February 23rd, 2008
08:45 AM ET
13 years ago

Obama takes heat for skipping State of the Black Union

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/23/obama.sobu/art.obama.gi.jpg caption=" Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama campaigns in New Orleans on February 7."]NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (CNN) - The annual State of the Black Union forum boasts a number of famous names as it gets under way in New Orleans, but this year's event is getting much more attention for who won't be there.

Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, was the only major presidential candidate to accept an invitation to attend.

Her rival, Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, declined, as did Republican presidential hopeful Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

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Watch: CNN's Sean Callebs looks at the State of the Black Union, a gathering in New Orleans.

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  1. shaneknowsbest

    I think its far more important he wins over Texas!

    Ever things bigger in Texas including the amont of time Obama needs to win over the people there.

    They already know Clinton ! I think we all realise he needs the time.....

    February 23, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  2. Robin Wagner from ct

    First of all Barack Obama,
    Asked if his wife can come a speak for him. Because she know him better than anyone . Mr.Smiley turned her down. Barack Obama loves his country . Because he can not make it . Don't mean he not for the Black Americans is so stupid. He can't go he can't go . There nothing more to it than just that . And to Hillary Clinton is the only one that even did anything for the heart ship of Katerina victims is not right .
    He has taken action many times over . What about when Barack won the state and Hillary never said thank you to the voter's for there votes. She never yet said thank you to any state she lost at . He has to all voters win or lose . So this idea that he has not been there is so wrong . Maybe Mr.Smilely need to look closer to whom never thanks anyone when she loses .. She just run to the state she thinks she can win.
    Barack Obama never ran his campaign on race anyways . He often do speak about black issues.
    It is a fact whom better know black issues than a black person. Let's not hide the facts. Also same as a black person saying they know white issues . Because it just not right either .
    My reasoning for saying this because a white female I can never say how it feels to get put down because I'm black . Because I don't . Just as the same for a black man or women say to me how I feel when a black man or women down me . Because they also are not white . Many will say I don't no what I'm talking about . That only because people do not want to have a real conversation about race issues .
    Out of fear you might upset someone. Well strong mind people can speak true ful about there feeling and know it ok . Because we are open minded without the fear.
    Barack Obama maybe in a different can go speak to the group . He did write a letter explaining himself should enough. And for Mr. Smiley turning Mrs. Obama down is wrong also .
    Well anyways . All I have to say about this ,. So all go out and vote for the right person . Barack Obama .
    This BUSH , CLINTON thing . Where dose it end .? Next 4 years Jeb BUSH.

    February 23, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
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