July 27th, 2007
01:41 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama: Country will look at itself differently the day I'm inaugurated

(CNN ) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama says the nation will look at itself differently the day he is inaugurated as America’s first black president.

Obama was addressing the National Urban League Convention’s presidential forum in St. Louis when he was asked what he could do to stop racial polarization in the U.S. Holding up his hand like he was taking the oath, the Illinois senator said, “The day I’m inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently. And don’t underestimate that power. Don’t underestimate that transformation.”

He told the crowd that endless high-minded discussions weren’t the answer to the problem. He said, “Here’s what I won’t do, because we do this all the time. I’m not going to set up a commission, and I’m not going to have a conversation, because we set those up with a lot of fanfare and there’s not any follow-up.”

Obama said that, as president, it would be more important to discuss specific issues as they come up “each and every day.”

- CNN Political Desk Managing Editor Steve Brusk

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  1. Julius, London, Ontario

    Obama is simply am embodiment of true federalist than anyone else in the race: both republican and the Democrats. For those of you who are still holding on to the old thinking of what the place of african=ameriacns are in the american politics, you are wrong! Especially Percy Goode! You claimed black leaders have not come out in masses to support Obama. Be informed; those supposingly black leaders are obviously jealous of Obama's success and influence in such a short start he is having compared to older african-americans who they've continue to follow their white politicians. All of that are what Obama has been emphasising in his message of hope. And it takes an audacious mindset for someone like Obama who does not have " D' washington experience", the experience that did not inform them (Hillary) that invading Iraq at the time was a terrible mistake in History.
    Percy Goode, I think you need to open your mind for a change and i do not ask you to vote for Obama. However i want to urge you to open your mind for a change your not voting Obama will NOT stop! That thought that African-American leaders are not openly supporting Obama can be understandable. Why? Because they still hold loyaty to their white boss in politics. They dont want a change that might cost them Government appointments.(Lobbyists)Shame on them! Such leaders will not stand up to face the fact.
    Until Obama brings in a fresh dynamism they dare not try. They think they have something to loose if they support Obama and if he eventually not win. And if they dont and he wins, they still have to face the music. Does it take being a genius to figure that out Percy Goode?
    Someone who is NOT a politician and never endorses anyone before believes she has nothing to loose but to gain. She wholeheartly support Obama with her cash and influence. Oprah Winfrey! She was proud to announce her support for him on CNN with Larry King Live. Do you get it yet Percy Goode?
    America will definately look itself differently and freshly as Obama gets inaugurated!

    July 28, 2007 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Jewel W.O., Dallas, Texas

    Thank God for giving us this lifetime to see Barack Obama become President of The United States of America. May God Bless him and keep him safe.
    If you have read a well written book from your current President(who got my vote), then you ought to check out Barak Obama books (bestsellers);and possibly buy one for someone and share the light of the intelligence that will be our soon President.
    He is capable of ruling and uniting the "American Peoples" more than any other Presient ever has!
    Put all racial views aside, and lets pick the best person for the job, President Obama.
    America is hurting racially, globally and economically, let's together for once make the right decision.
    The Clinton's were great, but we need a new vibrant force with lots of good energy.
    President Obama is the beginning of a New America, one that We so desprately need and want.

    May God Bless Him and Keep Him Away From All Evil. Amen.


    July 28, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  3. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    "Obama said that, as president, it would be more important to discuss specific issues as they come up “each and every day.”

    Wonder how that hand-to-mouth ideology will work?

    "“The day I’m inaugurated, the country looks at itself differently."

    Is anyone listening to this guy? He's not sounding the least bit realistic or sage.

    July 28, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Stacy, Baton Rouge LA

    We need groups like the National Urban League, to help us fight racism.

    July 28, 2007 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  5. NoNAUandNWO Madison, WI

    No more politicians in the United States who pledge allegiance to the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission! Black, white, blue, male-female, dem-repub.. .READ THE OATH YOU TOOK AND THEN THE CONSTITUTION OF THE U.S.A.

    July 31, 2007 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. Michigander

    Certainly our government can go overboard with commissions and I do think that we need to be realistic as to what needs to be and should be investigated. but NO COMMISSIONS and NO CONVERSATIONS?? Why?? Does he feel that he can run this country without any advice from anyone? That is a little naive.

    And personally I would hope my president would be on top of issues and discussing them before they come up. Sure that would mean they were only a possible issue, but then maybe they would NEVER BECOME an issue. Is that always possible? Maybe not, certainly not if you have no conversations.

    And thank you very much for bringing up Regan, I wish I had taken count of how many times his name was brought up in the Republican debates it had to be a record. Then to have a Democrate do it too. Give me a break, okay, yes I liked Regan too as a man. As a president, on the domestic side?? He did more to pull down the unions and middle class than any other president I can think of, even Bush.

    January 20, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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