BRIEFING: Congresswoman Maxine Waters claimed the president was over-looking Black voters stating, “We’re supportive of the president, but we’re getting tired.” Meanwhile, leading Black voices such as Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West have called for an alternative candidate in the 2012 election.
BREAKDOWN: “Tavis and Maxine didn’t support him in the beginning. When the dust settled, the overwhelming percentage of Black people still support Obama. He has been consistent from the beginning. You can say you continue to disagree but you can’t say he deceived us.”
LESSON LEARNED: “All you have ever heard from those people has been criticism. So he couldn’t lose what he never had.”—As told to Erik Parker