Obama camp cites 'scheduling conflict' for NAACP convention no-show
July 11th, 2012
10:09 PM ET
2 years ago

Obama camp cites 'scheduling conflict' for NAACP convention no-show

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign insisted a "scheduling conflict" is behind the president's decision to skip this year's NAACP convention.

"We declined a few weeks ago and [the] NAACP was pleased [Vice President Joe Biden] was able to attend," a campaign official told CNN.

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However, the president did make a brief appearance in a pre-taped video that ran before the vice president appeared.

"If you keep standing with me…I know we can arrive there together," the president said after delivering a few lines from his typical stump speech on helping middle class Americans.

While the president's schedule appeared to be wide open for Thursday–raising questions as to why his campaign cited "scheduling conflicts"–CNN confirmed Thursday morning that Obama and his wife, Michelle, are sitting down for an interview with CBS News.

The president also holds his daily briefing with senior aides and advisers.

Hilary Shelton, the NAACP Washington Bureau director and a senior vice president in the organization, said the White House never confirmed a visit.

“They were trying to work out something," Shelton said. As to why Obama could not attend, he added, "It was that something could not be moved. Something was crucial. And unfortunately, they couldn’t move it in a way they could get him here this week.”

Obama addressed the convention in 2009 and last year Michelle Obama spoke to the group.

The White House and Obama's re-election campaign have been hit with questions on the matter especially after presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney addressed the group Wednesday.

The former Massachusetts governor was booed during his remarks when he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature health care law.

Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Thursday at the annual convention in Houston, Texas.

Thursday is the final day of the five-day conference.

– CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report


Filed under: NAACP • President Obama
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    This is no big deal. Go President Obama

    July 12, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  2. Tony Z

    Obama has been supportive of the NAACP so just going to talk is not necessary. They agree with him on the issues. As for Romney- what is his plan? I fail to here Republicans offer solutions instead they want to continue to evaluate the problem. Stop wasting out time. America has to move forward are we will be left behind.

    July 12, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  3. Grim Reaper

    He took in 98% of the black vote last time and will repeat solely because of the color of his skin. The President is chasing rich white people begging for their cash. These clowns wouldn't own up to OJ.

    July 12, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  4. Chumlee

    And your point CNN?

    Vice President Joe Biden will do a fine job. Compared to Mittens, frankly, Joe will be a breath of fresh air

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 12, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  5. bluedogboy

    The President needs to be in other places. I'm sure the NAACP understands.

    July 12, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  6. liberal disease

    and they Booed Romney for showing up....what a screwed up group..and isn't it time to change Colored, if i use that word ti get looked at cross eyed

    July 12, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  7. Kristen McFarland

    Rudy NYC: A job? Playing golf? Excuse me, but Obama, the current Master of Ceremonies-in-Chief hasn't ever done a real job...he thinks he can get away with endless vacations and golf and saddle the American people with $15 trillion in debt? No, I do believe most of us are smartening up...of course there were those of us who anticipated this turn of events quite some time ago...the man's a fraud and he's lied to everyone including his constituents in the NAACP...that's the reason he won't show up...you think booing was the only thing that occurred while Mitt Romney spoke to this group? No, there was silence primarily and a standing ovation at the end...must have been something he said...Obama believes mistakenly he has the complete devotion of the NAACP; he takes them for granted...I think he shouldn't be so sure of himself on this...

    July 12, 2012 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Bob

    What's sad is that despite the extraordinarily high level of black unemployment under Obama and his complete disregard for them, the majority of them will still vote for him.

    July 12, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  9. Dean

    Perhaps he already scheduled a tee time. He knows blacks will vote for him no matter how bad he screws them.

    July 12, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  10. The Other Dale

    Evidently, there's a few people here who assume that anyone involved in the NAACP must be simpletons who are led by the nose. Then again, such people are Tea Partiers, so they can only speak of what they know from their own lives.

