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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 13, 2014)

In Audio on February 16, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Was this the right move by Republicans to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without a fight?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 13, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC:Was this the right move by Republicans to allow Democrats to raise the debt ceiling without a fight?

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (February 4, 2014)

In Audio on February 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm
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CLICK PICTURE FOR PODCAST: Who do you believe on Obamacare and American workers over the coming years: the Congressional Budget Office or the folks that brought you “if you like your plan, you can keep your plan”?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (February 4, 2014) PODCAST TOPIC: …And the other shoe drops concerning Obamacare and the outlook for the economy…

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllisterby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

Forget SOTU Address: Obama Needs State of Reunifying Action Post-January

In Articles on February 3, 2014 at 4:18 pm
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Ignore the platitudes we heard from President Obama during the State of the Union Address. Without presidential leadership that unifies in action throughout 2014, this year’s address rings hollow

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (January 29, 2014) 

We know how the speech began: with some variation or series of initial statements proclaiming how strong the Union is as we start 2014. We heard about the added jobs to the economy. We heard about the lowered unemployment rate. We heard about stories of heroism from everyday Americans, some of whom were noted as special guests in attendance Tuesday evening.

While we were told of our strengths at the beginning of the prime time speech, we were subsequently brought back to the realities that millions of Americans face daily in the Obama-driven economy. We heard the buzzwords and catch phrases that indicate to us that, perhaps, our Union is not as strong as we were just told by the second-term president.

Income inequality. Poverty. Debt ceiling negotiations. “We still have work to do.”

Jobs are scarce, while good jobs are mostly filled by frightened Americans scared to lose what they currently have. People have given up on looking for work as the labor force has hit record lows for workforce participation rates. Poverty has also risen to record numbers as well, with far too many Americans counting on unstable food stamp availability and eroding unemployment benefits to get through the daily grind. People are losing labor hours, healthcare insurance plans that worked for them for years – and hope for better days ahead, all during the Age of Obama.

Yet, as long as we continue to see from President Obama – in tone, in verbiage, and in action – a sentiment suggesting that these woes are the exclusive work of one political party versus another, these hardships will not subside in 2014, making the State of the Union Address another annual exercise in futility akin to my new year’s resolution to give up Dunkin Donuts’ coffee.

Forget what you heard from President Obama Tuesday night as Commander-in-Chief during the State of the Union Address. If he does not lead as Unifier-in-Chief from February through December, his words will ring hollow and their positive impact on the nation will be negligible – just as they have over the past 5 years.

President Obama has overseen an unfortunate string of disappointing efforts on the part of the American government collectively and from his administration individually throughout the duration of his presidency. From the roll-out of Obamacare last fall on back to the failure to cap unemployment at 7.0% by way of the stimulus package enacted 5 years ago, there has been an array of heartaches and adjustments that the American people have endured without the energy of “hope and change” to carry them through effectively.

From camera-ready bi-partisan debates on healthcare reform that never happened to hastened starts of not-ready projects (such as the administrative errors around the AIG bonus payouts and the red tape woes with the stimulus money along with Obamacare’s initial website problems), President Obama has been dead-set on pushing his political agenda through instead of focusing on pushing for tangible success, even if that means bridging the gap with Republicans during times of super-majorities on Capitol Hill as well as of divided government. As a result, Americans have suffered through ongoing economic hardships and a jobless “recovery” from the Great Recession. All the while, the tone of the nation has turned increasingly bitter as waves of political and social rhetoric rip this traumatized nation further apart.

Ironically, Mr. Obama – once the promise of a post-partisan and post-racial America – now stands as flashpoint for America’s regression, not progress, on multiple grounds. In many ways, unless his presidential style changes, this “Obama Effect” will go on overseeing a divided country, not a state of union.

The most disappointing aspect of the 44th President has been his continued failure to live up to the unifying rhetoric and vision that he projected as a candidate in 2008 and as a newly-minted president in his inaugural days in office. Talk of President Obama as the new Camelot, this generation’s President Reagan, or an inspiring Nobel Peace Prize winner for the good of the nation has constantly been drowned out by the political noise of blaming Republicans and the political missteps of 2009 and 2010 when Obama’s political capital was at its height. Major legislative items such as immigration reform, education reform, infrastructure re-development, and joblessness could have been addressed better (or, in some cases, addressed at all) if the focus on the president stayed on addressing the historic needs of the nation, not on the political advantages in Congress in 2009 and subsequent bickering afterward. Being historic as a president has nothing to do with winning unexpected elections. At one point in 1980, Reagan was an underdog to an incumbent president. Being historic – particularly for the sake of the Union – involves taking the nation to a new place for enriching and successful partnerships, prosperity, and posterity. Talking at political opponents in January, then talking around them for the rest Presidential addresses create debate. Presidential action – or any void of successful action thereof – creates legacy.

