Friday, July 13, 2012
This week, President Obama shunned the opportunity to attend the annual NAACP Convention (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) in Houston. That's not the way he would tell it, of course. His version is that his schedule wouldn't allow him to attend. According to the schedule the White House posted online, however, his schedule was wide open. So what's the deal? The bottom line is the President believes he has the black vote locked up; therefore, he feels no urgency to make time for the people by showing up in person. He did, however, address the convention via video, and of course he sent Joe Biden.
Megyn Kelly interviewed a black minister, Rev. Owens, who attended the convention. He stated unequivocally that President Obama is taking the black vote for granted.
The Blaze reports:
“Do you think the president is taking the black vote for granted?” Kelly asked.
“I think he is. I’m confident that he is taking the black vote for granted,” Owens replied.
Owens went on to say that blacks have been very “catering” towards Obama, therefore, the president assumes “just because we’re black, we are going to vote for him.”
Kelly asked if Obama had reason to take the black vote for granted because, in some polls, his approval rating among black voters was as high as 96 percent.
But Owens questioned the validity of the polls and predicted Obama’s approval among blacks is not going as strong as it was in 2008, largely due to the president’s decision to support same-sex marriage. Given the way the 2012 presidential race is shaping up, it could be detrimental to the Obama campaign if his campaign sees a dip in support from the black voters.
“I don’t know if the polls we are seeing are correct,” he added. “Our polls do not show he has that great of a percentage of the black vote.”
Further, Owens argued there are “thousands” of black people who will not to vote for Obama and others who are being dishonest by saying they will vote for him but actually plan to stay home on election day.
Owens said Obama should have made an in-person appearance at the NAACP convention and his absence sent a clear message to black voters.
“I think he would have been there if he had not taken the NAACP for granted. The NAACP has pandered to the president, they are doing his will by endorsing same-sex marriage, and I don’t think he counts them as being important now because he already has them.”
He went on, “I think the president is making a serious mistake by taking the black vote for granted. And I think the NAACP has made a serious mistake by pandering to the president and endorsing same-sex marriage.”
Read the full article here and/or watch the interview below:
Some argue that it's unfair to expect President Obama to take on the needs of the black community because he's everyone's President. The truth is he hasn't had a problem weighing in on other issues in the black community, even at times when he should have said nothing because he spoke too soon. Having said that, asking this President to address the needs of the black community is not outrageous. He's not the first President who has been asked to do so, and if a Republican President or candidate didn't do so--or even simply didn't attend the NAACP Convention--he would be called "racist." Look, the jobs numbers are abysmal. National unemployment is 8.2%, which is bad enough, but unemployment among blacks is 14.4%, and black youth unemployment is 39.3%. Where is the President on this? His policies certainly do not help. Furthermore, he clearly doesn't seem too motivated to make a difference, as he didn't even take his jobs tour into the black community last year, earning him impassioned criticism from Maxine Waters, of all people: