First Lady Michelle Obama makes another major address just weeks after her much touted Democratic National Convention speech. Mrs. Obama will pinch hit for her husband, President Barack Obama Saturday, September 22nd at the the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Washington, DC Convention Center. An Obama Administration source says the President was not able to neither make this year’s dinner nor deliver a speech as he is campaigning for reelection in a presidential contest still considered very close. The race is so close; the Obama source contends they are operating under the guise of being ten points behind Governor Mitt Romney.
Meanwhile, the source contends the First Lady was “more than happy” to step into the role as keynote speaker for the CBC when she learned the President could not make the annual event. Mrs. Obama recently received rave reviews for her address to the Democratic National Convention on its opening night. She gave a glimpse into the personal side of Barack Obama and detailed why America should reelect him for a second term.
Cleveland, Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge says, “I believe my colleagues of the Congressional Black Caucus will be just as pleased as I am to hear from Mrs. Obama. Given the power and inspiration of her speech during the Democratic National Convention, her presence during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Phoenix Awards Dinner will be more than welcome.”
The Obama’s are more than familiar with the Congressional Black Caucus. Then United States Senator Barack Obama was once a member of the CBC. For the past three years he has addressed the dinner attendees with words primarily focused on black America.
Last year, President Barack Obama addressed the CBC annual dinner and caused a bit of controversy as he told folks “put on your marching shoes” and stop “grumbling.”
The White House source did not know the topic for Mrs. Obama’s speech nor what she will discuss but felt she will be well received, especially after her address to the DNC.
This is the President addressing the CBC in 2011: