Is Obama taking black vote for granted?
July 12th, 2012
02:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Is Obama taking black vote for granted?

Washington (CNN) – Some African-Americans have watched enviously as President Barack Obama courted other voting blocs critical to his re-election hopes.

The president pushed for repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" law that barred gays from serving openly in the military and endorsed same-sex marriage; he helped push through fair pay for women; he supported the DREAM Act, which provided a path to citizenship for young adults in the U.S. illegally; he said his administration would stop deporting young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children provided they meet certain requirements.

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Filed under: 2012 • NAACP • President Obama
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  1. cali girl

    I don't think it has anything to do with Black vote or woman's vote or any other group. President Obama is a President of the American people. That is all the minorities, immigrants, women, poor, GLBT, young and old, sick and healthy. He understands and relates to all of us.

    July 12, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Nope. He's not taking any demographics for granted. In case you haven't noticed, the Republican Party has done a very effective job of convincing black voters who they should vote for.

    July 12, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  3. Four and The Door

    He sent Joe Biden to talk at their meeting? This is precious. A level of arrogance surprising even for Obama. Mitt Romney showed this important voting group great respect by meeting with them personally even though it was possible other groups might be more welcoming and friendly to his visit. So yes, Obama's message is that he has the NAACP in the bag.

    July 12, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. JustAO

    Wasn't this the same tag-line story printed in 2008?

    Yes, he can take the Black vote for granted. Wanna know why? Because the GOP has vowed to stop Blacks from voting (along with young voters, elderly, and other minorities). Who has a problem with the Voting Rights Act of 1965? GOP of 2012. Don't need much pandering than that for these groups to vote for Obama in 2012. Nuff said.

    July 12, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Are you igniting race stuff??????nonsense.

    July 12, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  6. Romney outsource america jobs

    No he not taken black voters for granted. President Obama is working hard everyday so the middle class and blackl people have a better lives. Romney is out to hurt middle class and black people.

    July 12, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    Before any black person ask that question, they should remember Willard took a black man to his charade with the NAACP yesterday with the promise of taking him to the White House kitchen. How's that for helping black Americans?

    July 12, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. demwit

    Of course not..., Charlie Rose has a large following of black folks.., right!?

    July 12, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It is a possibility because there is only so much that he can do for them. Part of his plans require the passage of legislation through the Congress which hasn't been fothcoming.

    July 12, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  10. ST

    Pres. Obama taking black vote for granted!! Please stop writing nonsense. What do you think? Will 90% black folks vote for Romney??? Not in my life time NOT yours either!

    July 12, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  11. Cyrus

    Far! Far!! from it. The President – Barack Obama is such a loving man that knows no divide. Let's all remember that as a sitting president, he has a lot to joggle and missing out on this occasion and making sure that Vice President Biden was in attendance is a show of respect and acknowledgment for the group.

    July 12, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Is this CNN attempting to give life and lend legitimacy to the GOP/Teatroll claims that all black people are so mindless and racist themselves that they vote for Obama solely based on the color his skin, not their own personal views and feellings on the issues?

    July 12, 2012 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Newsflash: Minorities have voted in similar percentages for the past several Dem candidates and Presidents. The will vote for Obama (and future Dems) not because of the color of their skin, but beacuse of the color of the GOP/Teatrolls' stripes.

    July 12, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    if President Obama went directly after the Black vote, then the far right would accuse him of racism.....you can bet your bottom dollar on that. It's too bad that Obama really can't do things for the African American community that say Bill Clinton could do without it being accused by the FoxNews bunch of being biased. Case in point...we don't have nor have had a black female on the SCOTUS, BUT had Obama picked one tell me that the right wing would have NOT called it a racist pick. Matters not how qualified she may have been. African Americans by large are NOT stupid. Admittly YES there are many who may have voted for Obama because he was Black and wanted the first Black POTUS, but the same that voted for him would have ALSO voted for Hillary Clinton had she been the nominee. Until the GOP can find a way to lure the Black vote, and not the the ones like far right wingers Alllen West, Herman Cain, or Clarence Thomas..they will either vote Democratic or not at all.

    July 12, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  15. Padraig

    Yes, he has taken the black vote for granted. According to the Bureau of Statistic the unmeployment rate for blacks is 14.4% (adult men – 7.8%, adult women 7.4%, teenagers 23.7%). For whites it is 7.4%, Hispanic 11.0%. So the unemployment rate between blacks and whites is almost double.

