Video: Blitzer rips Obama for skipping NAACP convention

posted at 10:01 am on July 12, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Hey, one Presidential candidate cared enough about the African-American vote to show up to the NAACP’s annual convention in this election year.  Too bad it wasn’t the Democrat.  Wolf Blitzer delivered a scolding to Barack Obama for skipping the convention, especially after Mitt Romney’s standing-in-the-lion’s-den speech reaffirming his commitment to improving the lives of all Americans through conservative policies, and particularly because it doesn’t look like Obama had any other pressing items on his schedule:

BLITZER: Here is something I’d like to say to President Obama: You should have attended the NAACP convention in Houston today. Mitt Romney did. It was the right thing to do. The Republican knows the nation’s oldest civil-rights group isn’t exactly friendly turf but went anyway. On the whole, got a polite reception, but was booed when he said this:

ROMNEY [from videotape]: “I’m going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program I can find, that includes Obamacare.”

BLITZER:Despite the boos, it was a smart political move for Mitt Romney to address the NAACP. He knows he is not going to win over a lot of black voters, but attending these kinds of events is important in reassuring a lot of the suburban white voters that he is a moderate, decent politician, someone that wants to work with all Americans.

I’m surprised the president was a no-show. He is sending Vice President Joe Biden, will send a video. I checked the president’s schedule for today. He is here in Washington, D.C., over at the White House. He’s got meetings. I assume those meetings are very important. but he could have found time to pay his respects to the NAACP. The president should not take the African-American vote for granted.

Let’s not be under any illusions. He received 95% of the black vote four years ago. He’ll do almost as well this time around for sure. But his problem is voter turnout. The president needs excitement, he needs enthusiasm in the African-American community, especially in the battleground states he carried in 2008. Fewer African-Americans may go to the polls this time. They might not vote for Romney, but might not show up, especially now that black unemployment has risen to 14.4%. It’s a lot higher than the 8.2% for all Americans. So in my opinion, the president missed an opportunity today.

My bottom line is this: Romney did the right thing on this day, the president did not. Now some folks will disagree with me, Kate. That’s just me offering my sense of what’s going on.

Kathryn Jean Lopez, who provided the transcript, said that the boos seem to galvanize Romney, who ended up delivering a strong enough speech to garner some respect from the crowd, if not support:

Mitt Romney gave a quality speech, with confidence, to a group that’s not exactly debating its endorsement. And, once he was booed, he hit some kind of stride. I harbor no delusions about Romney running away with the black vote, but maybe, just maybe, he made some progress there today … And he was just a little Romney unleashed. If he keeps this up, he might just be our next president.

I doubt that Romney intended to switch many votes in this audience, either, nor do I think it’s even possible in this election for Romney to make any inroads in the African-American vote.  It is possible, though, for Obama to lose enthusiasm and turnout in this demographic for exactly the reasons Blitzer mentions: high unemployment, no policies to address failing cities, and a sense that Obama can’t be bothered to pay attention to this most loyal of all Democratic Party constituencies.  That won’t turn African-American voters into Laffer Curve conservatives — not overnight, anyway — but it may have some of those voters who turned out enthusiastically in 2008 staying home out of indifference in 2012.

It’s a big mistake for Obama to skip this appearance, especially since it’s likely to be the friendliest audience he’s going to face all year.  As I note in my column for The Fiscal Times, it’s not the only mistake Obama’s making.  It might be easier to pick out what Obama’s doing right at the moment, if you can pick anything out at all:

On top of that, the attack on offshoring ended up snagging Nancy Pelosi, the House Minority Leader. Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller found that Pelosi had disclosed a profit of between $1 million and $5 million from an investment in Matthews International Capital Management LLC, which proclaims in its literature to have “A Singular Focus on Investing in Asia.” Its website, Lewis found, also has an essay dated last week – when the Obama campaign began to attack Romney for “outsourcing” – that urged investors to look to the Philippines for cheaper labor, as Pixar did when producing the film The Incredibles. Pelosi also had a smaller investment in Moduslink Global, one of the firms that Bain backed, and which Team Obama attacked as an “outsourcing pioneer.”

