Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver says that the CBC would be "marching on the White House" if a white man were president.
The flip side: because Barack Obama is an African American, he gets a pass.
Unhappy members of the Congressional Black Caucus "probably would be marching on the White House" if Obama were not president, according to CBC Chairman Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.).
"If [former President] Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House," Cleaver told "The Miami Herald" in comments published Sunday.
"There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.""We're supportive of the president, but we getting tired, y'all," Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said in August. "We want to give [Obama] every opportunity, but our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. We don't know what the strategy is."
Rather than targeting Obama's leadership, many CBC members aimed their fire at the Tea Party movement over the summer's congressional recess. Waters said in a public meeting in her district that the Tea Party "can go straight to hell." Another member, Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-Fla.), called the Tea Party "the real enemy" seeking to hold Congress "hostage."
Of course, everyone knew all of this so it is not a great surprise. Still, it is sort of shocking to see Cleaver come right out and admit to hypocrisy and racism.