Romney: I expected to be booed by the NAACP when I mentioned ObamaCare

posted at 6:31 pm on July 11, 2012 by Allahpundit

Everyone expected it, no? When you’re addressing a group that’s supporting the other guy to the tune of 95 percent, bet on there being a few awkward moments.

I doubt he’ll win any votes for showing up but it’s worth his while to do it anyway for two reasons. One: It’s a gesture of outreach. The left will, as always, demagogue him more viciously on race the closer we get to election day (especially if O starts to fall behind); this is Romney’s way of trying to show good faith and inoculate himself against the charge. Liberals won’t care but some swing voters might. Two: It’s catnip for the media. An event that’s guaranteed to end with a black audience criticizing the Republican nominee for president is as good as it gets if you’re among the 98 percent or whatever of reporters who are liberal. BuzzFeed’s clearly enjoying it bunches, and Think Progress is being as Think Progress-y as you’d expect. But look at it this way: How often is a Romney speech the big news story of the day? This is a windfall of earned media for his stump speech at a moment when The One has nothing much going on to distract from it. Romney knows how unpopular ObamaCare is with most of the public and he knows that the media would go nuts if he got booed by the NAACP for criticizing it, and so he did it. And now every newscast in the country tonight will have footage of him talking about how bad the boondoggler-in-chief’s big health-care program is. The press gets what it wants and Romney gets what he wants. Great.

“We expected that [the booing],” Romney told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto in a interview set to air later in the day. “I am going to give the same message to the NAACP that I give across the country which is that Obamacare is killing jobs, and if jobs is the priority, we are going to have to replace it with something that actually holds down healthcare costs, as opposed to something that causes more spending for the government and more spending for American families.”

In a statement after his address, NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous called Romney’s positions “antithetical” to the organization’s interests in a statement.

“While we are glad that Governor Romney recognized the power of the black electorate, he laid out an agenda that was antithetical to many of our interests,”said Jealous. “His criticism of the Affordable Care Act — legislation that will improve access to quality health care for millions — signals his fundamental misunderstanding of the needs of many African Americans.”

This has to be the only event in American political life where a candidate is cordially invited — and accepts — full in the knowledge that he’ll be denounced by the organizers immediately afterward as antithetical to their agenda. Emmanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said flat out after Romney’s speech that he shouldn’t have bothered going. But he had to go, of course: Turning down the invite would be spun as prima facie proof of racism. Better to go, make your pitch, and then be judged a racist. That way, at least you get some news coverage and some grudging respect from the media for having engaged an audience that’s voting against you.

As for the bigger picture, wise words from J.C. Watts:

“With all due respect to Governor Romney, he’s probably doing it to check the box,” Watts told CBS News. “Having a Republican candidate speak at the NAACP convention is like trying to build a house starting at the roof. If you don’t have a foundation, the roof isn’t going to stand.”

Watts argues that the Republican Party is not serious about dedicating the time and money necessary to establishing serious ties with leaders in the black community. He wonders why, for example, the GOP isn’t working harder to form strong relationships with southern black religious leaders. “Republicans think that the NAACP is the only voice in the black community. It is a voice in the black community. But it’s not the only voice.”

“The establishment wonders why we can’t get more of the black vote,” he added. “It’s because it’s not doing the things necessary to establish a deeper relationship with the black community. Most black people don’t think alike. Most black people just vote alike.”

Ben Jealous’s perfunctory condemnation notwithstanding, the audience was gracious to Romney for most of the speech, with some attendees saying afterward that they respected him for coming even though they disagreed with him on basically everything. (The speech ended with a standing ovation.) In fact, via Mediaite, there was a notable applause line during the speech itself. Watch this and you’ll see what Watts means.


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Oh, you won’t see that clip on MessNBC.

Marcus on July 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Racists. Seriously.

