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July 16th, 2009
08:52 PM ET

We Listen – Your comments 7/16/09

Editor's Note: Most of American Morning's Thursday audience opposed the idea that President Obama should be meeting the Black community's expectations, noting that “a president is the president of all people,” and that Mr. Obama has only been in office for seven months, so “give him time” to meet expectations.

  • Buddy: A question was asked of whether President Obama was meeting the expectations of Blacks. I do not recall Whites being asked if Bush met their expectations as a White President. A president is the president of all people. At least that is what it should be. When will people stop separating everything by race. This is the United States of America. I will be happy when people began to behave that way. It comes from the people and what they believe we are as a country. Why not ask if the people in the United States of America are having their expectations met? I do want to add that some people in this country in this century, still do not see Blacks as equals. Very sad. This is what we need to talk about. This is what we need to mend. We cannot be a truly united country until this is dealt with. No group of people should feel superior to another because of their race and/or color.
  • Dathan: Obama is not supposed to "meet the expectations of the black community." He is the President of the United States! America, not the black community! He is supposed to meet the expectations of all of us. It is important that we forget "meeting expectations" for groups and favoring race in our government. We can not have a judge, a President or even a local community leader, favoring one group over another. The government answers to all of us equally. So ask the question, "Is Obama meeting OUR EXPECTATIONS!"

How do you feel about the idea that President Obama must meet the expectations of the Black community? What do you think those “expectations” are or should be?

The NAACP was not believed to have met its goals as an organization, as many see too many problems that remain in the black community.

  • Anthony: On the question this morning on whether or not did the NAACP accomplished their goals. I don't believe they have and not for a long time .since "The Struggle". They haven't helped the black community children to stay in school, go to college and investigate or help in a study on why is there or men and women having children out of wedlock with more then one partner.
  • Henry: With 1,400 black babies aborted daily in America, President Obama condones it and the NAACP says nothing, I am disgusted with both. Former president George W was better than both on this issue...

What are your feelings about the NAACP today? Has the organization achieved its goals, or does it lack the power that it once had?

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  1. ronald

    How about enough about race...???

    Are yourselves the only ones whom care about race in the news so much?
    Cause CNN viewers could care less. Seen it on TV, read about it, lived it, or whatever, but let's move on to some good news topics??
    You could always call up, Australia's Dateline news and they could teach yourselves how to broadcast some good news topics.
    Since, you won't change your ways,
    How about CNN create story lines, called, American Indian in America? (Since, you most likely will continue your stories about race.)
    Being American Indian in America,sounds good enough.

    I'd watch that one, since yourselves are pushing the sequel of Black in America 2, you may as well think of the American Indian as well.

    The American Indian was about the group that was the most crapped upon by American society,i believe.

    Being American Indian in America. Why does media not cover that group.?

    I have nothing against, Black in America, White in America, or whatever, but if anyone deserves a CNN broadcast; i'd call for one called,Being American Indian in America..How about it?

    We still have some American Indians, right? We Americans did not kill them all off, did we??? And, if we did, why not show us viewers what America did to them?

    As for telling ourselves about President Obama doing good or bad.
    Why not change that to instead, whether CNN is doing good or bad topics for the news???

    July 20, 2009 at 6:37 am |
  2. Bernice

    I agree with George! I live in PA myself, coal country! You think that we had it good? Our ancestors slaved in the coal mines! Even as children!! They were slaved, low pay with horrible work conditions, and many died due to caves collapsing killing many men, or through obtaining lung cancers and other terrible diseases because of the unstable working conditions! We ALL were immagrants and we came from SOMEWHERE! Most of us were abused in our historys past, but somehow we need to learn and grow! We must "get over it" and accell as a nations people to have a gr8 future! WE ALL SUFFERED! NOT JUST BLACKS! The Jews still suffer!! Wherez the love here people? We all have to live together, work and walk together, we need to learn to love one another!

    July 20, 2009 at 6:21 am |
  3. George

    I think its time we got over the slave issue. In those days all working class were slaves in one way or the other. Go to Wilkes-Barre Pa and look at the pictures of the kids sorting coal with there hands or what they looked like when they came out of the mines, if they came out at all. I would rather pick cotton.

    July 18, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  4. JEZEBEL58

    I agree with Dathan,Robert and Buddy.Mr.Obama is the president of the United States.When he was elected,my predictions were the blacks would be looking for him to help them out,God helps those who helps themselves.I believe opportunities are out there for eveyone and it's up to all of us to seize it.And Mr.Obama is right,"capacity still exists for cruelty,"speaking from experience.

    July 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  5. Daniel ............. Toronto, Canada

    We like watching your show in the morning but often notice you list American city temperatures and a few around the world but Toronto, Canada's temperature is not listed. Why? We have over 3 million population in Toronto and probably 10 million with an hours drive. We have more people than some of the countries from around the world that you do list.

    Daniel ..................... Toronto

    July 17, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  6. Karen

    The biggest problem with race in this country is that the media is constantly telling us that this or that is because of race. Why do you make such a big issue of race on every news story? I thought that we elected a President of the United States of America not a president of the African American community only, which by the way is the wrong way to classify a group of people who were born in this country. The vast majority of Africians sold into slavery by their own countrymen went to South America not the US. This country was built not on the backs of slaves but on the backs of ALL immigrants who came here regardless of where they came from. The only way that this country will achieve true equality for all is if the media and society stop grouping its citizens into one group or another based on race or ethnicity.

