The black leaders that attended the NAACP Convention here Thursday heaped praise on Vice President Joe Biden for a heated morning speech, but one question quietly pervaded the gathering: Where was President Obama?
Is this a serious question? – Because the serious answer is Doing something more important than stroking the egos of the representatives of a demographic that will be voting for him anyway. It’s not even a question of bad optics; it’s just that Obama’s not going to move the fundraising and/or support needle at the NAACP enough to be worth his while, and it’s not like the President’s really all that authentic an African-American in the first place. The man’s a urban liberal academic, folks. That’s pretty damned rabiblanco.
PS: If the African-American community sincerely wants more attention from the Democratic party, though, there’s an easy solution: start voting Republican.