Candidate Says Criticism of Black America Reflects Its Private Concerns--Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is delivering pointed critiques of the African American community as he campaigns for its votes, lamenting that many of his generation are "disenfranchising" themselves because they don't vote, taking rappers to task for their language, and decrying "anti-intellectualism" in the black community, including black children telling peers who get good grades that they are "acting white."Howie P.S.: Another front page story in the WaPo that probably won't surprise you: "Democrats Back Down On Iraq Timetable." It's not a fun read. HOWEVER, Greg Sargent is reporting "Pelosi And Reid's Offices Deny WaPo Story Saying Congressional Dems "Backed Down" To White House On Withdrawal." Also in the WaPo today, Chris Cillizza's column, "Dodd Throws a Punch" chides Edwards for not supporting the Reid-Feingold legislation that would "bring an end to this war within on year rather than the incremental eighteen-month approach he (Edwards) has proposed." In other Edwards-takes-a-hit news, RAW STORY says "Edwards scrubs 'war on terror' from Web site."
"All of us know little shorties, and we see them when they are young. Something is happening to them around age 4 or 5. A darkness comes over them, and you can see the loss of hope in them," Obama said then. He added: "There is a reason they shoot each other, because they don't love themselves, and the reason they don't love themselves is we are not loving them, we're not paying attention to them, we're not guiding them, we're not disciplining them. We've got work to do."
Thursday, May 03, 2007
"Obama reaches out with tough love"