Obama also stood silently while former President Jimmy Carter blamed racism for the opposition to Obama. "I think an overwhelming portion of the intensely demonstrated animosity toward President Barack Obama," said Carter, "is based on the fact that he is a black man, that he's African-American. Racism ... still exists, and I think it's bubbled up to the surface because of a belief among many white people, not just in the South but around the country, that African-Americans are not qualified to lead this great country."
So much for no more irresponsible use of the race card.
Four years into Obama's recovery, many blacks are asking, "So, where are the jobs?"
When Obama entered office, the black unemployment rate was 12.7 percent. As of August 2011, it still stood at 16.5 percent. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., then chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said, "If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House." A year later, though the rate had dropped a couple points, Cleaver said: "With 14 percent (black) unemployment, if we had a white president we'd be marching around the White House. ... The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn't to someone white."
Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called the black unemployment rate "unconscionable." But at a jobs town hall forum in Detroit, Waters told the predominately black audience that she did not intend to criticize Obama. "We're politicians," noted this original member of the CBC. "If we go after the President too hard," she said, "you're going after us. When you tell us it's all right and you unleash us and you're ready to have this conversation, we're ready to have the conversation."
For many blacks, Obama as president represents someone who clearly, genuinely cares about the black community. Is there any doubt that Obama wants what he thinks is best for the black community? Comedian Chris Rock was not doing stand-up when he said President Obama is like "the dad of the country."
Well, the results are in. And they are not good. The median income of black households declined more than twice as much as the income of white households under Obama's tenure. Blacks have lost their homes to foreclosure at a higher rate than whites. By taxing the "rich," placing health care under federal oversight and spending $1 trillion on "stimulus," Obama's policies have produced the worst recovery on record.
But President Obama cares -- truly, madly, deeply.