Everybody's All American

Friday, June 29, 2007

Eddie Glaude, Jr., associate professor at Princeton University, a regular contributor to The Tavis Smiley Show and the author of In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, then Ruben Navarrette, Jr., syndicated columnist with the Washington Post Group, then Michel Martin, host of NPR's Tell Me More, analyze how the Presidential candidates handled their questions at the All-American Presidential Forum on PBS.


Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ruben Navarrette, Jr. and Michel Martin

Comments [13]

Diane Adebowale from Manhattan

Hello Brian,
Personally, I found the HONEST answering of the first question about the racism that continues in our society, by the Caucasian candidates and telling and long overdue moment
in American History and certainly in politics.

Too often, politicians and the media sing the refrain that racism no longer is prevelant in America, for once we heard them speak the truth.

Overall, I was quite impressed by the "Forum", not debate that Tavis Smiley hosted. It was especially gratifying to have it held at Howard University.

Thank you.

Jun. 29 2007 02:16 PM
JF from ossining

Like poster Jeffrey, I also wonder what would happen if Obama won the nomination. I'd prefer Edwards to win, but wonder if Obama would do the expected and choose Clinton as a running mate. There's no reason he would need to as a matter of fundraising or winning strategy. To me it would continue to fuel the complaints by the public that Washington insiders have more voice than the public.

Jun. 29 2007 11:07 AM
carrie bancroft from brookly ny

I'd like to second that first listener comment that you read on the air: The media needs to be more conscious of its own role in determining the elect-ability of political cadidates.

Brian, you yourself said earlier in the show, "Dennis Kucinich can't win," a casually dismissive comment that assists in snuffing out an underdog political contender just as he has his moment in the media spotlight. Shame on you, Brian, and shame on your guest who ranted against "throwing away the vote people died to give you" to those who would support Kucinich. Double shame on him for invoking guilt as a means of limiting genuine political discourse.

If we truly want to exercise our (dwindling) democratic rights, we need to shift our perspective to see all candidates as equal contenders based on ideologies and policies, not on big personalities and big money.

Let's not play politics as usual -- look where that's gotten us!

It's time to change the conversation, Brian, and the responsibility is on you, as a leader in the NY media scene, and on NPR, as national leader in the media.

Jun. 29 2007 11:06 AM
Stephanie Hammonds from Brooklyn

The caller really thinks Obama cannot speak eloquently? It seems he has the bulk of the African American community - maybe because he has mastered the balance between being an egghead and taking the ideas to the people - which was the venue. If he were speaking to other heads of state, I have full confidence that he could shine there as well.

Jun. 29 2007 11:04 AM
Eric Cato from B'klyn

I thought Edwards did the best, with Clinton and Kucinich did well; Obama was ok; and I thought that Richardson and Gravel did very poorly.

Jun. 29 2007 10:58 AM
Seth from Astoria, NY

The Democratic way is to hear what people have to say and vote, individually, according to who you believe to be the best person for the job. Historically in the General election, people always say a vote for the independent party is a waste of vote, but that person might be the best. The primaries are no where near a waste because if you get the right person to be backed by a party, then people wouldn't have to vote independent and "waste a vote."

Jun. 29 2007 10:54 AM
JF from ossining

Thank you Brian for confronting Navarette about his rude comments about "throwing away" your vote by voting for Kucinich. I disagree with him that Obama and Clinton are stronger candidates and that's why they are ahead. It's about the money they have raised. Bottomline. The media could care less about the issues once they hear about those corporate dollars. And the public suffers for it.

Jun. 29 2007 10:52 AM
Jeffrey Slott from Queens, NY

The media may decide to not take responsibility for shoving certain candidates down the public's craw but I personally will hold them responsible. Mr. Lehrer said "Kucinich can't win". Period. Who the hell is he to say that?
And while in a general election you may need to hold your nose and vote for a candidate who may not be your number 1 choice but in a primary, voting for Kucinich would not be throwing your vote away.

Jun. 29 2007 10:51 AM
Jeffrey Robinson from Piscataway, NJ

I think there is a still a lot of resistance to Hillary Clinton in the African American community. She had a good one liner but I'm not sure it seals the deal for relationship to the Black community.

Barak Obamma, under enormous pressure and expectation, did great!! He didn't make any mistakes. He played his cards well. The details can come later. I completely agree with his point of view.

Edwards was also very good on his key issues - poverty, education!! The format is restrictive for him but he comes across as sincere.

My conclusion: an Edwards and Obamma ticket could crush Hillary in combination with any other candidate.

And kudos to the questioners - especially, NPR's Michelle Martin!!

Jun. 29 2007 10:47 AM
Aug from Spanish Harlem NYC

It is always good to hear what the people running for office have to say, it is sad that kucinich, and some of the other candidate are said not to be able to win. I like denise and always thought he said the right things, but the question is would he be able to change the way this country is headed. Many of these people are not held to their promises. Sometimes it is because they can't and othertimes it is because it comes from a different party. We need to be Americans and do what is right for America. not the parties.

Jun. 29 2007 10:36 AM from Montclair. NJ

during the debate last night, no one actually answered the question regarding the disparagy that exists between black male hs graduates and white dropouts. the question was about discrimmination and the lack of job opportunities for black graduates, NOT the education gap that exists between blacks and whites. the politicians answer based on the imformation they already have or opinions that they have already formed. all of them answered the question based on education, not on job discrimmination.

Jun. 29 2007 10:34 AM
md zeh from greenpoint

Frank Luntz???? Really Tavis? That's the only pollster he could find? Why not invite Bill Krystal and Sean Hannity to provide commentary. Not surprised after Tavis' interview with Luntz on his radio show, a little too cuddly for an interview with such a controversial figure. Truely disappointing.

Jun. 29 2007 10:24 AM
Jeffrey Slott from Queens, NY

So Rep. Dennis Kucinich can't win. And Mike Gravel can't win. And all the other candidates besides Clinton, Obama, or Edwards can't win. And why is that, Mr. Lehrer? Perhaps the American people have decided that? Or because the you and the rest of the Media hotshots have decided that?

Jun. 29 2007 10:24 AM

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