RedNewEnglander on July 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Consistent message, how refreshing

JusDreamin on July 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Meanwhile little Bammie delegates his visit to the NAACP to slow Joe. I guess the old media is okay with that. He sure can tell some great stories though.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Yeah, you really don’t have to be clairvoyant to make that assessment Mitt.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Would it be racist if 96% of white people voted for Mitt..?

d1carter on July 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

With all due respect, in my opinion the onus should be on the Black Community to at least open their minds a little to what the Republicans are saying.School vouchers, mass unemployment, and marriage between a Man and a Woman only are some of the things that we have in common.Unfortunately I don’t think it is gonna happen…

sandee on July 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Well at least this shows he has some courage, which is unfortunately not something he showed much of thus far. Courageous would be laying out in detail policy goals for his first term, it would be talking seriously about tackling entitlement reform.

vegconservative on July 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Everyone expected it, no?
=============================

Fully expected it!!

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Rush was right. He’s a Republican, he’s going to get booed at some point by the NAACP. Wouldn’t have mattered if he were darker than Wesley Snipes, he’s got the wrong letter after his name so he was not a warmly-welcomed guest.

Still, it was wise for him to go. Wresting away even a small percentage of the black vote is curtains for Obama, which means the argument should be made no matter how hard it gets.

KingGold on July 11, 2012 at 6:40 PM

Obama’s unaffordable Anti-Health Care Act is just another example of his Beating on America.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Yeah, you really don’t have to be clairvoyant to make that assessment Mitt.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I’ll give Mitt some credit here for not flopneying.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’ve always said that I’d praise Romney when I think he deserves it. This is one of those times. He can’t possibly hurt himself by going into a lion’s den like the NAACP, and hopefully it will help at least a little. My niggling little annoyance with the content of the speech is only that repeal is for legitimate laws.

NULLIFY THE BASTARD

gryphon202 on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

The racist NAACP is as worthless as a rooster that lays eggs.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

I’ll give Mitt some credit here for not flopneying.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Me too. I’m glad he did this. It still ends up being damned if you do, damned if you don’t, at best. At least he is damned for doing.

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 6:43 PM

This country seemed a lot less racially divided before electing the post-racial unicorn prince.

Speaking of which, his momma sure looked likes almost as white as Elizabeth Warren. S’up with that?

CorporatePiggy on July 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

While I thought the “repeal Obamacare” line was bold, I thought his boldest statement to the crowd was “If you want a president who helps the black community, you’re looking at him.”

Nice subtle reminder that Barry hasn’t done jack squat for them.

Kataklysmic on July 11, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Watts argues that the Republican Party is not serious about dedicating the time and money necessary to establishing serious ties with leaders in the black community.

I respect JC Watts. I can also understand why Republicans remain lukewarm in their outreach to African-American organizations. However, if Mr Watts truly believes his own words I would challenge Mr Watts himself to personally introduce Mr Romney to those black leaders he really and truly believe would listen to Mr Romney with an open mind.

DaveDief on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

gryphon202 on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Hey I feel smarter already. You agreed with me pretty much.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Actually, I do think Romney is being quite sincere here, in that he knew he would be “boo’d” by the NAACP for his declaration that he’d repeal ObamaTax. I think he knew this when he accepted the opportunity to speak before that group.

And I like that he did this. It does exemplify just to what an extent that organization is out of shape in ideas and perspectives, as have the statements by various “leaders” of the NAACP done afterward, calling people “racists” and claiming (irrationally) that “Romney’s only interested in White people” and such (story in The Daily Caller about that). If that statement alone isn’t itself racist, I don’t know what is or could be.

The NAACP and others like that org. need to be held to task to define, specifically, just what is “racist” about “opposing Obamacare” and why — name specifics, explain that perspective –and just what, specifically, IS race-based about Obamacare, such that it’d be “racist” to oppose it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

He can’t possibly hurt himself by going into a lion’s hyena’s and serpent’s den like the racist NAACP

gryphon202 on July 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Mitt showed some cajones today with a very good speech and staying with repeal message in very hostile territory.

He deserves kudos for today.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Watts argues that the Republican Party is not serious about dedicating the time and money necessary to establishing serious ties with leaders in the black community. He wonders why, for example, the GOP isn’t working harder to form strong relationships with southern black religious leaders.

Translation: Why isn’t the GOP buying off more Black Leaders? Why hasn’t the GOP bribed, and given big handouts to southern black religious leaders?

portlandon on July 11, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Big time kudos to Mitt for diving in to this hateful group’s midst, and staying consistent to his principles instead of showering them with insincere pandering tidbits like Obummer does for hispanics, gays, midwesterners, etc. etc. etc.

