The long-simmering family feud between the Congressional Black Caucus and the first African-American president burst into the open on Wednesday, with members boycotting a financial overhaul vote as a warning shot at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The 43-member caucus — which included Illinois Sen. Barack Obama from 2004 to 2008 — has chafed against President Obama and his top aides since the Inauguration, complaining that the White House takes it for granted and plays favorites with conservative Blue Dog Democrats.
Ten CBC members decided to boycott the House Financial Services Committee vote en masse after a tumultuous morning meeting at the Capitol between Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel failed to yield a deal, according to people familiar with the meeting.
The bill passed easily, but Waters suggested the CBC’s 43 members could vote with the GOP to scuttle a variety of Democratic bills if Obama and Emanuel don’t address what she thinks is a lack of understanding of the CBC’s wide-ranging goals of reducing urban unemployment, home foreclosures and bank failures.
“I think that it is important for us to educate those people around [Obama],” Waters told reporters. “We’ve got to get his people educated and moving. We have not brought these issues to him personally — it is important first to educate those people around him so they understand.”
Good for the CBC. During his presidency Barry has more than gone out of his way to look out for the gays, while ignoring blacks and focusing on the issues that concern his white, liberal base: global warming, health care reform, etc. Meanwhile, Black unemployment rates take on unprecedented heights. Black Americans have seen white liberals from the Democrat party take their votes for granted for decades now, but they expected more from a half-black President who they supported in record numbers (and all they've gotten in return is a half-an-hour visit to New Orleans). Well, enough is enough, and it's about time the few Black members of Congress look out for their own. Maybe now Barry and his white, liberal minions will start paying attention.