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Are Black Folks Too Protective of the President? (Video)

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) took part in a Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) town hall meeting on jobs Tuesday where she stirred up a bit of controversy. "We don’t put pressure on the president. Let me tell you why. We don’t put pressure on the president because y’all love the president," she said, making the point that there would be an uprising against the efforts of black representatives who challenged the president too strongly. Is this true?

Waters went on to say:


You love the president. You’re very proud . . . to have a black man [in the White House] . . . First time in the history of the United States of America. If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us. . . . When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us, and you tell us you're ready for us to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation. . . . All I’m saying to you is, we’re politicians. We’re elected officials. We are trying to do the right thing and the best thing. When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.


Assuming for a moment that Waters is correct that a majority (not all) black folks get defensive about anyone messing with Obama, is that changing as economic conditions worsen in our community? What's your stance related to this whole debate? Should Obama not be held accountable because he's black?



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i get defensive when he'sc criticized soley on race or something he has no control of, but i definately think blk folks are not even CLOSE to being critical of OBAMA. NOT at all. I think they forgive everything(which is good if you are a christian but..) but like gay marriage gets like a blind eye and if it was a white president proposing some of those changes there would(hopefully) be an outrage. All i say is be fair. And i think he's has been persecuted by whites mercilessly and not scutinized by blacks enough. i mean he's a brilliant man but to me a lousy politician, i think he is great at justice and leadership but woefully amiss at other areas. But to hear blks folks tell it he is Jesus. Sorry. I call it how I see it. And it seems strange that he is mostly Kenyan and no one in his family suffered through slavery, Africans are NOT as quick to except us as Africans and as much as i love Obama, i do.. I think we should like Maxine continue to set the bar fairly just as high. ppl letting him get away stuff.

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermeme

He definitely gets a pass far too often. I can't speak for how others feel but as a middle class black woman I am tired of carrying the brunt of the burden with our economic challenges. It's time. I say let the National Black Caucus loose!!!

August 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShauna

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