by Yvette Carnell
Appearing before the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee in 2012 , President Obama told attendees “I have Israel’s back”, reaffirming his full throated commitment to the U.S. ally. “If during this political season, you hear some question my administration’s support for Israel, remember that it’s not backed up by the facts,” he told the AIPAC audience.
When appearing before this powerful lobbying organization, President Obama didn’t ask what AIPAC could do for him, instead choosing to lay out what he would do and has done for AIPAC.
President Obama’s speech before a black audience at the Congressional Black Caucus, however, didn’t contain nearly as many promises and affirmations. In this instance, President Obama echoed a previous 2011 speech to the CBC where he told attendees to ‘stop complainin,’ ‘put on your marching shoes.” Only this time, there was no mention of “complainin’”, just another call on CBC members to “keep marching” to support President Obama’s agenda.
“We’re going to have to keep marching. And I’m proud that I’ll be, at least for the next three and a half years here in Washington and then a whole lot of years after that, I’m going to be marching with you,” said Obama.
President Obama did acknowledge the high unemployment rate among blacks, but didn’t touch on what action he’d be taking to reduce it.
“But at a time when black unemployment remains twice as high as white unemployment, at a time when working Americans of all races have seen their incomes and wages stagnate even as corporate profits and the incomes of folks at the very top are soaring, we’ve got to pick up the torch of economic justice,” asserted Obama.
President Obama also touted the Affordable Care Act and called on the CBC to reflect on the murder rate in Chicago and help him pass gun control.