KS Rex on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

The NAACP and others like that org. need to be held to task to define, specifically, just what is “racist” about “opposing Obamacare” and why — name specifics, explain that perspective –and just what, specifically, IS race-based about Obamacare, such that it’d be “racist” to oppose it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

These people are racist, stupid and nuts. You might as well expect rivers to run backwards.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Now let’s see if Obama has the stones to give a speech at a Tea Party event.

HotAirian on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

He wonders why, for example, the GOP isn’t working harder to form strong relationships with southern black religious leaders.

These wouldn’t be the same leaders who called Democrat John Barrow and read him the riot act because he dared hold Eric Holder in contempt, would they?

KingGold on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

“We expected that [the booing],” Romney told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto in a interview set to air later in the day.
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4:26 pm ET July 11, 2012
First on Fox: Mitt Romney Reacts to Being Booed at NAACP Event
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VIDEO:

http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/07/11/mitt-romney-reacts-to-being-booed-at-naacp-event-first-on-fox/

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Mitt showed some cajones today with a very good speech and staying with repeal message in very hostile territory.

He deserves kudos for today.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

He sure does. When this heats up and the Mittens come off I will become a full on MittBot.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

The NAACP is a full blown example of “All great causes turn into businesses and then rackets”.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Romney may have scored some points with some NAACP people by advocating school choice and vouchers. Many black parents would be delighted to send their children to private (or even better public) schools outside the cities where they live, if they could afford it.

Steve Z on July 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Good job mitt

Naacp shows their immaturity

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Romney’s new strategy: consistency?

Stoic Patriot on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I also think it would be worthwhile, if not now then later, to require people who use this expression, “the Black community,” to define just who and what that is.

Because “the Blacks” (their language, not mine) don’t all live together on one giant block, they don’t “all” think alike as with robotics, there’s a lot of crime and infighting among their race-defining, race-defined groups and among individuals…

So, what’s this “community” as in “the Black community” to which they refer?

It’s just part of that false-but-public language that emphasizes something that doesn’t exist, a reliance on a “nothing” or “non entity” to push presumptions and prejudice.

Where is it? Who is it? Why are “they” (whoever are the members) a “community”? Based upon what?

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Were those in the audience booing Romney because he’s white? That charge would be levied if the candidates and races were reverse.

BKeyser on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

dude: OT:

today is July 11th…. that’s 7-11…. you know what that means.

m0Ar fR3E SLUrPeEz 2-day!

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

i would like to agree with Watts…but can’t really. American Solutions did some wide ranging polling across a lot of issues, foreign and domestic.

African-American’s consistently polled like liberals. The crosstabs were striking….across all the issues, foreign and domestic.

sure, same-sex marriage might be a tough sell…for a little while, but they will migrate to the correct position sooner or later

if anything is to be done, it has to be at the micro-level…block by block, as barry would say. because, as barry would say, many people vote against their self-interest…and, as barry would say, they need to have their consciousness raised.

r keller on July 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

The racist NAACP is as worthless as a rooster that lays eggs.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Whatchya talkin’ about?! That would be awesome!

LtGenRob on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Juan impressed he didn’t back down post boo

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

But look at it this way: How often is a Romney speech the big news story of the day?

I guess today…..and maybe the first tuesday come november…. heh

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

He sure does. When this heats up and the Mittens come off I will become a full on MittBot.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I also think he helped calm some worried nerves with the base today.

More than ready for the VP announcement/convention/debates and the full on campaign. Time to get this thing rolling.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

So, what’s this “community” as in “the Black community” to which they refer?

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

“Community” = Blacks who have not strayed off the “Victim” Plantation.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

I like the cut on Mitt’s jive today.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:54 PM

He wonders why, for example, the GOP isn’t working harder to form strong relationships with southern black religious leaders. “Republicans think that the NAACP is the only voice in the black community. It is a voice in the black community. But it’s not the only voice.”

good perspectives from JC Watts.

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Mitt showed some cajones today with a very good speech and staying with repeal message in very hostile territory.

He deserves kudos for today.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I’ll drink to that…!

