Does Sharpton Have the White House on Speed Dial?

Just days after kicking off his 2012 re-election bid, Obama addresses a convention for the reverend's activist group, with cabinet members in tow.

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The NAN convention continues through Saturday, with a variety of panel discussions, breakout sessions and celebrations. A panel discussion to be televised Sunday, April 10, on MSNBC, titled "A Stronger America: The Black Agenda," will be co-hosted by Sharpton and Schultz.

Does the title remind you, of, say, a little "black agenda" summit that talk-show host Tavis Smiley held last March, and the ensuing debate between Smiley and Sharpton over how black leaders should relate to the Obama administration? More than once on Wednesday, Sharpton dropped references to nameless critics of the president "who are more concerned with their posturing than our communities' development." Ouch.

Sheryl Huggins Salomon is The Root's deputy editor.


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