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Is President Obama defensive on race?

Should President Obama have a black agenda?

Popular talk show host and activist Tavis Smiley is planning to host a forum Saturday at the 6,000-seat Emil and Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center on the Chicago State University campus to explore the provocative question. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 19, 2010; 4:17 PM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I thought Obama was a post-racial president. Why is this still an issue?

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | March 20, 2010 11:48 AM

Of course Obama is defensive on race. He has to be.

Did you ever see any congressmen/women reading their emails or shouting "liar" to any prior presidents during their State of the Union Speech? Or, was there ever an entire broadcast network devoted to campaigning against a sitting president of the United States in the history of Boradcast TV?

...Ahh, but it's ok to do these things to Obama - he's not a "legitimate" president (somehow - don't know how yet, but someone will prove it somehow - the Tea Party must be on to something...right...whatever...).

Those working in over-drive to delegitimize his presidency need an opening and know that race could potentially be it. They only need one example of him expressing a committed view or opinion on race and they will spin it so hard and fast into him "playing the race card" quicker than you can say "Mission Accomplished!" He knows this, and so do many americans who understand the racial dynamics of this country. So, yeah...he's sensitive to race. And he comes across as being defensive probably because he has to be very guarded and careful not to project an image or make comments that can be distorted, taken out of context, and re-assigned meaning and value never intended, as was the case with the police officer and the harvard professor.

Posted by: randybe | March 20, 2010 12:26 PM

Must be boring tavis after being put down by your own for being unfair to the candidate and now President of the US. You even dissed the now First Lady by not accepting her as a stand in for your social event. Not finding satisfaction over on PBS? Too bad. The only way you can see you're way to the top now is by copying glen beck, rush limbaugh programming.

Posted by: MILLER123 | March 20, 2010 1:13 PM

PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS always TRIED TO STAY ON-POINT, BOTH DURING THE CAMPAIGN and now. I've never seen anyone as calm and focused as he's been. I sincerely doubt that we'll see anyone who cares as much about our country as president again in our lifetime. NO ONE will EVER convince me that all the mud being slung at him is not based on his race. In short, the people...some people...in this country have more taste for s**t than sugar!!! START a war...they LOVE YOU!!! Try to do something for THE PEOPLE OF THE US...they treat you like a dog!!! I, for one, appreciate all he's trying to do. He COULD BE still teaching at The University of Chicago, living a nice life in Hyde Park, but he CHOSE to run for president and try to do some good!!! Thank you, Mr. President.

Posted by: slamming | March 20, 2010 8:10 PM

WaPo and another lame poll.

Posted by: rlj611 | March 20, 2010 8:45 PM

Tavis has a bone to pick with the president for some reason. He apparently doesn't understand that Mr. Obama is the president of the United States (who happens to be black). What a silly question to focus on. I suspect Mr. Smiley needs constant ego-massaging. First, it was the colossal waste of time and money with his State of Black America summits and now this. He's got the nerve to talk about race when he has few blacks on his own staff.

Posted by: Antoinette3 | March 21, 2010 8:46 AM

when rev, wright came to light that should have spelled the end of the obama campaign. now look what we have. a lying a.g. ,16000 irs agents headed our way, a carbon tax heaqde our way. bye bye dems in november.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | March 21, 2010 11:34 AM

His mother's caucasion, so he's half white. Big deal, what's the fuss over?

Posted by: misterbumbles | March 21, 2010 4:15 PM

Smiley? WHO DAT?

Posted by: webster11 | March 21, 2010 9:51 PM

Although racism is alive and well in America (as much as I wish it would die from a terminal illness) the President of the United States of America has done well not to respond in kind.

Ignorance and bigotry has no place in our democracy..ERACISM!

Posted by: rj0123 | March 24, 2010 5:24 PM

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