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Native American heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month, celebrating the culture and rich heritage of the first people of America.

“This month, we celebrate and honor the many ways American Indians and Alaska Natives have enriched our Nation, and we renew our commitment to respecting each tribe’s identity while ensuring equal opportunity to pursue the American dream.” – President Obama.

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uncivil politics

(pic:cnn)

Minority voters showed their strength in helping to re-elect President Obama.

Obama won 93% of the African-American votes. Pierre Thomas, Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News, gave an interesting and insightful analysis of the Black community’s overwhelming support in this election.

He first pointed out that African-Americans have a complicated relationship with Obama. The recession has hit the Black community hard, and the unemployment rate among Blacks is higher than the national rate.

But everywhere he went, interviewing African-Americans for his stories, the one thing that stood out was how they felt about the disrespect that some members of the Republican Party had shown towards the President.

People talked about two episodes in particular. One was the time when Obama gave his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Republican Rep. Joe Wilson interrupted the proceedings by yelling out “You lie!”

The other was the moment when Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer pointed a finger at the President’s face.

“They told me this is not the kind of America that they want to live in,” Thomas said. And this motivated them to support Obama, and almost totally rejected Romney.

A lesson in politics, EQ and life: do not treat people with disrespect. It never works and will come back to bite you.

brewer finger president

Is this how you talk to the President? Republican Gov. Brewer’s extreme rudeness stayed on people’s mind. (pic: msn.com)

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more obama cups sold

A good one is the 7-Eleven convenience stores.

This is the fourth election cycle where the 7-Eleven chain has launched its “7-Election” promotion. Customers can choose coffee cups representing each Presidential candidate, and the chain then tracks and tallies the sales of each to predict the outcome of the election.

The slogan on their website reads: “Help predict the winner. Grab a cup of hot, fresh coffee and cast your vote.”

And their poll has accurately predicted the winner each time. At the time of this post, the “7-Election” poll shows that Obama is leading with 59% of the cups or “votes”, and Romney has 41%.

(The poll for California shows 62% for Obama, 38% for Romney.)

On Sunday, I went to my neighborhood 7-Eleven store and bought a cup. I asked the store owner about the sale of the cups. He replied, “We’ve been selling mostly Obama….we had to reorder the Obama cup three times!”

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