The clumsy and self-defeating attacks only draw attention once again to a stunning lack of competence in Obama’s campaign – and Obama’s lack of a positive agenda for re-election. With the economy sliding backwards and after three straight disappointing jobs reports, the president cannot point to any success in his stewardship of the US economy. Despite his legal victory last month on ObamaCare, his signature legislative achievement remains so unpopular that Obama and his surrogates want to change the subject whenever anyone asks about it.

All Obama can do is to attempt to exploit divisions by demonizing higher income earners and paint Romney as a vampire capitalist, and hope that Romney’s wealth will frighten voters enough to distract from Obama’s failures and lack of any new ideas. Even when Obama can outspend Romney, the polls show he can’t sell that strategy – and four more months of economic stagnation will only make his desperation more apparent.

Romney’s well on his way to financial parity with Team Obama, if not financial supremacy.  When that happens, Obama will long for the opportunity to speak to a friendly crowd with as much media attention as he’s passing up this week.


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Wolfie gets a ‘twofer’ – scolding the prez he truly loves and bolstering CNN’s cred with the Blacks. CNN can use all the viewership it can get right about now!!!

Bob in VA on July 12, 2012 at 12:19 PM

That intellectual monster Donna Brazile says no problem, little Bammie “was there in spirit”? That the rest of them didn’t fall down laughing demonstrates how they are in the tank for President Jackass McFoodstamps.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 12:28 PM

OK … NAACLP were to watch an Obama video address before Biden spoke …. THIS is what the house looked like, just before Biden was to speak ..
http://weaselzippers.us/2012/07/12/pic-biden-speaks-to-empty-house-at-naacp-convention/

Yes, it’s pouring in Houston, but they didn’t even attempt to get there in time to here their Preezy ?
Kewl.

pambi on July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

I doubt that Romney intended to switch many votes in this audience, either, nor do I think it’s even possible in this election for Romney to make any inroads in the black African-American vote.

FIFY

Seriously, I cringe when I hear/see conservatives say “African-American”. First off, it’s just a stupid PC term. Second, it is a very condiscending-sounding term (like “little person”). They are black people. They are Americans. But most have never even been to Africa.

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The president should not take the African-American vote for granted.

My jaw is still on the floor with this quote.

shick on July 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Wow what a political idiot. Mr. Political himself skips his own color’s ” yay-black-president ” love fest.

Somethin wrong with this guy I think. Oh wait. we know.

TX-96 on July 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM

Seriously, I cringe when I hear/see conservatives say “African-American”. First off, it’s just a stupid PC term. Second, it is a very condiscending-sounding term (like “little person”). They are black people. They are Americans. But most have never even been to Africa.

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Most blacks I know hate the A-A, too, for precisely those reasons.

pambi on July 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Romney’s well on his way to financial parity with Team Obama, if not financial supremacy. When that happens, Obama will long for the opportunity to speak to a friendly crowd with as much media attention as he’s passing up this week.

..too true this! But, then again, isn’t that the story of this presidency? Squandered opportunities to unify and heal. But, typical of a spoiled, immature, child, this clown doesn’t get it.

Never has, never will.

The War Planner on July 12, 2012 at 12:37 PM

He received 95% of the black vote four years ago. He’ll do almost as well this time around for sure.

Hmmmm. As others have pointed out, what would liberals call a white politician who receives 95% of the white vote?

If liberals didn’t have double standards they’d have none at all.

Nice to see someone with a platform actually point out where the black vote goes. Can’t hear it enough.

kim roy on July 12, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Why is anyone surprised Obama was a no-show at the NAACP gathering?

He’s a gutless failure. He didn’t deliver for 95% of the African-Americans who carried him into office. He doesn’t hang wit da bros, he’d rather lay back with his white Hollywood friends and play golf with rich white fat cats.

NCAAP isn’t in love with Barry or composite Barry.

fogw on July 12, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Maybe it will motivate Cousin Pookie to stay home on the couch…

OmahaConservative on July 12, 2012 at 10:06 AM

..know what you mean. Every Saturday morning you cannot imagine what a struggle it is for me to get up the energy and drive to sleep in.

