While President Barack Obama crisscrosses the country preparing for the final 90-day stretch before Election Day, he’s made one thing clear to his constituents: “I’m not the president of black America.”

In an interview with Black Enterprise, Obama was asked to respond to criticism that his administration hasn’t done enough to support black businesses.

“My general view has been consistent throughout, which is that I want all businesses to succeed,” Obama says in the August issue of the magazine. “I want all Americans to have opportunity. I’m not the president of black America.”

“I’m the president of the United States of America," Obama said, "but the programs that we have put in place have been directed at those folks who are least able to get financing through conventional means, who have been in the past locked out of opportunities that were available to everybody. So, I’ll put my track record up against anybody in terms of us putting in place broad-based programs that ultimately had a huge benefit for African-American businesses.”

Despite his reflective declaration, Obama will still receive overwhelming support from African-American voters. Obama garnered 95 percent of the black vote in 2008 and his campaign aides would like to replicate the enthusiasm from Obama’s historic victory since Obama is America’s first black president.

Civil rights groups, including The NAACP and The National Urban League, have been working on Obama's behalf, walking door-to-door, making phone calls and hosting backyard barbecues — all part of what Democrats are calling the largest grass-roots presidential campaign in history.

Black celebrities are also offering their support and their money. Last month, actor Morgan Freeman donated $1 million to Obama's campaign.

"President Obama has done a remarkable job in terrible circumstances," Freeman said. "He has ended combat operations in Iraq, put in place sensible reforms of Wall Street, saved the auto industry and protected the healthcare of every American with a preexisting condition. In return for this he is being targeted by hundreds of millions of dollars in special-interest money. I for one am proud to lend my voice – and support – to those who defend him."

Even actor Harry Belafonte weighed in this week on the presidential race. Asked whether he’d like Romney to win the election, Belafonte told the Hollywood Reporter: “Only if I would like to see the end of civilization. No, absolutely not. Mitt Romney is not my cup of tea at all."

To energize the electorate with sports-related events, the Obama campaign announced this week that supporters can have an opportunity to attend a basketball fund raiser, “The Obama Classic,” with stars Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Carmelo Anthony and Alonzo Mourning.

"Imagine shooting hoops" with those stars, deputy national field director Marlon Marshall wrote in an email to supporters. "Now stop dreaming and make it happen. You and a guest of your choice could join President Obama and some of the greatest basketball stars for a special night at the Obama Classic."

"Pitch in $3 or whatever you can, and you'll be automatically entered for a chance to win," Marshall wrote. "Hit the court with Patrick Ewing and Melo? Trade stories with the President? This is the kind of stuff your kids will tell their kids, and no one will believe it until you show them a photo."

Through a series of high-profile events, the Obama campaign is hoping to raise more money this quarter after trailing Republican Mitt Romney in fund raising for three straight months. Romney reported July donations of more than $101 million along with the Republican National Committee, compared to the $75 million that Obama’s campaign said it had collected.

But in a recent email to supporters, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina says he's not concerned about Romney's fundraising bonanza.

"Look, no one expects this campaign to keep pace with the Romney money juggernaut. That's OK by me," Messina wrote in a fundraising email to supporters. "What we can't let happen is finding ourselves in October, staring down the final weeks of this campaign without the resources to get our message in front of enough voters."

"Yesterday, we learned that for the third month in a row, we've been outraised by the other side in this race," Messina wrote. "Now we're seeing how that plays out: In battleground states across the country, they're piling on the negative TV advertising."

Messina’s e-mails to supporters comes as new polls show Obama leading Romney by four points, 49 percent to 45 percent in Virginia, and by six points, 51 percent to 45 percent, in Wisconsin, according to a joint poll by Quinnipiac University, CBS News and The New York Times. In Colorado, Obama trailed by five points, with 45 percent to Romney's 50 percent.

And in a sign that Obama is stepping up his attacks on Romney, the president ridiculed his Republican rival during a fund raiser in Connecticut this week.

"He'd ask the middle class to pay more taxes so that he could give another $250,000 tax cut to people making more than $3 million a year," Obama said. "It's like Robin Hood in reverse. It's Romney Hood!"
 

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10 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Obama’s Not the President of Black America

  1. AmberT on said:

    Mr. Obama’s statement is just right. He has to be fair to all. I don’t care who will win just as long as they will make sure that no American nor Black American will be living a paycheck to paycheck life. Because according to a new report, 40 percent of working Americans are living between paychecks, juggling expenses to get by. Read more here.

