Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama Once Needed 'to Take a Subway or a Bus Just to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruití
CNSNews ^

Posted on 04/18/2012 1:13:44 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama Once Needed 'to Take a Subway or a Bus Just to Find a Fresh Piece of Fruit’ By Penny Starr April 18, 2012

(CNSNews.com) - Barack Obama's vision as president is shaped by the fact that he knows what "it's like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store," Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said last week.

Donovan seemed to be suggesting that the president had once lived in what First Lady Michelle Obama now refers to as a "food desert"--a place without a nearby supermarket. The First Lady has launched an initiative to eliminate these places.

“Why has all this work been such a priority for the president and every one of us in the administration?” Donovan said. “Because he knows what you know: He knows what it’s like to walk the halls of public housing because he’s worked there.”

“He knows what it’s like to walk the streets of some of our cities’ poorest neighborhoods because he’s lived there,” Donovan said. “What it’s like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit in a grocery store.”

Donovan also said the president had to “wonder” about whether he could “afford a college education or decent health care” or be “judged” unfairly.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS:
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-177 next last
Where do these people come from?
1 posted on 04/18/2012 1:13:51 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
"it's like to take a subway or a bus just to find a fresh piece of fruit"

"Fresh piece of fruit" is slang for what?

2 posted on 04/18/2012 1:15:49 PM PDT by Meet the New Boss
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

This is becoming pathological.

Both of them are on some kind of power trip.


3 posted on 04/18/2012 1:15:49 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Never borrow batteries out of your smoke alarm!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

A better question is, when will they leave?


4 posted on 04/18/2012 1:16:39 PM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

As usual, the jokes just write themselves...


5 posted on 04/18/2012 1:16:39 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

How far to get some dog meat?


6 posted on 04/18/2012 1:17:03 PM PDT by GQuagmire
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

The government needs to fix this pronto. Does the First Lady know about this?


7 posted on 04/18/2012 1:17:13 PM PDT by GSWarrior
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

From the title I thought this might be another Larry Sinclair article.


8 posted on 04/18/2012 1:17:28 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

“The First Lady has launched an initiative to eliminate these places”

What, she’s gonna be a retail grocer? Good. About time someone in their family started producing something.


9 posted on 04/18/2012 1:18:06 PM PDT by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver; Larry Sinclair
He knows what it’s like to walk the streets... just to find a fresh piece of fruit

Larry Sinclair to the white courtesy phone, please.. Mr. Sinclair please pick up the white courtesy phone.

10 posted on 04/18/2012 1:18:06 PM PDT by humblegunner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

The term “food desert” drives me crazy! I grew up 20 miles from the nearest Kroger store and NO there wasn’t public transportation to tke us there!


11 posted on 04/18/2012 1:18:20 PM PDT by vanilla swirl (searching for something meaningfull to say)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All


Help End The Obama Era In 2012
Your Monthly and Quarterly Donations
Help Keep FR In the Battle!

Sponsoring FReepers are contributing
$10 Each time a New Monthly Donor signs up!
Get more bang for your FR buck!
Click Here To Sign Up Now!


12 posted on 04/18/2012 1:18:31 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Kenya.

Indonesia.

The more “ate dog as a child” and “lived in squalor” stories, the more people will see that he’s a foreigner.


13 posted on 04/18/2012 1:19:17 PM PDT by Jedidah (So we have a choice: Ken & Barbie or C3PO & the Wookie. Is this really the best we can do?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Shocking just shocking. Could you imagine in this modern age, people have to travel to the grocery store. Why that’s terribel why I want to make sure my grandkids don’t live in a food desert that would be terrible. We should make the evil capitalist bring us food whenever we want it. Food desert my foot...


14 posted on 04/18/2012 1:20:22 PM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Socialism: Just say no.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

You’re right, they’re deluded.There are produce stores and bodegas on nearly every corner in upper Manhattan, even in Harlem. You can see it in Obama’s autobiographies - he’s ashamed of his origins, and tries to imagine an alternative life story that better suits his own vanity and sense of self-importance.


15 posted on 04/18/2012 1:20:48 PM PDT by Parmenio
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

My heart just bleeds when I read about poor poverty stricken Obama.

Now lets get past the fruit and let’s hear him tell us who paid for his education,How did he get money enough to go to 3 colleges—high priced colleges—who paid for his trip to pakistan and where did he get his passport.


