Who said Barry was any different from his white, liberal predecessors who come election time stop in at a black church or two with the goal of getting black votes and pretend to care about issues facing blacks while pimping the black church for a photo op and then disappearing? And black liberals fall for it every time:
“Not if I had to make a special trip,” she said.
The question is whether that sentiment will keep black voters home on Nov. 2.
Obama’s renewed outreach to the African American voters hasn’t gone unnoticed among his target audience.
I tell ya it's Stockholm Syndrome..“We haven’t heard from you in a while,” radio host Tom Joyner said to the president at the start of his interview last month.
“You know, I don’t get a chance to do much radio these days,” Obama replied. “But one of the things I mentioned to my team was we’ve got to make sure that we’re not only talking to television, and especially in the African-American community, Tom Joyner and black radio is what people listen to.”
“The president of the United States has called home,” Joyner said before cutting to a commercial break, “and he’s got a deal on how to turn this whole economy around in this country, especially for African-Americans 'cause that’s who he’s talking to this morning.”
Obama insists he's not focused on 2012, but when asked on the Doug Banks show if he thinks he can win again, the president said, "My chances of winning re-election would be much higher than my chances of me winning the presidency the first time around, so I’m somebody who tends to be pretty confident that when I take the message directly to the American people that we can succeed.”
But, he added: “Don’t assume because I’m not on the ballot that this election is less important."
Obama’s personal connection with black voters as the first African-American president often gets lost amid the high-profile disagreements he’s had with the Congressional Black Caucus or the NAACP over the past 20 months.
In July the NAACP, along with a handful of other civil rights groups, wrote a blueprint for education policy that criticized the Obama administration's competitive Race to the Top program as an antiquated and highly politicized frame for distributing education funds. That same day, those civil rights leaders were invited to the White House to meet with Education Secretary Arne Duncan and White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to smooth over tensions.
The tension with black lawmakers stirred up last December when the CBC wrote a letter to Obama asking him to pay attention to the disproportionately high unemployment rate among African Americans. The CBC was back March with harsh words for the administration before attending a meeting at the White House on the economy and jobs, and black lawmakers had refused to support Obama’s financial regulatory reform package until it included relief for struggling homeowners.