June 9th, 2009
03:54 PM ET
5 years ago

President Obama to address NAACP convention in July

Obama previously spoke at the NAACP's convention during his presidential campaign in 2008.
Obama previously spoke at the NAACP's convention during his presidential campaign in 2008.

NEW YORK (CNN) - President Barack Obama will address the NAACP's centennial convention this summer, the organization announced Tuesday.

Obama, the country's first black president, will address the convention on its final day. Attorney General Eric Holder, New York Gov. David Paterson, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Charles Rangel, retired Gen. Colin Powell and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele will also speak at the convention.

Obama's predecessor, President George W. Bush, faced criticism for refusing to address the organization until his sixth year in office.

The event will take place in July in New York City, where the civil rights organization was founded 100 years ago.


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soundoff (72 Responses)
  1. Texas Teacher

    I'm proud of how Obama is representing all of the people of this country... I truly suspect he will go down in history as a Great President! He has an uphill battle ahead of him.... but, man, he is on the ground running! You have to give him that! :)

    June 9, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  2. gt

    ya think... what a surprise.........no news here,,,,,,,,

    June 9, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. RealityKing

    My pockets suddenly feel ligher than they did 5 minutes ago.., and 5 minutes before that, etc, etc...

    June 9, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  4. demwit

    Yeah sure.., spending all of our grandchildren's futures is advancing black folks.

    June 9, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  5. demwit

    Whens he going to speak at the NAATP??
    National Association for the Advancement of Tax Payers??

    June 9, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. John M in NoHo CA

    It's embarrassing how repetitive Obama's detractors are.

    June 9, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  7. AJ

    Its rather ironic. Obama is going to address one civil rights group while going out of his way to continue to deny the GL community basic civil rights. What a farce.

    June 9, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  8. MD

    Excellent. Looking forward to it.

    June 9, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  9. phoenix86

    Since America elected a black president, can't we do without the NAACP from here-on-out? We surely don't need Affirmative Action anymore.

    June 9, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  10. Matt CO

    Not sure why all these Neo-Cons are getting so upset about Obama speaking at an organization that most presidents speak at.

    Do they get equally upset when Bush spoke at the MANY MANY MANY events for rich old white people. Because if they didnt that would make them RACIST.

    Oh what do I mean Would of Course you making such comments are racist. Oh I am white and originally from a Southern State so dont try to justify me as another blind Black American supporting Obama.

    June 9, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  11. Annette

    Okay, good to know.

    June 9, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  12. Cali J

    Surprise Surprise
    BHO at NAACP? who would have thunk it?
    It's time to pay up for the votes.
    Next stop ACORN, Then on to Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the the UAW, Etc.
    PS: Has BHO been to a state that he didn't carry yet? Hmmmmm

    June 9, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  13. Dan, TX

    I wonder what half-black man will say. Shall I say what half-white man will say. Who cares...It is just a big talk and no action.

    June 9, 2009 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  14. Robens

    This is greaat for Obama

    June 9, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. Doris

    I'm a black female and I am looking at the overall picture and I am looking at the things that are affecting me as a whole. The reason there has not been another African-American President is because they all ran as African-American candidates. Here is a man that is trying to be the President for all and gets static because he is not calling everyboby out personally. For those of you that's crying now put the Republcans back in power and we will see real tears. (If your not rich)

    June 9, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  16. Seattle Rocks

    "President George W. Bush, faced criticism for refusing to address the organization until his sixth year in office. " – That's because he preferred to speak to only middle-aged, white men!! And the Republican Party is still following his lead.

    Good for President Obama!!

    June 9, 2009 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  17. Change in America

    President Obama is a great president who dont look at American as different races who look at our country as American the Republicans are racist... I dont believe we should call non white culture Minority we throw away the word minority for certain race and we all are American not minority. The republican call African American minorit we are American.

    June 9, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. rand

    Seems like a given to me. Of course he will speak at this convention.

    June 9, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. LacrosseMom

    To the GOPERS: EVERY president, has spoken at the NAACP convention. Look it up!

    You rightwingnuts, are out of control!

    June 9, 2009 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  20. NAVY JACK

    More campaign type speeches and further re-hash of his bio.
    It's always better with a little Obama in it.

    Wonder if he'll reference his religious experiences in Trinity United Church under the tutelage of Wright?

    June 9, 2009 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  21. Glarn Skleeblemann

    We're witnessing a thoughtful, dare I say brilliant, generous American president who doesnt ignore the challenging racial issues or history of this country, but doesnt make them the central focus of his agenda, either. And that's a winning formula for everyone – even for people who are disappointed in his failure to quickly right all the wrongs of our past. It's going to take some time to get used to an administration that doesnt raise arrogance, incompetence and greed to an artform, He neednt avoid speaking to any group for which he has a message to deliver.

    just the opinion of an old white guy, extremely proud of his country and grateful to have the leadership of President Obama.

    June 9, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  22. matt

    who cares Obama a fake

    June 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  23. Nat, NYC

    This is what happens when a community organizer becomes a wealth spreader. Talking, lecturing and enjoying a spot light and spending of someone's money.

    June 9, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  24. Ken in NC

    This is sad. "President George W. Bush, faced criticism for refusing to address the organization until his sixth year in office. " NOw President Obama is going to be critized for giving an address to this organization in his first term. He will be critized for this and everything he does in his tenure as President because he is the President and because he is an African American President that many do not wish to accept. The fact of the matter simply put is that HE IS THE PRESIDENT. There is so much hate in this country that it is shameful.

    June 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  25. LaKeisha Chestnut

    Thank God I'm only 5 hours away. I think I should go this and hear what great President sounds like.

    June 9, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
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