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Obama is a 'Do-Nothing' (For Blacks) President

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By Raynard Jackson
NNPA Columnist

In the 2008 presidential election, Blacks were the largest voting bloc for Obama (as a percentage)—96 percent. In 2012, Obama received 93 percent of the Black vote, again the largest percentage of any voting bloc.

What type of return on their votes has the Black community received? Zero. They have received lectures, been talked down to, and, more often, totally ignored.

Obama was sworn into office on January 20, 2009. In less than two months (March 18, 2009), Obama had his first meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to discuss giving amnesty to the 30 million illegals in the U.S. After the meeting, the White House’s Press Office issued a statement that said, in part: “The President had a robust and strategic meeting with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus today on the topic of immigration. The meeting lasted approximately one hour. The President discussed how the administration will work with the CHC to address immigration concerns in both the short and long term.”

Notice that only Hispanics were in this meeting and the purpose was to discuss an issue that is of particular importance to only them (though other groups that support amnesty would also benefit if amnesty were made into law).

Juxtapose that with Obama’s response in separate interviews about his administration’s inaction on issues of great concern to the Black community. “I think it’s a mistake to start thinking in terms of particular ethnic segments of the United States rather than to think that we are all in this together and we are all going to get out of this together,” he said. In a second interview he said, “the most important thing I can do for the African American community is the same thing I can do for the American community, period, and that is get the economy going again and get people hiring again.”

So, if that be true, can someone explain to me why there were no Blacks, Asians, Africans or Indians in the meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus? They are Americans. They have members from their community that have a great interest in immigration policy. They have members of congress from these various ethnic groups.

Let’s compare the White House’s official readout from the meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus from 2010, 2011, and 2013. Notice that there is always at least a year in between meetings with the Black Caucus, but he meets with Hispanics and homosexuals on a regular basis.

From March, 2010, “This afternoon, President Obama met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus to discuss the economy, job creation and the need to pass health care reform. President Obama acknowledged the progress that has been made on the economy while also expressing his concern for long-term unemployment. He requested that Members provide specific recommendations to the challenges concerning job creation.”

From May, 2011, “The President met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) today in the State Dining Room of the White House to discuss job creation and economic growth. The economy has added 2.1 million private sector jobs over 14 consecutive months, including more than 800,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, but the President recognizes that too many Americans families are still hurting and the unemployment rate is unacceptably high—especially among African Americans.”

From July, 2013, “This morning, President Obama met with Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) at the White House. During the meeting, they discussed a range of topics including the economy, voting rights legislation, education, comprehensive immigration reform, youth employment, gun violence, and anti-poverty programs… Though the economy is showing signs of improvement, the President and the CBC expressed shared frustration over the pace of economic growth and the elevated unemployment rate among African Americans. The president reaffirmed his commitment to support and create policies that will not only build a strong economy for the middle class but also create ladders of opportunity for those striving to get into the middle class.”

Every time Obama meets with homosexuals or Hispanics, it’s always to discuss specific legislation of interest to them, not to have some broad, free-wheeling conversation. You can even see the lack of importance of the Black Caucus by just noticing how the respective meetings are characterized by the White House.

Obama met with the CBC last week for the first time in almost two years. This is what Congressman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), chairman of the group, said after the meeting, “I’ve been the chair about six months, and the request we made to the president [for a meeting] has been answered. I am pleased… I think that the lines of communication have not only been open but will actually, we will have broader and deeper discussions as a result of our meeting today.”

I have absolutely no idea what this means. She is talking, but not saying anything.

Obama has had his perfunctory meeting with the CBC; now he can get back to ignoring them and passing out goodies to every other special interest (Hispanics, homosexuals, labor, White males,

As Politico, characterized Obama’s reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act. The title was, “President Obama’s muted response to a civil rights challenge.” The article goes on to say, “Even a Supreme Court decision knocking out a central element of a landmark civil rights law couldn’t push President Barack Obama to abandon his muted approach to racial issues.

The court’s 5-4 recent ruling torpedoing a core provision of the Voting Rights Act led the first black president to issue a tepid, two-paragraph written statement referencing “discrimination” and declaring that he was “deeply disappointed,” but never invoking the vivid and searing dogs-and-firehoses imagery that spurred the passage of the law in 1965. He made no mention of African Americans or Latinos, the groups viewed as the act’s main beneficiaries, but simply called for making voting “fair” and ensuring it was open to all.

