This weekend President Obama spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus’ (CBC) Annual Dinner in Washington. Considering the CBC recently called on the president to show he is truly black, it is no surprise that our post-racial American president looked as if he was running for president of the CBC.
Obama knows that he is losing support in the black community and this alone could cost him reelection. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC news poll, only 58 percent of blacks say they have “strongly favorable” views of the president, down from 83 percent just five months ago. The president needs to get back his black base and he sought to outshine the likes of Reverends Sharpton and Jackson during his CBC speech.
Channeling a true Civil Rights Hero, Obama used words reminiscent of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “March with me,” said Obama. “Even when folks are hitting you over the head, you can’t stop marching.”
The problem with this speech is three-fold. First, it is too little too late. Obama has ignored the black community his entire presidency, and now that his back his against the wall he wants to play the “black card”.
Second, Obama is no Dr. King. Obama has always used the black community for his political expediency. When he needs them, he takes on their colloquialisms and puts a Reverend like moan in his rhetoric. But after he gets what he wants, Blacks are told to get to the back of the bus and wait their turn in line. Dr. King, on the other hand, was a man of cultural integrity.
Last, Obama is four decades behind the curve and someone should tell him we have a black president. Hoses, dogs and bottles make for a good “We shall Overcome” speech, but they have no place in today’s America from today’s president.
The president’s CBC speech is the blueprint he will follow through November 2012 – march, sing and lock arms. As a black man, I am utterly disappointed by this president. His policies are a complete disaster and his hypocrisy is a complete embarrassment.
Although I did not support Obama’s political agenda, I took pride in his accomplishment. His election was a chance for America to move to a new plateau, but now we have marched back into the valley of the 60s.
Rev. Isaac Hayes is a Republican Strategist and Commentator, and was a Candidate for U.S. House in 2010. Follow him on twitter at http://twitter.com/isaac_hayes.