If President Obama wants a presidential legacy that will be honored by all Americans once his tenure has completed, he must look past the flowing words that he has offered us at this time each year during the State of the Union Address. He must advance a state of mind and a mode of governing that reunifies a politically-, socioeconomically-, and culturally-divided nation. Flowery words in January and fiery rhetoric for the following eleven months simply has not gotten results for Americans on his watch. Therefore, in 2014, we must ignore the words of an address in January and hold accountable a president for his actions from February onward.

Lenny McAllister is a political commentator featured on various local, national and international outlets including PCNC, CNN, and Sun News Network. He is the host of “The McAllister Minute” which appears weekly on “The Bev Smith Show” and the American Urban Radio Network. The Pittsburgh-based pundit is the former host of of Launching Chicago With Lenny McAllister on WVON The Talk of Chicago 1690 AM. He is a former congressional candidate. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

WATCH: Chris Moore, Lenny McAllister and 2014 SOTU Address on PCNC

In Video on January 26, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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PCNC’s Chris Moore and Republican strategist Lenny McAllister discuss the preview to the president’s 2014 State of the Union Address on Friday’s “Pittsburgh NOW” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel

 

PITTSBURGH  (January 24, 2014) – (Courtesy PCNC – Pittsburgh Cable News Channel)

 

Pittsburgh’s iconic journalist Chris Moore and Republican strategist Lenny McAllister discuss the preview of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address on this segment from “Pittsburgh NOW” on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel 

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 22, 2014)

In Audio on January 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm
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When attacking talking points with talking points is a bad idea for a “Moral Monday” leader…

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 22, 2014) PODCAST TOPIC: In the latest round of “I Hate Black Republicans”, the Rev. William Barber accuses Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) of being a “dummy” full of talking points for the Tea Party…and uses talking points from the Democratic Party to make his case.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of Get Right with Lenny McAllisterby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 17, 2014)

In Audio on January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm
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The political media is fighting like it’s 2016…already…Benghazi vs. BridgeGate

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 17, 2014) PODCAST TOPIC: In the media, it’s BridgeGate vs. Benghazi – controversies enraging both sides of the aisle…for different political reasons.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

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LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 10, 2014)

In Audio on January 10, 2014 at 1:02 pm
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December 2013 employment numbers come out…and no one is happy with what they show…

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 10, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC: December 2013 employment numbers come out…and the Obama economy numbers drop out along with American workers from the labor force.

 Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”by”Get Right with Lenny McAllister” clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute”  on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (January 6, 2014)

In Audio on January 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm
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Did the Republican Party miss an opportunity for better political optics and more confidence in their leadership by allowing the unemployment extension argument to linger until now in January?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (January 6, 2014) – PODCAST TOPIC: Another missed opportunity for Republicans concerning the (ongoing) unemployment extensions fight on Capitol Hill?

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute”  on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.

WATCH: Lenny McAllister Discusses Next Steps in US Politics in 2014 on AJAm (December 22, 2013)

In Video on January 6, 2014 at 11:56 am
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Lenny McAllister shrugs off illness to discuss what to expect in US politics in 2014 on Al Jaz America.

WASHINGTON, DC / PITTSBURGH  (December 22, 2013) –  Battling a tough illness, Lenny McAllister talks about what to expect for President Obama and US politicians in 2014 in this version of “News” on Al Jazeera America.

 

 

LISTEN: Get Right with Lenny McAllister (December 12, 2013)

In Audio on December 16, 2013 at 3:11 pm
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Has Boehner had enough of the Tea Party Caucus of the House?

WWW.LENNYMCALLISTER.COM (December 12, 2013) – PODCAST TOPIC: Boehner’s Heartburn with the Tea Party Caucus Finally Bubbles Up.

 

Former WVON radio host, former congressional candidate, and nationally-respected political activist Lenny McAllister hosts today’s podcast of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister”.

 

Catch this version of “Get Right with Lenny McAllister” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. Also catch “The McAllister Minute”  on the American Urban Radio Network, where “The McAllister Minute” commentary is aired on over 400 stations throughout the AURN network.