The President Tells CBC to ‘Stop Complainin’

President Obama gives stirring speech at Congressional Black Caucus Awards dinner Saturday, September 24, 2011.

The African American population of the U.S. has been hit harder than anyone else by the unemployment rate and have been complaining that President Obama isn’t doing enough about it.  But, he has been soliciting our help since his campaign in 2008.  He sounded something like Jerry Maguire, “Help me, help you.”

But, Maxine Waters was in Detroit last month telling an audience that Obama had been on a Midwestern tour, but he had neglected to visit a lot of African American districts.  She went on to say that Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) supports the President, but they’re “getting tired.” 

The President took to the podium and spoke at the annual CBC awards dinner Saturday and addressed the concerns of Waters and the black community saying, “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes.” But his stirring sermon may not be enough to get the huge black voter turnout that he saw in 2008.  

According to the Huffington Post, when he spoke about solving unemployment for the black community as well as all of our other issues, he said,  “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”  But the black community wants to get back to work, not work on his campaign trail.

But, things at the 3,000 seat CBC dinner looked good for the President as his speech roused everyone to their feet.  Check out more of the details here and maybe you can define for yourself whether you’re ready to get back to “work.”

-J.C. Brooks

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