“If equal opportunity in America were an accomplished fact, then a chronically bad economy would be equally bad for everyone,” Romney told the nation’s leading civil rights group at their national convention in Houston, Texas. “Instead, it’s worse for African-Americans in almost every way. The unemployment rate, the duration of unemployment, average income and median family wealth are all worse for the black community.” – Romney to NAACP: Obama made it worse for you ‘in almost every way’
A SISTER SOULJAH moment in reverse at the NAACP for Mitt Romney.
He went into a crowd he knew would be hostile to his message about repealing Obamacare, which got him booed, as well as his assessment of the first African American president beloved by this crowd, but stood his ground on his message. Romney just bulled through it, unflinchingly.
After the booing quieted, he went on to say the Chamber of Commerce surveyed 1,500 members, asking them what impact Obamacare would have on them; their response was that it would make them “less likely to hire people.” Romney continued:
“So, I say again, if our priority is jobs, and that’s my priority, that’s something I’d change. And I’d replace…” – Mitt Romney
Romney went on to talk about means testing Social Security benefits, which you can also see in the clip above.
From McCay Coppins of Buzzfeed, this is what came later (see video below):
“I submit to you this, if you want a president who will make things better in the African-American community, you’re looking at him. You take a look.” – Mitt Romney
Unemployment in the African American community is over 14%. However, there is no voting block more loyal to Barack Obama, for obvious reasons.
Mitt Romney went into an African American crowd and challenged them on their own best interests as he sees it economically. Whether you like him or not, it revealed surety of Mitt Romney that we’ve not seen yet. If I’m his advisers and campaign I’d say it was as good as he could do in front of a crowd that loves Pres. Obama. In fact, he likely surprised them and just maybe a few others, depending on how the national press reports it, which is always a crap shoot, because the likely story line is not the one I’ve offered here, even if it’s the most candid.
It was an impressive political performance.