Raynard Jackson is president & CEO of Raynard Jackson & Associates, LLC., a Washington, D.C.-based public relations/government affairs firm. He can be reached through his Web site, www.raynardjackson.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at raynard1223.

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+1 # x 2015-04-30 12:35
Anybody that studies politics and economics through the alternative media would have know OBama was a fraud and had no intention of helping (blacks) people that look like him. Why would anybody do anything for a group who are low information and, listen to music that degrades them?
Obama got free votes to give blacks nothing. Maybe blacks should consider their lack of studying the issues that affect them and the liberal Democrats that keep blindly electing to give them food stamps and welfare where every other group has their powerful lobbyist to get what they want.
-1 # This blog still runn 2014-07-07 02:58
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+2 # S.Rice 2014-06-28 11:39
Who care Obama and his family are rich for the rest of there life...Lol
0 # S.Rice 2014-06-28 11:38
Who cares about any of this is u rich u right if u poor beat it and middle class LOL....He doesn't care his Obama future is secure along with his kids!!!!
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0 # RealDealIndependent 2013-07-18 22:17
Oh no, here we have more of the Raynard Jackson rant on POTUS Obama. It's clear he doesn't get it that Obama is a politician like all other politicians who have sought and achieved the title of President. He regurgitates the same old standard complaints and criticism that Obama doesn't or hasn't done anything specifically for blacks, but gives away the candy store to everyone else. Wake the hell up Raynard and recognize that Obama is not in a position to do a lot of things specific for blacks because he is "the first black US president." He's up against the most recalcitrant and resistant legislation in modern times just because he is black and a Democrat to boot. Yet, Mr. Jackson does nothing more than complain and criticize and never offers anything new in terms of solutions or new policies that can be of help, instead of hindrance. Mr. Jackson, this is getting tired and a bit redundant on your part. Your feelings about Obama are well known, so please shut the ____ up!
0 # ADRIAN JACKSON 2013-07-18 19:20
Now, Uncle Raynard, you know I have had objections to some of your posts in the past, especially other writings on this topic. I agree with the sentiment, I am just unsure of what could be done. I'm rarely pessimistic on any topic, but I do not foresee a positive outcome if President Obama takes a hardline on any Black topic without a revolution from "moderate" Whites (usually calling themselves independents for the purpose to laws about their freedoms) and conservatives who'd love to fan those flames. I can literally expound for hours on that topic alone, and whereas I don't want that type of dysfunction in politics, it would be very refreshing to see a Black president hit a grand slam specifically targeted for our very important, but underappreciated, voting bloc.
+1 # Ivory Curtis Lee 2013-07-18 05:58
Obama is a Do Nothing President fof BlacksI Is awrong Statement He has to work for everyone in the unitestates which I think he is doing
0 # Kinaya C. Sokoya 2013-07-17 13:55
I wrote a letter to President Obama on his lack of support. Others should also raise their voices regarding this issue. If you want a copy, please email me.
+2 # LaMont Andrews 2013-07-17 15:25
Kinaya, while writing a letter represents doing something, unfortunately in this particular instance, it's really a waste of time. Even if it gets through all of the security, it will at best be read by a low level administrative "letter reader" who "may" generate a generic response back to you that will be as meaningless as most of the rhetoric that comes out of Washington DC. If we are really sincere about making a difference, it is critically important to become more educated, more informed in the political process and better vet the folks that we elect starting at the local school boards and local city councils. And equal to that, STOP being "party stooges" for either party instead, know the candidates, know the issues, vote with your head and get others educated and involved around us...
+1 # Teri K 2013-07-17 05:32
Sadly, I believe the black population blindly follows discriminatory allegiance to a man simply because of skin color, and the fact that he gives away a lot of stuff. He has done nothing for the black cause, but make promises. He knows he has the black vote. Those who support him have hurt the very movement by not judging him fairly, his incompetence, his empty rhetoric, and thug tactics. He needs the community to be divided, pitted against each other in angst, that's how he feeds. That's what he's all about, to keep all the hackles up and not see what a failure the guy is. He hasn't made things better, but very much worse. Where are the jobs? Where is the growth in our lives - it's reflected in the devastating debt burden, pathetic employment numbers, and the decreasing value of the dollar. He could have been great, done great things, but he has failed.
