Did President Obama Snub the NAACP by Sending Pre-Taped Video Ahead of Joe Biden’s Speech?

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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.

 Did President Obama Snub the NAACP by Sending Pre Taped Video Ahead of Joe Bidens Speech?
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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist, blogger and social media consultant. Janet specializes in political and social commentary, as well as business writing. She is the founder and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette. She is putting the finishing touches on her new novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay, Jamaica.
  • pelmo

    Janet that wasn’t a snub, but rather it was a slap in the face to every Black voter who voted for Obama.. He knows that their votes for him are guaranteed no matter how bad he screws them.

    • http://blackpoliticalthought.blogspot.com HinterlandG

      Pelmo — Some in the black community took me to task on Facebook about my post. Personally, I believe if he wanted to be there, he could have told CBS News they needed to move their interview to another time slot or even flown to Houston to do it. He isn’t the only one who takes the black community for granted. Most in the Democratic Party do.

  • http://functionalculture.blogspot.com Constructive_Feedback

    [quote]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.
    [/quote]

    Wow Janet what a peculiar set of analysis you have.

    Let’s see.
    As a member of “The Black Community” – NOTHING shows more care, FROM MY PERSPECTIVE than to take the INVESTMENTS per the VOTES that I have given to you as a party and then use it to bring forth the:

    * Safe Streets
    * Quality Education
    * Thriving Local Economy
    * Healthy Culture………

    that you promised me upon receiving my “Black Community Development 401K Funds” for the last 40 years.

    Indeed, Janet, you sound like a CONSUMER rather than an INVESTOR.

    “Racist Rhetoric”?
    Janet as I listen to various Black Progressive media figures label people RACISTS I notice that the RACISTS of today have fewer finger prints on:
    *The bodies of dead Black people
    * On the conference tables of majority Black school systems
    * On the control knobs of Black music recording studios, television shows and Black Talk radio shows than ever before.

    WHAT IS IT ABOUT THESE “RACISTS” that make them so superior of a concern to you Janet?