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7/20/2006

Bush to the NAACP

Filed under: Politics — Dangerous Dan @ 10:34 pm

Tomorrow, President Bush will be speaking before the NAACP for the first time in his presidency. After inviting him for five years and finally having their offer excepted, he's being treated like a snake.

Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois warned NAACP delegates to be cautious of any civil rights promises Bush offers when speaking to the group today. The senators criticized Republicans for allowing the landmark 1965 voting act to nearly expire and said the Justice Department has failed to aggressively pursue allegations of disenfranchisement.

"Don't be bamboozled. Don't buy into it," Obama said, trying to anticipate Bush's speech, which is expected to touch upon his support for extending the act. "It's great if he commits to signing it, but what is critical is the follow-through. You don't just talk the talk, but you also walk the walk."

Yes, I wonder why he hadn't spoken there before. It's an exercise in futility really. If he doesn't go, he's accused of being a racist or at least of being someone who isn't concerned with black issues. If he does go, he's accused of being a racist or at least of being someone who isn't concerned with black issues. Seems real productive.

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