On this date in 2008, Obama appeared before the NAACP national convention:
The Illinois senator's speech was a historic first: an African-American poised to be the presidential nominee of a major party addressing the nation's oldest civil rights organization.
"If I have the privilege of serving as your next president, 100 years after the founding of the NAACP, I will stand up for you the same way that earlier generations of Americans stood up for me -- by fighting to ensure that every single one of us has the chance to make it if we try," Obama said.
Having been given that privilege, in large part because of the historic turnout and margin among black voters, Obama decided this year, in the heat of another presidential election, to . . . skip giving a speech to the NAACP due to "scheduling" issues. Call it another historic first: an African-American president refusing to address the nation's oldest civil rights organization.
Obama sent Vice President Biden instead.
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