  2. Spirit 7 on said:

    Mr. Obama is the President with a remarkable record, go to his webpage. Mitt was the so called Governor of Ma. and he can’t talk about it ,why? He was absent. He thinks he can win because he is filthy rich and will buy ” hate” and ignorance to take the White House. Having lived in Ma when he was so called Governor and in the USA while Obama has been President , there is no comparison in leadership/ accomplishments or character.Support President Obama, we all win.

  3. Attorney General Eric Holder today said won’t continue investigation into wall st. The justice Department has decided it will not prosecute Goldman Sachs or its employees for their role in the financial crisis, following an investigation by senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Tom Coburn (R-OK). Why, somebody needs their money. Who could that be. This whole corrupt government is garbage.

    $4.00 a week from my check= $16.00 for 4 weeks $16.00×12=$192.00 now $192.00 dollars X half the black people in America = $3,840,000,000.00 Lets stop playing games with these people.

  4. Hiawa23 on said:

    Under the last president we had 2 wars, a prescription drug plan, not paid for, tax breaks, & banksters using the mortgage industry as a casino which almost caused a Greeat Depression. Did you guys think one man would be able to clean this mess up, in a few years, & I am not even talking about the many issues in the black community many of which are self inflicted caused by bad life choices? Are you kidding me? It’s going to take many years & many changes in our government to solve this problem, so strap on your boots, “corporations are are people, my friend, per Mitt Romney.”

  5. Hiawa23 on said:

    I think Obama is the president for all, not just black folk & given the obstructionist congress, he has done alot, in getting money for Historically Black Schools, The other guys wanted to reduce this, in getting the payroll tax reduced for all Americans, & many more things I don’t have time to name everything. My point is this, When Obama got elected I did not expect my life to change that much. I still had to go to work & do the same things I did before, and I certainly did not expect anything from him. I really don’t get what many black folk expected this man to do for them. He certainly can’t fix our high dropout rates, or the fact that many of our families have no fathers, & 72% of our kids our born to unwed mothers, or the fact that school is not a priority for alot of us. These issues are at the heart of many issues in the black community. Obama can’t solve this, so I will vote for him again. I don’t agree with him on everything but a president is only as good as the congress that supports him. I know one thing, if you don’t vote & allow the other guy to get in, you think things are bad now, they certainly will get worst as they want to cut everything geared towards helping the middle/lower class. Going forward given our now global economy your are going to have to have some higher learning or some education just to get a decent job as manufacturing has gone over seas. This is the new America, you better adapt with it, or get left behind.

  6. jimmyg on said:

    If anybody should be pissed it’s AfricanAmericans.Yet it is our folks who are still
    Standing with this president of the United States.That is because we understand
    Subtle racism in all of it’s ugly forms.We have lived with it all of our lives.White
    Folks don’t understand our loyalty.Someday perhaps they will.But you must be born again,in black skin…

  7. jimmyg on said:

    If anybody should be pissed it’s AfricanAmericans.Yet it is our folks who are still
    Standing with this president of the United States.That is because we understand
    Subtle racism in all of it’s ugly forms.We have lived with it all of our lives.White
    Folks don’t understand our loyalty.Someday perhaps they will.But you must be born again,in black skin…

  8. jimmyg on said:

    AfricanAmericans make up 13 percent of a population of 310 million citizens and
    Illegals.I am still bewildered how this man became our president in the first place.
    We helped put him there with the help of other frustrated voters who were sick of
    Bush and those Republicans who took our country to a very stupid.A stupid war
    Which drained our treasury and cost thousands of lives.For sure our one vote was added to the rest which produced the millions needed to win.We’re still the
    Last hired and the first fired.Our unemployment is double white folks

  9. (Thank God Bush is gone) And
    Well who you going to vote for. You mean Black people have hope in this corrupt political system. (Fools) Do Black people really! Think that this corrupt political system will really serve our needs. Our maybe we don’t have any needs the playing field is equal. White unemployment 7% Black unemployment 14% what in the hell is wrong with us. I can’t believe we are actually going to sacrifice our children and grand children on a false hope. A Black President that won’t meet with the N.A.A.C.P. for fear of losing white votes. Well guess what if they take their votes for something like that we don’t need them. REGISTER TO VOTE: Who the hell are true sane Black people going to vote for in this system.
    $4.00 a week from my check= $16.00 for 4 weeks $16.00×12=$192.00 now $192.00 dollars X half the black people in America = $3,840,000,000.00 Lets stop playing games with these people.

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