MSNBC host Chris Matthews and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson were the first to react to President Barack Obama’s address on the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement’s march on Washington D.C. Both thought the speech was good, but lacked a policy proposal to address issues which are important for the African-American community.
After Obama finished speaking, Touré turned to Chris Matthews for his reaction to the speech. “You have been so great at speaking about race throughout your career,” Touré noted. “I want to hear your thoughts on what’s going on right now.”
“I thought the speech had great values in it,” Matthews said.
He said he would not criticize the speech expect for the fact that it did not contain a policy proposal of any kind to address poverty. “I was waiting for a proposal today, something concrete,” Matthews added.
Robinson largely agreed, saying that Obama was not speaking to Washington D.C. with an agenda but to the nation at large. “Perhaps that’s the State of the Union address or – he has many chances to do that,” Robinson said.
“In many ways, he put the burden, sort of, on us to act and to push progress forward,” Krystal Ball opined.
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