The War Planner on July 12, 2012 at 12:42 PM

Where exactly does a person pick up a Southern drawl in Hawaii, Los Angeles, Massachusetts, and Chicago?

rogerb on July 12, 2012 at 10:41 AM

Actually, South Point on the Big Island is the southernmost location in the US.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Muste see/hear, for an example of a real man/mensch.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 12:46 PM

I’m in Houston, too, and yes, it’s raining, but the main convention hotel is connected to the convention site by a covered walkway and the other hotels have shuttles (and downtown Houston isn’t flooding) so I’m not buying that the rain is a major factor.

natasha333 on July 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

to the folks on yesterday’s thread that said this was a stupid idea for Mitt to go there to the NAACP convention…… what say you now??? Today, we’ve got Wolf Blitzer ripping the POTUS for not showing up.

/change.

ted c on July 12, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Pic of the Day: Comrades in Arms

http://predicthistunpredictpast.blogspot.com/2012/07/pic-of-day-comrades-in-arms.html

M2RB: Barry White, live at the Midnight Special

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

What could O’bama tell them if he went? That things are better now for blacks in America than they were 4 years ago?

My guess is the real reason he bailed out was due to the possibility that at some point or other during his speech, he might have actually been booed. After all, if that group could give Romney a Standing O at the end, they could just as easily mildly boo him if he said the wrong thing.

And if that happened, it would be recorded by the Democrat Media for all to see. Of course, had he gotten booed they would never show it again, but Romney himself would have a gold mine with the clips in campaign ads.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

POTUS is going to be a johnny-come-lately on this issue and he’ll spaketh some smart assed comment like he did after the BP spill got outta hand-ish in the Gulf…..“whaddya expect me to do? suck it up with a straw?”…

Mark my words.

ted c on July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

Perhaps the NAALCP attendees are not showing up because (a) they don’t want to be reminded what a doofus their hero picked as VP or (b) despite being liberals, they retain enough sense not to want to subject themselves to Biden’s blather or (c) they do want to send a signal to Obama that they feel he’s “disrespecting” them by not coming himself (and now they can do so using the “rain” as cover since you know they can’t come right out an criticize him). That said, virtually all of them will still vote for skin color over competence.

natasha333 on July 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Jeezzz Wolf. Almost begging the anointed one.

rubberneck on July 12, 2012 at 12:57 PM

A good comment made on Zippers ..
It’s been POURING in Houston for OVER 24 hours.
No pics of an empty house yesterday, for Romney …. hmmmm.

pambi on July 12, 2012 at 1:02 PM

He’s a reporter. He should report — not offer election advise to a candidate.

Blake on July 12, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Out of the 95% of blacks that voted for Obama I wish they would be honest and let everyone know what percentage voted for him only because he is black and that they have no idea what he stands for.

Pomai on July 12, 2012 at 1:08 PM

Yes, it’s pouring in Houston, but they didn’t even attempt to get there in time to here their Preezy ?
Kewl.

pambi on July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And the Obamamedia is spinning like crazy today b/c they’re afraid that Romney’s powerful and respectful speech before the NAACP will make them feel quite comfortable about staying home on election day, too!

Also kewl.

Rational Thought on July 12, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Why should Obamuh attend a convention that’s full of people who’ve been bought and paid for, and who voted for Obamuh simply because of the color of his skin? Including, Condoleeza Rice, J.C. Watts and Colin Powell.

What would he gain, when they’re already in his pocket, regardless of what he’s ever done, or will do?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

RWM, don’t miss this.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 1:17 PM

“The clumsy and self-defeating attacks only draw attention once again to a stunning lack of competence in Obama’s campaign – …”

Excellent article Ed…

… You nailed it!

Seven Percent Solution on July 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

“whaddya expect me to do? suck it up with a straw?”…

Mark my words.

ted c on July 12, 2012 at 12:51 PM

To which we said: “No, Mr President. But at the very least, we expect you to recognize the incompetence of your Administrative abilities and get the he!! out of the way of the state, local and private parties who have some concept of what they’re doing.”

&($^&@^ narcissist only cares about looking better on camera than our twisted media made GW look.

This man hasn’t grown at all in his 3 years as Prez. He’s still a predictable Jackass.

rwenger43 on July 12, 2012 at 1:21 PM

OT: Washington Examiner

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney derided a reporter today for asking whether President Obama would release his college records in the campaign, to serve as an example of transparency.

Carney scornfully called the question “the Donald Trump question” calling it “preposterous,” reminding reporters in the room that Trump had insisted that Obama hadn’t been born in the United States.

Carney reiterated that Obama was an “open book” and had an “extremely sound” record of transparency.