*clink*

Seven Percent Solution on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

GG its going to be an all out war. Get ready.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Good job mitt

Naacp shows their immaturity

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:50 PM

cmsinaz:Yup,NAACP,is so LOCKED_STEPPED,it might be hopeless,maybe in
another 100 years,they might wake up!(a tad sarc):)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

The racist NAACP is as worthless as a rooster that lays eggs.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Whatchya talkin’ about?! That would be awesome!

LtGenRob on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

It’s off the save vain as “worthless as tits on a boar hog”.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

The NAACP and others like that org. need to be held to task to define, specifically, just what is “racist” about “opposing Obamacare” and why — name specifics, explain that perspective –and just what, specifically, IS race-based about Obamacare, such that it’d be “racist” to oppose it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

These people are racist, stupid and nuts. You might as well expect rivers to run backwards.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

The NAACP is a racist organization and the members are racists, therefore they are stupid.

They heard something that started with ‘Obama’ and that’s why the boos.

slickwillie2001 on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

*clink* 7%

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

GG its going to be an all out war. Get ready.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’m more than ready. I’m tougher than I look :)

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Now let’s see if Obama has the stones to give a speech at a Tea Party event.

HotAirian on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

No. Mick is still busy playing rump ranger with David Bowie last I heard.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The racist NAACP is as worthless as a rooster that lays eggs.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Whatchya talkin’ about?! That would be awesome!

LtGenRob on July 11, 2012 at 6:53 PM

It’s of the vain “As worthless as t-its on a boar hog”.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

dude: OT:

today is July 11th…. that’s 7-11…. you know what that means.

m0Ar fR3E SLUrPeEz 2-day!

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 6:52 PM

ted c:Dang you ted ,my brain locked up,trying to decpher your
codeing thingy,haha!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Great points Mitt, and I agree. Strengthen the family and the country is stronger. The converse is also true. Say it in front of the black community where most children are born out of wedlock and two parent families are an exception.

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

The NAACP and others like that org. need to be held to task to define, specifically, just what is “racist” about “opposing Obamacare” and why — name specifics, explain that perspective –and just what, specifically, IS race-based about Obamacare, such that it’d be “racist” to oppose it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

These people are racist, stupid and nuts. You might as well expect rivers to run backwards.

VorDaj on July 11, 2012 at 6:47 PM

My hope is that sometime, SOMEone is going to start reaquiring that group, among others like them, to be specific in their use of words, language in general, instead of them being given pass to speak nonsense, however eloquently, that is still nonsense.

They get media coverage and speak nonsense, express their demands and wants and reasons to exist in utter nonsensical, often irrational, terms and concepts and yet remain unchallenged. The media, especially, just goes “hmmmm, wellll…yes, I guess, hmmmm” and meanwhile no one actually knows whattheheck they’re even discussing or saying when they use their phraseology.

Even the organization itself is nonsensical, ESPECIALLY when their primary complaints are about other people’s “racism” while they themselves are a racialist, race-based organization. It’s nonsense, about that, you’re right, I’d just encourage more among the public to confront them about it.

Same goes for the Congressional Black Caucus and the Hispanic one. These are organizatioins that exist by racial and ethnic criteria, respectively, yet which set upon the public for and about “racial and ethnic” complaints.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Canopfor…. maybe a tad :)

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Would it be racist if 96% of white people voted for Mitt..?

d1carter on July 11, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Yes! In fact, it would be racist if 96% of black people voted for Mitt.

AUINSC on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Just one correction I would make to the headline:
Change it to the naaLcp. This group ONLY represents Liberal and socialist blacks.

3dpuzzman on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Romney really should have channeled his inner Hillary…

… It would have been a hoot!

Seven Percent Solution on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

It seemed like a good speech. He ably conveyed that he honestly believes that his policies are the best for all Americans.

However, in that crowd, I don’t think he should have used the term “Obamacare.”

Mister Mets on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Standing O? Why isn’t that the headline?

Syzygy on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

ted c:Dang you ted ,my brain locked up,trying to decpher your
codeing thingy,haha!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Sorry. It was my job to send you the new decoder ring so we can talk to ted.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Dang you ted ,my brain locked up,trying to decpher your
codeing thingy,haha!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

its hard to type….particularly when yous gotsa slurpee brain freeze!! :)

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

… It would have been a hoot!

