A conversation with NAACP President Ben Jealous
NAACP President Ben Jealous was a guest of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at President Obama's first State of the Union address. While he stopped by to talk about the speech, the most interesting part of our talk was when he expressed concern that there were people around the Obama who took black voters for granted. "I don't believe that he takes us for granted. But there are people around him, quite frankly, who are trained in the brand of politics in which you always take black people for granted." Then Jealous pointed out a political truth about when black voters feel like they're being taken for granted. "We swing not between the Republicans and the Democrats....We swing between the voting booth and the couch. And us staying on the couch will kill you just as fast as us voting for a Republican."
| January 30, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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