    July 12, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  11. Jim

    He figures he has them in the bag already

    July 12, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  12. Me IN HOUSTON

    It's cool, Do your Presidential thing Obama. I like Joe Biden. He keeps it real. Sometimes keeping it real can go wrong but at least he has the guts to be honest

    July 12, 2012 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  13. mh916

    Amazing,

    It's one thing for a member of Congress to call the actual President a liar. It's another for a regular citizen to call someone running for President a liar. Romney does not yet deserve the respect accorded a President. I'm sure you don't understand the difference, but I'm trying to enlighten you anyway. Anyway, I am sure you would not let facts enter the framework of your thoughts!

    July 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  14. Joan

    Before everyone gets their underwear in a knot, why not wait to hear what the VP has to say, what the video from the President says andwhat the members of the NAACP have to say after today. Don't forget Eric Holder has already spoken and was really well received. This seems to be a lot of hand wringing and negative speculation before something actually happens. Business as usual for the media and pundits.

    July 12, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  15. sharon

    Totally agree with Chipster. Romney show up at NAACP without a clue. He did not speak on his healthcare plan nor does he have one. But he want to appeal the Affordable healthcare act. Romney does not have job plan, but he and his croonies denied Pres. Obama Job bill act which would have created a lots of jobs. They said he would raise taxes, Pres. Obama have lower taxes, they been the lowest in 8yrs. But the Tparty and the Republicans want some people to believe different. It really amazing how some people are giving Romney their vote and he have not done a thing, No healthcare no jobs all he talk about appeal and denied. Is this the person you want in office? Romney is only for the rich and corporations. They are spewing lies and hiding their money on offshore account so they can paid lower taxes. Smh... Romney have been brought and paid for by big corporations. If Romney get in, the corporations will have their say. AMERICA is not for SALE. Vote 2012

    July 12, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. Jim

    He figures he has their vote and that their messiah will take care of them

    July 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Obama just figures that blacks are dumb enough to vote for him whether he cares about them or not, just like he thinks enough of Americans are dumb enough to vote for him regardless of what he does to the country. Why not? Americans were dumb enough to get him elected the first time!

    July 12, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  18. Four and The Door

    Apparently Obama/ Biden 2012 is convinced they have the NAACP in the bag. Isn't the arrogance amazing, even for Obama?

    July 12, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Last time I checked ALL Black people that vote, up and until the 2008 election, have voted for a WHITE president.
    And even in 2008, SOME Black people, having a choice between a White and a Black candidate, voted for McCain, so stop with this stupid line of so-called reasoning behind why Blacks voted predominantly for Barack. Check the number of Blacks that voted for Kerry and Clinton.

    July 12, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  20. ObamaJoe

    God bless America,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    God bless President Obama,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  21. Billy Blane

    I don't understand why we still encourage so many people to go out and try to perform to the best of the ability that God has given them when we know in our hearts and in our souls that the truth is clear there is not a way we can all imagine as a country or as countrymen that you ever dreamed of that could be good enough for each and every person to try and do in Gods eyes. The best we can do is the best we can do with what we all know to be possibly true but is sometimes not true and you can say racism you can say it all day long but you all know what I'm saying is the truth and nothing but the truth under this one nation so help me God and I hope we all learn to put those things behind you so you can focus on the future and clear your minds and hold hands with eachother knowing that we can push one another but if we do so we risk pushing ourselves off the cliff of life in America
    .

    July 12, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  22. Crandall

    A group that votes 94-95% for you solely based mostly on skin color is a dead lock. He does not need to attend any of their meetings no matter how poorly their community does compared to the rest of society.

    July 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  23. John

    I wonder what the reaction in the press and in this comments section would have been if Romney had decided to skip his NAACP appearance because of a scheduling conflict.

    July 12, 2012 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  24. David

    There is no need for Obama to spend his time when he knows he automatically has the votes. Politically it is best to keep silent and just accept the votes. Romney said "obamacare" on purpose. He knows he will not get any support from this base. He was there just for the press. The "boos" alone are enough to motivate and fuel Romney's passive base, to demonstrate Romney's stance against the similar healthcare reform he established in Massachusetts. Its all strategy. The American public is generally stupid. Its shameful how clueless we have become Ron Paul 2012

    July 12, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  25. Bill

    Apparently Obama is taking the NAACP for granted. What a racist decision on his part.

    July 12, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
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