July 16th, 2009
07:13 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama marks NAACP's 100th anniversary

 President Obama will address the NAACP at its annual convention Thursday night.
President Obama will address the NAACP at its annual convention Thursday night.

(CNN) - One hundred years after the birth of the NAACP, the civil rights group welcomed the first African-American president.

President Obama spoke before the annual convention Thursday night in New York, the city where the organization was founded.

"What we celebrate tonight is not simply the journey the NAACP has traveled, but the journey that we, as Americans, have traveled over the past 100 years," Obama told the crowd.

The excitement over Obama was in stark contrast to the reception of former President Bush, who had a strained relationship with the NAACP and declined the group's invitations for five years.

Bush spoke before the NAACP in 2000, during his first run for the presidency, but he did not make another appearance until 2006.

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  1. m smith

    He gave a great speach as usual now some redneck repo will have something to complaine about.

    July 16, 2009 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  2. Party of HELL NO!

    "... the National uhhh uhhh Colored People," Obama said.

    July 16, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. uh oh...

    Folks,

    I know this is going to ignite a lot of hatred towards me, but please understand I do not mean to offend anyone.

    Why do we still have the NAACP, National Black month, Black Magazines like Ebony and Jet, BET (Black Entertainment TV)?

    If we had 'white' only shows/businesses as above it would be racist.

    We have a half-black president, we had african-american secretary of states, leaders of industry...we do we still need affirmative action?

    If affirmative action makes sure there is a fair distribution of each ethnic group...is the make up of the staff of Jet, the NAACP, and BET meet criteria or are they exempt?

    God Bless all.

    July 16, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  4. ronie patrick

    What a powerful speech from our beloved President. We pray for you every night Obama for we know that you have the devils to fight everyday and most of them are foolish Republicans and mean blooded white folks. Just do what you can for all ot the American people and let God take care of the rest. Believe me there is a God and he is going to deal with this foolishness with crazy white people. You see all the bad things that are happening to whites just make you know that God is in control.

    July 16, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Obama celebrating at the NAACP while targeting America with higher taxes and outrageous spending. Brilliant!
    3 and a half more then show him the door!

    July 16, 2009 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Skiwee

    What a rousing and heartfelt speech – just like the Barack Obama we came to know and respect on the campaign trail.

    He touched on some very important topics, especially the importance of education and the role (and we should all already know this) every parent should play in their children's lives regarding the same.

    July 16, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  7. Obama only creates TAXES

    Obama represents the largest racist group in America. The NAACP is racist and promotes discrimination against whites as Obama does.

    July 16, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  8. Mug

    Wow! An outstanding speech, as always!

    July 16, 2009 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  9. Marylander

    So did Michael Steele .....the RNC CHAIRMAN! The NAACP needs to realize that the party they seem to be more in common with ....is actually a racist party.....yes...the Democrats! They continue to feed the minorities off the Govt dinner plate. Republicans want to build an America that is a self reliant civilized community that appreciates all individuals in our country.
    Read.....Liberty & Tyranny by Mark Levin

    July 16, 2009 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  10. Sherrol in Canada

    Excellent, excellent speech!!!! Just like the Barack Obama of old.

    July 16, 2009 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  11. RONNIE

    What a non-story this is. When the black community chooses people like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to speak for them,it brings shame on their community.

    July 16, 2009 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  12. 60's survivor

    this will be a very touching moment for both Obama and the NAACP. we lived next to a family who were involved in the NAACP in the fifties and sixties. I really didn't have a clue what people were going through who were not white like me and I was just a kid. let me tell you I know now. and of is totally amazing. I never thought I would see the day when this country would have a person of color or for that matter a woman as President. I am happy though I did see it happen. there is always hope. hope is what all human beings need. amazing grace.

    July 16, 2009 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  13. Nancy, NC

    You CNN, why don't you publish argument that Barbara Boxer had with Mr. Alford (Black chamber of commerce leader). I think people want to see that instead of showing messiah Barack Obama going to NACCP event and open his fat mouth for nothing. Our country is drowning here with these stupid idiots and CNN wants to score points. You are totally biased.

    July 16, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  14. joe

    it was really inspiring and I am white!

    July 16, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. sheila

    Reporters like Nancy Grace keeps making comments about Joe Jackson BEATING his son Michael. But let me say this, that was the way 99% of families conducted their homes back then. Spanking with the belt, strap, switches and even teachers paddle you with a board, ruler, or stick. Most people adhere to Bible principles which says if you spare the rod you spoil your child. It's discipline not abuse. I'll finish by saying this let's put 10 children in Nancy's home without medicating the kids, nor disciplining the kids and see how she fair. My daughter thinks much the same way Michael thought and now she's paying the price. All kids don't need to be spanked but many do. This is why we have a throw away generation, boot camps, youth homes,jails, children murdering their parents because of the lack respect that children have for their parents, being that you give the childen all of the control. Six sons, Joe Jackson, enough said.

    July 16, 2009 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  16. Michael in Ventura,CA

    What a wonderful speech by our President! He in inspiring and puts his words into action! Such a refreshing CHANGE from the last occupant of the Oval Office!!

    July 16, 2009 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Wow as a 5th generation African American I have mixed emotions. Sadden that is has taken 100 years and ar rhe samtime excited the first Afrrican American President of the United States marks the 10oth years of the NAACP.

    July 16, 2009 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  18. Big Joe

    It's a shame that we still need this organization. It will be nice when racism, hatred, bigotry, fear of inferiority, and the fear of being wiped out are no longer a major factor in our society.

    July 16, 2009 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  19. Niel

    OK. Obama, will you save the small businesses and rescue CIT ? or your speeches prove to be empty day by day.
    If CIT is gone, consider my whole family's vote to Repubs all our life.

    We are small business owners.

    July 16, 2009 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  20. Melvin

    Obama has set back race relations in this country by 30 years.

    His divisive political ways are exactly what this country, and African-Americans need to get away from!

    July 16, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  21. Asian4Hillary

    Aren't you sick and tired of using race card Obama? Who is putting minorities down in this country and keeping them there, making them think they need special laws? DEMOCRATS! You have no credibility Obama, you have NO SOAPBOX to stand on!

    July 16, 2009 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  22. Last Honest Man

    Who gives a CRAP what the NAACP thinks.
    Not the majority of Americans.

    July 17, 2009 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  23. gerg

    you know we have giving them people all they want and they are still not happy . its like you can take the horse to the water but you cant make him drink. are maybe its like this why go to school when you can sell drugs.its not the white people that holds you people back its just that you want someone to give you everything .OBAMA need to be impeached he is going to make the usa a thrid world country. its just him and his democrats those socialist pigs.

    July 17, 2009 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  24. renea

    You can criticize this President all you want but you cant say that he is being idle. He is at least trying to do something instead of sitting and yapping off at the mouth.I voted for this President and im not going to be a fair weather supporter, yeah things may not be going the way some may want but at least he is trying to get this country back on track but he cannot do it by himself. Some things we can do for ourselves If you are out of work why sit and moan and complain about it get off your lazy behind and go look for work or go back to school, Thats what i did when i got laid off from a job years ago so dont tell me you cant do something. I Thank GOD for this president and im going to pray for him to try to do the right thing for this country.

    July 17, 2009 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  25. Nathan

    Obama is using african american and other minorities to as tools for his socialist/communist agenda

    July 17, 2009 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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