Obama Says ‘Baby Fix’ the Best Thing About Being President

president-barack-obamaIf you think having Air Force One at your disposal is the best thing about being president, then your partially right.

However, President Barack Obama has one thing that tops that perk.

“It’s true, Air Force One’s on the list. The Truman balcony is a really nice view ” the commander-in-chief said while speaking at the White House Summit on Working Families Monday.

“One of the best perks about being president is almost anyone will hand you their baby” Obama joked before imitating someone handing off a baby and saying, “Here!” The president then reflected on time spent with his own daughters during their infancies, saying,”I get this baby fix like, two or three times a week.”

To see President Obama’s appearance at the White House Summit on Working Families, check out the video below:

Whoopi, Spike, Debbie Allen, More Celebs Mourn Ruby Dee

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Whoopi Goldberg, Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee were among the stars who used social media to share their thoughts about Oscar-nominated actress, poet, playwright and civil rights activist Ruby Dee, who died Wednesday at 91.

Goldberg referred to Dee as a “spectacular woman, actor & activist” who is “reunited at last” with her late husband Ossie Davis.

Smith called the late Hollywood legend “her cherished friend,” and thanked her, “for the care you always showed me.”

Spike Lee referred to her as his “spiritual mother.” Russell Simmons tweeted that she “inspired” him, and Mia Farrow paid tribute to Dee’s role in the civil rights movement.

The actress was active in politics and served as a member of the NAACP and Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, among other organizations.

Others remembering Dee include actor Wendell Pierce, actress Martha Plimpton and CNN anchor Don Lemon.

Anika Noni Rose, who stars in the Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun, which Dee starred in in 1961, thanked Dee for being a trailblazer.

Below, see what celebs are saying about Dee on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram:

We Remember: Legendary Actress/Activist Ruby Dee Dies at 91

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Unfortunately we have sad news about legendary Film and Broadway actress/star Ruby Dee. She died last night at age 91.

According to reports, Ms. Dee was at home in New Rochelle, NY … surrounded by family when she passed away.

Ruby Dee was probably best known for her starring role in the 1960s film “A Raisin in the Sun” — and her roles in several Spike Lee movies … including “Do the Right Thing” and “Jungle Fever.” Her most recent big budget Hollywood film was “American Gangster” … she played Denzel Washington’s mother.

Ruby was a poet and screenwriter. She’s won a Grammy, an Emmy … and received the National Medal of Arts.

She and her late husband Ossie Davis were also hugely active in the Civil Rights movement — often demonstrating with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X.

Developing …

 

 

Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Pleads Not Guilty

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The truck driver charged in the fatal crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that also injured comedian Tracy Morgan and several other people pleaded not guilty at an initial court appearance today.

Kevin Roper appeared in state Superior Court to face death by auto and assault by auto charges. His bail was kept at $50,000, reports the AP.

Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck early Saturday when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan’s limo.

A criminal complaint alleges that the 35-year-old Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, hadn’t slept for more than 24 hours before the accident. Wal-Mart has said it believes he was in compliance with federal safety regulations.

A conviction on a death by auto charge carries a five-to-10-year prison sentence. Each assault by auto charge is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.

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The 45-year-old Morgan suffered a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed, and two other passengers were seriously injured. Another passenger was treated and released from the hospital Saturday, and the limo driver and one more passenger weren’t injured.

Morgan underwent surgery for his broken leg and remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday.

State police on Tuesday released audio recordings from three 911 calls made after the accident.

“It’s a terrible accident,” a woman tells the dispatcher in one of the calls. “The car flipped. It’s on its side. It’s two vehicles and a Wal-Mart truck.”

Citing the criminal investigation, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman wouldn’t say Tuesday where Roper’s trip had originated or where he was headed at the time of the crash.

FX Networks issued a statement Tuesday saying Morgan’s new TV series, a half-hour comedy scheduled to start filming in August for a January premiere on the FXX network, would be waiting for him once he’s well.

Tracy Morgan’s New FXX Series ‘Will Be Waiting for Him’

Comedian Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's 'Don Rickles: One Night Only' on May 6, 2014 in New York City

FX and FXX say nothing has changed regarding Tracy Morgan’s forthcoming comedy series, and it will patiently await his full recovery – as long as it takes.

Morgan remains in critical condition following a multi-vehicle crash Saturday that left one person dead and left the actor with a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. He’s expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks.

FXX in April ordered 10 episodes of an untitled half-hour comedy series starring the “30 Rock” alum. The series, from FX Productions, was created by Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Luvh Rakhe and scheduled to begin production in August for a January debut on FXX.

“The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” FX Networks and FX Productions said in a statement Tuesday. “We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.”

Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, stands accused of triggering the crash in New Jersey. The Georgia driver claims he had not slept for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. A court administrator says Roper will face an initial court appearance Wednesday. He has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.

Tracy Morgan Mama Drama: His Mother Not Allowed to See Him

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Now there’s drama on top of drama.

It seems that when Tracy Morgan ‘s estranged mother went to the hospital to visit him, she was not allowed entrance to see her critically injured son.

