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President of USA, is neither a white, nor a black. He maybe a Republican or a Democrat. He is the president, at least for a minimum of four, guaranteed years, not considering an occasional, impeachment. I do not like Mitt Romney being booed for what he, truly, believes in. Republicanism, aka conservatism.
Not yet outdated, out of reach or totally dilapidated.
Though Barack Obama may assume so. It is not NAACP to show such a total disregard to someone, who may, actually, be good to them.
Obama’s avoidance to address NAACP, this time, proves that he has nothing better to say. Promises of the past, did not materialized in his term, why would further promises in his (unlikely) second term would? Think about it. We, the voters, black, white, women, Hispanic or east Asian want to know more in the presidential debates.
Maybe, earlier than that. Only short time to wrap up this show of strength, or the lack of it, Mr (presumptive friend of NAACP) Mitt Romney, Sir!
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Romney Booed at NAACP While Criticizing Obama
Mitt Romney, trying to defeat the first black U.S. president, drew boos at times during a speech to the nation’s oldest civil-rights group as he said his policies would help the economic interests of blacks more than those of the Obama administration.
“If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you’re looking at him,” Romney said, one of several lines that prompted booing during his 25- minute address today at the national convention of the NAACP in Houston.
Romney, who received a standing ovation from most in the audience at the end of his remarks, was also booed when he said he would repeal the health-care legislation that has become the signature accomplishment of President Barack Obama’s tenure in office.
“If you understood who I truly am in my heart, and if it were possible to fully communicate what I believe is in the real, enduring best interest of African-American families, you would vote for me for president,” the presumptive Republican nominee said.
“I want you to know that if I did not believe that my policies and my leadership would help families of color — and families of any color — more than the policies and leadership of President Obama, I wouldn’t be running for president,” said Romney.
He is unlikely to win over the votes of many members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, whose membership leans Democratic. Still, it would have looked bad for him to turn down the group’s invitation, political observers say.
“Were he not to attend the convention, that would send a negative signal to many swing voters,” Mark Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said before the speech. “It’s not a friendly venue for any Republican, but it could send a positive signal to the population at large.”
Four years ago, Senator John McCain, then the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told the NAACP that he would expand educational opportunities, partly through vouchers for low-income children to attend private school. He also praised Obama, then a senator from Illinois, for his historic campaign.
Obama isn’t speaking to the group this year; Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to do so. Obama won 95 percent of the African-American vote four years ago, exit polls show.
The president has overwhelming support from black voters, 92 percent to 2 percent, according to a July 1-8 survey by the Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. The poll found Obama leading Romney 46 percent to 43 percent among all voters, helped by an almost 2-1 advantage among single women.
Like others in the U.S. economy, African-American voters have been hit hard in recent years. Because they tend to be more dependent on home equity, black household wealth fell by 53 percent from 2005 to 2009, according to the Pew Research Center. The unemployment rate for blacks is 14.4 percent, compared with a national rate of 8.2 percent.
Clo Ewing, a spokeswoman for Obama’s re-election campaign, said in a statement after the speech that Romney’s policies would hurt working American families while benefiting the wealthiest.
“At the NAACP today, leaders in the African-American community recognized the devastating impact Mitt Romney’s policies would have on working families,” Ewing said. “He’d gut investments in education, energy, and infrastructure, and raise taxes on the middle class even as he gives $5 trillion in tax cuts weighted towards millionaires and billionaires. He’d put insurance companies back in charge, threatening the health of more than 30 million Americans who will gain coverage because of the Affordable Care Act.”
Romney cited in his speech his experience as governor of Massachusetts to show how he can work across party lines.
“When you are in a state with 11 percent Republican registration, you don’t get there by just talking to Republicans,” he said. “You have to make your case to every single voter. We don’t count anybody out.”
While recognizing the historic nature of Obama’s election, Romney suggested his administration hasn’t lived up to its potential.
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First thing first.
Without any help from NYT, I said it first. I am bored.
OK. NYT is, as usual, late in getting to the bottom. Too much fat, I believe.
What do you suggest we do?
Set some fire under, I must not say bad words, I must never say bad words, politicians fat asses?
I think. Therefore, I am Sid Harth@webworldismyoyster.com
Caring About PoliticsBy DAVID BROOKS and GAIL COLLINS
In The Conversation, David Brooks and Gail Collins talk between columns every Wednesday.
David Brooks: Gail, for the past few weeks, I’ve been collecting string for a column on why young people should care a lot more about politics. And when I say collecting string I mean piling up books and articles on the subject without ever working up the willpower to actually read them.
Gail Collins: Oh yes, collecting string. It is second only to the myth of “the backup column.” The column that you will keep in storage just in case whatever you’re doing doesn’t work out. Which in the real world is devoured as fast as a warm chocolate-chip cookie.
David: Not a lot of people are following politics closely this year. Four years ago, pollsters asked Americans if they found the presidential race interesting. A clear plurality said yes. This year, a clear plurality says no. Somehow they find a race between two androids less than scintillating.
