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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Hillary Clinton as Bi-Polar Commander and Chief ?

Hillary (BiPolar) Clinton is truly desperate she is all over the field today. Its do-or-die for Hillary and she has turned to a new strategy as a bi-polar moment to bully Obama as his campaign pulls away. Oh, come on folks, you know what I'm talking about. You remember how Hillary reached out to shake Obama's hand during this weeks Texas Debates when she said: "No matter what happens in this contest - and I am honored to be here with Barack Obama - we're going to be fine. You know, we have strong support from our families and our friends. I just hope that we'll be able to say the same thing about the American people, and that's what this election should be about."

Whatever Hillary!

Now Hillary is singing another tune. She is beginning to act sound like a person who is working with the challenges of bi-polar issues or she is sounding like
Howard Dean during his campaign melt down.

Francis L. Holland's is following Hillary's condescending attitude towards blacks at the Smiley event. Many other bloggers are "expecting Hillary to cry any moment now" to win back some Texas and Ohio voters. The southern strategy did not work, the 35 years of experience did not work, now it's the Obama's campaign mailings is the reason why she is yelling and screaming about her spiraling decline.

Source Road to the White House CNN

Hillary Clinton

Yes, Hillary's new strategy is to show anger and wait for Barack Obama to show the same level of hostility that Obama shows. Then angry Hillary Rodham Clinton can cry and scold Barack Obama for attacking her, and act as though she is the white southern bell being attacks by the angry mid-west black man.

Yes her strategy just 10 days before the Ohio and Texas primaries is an 11th hour attempt to build a new color arousal effort to save her campaign. Check out of control non-presidential demeanor and agitation. Is this the type of person that you want as Commander and Chief?

Friday, February 22, 2008

The Truth Billary Can't Handle - Superdelegates Jumping to Obama

The Washingtonn Post has a great article from Colbert I King regarding the Truth the Clintons Can't Handle. In the article he writes about how Billary after her loss in Louisiana's primary, dissed and dismissed votes for her opponent as coming from "a very strong and very proud African American electorate." Colbert King also points out that Bill Clinton pushed that line when he suggested that if Obama won South Carolina's Democratic primary, it was because he's a black candidate in a state where blacks are a large share of the population.

The Truth the Clintons Can't Handle.

Colbert I King

Today, it's almost an article of faith among pundits and pollsters that Hillary Clinton can't win the African American vote because Barack Obama has that bloc sewn up.

A year ago, many pundits held another unshakable belief. The polls showed Clinton sitting pretty with black Democrats. Obama, of course, was as black then as he is now.

But Clinton trumped him among black voters, said the pundits. The numbers told the story.

Turn the calendar back to December 2006 and January 2007. That's when Post-ABC News polls showed the New York senator holding a commanding lead over Obama among African American voters -- 60 percent to 20 percent. A Post-ABC News poll last October showed Clinton with a 13-point advantage among African Americans: 51 percent to 38 percent.

A CBS News poll published Jan. 22, 2007, also revealed substantial support for Clinton among African Americans: She led Obama by 24 percentage points.

She was the Democratic heir apparent to Bill Clinton, the nation's "first black president," as Toni Morrison famously dubbed him.

Name recognition, loyalty to her husband and the belief that she was more electable contributed to Clinton's standing. So did the strong backing of several older generations of black politicians -- or at least that's what the pundits and the old-school Democratic pols thought.

Last year, Hillary Clinton was riding high: The black vote was hers to lose. So what accounts for her sharp reversal of fortune?

Hillary made the mistake of assuming that what was Bill's was hers -- she believed headlines that shouted such things as "Poll: Many Black Voters Don't Identify With Obama."

Now that votes are being counted, the Clintons have changed their tune, suggesting that Obama's color counts more with black voters than her years of service to America.

