President Obama To CBC: I Need Your Help. Stop Complaining…Stop Crying…We Have Work To Do
By Black Men In America.com Staff
September 24, 2011
Given the frustration level in this country over the economy and many black folks feeling frustrated with what they believe is President Obama’s “distancing himself” from the plight of poor and black people, President Barack Obama stepped up and told attendees at the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus: “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
Is this a gutsy move on the part of the President?
At a time when Americans rate President Barack Obama a better President than predecessor George W. Bush, but not as good a President as Bill Clinton, according to a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, President Obama told attendees, “I need your help.
What do you make of this? Clearly, the President will need blacks to come to the polls and vote in huge numbers if he’s to have a shot at winning a second term. Does Saturday’s speech get him closer to being re-elected? Has the President of all the people earned the “black vote?”
To his credit, the President acknowledged that blacks have suffered greatly as a result of the recession. He also acknowledged that people are frustrated and hurting, saying “So many people are barely hanging on.” President Obama said getting Congress to the pass jobs bill he sent to Capitol Hill two weeks ago is a top priority.
According to the President, 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.
Much of the frustration with the President has to do with his concessions to the Republican and his agreement to continue some Bush administration tax cuts and policies.
Last month, Rev. Jesse Jackson in an interview with the German publication Der Spiegel, outlined his severe disappointment with President Obama noting that black Americans were among his first supporters and that 96% of black voted for him in 2008. Jackson also slammed the President for completely failing to address “our political needs.”
Rev. Jackson cited the President’s naivete in dealing with the Republican party. Jackson believes the President is giving away too much affecting blacks and the poor, wrongly anticipating that the GOP will play fair in return. Jackson acknowledged that the President was in a difficult situation, and yet still believes that President Obama has abandoned the community that made him.
Do you think President Obama is doing a good job? Did this speech fire up his supporters and give them what they’ve been begging for (a President who is willing to fight for his policies?)
Click here to read the transcript of President Obama’s speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.