Mitt Romney received a standing ovation at the NAACP convention. Really. Even though practically every media outlet failed to mention that important tidbit and instead focused on the boos he provoked after his comments on ObamaCare. Approximately half of the audience rose to their feet at the end of Romney's speech.
While applauding the fact that Romney attended the convention, Congressional Black Caucus leader Rep. Cleaver remarked: "I don't know if [Romney] has any African-Americans advising him at the top of his campaign staff, but it would have been horrible advice -- if someone gave it to him -- to go into the NAACP convention in Houston, Texas, and then criticize President Obama."
Black conservative blogger Kira Davis, in her YouTube and post, "To Rep. Cleaver: This Message was NOT Pre-approved by the NAACP," blasted Cleaver's criticism. Her entire response is well worth listening to in its entirety. Davis said:
Romney deserves respect for wading in where he knew he would not be wanted. Black liberals complain all the time that conservatives and Republicans don't engage them enough in the political realm, and then when they do go directly into our communities to debate and conversate [sic] they're treated like crap. Then liberals wonder all over again why those nasty, racist Republicans don't have the stones to bring their message into our communities. Well, Mr. Cleaver - here's a man with stones. He came to speak, not pander. I know you and your ilk at the Black Caucus and NAACP have made pandering an art, but you should at least have a little respect for a man who is willing to be honest about his views and not temper those views simply based on the color of the people he is addressing.
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