Obama's Careful Urban League Speech

The president kept his message all-inclusive at the civil rights group's annual convention.

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Obama's sleight of hand was not just a black-and-white narrative. He delicately drilled deeper into the gun-violence plague without once mentioning gun control. "I also believe, like other Americans, that AK-47s belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities," he said.

Then he went on to say he was going to talk to members of the House and Senate to seek "a consensus around violence reduction."

That was another hidden message. I read it as this: "We all know all this gun violence is insane, but I can't afford to rile up the gun nuts right now. I've got an election to win."

Cyber columnist Monroe Anderson is a veteran Chicago journalist who has written signed op-ed-page columns for both the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times and executive-produced and hosted his own local CBS TV show. He was also the editor of Savoy Magazine. Follow him on Twitter.

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