Del Dolemonte on July 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Every time I see Wolf Blitzer I think back to his embarassing stint on jepordy. He’s just a well manicured face reading from a teleprompter.

The illusion, it is dead.

jhffmn on July 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

By summer Obama will be whiter than his own mother and more Christian than Jesus Christ.

He needs the toothless hicks from the Virginias back…but won’t get them.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Every time I see Wolf Blitzer I think back to his embarassing stint on jepordy. He’s just a well manicured face reading from a teleprompter.

The illusion, it is dead.

jhffmn on July 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

A friend of mine was calling all of them, “blow-up dolls,” in the ’80s.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 12, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Obama was smart to not speak to the NAACP this year. 95% of blacks will continue to vote for him in any case. Most voters know that the NAACP is a liberal activist organization, and going there would only reinforce doubts in white independents’ minds that “he doesn’t really care about us.” Right now, Obama is angling more for single white professional women than blacks. Also, he’d like to keep white public employees in tow and can’t afford their defection.

Mitt played this smart, too. I’d call it a draw.

Burke on July 12, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Might be of use for the CNN commie msm etal types to watch Lou Dobbs on Fox Business News tonight at 7:00 Eastern and learn of the news informtion and ways of David Codrea and Mike Vandrboegh on the who, what, when and where of Eric Holder’s law lis. getting un zipped via a letter to the D.C. Bar Association.

Not that commies like the CNN kind give a rats ass about the truth or hundreds of Mexicans getting killed with guns run by Obama/Holder/Ms.Clinton etal.

Facts will count up no matter the lies and fraud.

http://www.sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 12, 2012 at 1:35 PM

In June…

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rate:

All blacks went up from 13.6% to 14.4%

Black teenagers went up from 36.5% to 39.3%

While the rates for:

Adult men: 7.8% (no change)

Adult women: 7.4% (no change)

Teenagers: 23.7% (down from 24.6%)

Whites: 7.4% (no change)

Hispanics: 11.0% (no change)

Asians: 6.3% (up from 5.2% in May)

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.toc.htm

Resist We Much on July 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

The actual subtext of that speech is ‘what’s good for all Americans will be good for black people, too.’ No race-obsessed-victim-fetishist wants to hear that.

I saw some black commentators say yesterday that even though they disagreed politically with Romney, they appreciated his candor and thought it was courageous of him to not attempt to blow smoke up their asses.

This must be terrifying for the Left.

Imagine, treating the black people with the same respect as all the others, something the left never does.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 1:38 PM

It must be:

Celebrate and Slobber On A Racist, Marxist Media Tool” Day here at Hot Air……..

williamg on July 12, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Actually, it’s “Watch the ‘Rats Begin to Desert a Sinking Ship” Day.

kingsjester on July 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I checked the president’s schedule for today. He is here in Washington, D.C., over at the White House. He’s got meetings.

Ahem.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/schedule/president/2012-07-12

(Archived here in case they try to update that to make him look more busy.)

ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

aww, Wolfie is sending some tough love to the preezy, actually to his defence, he never quite had an Obama orgasmatron live, Tingle-style :-)….

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I think the campaign thought there was a slim chance the Prezzy could get booed and don’t risk it.

Wagthatdog on July 12, 2012 at 2:33 PM

By summer Obama will be whiter than his own mother and more Christian than Jesus Christ.

He needs the toothless hicks from the Virginias back…but won’t get them.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

loool :-) you mean you think O’Bama will start touting his 1/32th Irish ancestry, Chief Warren style :-)…shocka :-)…those Pennsylvania and Virginia white, non-educate males that he’s losing currently must be thrilled, thrilled I am tellin’ ya, now that he is white, alas, again :-)…

jimver on July 12, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Yes, it’s pouring in Houston, but they didn’t even attempt to get there in time to here their Preezy ?

Kewl.

pambi on July 12, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Two of the five hotels listed for this convention (The Hilton Americas-Houston and Embassy Suites Houston Downtown) are attached to the convention center by skywalks.

Fallon on July 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

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ITguy on July 12, 2012 at 2:43 PM

By summer Obama will be whiter than his own mother and more Christian than Jesus Christ.

He needs the toothless hicks from the Virginias back…but won’t get them.

Schadenfreude on July 12, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Heh. Are you really suggesting that the Chameleon-in-Chief will morph into bitter clinger come November?