Gail: Well, duh. You have the dramatic change-guy who didn’t seem to change anything – although I personally would argue that health care alone was huge. And on the other side, the incredibly boring businessman who has offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands to avoid the taxes most of the rest of the country has to pay.
David: We may be entering an era in which politics is less central. A lot has happened recently — jobs numbers, a health care law upheld, new immigration policies, zillions of dollars in ad spending. And the polls have hardly moved. Obama had a tiny lead four months ago and he has a tiny lead now. Nobody’s mind is being changed because nobody who is persuadable is paying attention. It’s apathy city.
Gail: David, don’t feel bad. I’m happy to tell you it’s the Republicans’ fault. The normal rule of democracy is that if things are lousy, you throw out the incumbents. But right now the opposition is controlled by people who are totally insane and good at nothing but shutting things down. I would argue that the president, with a Congress composed mainly of Democrats and traditional Republicans, could take care of a lot of our problems. But if people simply want a change, all they’ve got is the Forces of Loony Doom.
David: Gail, did you accidentally leave the TV on and absorb a night’s worth of MSNBC subliminally in your sleep? Your partisan ya-yas are flowing. By the way, if you did, have you seen the world’s most embarrassing promo spots, the ones directed by Spike Lee in which the hosts are put in front of some big infrastructure project or the White House and forced to give a pious speech as if they are high school kids running to be Robert Moses? Why can’t MSNBC hosts unionize and put an end to this humiliation?
Anyway, the topic at hand is apathy. Granted, I studiously ignore stories about fund-raising numbers. I have never seen compelling evidence that fund-raising levels powerfully influenced a presidential race. Whether Romney outraises Obama or vice versa is totally unimportant.
Gail: Although, the billionaires, good grief.
David: But I still follow the other political news closely and I still think politics is the most complicated and consequential of human activities, and very much worth obsessing about. I often mention to goo-goo types that Haiti has thousands of N.G.O.’s, which are presumably doing good work (well, at least half of them). But if the politicians don’t get governance right, there’s only so much anyone else can do. The place will still be a wreck. Politics matters.
Gail: No argument here. It’s the Tea Party forces on the Republican side who don’t actually believe in politics. They have a my-way-or-the-highway mentality that won’t go away until they get the message that most Americans don’t want to shut down large parts of the government, privatize entitlements, privatize education, etc.
David: I think you’re a bit over the top here. If there is anybody who wants to eliminate entitlements, I haven’t met that person. Wanting to reform the schools with charters is not exactly handing them over to Enron. Even Paul Ryan wants government to consume about 19 percent of G.D.P., which is nearly twice as big as it was under F.D.R.
The big argument is over the shape of government and its size, within limits. And I continue to believe that electoral politics presents the sternest character test, especially these days. The job of being a senator or even president just stinks.
Gail: On that last point, I totally agree. Very few people appreciate how hard it is.
David: Imagine all the fund-raising. Imagine all the travel. Imagine all the criticism. These people do it because they are emotional freaks (O.K., I grant that) but also because they want to do good for the country. To run for office, you have to play close attention to what other people want. You have to balance the demands of marketing with the cry of conscience. You get mercilessly punished for each bad decision or unfortunate word, not to mention everything good that you do. We think ill of our politicians not because they are so rotten, but because the tasks are so hard. How can this drama not be interesting?
Gail: I have always loved politics. I have always loved politicians. They are generally truly humble people, even though they’re egomaniacs. They understand how much they’re under the thumb of average folks back home.
David: I was going through the decades of the 20th century to try to see which of them were primarily political decades. That is to say, was the most important thing that happened that decade political or not? My results follow:
1900s — Industrialization. Not Political.
1910s — World War I. Political.
1920s — Consumer culture and beginning of mass prosperity. Not Political.
1930s — The New Deal. Political.
1940s — World War II. Political.
1950s — Suburbanization. Not Political.
1960s — New Frontier, Civil Rights, Vietnam. Political.
1970s — Feminism. Not Political.
1980s — Reagan Revolution. Capitalist Revival. Semi-Political.
1990s — Silicon Valley. Not Political.
2000s — 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq. Political.
Gail: Hmmm. Just coming from my own special thing, I would argue that feminism was political. But go on.
David: Yeah, I know, the personal is political and all that. But one has to draw lines.
In at least half the decades, politics was the most important thing that happened, though to be fair in the happier decades politics took a back seat. I think this vindicates my feeling that anybody who is not paying close attention is not paying attention to the one of the main arenas of life in their time. You can try to ignore politics, but it won’t ignore you.
Gail: Of course I agree with you. But I can see how this particular campaign is turning a lot of people off. And now that I think of it, I might have been too quick in giving up on the issue of the “super PACs” and their endless money.
Folks in the true-blue or really-red states feel as if their votes don’t matter, and they’re sort of right – it’s as if they’ve already been counted. And people in the swing states are under such a barrage of attack ads from both sides, they’re numb with disdain for everybody involved. I have family visiting from Ohio right now, and they’re like refugees from a TV-ad tsunami. And it’s only July! There’s got to be a better way.
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