16 posted on 04/18/2012 1:21:08 PM PDT by Venturer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Grocery stores usually LIKE to locate where there is a lot of people and a shortage of competition

Maybe there is some other reason they don’t want to locate in those neighborhoods?

(hint- it’s not racism, everyone’s money is the same color)

How about because they don’t like getting shoplifted out of business?

I had a family member who owned a store- although it was in an upscale mall that was 90% white customers, 90% of the shoplifters were minority. She had to stop taking checks from everyone so as to not have to ‘discriminate’ against certain groups. She had to plaster the place with mirrors and video cams, to discourage theft- rather than catch them and spend all her time in court trying to prosecute, which usually failed.


17 posted on 04/18/2012 1:21:22 PM PDT by Mr. K (If Romney wins the primary, I am writing-in PALIN)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

They don’t have a cafeteria at Columbia University? He took the subway in Honolulu? Next the story will be that he was so poor he had to steal skittles and ice tea to survive.


18 posted on 04/18/2012 1:21:49 PM PDT by forgotten man (forgotten man)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

I live 11 miles from town. Cry me a river, liberal.


19 posted on 04/18/2012 1:22:21 PM PDT by Billthedrill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Ah wuz born a po black child.


20 posted on 04/18/2012 1:22:50 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

That’s nothing. I used to have to walk two miles through driving snow, uphill both ways, to get to school. When I was a kid, we couldn’t afford real cereal...we ate wood and rocks.


21 posted on 04/18/2012 1:23:09 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (The only flaw is that America doesn't recognize Cyber's omniscience. -- sergeantdave)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Well what was it, the subway or a bus? If he can’t remember the form of transportation then maybe it wasn’t a piece of fruit he was after :)


22 posted on 04/18/2012 1:24:11 PM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

I have heard of one time he had to ride in a limousine to get a “piece of fruit”, too.


23 posted on 04/18/2012 1:24:21 PM PDT by PalmettoMason (South Carolinians need to start choosing a primary challenger to Nikki Haley NOW!!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vanilla swirl

“The term ‘food desert’ drives me crazy! I grew up 20 miles from the nearest Kroger store and NO there wasn’t public transportation to tke us there!”

Yeah, but you were probably in the suburbs. This is an innercity problem, with (as always) black women and children and other vulnerable groups hit the hardest. It’s not their fault, as greedy capitalists gouge them with high prices and low quality because...um, they’re racist.


24 posted on 04/18/2012 1:25:29 PM PDT by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Right.

Once I had to work in a dirty, dangerous factory to get through college.

PAAALLLLEEEASE!!


25 posted on 04/18/2012 1:25:29 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Billthedrill

If things keep going the way the Marxist wants, we will drive 15 miles on a bike, wait in line for 3 days just to get FOOD!


26 posted on 04/18/2012 1:26:07 PM PDT by mikelets456
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Was his mother so lazy she didn’t go grocery shopping? If he was older and living on his own, what the heck is wrong with taking public transportation to pick up some groceries? I thought that’s what we were supposed to do, being good little environmentalists and all.


27 posted on 04/18/2012 1:29:03 PM PDT by JudyinCanada
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Meet the New Boss

the fact that he knows what “it’s like to take a subway or a bus to Boystown just to find a fresh piece of hanging fruit”.


28 posted on 04/18/2012 1:30:04 PM PDT by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

I live 3 1/2 miles from the nearest store. I need to drive, ‘cause there aren’t any buses or subways.

BFD Obeyme.


29 posted on 04/18/2012 1:30:13 PM PDT by SargeK
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

If you live within the proximity of a subway station, chances are there’s a grocery store nearby. What an idiot.


30 posted on 04/18/2012 1:30:59 PM PDT by jersey117 (The Stepford Media should be sued for malpractice)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vanilla swirl

By the way, I realize viewing things from the Founders’ perspective is overused, but think about it for a second. Can you imagine Madison’s reaction to being told that in 240 years or so the federal government will worry about whether or not there’s a grocery store within a mile of your house? They had to walk a mile to go to the bathroom, for the love of Obama.


31 posted on 04/18/2012 1:31:04 PM PDT by Tublecane
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
Woman runs through the mall, screaming: THE NAVY FLEET JUST DOCKED AT THE WHARF....LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS...THE NAVY IS IN TOWN. LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS.

Onlookers shrug their shoulders and figure her for just another nut case kook, as they continue shopping.

