• Barack Obama's Absence at NAACP Causes Confusion

    Regardless of how big a fan of Barack Obama you may be, you have to admit that the idea of a black president intentionally missing an opportunity to make a big powerful unity-inspiring speech before a friendly crowd like the NAACP is more than a little bit confounding. Seems like more than a missed opportunity. It appears to be bad politics. And, as Ilya established earlier today, he probably could have squeezed it into his busy schedule.

    So, it's no surprise that the lack of Obama is getting more discussion that the overabundance of Romney

    Obama's decision to skip the annual convention in the heat of his re-election bid has been a point of of constant speculation here in recent days, providing a sort of microcosm for how the black community views the nation's first African-American president as he nears the end of his first term…

    But one former Obama administration official noted to BuzzFeed that the move looked like a snub. "Even considering the politics here, it seems odd that the first African-American President is sending his vice president to address the NAACP national convention in an election year," the official said.

    All the people in the media struggling for an explanation are, I think, thinking about this too hard. Let's look at the facts. He says he's busy, but his schedule is officially empty. He has access to a jet that can fly him across the continent at a moments notice. And he's an introverted overachiever with a passion for nerdplay.

    I wonder if there's anything going on right now that might be distracting him.

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    Tags: Barack Obama, NAACP, Nerdiness


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