Now I think I need to explain the title, because it’s a bit of a cultural reference that all may not initially understand.
A Pull Man is that friend that warns you about the pending mistake coming your way before you make it. You may get caught up in the moment and do or say something that may get you in trouble. He’s kind of like a lookout for your well-being. It’s the person who “has your back no matter what. The person who you can always trust to have your best interest at heart, even if contrary to what you want to do. A Pull Up Man can be a man or a woman.
To be brief a Pull Up Man is a Personal Interest Adviser.
Now that I’ve defined the meaning, let me tell you why I think President Obama need to appoint someone as his Personal Interest Adviser, because I don’t understand what he’s thinking regarding selecting Conservative, Right-Wing Pastor Rick Warren to give this Invocation at his Inauguration.
I had to take a day to just think about why he would make this decision. My initial reaction was, “What The Hell Are You Thinking Man!, RICK WARREN. Why not just ask Bill O’Reily to say a few words too, maybe we can have a slow dance with Dick Cheney while we’re at it.”
I can think of thousands of ministers who would be far less controversial and inclusive minded to pick. I can even come up with some more known pastors.
There would be nothing more I would like to see Dr. Frederick K.C. Price give the invocation. What would be cool is to have Rev. Bernice D. King, since it would be the day after the national celebration of the works of her father.
If you are looking to be inclusive why not select a minister of a different faith than your own. Barack would get serious props if he would pick a Latino minister, a Jewish Priest, or an Asian minister. If you wanna be startin’ something, just got to be startin’ something why not select a minister from the Nation of Islam, that’s being inclusive.
President Obama, (Big Sigh) I’m with you. I fully understand that we will not always agree on ever issue, but you won my support years ago because I trust you. Your views and approach towards people are similar to my own. It is because of that I give you the benefit of my serious doubts on this one and walk with you on this.
I want to make it clear that I’m not the only one who absolutely do not trust or would give a platform of this magnitude to someone who is known for intolerant and unrepentant views towards a group of people. I get the inclusive thing and that’s where I’m resting my trust in your decision. If I’m going to be your supporter I got to be willing to walk by faith and not by sight, because this looks like trouble. If I’m going to be your supporter I must be willing to speak up when I disagree with a decision, but be willing to accept your judgment. You’re the leader of the pack, but if I see trouble up ahead I got to say “Watch Out”.
I pull man is like a scout sent out to survey the land. I may report back and tell you they appear to be giants and we like grasshoppers, but you may see something that I don’t see with your decision.
I wish there was a position in your cabinet for someone that would say, “I think you need to pull up man, a Personal Interest Advisor. I would love to fill that roll, because this would be one time you need someone with a very critical eye, sharp tongue and more than willing to call out anyone for signs of intolerance. I know you have a Press Secretary, Chief-of-Staff and other advisors for other stuff, but a Personal Interest Advisor can take the heat while you get out of the way.
To Rick Warren, I hope you take serious the implications to your standings too in all of this. As someone with long and strong family and personal ties to the church I respect the position of pastor, but wish someone on the right would challenge authority. It’s not a sign of disrespect, but a sign of love and concern. Take this opportunity that President Obama has given you and speak inclusively to the world. The ideology and language of fear, intolerance and separation is finally beginning to die in this country, don’t lend it a respirator.Article References & Inspiration: Huffington Post – 12/19/08 “Very Dissappointed“ Washington Post – 12/19/08 “Obama’s Inauguaral Mistake”