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Pres. Obama Skips Out on Largest African American Parade

IL State Senator Obama at Bud Billiken Parade in 2004

This Saturday, Chicago will hold its annual Bud Billiken Parade, “the oldest and largest African American parade in the country,” without its previously announced Grand Marshall President Barack Obama.

Organizers were surprised to learn in late June that he would be backing out; what is even more surprising is that Valerie Jarrett is sending the replacement, her staffer Michael Strautmanis.

It is quite a let-down for organizers of the parade, the theme of which is “Education: Built to Last; a Tribute to President Barack Obama,” a topic that appears to have been built around the expectation that the President would be taking part.

And communications have been confusing; the chairman of the parade reports that all communications had gone through the White House, but the cancellation was done through the campaign office.

“The president will continue to be a strong supporter of the parade, and of its broader mission: placing a priority on education, supporting our children, and making sure they have the skills they need to achieve their goals,” read a statement from Obama for America, the president’s re-election campaign.

What is confounding is that the President will actually be in Chicago this weekend for a series of swanky fundraisers, where $40,000 per person can get you within mingling distance of the President…

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4 thoughts on “Pres. Obama Skips Out on Largest African American Parade

  1. Well Pres. Obama's track record shows that he never goes to black events.

  2. Gregory King says:

    I won't vote for him..we voted for him the first time thinking he would give us a better chance of the american dream..we need a president who will look out for not only one race but all equally..racism is very much alive and well..

  3. Lisa King says:

    Don't forget this is not Obama's. Mess he is doing his best at fixing. What bush did if u don't vote for him in the next election we will be wiped out of every u think this reccession is bad now vote for the other Guy his plans is to wipe out every thing. He is for the wealthy

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