Obama's fiery speech to CBC defended
September 28th, 2011
04:20 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama's fiery speech to CBC defended

Washington (CNN) - A White House official is defending controversial comments President Obama made in a weekend speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.

“It was meant as a rallying cry,” the official said.


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  1. The RNC (Righteous Neanderthal Circus)

    Obama talks sternly to his base and asks them to stand up and work for what's right.
    The Repubs are just the opposite – the all want to get into a mindless mob so they can find someone (everyone) else to blame.

    September 28, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  2. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    I was offended by Boehner's, "Hell no!" approach to governing, as well as Eric Cantor's willingness to expect seniors, the middle class, and veterans, to pay for the massive Bush republican debt that brought us to our knees. I am also offended by the spokesperson of the teabaggers, Illinois republican congressman and dead beat dad, not living up to his responsibilities. I am also offended by the republicans trying to shut down government, and taking every wrong position against Americans for over 30 years.

    September 28, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    I continue to be offended by the republicans attack on the US Postal system, their refusal to fund FEMA, and other government safety agencies. I believe they are trying their damnedest to have a successful terrorist attack to discredit our president.

    September 28, 2011 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  4. Cali liberal

    I am against a weak president who is all talk and no substance.

    September 28, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  5. No Amnesty for Teabaggers - Impeach Republicans

    The Illinois spokesperson for teabagging is deadbeat dad, is republican congressman Joe Walsh. Sorry for the confusion.

    September 28, 2011 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |
  6. jerry

    some needs to tell obama this is a country of many races and differences...there should not be a CBC..period,and BO should never have spoken to just them...the great uniter is not a uniter, but quite the opposite indeed!

    September 28, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  7. Little Jimmy Truth

    Obama, how much that we must pay your speech fee?

    September 28, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  8. Bennie Sowers

    President Obama showed his distain for the black community. Too bad there are no other candidates worth their salt challenging him. Today he spoke on jobs particurlarly for Hispanics. Obama is a hypocrite and his inner feelings toward blacks is clear and we won't forget. 2012 will be a year of change and not the change he promised in 2008. This has been a bumper crop of disappointments from this white house. This president is NOT for ALL the People he is clearly for the Hispanic people ,gays and the Jews. As for me he can go straight to hell because that is where he has sentenced the black community. I don't know how Michelle can look him in the face with what he has done to the black community nevermind what others did this was his opportunity to do the right thing and he fell flat on his face. I have one question for Obama WHY?

    September 28, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Personally, I laughed when I heard it.

    Maxine Waters is one of the things God hates. A troublemaker. I'm glad he gave THEM a dose of their own medicine and it didn't taste good. Maybe now they will respect and appreciate the office of the presidency and I dare any of them to DEMAND of any other president the things they demanded of Obama. What a group of thankless jerks they are.

    September 28, 2011 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. E G30

    Who's fault is it? The president? Congress? Bush? All of this is our fault. We voted Bush into office twice. We were in a recession and 8 trillion dollars in the hole by the end of his term. Then we vote in Obama and only give him two years to fix the economy. What was our next move? We give the tea party the house after they promised to make things worse. The unemployment rate was down at the end of 2010 and went back up after these tea people took office. People are afraid they might not get paid, afraid of no desaster relief and afraid of losing Medicare. The republicans told us they were going to screw the middle class and we gave them the house anyway. Who's fault is it?

    September 28, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  11. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Ooooh! Let's see how the Right spins the President telling his "coddled minorities" to get out there and be a part of the process.
    You guys are a joke.

    September 28, 2011 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  12. john

    In other words where were they NOV2010 VOTE in NOV2012 we need a working CONGRESS

    September 28, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  13. Terry, VA

    Obummie continues to divide not unite.

    September 28, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  14. john

    What President Obama was telling the CBC is work with him, get out and be heard VOTE in all elections(local/]state/fed) give a Congress that will work with him

    September 28, 2011 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  15. kat

    It's so funny to see his accent change when he's speaking to blacks.. It's almost like MLK. He can't measure up to a true civil rights leader. I'm white and I can see the difference in his accent when speaking to a mixed crowd and a black crowd. It's hillarious! Does he really care about minorities? I don't think so, he's trying to pad his pockets for re-election. Blacks are left out in his mind, they don't have $$$ to keep him involved in their problems. It's sad, we are all ONE. He just can't see that.

    September 29, 2011 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  16. kat

    Stop campaigning on taxpayer $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$'s

    September 29, 2011 02:09 am at 2:09 am |
  17. Sandy

    There are things you can say to your "family" that you can't say to others. Obama felt that he was with "his people" and he can say that. He has done a lot, and Democrats were seemingly falling into Republican talking points that Obama hasn't done much. Obama has over 200 accomplishments since being in office! Remember that! That's why he was saying stop complaining and start helping him.

    September 29, 2011 08:50 am at 8:50 am |