View Full Version : Obama Tells Blacks to Stop Complaining and Fight.....

09-25-2011, 01:10 AM
AP 1 hr 49 mins ago.....

WASHINGTON (AP) In a fiery summons to an important voting bloc, President Barack Obama told blacks on Saturday to quit crying and complaining and "put on your marching shoes" to follow him into battle for jobs and opportunity.

Obama's speech to the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal griping from black leaders that he's been giving away too much in talks with Republicans -- and not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent.

But he said blacks need to have faith in the future -- and understand that the fight won't be won if they don't rally to his side.

"I need your help," Obama said.

The president will need black turnout to match its historic 2008 levels if he's to have a shot at winning a second term, and Saturday's speech was a chance to speak directly to inner-city concerns.

But Obama said blacks know all too well from the civil rights struggle that the fight for what is right is never easy.

"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Obama said the package of payroll tax cuts, business tax breaks and infrastructure spending will benefit 100,000 black-owned businesses and 20 million African-American workers. Republicans have indicated they're open to some of the tax measures -- but oppose his means of paying for it: hiking taxes on top income-earners and big business.

"If Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House," the caucus chairman, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, recently told McClatchy Newspapers.

Where blacks had turned out in droves to help elect him in 2008, there was a sharp drop-off two years later.

Some 65 percent of eligible blacks voted in 2008, compared with a 2010 level that polls estimate at between 37 percent and 40 percent. Final census figures for 2010 are not yet available, and it's worth noting off-year elections typically draw far fewer voters.....snip~

Not only are the Democrats into Class Warfare.....but how is this not Racial? Here it is in black and white. He is calling out the black vote now. Moreover he will force this to all stay prevalent in their minds. Catering to inner city workings??? "What", is this the call out for N.Y. Chicago, and L.A. to begin all the ralling of the unions. But that we look to call on those that are black to vote for him based on that they know their past with civil rights. WTF is all this bullshit. Why should these caucus' matter?

Looks like the Prez is coming to your town C.L. Chance for the Up Close, Look, and Listen.

09-25-2011, 09:08 AM
Oh it is definitely racial. But it won't work. Very few blacks can look around and say they are better off now than they were when Obama took office. Unemployment among blacks and all the problems are just as bad as they were. It takes motivation for them to go out and vote and no speech from Obama this time is going to provide that motivation. He'll be looked at as just another pol imo. I will be shocked if he wins another term. I can't see it.

Mister D
09-25-2011, 09:30 AM
Of course he's calling out the black vote. He's also called out the Hispanic vote.But don't ever call out the white vote! That's racist! :o

Hope and change. ::)