She tried to sell that idea after her loss in Louisiana's primary, dismissing votes for her opponent as coming from "a very strong and very proud African American electorate." Bill Clinton pushed that line when he suggested that if Obama won South Carolina's Democratic primary, it was because he's a black candidate in a state where blacks are a large share of the population.

AAPP: Look out Hillary, your color aroused campaigning has made many of your hard line black supporters stop supporting your campaign for the presidency. I guess in many ways, your efforts to color-arouse the public against Barack Obama is one of the reasons Democratic superdelegates are starting to follow the voters, straight to Barack Obama.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

High Tech Lynching of A Black Woman - Bill O'Riellys would like to "Lynch" Michelle Obama

Hat Tip: Over Analyze It

What is the difference between a white idiot and bigot like Bill ORielley and a black idiot like the pastor who are both Obama haters?

Black Columbia University "noosed" Woman Professor Madonna G. Constantine charged with Plagiarism

Professor Madonna Constantine speaks at a protest rally at Teachers College at Columbia University

Professor Madonna G. Constantine speaks at a protest rally at Teachers College at Columbia University, one day after a hangman's noose was discovered on her office door at the college, in this Oct. 10, 2007, file photo in New York. (AP)

The Noose issue is having major ramifications. First it was a member of the Jena 6 arrested in Texas, now it is the Columbia University black professor who found the noose on her office door being charged with taking the work of others - Plagiarism.

CBS News Reporrts A Columbia University professor whose colleagues found a noose hanging from her office doorway has plagiarized the work of others, the school says. Madonna G. Constantine denies the finding and says the accusation is racially motivated.

The university's Teachers College announced Wednesday it had imposed "serious sanctions" against Constantine following a lengthy investigation it said uncovered "numerous instances in which she used others' work without attribution in papers she published in academic journals over the past five years."

Constantine's lawyer, Paul J. Giacomo Jr., said his client could prove her innocence and called the school's investigation "extremely underhanded from the beginning." He said he would appeal the sanctions, which neither side would disclose.

The inquiry into Constantine, an education and psychology professor who has written extensively about race, was launched in 2006, long before the noose was discovered this past October, the school said.

"The investigators found a real pattern - two dozen instances of similar language from three people who came forward separately," Teachers College spokeswoman Marcia Horowitz said. "Dr. Constantine's explanation was not credible." More HERE

So what do you think. Is the professor being set up, or is it really just a case her doing the wrong thing?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Tasered While a Black Athlete in Maryland

Hat Tip: AJ from the blog Over Analyze It

Barack Obama beats "Team Billary" 10 in a row! As Hillary lost her black voter base of support

Not even the Tavis Attack on Obama or black Hillary supporters can stop Obama. You see Obama beat Billary Clinton in Hawaii and Wisconsin. Yes it is Ten in a Row for Obama

Aaron M. Sprecher/European Pressphoto Agency

Wisconsin and Hawaii Hand Victories to Obama
NY Times reports, Barack Obama cut into Hillary Rodham Clinton’s long-held support among women, union members and middle-aged voters in Tuesday’s contests. AAPP: I guess not many Americans are buying these small words of Billary:

"Both Senator Obama and I would make history," Clinton was set to say, according to excerpts of her remarks provided to reporters by her campaign. "But only one of us is ready on day one to be commander in chief, ready to manage our economy, and ready to defeat the Republicans. Only one of us has spent 35 years being a doer, a fighter and a champion for those who need a voice. That is what I would bring to the White House. That is the choice in this election." Source The Fix, the Washington Post

The Voters have rejected Billary and her negro supporters again!As reported in Politico's Ben Smith Obama beat Clinton in state with no clear excuse for defeat, leaving her no leeway for further major losses. Read More The Wisconsin Exit polls spell trouble for Team Clinton as Obama neutralized her strength with women, devastates her among men, say exit polls; Obama wins Hawaii

Read More

Can one of those negro Congressional Black Caucus members tell Hillary it's over? Your husband set you up. Your husband made sure that you lost the race, and you went along with his color aroused strategy. You lost your base of support, "black folk." Your done Billary. Stick a fork in it. Done! Do you hear the words of divorce in the Clinton's future. probably not, they deserve each-other.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Speaking of Tavis Smiley, black preachers, and other negroes, black self hating, sell outs, and other color aroused black traitors

It's the Tavis Smiley Show, or better stated it's the "Attack Obama in support of Hillary Clinton Show." Your program host, who else ...Tavis Smiley.