Seven Percent Solution on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

I would be laughing my arse off right now if he had a. ; )

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

The establishment wonders why we can’t get more of the black vote,” he added. “It’s because it’s not doing the things necessary to establish a deeper relationship with the black community. ”

Whatever. Blacks did a million times better under both Clinton and Bush. That half white Obama dude wants you poor, and dependent on the white man.

Wake up you stupid ignorant fools.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Anyone who actually saw the entire speech knows he was also applauded more than once. Someone kept track of them all. What was the number, 27 times or something?

No doubt the good folks at NewsBusters have their folks closely watching the evening newscasts to see how the Democrat Media plays this, including exact cites as to how many minutes each newscast devoted to this, and whether or not they gave both sides of his appearance there.

I think we all know the answer to the latter.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Of course there is booing when you speak to crowd of racists. They want Barry back with his fake Southern drawl talkin”bout when he marched with MLKjr and rode in the front of the bus back in the 60′s.

Racists are dimwits no matter what color. I’m sure these dopes all think Obamacare is free, free, free at last!!!! If they think Barry is a result of the the Black American experience, they’ll believe anything coming from a black-skinned body.

Hening on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Were those in the audience booing Romney because he’s white? That charge would be levied if the candidates and races were reverse.

BKeyser on July 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

According to the Narrative, the NAACP has a right to boo Romney because he’s a racist Republican.

Pervygrin on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

*cllink*

:)

Seven Percent Solution on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

I’m more than ready. I’m tougher than I look :)

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:56 PM

gophergirl:You GO GIRL!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Mitt showed some cajones today with a very good speech and staying with repeal message in very hostile territory.

He deserves kudos for today.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Yes. I like his aggression as displayed here and why.

I call it “aggression” because he clearly seemed prepared for the reaction he got and about what. I like that Romney went to the problem and confronted it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

American “African-Americans” may have a longer-running claim to AMERICAN than I do, being a first-gen immigrant, wistfully proud that my own mixed blood is welcome into the American Melting Pot.

And yet, after employing a sensitive, loyal, discrete and tender AA for years (truly he is an asset to my small business), spending time probing gently for his thoughts, there has been no budging him from his over-arching loyalty to the Democrat party.

This I do not understand, so I ask him about it. And the answer, so far as he can articulate and as far as I can interpret (for there is a literal GULF there that disappears under any other circumstances): It’s a cultural thing, not a political thing. His family worships a photo of JFK. His screen savers are of people that I have never even heard of. He perceives zero outreach from the Republican Party, much less benefit to his race.

My conclusion: Whites (or mongrels like me) can connect one-on-one, but Blacks cultivate, participate, and militantly guard a sub-culture all their own. Probably better for all if we accept this and figure out how to live in an America where this is the reality, even as we shed a tear for the Melting Pot that should have been.

Mongerel on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Here’s the thing that grinds on me about the NAACP:

They’re an arm of the Democratic Party. I know the initial reaction is “duh, of course they are, it’s a good year for the Republicans if they can take 10% of the black vote.” That’s not really the point though. Republican positions like school choice and traditional marriage have huge popular majorities in the black community and yet these twits can’t break away from their pro-Democratic hackery even on those points (according to their website and leadership anyway).

What really angers me though is the opposition to school choice. Education reform in the inner cities is the single most important thing that the government can do to help the black community. Charter schools have been proven to work in New Orleans, DC, LA, pretty much everywhere they’ve been tried. I’m sick and tired of excuses like “lack of funding” (CA has among the highest per student spending in the country and their schools suck). The problem is inept teachers protected by union-enforced tenure. I don’t care if the NAACP and the black community oppose everything else the GOP has to say, I don’t care if they vote for Obama 99-1 this fall….

But for the love of God people, these are your CHILDREN you’re selling out to support the Democrats’ pro-union plank. If they brought pressure to bear on the Democrats on this one single point, two things would happen: one, the necessary school reforms would happen. Two, I’d shut up, because they’d (NAACP and groups like them) would finally have some credibility that they are fighting to improve the lot of the black community.

