The Friday Focus


Character vs. Cowardice Edition

Mitt Romney went into hostile waters yesterday when he spoke to the NAACP. That took courage and character. He handled hecklers with composure, honesty and grace. Meanwhile, Obama (as I predicted) is sending Biden the clown in to deal with the NAACP due to a ‘scheduling conflict‘. Right – one that’s lasted two years. This is utter cowardice by this President. Period.

I can only cringe at the gaffe-tastic things and jokes Biden spawned during his speech. The best part was when he reminisced about ‘learning so much’ while sitting in Jeremiah Wright’s church. Also of note, he yelled. A lot. You can listen to the whole speech here. When the full video of it is available I’ll try to update. Here’s my favorite moment and Weasel Zippers caught it:

In the meantime, check out my Twitter-Biden/NAACP Slide Show for more Biden fun. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any broken monitors or spewed on keyboards that occur when viewing it. Much like Obama’s campaign kick-off, there were a lot of empty seats for Biden’s speech.

But I digress…back to President Coward.

Obama is clearly avoiding facing that crowd with black unemployment at 14% and his ‘evolved’ gay marriage position being hugely unpopular amongst the black community. Obama and the Democrats seem to take the black vote for granted. We’ll see how well that plays out for them.

I’m calling them like I see them. This is Character versus Cowardice.

Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post has some commentary vignettes not to be missed:

British writer Tim Stanley: “Mitt’s problem: this is a good speech, but his style never adapts to suit the situation. He could be speaking at a tractor factory.” A fair point, but Mitt isn’t a man of any discernible style, which, after four years of a supposedly “cool” president, might actually work to his advantage.

CBS News’s Mark Knoller: “President Obama last spoke to NAACP Convention on occasion of its 100th anniversary, July 16, 2009 in NYC.” And this is a point amplified by conservatives on Twitter, many of whom are also wondering when President Obama will speak to, say, the Club for Growth.

Jim Acosta, CNN’s national political correspondent, tweeted four times during the speech. Three were about booing: “Correct me if I’m wrong Romney ramblers but I’ve not heard that kind of sustained booing for Romney in this campaign.” Was Acosta aware that the speech was being held at an NAACP convention?

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz: “NAACP crowd boos Mitt Romney when he proposes repealing ‘Obamacare’ … Ugly moment for the candidate.” Or a brilliant moment, considering his recovery was impressive and it demonstrated a willingness to speak in front of a deeply hostile audience.

After the speech, conservative S.E. Cupp of MSNBC quoted Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.): “Cleaver just said Romney should not have criticized Obama in front of black audience.”

And from National Review’s Jim Geraghty: “I have no idea how this is playing in the room, but this is a good, solid speech articulating conservative principles. One of Romney’s best.”

While the lapdog media is content to only focus on the booing that occurred during the speech, I am not content to let them get away with leaving the cheering and standing ovation on the cutting room floor like so many MNSBC video edits end up.  The MSM certainly won’t tell you WHY he got that ovation either. The only major dissenter who called it like I am calling it now, was CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, who even mentions the black unemployment rate. Wolf is surely to be caned by the liberal media for his truthful rant:

Here is something I’d like to say to President Obama: You should have attended the NAACP convention in Houston today. Mitt Romney did. It was the right thing to do. The Republican knows the nation’s oldest civil-rights group isn’t exactly friendly turf but went anyway. On the whole, got a polite reception, but was booed when he said this: [from videotape] “I’m going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program I can find, that includes Obamacare.” Despite the boos, it was a smart political move for Mitt Romney to address the NAACP. He knows he is not going to win over a lot of black voters, but attending these kinds of events is important in reassuring a lot of the suburban white voters that he is a moderate, decent politician, someone that wants to work with all Americans. I’m surprised the president was a no-show. He is sending Vice President Joe Biden, will send a video. I checked the president’s schedule for today. He is here in Washington, D.C., over at the White House. He’s got meetings. I assume those meetings are very important. but he could have found time to pay his respects to the NAACP. The president should not take the African-American vote for granted. Let’s not be under any illusions. He received 95% of the black vote four years ago. He’ll do almost as well this time around for sure. But his problem is voter turnout. The president needs excitement, he needs enthusiasm in the African-American community, especially in the battleground states he carried in 2008. Fewer African-Americans may go to the polls this time. They might not vote for Romney, but might not show up, especially now that black unemployment has risen to 14.4%. It’s a lot higher than the 8.2% for all Americans. So in my opinion, the president missed an opportunity today. My bottom line is this: Romney did the right thing on this day, the president did not. Now some folks will disagree with me, Kate. That’s just me offering my sense of what’s going on.

Once in a while they tell the truth. Meanwhile, back at race-card central….

The Washington Examiner reported that a liberal outfit called ‘The Message’, headed up by a former NY Times Reporter and Ex-Media Matters Exec, was out pounding the race drums in advance of the speech. The Message put out a rather racist video that they call satire. It’s apparently funny to mock Romney by saying he so white he makes “Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel.” Imagine if they had been a Conservative outfit? That would have run on the nightly news for weeks!

MSNBC being the worst offender, by implying Romney went to talk to the NAACP to appeal to racists. You just knew MSNBC was waiting to throw down their daily race card.

Not to be left out, Nancy Pelosi jumped on board the race-baiting wagon and called Romney’s speech ‘a calculated move on his part to get booed‘.  Err… what? We all know Nancy is crazy, but that’s really out there in tin-foil hat land.

Even PBS cut off the ovation at the end of their video – which figured, but those of watching it live saw it and heard it… and we’re not shutting up:

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About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is the former Co-Founder and Managing Editor at American Lens. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina and is the founder of Her past writing can also be found at IJ review, Breitbart, FOX news, Da Tech Guy Blog, Heartland Institute, Civitas Institute and Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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