WASHINGTON – President Obama chose not to attend this year's NAACP convention because of “scheduling” issues, aides said, explaining it was not because he did not want to appear before the nation’s most respected civil rights organization.
This week, Vice President Joe Biden will represent the White House as the association meets in Houston.
“His commitment to the organization and the broader community is easy to see,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said of the president Wednesday afternoon.
Carney added Obama’s economic plans, including his push to extend the Bush-era tax cuts on income up to $250,000 a year, are designed to help middle-class families and, therefore, will help many African American households.
The president is focused on helping “all Americans,” Carney said.