Bush laments poor Republican relations with blacks
By Steve Holland
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President George W. Bush, addressing America’s leading civil rights organization for the first time since he took office, lamented the poor relationship between blacks and his Republican Party.
Bush drew roars of approval from members of the NAACP gathered for their 97th annual convention when he criticized his party, which is campaigning to keep control of Congress in November’s elections, for writing off the black vote in the past.
“I consider it a tragedy that the party of Abraham Lincoln let go of its historic ties to the African American community,” Bush said. “For too long my party wrote off the African American vote and many African Americans wrote off the Republican Party.”
“That history has prevented us from working together when we agree on great goals. It’s not good for our country,” said Bush, who received only 9 percent of the black vote in the 2000 presidential election and 10 percent in 2004 … [Click for more]