President Obama’s Remarks to Black Americans Confused Maxine Waters

Perhaps President Obama has been trying to throw the 2012 election ahead of major gameplay as he randomly confuses segments of the voting population.

He may perhaps not be very popular with wealthier Americans after his recent rejection of the “class warfare” rhetoric from Republicans. And then he said that the election of a Republican candidate in 2012 would “cripple” the country, adding:

“This is going to be especially hard because a lot of people are discouraged and a lot of people are disillusioned… The alternative I think is an approach to government that would fundamentally cripple America in meeting the challenges of the 21st century.”

But it was Obama’s remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus Saturday that have befuddled Rep. Maxine Waters. Waters makes reference to Obama’s remarks that were indeed a bit odd, at least out of context, directing the Congressional Black Caucus to “take off your bedroom slippers, put on your marching shoes” and adding, “…stop grumbling, stop crying… We’ve got work to do, CBC.”

On CBS’s Early Show, Waters got a bit huffy with Obama about the remarks- describing them as inappropriate and surprising. The congresswoman huffed:

“I found that language a bit curious because the president spoke to the Hispanic Caucus and certainly they are pushing him on immigration and despite the fact that he’s appointed [Supreme Court Judge Sonia] Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, he has an office for excellence in Hispanic education right in the White House, they’re still pushing him and he certainly didn’t tell them to stop complaining.”

Waters adds:

“And he never would say that to the gay and lesbian community who really pushed him on Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Or even in a speech to AIPAC, he would never say to the Jewish community ‘stop complaining’ about Israel.”

Did you find President Obama’s remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus to be borderline offensive?