It's all over the media, Black Journalist Tavis Smiley is under attack for criticizing Obama.
or better stated,
Obama Wave Stuns Tavis Smiley.

Just because Tavis Smiley says he has received death threats does not mean it is true. I take his comments with a grain of salt.

Quite candidly, someone may have been trying to get in touch with him and called his moms house. He may have also got insulted with that, and is now saying even his mother is getting phone calls. I take what Tavis says at face value. Tavis is a book seller, and is proving himself to be a Clinton kiss up. His "Executive Decision" to not allow Sen. Barack Obama's wife to speak at "HIS" event, shows me that it is "His" event."

If Tavis had reached out to previous participants of "his event, " or did an on-line survey on "His" website, I'm sure that the overwhelming majority of participants would say, Let Michelle Obama speak on behalf of her husband. But that is not what his self serving, black self hating, echo told him to do. He wanted Barack to come kiss his ring, just like so many other alleged black leaders want him to do. I'm glad that there are many non-politically correct sisters and brothers that are calling Tavis on it.

Democratic presidential contender Sen. Barack Obama speaks at a Texas rally after winning Wisconsin. (Reuters)

Its interesting that
The Washington Post recently noted, "Obama now has such a lock on the loyalties of African Americans -- 84 percent of the black vote in Alabama, 87 percent in Georgia, 84 percent in Maryland, and on and on -- that the black vote is no longer contestable.

Which brings us back to the dilemma facing some of Clinton's high-profile black supporters -- those with titles and constituencies of their own. They are feeling some kind of crazy pressure. Last Friday, about 25 of them held an hour-long conference call to discuss what one described as an effort to "pester, intimidate, question our blackness" for not supporting Obama."

AAPP: Yes, I personally call some self hating blacks - negroes, black self haters, wannabes, traitors and other things too. The fact of the matter is blacks in America have a history of having negroes, wannabes, haters, traitors, and people who have sold out our communities.

Ask any former Black Panther, ask any black political prisoner in America or abroad, ask any black folk who where forced out of major cities throughout America, if they were sold a bill of goods, many times self appointed black leaders, like Tavis who sold them down the drain, yes, black self haters, wannabes, haters and traitors. While at the same time most people stayed quiet because it was politically correct to challenge.

Robert Johnson of BET fame is a self hating, traitor, sell-out, negro. Anyone who says Bob Johnson is a great man, is a negro that is out of his or her mind. Bob Johnson is the ultimate sell out. Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young is a Walmart lackey, who has also has turned out to to be a disgrace. The way he disrespected black women by saying Bill Clinton has had sex with more black woman than Obama. Ouch! Is anyone listening? Tavis Smiley like Julian Bond is becoming just another lackey for the Clinton's. Yes I said it.

Through our history there have been Negroes who are nothing less that black self hating traitors, who have joined others by sucking the life blood of our communities. Whether it be political traitors (acting black and working with others on the gentrification of urban communities through gentrification initiatives). Self haters who could care less about their own people. Yes, there have been revolutionaries who joined the fight for freedom even before the Boston Massacre. From Jamestown to black wall Street, there were blacks that fought the good fight, build education systems and economic opportunities for our own, then there were black folks who were stripped of their identity and self and disgraced themselves and there people.

