America’s first “Black President” could teach Barack Obama about reaching out to Black Americans. Unlike Bill Clinton & Crew, Obama and his advisors lack the central African-American experience needed to understand and engage Black Americans.
Obama’s failure or refusal to communicate with Blacks continues questions of his relative blackness. Discussions and debates among Blacks over “how effective he is” have amplified. Barack may be more white on the inside than he is Black. Surely, the people around him are. House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn says Obama “needs some Black people around him.” Clyburn says Obama’s inner circle keeps “screwing up” on race: “Some people over there are not sensitive at all about race. They really feel that the extent to which he allows himself to talk about race would tend to cost him support”.