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Does Black America Really Support Obama?

Not entirely, but the lion's share will vote for the incumbent in November, unless...

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A recent Gallup Poll (ending March 4th) revealed 88 percent of black voters approve of President Obama's performance in office. Unless something radical causes them to change their minds, one can only assume the 88 percent will vote for the president in November. That is approximately 34 million people, which doesn't sound too bad on the surface, but in reality he'll likely get less than half of that. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, only 16.1 million blacks voted in 2008, which means he can expect a comparable number in the Fall. Such a number is still respectable, but he'll need a lot more to win reelection. Nonetheless, the president considers blacks his base and carefully cultivates their support, not just on his campaign site, "African Americans for Obama", but also in a controversial video on YOUTUBE where he attempts to rally blacks to his support. Critics claim the video is racist in that a white candidate would be chastised and berated for making a similar video specifically aimed at whites, but that is another story.

Although Obama has general approval in the black community, it is far from unanimous. Blacks are becoming more vocal in their displeasure with the president, particularly from two disparate groups, one with leanings to the left and the other to the right. The first group includes blacks who feel the president failed to deliver on his campaign promises for social reform and, instead, has sold out to the Washington establishment. This includes groups like the New Black Panther Party and the Black is Back coalition who feel betrayed and taken for granted by the president. The other group opposing the president are those with allegiances to the GOP, such as the National Black Republican Association. They too have a problem with the president's social reforms, not that he has done too little but that he has gone too far, particularly with the stimulus packages, Obamacare, and excessive government spending. They have even gone so far as to formally accuse the president and the Democratic party of racism (see National Black Republican Association E-News).

Both groups are disturbed by the high unemployment rate for blacks, particularly among those in their teens, but they disagree on how to solve the problem. Nonetheless the idea that all of black America embraces the president is a myth. Some question his integrity and see him as simply the product of a white mother and black father, with no true connection to slavery and the Civil Rights movement, thereby questioning how well he truly understands black Americans.

There have been attempts to start "Blacks Against Obama" web pages, both independently and on Facebook, but neither seems to be truly embraced by anyone.

Regardless of the trivial issues of the day, if the economy does not turn around, and if blacks cannot find employment, look for the president's support among black voters to further erode. And if he loses his base, he will likely lose the support of other Democratic loyalists, and the election.

Keep the Faith!

