Black Lawmakers Grill Obama Aide on Jobs

Peter Wallsten, Washington Post, August 23, 2011

A top aide to President Obama got a public grilling Monday night from black lawmakers and civil rights leaders, who vented frustration at a jobs forum here that the administration was not doing more to directly help distressed black communities.

Tensions rose when Don Graves, executive director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, told a lively crowd of hundreds in a black church sanctuary that Obama was “focused on every community across the country.”

When he added that “certain communities have been hit harder than other communities,” one lawmaker pressed him for specificity.

“Let me hear you say ‘black,'” said Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.).

As the crowd erupted in cheers, Graves responded quietly: “Black, African-American, Latino, these communities have been hard hit.”

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Obama and his aides say all Americans including blacks benefit from broad-based policies. But many black lawmakers and civil rights leaders want direct, targeted aid–and some worry that Obama’s pursuit of white independent voters might make him reluctant to advocate for blacks.

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Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif..) described the rising-tide-lifts-all-boats approach as “a bunch of bull.”

Later, she turned to Graves and asked if he would be willing to take the dozens of pieces of jobs-related legislation that have been authored by caucus members to the White House so the president might consider using executive authority to enact them.

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Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), whose Miami-area district includes some of South Florida’s poorest neighborhoods, cautioned the crowd that Obama cannot afford to be the advocate many want him to be.

“If he comes and speaks out for black people in the middle of this, he will lose his reelection, and you know it,” she said.

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The lawmakers turned much of their fire on the tea party movement, accusing Republicans of conspiring to block Obama’s agenda to ensure his defeat next year–and lamenting that the president did not call out his foes more directly.

When Graves at one point referred generically to the “folks” opposing the president, Waters challenged him to speak more forcefully.

“Say ‘tea party,'” she said. “Say it.”

He did, reluctantly.

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  • White Humanity is a Dwindling Resource

    Why didn’t he include Muslim?

    Muslims have been hit bit bigoted stereotypes because they hit us with 911 terror, subsequent terror plots, and now Sharia Law is forced on our judges.

    After all, doesn’t Obama say that Islam has been here in America since our beginning?

    It has been here since 1619, when the first afrovoodoomuslims were brought here, sadly.

  • Anonymous

    More whites need to join the TEA (Tax Enough Already) Party. It is obvious blacks like Maxine Waters are afraid of the TEA Party movement due to their opposition to tax increases. More public discussion is needed on why blacks are entitled to endless trillions of tax dollars under the excuse of long ago slavery. This welfare mentality has caused the blacks to regress as shown by their increase in poverty, crime, mindless breeding, high rate of school drop outs, etc., etc. This country is broke.

    Additionally, Waters has done nothing for her people as shown by the poverty, crime rates in her district. It is like as if one is in Africa, she on top and the masses mired in poverty.

  • Anonymous

    Maxine Waters is toast soon and she knows it! She’s got two battles on her hands:

    1.) She is facing a pending ethics investigation involving the financial interests of her husbands bank.

    and,

    2.) Her congressional district is now overwhelmingly Hispanic because most of her former black ‘constituents’ now live in far-out places like Moreno Valley, San Bernardino and Victorville. Many of the others left to Atlanta GA or Houston TX.

    If one doesn’t take her out, the other will.

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif..) described the rising-tide-lifts-all-boats approach as “a bunch of bull.”

    You couldn’t come up with a better, self- provided example of why blacks have no place in a western society, period.

  • Anonymous

    Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), whose Miami-area district includes some of South Florida’s poorest neighborhoods, cautioned the crowd that Obama cannot afford to be the advocate many want him to be.

    As a Miami native, I’ll pint what every white expatriate from Miami knows in their bones:

    Miami was once beautiful, peaceful and prosperous.

    Blacks and carribean flotsam turned it into the hellhole it is.

    No black can ever rightly complain.

    They’re the ones who tear people from their cars in Liberty City, and beat, rob, rape and murder….