LukeinNE on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

The establishment wonders why we can’t get more of the black vote,” he added. “It’s because it’s not doing the things necessary to establish a deeper relationship with the black community. ”

Whatever. Blacks did a million times better under both Clinton and Bush. That half white Obama dude wants you poor, and dependent on the white man.

Wake up you stupid ignorant fools.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Morgan Freeman: Barry wasn’t the first Black President!

‘They just conveniently forget that Barack had a mama, and she was white – very white, American, Kansas, middle of America. There was no argument about who he is or what he is,’ Freeman said.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

its hard to type….particularly when yous gotsa slurpee brain freeze!! :)

ted c on July 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM

ted c:

Lol,I wonder what it would be like to type,with a frozen finger!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

I listened to the whole speech on the way home and it was excellent. The last minute or so was especially effective when he talked about what he did on education reform in Massachusetts and how they started to close the achievement gap. He has not just talked the talk on this stuff, he has walked the walk.

I thought I heard a lot of genuine feeling in the speech as well. Job creation and education reform are two things he is obviously passionate about. I hope he keeps giving this speech, without the obvious shout-outs to the NAACP. Even the quotes from black leaders are effective and he should keep using them.

rockmom on July 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Yes. I like his aggression as displayed here and why.

I call it “aggression” because he clearly seemed prepared for the reaction he got and about what. I like that Romney went to the problem and confronted it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM

++

GaltBlvnAtty on July 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I think we all know the answer to the latter.

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

The problem is it will only make the NAACP look bad. Why invite a man to speak only to shun him when he shows up? I think for the most part the crowd was receptive and in the end I think they will respect Romney for engaging them.

BHO? He’s hobnobbing with the HollyWhites. Don’t think the blacks won’t notice.

In the end I think Romney will peel off about 15% of the black vote.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Canopfor…. maybe a tad :)

cmsinaz on July 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

cmsinaz:

*Smirks*…..*Clink(s)*!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

A good move on many levels by Romney.

of course, the many commenter who call NAACP members racist or suggest that their only interest is more handouts — this of a group that’s probably done more for the freedom of American people than any organization since the original Tea Partiers, with the possible exception of the suffragettes — shows why blacks don’t vote vote Republican. A vocal minority of the movement is frankly racist as hell.

VorDaj, RedNewEnglader, Portander — I’m looking at you.

urban elitist on July 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Sorry. It was my job to send you the new decoder ring so we can talk to ted.

SparkPlug on July 11, 2012 at 6:59 PM

SparkPlug:Lol:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

“Most black people don’t think alike. Most black people just vote alike.”

Huh?

Romney showed up. He’s the candidate. Barry sent a WHITE guy.

Go figure.

Hey NAACP! Here’s Barry’s message: “I already know you’re going to vote for me, why should I show up?”

How’s that 14.6% unemployment working out for you NAACP?

GarandFan on July 11, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM

See what I mean? And now a delegation of 1300 black pastors is heading out to confront the NAACP over the gay marriage issue. I’m certain that the systematic genocide of black babies will also be raised. A sea change, indeed.

Obama’s too stupid to realize that he is in quicksand.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Gotta be five oclock somewhere. *clink!*

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Mitt showed some cajones today with a very good speech and staying with repeal message in very hostile territory.

He deserves kudos for today.

gophergirl on July 11, 2012 at 6:45 PM

disagree…mittens can’t show cojones because he has none…. Sarah Palin is the only member of the GOP who has cajones…mittens is hoping that conservatives will think he’s doing something gutsy….no guts were required for what he did (he’s a liberal at heart and that’s the problem). it was all just a ‘dog and pony’ show in my book. Has the GOP interview any black who attended the event to get their feedback (beyond the ‘mitt got booed’ sound bite)? Why didn’t mittens provide a positive “what he plans to do about healthcare instead of ‘let’s repeal it’”. He’s just providing more ammunition for the liberals and the liberal press…..what a complete and utter disaster!

dump mittens and obama 2012!

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:04 PM
See what I mean? And now a delegation of 1300 black pastors is heading out to confront the NAACP over the gay marriage issue. I’m certain that the systematic genocide of black babies will also be raised. A sea change, indeed.

Obama’s too stupid to realize that he is in quicksand.

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

so?

