September 19th, 2010
09:10 AM ET
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Obama urges black lawmakers to rally voters

 President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents.
President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents.

(CNN) - President Obama urged Congressional Black Caucus members to help rally their constituents and remind them that more work must be done to move the country forward.

The nation's first black president addressed the group at its annual awards gala on Saturday night. He touched on race issues and his win to office, saying it "wasn't just about electing a black president."

"It was about giving every hardworking American a chance to join a growing middle class," he said. "It was about putting the American dream within reach for all Americans, no matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from."

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  1. kelly

    Once again Obama who promised to bring us together as a nation is using race to divide us even more.If you don't go along with his plans to transform America than you are a racist.This is so sad !!!

    September 19, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  2. jim

    Has his policies changed the employment numbers for blacks in the country since he became president? Has his policies decreased the poverty levels for blacks since he became president?All i've heard is promises but i haven't seen much in the way of results.

    September 19, 2010 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  3. Hypocricy is a Speeding Prius

    If Obozo had gone to a "White Congressional Caucus' and tried to rally them to vote for his causes, he'd be acused of racism.....if the shoe fits, wear it.

    September 19, 2010 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Stay strong Mr. President!

    September 19, 2010 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  5. thor

    The unemployment rate in this country has been over 9% for over 16 months now .The poverty rate in 2009 went to over 14% in 2009. Obama has given new meaning to the misery index a term used in the administration of Jimmy Carter but aptly suited for his. !!!

    September 19, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  6. vic, Nashville TN

    Tea party is anti minority movement, minorities must raise their voice in November

    September 19, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  7. Uncle Sam

    Here he plays the race card again. The only demographic he has any poll with anymore.

    September 19, 2010 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. Uncle Sam

    Vic you may be right. If the minority you are referring to are the liberals in this country. All the polling data says more Americans see themselves as conservatives.

    September 19, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  9. FM

    Sometimes when my alarm go off early in the morning I think of turning the clock so that I sleep more. I end up laughing at myself how can that be!! So should those who voted for Change. Not only the black community. It will be a laughable thing that we will turn the clock and go back o what we rejected (GOP). This is the time when we will show that we are using our heads and not our hearts in voting.

    September 19, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    They always go after those who typically have no idea what is going on in the world.

    September 19, 2010 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. the real ib

    If you oppose Obama you are called a racist but he can go before a black caucus and call for them to rally the voters now who is the racist here? He talks about saving the middle class; he has done more to destroy it than a lot of other presidents just look at the overall unemployment rate; the poverty rate has gone over the top under him; some change. I know it's still all Bush's fault.

    September 19, 2010 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  12. Martha

    To all hello have you all thought for a moment. If that word racism did not exsisted. What would our county be like?

    September 19, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  13. USN

    This is what passes for a president??? Divides us by race,class,gender,religion,age,origin,politics,......

    September 19, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  14. Vet For Obama

    Kelly, the only one using race and racism here is you.
    Obama visited the caucus and asked them to rally their 'constituents' who happen to be black, white, Hispanics, etc. So where is there racism here? How is Obama using race here? The report didn't say Obama asked the Black Caucus to rally black voters. It said "their constituents." It is obvious that because of your color coded mentality, you have no idea that the constituencies that members of the caucus represent also consist of other races besides black folks.
    The only racist that I see around here is you, Kelly.

    September 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Marie MD

    @kelly – the President has done everything possible to bring us together as a nation. The rethugs are the ones that are just not eviscerating their own party (thanks mcnasty/quitter) but the country as a hole.
    The President is using half of his race just like any other candidate would to explain what is needed to make sure the rethugs do not take over congress because it would be a major disaster to bring potilics and their right wing putrid ideas for the rest of us to follow.

    September 19, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. vic, Nashville TN

    @ Uncle sam you right more Americans call them self conservative but they don’t like tea party conservatism Tea party conservatism Iranian regime are same

    September 19, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  17. ron

    Every President speaks to the Congressional Black Caucus, IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 19, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. Get A Grip

    And who says this guy isn't a racist. Pitting Americans against each other is what this guy does best. Oblammer is a failure to ALL races.

    September 19, 2010 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Obama says there is more to do. Golly they, the Liberal's, have been at this for at least the last 70 years Why are there still all these problems? People living on Food Stamps again? When will the people learn. You better start taking care of yourself because the Government can't do it.

    September 19, 2010 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  20. Annie, Atlanta

    USN – how is this dividing us by race, gender, etc.? Encouraging your constituents to vote is now divisive? In what country and what language?

    September 19, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  21. Dean

    Wow – so many racists who point fingers and claim someone else is a racist. All some people have to see is the word 'black' and suddenly their comprehension goes to zero. It is obvious that most of the 'conservatives' here read only the headline, and absolutely nothing else. Typical!

    September 19, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Snow

    Since obama entered the White House and combined with a liberal congress, what has gone up? Lets see, unemployment,number of people living in poverty(biggest increase in one year in history),debt and deficit,racial division,number of jobs going overseas,etc etc. What has gone up? Let's see, using obamas language without a teleprompter, uh err uh what uh err I me mine myself I I I. Time to go on vacation.

    September 19, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  23. Flipper

    Blacks are experiencing record-high unemployment largely due to the terrible economy that the Obama administration has failed (in spectacular fashion) to fix, and also b/c of the illegal immigrants who gobble up low-skilled jobs that many blacks rely on.

    Of course they can't wait to come out and vote now that the almighty Obama has ordained it!

    September 19, 2010 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  24. Tara

    Why would you even have a black caucus , no other civilized country in the western world would divide by colour , be that black or white.
    No wonder your country is in such a mess.
    Why all this nonsense about being an african , italian or hispanic American , just aim to be good American citizens and you might end up living in a better country.

    September 19, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. Buster

    It was about taking from the middle class and giving to the people who don't want to work. After all 95% of black people voted for color.

    September 19, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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