Obama's race problem is black and white - and green
September 29th, 2011
01:30 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama's race problem is black and white - and green

Washington (CNN) - Even as he charges into his re-election battle, President Barack Obama has a festering weakness on a flank that, by all accounts, ought to be rock solid: the one held by African-American Democrats. Their support for his programs, belief in his leadership and enthusiasm for another term is softening just as he needs it most.

In the past few weeks, the president has been chastised by the Congressional Black Caucus for avoiding troubled inner-city districts, peppered with tough questions on BET, and suffered plummeting poll numbers among black voters.

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  1. BP

    The CBC is overflowing with racists, so hats off to Obama for tellin'em off.

    September 29, 2011 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    from the article:
    Joblessness, bad for everyone, is much worse in African-American communities, where unemployment is pushing 17%, the worst since the 1980s.
    Hey, Mr. Cain. You see that statistic. This goes out to other conservatives, too.

    Whenever Republicans start invoking Pres. Reagan's name, and how great is economic policies were, I hope you will understand why black voters run away from the Republican Party in droves. Trickle Down Economics was a complete disaster in almost all black communities. BTW, "trickle down" is not a formal economic theory. It is a term invented by Reagan economic advisors for their distorted version of supply side economics.

    While some polls may suggest that support for Pres. Obama is declining in black communities, his support is also declining across the board. His inability to reverse the Bush Tax Cuts has been a major factor in the high unemployment among black Americans.

    September 29, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  3. Independent Voters

    Why do race always play a part in election..I am voting for the best candidate and the republican will not have my vote.
    The teabaggar/republican are against middle class and working class and most of the african american are middle class, poverty, working class which the teabaggars are showing they are racsit group of people and I am sure that african american will show the republican party they are not to be taken granted for and they are going vote them out of the office.

    September 29, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  4. Hammerer

    Sooner or later the black community had to realize that the Democratic party knew that no matter what that they would vote Democratic. There is no reason to do more than make a promise and then count them as sure votes and forget about them.
    Over the years the Dems have claimed to be pro black, but look back and see what the results have been. That is what happens when a person listens to a politician and does not find the truth for himself.
    Promises but no action!

    September 29, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. gt

    thats nuts ...95 % of blacks will support obama even if the economy stinks.... they have and all ways will vote color over character every time...no matter if its o j or obama...its all about skin color...and uncondtional support...

    September 29, 2011 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  6. The Greedy Old Pigs (and CNN) have lost ther minds!

    Huh? Where the more obvious article about the GOBP and the Teacult problems with "black and white"?

    September 29, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  7. Jilli

    Be real here...if given a choice between Obama and any one of the republicans, do you honestly believe that blacks would vote for a republican? Heck, I'm white and wouldn't vote for a republican – not even if you held a gun to my head. What has the republican party done for minorities – and the working class – that would entice them to vote for their candidates? It's not all about race, it's about results.

    September 29, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  8. LIP

    Reality check...people of all races and colors are finding out that just because he says he is for them and just because they elected him, doesn't mean he is going to keep his word to elevate them all to some unsustainable platform. You can't have your cake and eat it to people...it helps to work for it like all those rich people he so carelessly chastises every other day. Lets get real for a change. It doesn't do us any good to actually believe what Obama and the Democrats would like us to believe. Republicans preach reality, whether you like it or not. Let 's vote for it, for a change we can handle.

    September 29, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    I'll say it again – the president was RIGHT when he spoke to the CBC. Blacks are not the ONLY group out there who need jobs and they are wrong to point the fingers and DEMAND he cater exclusively to them. Having said that – I STILL support our president and anyone who accuses me of being lazy and wanting the government to take care of all my needs is a liar who is guilty of stereotyping to hide their true feelings.

    September 29, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    African American voters should be more concerned about the unjust voter ID laws being installed around the country. Republicans know that if the low income and minority vote had been a several percentage points less, then McCain would have won in 2008.

    It is that statistic that gives life to the lie that Obama won because all of the black voters voted for him. I guess he beat Alan Keyes because all of the black voters came out and voted for the black guy in the race.

    September 29, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  11. Little Jimmy Truth

    Don't forget about red and yellow.

    September 29, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Elizabeth

    Give it a rest CNN. You have now sunk to a new low trying to convince us that blacks are not in support of the president. If you guys take your foot out of you know where, and stop kissing up to the tea party, you will know that the majority of African Americans were defending President Obama against Maxine Water's comments on talk radio. But I guess you are not worried about facts, CNN. You have to continue pushing your new teatard agenda.

    September 29, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  13. Sandy

    "the one held by African-American Democrats. Their support for his programs, belief in his leadership and enthusiasm for another term is softening just as he needs it most."

    Uh, no it's not. I've been going to campaign meeting and people, especially blacks, are still behind him 100%.

    Like Obama said, stop whining and get behind him to defeat these Republicans that are trying to destroy the economy just so they can defeat Obama.

    September 29, 2011 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Another thing. I resent this story. Did you run this same article on past presidents? I'm sure the answer is no.

    September 29, 2011 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |