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First Lady At CBC Gala: Supporting Vote The 'Sit-In Of Our Day': VIDEO


The recent rumor that African-American pastors were telling voters not vote to protest President Obama's support for marriage equality was a hot topic of conversation at the Congressional Black Caucus' annual gala last night. And the high-profile leaders seemed to agree that the suggestion was irresponsible.

"Anyone that would encourage people not to vote given what we had to go through to get the right to vote is someone who is operating at the height of amnesia," Rev. Al Sharpton told Washington's WUSA. CBC President Dr. Elsie Scott insisted, "We need every vote. Every vote counts."

And That same message provided a subtext for Michelle Obama's comments on the importance of voting, and the fact that all laws matter, not just the ones that directly impact respective citizens' lives:

Much like they did 50, 150 years ago, our laws still shape so many aspects of our lives: Whether our kids have clean air and safe streets, or not. …Whether our sons and daughters who wear our country’s uniform get the benefits they’ve earned, or not... As citizens of this great country, that is our most fundamental right, our most solemn obligation -- to cast our ballots and have our say in the laws that shape our lives.

And make no mistake about it, this is the march of our time -- marching door to door, registering people to vote.  Marching everyone you know to the polls every single election. See, this is the sit-in of our day -- sitting in a phone bank, sitting in your living room, calling everyone you know -- (applause) -- your friends, your neighbors, that nephew you haven’t seen in a while, that classmate you haven’t spoken to in years -- making sure they all know how to register, where to vote -- every year, in every election.

This is the movement of our era -- protecting that fundamental right not just for this election, but for the next generation and generations to come.

Meanwhile, CNN's Roland Martin says the original AP report about the black pastors' suggestion was ill-researched and misleading: "Not a single one of these pastors was quoted [in the report] as saying they have or plan to tell their congregations not to vote in the presidential election. Not one."

Watch video of Michelle Obama's CBC remarks AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. I would add that every member and friend of the LGBT community who does not vote for Obama this year is, implicitly, casting a vote for Romney-Ryan and a vote for turning back the progress we've made in the past few years.

    Posted by: K in VA | Sep 23, 2012 2:30:43 PM

  2. Not only that, K, but they're casting a vote to further screw over the real hard-working American People.

    It's amazing how the GOP has convinced their base to vote against their own best interests, time and again. It's amazing that they're still called "fiscal conservatives" when a GOP admin has NOT put the country in debt in D E C A D E S.

    And for the first time in American History a sitting President and his administration not only vocally and visibly support Equality for LGBT people but they're making that Equality a part of their party platform.

    You know they're doing the right thing when the Gay Republicans freak out. It's like when you buy a new pair of jeans and your parents don't like them - that means they're awesome. Are gay conservatives pissed off? Great - that means the liberals are onto something.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Sep 23, 2012 2:37:06 PM

  3. Any Black clergy who urge their people NOT to vote simply because the choice is between a malicious rich cultist who is ready to send them into new servitude and a flawed President who offends by wanting to extend equal rights to everybody are blind, a fraud, paid off by the white Theocrats, senile or voluptuously self-important. They are Pharisees who want the outward appearance of goodness by abiding by "rules".
    The wonderful women with their Sunday Crowns should rise up and force their pastors and bishops and whatever they call themselves to deal with the real world where freedom and dignity trump some notions of spiritual purity.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Sep 23, 2012 3:29:45 PM

  4. Brings new meaning to the idiom, "cut off your nose to spite your face"

    Posted by: Matthew | Sep 23, 2012 3:41:39 PM

  5. Classy woman that Michelle Obama, unlike the entitled, hissy fit throwing Ann Romney.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Sep 23, 2012 3:43:39 PM

  6. The best I've been able to track down regarding African Americans staying at home instead of voting is:

    On the other hand, instead of staying home, there's a campaign to write in Jesus for President, created by a white evangelist, Bill Keller.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Sep 23, 2012 4:15:02 PM

  7. FYI, Roland Martin is EXTREMELY homophobic and an epic piece of sh*t so don't trust anything he says. His wife runs, or at least used to run, an "ex-gay" ministry.

    One of the major reservations I had about voting for Barack Obama in 2008 was that one of the people he called a "spiritual advisors" was a RABIDLY anti-gay black Chicago pastor (and IIRC an elected official) who has the dubious distinction of being one of few black people called a Hate Group Leader by the Southern Poverty Law Center. He's THAT bad.

    Guess who was one of his faithful congregants. Roland Martin. I suppose Roland Martin COULD be a bigger piece of sh*t but it would requite a sh*toplasty.

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 23, 2012 4:29:57 PM

  8. I watched the speech on T.V. and she was fantastic. She rivals Clinton and Mr Obama in her ability to give inspirational speeches.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 23, 2012 6:47:41 PM

  9. Take a look at the next.... Jacquelne Kennedy-Onassis!... Thank you Michelle!

    Posted by: Mike Deegan | Sep 23, 2012 6:56:29 PM

  10. You know, even when I knew I would vote for Obama I didn't much like Michelle. At the time she seemed entitled and angry, not without reason but somehow unpleasant. It seemed to me she had a chip on her shoulder and no matter how that chip got there, whether it was deserved or not, it's not appealing.

    I really think being First Lady has brought out the best in her.

    So now these 3-plus years later I think she's great, possibly the most natural, intelligent, and warm "First Ladies" we've ever had. Whether it's just doing silly dance steps (practically doing the 'Bat-usi') with kids or speaking to a crowd (like here) every time I see her I respect her more. She's a huge asset.

    Unlike Whiny Snatch McGillicuddy, aka Mrs Mitt Romney, who can barely manage to be civil. "How very DARE people have negative opinions about us! Mitt is bestowing a gift by running!"

    Posted by: Caliban | Sep 23, 2012 8:42:48 PM

  11. Hillary Clinton/ Michelle Obama 2016....lets make it happen.......

    Posted by: Stolidogidog | Sep 23, 2012 9:35:14 PM

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