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Dickerson/Slate: Bush Aces NAACP Speech

Issue: Message: I Respect: The president aces his NAACP speech/John Dickerson, Slate.

“White men generally behave in one of two ways when they are anxious to connect with African Americans: They’re excessively solicitous or self-consciously chummy. The first produces an unending smile. The second produces expressions like: How is it hanging, my African brother? When Bush shook Bond’s hand with the sweeping theatricality of friends meeting to play a pickup game of basketball, I thought we were in for an uncomfortable morning, but Bush put away the awkwardness. Instead he was relaxed, and immediately addressed the tension in the room. Speaking about NAACP President Bruce S. Gordon’s introduction, Bush said: “I thought he was going to say, ‘It’s about time you showed up.’” (For the rest of article, click here.)

Question: What can Republicans do to attract more African-American voters?

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