    July 17, 2009 at 9:12 am |
  7. Joey D. from Dallas

    I was disappointed watching Carol Costello on your American Morning program bash the owner of a car dealership in Missouri for offering AK-47 vouchers if the buyer purchases a truck from them. This is his right and no one should criticize him for that.

    Carol also bashed the 2nd amendment in genreal, which obviously she does not believe support. She also bashed the guy because he was proud to be a Christian, a God-fearing American, and took issue with him because of his religious beliefs intertwined with his message. Even after covering the VT shootings, she still cannot comprehend the value of gun ownership. How sad!

    American Morning program is so godless, so un-american, so out-of-touch with American heartland values that it's truly pathetic.

    The anchors of American Morning are blatantly anti-American, anti-god, and anti-gun, anti-banking, against any successful corporation, and obviously so pro-communist. Why don't you fly the American flag behind your anchors in the morning? Because you are not proud to be here. Unfortunately all of this makes me less inclined to watch your show.

    Outside of Kiran Chetry"s smile as the only real plus on the show, I have no reason to watch this program. I think that should also let your advertisers know how I feel as well. Maybe they will rethink their support for your un-American program.

    July 17, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  8. Bruce A. Hubbard

    It is very easy for the majority of Americans who were the beneficiaries of a Nation built upon the backs of Africans and African Americans during slavery to now posit only forty years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act of l964 and the commencement of Affirmative Action that it is no longer needed or required.

    The entire economy of this Nation was made possible by the weath that was acquired during slavery because of trading rum and sugar cane for slaves and slave labor in the agrarian South. All immigrants who came to America to seek a better life (the Irish, the Italians, the Jews, the Asians, etc.) came to a country that was already thriving and advancing because it had slave labor. The Capitol was built by slaves, the White House was built by slaves and the Supreme Court was built by slaves. There is no American Institution that did not directly or indirectly receive the benefits of African slave labor.

    Even after slavery was ended for over one hundred years terrorism and discrimination prohibited Africans and their descendants from full participation and full acceptance as American citizens. This did not happen to any white immigrant. I think that Affirmative Action should only be ended when each African American and minority descendant of the slaves who built this Nation have finally received educational, economic, social, political and image parity with those who were the beneficiaries of our ancestors labor.

    July 17, 2009 at 8:57 am |
  9. jane

    Based on Senator Jeff Sessions obvious ethnically cahllenged attitudes towards Judge Sonia Sotomayor, we better keep Affirmative Action regulations in Place.

    Jane, Alabama

    July 17, 2009 at 8:47 am |
  10. Bernice

    How is it the Americans fault to begin with when it was thier African country that sold them to the queen in the first place?? Your own country had no respect in its own people! Look at it this way, maybe you should consider yourselves the lucky ones! You really did not suffer much, your ancestors did! So did mine! But we should move on! You got to be born right here in America, as a direct result of the slavery run the your country decided to participate in the first place!! NOW U GET TO BE AN AMERICAN! You have more than Africans do! You have your freedom! Why complain?? You no longer have to live in intolerable conditions! If Americans did not buy the black people when thier country sold them, where would they have been sold off to? You may not have been so lucky! Maybe this way an angel sent to you.... to achieve your freedom in the end!

    To the gays ....again! This is an issue about race and color.....not gay activity! You had your turn, it is now the issue that has haunted Americans for years! RACISM! Let them now have thier turn. I am very sure that this will not be the last time that we hear from you, so we look forward to talking about this issue when NOT taking the time from the actual issue at hand! Gay issues is not the topic!

    Hate to see you leave us at CNN, but byebye now!

    July 17, 2009 at 8:38 am |
  11. nigel

    good morning
    i dont understand you guys at all.
    great reported on world issues ,jakarta etc and you tell us you pride yourself as one of the best news business in the world,right
    then i watch the car salesmen and guns and god,putting your anchor under pressure and being rude to her.
    this guy should have never been on your broadcast to begin with he is meant for late night comedy tv not cnn
    you continually shoot yourself in the foot at being the best in the business when you resort to news of that nature,you look at what is wrong with america ,that salesmen is what is wrong with america,stop being a small time cable news network with that garbage.

    July 17, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  12. Gay in America

    All this talk about discrimination in 2009 and not one mention of Gay Americans. A group that is vocally and openly discriminated against every day. Oh yeah, sorry, we forgot CNN is only concerned with being Black in America and Black in America2. Soledad Obrien says "You will not be able to tear yourself away..." Well we ARE about to be able to tear ourselves away....away from CNN and away from their advertisers.

    July 17, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  13. michael armstrong sr.

    President Obamas speech was a good speech for the minority people of America he gave even a greater reason for people of color to point there finger at white America but CNN believes this is ok for white people to be shund as raciest pigs listen to his comments the whites were left out when he was naming the victoms of race leaving the white people as the root of all racism so much for our president uniting all America against racism what do you think are the minority people of America none racist.

    July 17, 2009 at 6:46 am |