I always enjoy the influx of photos/stories about the Obamas’ crack- of- sunday dawn church going immediately after the publication of another 28%-believe-he’s-a-muslim poll.

LetsBfrank on July 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Seriously, I cringe when I hear/see conservatives say “African-American”. First off, it’s just a stupid PC term. Second, it is a very condiscending-sounding term (like “little person”). They are black people. They are Americans. But most have never even been to Africa.

DethMetalCookieMonst on July 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Well there is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Deanna on July 12, 2012 at 3:15 PM

Why is this bad?

The media is already deciding Romney was racist for talking to the NAACP, this just proves Obama isn’t racist… or something.

Only by ignoring the NAACP and shunning them can you avoid racism.

Now that I say this; I wonder how the NAACP feels about this new definition of racism. Not avoiding the NAACP is racist… right?

Yeah, that might not go over well.

gekkobear on July 12, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Give me a break.
Blacks vote for Obama in overwhelming numbers & seemingly always will bcs they are still so hung up on the color of their skin.

Growing up amongst many ethnic groups where I was often in the minority as a white person, there are many white people who don’t think about colors like many blacks do.

I will never forget my experiences growing up all over this nation as a child & the prejudice I received from blacks for actually being white.
And I did nothing wrong.
Incredible incredible.

Badger40 on July 12, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Blitzer rips Obama for skipping NAACP convention
…maybe OBOZO was afraid they wouldn’t let his “white half” in.

TeaPartyNation on July 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Hmmmm. As others have pointed out, what would liberals call a white politician who receives 95% of the white vote?

kim roy

It depends….is that person a democrat or a republican?

xblade on July 12, 2012 at 4:42 PM

Low ratings at CNN means they can no longer afford to buy the Kool Aid in bulk. Blitzer is in the early stages of withdrawal…

Oh, and this is a huge slap in the face of the NAACP. SMACK!

TN Mom on July 12, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Obama will get high percentage of the black vote that DOES turn out but we won’t see anything near what we did in ’08. They are just as disappointed as anyone else- for the hardworking black families, his abysmal jobs record, for those that expected more handouts, ditto. Back to the historic lows we’ve seen in the past is my prediction.

kg598301 on July 12, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Obama could come to each NAACP members house and beat their dog to death in front of their children and they would still enthusiastically vote for him.

Bill Brasky on July 12, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Isn’t it hard for him to talk with Obama’s underwear over his head?

bluesdoc70 on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

What else can Prezzy Step In the Right Direction tell the folks, the hope and change swag bag is empty.

Kissmygrits on July 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Isn’t it hard for him to talk with Obama’s underwear over his head?

bluesdoc70 on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

BWAAAAAAA-HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Now THIS is how THIS Blog Should TREAT These People!!

They should take EVERY Opportunity and SCRAPE out ANY Detail that Will DESTROY THE LIVES of people like Blitzer – OR Their Children – OR Their Loved Ones – OR ANYONE CLOSE TO THEM and

Publish it OVER AND OVER AND OVER Again until these people are COMPLETELY DESTROYED!!!

THAT is what we SHOULD be doing!

williamg on July 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Is there any dinosaur media on-air “personality” drearier than Blitzer? It’s almost like he’s not even there. If he didn’t have the beard the camera would show nothing but set. Valerie Jarrett had her reasons for not sending President Potemkin to genuflect before this obsolete organization. Main one was that Romney was going to show and pay his homage. Sending loopster Biden instead would associate the two ofays before a decidely unhip group. Secondly the c-people vote is a rock solid lock and nearly unanimous. unfortunately. Will they lose a single vote because of the no-show? So why bother? That this doesn’t occur to Blitzer is a measure of MSM value. The only drawback for the WH is possibly having to devote 7 seconds to thinking about how Wolf Blitzer et al might sqawk about not getting to recycle the copy from last time. Pfff. MSM is O-O by WH. And thirdly, how much more advancement can c-people expect beyond getting a half of one in the WH? Come on. Obama-do-re-me-me-me would even have been smart enough to think this one up his own self. His challenge would have been wedging a word edgewise into the microsopic pauses between Michelle and Valerie — if he was even present at the meeting.

PS: To Wolf Blitzer. Correction: The oldest civil rights organization is not the NAACP. It’s the GOP.

curved space on July 13, 2012 at 6:41 AM

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