Few minutes later, a man runs through the mall screaming : OBAMA JUST CAME IN TO TOWN TO CAMPAIGN....LOCK UP YOUR DOGS...OBAMA'S IN TOWN. LOCK UP YOUR DOGS.

The mall immediately emptied out and the traffic was backed up for an hour.

32 posted on 04/18/2012 1:31:44 PM PDT by jmax
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Is that headline some sort of gay talk or what?


33 posted on 04/18/2012 1:33:31 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

I know what he means. I grew up poor too. We had to drive all the way to town, 15 miles, to buy coconuts! If only the government had placed a fruit stand within walking distance, perhaps the transmission on our ‘55 Plymouth would have lasted longer.


34 posted on 04/18/2012 1:33:49 PM PDT by Islander7 (There is no septic system so vile, so filthy, the left won't drink from to further their agenda)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Amazon.com will deliver groceries, but I don’t know if they accept EBT cards.


35 posted on 04/18/2012 1:36:05 PM PDT by dainbramaged (OMG - Obama Must Go)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

How far did he have to walk for his arugula?


36 posted on 04/18/2012 1:39:51 PM PDT by Mears (Alcohol. Tobacco. Firearms. What's not to like?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Do they have subway trains in Hawaii?


37 posted on 04/18/2012 1:44:09 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: vanilla swirl

I still live 20 miles from the one and only grocery store in town and 6 miles from the one and only convenience store around here. Of course, no public transportation either. Yet, somehow, without Moochelle butting her nose into it, four generations have managed not to starve here.


38 posted on 04/18/2012 1:44:21 PM PDT by bgill
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Nikita Kruschev had to fly half way around the world for corn flakes. That doesn’t mean his redesign of Soviet agriculture to force the attepted raising of corn in Russia was a good idea.


39 posted on 04/18/2012 1:44:33 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Tublecane
They had to walk a mile to go to the bathroom

I'm willing to bet they didn't go the whole mile.

40 posted on 04/18/2012 1:46:32 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: Cyber Liberty

You were lucky. We lived in a hole in the ground covered by a piece of tarpolin, and we were happy to have it!


41 posted on 04/18/2012 1:47:26 PM PDT by fhayek
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Don’t burn the local stores down and they will be there for you. Just take a look at Mayor Marion Barry’s recent statements on Asian store owners and you will understand why “food deserts” will continue to exist well after Barry and Michelle leave office.


42 posted on 04/18/2012 1:48:12 PM PDT by colonialhk (Put them in green jails doing green jobs)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mikelets456

You’ll live in a highrise tenement,
and you’ll take public transportation to your assigned work farm.


43 posted on 04/18/2012 1:49:00 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
Come Obamanoids cut to the chase! Say what you mean.

Federalize all food Production and Sales. Its the only way to make sure everyone is eating what MOOOOOChelle deems is proper for all us serfs.

44 posted on 04/18/2012 1:49:12 PM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Because of the “food deserts” that the evil white man created by closing down businesses in Eric Holder’s peoples’ neighborhoods that got robbed and shoplifted and mugged into bankruptcy.


45 posted on 04/18/2012 1:50:10 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

Thankfully he figured out that its easier just to yell “Here boy” and dinner will come over to you...


46 posted on 04/18/2012 1:50:13 PM PDT by MNlurker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver

And now, to get even for his ‘deprived youth’ he sends an Air Force Cargo plane a thousand miles to bring him a pizza from his old neighborhood.

He is such a punk.


47 posted on 04/18/2012 1:51:03 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

It it hadn’t been for some rich person wanting to keep all of his money, they could have used his money to put a fruit stand closer to your home. So it is the fault of the rich man.


48 posted on 04/18/2012 1:51:09 PM PDT by NEMDF
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Sub-Driver
There's little fruit or other perishable foods because most people in those neighborhoods don't eat it. Why would a shop keeper buy anything to let it rot on the shelf?

But if you need rolling papers, 40oz beers and packaged/prepared food, most of these neighborhoods have 24/7 stores every other block that sell it. There are also far more liquor stores there and they would also be 24/7 if the government allowed it.

49 posted on 04/18/2012 1:52:31 PM PDT by varyouga
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Cyber Liberty

“That’s nothing. I used to have to walk two miles through driving snow, uphill both ways, to get to school. When I was a kid, we couldn’t afford real cereal...we ate wood and rocks.”

Dad? Is that you?
Lol...I heard almost the exact same phrase growing up!


50 posted on 04/18/2012 1:53:37 PM PDT by lilyramone (The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-177 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson