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. s kel

    stop being fake, if you dont like or like what the president is doing, tell him.

    August 18, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  2. John, PA

    It’s always been about "RACE".
    This is how Obama got elected and why the country is in such bad shape. Welcome to the Obama depression.

    Democrats = Debt and Depression
    Republicans = Jobs and Prosperity

    August 18, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  3. A Kickin' Donkey

    Congresswoman, why are you focusing on "criticizing" him? That's what the other side does. Do you wnt to be like them? What good does this achieve?

    I just saw you on Morning Joe and you said you want your ideas to be part of what the President rolls out after Labor day. The implication is you want HIM to allow the CBC to shape his plan IN ADVANCE. I'm not so sure about that. Like every other member of Congress, you will have the opportunity to negotiate puts and takes to the plan as a part of gaining your support / vote for the legislation.

    You just suggested we take back jobs from India-based called centers for banks. Have you even thought through the cost-benefit analysis of this? Do you know what the Indians are making per hour? Would that rate be viable here? I suspect, the rate is about 40% lower than a comparable US rate.

    I think there's a need for new CBC members with new skills. You guys need to do some heavy lifting. The only thing you have a right to expect is that this Black President won't backstab you, won't cut your legs out from under, will deal above board and will never duck your reasonable frequency of phone calls.

    August 18, 2011 07:59 am at 7:59 am |
  4. larry

    No we just know that if congress would support or just show a disire to work with the president things would be a lot better

    August 18, 2011 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  5. Nateyes

    At this point President Obama shouldn't need to focus much attention in or to the "Black Community," that where his greatest support is; accordingly, he full attention should be directed at the many detractors who aren't sure which direction they favor. By not visiting the "Black Community" at this point it's not a sign of neglect or taking the Black Communities votes for granted, don't allow yourselves to be misguided.

    August 18, 2011 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  6. ConservaFASCISTS/TeaHadists/Tea Queda/TeaLiban

    Regardless if the President is in the black community or not, he needs to win over rust belt voters. The midwestern states are going to determine the 2012 election. As far as jobs go when it comes to the black community, there is only so much the President can do. He's doing everything to make sure that ALL people continue to receive unemployment benefits, while the TEApublicans are are ready to throw everyone under the bus.

    August 18, 2011 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  7. MarkWisdom

    Ms. Waters, the president is not visiting any black communities because he knows it is a waste of time. The black people are going to vote for him no matter what, just because he is a black Democrat, it is a no brainer.

    August 18, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    John in PA wrote:
    Democrats = Debt and Depression
    Republicans = Jobs and Prosperity
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    The remarkable part about the above assertion is that it is actually true. American voters have displayed profound stupidity over the years. Democrats fix a Republican mess, and then they vote Republicans back into office so that they can cripple the economy again and elect another Democrat. That is the cycle for nearly the past 100 years.

    August 18, 2011 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    You just suggested we take back jobs from India-based called centers for banks. Have you even thought through the cost-benefit analysis of this? Do you know what the Indians are making per hour? Would that rate be viable here? I suspect, the rate is about 40% lower than a comparable US rate.
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    If they make what US telemarketers make, then workers at US call centers would be part-time workers without benefits making minimum wage.

    August 18, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. Joe

    He;s 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

    August 18, 2011 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Where is goes is political, and has nothing to do with race, whatsoever.

    He picks places where the economy is better, he has less criticism, to be captured in the media, and people are less antagonistic towards him.

    Waters is demonstrating black racism.

    August 18, 2011 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  12. tiredofracism

    Once again, the black community sticks together solely based on color......otherwise, the black caucus would express their concerns. Racism in America pushes forward. By the way, when is the WHITE CAUCUS supposed to be meeting??

    August 18, 2011 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  13. Woody

    I understand what Rep. Maxine Waters is saying, however I disagree. Rep. Waters must remember the President represents all the people...not just one segment of our population. If the Congressional Black Caucus has differences with the President they should let him know in a constructive format and not go on TV…in that type of format. Yes she received some attention…but was it constructive and will it help…the answer is no. We all know the situation of our great country is simply not black and white...there are a multitude of issues we are facing. The president...from day one...has tried to make things better for everyone. And personally...I think he is doing a great job considering what he was handed by the previous administration and seeing what the Republicans has put him through by saying NO to everything while protecting special interest groups and the rich.

    If the Presidents bus tour went through the African communities…there would be a large group complaining about that as well. And the idea the President is overlooking the African community because he knows he will get their vote is nonsense. We as a people need to stop the foolishness of trying to divide this country into black and white and learn to work together for the good of everyone.

    August 18, 2011 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  14. ric

    To John in PA...
    Were you alive during the last term of Bush?
    or are u just expertly STUPID.

    August 18, 2011 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  15. cind

    President Obama is a man...not a color. What is there to be afraid of with a color?

    August 18, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  16. malabar

    her kisser is not firmly planted on Obamas behind. yep, RACIST! worse than colin powell, worse than herman cain, worse than condi rice! btw, when a dem calls powell or rice a house negro, does it make a sound? and that is why your current screams of racism are so amusing and immediately dismissed. typical hypocritical dem caterwauling

    August 18, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. diridi

    What did he do idiot....??????? Tell me.....nasty idiot with no Brain.....by passing health care? by passing fin. reg. reform? by dong the right thing, that this nation ever needed, on Energy Independence, which GOP thugs sold this nation to Saudi for Oil? Idiot....shut up....you hardly have people with you, in that four chairs are empty, did you know????nasty idiot....I do not know, who is electing these idiots....

    August 18, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  18. jules sand-perkins

    President Obama was elected by citizens of more than one race.
    I am white. I voted for him, and I shall vote for him again.
    He could not have been elected by African-Americans alone.

    August 18, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    tiredofracism

    Once again, the black community sticks together solely based on color......otherwise, the black caucus would express their concerns. Racism in America pushes forward. By the way, when is the WHITE CAUCUS supposed to be meeting??
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    I see. So when a group of people (who have something in common) come together to discuss and debate common interests, then that is racism because they are black and use the word "black" as part of the name of the group. But, when other groups gather together in the US congress under a common theme it is not racism because they are not racists. Only when minorities work together is it racism. Is that it?

    August 18, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  20. FM

    Excuse me Black Community. You should understand that Pres. Obama is the president for all people. What does make you think that you should get special favor? If you need him to assist you, don't use the reason of him being a black Pres. I would advise you to channel you request the way you did to former Pres. Bill Clinton. He was not black but he did helped you. Be understanding, keep yourselves together, stand for him, vote for him come next election. And I can assure you all you will be the beneficiaries come next term of his presidency!

    August 18, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  21. jules sand-perkins

    Maxine Waters is often blind in one eye.

    August 18, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  22. Republican for President Obama

    I think the way to address this is not a criticism but constructive feedback. The tone is DC is toxic and noone on the right who exception of 3 people seem willing to work WITH the current administration. They could reach out to him and stand by him as well. I do not see Dems standing up with this President and hold a hard line against obstruction by those who are more interested in seeing this President falter.

    I encourage both sides of the aisle to put the people who put them in office on the priority list instead of party or special interests.

    August 18, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  23. diridi

    @Rudy, you told the truth, god bless you....GOP thugs messed this nation like hell and crazy.....people better know this truth...I tell truth, If that Idiot, Perry comes, we are totally divided in four nations here....Southwest nation, east nation, west nation, and north nation....pity...Do not vote another GOP thug.....please...

    August 18, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  24. Rudy NYC

    MarkWisdom wrote:
    Ms. Waters, the president is not visiting any black communities because he knows it is a waste of time. The black people are going to vote for him no matter what, just because he is a black Democrat, it is a no brainer
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    To assert that black Americans vote predominately for Obama because he is black is ridiculous. Black voters have voted overwhelmingly Democratic since the days of JFK and LBJ.

    To follow your logic to it is inevitable conclusion; when white voters vote against Obama it is because they are racists against blacks. Did I get it right?

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

    FM wrote:
    Excuse me Black Community. You should understand that Pres. Obama is the president for all people. What does make you think that you should get special favor?
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    The only one who expressed concerns that the black community "expects" special interests and favors from Obama is you. The black community does not expect any special treatment. They know their role in US society is in the "black seat" of the pecking order. Your ignorance is on display.

    August 18, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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