NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Full Analysis Of Pres. Obama’s State Of The Union Address


Valerie Jarrett: “The Nay Sayers In D.C. Have Been Proven Wrong” 

Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama and G.K. Butterfield, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus joined Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” to share their views as well as opinions on Pres. Obama’s State of the Union Address.

Jarrett told Martin, “Many of those nay sayers in Washington D.C. said that the policies the President put in place over the last six years wouldn’t work either. They said that the deficit would grow out of control, well we’ve cut it by two-thirds. They said don’t invest in the automobile industry, Detroit is dead, well look Detroit is coming back and so is the automobile industry. They said those rules of the road would stifle the economy, well no actually it’s kept taxpayers from ever having to bailout the banks again.”

“So time and time again the policies the President put in place have worked. Now millions of Americans have healthcare and the cost of healthcare is going up at the slowest rate in a very long time. People have insurance who never had insurance before and so the nay sayers in D.C. have been proven wrong time and time again,” said Jarrett.

G.K. Butterfiled, Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus shared his thoughts on Mr. Obama’s State of the Union Address saying, “The economy is on the rebound we are not in a recession anymore. We’re not in the crisis that we were in six years ago on day one of the Obama Administration. 11 million jobs were created, we have now stabilized this economy and now we need to determine who we are as a nation, what programs we want to invest in so that we can create jobs for the middle class and for those that are underemployed.”

Rep. Butterfiled also stated, “The takeaway from his (Pres. Obama) speech is let’s legislate or let’s fight. And he prefers to legislate but if he must he will use the power of the veto.”

Should #Ferguson And The #BlackLivesMatter Movement Been A Focal Point Of The SOTU?

During last night’s State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama said the following as it relates to the #BlackLivesMatter movement:

We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York.  But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed.  And surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift.  And surely we can agree that it’s a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together …

After hearing Pres. Obama’s remarks referencing the #BlackLivesMatter movement, many African Americans felt as though the president should have expounded more on the #BlackLivesMatter protest.

NewsOne Now panelist, Rock Newman told Martin, “You can never expect he (Pres. Barack Obama) would say just “Black Lives Matter, he is the President of the United States.”

Angela Rye said Pres. Obama “literally can’t say Black Lives Matter.” She added, “The reality of this particular President is that he is the first African American President. He cannot be in office pushing a solely Black Agenda, he will everyone in that audience.”

She added, “It is now a new majority, a Republican majority, he has a trade agenda to push, a tax agenda reform to push, trying to protect healthcare. If he goes to the podium and talks about only ‘Black Lives Matter’ or only Ferguson and he talks about it in a very racially charged way, he loses any potential ground to move a potential agenda. That will not make him an effective President.”

J. Hogan Gidley, a Republican strategist said, “Had he done that, we’d be all over him today.”


Reunited And It Feels So Good: Herb From Peaches And Herb Talks TV One’s ‘Unsung’

“The Sweethearts Of Soul,” Peaches and Herb famous for their timeless classic, “Reunited,” made melodies that took them to the top of the charts and are the subject of tonight’s episode of TV One’sUnsung.”

Herb Fame from the soul singing dynamic duo joined Roland Martin in studio to discuss tonight’s episode of “Unsung.” and some of the projects that he is currently working on.

When asked what makes a male and female duo different than bands and solo artists, Herb said, “That’s the world, that’s the earth. A man and a woman, who are in love. Peace, harmony.”

“It’s just all of that,” Herb said.

Check out what else Herb of “Peaches and Herb” had to say about the duo’s musical career in the audio clip below. Don’t miss tonight’s episode of TV One’s “Unsung” featuring “The Sweethearts Of Soul,” Peaches and Herb, Wednesday, January 21 8PM EST, 7PM CST.

All that and more in this edition of the NewsOne Now Audio Podcast.