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July 12th, 2012
11:47 AM ET

Blitzer on Obama's NAACP no-show

CNN's Wolf Blitzer says that President Obama should have attended this year's NAACP convention in Houston and "should not take the African-American vote for granted." Blitzer praised Mitt Romney for attending, saying "it was the smart political move."

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign insisted a "scheduling conflict" is behind the president's decision to skip the convention. Vice President Biden delivered the conference's keynote address Thursday. The president, however, did make a brief appearance in a taped video that ran before the vice president's speech.

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  1. sam adler

    From where I stand, Obama is aspiring for a classless society. Right now he plays a dangerous game where he stirs the haves not against the the haves. The successful people are doomed in Obama sick and empty mind. Some school kids and ultra liberals may buy his rhetoric. His success or loss in the election would reflect where America stands with regards to classless society.

    July 20, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  2. jmoody

    Blitzer is right: Obama figures all the blacks will vote for him. He's turned his backs on the blacks and going for the Latino vote instead.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  3. Bob Lyons

    I hope Obama's "base" will now know you can't count on him when he is needed – or any other time!

    July 14, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
  4. sharon

    I dont care if the President didnt show up at the NAACP convention, we as blacks know that he sent the right person to speak for him, our VP Mr. Biden. He did an excellent job and the folks loved him. The president cant be in every place at once. In order to get reelected the President has to go out and get the votes.from the folks that arent sure. We are not going to be angry at Mr. Obama, we see that the congress does not want to work with him. And this complaint about no jobs for black kids in our neighborhoods, that is not new. White folks have always made sure we or our kids didnt get jobs. Black folks are not stupid. When I was young and my husband graduated from High School with a 4.0, he couldnt get a job, so of course he joined the USAF. That was in 1959, so that job situation is not new. That is a card Romney doesnt have to play.

    July 13, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Griff

    "Yes, Wolfe. When the Young Buck Maasai face his Lion (Simba), those many years ago, he always knew he couldn't lose!"

    July 13, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  6. PHIL,georgia

    Romney cannot have it both ways, his signatures are clearly on documents at Bain way past 1998 and its clearly a felony if he was mis representing. The President is totally right in demanding Mitt be responsible for his Pillaging at Bain. Even if he was not there after 98, a business character never really change and had that same profit nomatter what American it hurts way before 98.

    July 13, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • Ali

      ...and this is why Mr Obama won the Presidency last time around, because he has NO EXPERIENCE, no proof of all the big talk he shovels out, but he does know how to run a campaign and enlist minorities and turn everything into a dispute between classes and genders and ethnicities. Yes, he sure knows how to UNITE us all....
      Point here is he hasn't anything tangible to run on so he has to put the focus of the campaign on outsourching jobs now (after the gender issue and class issue also were initiated by him) hundreds of business outsource jobs bc our current tax system and business constrictions don't allow for good enough profits. What's wrong with that anyways? The corporations need to pay back their shareholders in order to keep alive and thus keep employed millions of people. You disagree? So Mr Obama uses this argument about when Mr Romney effectively left Bain? Are you kidding me? This is the best his campaign can do? And he is counting on blinded people like you who refuse to utilize your blessings to do some research on your own and realize he has actually given massive oursourcing to European nations through his Green Acts, while here at home his picking and choosing how to spend OUR money went to many bankrupt Green companies despite warnings in reports not to give them money. This is our President. Wake up voters and do some research, your country's future is at stake. Put aside race, ethnicity, origin, blame games, and make your decision on facts and proof, not heresay that is not backed up by anything.

      July 15, 2012 at 11:11 am |
  7. joshua

    Name one group who is pleased with the job Obama has done over the 4 years he has been president? The only people voting for Obama are the ones who will never vote for a Repulican. As I travel around the country, I'm finding more and more disgust with Obama from people who have always voted Democrats. They are so tired of his blame game that you may see some die hard Democrats either not voting this fall or voting a write-in candidate. This spells Jimmy Carter type landslide defeat for Obama.

    July 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  8. George

    when CNN decided that it wanted to be like Fox News that was the turning point to their Down spin in News. Wolf Use to be a Good journalist that used to follow up with appropriate questions and make corrections when corrections were due. Now all he does is spin and defend. If the NAACP did not complain about the President not speaking in person why is this news. News should be reseaching the SEC report that was filed by Bain Capital indicating that Mitt Romney was still in charged after he said he was no longer employed. Thats News and a little research would reveal the truth. When CNN goes back to reporting and giving facts instead of opinion then and only then will the ratings come up.

    July 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  9. Griff

    "It will always take a little fish to catch a bigger fish!"

    July 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  10. Griff

    "Keeping your contracts low enough you can keep them,"
    You won't win.Wolfe! You can't win, Wolfe! When you do, you have a stale piece of bread in the larder!"

