President Obama received a heroes welcome into black communities across the nation three years ago on his campaign trail. Obama received the red carpet treatment at all times. The African American nation stood together and vowed to put him into office by any means necessary. The next thing you know, Obama’s in office and there’s some disgruntled African American voters. Unemployment is up and black folks are on the front lines of the jobless.
Suddenly, there is less interaction with Obama as his priorities turn to Health care and the war. We complained a little, but there was still hope that he, when he got the chance, would be on a mission to help us with our biggest dilemma…cash flow. But, after the health care bill he fought diligently to have passed, there were other Bush fall outs to deal with: foreclosures, bank bailouts, the car industry bankruptcy, pulling our soldiers out of Iraq. You name it, he had to figure it out.
But according to Black America Web, Obama is in the process of building a major push to address the black community–and in a more personable way. They plan to go from 0 to 100 in what seems likes a matter of seconds to return to the issues of the black community. The Obama administration is venturing to connect with one million African-Americans and host 100 events in black communities across the country over the next eight months.
But some may feel it’s poor timing as everyone is gearing up for the 2012 campaign trail. It may feel like an O.J. Simpson move and he’s only returned to the community to seek our votes. We’ll get a speech and a wave and are still left standing on the unemployment line. But, the African American initiative the White House seems to be launching includes a new webpage from the White House Office of Public Engagement, www.whitehouse.gov/africanamericans. It is supposed to serve as a portal to all of the things the President has set in place to improve the black community’s future.
“We’re taking the White House on the road,” Michael Blake, director of African-American Outreach for the White House, told BlackAmericaWeb.com Thursday. “There are a lot of positive and transformational initiatives to help the African-American community that people are not aware of.”
Read more about the President’s strides to address the concerns of the black community here.