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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