    July 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
  11. Griff

    "Obama created 4000,000 jobs but lost 6000,000. Where was the growth??"

    July 12, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Jon

      Two questions: Where did you find the numbers 4000,000 jobs but lost 6000,000? How far did you make it in high school?

      July 13, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  12. manning El Paso, TX

    Wolf "STOP" repeating over and over I know it your nature. Look at this way Obama got what 80-90% of NAACP why
    spend all that money to go there. Beside Romney secure the black vote for Obama when he said he knew how to take care of black person's when he become their president, Romney is a real Dummy with words for white boy.

    July 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm |

    I can see what you are doing Blitzer. By crying Wolf, Wolf, about POTUS not attending the NAACP meeting you are trying to feed the disgruntled members of the African American community to get more disgruntled and stay away from the voting booth. Shame on you playing crafty partisan politics.

    July 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • ELD

      Why is it went we write positive things about Obama, they are not posted? Isn't that kind of baised?

      July 17, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  14. Griff

    "The truth is: you need your vast income, to help pay your vast overheads, and never stop worring how you're going to pay for it! Ever year come April you start panic, and there is a domino effect throughout the household!"

    July 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  15. Griff

    "No Wolfe, don't get me wrong! Bu my cloths were made all over the world. Italy. GB, USA, Canada, France, Brazil etc, the only differenece is: I buy mine from a Thrift Store! Where else could I get a made in Canada Denim-jacket (near new) for as little as $5-00 plus tax???"

    July 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  16. Anne

    Loved the comment by Donna Brazil today on Wolfe's show about Mitt Romney and 'being known by the company you keep'. Ha – what does that say about Obama? Where should we even begin to look at with that one? Tons of radicals, racists, and any other minority group he can think of to try to incite us against each other. We need to be united not divided! Too much hate going on. United we strand and divided we fall!

    July 12, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
  17. Name Cathi

    INever in the history of Walter Cronkite did he state his opinion of a candidates intentions or actions during a campaign so as NOT to sway the audiences perception either way. Wolfe Blitzer's remark that he feels President Obama "snubbed" the NAACP is outrageous. Reporters are to REPORT the news. How very unprofessional of Mr. Blitzer. Its action like this that put election decision making into the hands of the media.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  18. BG

    OK Wolf you are still talking about POTUS not attending the convention I am now changing the station this is just too much, I don't know who do you thinkg you are with all this gossip.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  19. Griff

    "Imagine' was hit record by John Lennon! Imagine Romney and you have another hit!"

    July 12, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  20. Griff

    "Jackson??? Quote: One is a Democrate ther other is a CNN advisor?? You mean they're both Demacrates!"

    July 12, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  21. BG

    Move on Wolf Blitzer I don't know weather you don't have any other story line but you need to stay in you own lane in reference to the NAACP the POTUS can not attend every function it's getting harder and harder for me to watch your show keep it up I will be changing the channel.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  22. Edna

    The last time I looked I thought Wolf Blitzer worked for CNN. He is beginning to sound like he works for Fox News. We stopped watching Fox because they are sooo Republican and for the rich. Poor Mitt Romney we feel bad for him because the Obama camp is saying bad things about him. Like he isnt throwing crap out there also.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  23. Joseph Scott Jr

    As I stated this morning, PRESIDENT OBAMA didn't need to appear at the NAACP, the African American community knows what's in the heart of our President. Why are you and CNN TRYING TO tie the President to a right-wing talking point. Challenge some of the lies that republicans have spread on CNN to the masses without challenge. Shame on you Wolf Blitzer, and CNN.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  24. Gilbert West

    Wolf Blitzer, apparently, cannot think outside the box of a petty school yard tit-for-tat. A Scheduling Conflict it was! Since Vice President Joe Biden is the best at a dog-fight, where one dog grabs the other dog by the throat, and rips-out all the lies, laying bare for all to see, the red-blood of deceit and arrogant manipulation... he was sceduled to give the presentation to the NAACP audience, not President Obama. Mitt Romney is an arrogant, self-absorbed liar, who has no respect fo Afrcan-Americans, Hispanics, or Asians. People of color, plain and simple, do not count in Mitt Romney's view of the world. He'll get his chance to debate President Obama face-to-face. As for the speech... everyone could see that Mitt Romney is" full-of-sh*t!!!" He didn't fool anyone with his appearance. If he wasn't so desperate for any votes he can get, he would never have gone. Joe Biden did what he was sent there to do... slap Mit Romney around with reality. To also have President Obama speak at this particular dog-fight would have been a mismangaement of resources. So, as for Mr. Wolf Blitzer's asinine question of why President Obama did not appear... maybe he should close his mouth and think long enough for the answer to become apparent to him. The answer should have been obvious to anyonewho heard VP Biden speak.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
    • Anne

      Gilby, why you so full of hate, bro? Sounds like you like to rip first and ask questions later. The only thing you actually know about Romney has been shoved down your throat. Sounds like some one has you by the throat. But you like violence more than understanding. Do you realize that you called the NAACP a 'DOG FIGHT'? I really hope they all read your message. Mr Romney was actually invited to speak and showed up even for people like you who think that those who don't have the same view point as you do just need to be slapped around. Wow! Next time you want to post something asinine, vulgar, and uneducated have some one grab you by the throat and rip out the lies of arrogance and deceit before you embarrass yourself.

