Obama’s Motown Event: The Ultimate Political Insult

by Dr. Boyce Watkins, Syracuse UniversityScholarship in Action 

I have the interesting privilege of being on an email list owned by the White House. Whenever the administration holds an event that they believe to be of interest to African Americans in media, they shoot out an email to all of us. This week, at least two times in my email inbox, there was a message from the White House bragging about the administration’s Black History Month celebration of Motown music.

I saw news of the event everywhere. Most interesting was the image of President Obama dancing with Michelle and his kids with Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson, Jamie Foxx and John Legend crooning in the background. The president, who appeared to be doing his best, had the stiffness of a corpse, and the posture of a 92-year old woman, but the nation appreciated his effort.

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2 responses to “Obama’s Motown Event: The Ultimate Political Insult

  1. Nice points!! I didn’t look at it from that angle. It’s sad that our music trumps our intellectual feats.


  2. DJ

    I am disappointed in this article. I think Dr. Watkins is mixing apples with oranges. Why the connection between the Motown Tribute at the Whitehouse and unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosures. Too much of a stretch Dr. Watkins…actually a political cheapshot.

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