At the beginning of the Obama administration 12.7% of black adults seeking work were unemployed. Black unemployment now stands at 14.1%. Unemployment for black teenagers at the beginning of the Obama administration was was 35.2% – today that figure stands at 37.9%.
In April 2003 then Illinois state Senator Obama sharply criticized high black unemployment under President George Bush. He assailed Bush’s “attack on working families,” arguing that Bush need to “fix the economy first” before doing anything else – like lowering taxes. At that time black unemployment was 10.3%. When black unemployment edged up to 10.9% the next month, Obama called out Bush for his “unprecedented $300 billion deficit,” which he said “underscores the recklessness of the George W. Bush administration and the Republican Congress.
Under Bush the economy grew for 35 consecutive months and black unemployment reached a low of 7.8%.
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-MO, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said last year that “if Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House.” And just last month Cleaver said “as the chair of the Black Caucus, I’ve got to tell you. We are always hesitant to criticize the President. With 14% unemployment, if we had a white president we’d be marching around the Whit House. . .The President knows we are going to act in deference to him in a way we wouldn’t to someone white.”
A reporter asked Cleaver what he would have said to Hillary Clinton had she become president. Cleaver admitted that “as much as I love Senator Clinton, I would have been all over her on 14% unemployment for African-Americans. I would have said “My sister, I love you, but this has got to go.”
Actor Morgan Freeman accused Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell of placing the defeat of Obama ahead of the welfare of the country. So why is there no criticism of Cleaver putting Obama ahead of the welfare of the very people who most enthusiastically voted him into office?
Cleaver and other black Democrats in the House, along with support from other far left people and organizations, hail from the same tax/spend/regulate left side of the left party.
But what if Obama were white?
You can read Larry Elder’s article in full at this link.