WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama implored black voters
to restoke the passion they felt for his groundbreaking campaign two
years ago and turn out in force this fall to repel Republicans who are
ready to "turn back the clock."
In a fiery speech Saturday to the
Congressional Black Caucus, Obama warned that Republicans hoping to
seize control of Congress want "to do what's right politically, instead
of what's right — period."
"I need everybody here to go back to
your neighborhoods, to go back to your workplaces, to go to the
churches, and go to the barbershops and go to the beauty shops. And tell
them we've got more work to do," Obama said to cheers from a black-tie
audience at the Washington Convention Center. "Tell them we can't wait
to organize. Tell them that the time for action is now."
speech acknowledged what pollsters have been warning Democrats for
months — that blacks are among the key Democratic groups who right now
seem unlikely to turn out in large numbers in November.