President of Black Chamber of Commerce ‘lost hope’ in Obama


More “free” cell phones. Exploding food stamp dependency. Socialized medicine.

President Obama’s critics don’t like any of them.

But when the speaker is Harry Alford, president of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, the criticisms of the nation’s first black president have an added weight.

henryalford“That’s not America,” Alford says in an interview with the Daily Caller. “That’s not why we fought the British.

In the wide-ranging discussiont with the Daily Caller’s Ginny Thomas, Alford criticized virtually every important Obama initiative since 2008, including Obamacare (“Socialized medicine in America? I don’t think it’s gonna work.”), cap-and-trade, the failed energy program Obama tried to introduce early in his first term (“the environmental equivalent of Obamacare), and the Dodd-Frank banking law, which Alford said is hurting black-owned businesses by drying up access to credit.

In the interview, Alford comes across as more than a little disappointed – but he says he shouldn’t have been surprised.

“I read his book and he’s talking about using cocaine and all the drugs he could find and I kind of brushed through that. That should have caught my eye,” Alford told the Daily Caller.

“The man’s background is not as solid as a man who wants to become president and it shows,” Alford said. “He’s a good street politician, Chicago-style. That’s what we have here.”

Summing up his feelings since he voted for Obama in his first presidential bid in 2008, Alford is succinct: “Lost hope.”

The whole 17-minute interview is worth watching, to catch the depth of the disappointment Alford described among the black business class in the Obama administration. And there are also some hints for what might be coming in the future.

Attorney General Eric Holder, for instance, spent years focusing his efforts on cultivating the mainstream press at the expense of black media, Alford said.

That came back to haunt Holder, Alford said, when he invited representatives of the National Newspaper Publishers Association, which represents black-owned newspapers, and the National Association of Black Journalists, which represents minority reporters working in the mainstream media, to meet with him in Washington to discuss the scandals plaguing the administration.

The meeting was rejected, Alford said.

“I think he should be very afraid now,” Alford said.


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