Obama camp cites 'scheduling conflict' for NAACP convention no-show
July 11th, 2012
10:09 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama camp cites 'scheduling conflict' for NAACP convention no-show

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign insisted a "scheduling conflict" is behind the president's decision to skip this year's NAACP convention.

"We declined a few weeks ago and [the] NAACP was pleased [Vice President Joe Biden] was able to attend," a campaign official told CNN.

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However, the president did make a brief appearance in a pre-taped video that ran before the vice president appeared.

"If you keep standing with me…I know we can arrive there together," the president said after delivering a few lines from his typical stump speech on helping middle class Americans.

While the president's schedule appeared to be wide open for Thursday–raising questions as to why his campaign cited "scheduling conflicts"–CNN confirmed Thursday morning that Obama and his wife, Michelle, are sitting down for an interview with CBS News.

The president also holds his daily briefing with senior aides and advisers.

Hilary Shelton, the NAACP Washington Bureau director and a senior vice president in the organization, said the White House never confirmed a visit.

“They were trying to work out something," Shelton said. As to why Obama could not attend, he added, "It was that something could not be moved. Something was crucial. And unfortunately, they couldn’t move it in a way they could get him here this week.”

Obama addressed the convention in 2009 and last year Michelle Obama spoke to the group.

The White House and Obama's re-election campaign have been hit with questions on the matter especially after presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney addressed the group Wednesday.

The former Massachusetts governor was booed during his remarks when he vowed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature health care law.

Biden is scheduled to deliver the keynote address Thursday at the annual convention in Houston, Texas.

Thursday is the final day of the five-day conference.

- CNN Political Reporter Shannon Travis contributed to this report

Filed under: NAACP • President Obama
soundoff (169 Responses)
  1. Bob the Observer

    It is dangerous to ignore some group just because you take it for granted, thinking "They will vote for me; they have to." It has cost some close elections.

    July 12, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Mr B

    Well – He does have those to appearances at high schools in Virginia Beach and Hampton today (these were only scheduled about a week ago). Pressing stuff, couldn't break away to speek to the NAACP.

    July 12, 2012 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Mr B

    TWO appearances.... 🙁

    July 12, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Peace

    I am hearing especially from GOP side that Romney has said to NAACP what he stands for. Oh! Really!!!!! Romney will not get votes from what he stands for, BUT from those who hear and take what he says. From his speech of yesterday, I regret to say he will not get even two votes for what he stands for. Will that help him??? I do not think so!

    July 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  5. luckjoe

    Yesterday it was reported that 95% of Black Americans voted for Obama, so why should he bother to show up?

    July 12, 2012 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. lib

    @goose66 , I believe that folks should be told to not let Mitt sell our votes to the Koch brothers, adelson, donald trump and the other unscrupyulous people who are financing his election. This is what turns me off as a voter more than his being rich. I am not willing to sell my vote and I am Black coming from a family who pays taxes and have worked hard in this country.

    July 12, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. winky

    @Wiredweirdinsf The president has great skin and character!

    July 12, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. CutTax

    Impeach Obama

    July 12, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  9. Chadl

    I see all of these comments about black people only chose by race. Is this something new for only black people. What world do they live in where white voters never did the same. Just because a person like Obama for whatever reason doesn't have to be because of color. You keep saying what has he accomplished? More or less The Blacks as one person described us notice that the republican congress votes against EVEY single ideal he attempts to put in place so is it his fault things have not improved. Really how could we ever tell because the house is acting like 5 year old's. For example granted the healthcare bill may not be the greatest but instead of these clowns working on it to make it better they frustrate everyone especially people who need but can't afford insurance. A note to the people blocking laws sighting a taxes, I know your not really looking out for me and never did but how about finding another battle to fight. For the idiots complaining about taxes. Just pay the darn things and stop think your tax money only goes to poor blacks... Take a visit Kentucky, Tennessee and other southern states? You hard own taxes go there too buddy, just pay them and figure its your christian duty and stop complaining

    July 12, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. j14401s

    Someone miss the memo about the convention??? From what's posted on other sites, apparently no one showed up for Biden anyway. Laugh a minute by our politicians and they are such bad laughs. Making fun of the NAACP's convention and putting them down. Shame on our government.

    July 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  11. Seriously

    They sent Biden? Wow, they would have been better off just blowing it off completely and send no-one. If Biden opens his mouth, he may actually do what everyone thinks is impossible, make Romney look good to the NAACP

    July 12, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. prettypiper

    @Ciemma, You're comments have no merit and purely stupid. The NAACP knows where he stands and Biden is a Hell of a Speaker ??? Maybe that's what's wrong. The good speeches; He KNOWS, well look at his record and really see what he has done. He's an ENABLER and ultimately he CHOSE not to attend. He spoke at the Gay and Lesbian rally; Was his schedule a conflict of interest there? As far as Mitt, It's politics and yes he should have spoken at the NAACP and for an audience to boo him, what a joke of an organization.

    July 12, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Name willardbullock

    Impeach out of presdient obama 2012

    July 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  14. TheBigSarge

    probably someone would have asked him how he "ran as an African-American", when he is mixed race, not black, according to the almighty Morgan Freeman.


    July 12, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  15. JaySay

    After his snub to the NAACP, Obama's black voter support dropped from 95.72% to 95.70%

    July 12, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Langor

    He didn't need to sing to the choir. He knows he has those votes it is the NAACP.

    July 12, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  17. Joan

    Something is really strange here. VP Biden gave a great speech to the NAACP and they loved him. They also totally supported Eric Holder when he spoke. Plus they got a video from the President too. The NAACP seems to be very happy with the way it all turned out. The only people upset seem to be Wolf Blitzer, some other CNN journalists and of course the Republicans who are not in the equation anyway. I guess they are trying to cause some controversy instead of covering a good speech.

    July 12, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  18. Rudy NYC


    probably someone would have asked him how he "ran as an African-American", when he is mixed race, not black, according to the almighty Morgan Freeman.
    Uh, maybe he "ran as an African-American" because the media called him an African American, and because one parent was African and the other American. Morgan Freeman should have kept that comment to himself.

    July 12, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    Obama is a politician. He needs votes and will put his time in to situations where there is a return on investment like important states and swing groups.

    Politics and Corporations are cold and calculating. That is why you always see family pictures and and pseudo-caring events like painting one brush stroke on project house. Romney and Obama want to think they are just like you instead of cold and calculating politicians.

    Get over it and vote THIRD party.

    July 12, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
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