April 4, 2012
African Americans for Obama, Obama pulls videos from BET, Tatyanna Ali
President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign website has removed several videos that pitched alarmist messages to African-American voters, following reporting by The Daily Caller and the Fox News Channel.
In one video that the campaign yanked from the “African-Americans for Obama” section of its website Tuesday, actress Tatyana Ali seemed to predict that a second Obama term would bring a host of benefits to African-Americans once the president no longer had to concern himself with campaigning.
“What really excites me … is that a U.S. president has only two terms,” a laughing Ali said in the footage that the Obama campaign scrubbed from its website Tuesday. “In the second term, ‘it’s on,’ because we don’t have to worry about re-election.”
he video series, titled “Leading Women Defined,” focuses on African-American women, including Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s longtime aide and a former Chicago government official. It was produced by Black Entertainment Television and is still available on that that network’s website.“We’re encouraging people to come out and vote to, as we say, vote like your life depended on it,” BET CEO Debra Lee said in one of the videos.BET’s top managers are sympathetic to the Democratic Party and to Obama. Lee, for example, has donated almost $100,000 to Democratic politicians and allies’ causes since 2008.Obama and his campaign officials have repeatedly noted that enthusiasm for Obama has declined since 2008. That’s true even in the African-American community, which voted almost in lockstep for Obama in 2008.
However, unemployment among African-Americans is higher than among whites or Latinos. Less than 50 percent of black males younger than 30 are in full-time jobs, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(and watch the video at the website, couldn’t get it to embed here)