Black People : Letter from Barack to Tavis

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  1. OldSoul

    OldSoul Permanent Black Man PREMIUM MEMBER

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    February 13, 2008

    Mr. Tavis Smiley President and CEO The Smiley Group
    3870 Crenshaw Boulevard Suite 391
    Los Angeles, CA 90008

    Dear Tavis,

    Thank you for the invitation to participate in the 2008 State of the Black Union forum in New Orleans, Louisiana February 21-23. The exchange of ideas raised at this annual symposium are invaluable as our nation strives to address the critical issues facing not just African Americans, but Americans of every race, background and political party.
    I especially commend you for hosting this dialogue in New Orleans. On the eve of the Louisiana primary, I visited this great city for the fifth time since declaring my candidacy to share policy proposals for rebuilding the Gulf Coast so that we never experience another Hurricane Katrina. On February 9, I was deeply humbled to win the Louisiana primary with 86 percent of the African American vote and a 14 point lead among all voters who said they were adversely affected by Hurricane Katrina.
    Uniting our country and creating a national constituency for fundamental change is why I am running for President of the United States. We have come a long way in this race, but we still have a long road ahead. In the final stretch, I will be on the campaign trail everyday in states like Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin talking directly with voters about the causes that are at the heart of my campaign and the State of the Black Union forum such as affordable healthcare, housing, economic opportunity, civil rights and foreign policy. I am committed to touching every voter, and working to earn their vote.
    That is why with regret, I am not able to attend the forum. I understand that you have declined the campaign’s request to have Michelle Obama speak on my behalf. I ask that you reconsider. Michelle is a powerful voice for the type of real change America is hungry for. No one knows my record or my passion for leading America in a new direction more than Michelle Obama.
    Tavis, this is our movement and our time. I look forward to working closely with you throughout this election. Thank you for your continued support.

    Sincerely, Barack Obama
     
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    What IS the State of the Black "Union"?

    This will be an interesting conference without Obama, yet again. I have taken not of the anti-Obama theme from last year's conference and it seems as if Tavis and crew are gonna have a really difficult time dealing with his no-show, again.

    While there sure is to be some condemnation and/or criticism of Obama I will be recording and taking not to who Tavis' corporate sponsors are and to what degree it will be used to rally for Hillary Clinton, which is what I really expect at this point.
     
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    change is in the air....

    there is a train leaving the station. tavis best buy a ticket.:SuN011:
     
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    tavis will be alright. u know how we get when our ego's get involved. the movement is bigger than him. allow the woman to represent she is vital to the movement.
     
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