February 3, 2023

Black Activists Respond to President Trump’s First State of the Union Address

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Trump Congratulated on “Well-Written and Well-Delivered Speech” to “Make Americans Freer, Happier and Even More Prosperous”

Washington, DC  Following President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address, black activists with the Project 21 leadership network are available for comment.

In tonight’s address, President Trump spoke of a “new American moment” in which “[t]here has never been a better time to start living the American Dream.” He touted the approximately 3 million workers receiving bonuses tied to his tax reform package as well as his desire for “every American to know the dignity of a hard day’s work.” He also said: “Americans love their country, and they deserve a government that shows them the same love and loyalty in return.”

During the address, which touched on divisive issues including immigration, taxes and national security, President Trump asked lawmakers “to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people we were elected to serve.”

Here are some of the immediate reactions from Project 21 members about the President’s speech:

  • “Tonight, President Trump reminded us that – by following the principles of freedom and liberty – America has experienced unprecedented growth that includes the lowest black unemployment rate in a generation, the fastest stock market growth in decades and GDP growth not seen in recent times. While major challenges remain, his stewardship over the last year makes it clear that we can build on these achievements and make Americans freer, happier and even more prosperous.” – Horace Cooper, co-chairman of Project 21, a former leadership staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and former constitutional law professor. 


  • “President Trump wasn’t just presidential tonight. He highlighted the accomplishments of his first year while calling attention to our desperate need for bipartisan legislation to solve systemic problems facing the nation. At crucial moments, however, liberals failed to rise to the occasion – often withholding their applause or approval. Why wouldn’t liberals cheer on the lowest black unemployment rate in 17 years? Or the President’s resolve to eradicate the scourge of MS-13 killing innocent Americans?” – Stacy Washington, co-chairman of Project 21, a syndicated talk radio host on the American Family Radio and Urban Family Talk networks and a U.S. Air Force veteran. 


  • “President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight showed a president transitioning into the role of Commander-in-Chief. The country is currently very divided, and this speech went a long way in trying to repair that divide. I congratulate President Trump for a well-written and well-delivered speech.” –Christopher Arps, Project 21 member, a principal with Red Tail Strategies and co-founder of the Move-On-Up.org black social network.


  • “With a record of helping create 2.3 million jobs, tax reform, historic stock market gains and taking care of our veterans, he’s got a lot of accomplishments. Like him or love him, he’s getting the job done with flying colors.” – Rich Holt, Project 21 member and political campaign strategist.


  • “Whether you love him or hate him, President Donald Trump deserves to celebrate – brag, if you will – about his administration’s accomplishments. Yet, when the President brought attention to black unemployment being at historic lows, members of the Congressional Black Caucus remained seated with angry faces – without even a hint or gesture of acknowledging such wonderful news. One would think they would applaud the fact that many of their constituents are now gainfully employed. It shows just how ineffective black congressional leadership is on the left, and drives home the point that President Trump didn’t have to meet with the CBC in order to do for its constituents what the CBC members themselves were repeatedly unable to accomplish.” – Derryck Green, Ph.D. , Project 21 member with a doctorate in theology and spiritual leadership. 


  • “President Trump promised to encourage us with a message that would help build a safe, strong and prosperous America. He delivered! During this speech, he praised our flag, patriotism and religious liberty. This is a message for all Americans, and it instills pride in each of us. The message of the night was good news for every American, and provides reasons why we must live and work together to keep our nation prosperous and strong.” – Emery McClendon, Project 21 member and a Tea Party movement organizer who won Americans for Prosperity’s “Activist of the Year” award.

Black Conservatives Critical of Obama’s State of the Union Address

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Puffy, Partisan Speech Further Mires President’s Lamentable Legacy

“You Can’t Put Enough Lipstick on This Pig of His to Make It Look Pretty”

WASHINGTON, DC – Members of the Project 21 black leadership network are commenting on – and available for interviews about – President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address.

While starting out talking about alleged areas for potential bipartisan accomplishment, the agenda President Obama quickly pivoted to and championed throughout the rest of his speech to Congress encompassed a big-government agenda he has always sought to enact with or without the support of elected lawmakers – such as relaxing immigration rules, increasing the minimum wage and new energy regulation.

