Photo: Obama Appoints UMBC President

Several education leaders were added to a newly created advisory commission.


President Barack Obama and Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of University of Maryland in Baltimore County, shared a moment in the Oval Office last week.

Obama named Hrabowski as chairman of the newly created President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans, according to the university's website.

Hrabowski and the comission will advise Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to the release.

The UMBC president and a panel of other education administrators were on hand as Obama signed the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans Executive Order on Thursday, July 26.

Hrabowski can be seen fourth in from the left and right from a sharply dressed Reverend Al Sharpton, who is wearing a purple striped tie.

Find this picture and others on the official White House Flickr photostream.

RARE MARYLAND INDEPENDENT August 04, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It is all about reaching the numbers needed to win an election. I am sure that Obama's internal polling reflects him getting about 30% of the white vote. How do you counter that? Make sure he gets 105% turnout of the black vote and make sure that he wins 105% of that black vote. Don't laugh, the democrats know how to do this. Interesting he (Obama) is attempting to stop military members from voting in Ohio. The lapdog media seems to have missed it, go figure.
Joe August 04, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Obama and his Choom Gang want you to think about Romney's taxes not Obama suing in Ohio, a very important swing state, to disenfranchise the military vote. Typical Choom Gang tactic.
Joe August 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Obama spawned the Tea Party that was responsible for the historic election of 2010. HE has now spawned "The Broke Party" in his adopted hometown of Chicago. "When asked about the President's leadership in the black community in Chicago, Carter said, "the way I feel at this point is, very um, I'm disgusted at what's going on, I'm disgusted at the cabinet that's around the President, that he allows, because there's no way they are doing these things without his okaying of this, or he must be looking the other way, because it is happening. So we're not happy with what's going on. And the only way we get to the bottom of this, is that we take a step back and say we are undecided at this point.... Our agenda has not been met on, has not been adhered to, and it's almost as if they're saying even though you've got nothing.... just go with 'em anyway, and we say no, we say we're undecided.... Until the President and his people are ready to address these things, we're standing down. " With 49 murders in the city of last month, Carter also said he feels the issue has gone completely unaddressed by President Obama, especially being his home city. " http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/08/03/The-New-Broke-Party-Emerges-in-Chicago-We-re-Neither-Democrat-or-Republican-We-re-Broke
Joe August 04, 2012 at 02:33 PM
"In agreement with Carter, another resident at the event told Breitbart News that she feels the policies of the Democratic Party have "hurt" the black community for the past 40 years, and said, "they just take us for granted, and that we're just gonna vote Democratic anyway. But if there was [a] Republican out here doing what they should be doing, I would vote for him.""
Sean Tully August 04, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Why would Obama annoucne an initiative to help Appalachian Americans when there is already one on place?
Sean Tully August 04, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Joe, does Mt. Rushmore ring any bells? :)
Sean Tully August 04, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Joe, please tell me you aren't a birther too. Please.
Sean Tully August 04, 2012 at 06:39 PM
Joe, but you are okay with Ohio disenfranchising residents who live in Ohio? You do understand what the issue is in Ohio don't you? Or, do you get your news from...Fox?
Lorna D. Rudnikas August 05, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Sean...your previous comment regarding folks living in Appalacia...I truly don't think the focus on that part of our country was a racial focus, but rather a very poor part of our country that was in desperate need and probably still is. So sad that you would put a racial label on it, kinda grasping at straws. I am surprised!
Joe August 05, 2012 at 01:28 PM
I suppose THIS is the first program to help blacks? What a foolish thought.
Joe August 05, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Sean!! You need to send a cleaning crew to my home now! I just blew a mouthful of coffee all over my kitchen table!! Mt Rushmore? What a funny man. hahahahahahaha More like his face on a poster in the Post Office.
Joe August 05, 2012 at 01:34 PM
Whats a birther? The word on the street is that investigators found his nc to be a fraud. The woman in Hawaii who allegedly signed the bc is still alive and she said the document is a fraud. I tend to believe her and the investigators not a pathological liar named Barry Soetoro . He and Elizabeth Warren, Fauxcahontas, have much in common. Lying about who they are.
Joe August 05, 2012 at 01:38 PM
OH NO the Fox News slur!!! OUCH !!! Hell no I get my news from the best journalists out there, MSNBC and Madcow and Sharpton. And NBC since I love to get my news all chopped to make it sound better. A little education for you Sean, if Ohio loses that suit what will the outcome be? It will be that the extended time the military has to vote will be found illegal. NOT that the rest of the voters can vote later. That is not the law and that is not what the suit asks. Now go ask RESIST WE MUCH $harpton for more news you can use.
Joe August 05, 2012 at 02:07 PM
I just read all 21 pages of the lawsuit. And I read it on a Fox News site. I guess it is a forgery since it is not on MSNBC. It asks to overturn specific parts the duly passed and enacted and signed law in Ohio. Typical of progressives. Use the courts when you lose elections. If the state loses the case the court will rarely strike specific parts of a law passed by the legislature. Which means the military lose those 3 extra days. The Democrats are not below disenfranchising the military vote as we saw with Al Gore in 2000. The courts have already ruled in favor of extra time for military voting in the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986. "October 27, 2010 A Justice Department crackdown to force states to comply with a new law that protects absentee voting rights of military personnel serving abroad was announced Wednesday by Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez. Perez said the Justice Department has taken legal action or reached agreement with 14 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories to ensure as many 65,000 military absentee votes are counted." This action only came after much arm twisting.