      July 12, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  25. Griff

    "Obama has left the Theatre, 'Please call me at the White-House.' I love you just as much as I did in 2008, but I hate getting out of a warm bed!"

    July 12, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  26. Jim Thomas

    All of this wasted time and money being spent on this election.We should cut the terms to 2 years and have somebody else already to step in and take over.This means WORK not being on vacation and/or playing golf all the damn time.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    July 12, 2012 at 3:00 pm |
  27. Agnim

    Blitzer, you are just the usual patronizing pale fellow, who can't wait to tell African Americans what they should and should not do; or presume to think how they feel or do not feel.

    Are African Americans complaining about Obama's absence or about him taking their vote for granted? NO!
    Shut up and go away, Blitzer; and stop trying to drive the usual pale wedge between African Americans.

    As could be gleamed from the 'I have a dream speech' in the heart of the nation, African Americans CAN bloody well speak for themselves and with great eloquence when there is a need.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  28. Jo

    Lately, when has Wolf ever followed through and asked the real questions when Romney fabricates and stretches the truth. He tries to see both sides of the story but sometimes the story has hard facts that need to be said, plain and simple. He saved his opinion for Obama's absence, which is a small issue compared to the major issues that are allowed to go unanswered. And there was no mention of Romney's arrogant behavior, which is red-meat for the right.

    July 12, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  29. Essie

    Wolf Blitzer, you have NO idea what you're talking about!! Stay in your Lane! ~The president has his own campaign strategy and he definitely doesn't need you or anyone else scolding him about his schedule. What give you the right to tell the president what he should or should not do?! Once again, STAY IN YOUR LANE! ...Vice-President Biden did a fantastic job, therefore the president's decision to send him was ON POINT! So Blitzer, speak on what you KNOW and not on what you THINK the president should do next time! ...YOU WERE WRONG ON THIS, BLITZ!!

    July 12, 2012 at 2:09 pm |
  30. Dee

    "The president, however, did make a brief appearance in a taped video that ran before the vice president's speech."

    enough said.. MOVE ON!

    July 12, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  31. Scott T. Collins WA ST

    Why should he, he doesn't have to...

    July 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
    • Martin

      Seth, I think there really is a prcaaictl difference between the attitudes you describe. If a religiously conservative person opposes Romney because he or she opposes Romney's religion (i.e. for not being christian), then he or she is acting like a bigot. There is not a policy-related reason for their opposition, especially since Romney is touting precisely the policy values which these people claim to support.If a liberal person opposes Romney for his religion (i.e. because he or she views most, if not all, American LDS as narrow-minded conservative throwbacks ), then he or she is opposing Romney on the basis of policy. Granted, not all LDS are narrow-minded conservative throwbacks, but surely we can agree that most American LDS are, in fact, politically conservative. Would such a liberal voter be acting on a stereotype? Technically, but Romney's words and actions make it rather clear that he happens to fit that stereotype. A liberal voter has substantial reason to believe that Romney would promote policies which are threatening to his or her political philosophy not because Romney is LDS, but because Romney is, as you put it, a narrow-minded conservative throwback. The stereotyping here is incidental, rather than an actual reason for liberal opposition.

      August 3, 2012 at 4:36 am |
  32. Susan

    Keynote address was fabulous by Joe Biden. He did an outstanding job. Maybe no need to focus on Obama's absence.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
  33. Robert Schiele

    I'd like to know exactly who Wolf Blitzer thinks he is in making that statement. The last time I checked, he's a CNN newsman, not a member of any political campaign.

    July 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • Tori Pearson

      Did Wolf get a copy of Romney's campaign talking points? Sounded like FOX propaganda in Wolf's Situation Room. Who are you to say anything about whether or not Obama made a mistake by not going to the NAACP your opinion, you are supposed to report the news, not distort it.

      July 12, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
    • Dana

      I would like to add that the idea of the news is to get at core truths, and that Wolf Blitzer apparently decided to distract from that when he focused on Obama rather than the real story. Romney's "Obamacare" remark, said as an aside rather than making a case, was the real story. Didn't that show Romney's disrespect of the people at the convention as he used them to appeal to his political base? Then there is the the most recent "monster" and "treason" stories which once again are baseless tripe and should called as such, not legitimized by being given serious coverage. I just feel sad. I turned the channel.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:54 pm |

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