When will we hear from the Obama campaign as to why he didn’t bother to attending the 103rd NAACP convention in Houston, instead sending his sidekick, Joe Biden, instead? It doesn’t seem that his schedule was all that booked up and considering that he’s the president, his wishes are usually accommodated, so what’s up with that? Sorry, but sending a pre-taped video praising the organization that aired before Biden’s address isn’t good enough. Um, how could I forget. Obama ran from racial issues during the 2008 presidential campaign, so was this a calculated move on his part not to attend, as it was a calculated move on Mitt Romney’s part to attend?
Don’t get me wrong, I have long maintained that the NAACP has lost its edge and it’s not what it used to be, but if you want to show the black community you care, then delivering a speech at the convention would have been a good move. You see, President Obama, like the Democratic Party, continues to take the black vote for granted. The Republicans could have made some inroads had they only been able to keep all the racist rhetoric out of the debate and show the black community that the party truly cares about its needs and issues. But no, we have people like conservative windbag Rush Limbaugh saying Mitt Romney’s speech at the convention went above “their heads,” meaning the black attendees. What’s worse, we have the presumptive GOP presidential nominee saying if they want “free stuff” then vote for Obama. Really dude?
Back to President Obama and his convenient absence from the NAACP convention…. Buzzfeed is reporting that convention organizers said ”the president’s office cited a “scheduling conflict” as the reason he couldn’t attend (Obama spent today in Washington D.C., and has no major public events.)” If this isn’t a snub by President Obama, who clearly has the majority of the black vote all sewn up, then I don’t know what is. It seems pretty odd that the first black president of the United States is sending his white vice president to address the NAACP convention. Some blacks may be reluctant to criticize President Obama, but I am not. Maybe I am wrong, but until the Obama campaign explains why he didn’t bother to show his face at the NAACP convention, I will continue to call it a snub.