This blogger, will call out political traitors, haters, and Negroes who are more interested in self promotion than self uplift. I have paid my dues 50 times over to be able to do this. I have never been politically correct, and candidly could care less if someone disagrees with my opinion or observations. Maybe it's time for Tavis smiley to start hating on Obama. Maybe it's time to Celebrate African-American history now in the making. But that would be to easy for Tavis, he wants Obama to kiss his ring first. Check out what other bloggers are saying.

Audio: Tavis Smiley Calls Out Barack Obama
Tavis to Michelle Obama: Thanks, But No Thanks
Screw A Tavis Smiley - Boycott That Negro

Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, and Obama Voters, Voting Violations, The FIX in Harlem

Let's do a rewind for a minute to 09.19.06 when Lashawn Barber wrote: There’s a rage in Harlem! You remember this picture of Bill Clinton and white bloggers?

Clinton and the White Liberal Bloggers - photo by AMERICAblog

There’s a rage in Harlem!
Bill Clinton and the White Liberal Bloggers

Well there is still a rage in Harlem. this time a rage about the counting of votes. Black Votes, White votes, Latino votes, asian votes, yes everyones votes in the 94th Election district.

The City of New York failed to count Obama votes Black voters are heavily represented in the 94th Election District in Harlem’s 70th Assembly District. Yet according to the unofficial results from the New York Democratic primary last week, not a single vote in the district was cast for Senator Barack Obama.

The folks from Common Dreams are wondering about this Harlem Mystery: Did Rangel’s District Go for Barack Obama? New York Congressman Charlie Rangel was an early and essential backer of Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president.

The support of the senior House Democrat was required if the senator from New York was to be able to run nationally with the assurance that her home turf was “locked up.” And Rangel, as the dean of New York’s Democratic House delegation, and a dominant player in the politics of Harlem for four decades, helped to do just that.

Along with the support of Georgia Congressman John Lewis, Rangel’s backing also gave Clinton credibility in the African-American community beyond New York. But, now, Lewis is wavering in his support for Clinton — suggesting to the New York Times that, after his Atlanta-area congressional district voted overwhelmingly for Barack Obama, he is likely to cast his superdelegate vote at the Democratic National Convention for the surging senator from Illinois.

When word came that Lewis and other African-American House members were starting to talk about “keeping faith” with their constituents and voting for the candidate who could be the first African-American nominee for president, I immediately checked the results from Rangel’s congressional district.

A voting booth in Brooklyn.

According to figures reported after the February 5 New York primary, Rangel’s Harlem-based 15th district voted rather comfortably for Clinton. The unofficial count with 100 percent of the votes supposedly tabulated was:

Clinton — 55,359 votes, 53 percent

Obama — 47,514 votes, 45 percent

That was close enough to create a 3-3 delegate split. But it was a clear Clinton win, and thus there would be no pressure on Rangel to vote the will of a congressional district that backed Obama.

Or so it seemed.

Now comes Saturday’s New York Times Metro Section report headlined: “Unofficial Tallies in City Understated Obama Vote.”

According to the paper:

“Black voters are heavily represented in the 94th Election District in Harlem’s 70th Assembly District. Yet according to the unofficial results from the New York Democratic primary last week, not a single vote in the district was cast for Senator Barack Obama.

That anomaly was not unique. In fact, a review by The New York Times of the unofficial results reported on primary night found about 80 election districts among the city’s 6,106 where Mr. Obama supposedly did not receive even one vote, including cases where he ran a respectable race in a nearby district.

City election officials this week said that their formal review of the results, which will not be completed for weeks, had confirmed some major discrepancies between the vote totals reported publicly — and unofficially — on primary night and the actual tally on hundreds of voting machines across the city.:

The Times adds this relevant information: “The 94th Election District in Harlem, for instance, sits within the Congressional district represented by Charles B. Rangel, an original supporter of Mrs. Clinton.”

No one is suggesting that Rangel did anything wrong, nor should they. There are many explanations for why vote counts are off, and there are many players in the process — and Rangel is one of the more honorable of the lot.

