3:45pm July 11, 2012

NAACP: Romney Booed on Obamacare, Talks on 14.4% Black Jobless Rate


“If I am president, job one for me will be creating jobs. I have no hidden agenda. If you want a president who will make things better in the African American community, you are looking at him,” Gov. Mitt Romney told the NAACP in Houston.  The response was lukewarm.

Romney was generally well received by the NAACP’s 103rd convention but he was booed after saying he’d repeal Obamacare.

“If our goal is jobs, we must, must stop spending over a trillion dollars more than we earn. To do this, I will eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare…”  Romney said.  The audience booed him.

Romney mentioned high Black unemployment.  Last week Black unemployment rose almost a full percentage point to 14.4%.  Romney spoke with the occasional accompaniment of organ music in the background punctuating certain lines.

“I would give Gov. Romney an “A” for attending the convention and speaking,” said Congressional Black Caucus Chair Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO).  But he quickly added criticism.  ”I think he missed out on an opportunity to talk about many things that matter in the African American community,” Cleaver added.

“I don’t know who is advising Gov. Romney  from the African American perspective but I give him an F minus on his comments on Obamacare. “I think his advisors are not serving him well,” Cleaver said.  ”I think he walked away with some African American appreciation,” Cleaver added.

Romney mentioned his father, Georg Romney, who was active and supportive of in the Civil Rights movement.  That was well received.

“For every one of us a particular person comes to mind, someone who set a standard of conduct and made us better by their example.  For me, that man is my father, George Romney,” Romney said.

Vice President Joe Biden will speak to the NAACP tomorrow.  President Obama is not expected to attend.

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Managing Editor, publishes the blog Crewof42 on the Congressional Black Caucus.  She can be heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on WMCS 1290 in Milwaukee on Earl Ingram’s show The Evening Rush as well as on WPFW 89.3 every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Burke is a former employee of USAToday.com and ABC News.  You can e-mail her at LBurke007@gmail.com follow her on twitter @Crewof42.


About the Author

Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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