Sunday, September 25, 2011
President Obama, in a desperate move designed to reconnect with an important voting bloc he’s watched slip away, cranked up the patois Saturday night in a oratory at the annual Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner, and said:
“I know. I listen to some of y’all.”
Obama told an audience of some 3,000 at a Washington DC convention center:
“Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes. Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”
Although he didn’t say it directly, he was clearly referring to his bid for a second term.
Obama’s speech to Congressional Black Caucus was his answer to increasingly vocal complaints from black leaders that he compromises too much with Republicans and is not doing enough to fight black unemployment, which is 16.7 percent.
Earlier on Saturday, Brother Obama played golf with former President Bill Clinton at the Andrews Air Force base golf course. It was Obama’s 24th time golfing this year and the 82nd outing of his presidency.