What New Yorkers should be asking for, however, is a complete review of the results in New York City, with a heavy focus not just on the 80 election district where Obama supposedly received no votes but also on those where it appears that his vote was far below the level of support that he received in surrounding districts — and that might reasonably be expected.

Could there be another 8,000 votes for Obama in the 15th?

That’s a lot. But it is not beyond the realm of possibility that they exist.

No one, be they Clinton or Obama supporters, should question that every effort must be made to find every Obama vote in Harlem, along with “missing” Obama votes from other congressional districts in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

At issue may be a few more pledged delegates for Obama — no small matter in a close race for the nomination — and the broader question of how superdelegates who want to respect the sentiments of their constituents, a group that could include Rangel and several other House members from New York, cast their votes at this summer’s convention.

observer.com says: A source with Obama's New York campaign claims there are problems with voting in parts of Brooklyn.

"There are a substantial amount of problems in a limited location," the source says, citing at at least eight polling locations that are having problems, concentrated in Bed Stuy, Fort Greene, East New York and East Flatbush.

These are also the areas where Obama's support in New York is strongest.

AAPP: Was the FIX In? Where is the Justice Department, Where is Jessie, Where is the Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights? Where are all the big mouths who ask Obama about protecting the rights of Americans? where is Hillary, Where is Bill Clinton?

This as The Washington Post reports Democratic Party leaders must desperately hope by now that the voters in Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania and the other remaining states with primaries and caucuses resolve the nomination battle between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. For there is no clean way out of the chaos that could occur if they don't.

Almost every aspect of the way Democrats select their nominees has come under criticism. The calendar is a mess, with too many contests stuffed too early in the year. The proportional distribution of delegates in primaries and caucuses does little to reward winners. The role of unpledged superdelegates seems anti-democratic to some, entirely appropriate to others. Now even the role of pledged delegates seems up in the air. More HERE

Monday, February 18, 2008

Gentrification, The Black Mayor of DC - Makes No Difference - For Black Single Mothers In DC

AAPP: "Just because your a black Mayor does not mean a whole lot for black mothers in Washington, DC. Now it looks like the black mayor could care less about black mothers of the black family. Local Black Women have there own doubts about First Term Mayor Adrian Fenty. For many Black women, Adrian Fenty is just another black mayor gentrifying a formally black city like the previous black mayor Anthony Williams. It's interesting, Fenty's Cabinet appointments include, a white female police chief, a white male fire chief and a Korean American female schools chancellor -- all, of whom were appointed with limited qualifications, and limited citizen involvement."

Young, Inexperienced and over his head?

A Washington Post poll last month found that, overall, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's first year in office has been marked by a general optimism in the city but that sentiment is not as strong in the city's largest demographic, black women. About four in 10 black women say they believe the District is moving in the right direction, compared with 56 percent of black men, 70 percent of white women and 78 percent of white men.

And although Fenty (D) has an overall approval rating of 72 percent, it slips to 63 percent among black women and to 29 percent among black women in households earning less than $50,000 annually.

And when it comes to the mayor, they have more doubts and frustrations, it seems, than kudos and rosy views. They know the challenges they face go far beyond Fenty, but when he ran in 2006, he took his populist approach to every corner of the city. Black women, it appears from the poll and interviews, have yet to feel the benefits of that approach.

"I don't feel like he's at the heart of people," said Teresa Price, vice president of the southern D.C. chapter of Mocha Moms and an assistant teacher at a private school. Her dissatisfaction with the city started years ago, she said, but Fenty has not met her expectations. Price, 45, whose children are in private school, said parents were disenfranchised by the school closings process and uninformed about Fenty's vision for their children's education. "I don't feel like the parents have a voice," she said. "I just want to make sure he's really doing what's best."

Fenty's Cabinet appointments -- among them, a white female police chief, a white male fire chief and a Korean American female schools chancellor -- have also made them tentative about the mayor.

