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Maya Angelou
pens Obama e-mail

Washington Post, by Rachel Weiner

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Posted By:Scottyboy, 10/24/2012 3:59:56 PM

Poet Maya Angelou has turned her talents on an unpoetic medium — the campaign e-mail — to urge supporters of President Obama to head to the polls. “I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country — as an American,” she writes. “It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege.

Angelou became a renown poet for the same reasons 0bama became president. Never understood what this woman's "talent" was supposed to be all about. If I recall she was a strong Hillary supporter in '08 and jumped on Barry's bandwagon toward the end of the primaries. Stupid move lady.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mike PHX, 10/24/2012 4:02:05 PM     (No. 8958735)

My favorite Maya Angelou poem begins,
"There once was a man from Nantucket...".

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Robinsolana, 10/24/2012 4:03:10 PM     (No. 8958738)

Say what?
That does not rime.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: lala, 10/24/2012 4:04:06 PM     (No. 8958742)

Yes, it is indeed my responsibility, my right, my privilege. And as an American, I will be voting for Mitt Romney.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pineledger, 10/24/2012 4:06:53 PM     (No. 8958753)

Duke has brought her time and time again to speak to the first convocation of each freshman class. Let the brainwashing begin.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Sanspeur, 10/24/2012 4:09:11 PM     (No. 8958764)

How does anyone.. Even a very special , protected status person with an output of rather ordinary grievance angst .. Pen anything ? E mail is tapped..pounded or hit.. It is smacked around currency of the immediate..

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 10/24/2012 4:10:12 PM     (No. 8958767)

Maya is one of the most talent free bad poets and her work makes my head hurt. I do not care who she votes for or if she votes at all. The witless moron in the wh must go and this election is too important to listen to her babbling.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Whamdbambam, 10/24/2012 4:13:54 PM     (No. 8958775)

I hope she's finally learned to speak English.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: kiwinews, 10/24/2012 4:18:29 PM     (No. 8958798)

Ms Angelou is to Poetry as Thomas Kincaid was to Art a triumph of mawkishness and marketing.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: snapper451, 10/24/2012 4:22:20 PM     (No. 8958808)

The same Maya who loved Bill Clinton. Enough said.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Nashman, 10/24/2012 4:41:39 PM     (No. 8958860)

Wow... I thought she was dead.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Mass Minority, 10/24/2012 4:46:00 PM     (No. 8958874)

I find it quite telling that in her long list of group allegiances she listed "American" last.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: GoDeacs79, 10/24/2012 4:46:20 PM     (No. 8958877)

If she isn't writing as an old black woman why did she make it a point to remind everyone that's what she is? I notice she didn't remind everyone she's an untalented affirmative action "poet."

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Muncssister, 10/24/2012 4:57:32 PM     (No. 8958917)

Oh Maya Angelou. Growing up in NC we were always force fed her garbage poetry in school. While living in Winston, I drove by her house on several occasions. Of course, when I say house I mean mansion situated on one of the most expensive streets in town. It was one of her THREE homes (complete with a Rolls in the garage) that was featured in the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago. I don't have a problem with her real estate interests, she can do what she wants with her money. But I do have a problem with the fact that she is race baiter and an elitist who is worshiped by NC school teachers as the state's greatest writer. She's isn't.

Posted from my iPhone, please pardon any typos.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: pickle1, 10/24/2012 5:00:08 PM     (No. 8958923)

Oh please

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Reply 15 - Posted by: sinic, 10/24/2012 5:01:08 PM     (No. 8958927)

#1, that's priceless! I've never really appreciated poetry...but, then again, I never appreciated Maya Angelou for much of anything. Her stuff is like rap...senseless ghetto garbage that's hard on the ears. But, there IS an arse for every seat...I guess.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 10/24/2012 5:03:05 PM     (No. 8958932)

Hey look everyone, she made a success of herself (of some sort) with marginal talent and some sort of ability to get noticed, for whatever reasons. Go for it, Maya, though I find you tiresome and banal.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: iamtinman, 10/24/2012 5:05:15 PM     (No. 8958936)

Maya, you do not represent anyone but yourself unless they choose to let you. That does not include me or anyone I know.
I don't know you or care to so buzz off and go sing kum ba ya along with your oh so hip drumming circle.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Bla Bla, 10/24/2012 5:13:02 PM     (No. 8958952)

This move reminds me of how glad I am Oprah retired! Just think how she would've propped up this presidency the last few months! Maya Angelou would have been a big part of it. Now she's reduced to a campaign e-mail!

God DOES answer prayer!!

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Tom Kilbride, 10/24/2012 5:31:54 PM     (No. 8959001)

She should have offered a CD of her calypso singing as a premium for donations... like PBS does.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: zahbudda, 10/24/2012 5:36:37 PM     (No. 8959013)

I am sorry...but she is a Racist!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: lakerman1, 10/24/2012 5:59:29 PM     (No. 8959068)

I still chuckle about her reading of that poem she wrote, at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration. It was a hoot!

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Reply 22 - Posted by: uno, 10/24/2012 6:24:32 PM     (No. 8959139)

Maya Angelou: An enima wrapped in mystery talking in circles

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Reply 23 - Posted by: jorgecito, 10/24/2012 6:36:40 PM     (No. 8959158)

The real name of this prostitute-turned-"poet":
Margaret Ann Johnson.

Yes, Margaret Ann Johnson changed her name, and presto, became this exotic-sounding creature, "Maya Angelou."

But while it is easy to change your name, it's not quite such a sure thing to declare yourself a "poet" or a "journalist." (See Wikipedia entry on Ms. Johnson's many "occupations.")

Ms. Johnson may have fooled academics and publishers into accepting her self-proclaimed professions. Most of the rest of us see her for what she is: A fraud.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Crosscut, 10/24/2012 7:01:34 PM     (No. 8959205)

A female version of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson. Scam artists.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: NuGoddess, 10/24/2012 7:08:11 PM     (No. 8959223)

Hacked her email and found this ...

Voice of the People
Bringer of angst
Barack, I clutch you to my bosom.

Michelle, strong, proud, lobster-eating Sister you bring forth a new world of entitlements.

Will you stay?
Will you go?

That is for the Fates to decide and they will in due course.

But until then, know that

You suck.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: provide, 10/24/2012 7:46:33 PM     (No. 8959298)

She has the fixed grin of a liar.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Pepper Tree, 10/24/2012 9:46:49 PM     (No. 8959528)

Black poetry? Piece-a cake.

Is you is or is you ain't
gonna slop dat fence wiff paint?

Donchoo make me tell you 'gin.
Ah bounce 'dis bat agains' yo shin.

When ah git back it bes' be done,
or gettin' dis bruise (whap!)
will seem like fun.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 10/24/2012 11:21:46 PM     (No. 8959738)

I remember her address at Bill Clinton's inaugural (gag): We rise, We rise! and so forth.

Well, Maya, now we rise to vote for Mitt.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: xcenturion, 10/25/2012 3:12:33 AM     (No. 8959890)

Maya Angelou a pedlar of ebonic drivel and lore,
is nothing more than a pompous old bore.

Her writings non sensical with a left leaning tilt ,
is consumed by liberals to assuage their racial guilt.

Go back in your hole you literary hack,
I'm voting for Romney to get my county back.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: ladymar, 10/25/2012 4:01:15 AM     (No. 8959909)


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Reply 31 - Posted by: JoniTx, 10/25/2012 4:43:56 AM     (No. 8959922)

As #22 said, that was the first thing I though of, her 1993 Inauguration poem for Bill Clinton. 'I the Rock'...Here it is:


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