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Imo, by remaining dignified, smiling and on-message in response calculated and entirely predictable booing rudess by a core Obama ally, it shows Mitt is willing to civilly engage people who believe 180 degrees different from him without flying into a petulant whiny childish rage.

That’s Equanimity for those scoring at home. A quality is or ought to be a presidential pre-requisite, and something Obama glaringly doesnt have now and wont acquire in the near future.

Also, its now 100% OK for the Romney team to cut ads showing his remarks on traditional marriage and note the loud applause by the naacp crowd.

If the naacp objects to the use of the speech nugget in paid ads, tough shit. next time dont invite people to your house, then insult them to their face when they honor your invite.

Sacramento on July 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Ahem,Meanwhile…………………………..

Limbaugh:
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AUDIO:

Romney At NAACP “Sounded Like Snow White With Testicles”
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http://dailyrushbo.com/limbaugh-romney-at-naacp-sounded-like-snow-white-with-testicles/

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Boo Cano, bad. Boo Romney, good. Got it.

faraway on July 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

urban elitist on July 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Margaret Sanger. Founder of the original Black Genocide in America

And founder of.. (cough) Planned Parenthood.

Vote dem!

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Anyone else find it ironic that Governor Romney is the only guy who has ever actually insured the uninsured? They booed him for it, why? Because their guy wrote it? Who can say that Romney doesn’t care about the uninsured? When he’s the only one who’s ever gotten them insured?

Crefonso on July 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

I am gratified to see a presidential candidate who means to be EVERY AMERICAN’S PRESIDENT and refuses to pander to ANY race, ethnic, or gender specific special interest group or any combination of those same special interest groups. Its long past time to end the hyphenation of America and remind all Americans that we ARE all Americans first and foremost.

IF a law or program is toxic or unfair to any group of Americans, or if it conveys preferential treatment under the law to any group or exception to the law to any group, it must be stricken or repealed. We are a nation of laws and those laws must be enforced equitably without preference or prejudice.

thatsafactjack on July 11, 2012 at 7:12 PM

Now let’s see if Obama has the stones to give a speech at a Tea Party event.

HotAirian on July 11, 2012 at 6:48 PM

ROFL (tax exempt:-)

bluefox on July 11, 2012 at 7:13 PM

This auto refresh is so helpful in the middle of watching the video..grrrr

bluefox on July 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

dump mittens and obama 2012!

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

I KNEW I recognized you from somewhere… and there you are!

Amazing

Key West Reader on July 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Yes. I like his aggression as displayed here and why.

I call it “aggression” because he clearly seemed prepared for the reaction he got and about what. I like that Romney went to the problem and confronted it.

Lourdes on July 11, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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GaltBlvnAtty on July 11, 2012 at 7:05 PM

“aggression”? what a JOKE? mittens merely further showed how ‘out of touch’ he is! Why would he ‘expect to be booe’? What assumption is he making when he says that? What percentage of the attendees booed him….he’s using one brush to paint the who NAACP organization as well as black people in general….mittens is NOT ‘ready for prime time’ when it comes to understanding the various segments of our society….dumps mittens and obama 2012!

Pragmatic on July 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Gotta be five oclock somewhere. *clink!*

Bmore on July 11, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Bmore:You must be two states or so,away from California,
er,to the east of!:)

canopfor on July 11, 2012 at 7:14 PM

f course, the many commenter who call NAACP members racist or suggest that their only interest is more handouts — this of a group that’s probably done more for the freedom of American people than any organization since the original Tea Partiers, with the possible exception of the suffragettes — shows why blacks don’t vote vote Republican. A vocal minority of the movement is frankly racist as hell.

urban elitist on July 11, 2012 at 7:07 PM

During the 2000 Presidential election, Lee Alcorn, president of the Dallas NAACP branch, criticized Al Gore’s selection of Senator Joe Lieberman for his Vice-Presidential candidate because Lieberman was Jewish. On a gospel talk radio show on station KHVN, Alcorn stated, “If we get a Jew person, then what I’m wondering is, I mean, what is this movement for, you know? Does it have anything to do with the failed peace talks?” … “So I think we need to be very suspicious of any kind of partnerships between the Jews at that kind of level because we know that their interest primarily has to do with money and these kind of things.”

Del Dolemonte on July 11, 2012 at 7:16 PM

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