    For JustAO, you need to learn your history. What have the Republican party done for the blacks –
    – Abraham Linclon, Republican, abolish slavery
    – 1965 Voting Rights Act the vote in the Senate was 74% yes by Democrats, 94% yes by Repulicans (the Democrats had 64 members and the Rebulicans 32 member. The House was 72% yes by Democrats and 82% Repulicans (the Democrats had 282 members and the Repulicans has 136 members). So the Republicans clearly supported this Act than the Democrats.

    July 12, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Your "Obama Skips NAACP event" didn't cause a stir, and this won't either. Where is your story on the allegation
    that Romney flew a few of his "black friends" to Houston so he would have "friendlies" in attendance. He told
    Faux that he met with "members" when he actually met with his friends afterwards. That would be a story.

    July 12, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  17. Black Independent

    He is taking black people for granted. In this election, he can because his opponent seems hell bent on trying to sell the virtues of trickle down economics. Many younger blacks like myself from the post-Civil Rights era are not as happy with the Democratic party as previous generations. Speaking for myself, I am more interested in gaining more access to capital to create more black-owned businesses. The focus should be on creating more black owned businesses and expanding existing black-owned businesses. I am less interested in the fight for rights. i am more interested in lifting the incomes of black Americans and much less on government anti-poverty programs. After all of the anti-poverty government programs there is still an under-class. Black people has always had an entrepenerual spirit. During segregation, black people had many businesses. When the government came in to foster integration, many black businesses were lost. The American dream for me involves black people get a larger share of the money in the United States. Policies that enables black people much more access to capital and more ability to build an economy within an economy is much more appealing than the same old waiting for the government cheese from Democrats. The Republicans lack of understanding of barriers black people still face is a lost opportunity for them to appeal to many young black voters. Many young blacks are not the thugs portrayed on television, but rather go to college and become educated and contribute to society.

    July 12, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    I knew you wouldn't print my comment cnn but it looks like your sheet is showing. No President Obama is not taking us blacks for granted. He is a president for all people regardless of skin color. I will NEVER vote republican because the last one took everything from me. My good job with health insurance and many other benefits. And if it were not for President Obama I might be dead right now. Unemployment saved me until I got another job.

    As for voting for a mormon cult leader that thinks my skin color is a curse, I doubt it.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 12, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. rs

    Is Mr. Obama turning his back on Black voters? Not to hear the GOP tell it- they are accuring him of vote-buying and pandering to interest groups, etc. I'd say he isn't. But what if he was? Does anyone think that Blacks for any reason are going to vote for the GOP?

    July 12, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  20. rs

    Padraig- Nice history lesson. But hey, Lincoln is dead, and the GOP is peddling as fast as it can to restrict voting rights, curtail civil rights, and wreck the middle class. The GOP has moved way to the right and is still turning. As candidates, Eisenhower might get the votes, Mr. Romney, not so much.

    July 12, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  21. kayla

    good one cnn, good one.

    July 12, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. The Elephant In The Room

    Any black person that has been in a leadership position in a majority white organization . . . and right now, the Presidency of the US qualifies as such, knows that their influence and effectiveness faces additional hurdles if they can be subtlely attacked for being too aligned with "black issues". Obama is a smart executive.

    Black folks by and large understand this. Obama has had more freedom to advance Latino_focused topics than black topics. Black Americans are willing to wait for a Latino President to have the political cover to advance the hard core, African American interests. Until then, as long as latinos return the loyalty of the President and black and other American folks hang in there with him, he should do just fine.

    July 12, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  23. Me IN HOUSTON

    I wouldn't say that he is taking the Black vote for granted, but he should know FOR A FACT we got his back. We are working to re-elect him. Not because of his skin color, but because the Republican policies SUCK!

    July 12, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  24. Silence DoGood

    Of course he is taking it for granted. He has that locked in. Politicians like Obama and Romney are corporate style politicians. It is not about caring or duty or the "right thing". It is cold and calculating. If there is not return on investment, don't bother. I got this group's vote >90% – screw them and move on. BTW – this gives new meaning to the MoveOn group.

    If you want caring you will need to look beyond the same old Demo-Repub clubhouse.

    July 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  25. once upon a horse

    is Mitt Romney taking the NRA and over 50 White Male vote for granted? He's got BOTH in the bag doesn't he?

    July 12, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
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