The Washington Times - August 17, 2011, 11:17PM

The Congressional Black Caucus went after President Barack Obama on Tuesday. Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat, spoke at a town hall meeting in Detroit about the CBC’s concerns regarding the president (h/t Fox News):

The California Democrat, speaking at a raucous town hall in Detroit hosted by the CBC on Tuesday, said she doesn’t want to attack the president from his base unless the base gives her the go-ahead.

“If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us,” Waters said. “When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us and you’re ready to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation.”

Judging by the reaction of the audience, including someone yelling to Waters, “It’s all right,”  the president will be hearing very soon from the congresswoman and her fellow caucus members. 

Since Obama took office, he has resisted pressure from the CBC to create jobs programs specifically targeting blacks, saying that improving the entire economy will help all groups.

Waters said the Congressional Black Caucus “loves” the president, but it is frustrated.

“We’re getting tired y’all,” she said. “We want to give him every opportunity. But our people are hurting. The unemployment is unconscionable. … When you let us know it is time to let go, we’ll let go.”


Rep. Waters later said, “We don’t know what the strategy is. We don’t know why on this trip that he’s in the United States now, he’s not in any black communities.” 

It looks as if more Obama allies are finding themselves trapped in the liberal dubbed “purple tunnel of doom.” Back in the days of the Obama inauguration in 2009, a huge mass of inauguration attendees came to see their hero sworn in at the Capitol. However, purple and blue inauguration ticket holders, many of whom arrived hours early, were stuffed into D.C.’s third street tunnel and ended up missing the inauguration all together.

A FaceBook page was later created so these ticket holders could post their horror stories. I wrote about this story at Newsbusters in 2009, because it was the first time since Obama surfaced when hardcore liberals began to notice they were being ignored by Mr. Obama. Here are three telling posts from the FaceBook page (via my ‘09 story at Newsbusters) created by purple and blue ticket holders at the time.: (emphasis is mine)

A poster at 6:38am wrote:

“Waited forever..what a mess from 3am I should have stayed home but I wanted to be part of history. I def got what a wanted in more ways then one.”

A poster wrote at 5:56 am:

“like most of the thousands of loyal supporters turned away from the gates on the morning of Jan. 20, what we had hoped would be the most exciting day of our lives, the culmination of a year of hard work and great expense, became the most frustrating . We spent 5 hours in the idiots/honest folks BLUE LINE to NOWHERE. Our Inauguration experience was watching the gates slam closed in our face, neither seeing nor hearing the ceremony. We met not a single figure of authority to reign in the thousands of gate crashers, nor a volunteer who could have explained what we learned hours later: the security machine quit working for more than 90 minutes, so there was no possibility we’d get in. If we had known, we could have made it to the Mall and at least watched on tv. The ultimate irony was seeing pictures of all the celebs comfortably sitting in the front rows watching the proceedings we never got to see, while we, the people who put Barack in office, were on the sidelines!!!!!!!”

A poster at 3:38 am had an epiphany for a moment and realized the wonders of the private sector.  This individual wrote:

“In the next Inauguration, why don’t we make sure that this gets outsourced to a professional company that knows what they are doing. Congress, the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police could be replaced with a professional management team and renta cops. It would be a great improvement. And you could do it at a much less expensive cost.”

What happened above was on Obama’s first day in office. His own supporters who put him in the White House, quite literally, were left out in the cold from the very beginning. Today, many who stood with him in January 2009 are beginning to distance themselves.

Some unions are planning to boycott the DNC convention, where Obama will be nominated for the Democratic presidential election bid, in North Carolina because Charlotte, the convention city pick, is a non-union city.

Gallup clearly shows the trend is indeed against the president. President Obama’s job approval rating went from 69 percent in January 2009 to 40 percent in mid August of 2011. The unemployment rate went from 7.8 percent in January of 2009 to 9.1 percent in July of 2011. Since Standard and Poor’s downgraded the country’s credit rating for the first time ever, consumer confidence was reported to have tumbled in the month of August.

Unfortunately, the purple tunnel of doom swallowed not just frustrated Obama ‘09 inauguration ticket holders but also the rest of the nation and President Obama expects Americans to follow his magical misery bus tour into another tunnel of doom in 2012.