July 21st, 2008
12:48 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama to speak at UNITY event

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/07/21/art.obama.ap.jpg caption="Obama will attend the UNITY event."](CNN) - Barack Obama will speak before a major gathering of journalists in Chicago this Sunday, likely the Illinois senator's first national appearance upon returning from his trip abroad.

The event, sponsored by an alliance of minority journalists called UNITY, will be broadcast live on CNN Sunday morning. The gathering's organizers also extended an invitation to John McCain.

"We are pleased that our UNITY colleagues will have the chance to hear from Sen. Obama and be among the first to question him upon his return from his overseas trip," Karen Lincoln Michel, UNITY president, said in a statement. "We hope that in this historic campaign, Sen. McCain, whose presence is equally important, will also address our audience – the kind of audience that reflects the growing diversity in America."

UNITY says it represents nearly 10,000 members of the Asian American Journalists Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the Native American Journalists Association.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Marie in California

    Okay. Will we ever get to a point where there are just plain old Americans again?

    Speaking to a generic "you".....I am really offended by all this hyphenated stuff and I find it to be very socially divisive and an impediment to national unity. If you want to keep your Asian, Hispanic, Nordic, Black, British or whatever your background or tilt, if you want to be separatist, then stay there instead of here, in the UNITED States.

    And, when the ethnic or social descriptor is placed BEFORE "American" when you define yourself.....well, personally I find that to be very anti-American and belittling to the overall inclusive spirit of this country.

    Personally, I could probably hyphenate myself in dozens of ways if I were to go that route. European-American, Caucasian-American, California-American, Ph.D.-American, Married-American, Professional-American, etc. etc. ad infinitum.

    As it is, I prefer to just be "an American."

    July 21, 2008 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  2. freddy

    More lies comming from the man who is nothing. I can't believe that people buy his rhetoric and double talk. I don't understand why people think he is the second comming. There is nothing to this man...except that his intentions are to destroy America and it's people.

    Wake up America. Vote Hillary. She is the only one that can change anything.

    Otherwise I hope that you enjoy you comfortable life now 'cause with Obama in office it will go away and you'll be forever praying for the last eight years.

    July 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  3. B.Hawkins

    Why didn't anybody ask Hillary?

    July 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Lesley

    I hope that Obama accepts the invitation of an interview with Bill O'Reilly. I would like to have an end to the conservative tirade once and for all. At least O'Reilly is willing to talk to him before trashing him and will be objective albeit harsher in his approach.

    July 21, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  5. Mike, TX

    Obama is the Rodney King of American politics (sorry Rodney).

    July 21, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  6. Typical White Person

    SNL needs to do another skit on the media obsession with Obama. This 24/7 coverage of every bead of sweat (or lack thereof) is past the point of obsurd and fast approaching unethical.

    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  7. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    Are the Hill-Billy's going to be there with PUMA and the like in tow?

    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  8. ali

    get ready for the mccain hecklers.

    July 21, 2008 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. anonymous

    O'Reilly will tear NOBAMA a new one. I hope he DOES accept. He's probably to chicken to show up anywhere he can't look like a rock star. PUKE.

    July 21, 2008 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  10. www.NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama is all talk: flowery rhetoric and empty promises.

    July 21, 2008 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  11. http://www.NotFallingInLine.org

    Obama is all talk: flowery rhetoric and empty promises.

    Says one thing today, and the opposite the next.

    July 21, 2008 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  12. Janet WV for Obama

    @ the "Why didn't anybody ask Hillary crowd", Newsflash! The primaries are over! We are now proceeding to the general election. The Democratic nominee for president is BARACK OBAMA and the Republican nominee is JOHN MCCAIN. Hillary was not invited because she is NOT the nominee.

    July 21, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. Denise Groves

    He will be dynamic, no matter what he says!

    July 21, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. floridian

    Let's see, we have a large membership in the UNITY group which is not considered racist. Great! Now, I wonder if I could organize a large group of non-minority journalists with a name like, umm, how about WHITEY?

    July 21, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  15. Deb, Allentown, PA

    Lisa-FL and you other PUMA members, please pay attention. Read slowly.

    The Clinton and Obama campaigns agreed, prior to the Florida and Michigan primaries, that if those two states went ahead and moved up their primaries, they would be disenfranchised and their votes would not count. Both campaigns SIGNED OFF ON IT. Then, when Hillary started to fall behind to Obama in delegates, suddenly the rules changed. That's not fair.

    Obama did not steal the election; the DNC did not give him the election. I will admit, that the only fair way to have gotten a true result would have been for both states to have a run-off, with BOTH candidates on the ballot. But, obviously that didn't happen. However, you cannot change the fact that the rules of the game were agreed to long before the primaries occurred.

    I would vote for Hillary if she were the nominee, and if you are a true Democrat and can get over your anger, you will vote for Obama as the nominee. A vote for McCain is a slap in the face to your candidate. There is no chance she will be McCain's VP, nor his Attorney General, nor his health care guru (after all, remember, he hates HillaryCare). In an Obama administration, she has a chance to do some good and position herself for a run at the presidency in 8 years. All you're doing is shooting yourself, AND YOUR CANDIDATE, in the foot. What purpose does that serve???

    July 21, 2008 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Democrats Unify & Vote Big

    Unity sounds like a very diversified organization. Should be an important event.

    July 21, 2008 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. JoJo

    Hey Marie I wish we could all just be Americans too but the country was built on racial divide where we were not all created equal according to our social standards. Hopefully we will chip away at that mind-set more and more as time goes on but for now it still exists. Obama really brings hope for that regardless what anyone says.

    July 21, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. kayla

    notfallinglnline.org. if Sen Obama is all talk, then mcsame is all whinning. once a man twice a child. that is mcsame. boring and old

    July 21, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  19. Hyapathia Lee

    O'Reily will tear Obama a new one? What are you smokin?

    This is EXACTLY what I'd expect from an "Anonymous" poster on July 21st, 2008 4:58 pm ET

    – – – – – – – – – –
    O'Reilly will tear NOBAMA a new one. I hope he DOES accept. He's probably to chicken to show up anywhere he can't look like a rock star. PUKE.
    – – – – – – – – – –

    Remove your boy Bill from the safety of his studio thereby taking away his ability to YELL over the top of the other person while they are speaking and beloved O"Reilly will sit there like a polite lap dog.

    In a civil, intellectual debate ... I'll take Obama...

    July 21, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  20. CNN = Jerry Springer of news

    Lisa-Fl. July 21st, 2008 4:04 pm ET

    No to Unity. We didn't pick him as our nominee. The DNC did. We want Hillary.
    Do you only read the lame titles CNN posts for their abridged articles for the ticker? This discussion is not about party unity, it is about Obama speaking to a group of minority journalists.

    The primaries are over, so quit trying to look for Obama – Hillary articles to talk about how unfair the media and DNC are. Please move on...

    July 21, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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