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Torrey Craig March 29, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Tim - Why do you focus on a single sector of the electorate, failing to give other sectors the same attention? What is you motivation? Have you seen the Quinnipiac University Poll of March 26 showing Obama 49% - Romney 42%. Or Obama 50% and Santorium 37%. Both of these match up represent Florida voters. Or perhaps you might look at the CNN polling showing favorable/unfavorable number for Obama and Romney Omaba 56%/42% Romney 37%/49% source: http://www.politico.com/2012-election/presidential-polls/ Tim please look at all the numbers
Howard March 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I wonder from where you get support for the idea you repeat: that blacks are Obama's "base." I'm nor black but I think of myself as part of his base. His base is thinking, caring, intelligent people. As compared to, for example, the people who embraced Palin, Bachmann, Gingrich, Perry, Trump, Cain, Santorum and Romney. Until now, It appeared there was no GOP "base" just a bunch of folks sampling the flavor of the week. Now it appears Romney is saying what the lunatic fringe wants to hear. So - as much as I hate to think it - the party of Licoln counts the lunatic fringe as its base. Reagan must be rolling in his grave.
JaaaaaaayBeeeeeeeeee March 30, 2012 at 12:06 PM
I am amazed that I have never really seen the point raised anywhere that Obama is 50% WHITE. I guess it is because we come to expect rich white guys to be politicians, so the fact that he is half black makes him exceptional. ... or tainted in the eyes of the ignorant. I would rather focus on his 140+ IQ .... a stark contrast to any candidate offered up by the Republican party lately. George "Dumb-ya" Bush only really graduated due to favors called in by his grandpappy, who was an alumni and heavy supporter. McCain placed second-to-last academically in a graduating class of just under 500. Yep ... brightest ones in that box of Crayolas for sure. Finally, another thing that really strikes me is that, in ANY political post that Timmy has made here, I have NEVER seen a soul step up and reply that they were even close to agreeing with what he slathered up for everyone to see. Maybe I am having selective memory, but I can't recall a SINGLE person chiming in to agree and say that what is being (mis)represented here is "on the mark".
rick barasso March 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM
"If the economy does not turn around"... Tim, In what cave have you been living since 2007? Let's try some word association. George Bush, stock market, Wall Street Bailout, Recession, Tax cuts for the wealthy, Skyrocketing unemployment. Any of these things click a memory trigger? And as long as we're enjoying your two favorite past times, Obama bashing and generalizations, (the only thing missing was your self-aggrandizing or what I like to call, The Bryce Hat Trick) let's throw another generalization out there, perhaps you can comment on: Does Racist America Really Support Romney? I wonder who Tim will vote for?
Anne Onomous March 30, 2012 at 12:25 PM
"Thinking, caring, intelligent people" in turn DON'T support continued milking of the system by individuals with no intention of contributing to society either. If they are in fact so "caring" - let's move such individuals into THEIR houses, where these supposed "caring" ::pardon me while I sniff:: PAY for them and see how fast their views change. Any individual of ANY color in his right mind using common sense would be looking for a leader to get OUT of poverty - not a glorified, enabling babysitter who has charisma. Wake up you zombies!
rick barasso March 30, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Any one want to bet on which one Anne is voting for? I'm guessing the generalization parts of Tim's writings are her favorites. Anne, can you spell bigot?
Howard March 30, 2012 at 12:49 PM
You're right - thinking, caring, intelligent people not only don't support milking the system. We think it should be stopped. For ten years the war profiteers have enjoyed the milk produced by twonphony "wars" called so they could profit. The result? No contribution to society. Thousands of young Americans dead, tens of thousands more so wounded they need care for life, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Afghanis dead and wounded. A trillion dollars borrowed and spent with three trillion coming due over the next thirty years. Our legislature just gave a billion dollars as "incentives" to businesses in Florida while advancing the lie that reduced taxes will attract job creators. If that was true, NY would see businesses fleeing to Wyoming where taxes are lowest. We happily pay billions fo pro "sports" playgrounds so billionaire owners can entertain a few very rich people in their very expensive boxes. Multimillionaires playing with each other in a taxpayer bought stadium with all revenues - even parking - going to the billionaire. It is the "conservative" who milks the system. And while drinking the milk accuses the victims of the resulting poverty of wanting something for nothing. It is the party of "not only no, but hell no" reciting its mantra of "me, me, me" that has created the mess we now are in.
Anne Onomous March 30, 2012 at 04:18 PM
I'm no Newt fan - but I will say, that one debate where he got everyone in a ruffle over saying people should use their 99 weeks of supplemented unemployment time to train for a career - I was standing there applauding that finally someone had the huevos to say what needs to be said. Again, those that are claiming to be such caring, compassionate individuals - you are doing no one a favor by your words, let's see some action - get out there, set up tent cities in your front yards and don't forget to tithe.....OR..... train them to be self-suffient and thrive....but we all know that will never happen. If people actually thrived then we wouldn't have them under our political spell or control, now would we?
Anne Onomous March 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Rick - can you spell ASSUMPTION? I don't subscribe to anyone's writings or beliefs - only my own. Nothing I said was bigoted, racist or otherwise. It's just plain common sense. People have grown to like being coddled and these so-called leaders exploit these people for their political gain while doing nothing for the society as a whole. Piss and moan, throw out every political commentary you want but I guarantee one night in a police cruiser in a major city seeing what REALLY goes on in the world and you'd change your opinions. And yes Howard, there are people EVERYWHERE milking the system and sadly using our kids as pawns in war. That Blagojevich guy up in Illinois, a Democrat if I recall (not that it matters - Repubs can be just as guilty) tried in his own way to bend the system to his own benefit and got nailed. He isn't any more guility than the rest of them - he just got caught. The waste and fraud in the Welfare/SSD/SSI system is rampant, that's acceptable? Is it?
Howard March 30, 2012 at 04:41 PM
OK - where do those people go to train for a career? What training is available for which careers? It's very easy to say but it's nearly impossible to find. You seem to think that people enjoy being on "supplemented unemployment time" and just want to "milk the system." That, of course, is absolute nonsense as you would know if you really got out and about the people who you so readily dismiss as wasteful and willfully dependent. It is that kind of attitude that reduces our nation to where we now find ourselves. It is the kind of complete nonsense you say - "if people actually thrived then we wouldn't have them under our polictical spell or control, now would we?" What is that supposed to mean? That people intentionally keep themselves down and avoid "thriving?" But - as you say - "you are doing no one a favor by your words, let's see some action." Get out there and set up some of these training facilities and create some jobs rather than giving so much to those who already have so much. And it IS giving - the republican party in the thrall of the so-called "tea party" continues in its determination to fund the economic recovery from the disaster it created on the backs of those least able to carry the burden.
rick barasso March 30, 2012 at 08:46 PM
Well Anne, Now that you have completely strayed from the topic of the article. I guess because there is no defense for its content or perhaps we'd hear from your fellow teabagger Tim. It's a common conservative strategy to deflect from the issue when there is no truth to it or logical means of defending it.

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