July 27th, 2008
12:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Scenes from the trail: Obama at UNITY '08


Sen. Barack Obama talks with CNN's Suzanne Malveaux and TIME magazine's Romesh Ratnesar. Photo credit: Ted Pio Roda/CNN

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama on Sunday addressed the UNITY: Journalists of Color conference in Chicago, Illinois.

The forum was the Democratic presidential nominee’s first public appearance since he returned from his overseas trip to the Middle East and Europe.

UNITY: Journalists of Color, Inc. is a coalition 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
soundoff (41 Responses)
  1. Dolly,

    Is CNN the official Obama campaign website with it's 'join the Obama campaign button"?

    July 27, 2008 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. MikeH

    The Republicans have had 10+ years to saturate media, polling organizations and voting equipment manufacturers with their secret, and not-so-secret operatives (e.g. Diebold, Wall Street Journal,). Polls at this point are being corrupted by these operative in every way untraceable to suppress or distort presentation of opinion contrary to their intent.

    Obama has a mostly terrific international tour (I think the Berlin speech was too much of a circus), while McCain stumbles repeatedly, is caught lying about the surge, and has his essay rejected by a newspaper that endorses his candidacy. Yet the polls show nothing.

    Ignore Opinion Polls for now, and MAKE SURE voting machines are not set up to delete valid Democratic votes and manufacture false Republican votes, as happened in Florida in 2000.

    July 27, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  3. Proud American

    At this point in the game only an idiot would vote for McCain. Nuff said.

    July 27, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. Ron democrat turned independent

    why is it sen. obama cannot answer a question with a simple yes or no or at least anything less than a short story that says nothing about the the question he is asked and why does the news media let him get away with it. why does the news media not ask him about his statement in the people's magazine were he admits to having the same views on Christmas and birthdays that the Muslim religion as. he keeps denying he is muslim but does not help his cause by his statements

    July 27, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. fafa

    when the guy speak journalist really do listen. WHY

    July 27, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Vig

    I guess Whites journalist's aren't included in this Unity event. I would say that's divisive. What a joke.

    July 27, 2008 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  7. Raymond Duke

    I am glad for once that McCain did not attend this event "UNITY O8". It is a forum for Journalist of color. You know what that means . It means that John McCain would have been heckled and the liberal media would have been all over it.citicizing anything McCain said and talking about how great they thought Obama was. They know most people don't read nothing but the headlines on this article and will think John McCain did not attend a function to challenge Obama. What they want tell you is that this is in chicago and 90% of the journalist there are black and already or in favor of Obama. He would have never got a fair shake . McCain needs to write the black vote off. It is going at 90% for Obama because he is black. Write the black vote off and move on with the Latino's . At least he would get a fair hearing.

    July 27, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. Elizabeth

    Oh, McCain wasn't there because he was too busy eating caviar and resting at his cabin in Arizona. Wouldn't that be nice to always take the weekends off when you are running for President of the United States!

    July 27, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  9. Loretta from California

    Why wasn't Senator McCain there? He has been whining all week about his lack of media attention.....Why didn't you make the most of this opportunity, Senator McCain?

    July 27, 2008 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. terry,va

    Changing the world is the proper banner for BHO. He is ready to make us to the biggest bunch of spineless people in the world. We will be like most of the Europeans who have to be rescued every time you turn around. It is probably BHO's wish that the Muslims take us over. No fight, just lay down America for "yes we can".

    July 27, 2008 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  11. aware

    Put your hand down Obama. You can't bless anyone! 🙁

    July 27, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  12. YANICK


    July 27, 2008 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  13. aaaa

    democrats unite!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! new world new generation.

    July 27, 2008 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  14. Christy

    Where did they find those chair covers? Good grief!

    July 27, 2008 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. smile :-)

    many of you wonder why mc c did not attend? he does not believe in working week ends.........backward thinking......he was holed up in his cabin with lobbysts

    July 27, 2008 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  16. Phil, FL

    Wow !!

    After 8 years of a president (who's jokes include "pull my finger") and the other candidate singing "bomb bomb bomb bomb bomb Iran", we finally have an intelligent, serious man to vote for.

    I'm very proud of Barack – we need a Constitutional Law Scholar and a person who knows about foreign relations that exclude the word bomb.

    It's time to get rid of the old wealthy elitist white men that have run us all into the poor house.

    It's time to go forward with Barack Hussein Obama – not backward with that other McWarmonger.

    July 27, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
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