Jan 11 2009
Bill Cosby wearing a brown tweed jacket on Meet the Press

Bill Cosby Talks Barack Obama and ‘Change’ on Meet the Press

Yesterday as I was writing the Lisa Bonet post, in came the news that Bill Cosby would be on Meet the Press on Sunday morning. Thats a nice one-two combination. Given that he’s been the voice for pulling up your pants and using some good Christian names on birth certificates (haha), Bill (can we call him that) was there to talk about the social impact Barack Obama’s presidency will have in the black community. Well that’s how it was promoted. It was actually a round table discussion with California Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Dr. Alvin Poussaint, and Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty; and Bill Cosby’s answer to the question was a little more well rounded..

“The important thing is what he’s doing with this country, for this country. And the beauty of it is that his story of his mother, Michelle’s story of her father, this hits all colors, all religions, all races..”

“One of the things I’ve heard, is that when a person gives, when a person does a service, that there’s something that happens to them emotionally. I’ve heard people working with prisoners, talk about prisoners breaking down and crying, because they taught another prisoner, they mentored another prisoner to learn how to read. And the mentoring person started to cry. You can’t make a man cry, as a policeman has told me, by punching hm in the face. They don’t cry. But here this man is and it’s something emotional about us giving to each other, teaching each other, and that’s what this family’s talking about.”

Kind of a buried quote in the segment, but Bill Cosby will appreciate that I was, umm..  listening. That’s one of the things we’re talking about, right? It’s at 8:55..

Here’s the off-air Take Two segment, where Bill Cosby gets to solo..

☼ What's Your Opinion? ☼

1 Steph Sun, Jan 11, 2009 - 4:52 pm

I saw this, this morning…I was quite impressed. I was skeptical…I mean since his last public appearance a few years ago…ehhem! But yes it was a segment this morning….thoughts?!?!

2 Chris G. Sun, Jan 11, 2009 - 5:46 pm

Definitely a calmer, more relaxed Bill Cosby. I think Obama’s win has satisfied him. When he was at his grumpiest it was when rappers were all anyone talked about. Now the highest-profile office in America is occupied by a black man who speaks the same language as him: education, family, doing the right things. Gave an ‘old’ man hope. smile

3 JimmyV Mon, Jan 12, 2009 - 2:19 am

This is ridiculous…making public policy aimed at families? Because the federal government has done so well at that in the past! HA!

Cosby is the greatest comedian of all time by the way, and probably the only comedian/entertainer with a REAL Doctorate.

4 EricaJ Wed, Jan 21, 2009 - 11:37 pm

Mr Cosby comments on how President Obama encourages people to open up, challenge ourselves and not be afraid of our own self-images.. notice no tinted lenses? When one is absolutely alone in a sphere of influence (He’s been the pinnacle for so long), the only one of their kind among a population though they are seen as the “representative” and may embrace the responsibility it can over time alienate and even cause resentment in them, they can forget the similarities of the humaness experienced by all those “others” who watch around them. His relative peace is unmistakable.

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