Waters, clearly caught very much by surprise with boos and jeers, was trying to be conciliatory, but ended up sounding totally racist, as much toward blacks as toward whites. On television she said, "There is a growing frustration in this country and in minority communities because the unemployment rates are so high." Waters seemed totally disoriented because she apparently couldn't figure out who was with her and who was against her. That must be a horrible situation for a congresswoman who's used to being so fawned over, without question, by the groups she has relied upon to keep her in office. She argued an increasing wealth gap between blacks and whites and increased foreclosures are "creating frustration and yes, some anger" amongst black communities because they want to see Obama take on his opponents." In a moment of seeming disorientation, she acknowledged the President's lack of leadership by saying, "The president is going to have to fight and he is going to have to fight hard'"
She told the largely African American crowd that the Congressional Black Caucus is not challenging the president because "you love him so much." That raised even more objections and jeers from the crowds. Do you suppose she even remotely realized she had blamed them for the problem and was dissing them to protect herself and the Black Caucus? Caught in this scissors at the job fair, that was being broadcast, she tried to explain, "...we're supportive of the president, but we're getting tired.. We're getting tired. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is. We don't know why on this trip that he's in the United States now, he's not in any black community." That implies she doesn't want him representing the Caucasian community but to be out campaigning in the black community.
Other Congressional Black Caucus members, speaking at the jobs fair town hall tour meeting to a mostly African American audience also blasted Obama for his "lousy" jobs record. These speakers also gave him much grief for the bus tour in the Midwest where he didn't visit black communities but was working the predominantly Caucasian communities in this campaign trip. The implications seemed to be that Obama did not want to face the music with the black communities where his policies are rapidly turning sour. It must be getting difficult to stage a friendly, partisan community in a poor Detroit ghetto. So, rely on a Midwestern community where a reliably civil and non-pejorative group of dyed in the wool Democrats can be summoned to the side of the tour bus.
I suppose the Democrats and Congressional Black Caucus missed something about Obama. His ethnicity has a flip flop switch.
In 2007, the liberal media was asking, "Is Obama black enough?" Are Waters and the Black Congressional caucus, as well as many of their constituents reviving the question?
© Colonel Curtis D. Dale, PhD USAF (Ret), AUGUST 2011