WASHINGTON (AP) — The Congressional Black Caucus is expressing no hard feelings toward President Barack Obama despite a two-year gap in meetings with the nation’s first African-American president.
The president invited the 43-member caucus to the White House on Tuesday for a 90-minute private discussion, their first since May 2011.
The caucus’ chairwoman, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, said the long wait didn’t come up during the meeting. She said she was pleased that the lines of communication have been opened and predicted broader and deeper discussions in the future.
Sharpton told us that having a black president is a challenge: if he finds fault with Mr. Obama, he’d be aiding those who want to destroy him. So he has decided not to criticize the president about anything – even about black unemployment, which is twice the national rate.
“What I’ve told them is to be genuine about it. There are some blacks that say he needs to go with a black agenda. He needs to do this. He said when he was running he wasn’t gonna do that. Duh. Surprise,” Sharpton
“But just because he didn’t campaign on improving unemployment in black areas, why aren’t you out there saying, ‘We need more done?'” Stahl asked.
“What I don’t want to see is because he’s black that we act like he’s not the real president. ‘He ought to be leading the black cause or the labor cause,’ He’s the president. To minimize who he is, I think is an insult to the achievement of having him there,” Sharpton said.
Fupayme expected a lot
He’s disappointed in Obama
But don’t be mad that other black people are not as disappointed
We probably GOT what we expected
You expected Shaft or Superfly
I expected Ron Glass from Barney Miller
Oh wait that’s Eric Holder