Mayor Kasim Reed of Atlanta accused presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney of attempting to pull off a “reverse Sister Souljah moment” Wednesday when he went before the nation’s largest black civil rights organization and vowed to repeal and replace President Obama’s health care law.
In a conference call with reporters arranged by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic mayor said that the audience gathered for the National Association of Colored People’s annual conference in Houston loudly booed the former Massachusetts governor’s pledge to “eliminate expensive non-essential programs like Obamacare” because they know the law will help seven million black people obtain health coverage.
They also were aware, Mr. Reed said, that Mr. Romney’s message was targeted toward another audience: Republicans viewers watching from home who want to see the law scrapped.
“It makes him look like he has character and integrity when he wasn’t really speaking to the NAACP audience at all. He is aware of what is going on in Congress today and those are the individuals he was speaking to,” Mr. Reed said, alluding to the House GOP’s plan to once again vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “So he was trying to pull off a reverse Sister Souljah moment.”
During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton pointedly criticized black singer Sister Souljah during a speech to a black audience, and was chastised by some black leaders for doing so — though analysts predicted it would help him with voters in general. Since then, the term has come to be applied to politicians who tell an audience something they don’t want to hear.