    CRY ME A RIVER!

  • Anonymous

    AM RENNERS: HAVE HOPE, AND STOP BEING SO PESSIMISTIC:

    Blacks have the fear now. They see their fate, and Obama’s :

    “If he comes and speaks out for black people in the middle of this, he will lose his reelection, and you know it,” she said.

    PLEASE TAKE THIS TO HEART. Obama is sinking, but FAST. His core knows it.

    Let’s make sure that even if some RINO gets the spot, Obama is retired.

    (Remember, RINOS worship power. We are the power. Let’s let them know it. They at least are MALEABLE TRAITORS. OBAMA IS A WHITE- LOATHING BLACK PANTHER.

    Let’s not confuse those two evils.

  • Mr.White

    If Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) truly wanted to help blacks, she would be demanding our borders be secured and immmigration laws enforced by whatever means necessary; in order to prevent illegal invaders from stealing those jobs blacks could do. Instead, Waters has joined hands with Hispanic illegal invaders and their advocates in an effort to displace whitey.

    It was never about jobs…..

  • WaxMax

    Old Maxine Waters (hmmm – if memory serves me right, I once knew a young Jewish boy who called himself “Running Water” and dressed in deerskin clothing. We referred to him as “Flushing Toilet.”) – anyway, MAXINE running Waters is from my state (gag, puke)- and she will stop at nothing to gain an advantage over whites. She HATES white people and doesn’t even try to hide it. If I didn’t firmly believe that you get back what you give out, I’d be very tempted to be the agent of justice where she’s concerned!

  • fred

    The kind of race-baiting that Maxine Waters engages in will do nothing to help blacks or anyone else. The reasons for black unemployment are the same as white unemployment.

    1 Welfare has reduced the incentive for low skilled workers to find jobs.

    2 The minimum wage has made it illegal for manufacturers to hire low skilled workers because they aren’t productive enough to pay for themselves.

    3 Millions of illegal immigrants are taking jobs that Americans should be doing.

    4 China’s currency manipulation has caused a trade deficit and manufacturers have responded by outsourcing.

  • Kingoldby

    ”accusing Republicans of conspiring to block Obama’s agenda to ensure his defeat next year”

    So, opposing a politician in a democracy is ‘conspiring’ is it?

    That is a very interesting insight into their mentality.

  • June

    I like straight talk, no Washington speak. I would like to ask someone like Rep. Waters a direct question: “Do you think jobs should be awarded on merit? Should the most qualified person be hired?

    I would also like to ask supporters of illegal immigration:

    “Do you approve of people breaking into our country and obtaining jobs by presenting false documents, fake names or stolen SS numbers (felonies)?” They’ve so convinced themselves that illegals have been spirited in by angels, they would either have to say they approve of crime or admit this is against our laws. Instead, we only speak PC and no one is ever taken to task and made to admit they are okay with the status quo

  • kgb

    A top aide to President Obama got a public grilling Monday night from black lawmakers and civil rights leaders, who vented frustration at a jobs forum here that the administration was not doing more to directly help distressed black communities.

    There is no hope in arguing with these knee-jerk black politicians. All they do all day is find new rhetoric to cover their extortion of money from productive white communities. Not once did it ever dawn on this loser that white communities were hard hit by the economic downtown and the steady loss of manufacturing jobs overseas.

    We’ve spent enough.

  • MAJ

    Maxine Waters is an idiot. And that’s being generous. It’s pointless to try and search for logic in her mutterings – this is an example of a person with a low IQ, a big, dumb black mouth, and the analytical skills of a 9 year old.

    If the Founding Fathers saw this mindless fool as a member of Congress they would weep.

    This racist clown could be in Congress for 100 years – nothing would get done. Just let her talk – she’s a windbag.

    AmRenners should just focus on voting her kind out of office and then focus on moving her kind to the walled-backwash of society where they are restricted, where they belong, and where they can no longer harm whites.