+2 # D Shannon 2013-07-16 10:02
(1) I do not think President Obama is ineffective toward Blacks by choice. Remember, with so much of what he has tried to do, the Republicans have stayed true to their mission to prevent him from accomplishing much of anything during his presidency. Furthermore, the man is probably trying to stay alive. I do not blame him for not going out of his way to antagonize the powers that be, who could surely take him out if they wanted to. (2) We have a Black Caucus? Gee, I forgot, since I never hear about them doing anything. Not to say they aren't doing anything, but they must be pretty weak since they seldom make any news - and that is not the president's fault. People need to get off the president's back and stand up and do something themselves!
0 # LaMont Andrews 2013-07-16 10:51
Actually, Republicans have been mediocre st best in doing what they were sent to Washington to do and that is to run this nation using the U S Constitution and an guide. Everything Obama does is by choice, his choice and as far as being ineffective, he's been VERY effective at totally dismantling our military as we've known it by getting rid of DADT, by directing his In justice Department NOT to defend DOMA, by ramming through THE most egregious assault on our liberties in the history of the country with his Obamacare" program when he had an across the board super majority in the House and the Senate. But thanks to folks coming out from under the ether, the populace woke up a little bit to take back the House in 2010 and that more than anything has 'limited" his damage. I just pray that we will take back the Senate next year and the White House in 2016. I believe one of THE best candidates for president in 2016 will be Allen West...
0 # LaMont Andrews 2013-07-16 09:37
Sadly, this president is a disgrace and even more sad is the way the black community "blindly" follow and support his socialist agenda. Like the old saying goes, "it;s hard to compete against 'free stuff'", however minimal it may be...
+1 # Jeff Cockrell 2013-07-16 06:50
I'm saddened by your perspective. With you, it's about more special treatment for blacks, or too much attention paid to some non-black group. You complain because blacks weren't included in Obama's meeting with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and should have been because they are Americans (a point with which I heartily agree - they are Americans) and in the next breath complain that he has not had the same sort of exclusive meeting with your favored group - the Congressional Black Caucus. I am most amazed (and disheartened) by the truth that after 4 years of economic damage to our economy and the adverse impact Obama's policies have had on the black community and on black employment, 93% of blacks still voted for him.
+2 # Danetta Jackson 2013-07-16 05:26
I enjoyed reading this column because you bring facts and truth to the table. I feel Obama's lack of attention toward the Black Community has a lot to do with many of the Black associations such as the CBC not being proactive and bringing forth REAl issues of the Black community. The black community needs a stronger voice. Many of our Black organizations have their own agendas; unlike organizations who represent Hispanics, LGBT, etc. I've experienced this in dealing with various constituent groups in my profession. The black organizations tend to focus on things of NO substance.
0 # George Farrell 2013-07-16 03:39
What else is new?
-4 # Ellen Ranter 2013-07-16 00:52
It was interesting till you used the word homosexual... that word like others dealing with minorities show you do not have respect for the LGBT Community. Ellen
+4 # LaMont Andrews 2013-07-16 09:49
Ellen quite frankly, I am very tired of people "attempting" to include "homosexuals" as a "minority group. While their numbers are very distinctively a minority, they should not and do not qualify as a "minority group" as much as they try to force themselves on the public as such... They only use the term in order to receive what they see as the acceptable preferential status enjoyed by Blacks, Hispanics and other "true" minority groups"...
+2 # Frances Rice 2013-07-16 04:48
Based on Ellen Ranter's logic, anyone who uses the term "LGBT" does not have respect for the LGBT community. The "G" in LGBT stands for "gay." According to the dictionary, "gay" has the same definition of "homosexual".
Definition of homosexual (n)
Bing Dictionary
1. somebody attracted to same sex: somebody who is sexually attracted to members of his or her own sex
2. attracted to same sex: sexually attracted to members of the same sex
3. of homosexuality: relating to sexual attraction or activity among members of the same sex
Definition of gay (adj)
Bing Dictionary
1. attracted to same sex: relating to sexual attraction or activity among members of the same sex
2. merry: full of light-heartedness and merriment
3. bright in color: brightly colored

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