CBC Chair Emanuel Cleaver has responded to critics saying that his organization wasn’t as proactive in attacking the president until President Obama took office.
The claim that a Black president taking office was all it took for the Congressional Black Caucus to reengage in the issues bothers Cleaver.
“If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House,” Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said in an interview with McClatchy newspapers.
Cleaver explained that the group is sensitive to the vitriolic rhetoric sometimes used against the president. “There is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC [to the president's policies] because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president,” he said.