Joe August 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
"In 2008, for example, the State of Virginia (a critical swing state in 2012) had failed to send absentee ballots to members of the military on active duty in time for them to complete the ballots and return them before the election. When the campaign of Republican nominee Sen. John McCain sued to compel the state to count military ballots that had arrived after election day, the State Board of Elections--then run by Democrats, appointed by a Democratic governor--argued, effectively, that it could send absentee ballots to the military a day before the election and still be in compliance with the law. As RedState's Soren Dayton put it: ...the Democratic Chairwoman of the Virginia State Board of Election (appointed by the Democratic National Committee Chair Tim Kaine, in his capacity as Virginia Governor) Jean Cunningham just claimed a legal basis for massively raising the barrier to voting for soldiers at war."
Joe August 05, 2012 at 02:11 PM
"The Department of Justice (then still run by fair-minded appointees of George W. Bush, and not yet part of the Democrats' voter-fraud-and-intimidation-machine) replaced the McCain campaign, which faced problems of legal standing, as plaintiff in the lawsuit. Eventually, the federal court ruled that Virginia had indeed violated federal law--but that the number of missing votes would not have changed the outcome of the election. Meanwhile, in the swing state of Ohio, Democrats had done everything they could to bring apparently fraudulent voters to the polls in 2008. When early voting began, they took buses and rounded up homeless people--some from as far away as Chicago, allegedly--and brought them to the polls. Then-Ohio secretary of state, Democrat Jennifer Brunner, turned away Republican poll observers, virtually enabling the Democrats' shenanigans to take place. When Democrats sue to remove an exemption designed to give military voters an equal chance of being counted, they claim they are only acting in the interests of fairness. When Republicans support for voter ID laws--laws supported by large majorities, even among black voters--the left cries "racism," claiming that Republicans want to suppress the vote of those most likely to vote Democrat. It is a sadly typical act of leftist projection--for is is Democrats, not Republicans, trying to make it more difficult for a particular group to vote because that group tends to vote for the opposition. "
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Joe, I didn't say that this was the first program to help blacks. You said something about Appalachian Americans and I was responding to that.
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Joe - LOL! Obama has a program for that too!
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Joe, a birther is someone espousing such conspiracy theories about where Obama was born similar to the ones you are putting forth. If it walks like a duck...
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Lorna, I didn't say the focus was on any one race. I was merely responding to Joe's comment that there was no program to help Appalacia. There is.
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Joe, the reason the military will have less time to vote if the law is found illegal is because the law is giving military and other overseas citizens longer to vote than citizens living in the U. S. So, really, your argument is a little backwards. And comparing Fox News's one sided and skewed "coverage" to MSNBC is like comparing apples with apples - they are both one sided and skewed. But you did answer my question - you got your "facts" from Greta, Sean, and Bill, et al.
Sean Tully August 05, 2012 at 06:30 PM
Joe, or another way to put it, the military and other overseas citizens will have as much time to vote as all the rest of Ohioans. As far as your comment about what the courts have already ruled, provide a link to your source and maybe I can debate that part of the issue.
Lorna D. Rudnikas August 05, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Well, you see Sean, that is where you may be overlooking something....Dr. Hrabowski is a man that has definitely focused on top of the line "quality" at UMBC....this issue many are putting forth here is the focus on ONE group of folks in our society....seems like three steps forward and 10 steps back when we are always pushing for equality, equality, equality...not a bad push...but lets keep it FOR ALL or NONE AT ALL!!! Would seem fair to me, honey child!
Lorna D. Rudnikas August 05, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Jeez Sean,...sorry I misinterpreted your reference to Appalachia as help for the WHITE FOLKS ONLY as opposed to help for ALL FOLKS of Appalachia. My sincere apologies on that one, I think!!!
Sean Tully August 06, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Lorna, I'm not sure what points you are trying to make with me.
Sean Tully August 06, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Lorna, no apologies necessary...I think.
Lorna D. Rudnikas August 06, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Thanks Sean!!!
Joe August 06, 2012 at 11:55 AM
"Joe, or another way to put it, the military and other overseas citizens will have as much time to vote as all the rest of Ohioans. " Thats a great way to show thanks to the troops who serve in far away places that take time to get their mail huh? NO! It is another attempt by the Democrats to disenfranchise the military. As Gore did in 2000 and as the Democrats have done before.
Joe August 06, 2012 at 11:58 AM
"you got your "facts" from Greta, Sean, and Bill, et al." What ignorance. I got my "facts" fool from the 21 page LAWSUIT filed by the Obama team. As I stated clearly, but your FNDS got in the way.
Dean Tippett August 07, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Wow, that is the question. Will we fix our country's sins of the past (ie,. segregation, etc.) by creating new exclusionary and racially discriminatory agencies and rules? I think not. Let's embrace all races and groups and let them all rise to the top of what they can be in this country!


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