Obama to Black Leaders: "Stop Complaining."

At the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus, President Barack Obama told black leaders that have criticized him for not doing enough to address black unemployment to quit complaining and focus on supporting him.

| September 25, 2011
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At the annual awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus on Saturday, President Barack Obama told black leaders that have criticized him for not doing enough to address black unemployment to quit complaining and focus on supporting him.

Black unemployment is nearly double the national average at 16.7 percent, The Associated Press reports. Black leaders have questioned why lowering it is not more of a priority for Obama, and they have also taken the president to task for giving in to Republican demands.

During the summer, CBC chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri called the compromise deal on raising the federal debt ceiling that Obama reached with GOP leaders a "sugar-coated Satan sandwich," the AP reports. And last month, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., complained that Obama's Midwest bus tour had bypassed black districts. She said the CBC is "supportive of the president, but we're getting tired."

The AP reports that, at the CBC dinner, Obama said, "It gets folks discouraged. I know. I listen to some of y'all…. So many people are barely hanging on. And so many people in this city are fighting us every step of the way."

But, he added, the way forward is to support him. "Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," he said. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Obama also used his speech to highlight how his jobs bill would help struggling African American communities, CNN reports. He said 100,000 black-owned businesses would get a tax cut for hiring a new worker or giving workers a raise, and noted that the bill includes programs to help low-income youth get summer jobs.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, told CNN she thought the president struck the right tone with his speech.

"This is the first day of the beginning of a season of pressure" on Republicans in Congress, Jackson Lee said. "I think that this is now, for his own sake, a sense of reckoning that although his temperament as president of the United States for everybody – is to include everyone – there's a time now that the marching has to begin, because he's got to save this country and we're willing to save it with him."

The president will also need African American voters to vote at similar levels to the historic 2008 election if he's to win a second term, the AP notes.

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"Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes," he said. "Shake it off. Stop complainin'. Stop grumblin'. Stop cryin'. We are going to press on. We have work to do."

Well, Obama finally said something that makes sense. Send the same message to the indians. Put away the moccasins and get a damn job!

Too bad he was speaking to a bunch of extortionist, welfare promoting leeches.
CBC demands $$$$ from business and gets federal funds. They have LAVISH "conventions" at resort sites and give scholarships to undeserving relatives.
They are the poster children for worthless slime living on the public dole.

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Posted by seekandfind on 09/25/2011 at 4:00 PM

http://staffingtalk.com/job-fair-or-congre…

http://biggovernment.com/tag/congressional…

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/…

There are many more examples. They are thieving, professional victim, palm people.

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Posted by seekandfind on 09/25/2011 at 4:08 PM

Watch as the economy convulses. It's just the injection of Marxism into a capitalist body. Sit still it won't hurt, everyone will be equal afterword. (Except for the ruling elite)

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Posted by Wavey on 09/25/2011 at 5:03 PM

African Americans and people alike who are hurting financially, economically, health-wise etc. should STOP critizing President Obama if he makes a gaffe or says something that may sound offensive. This man is FIGHTING FOR THE UNDERDOG!!! He is the STRONGEST AND WISEST one in Congress that is sincerely fighting for those less fortunate and in need. How can you beat up on somebody that you know is getting BEAT DOWN daily by his adversaries because he is trying to support you and fight for your welfare. Humble yourself people. You are NOT perfect either. Well, they beat down and crucified a man who was trying to save us for living in hell the rest of our lives...so I guess we as a nation are just used to doing that. How sad...how sad indeed. We cut off our noses to spite our faces everytime. Stop the cycle now PLEASE???!!!!!!

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Posted by AJ on 09/27/2011 at 2:04 PM

Very refreshing to hear wise words from Obama.

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Posted by dikweed on 09/27/2011 at 3:23 PM

Oh Ya, quit complaining/pointing out what he's obviously doing wrong or not doing at all (Typical progressive Liberal). The biggest let down of all times O.....BAMA aka Barry Soetoro.........What a joke!

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