"He started out with this big outreach campaign, and now it seems that we're being blocked out of everything," said Hodges, who works with developmentally disabled people.

"People wanted a change, but they wanted to be a part of the change, especially when you're talking about our kids and their futures." More HERE

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Black Leadership, Black Self Hatred, and The Obama Campaign

I Just finished reading an article by Darryl Fears in the washingtonpost.com. In the article he talks about Tavis Smiley, the bestselling author of the "Covenant With Black America," and how Tavis is being "hammered," "barbecued," and is "catching hell" from black Americans for suggesting that Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) made a major mistake by declining to speak at the State of the Black Union event that Smiley plans to host next week in New Orleans.

Here is the article and my thoughts, highlighted in red. Based on what I'm reading and hearing, Tavis is another Black Crab hating on Obama. UPDATE: Here is a link to my BlogTalk Radio Show. Sorry about the call in from the Rednecks.

Black Commenter, Criticizing Obama, Causes Firestorm
Darryl Fears, The Washington Post

Photo of Tavis Smiley

"There's all this talk of hater, sellout and traitor," Smiley said to me in a telephone interview. Smiley even mentioned getting death threats, but wouldn't elaborate. He said his office has been flooded with angry e-mails. "I have family in Indianapolis. They are harassing my momma, harassing my brother. It's getting to be crazy," Smiley said.

AAPP: If this is true, this regretful, inappropriate and unlawful.

Smiley's problems started early this month after he invited Obama to speak at the State of the Black Union, an event Smiley founded nine years ago. Held annually during Black History Month and broadcast by C-Span, the event gathers a Who's Who of black intellectuals, pundits, activists, entertainers and politicians to discuss and brainstorm about where black America is and where it is headed. This year's topic is "Reclaiming Our Democracy, Deciding Our Future."

The State of the Black Union has grown into a key event for black people since its start, but as Smiley has discovered, Obama's presidential run is far more highly regarded.

As the first black person to have a legitimate shot at a presidential nomination, defeating Sen. Hillary Clinton's rich campaign juggernaut, Obama is virtually a third civil rights movement, the manifestation of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. His candidacy has produced a fervor in black America born of centuries of wanting. Nearly every black vote that Clinton thought was hers at the beginning of the race has been siphoned by Obama.

Each of the presidential candidates were invited to speak, but only Sen. Hillary Clinton accepted. Clinton is desperate to bolster her flagging campaign with a larger share of the black vote after losing all but a small percent to Obama. Smiley said he wants the candidates to focus on the issues that black Americans care about.

AAPP: Hillary is the only candidate who needs to convince black voters to stop voting for Obama and vote for her. Hillary will be glad take a few pictures with you Tavis. I'm sure Bill Clinton will be willing to show up too. He sure would be glad to tell some black jokes and make some more color aroused statements against Barack Obama. Maybe Hillary will bring out some other surrogates like Robert Johnson or Andrew Young. I'm also sure Hillary will also bring her new black female campaign manager around. If that won't work, maybe Hillary can dig up some family members of Lyndon B. Johnson to let black folks know how unimportant MLK was to the Civil rights movement. But then again, with Hillary in the house, talking black, giving her southern drawl, and a few photo ops, maybe you can get some photo ops for a new book. "Hating on Barack - My 11th hour effort to create discourse with black folks and Brack Obama."

If the blogosphere is any reflection, however, black America believes Smiley should check his ego. Commenters would much rather see Obama campaigning against Clinton in Texas and Ohio than at Smiley's confab in Louisiana, a state he's already won. Critics burned up Internet chat rooms, taking turns at denouncing Smiley. Pundit Melissa Harris-Lacewell, an Obama supporter, authored a biting anti-Smiley opinion on TheRoot.com (which is owned by Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive), entitled, "Who Died and Made Him King?"

AAPP: I agree, smiley appears to be involved in a little bit of old school self-hatred as far as I am concerned.

