The Washington Times - July 11, 2012, 05:08PM

White House spokesman Jay Carney got a little tongue-tied when asked why the president decided to skip the NAACP convention this year, repeatedly referring the question to the campaign.

“Well, for campaign-specific questions about voting blocs and things like that, I’d refer you to the campaign. I can tell you that the president enjoyed addressing the NAACP in 2009 for their centennial celebration, where he thanked the organization for being pioneers of social change and continuing a legacy of civil rights in our country,” Mr. Carney told reporters Wednesday, noting that Michelle Obama addressed the conference last year and the president had met with NAACP President Ben Jealous in the Oval office last year.


A campaign official eventually told CBS News’ Mark Knoller that the president’s schedule didn’t allow for him to address the NAACP.

But neither Mr. Carney nor the campaign is saying whether they support an online video created by a liberal group poking fun at Mitt Romney as being too white to speak to the NAACP.

The YouTube video from “The Message,” a website headed by a former New York Times reporter and ex-Media Matters executive, produced a “satire” that claims that blacks don’t like Mr. Romney, who they dubbed so white he makes “Wonder Bread look like pumpernickel.”

The White House did not respond to an question from The Washington Times on whether they would approve or condemn the ad.

During his speech Wednesday to the NAACP, Mr. Romney was booed after he pledged to work to repeal the 2010 health care law.