Good evening folks! As many people who follow political events know, President Obama is running for re-election in 2012. This was officially announced Monday, and he is making the preliminary rounds in the African American community to shore up his strongest base of support. Today, the National Action Network held the first day of their convention, commemorating 20 years of this civil rights organization existing. The Keeper of The Dream Awards Dinner, followed the address that President Obama would make to NAN.
First off, I am surprised I even got in. I surmise my reputation and press credentials are growing. #Yesindeed. Security was no joke at the Sheraton, but luckily I was able to get in. Though I made it in, I was not able to get in the dining hall where President Obama was speaking. It was locked down. From what I gathered from the other reporters I spoke to, he talked for maybe 20 minutes and was out. Those of you watching from home heard more than I did. I was able to cruise the lobby and speak to a couple of politicians and attendees to get their view on the significance of this event. That is forthcoming.
I met and spoke with Marc Morial of the Urban League, and had an opportunity to meet Terrie Williams as well. All in all, this was an eventful night. Now with President Obama’s reelection campaign begun, we will see what that means for the African American community in particular.
Marc W. Polite