A fan of Smiley commented on one blog, saying, "Tavis, Ya Killin' Me, Man." An angrier writer headlined his comment, "This is just dumb." "This man is involved in the fight of his life for the presidency of the UNITED STATES, not black states," he wrote of Obama. "I don't know if Tavis got the memo, but Hillary is leading in Texas, Ohio and Pennsylvania, where the governor said that his white folks won't vote for a black." Other comments would likely be blocked by Net Nanny and can't be printed on the Web pages of a family newspaper.

For Smiley, the tumult is a major turnabout. Until now he was a darling commentator in black America. His passion for the people endeared him to many. People listened to his commentaries on the popular Tom Joyner Morning Show, and snapped up so many copies of the "Covenant" that it made the top ten lists of the both the New York Times and the Washington Post. When Smiley talked, black people listened.

AAPP: I agree, at this point Tavis seems to be more to be interested in selling books, and being the "Journalism king of Black America." Although Obama may change his mind and attend, I'm with Obama on this one. Obama needs to continue to get busy and campaign where he need to get undecided votes. Don't listen to the self-hating black folk, even those who sell a lot of books and talk the talk.

"One of my friends said, 'you are being barbecued in the blogosphere,'" Smiley said. He told Black America Web writer Michael Cottman's that "I'm catching hell." In our interview, Smiley said: "This is the first time in my entire career that I have found myself in this kind of relationship with some folk in black America. I now know what it feels like to have the weight of the Internet world bearing down on you. Man, it's an eye opener when you get caught in the middle of it."

AAPP: look in the mirror Tavis, this election is bigger than you!

Obama's campaign said he called Smiley twice on his cell and office phones. Smiley said he returned the calls but got no response.

On the Tom Joyner Morning Show recently, Joyner brought up the controversy during an interview with Obama, relating how Smiley was taking heat for saying he thinks Obama doesn't want to talk about issues black people care about.

Obama chastised Smiley, but spoke as if the two were friends. "I'm going to have to call Tavis up and straighten him out on this," Obama said. He said he's addressed issues that Smiley cares about, such as health care and eliminating the legal sentencing disparity that allows judges to send mostly black crack cocaine offenders to prison with sentences that are five times longer than powder cocaine offenders who are mostly white and Latino.

Obama followed up with a letter to Smiley, dated Feb. 13. In it, Obama explained why he declined the invitation, saying that he needed to campaign in states that Clinton must win to in order to topple her candidacy.

AAPP: Hey Tavis, Obama is right, get over it!

"I will be on the campaign trail every day in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly to voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum such as affordable housing, economic opportunity, civil rights and foreign policy," Obama said in his letter. He had offered to have his wife, Michelle, speak in his stead at the State of the Black Union, but Smiley had declined. "I ask that you reconsider," Obama wrote. "Michelle is a powerful voice for the type of reach change America is hungry for."

Smiley responded in a commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show, condemning Obama's decision with his usual strong, passionate, rapid-fire delivery. He recounted the gist of his statement in the interview. "I think it is a miscalculation on his part not to appear and a missed opportunity."

AAPP: Hey Tavis Smiley, there you go with that, "I'm more important" than the people of America that Obama needs to convince to vote for him stuff. In the big picture of this campaign, your not as important, this time around. No photo op for you and Obama this time.

"I love Barack Obama and I love black people," Smiley said. "I celebrate his past accomplishments and I celebrate his future aspirations. I never wanted to stand in the path of his growth."

However, he said, "My job is to ask the critical question, to raise these issues and keep these guys focused. There are some people who are disappointed that I'm not jumping up and down saying, 'Vote for Barack Obama.' That's not my role as a journalist. That's not what I do."

AAPP: Whatever! Enjoy the kiss up and photo op with Team Clinton. This is nothing more than old school, black leadership self hatred against Barack Obama. Just another Crab in the basket.

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