Barack turned down an invitation from Tavis Smiley to attend the “State of the Black Union 2008” conference on Feb. 23 in New Orleans – and all hell has broken loose. This drama is all over black radio, with Smiley addressing the situation on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show”.
It all started when Sen. Obama sent a letter to Smiley explaining that his hectic campaign schedule in advance of critical primaries in the coming weeks will not allow him to make the annual conference, but Michelle Obama would attend in his place. Smiley wasn’t having that.”I believe this is a critical miscalculation and a missed opportunity,” Smiley reiterated Thursday on “The Tom Joyner Morning Show.”
Furthermore, Smiley says he was never contacted by the Obama camp with an offer to send Michelle Obama to the conference. “It never happened,” Smiley said. “No letter, no fax, no e-mail, no phone call, no document whatsoever to my office ever regarding Michelle Obama. She was never offered, it was never discussed.”
Smiley said he would’ve respectfully declined the Michelle Obama offer anyway. “Just as we would have declined had Hillary Clinton offered Bill Clinton, had John McCain offered Cindy McCain, had Mike Huckabee suggested Janet Huckabee,” Smiley said.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama appeared on the “Michael Baisden Show” to address Smiley’s comments and explain her husband’s decision to remain on the campaign trail. “We believe in what Tavis has been doing and are obviously supportive, but as people know, we’re at a critical juncture in this bid for Barack to become the next President of the United States. He’s in a position that no one could’ve ever anticipated. But it’s not over, and every single vote and every delegate is going to count. That’s why Barack has made the decision to spend every minute that he has trying to reach voters who don’t know him in states that have still remaining primaries.”-EurWeb.com
Come on TAVIS!!! You know Obama is in a fight, especially in TX. He’s sending his wife in his stead…is she not good enough? Sure, he says he didn’t get the message, but there is a thing called human error, and I’m sure that Tavis doesn’t answer all the phone calls in his office or open all of his own mail. He’s an important “negro leader”, right? 🙂 This is just silly. I’d rather he campaign hard and get the Presidency in the end. Then, you can invite the First Black President to “State of the Black Union 2009”.