President Flees Washington For Rev. Sharpton Event In Midtown

Discusses Issues Facing Blacks; Jets Back To Deal With Budget

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Rev. Al Sharpton marked the 20th anniversary of his Harlem-based organization by teaming up with President Barack Obama and top White House officials to grapple with issues affecting black Americans.

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The president spoke at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at the annual conference of Sharpton’s National Action Network. Cabinet members spoke earlier at the Manhattan event.

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Obama stressed that education was the civil rights issue of our time, stating it wasn’t enough to “just leave no child left behind. We’ve got to help every child get ahead.”

“Instead of labeling our schools a failure one day and then throwing up our hands and walking away, we’ve got to refocus on the schools that need help the most,” Obama said.

The “Keepers of the Dream Awards Gala” also featured a keynote address by entertainer Bill Cosby.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he’ll work with Sharpton’s group to help alleviate teen violence in black neighborhoods, especially violence involving guns.

“I am proud that addressing youth violence is a top priority for this administration — and for today’s Justice Department,” said Holder, the country’s first black attorney general.

While growing up in Queens, “I witnessed the consequences of violence on the streets of this city,” he said, adding that it “can have devastating, long-term effects — increasing odds for depression, substance abuse and violent behavior into adulthood.”

Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said he’s teaming up with Sharpton to help black homeowners facing foreclosure.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he’s been traveling with Sharpton around the country to black neighborhoods with the highest school dropout rates.

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  • nyc

    Why dosen’t Obama wear a disguise, take a couple of New York subways at rush hour and visit some of the hoods ! Get out of that bubble !!

  • Robert Senn

    who is paying for obamas politicing in new york al sharpton and his church just like quanna pay back it cost tax payers about $1000.000.oo for obama to fly to ny each timme every time that plane starts 5000 gal fuel dont take a check from al

  • R

    I think this was a big mistake for Obama. Rev. Sharpton is nothing but a trouble maker who does not pay taxes. He is a racist and a low life!

  • Smash Crasher

    Obama. Just go away. Please. And take fellow racists Sharpton and Holder with you. Pretty please.

  • Disrespected

    Saluting Sharpton is an act of disrespect to every white working person that he disrespected in his early career. I hope that Limrick Nelson was able to make it; he owes Sharpton a thank you for the jury tampering at his murder trial.
    As for the educational opportunities I hope they don’t intend to strip funds from my grandchildren’s’ public schools in order to pay for the opportunities given to Brown children as was done in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s.The same amounts should be spent on every child’s education, regardless of race, or academic achievement.
    I’m a union member but if Obama intends to strip already scarce resources from my grandchildren’s education, I’ll vote Republican.

  • Why Shaggy

    4-6-11 the day O lost my vote

  • Ralph Moore

    The way for every child to get ahead is for them to work for it and their parents to stand behind them pushing..not for the govt to give them everything then wonder why they ask for more.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    If this is the only black leader Obama can hang with its a sad day for America.

  • Justin Time

    The fight for justice for the black man requires vigilance. The fiscal crisis pales by comparison. Freedom for all Americans is the top concern always.

  • justice

    This is a prime example of poor leadership. For a President to join with the Rev. shows a serious lack of common sense.

  • Samuel Paris

    You ignorant tool. The NAACP doesn’t lynch or murder people or promote hate and fear towards other ethnicities and racial groups. They don’t disenfranchise or oppress people by implementing institutionalized racism in society…. They promote progressive messages for black Americans to build stronger communities, love and kindness for their fellow man/woman. They advocate stronger families, social responsibility, accountability for individual actions and making contributions that will impact society and leave a legacy for future generations.

    • Don


    • Disrespected

      The point is they are a middle class to wealthy group that seeks special treatment for their own.
      You know lower SAT’s, lower admission standards to opportunity, easier civil service tests etc.
      They want to strip money from institutions that help white families and use it for their own.

  • HUGO

    Obama is a disgrace and a total idiot. ROT HIS SOUL!

  • 1010suck
  • Liberal
  • Jaypee

    I ams surprised that the NAACP still allows themselves to be called “colored people”
    tisk tisk

  • Disgusted

    we have reverse discrimination all the time. Look at classrooms. Monolingual classes have 35 students, bilingual classes have 12. What is up with that?! They dont even pay taxes and they get the red carpet treatment

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