“Although I didn’t support President Obama’s candidacy either time that he ran, I thought he would be good for race relations. Instead of uniting Americans under the mantle of Dr. Martin Luther King, the president has engaged in a sustained attack on the foundational values that once bound Americans together: family, faith and work.Tonight, the President ignored the persecution of Christians in the Arab world while castigating us all for perceived injustices to Muslims. He further demonized millions of Americans who don’t believe in man-made anthropological climate change. And he pandered to a tiny partisan crowd by promising more free programs on the backs of taxpayers. It’s hardly a speech to be proud of,” said Project 21 member Stacy Washington , host of the “Stacy on the Right” talk radio program on FM News Talk 97.1 in St. Louis. “We can only hope that the next 12 months will be less eventful, less taxing and have fewer transformations. Obama’s campaign slogan was ‘hope and change.’ We’ve been changed for the worse. We can only hope for the remaining term to pass by quickly.”

Black conservatives with Project 21 have offered comments on each and every State of the Union Address during the Obama presidency.

“Since this was his last State of the Union Address, I was looking for President Obama to say something monumental. I was looking for him to finally stop playing politics and show some true leadership. It was all too clear, however, that Obama plans to leave office with the same sound and fury with which he arrived – but now he’s leaving a terrible mess in his wake,” said Project 21 member Council Nedd II, a bishop for the Episcopal Missionary Church of South Africa and an elected constable in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. “Hauntingly, President Obama’s legacy is turning back the clock on race relation and seeing repeated attacks on legal gun owners while exhibiting an apparent ignorance to rampant violence that grips places such as his political hometown of Chicago. Obama has helped foster and foment an environment that brands law enforcement as the enemy and exalts criminals as martyrs. He has coddled ISIS and ignored the persecution of faith abroad to the point where several 2,000-year-old Christian communities have literally been eradicated. What are we to actually make of all this?”

Project 21 member Christopher Arps , a small businessman and political consultant in St. Louis who is now helping with a major presidential campaign in Iowa, said: “President Obama’s final State of the Union Address was supposed to be an effort to help seal his legacy. Unfortunately for him, you can’t put enough lipstick on this pig of his to make it look pretty. His true legacy will be remembered in his $1 trillion dollar failed ‘stimulus,’ the hobbling of the greatest health care system in the world, Islamic terrorism run amok, a feckless foreign policy with a dangerous nuclear deal with the rogue state of Iran, and – last, but not least – an economy growing at a tepid pace that has a record 90 million people out of work. It’s not a legacy he should be very proud of.”

Tonight’s speech was one that shot for the Moon, but Americans’ hopes remain stuck on the ground due to the partisan bitterness this president has fostered to ram through an often unpopular agenda,” said Project 21 member Kevin Martin , a Navy veteran and small businessman in the Washington, D.C. area. “President Obama opened with the statement that Americans should not live in fear of the future, but too many Americans do fear the future because of the threat of terrorism at home and aboard. And that’s just one thing. In poll after poll, a majority of Americans feel our nation is on the wrong track under President Obama’s leadership. While he stood in the well of the Congress trying to give an optimistic report, the reality is that Americans just aren’t feeling it in their wallets or their lives.”

Project 21 members have logged tens of thousands of interview and media citations. Media that recently sought out Project 21 insight includes on TVOne, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, the Orlando Sentinel, Westwood One, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, SiriusXM satellite radio and 50,000-watt talk radio stations such as WHO-Des Moines, KOA-Denver, WGN-Chicago, WBZ-Boston and KDKA-Pittsburgh. Topics included civil rights, entitlement programs, the economy, voter ID, race preferences, education, illegal immigration and corporate social responsibility. Project 21 members provided substantial commentary regarding the Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Freddie Gray incidents. Project 21 has also defended voter ID laws at the United Nations.

Project 21, a leading voice of black conservatives for over two decades, is sponsored by the National Center for Public Policy Research (http://www.nationalcenter.org). Its volunteer members come from all walks of life and are not salaried political professionals.

Contributions to the National Center are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated.


Broad View of State of the Union

Most American’s perspective on the “sTATE oF tHE uNION” is mostly about the picture below!



Bing Pulse Tanks During Gun Control Part of Obama’s SOTU Address


Notice that at 10:11, when the President is discussing gun control, the bottom falls out and the negative response to his comments reaches the lowest point of the speech.



Will You Watch President Obama’s State of the Union Address?

I have listened to a lot of presidential State of the Union Addresses over the years and I have for the most part stopped watching them because it is a dog and pony show; lies and more lies for no other reason than to give a dysfunctional press something to yap about and more times than not, it’s a diversion to draw attention away from something else a president doesn’t want you to see. If you think campaign speeches are bad, SOTU addresses are more of the same only a president attempting to brag about his accomplishments.

SNORE! But that’s me! What are you going to do?

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