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Cleaver: If Obama wasn't president, we would be ‘marching on the White House’ ^

Posted on 09/20/2011 4:35:22 AM PDT by Altura Ct.

Unhappy members of the Congressional Black Caucus “probably would be marching on the White House” if Obama were not president, according to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).

"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," Cleaver told “The Miami Herald” in comments published Sunday. "There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president."

CBC members have expressed concern in recent months as the unemployment rate has continued to rise amongst African-Americans, pushing for Obama to do more to address the needs of vulnerable communities.

"We’re supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y’all,” Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in August. “We want to give [Obama] every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don’t know what the strategy is."

Rather than targeting Obama’s leadership, many CBC members aimed their fire at the Tea Party movement over the summer’s congressional recess. Waters said in a public meeting in her district that the Tea Party "can go straight to hell." Another member, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), called the Tea Party “the real enemy” seeking to hold Congress “hostage.”

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), the only Republican member of the CBC and also a member of the Tea Party Caucus, objected to hostile language used by members targeting the Tea Party movement and threatened to leave the caucus unless Cleaver condemned remarks made by other members. West singled out comments from Rep. André Carson (D-Ind.), the CBC’s whip, who said that Tea Party-affiliated members of Congress see African-Americans as "second-class citizens" and would be happy to see them "hanging from a tree."

Cleaver persuaded West to remain a member of the caucus, with West indicating later that one reason he decided to stay was that the CBC membership needed a conservative presence.

“I will not be resigning from the Congressional Black Caucus,” West wrote on his Facebook following a meeting with Cleaver at the beginning of September. “Cowards run from challenges, while warriors run to the sound of battle.”

According to West, he is working with Cleaver to produce a plan to confront the rate for unemployment amongst African-Americans, which at 16.7 percent is nearly double the rate nationwide.

Cleaver acknowledged that some of the things members of his caucus say might not be in the best interests of the “aggressive agenda” he said he is seeking to develop as chairman.

“Maxine Waters represents central Los Angeles first and she has to represent her constituents first and she's going to say things in order to represent them,” he said.

TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: hypocrites

1 posted on 09/20/2011 4:35:23 AM PDT by Altura Ct.
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2 posted on 09/20/2011 4:35:50 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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Cleaver: If Obama wasn't president, we would be ‘marching on the White House’

If Barry wasn't President, they wouldn't have any reason to march on the White House. Everyone would be too busy working and getting in overtime.
3 posted on 09/20/2011 4:37:42 AM PDT by aruanan
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Oh congress critter, shame, shame, shame...

4 posted on 09/20/2011 4:49:22 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages.)
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5 posted on 09/20/2011 4:53:27 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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6 posted on 09/20/2011 5:04:58 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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Mr. Cleaver is certainly not the sharpest knife in the drawer. POTUS Obama is going to lose the POTUS election next November, 2012 in a devastating manner, and....IMHO, Obama will be taking a good number of CBC members down with him. I would remind Mr. Cleaver, that the POTUS Obama, whom American Blacks have a unjustified fancy with, while Obama does his utmost to keep them in economic slavery and unusually high unemployment status across the board. I might also remind our American Black Christian folk, that the prize & adored POTUS Obama they love so much, stands idly by in silence as many innocent African Black Christians are jailed, tortured and murdered by Obama’s soul brothers in his, beloved, Muslim Brotherhood in the state of Libya!!! Wake up, American Blacks, Mr. Obama is at heart and soul naught but an African Muslim from head to toe, such, he cares not a hoot for you!!! Go figure!!!

7 posted on 09/20/2011 5:17:11 AM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX
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I was driving some teens home after a football game and the conversation between the group turned political. One of the teens (African-American) said his parents couldn’t stand Obama. He then said, “why do people think black people like him. Don’t they know WE pay taxes, too”. It was an interesting conversation to say the least.

8 posted on 09/20/2011 5:22:51 AM PDT by momtothree
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So that means they’ll be there in front of the WH day 1 of the next administration.


9 posted on 09/20/2011 5:24:15 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To state it in a different way,

If the guy in the white house was not of the same skin color (race) as we are, we’d be really really mad at him.
As it is, we’re going to give him a break because we know he can’t do any better because of his skin color.

Double edged racism. If it were Whitey, we’d be mad. Since he’s “black”, we don’t expect as much of him.

10 posted on 09/20/2011 5:39:20 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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