|Posted by Elwin Green on June 16, 2014 at 11:10 PM|
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I was invited to be there tomorrow (okay, later today) for President Obama's appearance.
I said yes.
Now I am having second thoughts, primarily inspired by a commentary by Fred Logan which has been circulating on Facebook, which suggests that "Obama should at the very least motorcade through Homewood and throw kisses to the people who put him in office."
This is the President's third visit to Pittsburgh this year. The first came right after his State of the Union speech in January, when he visited the U.S. Steel Irvin plant in West Mifflin. On his second visit, in April, he visited the North Fayette campus of Community College of Allegheny County.
I wouldn't even try to count the total number of times that Mr. Obama has visited the Pittsburgh area (including the 2008 visit when I glimpsed him at the Post-Gazette and thought, "He's SKINNY!" The camera does indeed add 10 pounds). It's a bunch. But with all of those visits, he has, as Mr. Logan says, "never ever" visited a black neighborhood.
So, I'm having second thoughts. Not on the order of, "I should have declined to go." They are on the order of, "If I get a chance to interact with President Obama at all, is there anything at all that I could say or do that would lead him to consider the possibility of visiting Homewood next time? Or any other part of Pittsburgh's black community?"
Probably not. But that bug is still gonna be crawling around in my brain.
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