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“Can (Obama) Gaffe if the (GOP) Controls Congress?” (NT: GTTP Jan 23, 2015)

In Video on January 26, 2015 at 4:30 pm
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“I have no more campaigns to run,” said President Obama on Jan 20th, but he will have 2 more years to run ideas past a Republican-controlled Congress. The Get To The Point Panel discusses his speech and America’s expectations afterwards on NT: Get to the Point on Jan 23 on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel.

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (January 23, 2015): Political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) talks with the “Get To The Point Panel” this week (Jerry Shuster, Ph. D., John Phillips, and Olivia Benson) about the Jan 20th addresses given by new governor of Pennsylvania and President Barack Obama and expectations for Pennsylvania and America as a result.

A clip from the Get To The Point Panel discussion on January 23 episode can be by clicking the picture above or by clicking HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

 

Starting Point – Jan 23, 2015 (PCNC’s NT: Get to the Point)

In Video on January 26, 2015 at 3:32 pm
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New Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf (D) addresses the crowd during his January 20th Inauguration in Harrisburg.

PITTSBURGH CABLE NEWS CHANNEL (January 23, 2015): “Profound leadership is capable of identifying and capturing key moments of time to inspire communities to noteworthy action, all for the sake of changing the course of history for the better. It takes a tone that elevates past rhetoric and wish lists – partisanship and apathy – broken trust, broken promises, and a broken past…Being a high-profile public speaker and being an orator are two different things. One communicates ideas – one inspires positive change.”

 

Political commentator Lenny McAllister (host, “NightTalk: Get to the Point”) uses his “Starting Point” commentary to start of the PCNC Friday evening show to discuss the challenges addressed by the new governor of Pennsylvania and the lame-duck President of the United States during their January 20 speeches.  

 

McAllister’s Starting Point from the Jan 23 episode can be found HERE

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NightTalk: Get to the Point” is hosted by Lenny McAllister and airs on the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel live on Friday nights at 8pm with an encore presentation on Mondays at 5pm.

PCNC can be seen in the Pittsburgh television market on Channel 35 on Comcast systems and Channel 9 on Verizon FIOS. It is the “sister-station” to NBC affiliate WPXI and broadcasts from WPXI-TV’s state-of-the-art studios. As the cable outlet of NBC affiliate WPXI, the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel reaches over 850,000 cable subscribers throughout Western Pennsylvania, Eastern Ohio, and Northern West Virginia.

 

WATCH: 4802 – Final Friday Kicks Off on WQED Pittsburgh

In Video on February 3, 2014 at 5:22 pm
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Join the panel during this debut discussion on “4802: Final Friday” from WQED Pittsburgh

 

PITTSBURGH  (January 31, 2014) – (Courtesy WQED) WQED’s studio at 4802 Fifth Avenue in Oakland is the central point for a live and lively conversation about the events making up the news of the week. Host Chris Moore leads the discussion for the new show, “4802: Final Friday” with regular panelists Lenny McAllister, Olivia Benson, Dave Powell, and Cindy Fernandez.

 

 

 

Catch these clips from “4802: Final Friday” by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above. You can catch the full episode from the long-standing WQED series by clicking HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

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: McAllister and Other Break Down SOTU on PCNC (January 29, 2014)

In Video on February 3, 2014 at 2:43 pm
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Clifford Levine, Bill Green, and Lenny McAllister break down President Obama’s State of the Union Address

PITTSBURGH  (January 29, 2014) – (Courtesy PCNC)

In this segment from PCNC’s “Pittsburgh Now” with host Chris Moore, political strategists Clifford Levine, Bill Green, and Lenny McAllister break down President Obama’s State of the Union Address and the political outlook nationally for 2014.(courtesy of the Pittsburgh Cable News Channel, sister station of NBC’s WPXI Pittsburgh)

Catch this version of Pittsburgh NOW by clicking the hyperlink or the picture above.

 

WATCH: McAllister Talks with David Akin about Obama’s SOTU Address on Sun News Network (January 28, 2014)

In Video on February 3, 2014 at 11:11 am
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David Akin talks to Republican insider and political commentator, Lenny McAllister (courtesy of Sun News Network)

TORONTO / PITTSBURGH  (January 28, 2014) – (Courtesy Sun News Network)

David Akin talks to Republican insider and political commentator, Lenny McAllister, about Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. Republicans do not want the President to fail, because that would mean America would fail.

 

Catch this version of “Battleground” on Sun News Networkby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above.

 

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 

 

Catch this version of Pittsburgh Nowby clicking the hyperlink or the picture above.

 
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