Obama: You Need a Pull Up Man

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

9 thoughts on “Obama: You Need a Pull Up Man

    1. I agree, but I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because he hasn’t given me any real reason I shouldn’t trust him. I believe this was a political decision. There’s something in the President-Elect’s future agenda that I believe he’s going to need the support of people who would be influenced by Rick Warren. I really think this was a political decision that serves more than one purpose. It allows Obama to include a representative of someone of influence among White Conservative Evangelicals and allows him to have that favor in return for a later date. But who am I to say.

  1. This was great. I’m so glad to have found your blog. It appears we have many of the same readers.

    You’re right regarding President Obama will need the support of those that are influenced by Rick Warren. They may be jumping and hollaring now…but just wait.

    I say this with over three decades of experience of having been in “this camp”. They say one thing…yet, mean another if they when they are in trouble. I’ve written numerous post reflecting upon my time with the RNC.

    Kindest Regards,


  2. Tim…

    Excuse the typos in the comment above. I’m usually more careful than that. However, I found out that talking on the phone and trying to type is not one of my talents:)


  3. It will be interesting to see how this all pans out. I’ve never really followed Rick Warren and didn’t much about him except I’ve heard of his book–Purposed Driven Life. One thing is certain though–in politics, it’s always political.

    1. You got that right!

      I’m just waiting to see what’s on Barack’s agenda that he will need Rick Warren’s assistance. I give him credit for the shrewdness of this decision.

  4. If you want to be known as the man who reaches across all lines, political or otherwise, you gotta put your money where your mouth is. I’m no big fan but if he is going to talk the talk and walk the walk I may become one. Rick Warren is atleast a man of reason. He can and does influence many coservative leaders while standing in his beliefs. Even if you don’t agree with the man, you have to respect that. Maybe Obama sees that if you bring those with opposing views a little closer to you, it may just change you both for the better. I hope so. That is, atleast, my reasoning behind reading your blog.

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