Comments: President Bush at the Urban League

right on the money and i wish more republicans would speak from the heart on these issues. it is obvious to me that the democrats take the votes of black people for granted and figure that as long as they continue to walk the walk, talk the talk of the stale democrat platform, they will have the overwhelming support of the black community. this irritates me to no end. i sincerely believe that the time has come for a frank discussion of full integration in this country. if the republicans led this discussion, i don't think the status quo of democrat control
would or could last.

Posted by scott holmes at July 23, 2004 03:57 PM

I heard a few of the clips. I thought Bush was terrific. I liked his line, something like "Now Jesse, you don't have to nod in agreement THAT quick."

Posted by Joe R. at July 23, 2004 09:34 PM

Most local news skipped Bush's questions for African American voters for coverage of protesters, but Channel 7 got Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's response. I think it deserves more attention.,2132,WXYZ_15924_3059222,00.html

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was present and talked with 7 Action News. " I think that the absolute best statement made today was for African-Americans to ponder the thought whether or not African-Americans should be all lined up in one party, and what we get for that. I think there has to be a real cognitive discussion about that with the leaders and the communities in this country. When you talk about the President, he got 8% of the African-American vote, and he has 4 African-American people in his cabinet. Regardless of what people feel are their strengths and weaknesses, and how important they are, you have to ask the question of what he is doing for the African-American community and weigh that against when you vote for a democrat. I mean, it's a great discussion and I think that we have to have it, especially when the entire initiative in this conference is empowerment and the next wave of the civil rights movement. I mean, the African-American people really have to
have an agenda that speaks to those issues. And some of those issues may line up on both sides of the parties."

Posted by aaron at July 26, 2004 12:59 PM
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