President Obama Courting Black People Again

Source: Courtland Milloy / The Washington Post

Now that the presidential campaign season has begun, it’s okay for President Obama to openly court black people again. He even used the b-word recently.

“Pass this jobs bill,” Obama said at theCongressional Black Caucus annual awards dinner Saturday, “and every small-business owner in America, including 100,000 black-owned businesses, will get a tax cut.”

An electrified audience bolted to its feet in applause. The nation’s first black president had actually said “black.”

For most of his term, Obama has studiously avoided any public mention of race. He’s even been hard-pressed to acknowledge the disparate impact that the recession is having on black people. To show his concern for the nation’s suffering, Obama will take a helicopter from the White House and swoop right over depressed black neighborhoods in the District. Then he’ll catch a jet out of Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County and roar away from the tens of thousands of foreclosed properties that pockmark the predominately black Washington suburb.

A couple of hours later, he’ll land in some swing state to comfort a largely white crowd whose votes he dare not take for granted.

But, oh, happy day, it’s our turn.

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  • Frustrated BLACK supporter

    What do people want from this man!!!!  He is the president of the US, not the NAACP!  It’s sad WE always want to put the responsibility of our own communities on whomever shoulders see sizable.  In the beginning of his term and throughout his campaign, he pushed for fathers to step up, communities to help our youth, etc.  Yet, we do NOTHING and blame him for EVERYTHING.  SMH

    • Jinksmaj

      So was Reagan. both Bushes and Clinton but yall wanted something from them. Double standard I see. Remember your words when Obama is not in office and the POTUS skin is white.

  • me

    Typo: What do people want from this man!!!!  He is the president of the US,
    not the NAACP!  It’s sad WE always want to put the responsibility of our
    own communities on whomever shoulders seem sizable.  In the beginning of
    his term and throughout his campaign, he pushed for fathers to step up,
    communities to help our youth, etc.  Yet, we do NOTHING and blame him
    for EVERYTHING.  SMH

  • Alan J.

    Common…look who just bought their ticket to the Cornell West and Tavis Smiley show.  DISAPPOINTING ROLAND

  • Janelle

    Really, Roland? I generally agree with you, even your critiques of this president. But, its just not fair or accurate to suggest this president is only using us to re-elected. He is the president of all, not some.

  • Ynative77

    Mr.Roland-YOU are acting out and it does not look good on you…maybe it does. I don’t follow what you do on CNN much but lately you have out done yourself in the Black Men having Obama issues. I see you as another Smiley, Tavis passenger on that Train making AA’s look silly … STOP with the double standards!  President Obama is President of the United States who represents all not a select few …be mad and push Congress, CBC, Governors, Mayors to make and implement bills laws NOW! …how about redirecting your anger? just asking for common sense to prevail … and that photo of you? so embarrassing 

  • TKO

    Black Folks…are their worst enemy…You wouldn’t hear the other side complaining no matter how ridiculous their policies are..Good on PBO for waking them up….CBC is quick to criticize him.. some of them have yet to present a job bill. He can court anybody he wants..It’s a damn shame that PBO has to constantly remind them..that our ancestors died for the freedom they have today..
    PBO has put in place and passed more bills to help the black community than any president in history…some fail to do the research…nothing to see here..the same lame gossip.

  • TKO

    Some black journalist think they can..Repeat the GOP talking points..so that they TOO can feel  important….What a joke you all are..I sometimes think that all of you are Bought and Paid by Right Wing Media Agenda…..Too bad you always choose “Big Contratcs”$$ Over Values and Journalistic Ethics…How about the Whole TRUTH??..

  • Tvcc2

    Roland geez. What are you talking about. Are you mad about something? I just saw a picture of you at front of line at CBC event waiting to get your hand shook. Did the president miss you? So you are maybe a litle salty about that. Please don’t put on the tavis/Cornell panties and start crying and complaining.

  • Gwennellb

    WOW Roland…u guys are so two faced it.. You think that PBO can do all the things that the sorry politicans(the so call Blacks) will not even take a stand on getting certain bills passed. But you have the balls to make such a jacked up statement about PBO. You are just as bad as TavisConnell. You uppie blk folks give me a headache, with your double talk. PBO has done a grat job you all should be grateful.