Waters: Some black lawmakers are hesitant to criticize Obama
August 18th, 2011
07:34 AM ET
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Waters: Some black lawmakers are hesitant to criticize Obama

(CNN) - Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, questioned why President Barack Obama has not visited any black communities during his recent Midwestern bus tour, saying some black lawmakers are hesitant to criticize him.

Waters, explained to a crowd in Detroit this week, that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are hesitant to criticize Obama because they feel they may lose support from the black community.

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  1. derek

    Their is,nt one "Black American" that I know, "Will vote Tea/Gop???? Thats like voting for South Carolina State Patrol??? They like to " Hit Black Americans with their Patrol Cars,to stop them??? This just happened 3 yrs ago!!! Now S.C. is trying to "Suppress Black American votes,and poor whites votes???? Whites only vote Gop, Because their against Womens right to Health??? You don,t have to have any other qualifications! Wake up S.C.!!!!

    August 18, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. John, PA

    @ ric
    I'm from the heavily Democratic and working-class McKeesport, PA and my parents had me miss school to see John F. Kennedy in 1962 in McKeesport. I've been around so long I know firsthand the destruction the Democratic Party is responsible for and the destruction continues today.
    Democrats = Debt and Depression
    Republicans = Jobs and Prosperity

    August 18, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  3. Darko

    A stupid, corrupt, racist and self avowed socialist. Dangerous combination. Thanks California! You allow this person to vote on our laws.

    August 18, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  4. jt

    Let me say this, first I read all the coments and watched the live report I think u all are a big joke. One side blames the other and so forth. Who cares what color someone is or what party they are. we wouldn't have this problem if we only elect ppl who really care and are qualified and willing to do the job for the ppl of this country. Our political climate in Washington is like being in kindergarten. Lol need to grow up this country is in big trouble, who cares who put it there let's just fix it.

    August 18, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Joe wrote:
    He has a lock on the Black Vote
    They will vote for hin if he had a tail and Horns as long as he's black
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    Here are the facts. Black American make up less than 20% of the US population. Their votes alone did not elect Obama as POTUS. Even if every black voter did vote for Obama "because he is black", there is an even larger number of white voters who vote against him "because he is black".

    2008 polls showed this hateful demographic comprised as much as 20% of the electorate. In other words, any effects of voters who voted "for him" were balanced by voters who did not vote "for him"; because he is a black man. In other words, it was not the black voters (who mostly vote Democratic anyway) who put Obama into office. It was through the support of white voters that he was elected.

    August 18, 2011 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  6. FM

    To: Rudy NYC

    Am not ignorant as you think. Can you tell me: Who will come next to ask for the favor: Latinos, Indians, Jewis, or whatever? This is not the way the country is run! Remember 10 commandements are not a mutliple choice. The Pres. is there to help each individual!

    August 18, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    My opinion of Rep. Waters? I think she gets in front of cameras and microphones and tries to sound profoundly visionary. And she consistently falls short of the mark. Something gets lost in her translation of her own vision, which is why she is she is not a Senator or any other office higher than the House of Representatives.

    August 18, 2011 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    jt wrote:
    One side blames the other and so forth. ... who cares who put it there let's just fix it.
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    If it were only that simple. Those who ignore the lessons of history or compelled to repeat those same mistakes. People differ in opinion on the causes and effects of what occured in the past. I wish I had a better solution. Simply electing "good" people is something that has been lost along the way to where we are today. Wash DC has become corrupted by money hungry special interests. We need to fix that first, so that we can move on the real problems that need concrete and long lasting solutions.

    August 18, 2011 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  9. gt

    maxine i am proud of you for telling the truth....no jobs no matter the race ...

    August 18, 2011 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    FM wrote:
    Can you tell me: Who will come next to ask for the favor: Latinos, Indians, Jewis, or whatever? This is not the way the country is run!
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    None of the above. It will be the special interests. That is how this country has been run for decades. Recent court rulings changing the dynamic of campaign financing have only made it worse.

    I know that the President is there to help each individual. Too bad, no one has let Republicans in on that secret. "You are either with us, or against us."

    August 18, 2011 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  11. John K.

    Obama knows he can rely upon the mindless racism of the majority of the African-American electorate in this country as a base of support. The sad truth is the policies of Democrats/Liberals over the past 50 years have instituted a new form of slavery that emphasizes a dependency on government institutions and policies rather than individual responsibility and achievement. Fortunately, there are voices in the African-American community (Herman Cain, Allen West, etc.) who have the courage to speak up and try to reverse this trend.

    August 18, 2011 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  12. Bill

    The so-called leaders in the african american community are the HNIC's on the plantation. As long as they keep the black folk in line, and voting democrat, they get their publicity and the money that comes with it (yes, you Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, etc.). What has been done for the Black community by Obama and his party? Why thank-you for your votes... we know you'll vote Democrat because...well, you have to! We won't do anything for you, but we sure do like your votes! Keep 'em coming, and thank-you, black leaders, for keeping it so!

    August 18, 2011 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    John K. wrote:
    The sad truth is the policies of Democrats/Liberals over the past 50 years have instituted a new form of slavery that emphasizes a dependency on government institutions and policies rather than individual responsibility and achievement. Fortunately, there are voices in the African-American community (Herman Cain, Allen West, etc.) who have the courage to speak up and try to reverse this trend.
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    An even sadder truth is that it has been policies enacted by your Democrats and liberals that have paved the road for the successes of the Herman Cains and Allen Wests. It has been the opportunity to public education at early ages and opportunities to attend universities or serve in the armed forces. Those opportunities were denied to their own parents. The disgraceful part is that they have chosen to ignore their own pasts, turning their backs on their parents legacy who fought for the opportunities from which they have benefited.

    August 18, 2011 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  14. John K.

    @Rudy NYC:

    You are living in the past. Things have changed.

    August 18, 2011 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    Bill wrote:
    What has been done for the Black community by Obama and his party? Why thank-you for your votes... we know you'll vote Democrat because...well, you have to!
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    What you are really saying is that black voters are smart enough not to vote against their own best interests. I think the black voter knows what voting for people who want to end equal opportunity means. They know what voting for a Ron Paul, who has opinioned that expressing racisim is a freedom of speech, means. They know what voting for people who wish to reduce or eliminate minimum wages mean. On and on the list grows. I think black voters simply know how to vote for their best interests.

    August 18, 2011 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. Ed Texas

    What choice do African Americans have? They can vote for a party that may not always look out for their best interest or another party that is clearly out to protect the wealthy and big business. The GOP has shown time and time again they could care less about minorities unless they can demonize and use them to put fear in their base of mainly angry old white people.

    August 18, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
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