “people who do really good stuff have flaws.”

The former president encouraged the audience to “get over” the concept that “you’re always politically woke.”

“This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re always politically woke and all that stuff, you should get over that quickly,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.”

Obama continued by calling out other people on social media for not being “woke” is “not activism” and “not bringing about change.”

“There is this sense sometimes of the way of me making change is for me to be as judgmental about other people, and that’s enough,” he said.

“Like if I tweet or hashtag about how you didn’t do something right or used the wrong verb, then I can sit back and feel pretty good about myself because ‘man, you see how woke I was I called you out,’ ” he added.

Well, he’s not wrong. 

I cannot tell you the number of times that somebody visiting here has nitpicked a thing I have written as being patriarchial, misogynistic, or elitist.

Now most of the time those are just trolls trying to cause conflict and are easily dismissed, however occasionally it is somebody who really thinks they are identifying a character flaw of mine that needs to be addressed. 

But often they are misinterpreting what I said or ignoring the context. 

As Obama points out most of us, all of us, are indeed flawed in many ways. 

But that does not mean we are not good messengers or that our contribution is somehow tainted. 

Remember that the perfect is the enemy of the good. 

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  1. Anonymous October 30, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    Honestly, Gryph? I miss good ol’ fashioned conversation how it used to be your blog.
    Now it’s nothing but links to other sites in comments.

    • Anonymous October 30, 2019 at 11:35 pm

      That ended when everyone had to give up their handles and become anonymous to avoid being targeted by the trolls hiding behind anonymous. Now we all are anonymous and conversation is dead.

    • Anon October 31, 2019 at 3:55 am

      I miss people sharing their comments also.

    • Anonymous October 31, 2019 at 4:31 am

      That’s why we need at least a monthly or every two week PAlin topic. We can’t let the past disappear. Keep it in the slow cooker all the time.

      • PEePEe October 31, 2019 at 9:03 am


        in the slow cooker $wamp water…Toad

  2. anonymous October 30, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Trump’s 2020 Campaign Throws A Fit After Twitter Says They Can’t Buy Fact-Free Political Ads

    …. It’s unclear why Trump’s campaign is calling the move an attack on conservatives since Twitter’s decision doesn’t apply to a particular political party – but playing the victim is sort of part of the MAGA brand.

    Spreading lies is a pillar of the Trump campaign

    Despite what Brad Parscale’s said on Wednesday, the Trump campaign doesn’t really care whether or not Twitter is going to lose money from this decision. They also couldn’t care less about eliminating so-called bias from social media platforms.

    What really irritates the Trump campaign is that a major part of their campaign strategy relies on the ability to spread their lies on the internet.

    • Anonymous October 30, 2019 at 11:37 pm

      And there defense is “You mean we can’t LIE?”

      I mean, really? You’re complaining because you’re not allowed to LIE?

      Well, there’s always Facebook.

  3. anonymous October 30, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Rachel Maddow Just Beat Every Single Fox News Show

    … MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” finished the month of October as the #1 cable news program in A25-54 for regularly scheduled programs (including all specials), beating FOX News and dominating CNN for the 33rd month in a row, according to Nielsen.

  4. anonymous October 30, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Damn I love this man!

    • Shoobie Doobie Doo October 30, 2019 at 6:04 pm

      Some are educated and some are not!

    • 'O' October 31, 2019 at 6:43 am

      “”I do get a sense sometimes now among certain young people, and this is accelerated by social media, that the way of me making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people and that’s enough,” – “That is not activism, that is not bringing about change,” he said. “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.””

  5. slipstream October 30, 2019 at 6:11 pm

    Don’t worry, Gryph. There isn’t enough space in the whole internet to list all your flaws. Just be yourself.

  6. #RacistRapist2020 October 31, 2019 at 8:18 am

    “In the 1960s, Steinhorn explains, Nixon saw a golden opportunity for his party: appealing to a sense of white grievance. The professor recalls, “Nixon inflamed the ‘silent majority’ and ‘forgotten Americans’ with coded language about race and ‘law and order’ that played to their sense of grievance and victimization.”

    “Steinhorn recalls that back in October 1964, Life Magazine published an article by journalist Theodore White that reflected on the future of the Republican Party.” – ““One can trace a direct line from what he described in October 1964 to Trump’s 2016 electoral college victory and his ability to conjure up and exploit decades of racial resentment and brooding white anger,””

  7. OT-FYI October 31, 2019 at 8:29 am

    “how will the world work together in the decades to come as the effects of climate change worsen?

    “It’s a warning,” said Francesco Femia, co-founder of the Washington-based nonprofit Center for Climate and Security. “We’re in trouble from a security perspective, and the window is closing.” “

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