If you know the story, you’re aware of the tension and hostility between Tracy and his mother, Alicia Warden. And to illustrate how bad the relationship is, she says no one called her about her son … she heard about it on TV.

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She tells TMZ she went to visit Tracy in the hospital on Saturday, but was turned away by hospital security and Tracy’s fiancee, Megan Wollover. Warden believes Tracy’s fiancee has a thing against her. (Hmm, you think?)

Warden says she returned the next day and she was let in … but Tracy was unconscious and she was only allowed to stay for 5 minutes — never alone with him. She says his friends and a pastor were in the room.

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“All I wanted was for our family to be alone with him. I wanted to pray over him and couldn’t do that because so many people were in the room,” Warden said.

Sadly, in a 2012 interview, Tracy Morgan admitted hadn’t seen his mother in 11 years.

Twenty Years Later the Simpson Case Won’t Go Away


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There’s irony and tragedy that O.J. Simpson is back in the news again.

Both came together when Simpson filed a 102 page petition the same month that twenty years earlier the bodies of ex-wife Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were found butchered in her Bel Aire, California home. Simpson’s petition pleads with the Nevada Supreme Court to grant him a new trial on his robbery, kidnapping and weapons conviction in 2008. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year sentence.

The petition and the twenty year passage of the murders sparked some speculation over whether Simpson has a legal leg left to stand on. Simpson has already been turned down by Nevada courts in a request for a new trial and his one half-hearted appeal to President Obama last January for clemency was more a laugh line than a serious hope that Obama would even acknowledge the appeal. His latest court appeal will likely go nowhere and Simpson will almost certainly serve every minute of the minimum of his sentence.

This will satisfy the court of law. But it will never totally satisfy many in the court of public opinion. The reason is simple. Simpson’s acquittal on the double murder charges nineteen years ago still sticks in the craw of much of America. The bloggers and legal pundits who had anything to say about Simpson’s petition for a new trial spent little time talking about that and nearly all their time talking about the murders, and how a murderer supposedly gamed the system and skipped away scot free. If Simpson stayed alive long enough to serve every day of the maximum of his sentence he was slapped with that would not be good enough for many.

From the day that he beat the double murder rap and walked out of a Los Angeles court, his ill gained notoriety and perverse celebrity virtually guaranteed that the legal hammer would drop especially hard on him at the first whiff of criminal wrongdoing. There was no chance that given the savage public mood toward him and with the one person truth squad of Ron Goldman’s father, Fred, continually wagging the guilt finger at him that Simpson would get the benefit of the doubt on any future charges against him. He, of all people, should’ve known that. A poll taken after Simpson’s Las Vegas bust in 2007, more than a decade after his acquittal, found that a majority of the public still seethed that he was a murderer who skipped away, and that his trial and acquittal was a blatant travesty of justice. Even many of Simpson’s one time black supporters who passionately screamed that he was the victim of a biased criminal justice system in the L.A. murder trial cut and run after the Las Vegas verdict. There was not even a bare peep from them that the conviction had any racial taint to it. Simpson and his attorney’s complaint that prosecutors massaged and twisted jury selection to insure a non-black jury drew barely a yawn in press and legal circles.

Simpson didn’t invent or originate the ugly divide in public opinion about celebrity guilt, let alone the racial divide. Both have always lurked just beneath the surface. But his case propelled it to the front of public debate and anger. The horde of Simpson media commentators, legal experts and politicians who branded the legal system corrupt and compromised also fueled public belief that justice is for sale.

Simpson’s acquittal seemed to confirm that the rich, famous and powerful have the deep pockets to hire a small army of high priced, high profile attorneys, expert witnesses, experts, and investigators who routinely mangle the legal system to stall, delay, and drag out their cases, and eventually allow their well-heeled clients to weasel out of punishment. Even when prosecutors manage to win convictions of or guilty pleas from celebrities, their money, fame, power, and legal twisting often guarantee that they will get a hand slap jail sentence, if that.

The racial divide is another matter. The fact that a mostly black jury acquitted Simpson of all charges in the murder trial ignited a near unprecedented racial hysteria with many blacks cheering the verdict not because they thought Simpson was a babe in the woods innocent victim but because of the perceived century long stacked deck that blacks face in a racially twisted criminal justice system. Their cheers were for the one black man who seemingly beat the odds and the rap.

Many whites that railed against the injustice of the verdict saw it as just the opposite. That race was stood on its head in the L.A. courtroom and Simpson walked precisely because he was black. In the decades since his acquittal, in every celebrity black man’s case from Michael Jackson to Mike Tyson, the racial divide over their guilt or innocence has repeatedly roared to the surface.

Simpson in his Las Vegas trial did his best to try to convince a hostile and doubting public and jury that he was a victim. It worked once, but it didn’t work in Vegas. He simply punched too many of the public’s hot buttons on race, celebrity, gender, and violence for that to happen again. Twenty years after the murders he still does.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent political commentator on MSNBC and a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the author of How Obama Governed: The Year of Crisis and Challenge. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KPFK-Radio and the Pacifica Network.

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