|President Obama visits with Yolanda Renee King, granddaughter of Martin Luther King Jr..|
Not a single Republican elected official stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday with activists, actors, lawmakers and former presidents invited to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington — a notable absence for a party seeking to attract the support of minority voters.
Event organizers said Wednesday that they invited top Republicans, all of whom declined to attend because of scheduling conflicts or ill health.
But aides to some GOP congressional leaders said they received formal invitations only in recent weeks, making it too late to alter their summer recess schedules.
The Rev. Leah D. Daughtry of the House of the Lord Church in the District, who served as executive producer of the commemoration, said the organizing committee began sending invitations to top leaders of both parties “on a rolling basis probably four or five weeks ago.”
“We had a very concerted effort, because this is not a political moment. This was about us coming together as a community, so we wanted to be sure that we had all political representations,” Daughtry said. “We attempted very vigorously to have someone from the GOP participate and unfortunately they were unable to find someone who was able to participate.”
"Scheduling conflicts?" Give me a fucking break!
This was a HUGE opportunity for the Republicans to tamp down the accusations of racism within their party, and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM chose to stay away.
I don't believe that moving forward they can legitimately claim that racism does NOT serve as the lifeblood of their party.
This was their moment. Missing it will seal their political fate.
(Photo courtesy of The Obama Diary.)
P.S. Of course Fox news felt obligated to cover it.
Update: Oh, well it looks like Eric Cantor has a good excuse. He was too busy meeting with oil lobbyists:
Rather than attend the event, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) instead met with oil and gas lobbyists in North Dakota, where he toured drilling sites in the North Dakota Bakken. According to the Grand Forks Herald, Cantor met with members of the lobby group, North Dakota Petroleum Council.
After his tour, Cantor rebuked Obama for not making fossil fuel interests his top priority.
Yeah let's to chastise the President for not kissing the ass of Big Oil, instead of honoring an American hero, right you douchebag?
By the way thanks to fracking we have the highest oil reserves since 1985.