Friday, July 21, 2006

Bush and the NAACP

President Bush finally went to the NAA[L]CP - National Association for the Advancement of Liberal Colored People and gave a pretty good speech.
Bush said he viewed his speech as a chance to explain his convictions about equality. "I come from a family committed to civil rights," he said. "My faith tells me that we are all children of God - equally loved, equally cherished, equally entitled to the rights he grants us all."

The speech was only briefly interrupted, near the end, by a few stupid protesters who were escorted out. Overall, the president appeared to receive positive marks despite being in the lion's den.

So why did Bush go in the first place after having turned them down for 5 years? Well, [h]e accepted this year after new NAACP President Bruce Gordon, the first businessman to lead the nation's oldest civil rights organization, reached out to improve the relationship. Nice to see someone from thatorganizationn actually reach out to the president in a meaningful way.

COgirl at HRP and Lorie Byrd at Wizbang Politics have a lot more on this.
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